God No Longer Hates Cleveland…Just The Browns
If you mention 1975 to a Philadelphia Flyers fan, they get salty. It was the last time that the franchise won a Stanley Cup. However, the city has seen success since then, but the Flyers have failed to raise the most prestigious trophy in sports for more than 40 years now.
There was a number that was synonymous with failure for Cleveland, too. 1964 was the year, but it wasn’t just for one team like Philadelphia – it was for the entire city. Notice the past tense there, as the drought came to an end in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers remarkable run. Not only did LeBron James make it so that no one could speak poorly of him again with that nasty come-from-behind block
… but you might have heard that the Cavaliers were down 3-1 to the seemingly unstoppable Golden State Warriors.
— Believe The Hype (@BTHypeNBA) October 10, 2016
What a moment it will be on Tuesday when the Cavaliers have their ring ceremony. It will be the biggest ticket in Cleveland sports history … or will it? You see for the most part, Cleveland has had an amazing year when it comes to sports. Not only did the Cavaliers win the NBA Title, but the team they share the arena with – also owned by Dan Gilbert – won the Calder Cup, defeating the Hershey Bears, 4-0. But the minor league teams aren’t included in the curse.
When the Cavaliers take to the court on Tuesday night, the people of Cleveland will have to decide if they want to see King James and company celebrate, or are they going to go to “The Jake” (I don’t care if it’s Progressive Field. It will always be “The Jake” to me, dammit.”). You see, the Indians are set to host their first World Series game 1 in franchise history on the same night as the ring ceremony next door for the Cavaliers.
Just imagine if the Indians pull this off. No Michael Brantley. No Cookie Carrasco. Corey Kluber was injured toward the end of the season. Trevor Bauer’s pinky was its own GIF. Yan Gomes hurt for a chunk of the season. An outfield that opened the season as the worst on paper in the league. But they are here because of four words – Terry. Francona. Andrew. Miller.
But even if the Indians do defeat the Cubs or the Dodgers in the World Series, Cleveland still can’t be the City of Champions. Not because the moniker belongs to Pittsburgh and Boston, but because, well, the Browns.
Ah yes. The Browns. It still sucks, too, because the people of Cleveland want them to be good so bad. I texted four friends from Cleveland and asked them if they could pick one of their teams to win a title, who would it be? All gave me the same answer – the Browns.
But honestly, is there any team that is destined for failure more than the Browns? From Art Modell announcing in Nov. 1995 that he was moving the team to Baltimore, to the Browns having two (!) winning seasons since rejoining the league in 1999. Hell, the last time that the Browns made the playoffs, it wasn’t even popular to hate Nickelback yet, as they were dominating the airwaves with “How You Remind Me.”
The Browns have tried constantly, but have failed over and over again, especially when it came to drafting. Just look at the names they’ve drafted in the first round since 1999: Tim Couch, Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, William Green, Jeff Faine, Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards, Kameon Wimbley, Joe Thomas, Brady Quinn, Phil Taylor, Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Barkevious Mingo, Justin Gilbert, Johnny Manziel, Danny Shelton, Cameron Erving and Corey Coleman.
My God. That sounds like a list of ex-wrestlers joining Virgil at Comic Con because they have nothing else to do to stay relevant.
They’ve tried to nail down a franchise quarterback, but have failed, miserably.
— Richard Knutts (@BoneCrusherMCMM) October 16, 2016
And then there is the social media account that just screams “We are the Browns.”
The Browns are so basic. pic.twitter.com/NqHFbpLWCj
— Kaylin (@KaylinNeely) October 9, 2016
And then, of course, there is their play on the field, which always makes you LOL
BLOCK THAT KICK. BLOCK THAT KICK.https://t.co/Qw8jZxh88m
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 1, 2015
The Browns are 0-6, but have been in games. But they’ve found a way to Browns them, from electing to kick to start overtime against the Dolphins after missing three field goals in the game, to blowing a 20-2 lead over the Ravens this season.
While it’s awesome to see a great city like Cleveland – no, not joking. I love it there – do well in sports, at the end of the day, everyone will always chuckle when someone says “Cleveland” because of the Browns. No matter how many titles the Indians and Cavaliers win, nothing will change that.
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