I Got that Championship Feeling
I understand this is a Cleveland Browns’ blog, but I am going to touch on another subject for this week’s post. The Cleveland Cavaliers did what many (including myself at many points) thought they would not be able to do – win the NBA Championship. It was monumental for the city and was a warm, joyful, incredible feeling that many possessed while walking down the streets. One could feel the tension, frustration, and anger (of the past fifty-two years) simply melt away immediately. So Cleveland, where do we go from here?
They say the first one is often the hardest – that could not have been any truer for the wine and gold this year. All the scrutiny, all the bashing by media (national and local alike), and hearing daily talk about the greatness of the Golden State Warriors had to be maddening. Follow that up with an incredible run through the Eastern Conference, only to be told you had no business playing the champs in a series. This was a bunch of overcomers and truly epitomized Cleveland.
That said, the pressure to deliver a title to the city is all but gone (but we will still gladly accept multiple championships). Thus, the Indians and Browns (and the Cavs again) will not be mocked nationally for not getting it done. Losing in dramatic fashion will not come with “a name”. Playing loose in sports is vital to success, the Cavs performed that way and it showed. Not saying that this will ultimately lead to multiple titles – but I expect improved play by the other two franchises.
It’s been a part of us all, but it is finally time to shed the negativity each and every time it’s available. The worst will not always happen. People will not jinx this or that. The team will not always find a way to lose. I have never been more positive about a
Cleveland team than I was heading into game seven. It was a different feeling, but it was genuine and I anticipate this to continue watching Cleveland teams. I hope the exorcism of other fans’ psyche occurs as well. The fact that the stupid jersey with all the quarterbacks’ names on it since 1999 will be retired should help with this positive mentality.
Conclusion: The curse is broken, the streak is over, and Cleveland is king. I love the city, the fans, the teams and everything else associated with northeast Ohio. That parade was an incredible display of overall awesomeness by the city. There have been a lot of positive articles over the past few months about Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns. It is time to take steps forward and fall in line with this city.