Found July 10, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
When someone asks me where I am from, I will proudly proclaim that I am from Cleveland, Ohio. Home of the Browns, Indians, Cavaliers, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Pro Football Hall Of Fame just around the corner in Canton, Playhouse Square, Public Square.. you name it! The response to my answer is always “Oh, I’m sorry”, or “Gee, that must stink!”. To the outsider, it does seem like a miserable place to be for an avid sports fan like myself. We’ve had our chances. And we’ve had those years that everyone thought that maybe… it was the year. But to our chagrin, it hasn’t. In fact, it hasn’t been our year since 1964 when the Browns won the World Championship..not even the Super Bowl. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 and the Cavaliers? Well… they haven’t won a NBA Finals..ever. You will never find a Cleveland fan that has a “woe is me” attitude. How many times have you seen fans like in Miami who have given up on their team before the buzzer went off? Cleveland can’t give up- it’s not in a Clevelanders DNA. We accept the fact that the beautiful city is simply cursed. The “Mistake On The Lake” will never be a mistake to people who consider it home, but let’s face it, what city can have a river that caught fire? How many times have we gotten so close, and had hearts broken? To be a Cleveland fan, you have to be mentally tough.. The Cleveland Curse is real believe it or not. These are the facts, this is what Cleveland is.   1954 World Series – The Catch Could it be the single greatest catch ever made? It was September 29, 1954- game one of the World Series, Indians vs the New York Giants, in the bottom of the eighth inning with the score tied 2-2. The Tribe had runners on first and second bringing Vic Wertz to the plate. After working the count to two balls and one strike, Wertz CRUSHED the ball 450 feet straight into center field. Looked like it was going to drop at the warning track, but Willie Mays made the over the shoulder catch that prevented any runs from scoring. This set the tone for the rest of the series, and the Giants went on to sweep the Tribe.     The 1960 Trade 1959 is a year that will live in infamy for many Cleveland fans. The Indians seemed to be World Series bound, with the fan favorite Rocky Colavito at Right Field. Out of left field (pun intended) Cleveland manager Frank Lane made a trade that sent Rock Colavtio to Detroit for Harvey Kuenn. The after trade results were not good. It took until 1995 until the Indians had a winning season again. The Tigers on the other hand? They went on to win in 1968, and 1984. Both without Colavito. Neither team gained anything from the seemingly blockbuster trade, and Colavito was never the same.     1981 AFC Playoff Game – Red Right 88 Cleveland Browns Red Right 88 It’s just the beginning of the misery for Browns fans. 1981 was when the “Kardiac Kids” were popular, but started their season off 3-3, but suddenly hit a hot steak and finished the season with an 11-5 record. Brian Sipe had won the MVP for the 1980-1981 season and had been used to leading the Browns to miraculous victories. But the 1981 playoffs Sipe wasn’t able to pull of a miracle against the Al Davis Oakland Raiders. “Red Right 88″ was the call. This play was meant to be a pass to the endzone. Instead, in true Cleveland fashion, Sipe threw an interception and lost the game 14-12.   1987 AFC Championship Game: “The Drive” These two words, are the bane of many Clevelanders existence, and doesn’t need much explanation. Elway was working his magic- something that Cleveland teams lack. The Browns were leading 20-13 and Elway got the ball back with 5:32 remaining in the game on their own two yard line. This 98 yard drive led little time remaining and sent the game into overtime. The Broncos ended up winning by a field goal. The funny thing was that when the drive first started—on their two-yard line—Broncos offensive guard Keith Bishop supposedly  said of the Browns, “We got em right where we want em.”   1988 AFC Championship Game: “The Fumble” A rematch of 1987 AFC Championship, almost exactly a year after “The Drive” the Browns still didn’t have what it took to win the game. The Broncos were up 21-3 at the half, and thought they had the game in the bag. But Boardman, Ohio’s pride and joy Bernie Kosar had something else on his mind. Kosar would go on to dominate the second half and would score 4 touchdowns. With just a minute left in the game, Bernie handed the ball off to Ernest Byner. Byner would be tackled by Denver Defensive Back Jeremiah Castille, and fumbled the ball. What was this result? The Broncos would go on to the Super Bowl and the Browns and their fans would be left yet again, stunned and heartbroken. 1989 NBA Playoffs: “The Shot” Another memory that Cleveland fans get forget. Michael Jordan hit a jumper with 6 seconds left to give the Bulls a 99-98 lead, their first of the game. Following a Cleveland Cavalier timeout, Craig Eloh inbounded the ball, got the pass in return, and scroed a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left in the game. Then the inbound pass came to Michael Jordan at the free throw line. And everyone knows what happens next. MJ shot the ball, over the hero-then-goat Craig Eloh, and sunk it. This sent the whole city of Cleveland hom in a state of depression.   The 1995 World Series The 1995 Cleveland Indians had a lineup for the ages. One of the most dominant lineups in the history of the league. After years and years of the “rebuilding process” after the Colavito trade, the Tribe finally made it to the World Series and won over 100 regular season games to get there. The series made it to six games, but the Braves took home the hardware.     November 1995: The Move When you think of the Cleveland Curse, this has got to be the first thing you think of. Cleveland was booming! The Indians would have a new stadium in Jacobs Field, and the Cavs would have a new arena in Gund Arena and the fans were as loyal as ever. But Art Modell, owner of the Browns since 1961 decided that the Cleveland Stadium wasn’t suitable and needed to be renovated. But instead of renovating the stadium, or pushing for a new one to be built with the tax approval, Modell signed a deal with Baltimore to return an NFL team to the city. What would happen to the Browns? Fans tried their hardest to keep the football team in Cleveland, because everyone and their mother knows that Cleveland is first and foremost a football town. But no avail. Modell would move the Browns to Baltimore, and they would become the Baltimore Ravens. This left Cleveland without a football team for three seasons until 1999 when the city agreed to house the new NFL expansion team. in 2000, one year after the Browns return, the Ravens would win the Super Bowl. This past year Art Modell passed away. The Modell family requested that there not be a moment of silence held at the Cleveland game although there was a moment of silence at every other NFL game that day. Modell was also denied the Hall Of Fame last year. Not to say that he won’t eventually make it to Canton.   1997 World Series: Does the name Jose Mesa ring a bell? It was Game 7 and the Indians were winning 2-0 in the 7th innnig. But in the 9th, Jose Mesa comes in to close the game for the Tribe. Instead of closing the game out, he blew the save and the game went into extra innings. The Marlins clearly had the momentum. The Marlins would score the winning run in the 11th inning and sealed up the World Series. After 1997, The Cleveland Indians haven’t made it past the ALCS in 2007 where they collapsed against the Red Sox.     2002: NFL Wild Card Playoff Game Leave it to the Browns to finally make it to the playoffs after all the craziness they’d been through…and face the Steelers. But, it wasn’t as bad as people predicted! The Browns were up 24-7 at one point! But with 3 minutes left the Browns who were up 33-21 began to collapse. The Steelers cut the score to 33-28 with a 77 yard drive. The Browns, made a very…Cleveland-esque mistake. After failing to run the clock out, the Steelers scored again…and won the game.     2007: ALCS This one still stings a bit so I’ll make it short and sweet. The young Tribe are leading the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Winner goes to the World Series. I can’t say I was shocked, but the Indians fell apart and lost three straight. The Red Sox went on to win the World Series led by none other than the Indians current manager Terry Francona.   2010: The Decision Who could forget this? The day that single handedly hurt worse than any other loss. The pure betrayal was done on such a high level, that Cleveland will never get over this. Between 2003-2010 Lebron James literally put the team on his back and put the Cavs on the nationwide map. Most people thought the time had finally came, for a Cleveland team to win a championship. But everyone and their mothers were wrong. After a complete season of Lebron not playing to his highest potential, and seemingly giving up on his team, Lebron would go on ESPN during primetime and announce his decision to take his talents to South Beach. The “We Are All Witnesses” banner on the pannel on Tower City in Downtown, Cleveland was torn down immediately in fear of arson. People rioted in the streets, jerseys were burned, and tears were shed. The one player who could have broken the curse for us, just embarrassed our city on national television. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert would write a letter to the fans claiming Lebron to be ignorant and that the Cavs would win a championship before the self proclaimed King. Well, we all know how well that turned out. Since then, the Cavs have been seemingly playing for the lottery, and have won it twice.   They tell Cleveland to wait for next year, but really? Is there ever a next year? Does Chicago really have it that bad? Yes you’ve had to deal with the Cubs, but you had your run with the Bulls, a fairly decent, playoff Bears team and of course, your Blackhawks. Do you guys have room to complain? Oh and Boston? Your curse has ended. The Red Sox have won two World Series’, the Celtics are always in the playoffs, and the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year and have won it 6 times, and don’t forget your Patriots… Without a doubt, the Cleveland Curse is the worst curse in sports today. Whether Clevelanders are in denial, or just easily angered by the sports teams of Cleveland, there is always one glimmer of hope…. There’s Always Next Year!
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

The case for trading Asdrubal Cabrera

After losing the first two games of a four game series in spectacular fashion to the Tigers, and then ultimately losing three of the four games in the series, Indians fans at least subconsciously recognized what they already suspected: this year’s Cleveland Indians are not at the same level as the Tigers and will be hardpressed to win the AL Central. There is no question that the...

A brilliant oral history of the 1989 Cleveland Indians

Oral histories have started to run their course a bit when it comes to reliving past events through the thoughts of others. This one, however, is simply beyond words. Just read it. You won’t be sorry.

Guilmet riding command into big leagues

In the midst of a stellar season at Triple-A Columbus, relief pitcher Preston Guilmet has finally been given the opportunity that he has sought since being selected in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft  - a shot in the majors. After right-hander Carlos Carrasco was optioned back to the Clippers following his disastrous outing against the Detroit Tigers on...

Indians blank Jays 3-0 on solid pitching from Jimenez

Quality starts have been few and far between for Tribe starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Tuesday proved different for the right-hander, as he and the Indians shutout the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0 for their eleventh shutout of the year. “This was a nice bounce back win,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We didn’t do a lot offensively, but we played a crisp game and again, it starts...

Report: Perez had pot in his house

New details have emerged about the evidence against Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez, who is facing misdemeanor drug charges following a search of his home last month. Police searched Perez's home in Rocky River, Ohio, on June 4, just days after a couple of suspicious packages addressed to his dog caught the attention of the U.S. Postal Service. The Plain Dealer reports...

Botched opportunities lead to Indians one-run loss

CLEVELAND -- One out, one pitch, one swing.A nine-inning game in baseball sometimes comes down to just one element, and Tuesday night for the Indians there were several times when the result would have changed had the Indians completed one task.Because they didnt, a winnable game turned into a loss to Toronto.The first of the key moments came when manager Terry Francona tried to...

Around The Farm: July 10, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Columbus' game was suspended due to rain and Mahoning Valley was rained out. Akron was off due to the Eastern League All-Star game. Alex Lavisky (C, Carolina): 3-for-6...

Tribe goes for series win with Masterson on mound

Even when he's struggling, Cleveland's Justin Masterson can usually be relied on to pitch deep into games.In his last start, the right-hander failed to provide even that.Masterson tries to bounce back from one of this worst starts of the season by continuing his dominance over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night in Cleveland.After tossing a six-hitter in a 4-0 win over...

Sailing with the Clippers: 7/4/13 to 7/10/13

Slowly but surely, the Clippers seem to be improving as of late, going 3-4 over the past week. The pitching seems to be coming around from both the starting rotation and the bullpen. The biggest problem lies with the offense whom was shutout three times over the previous seven days and has dropped to last in the International League in team batting average at .247. Nevertheless,...

Nick Swisher had a night to forget with the Cleveland Indians (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Nick Swisher had one of the most embarrassing nights of his career on Monday night, and it may have cost the Cleveland Indians the game against the Detroit Tigers. As you can see from the video above, Swisher forgot the words that every Little League coach tries to drill [...]

AZL Padres clobber lackluster AZL Tribe, 11-3

Editors note: Be sure to follow all the AZL Indians action on their team page here at the IBI: http://www.indiansbaseballinsider.com/rookie/ GOODYEAR – The AZL Indians were flat from the first pitch to the last Monday night, as the visiting AZL Padres took a dominating 11-3 victory.  It could have been the 100+ degree heat or the fact that they have played six games in as many...

Nine Innings: Including reasons for Lonnie not to bunt

1) A few days before the Tigers series started, my good friend Dave from Westlake (hes the guy who used to correctly predict the Browns drafts) texted to ask how many games the Indians would win in the four-game series. One or two was the pithy response. This guess was based on the Tigers starting pitchers, the Indians starting pitchers and the Tigers lineup, which is very reminiscent...

Tribe tops Blue Jays 4-2 in series finale

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rookie Danny Salazar pitched six superb innings to win his major league debut, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Salazar, who began the season in Double-A ball, allowed just one run and two hits. The right-hander didn't give up a hit until the sixth and struck out seven. The hard-throwing 23-year-old was shocked...

MLB Trade Rumors: Indians eying Matt Garza, Yovani Gallardo

The Cleveland Indians are in search of rotation help as trade deadline nears, and are specifically tied to a pair of National League arms in Chicago’s Matt Garza and Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo. Jon Heyman from CBS Sports reports that Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is not only looking to add an arm, but is focusing his efforts on a top-of-the-rotation starter to pair...

Trot Times for July 11, 2013

A quick little day for home runs, so let's get right to the trots! Home Run of the Day: Josh Phegley, Chicago White Sox - 20.82 seconds [video] There's an episode of "Parks and Rec" where Ron becomes so obsessed with the shoe shines that Andy gives that he ends up, ahem, taking it a bit too far. Home run calls like this one from Hawk Harrelson remind me an...
Indians News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.