By Isaac Rosso Klakovich
Usually a forgotten town in the world of sports, Cleveland’s rise to prominence in professional sports in 2016 is nothing short of shocking. After Cleveland lost LeBron James in 2010, it seemed like the city’s short time in the spotlight was over, but hope was instilled when he returned three summers ago. Despite falling short in his first year, James and the Cavaliers brought the city their first major professional sports championship since 1964, breaking the championship curse. Although things seemed to be looking up for Cleveland, disaster struck.
Junior Elin Collins, who moved from Cleveland just over a year ago, explained what this chaotic year has been like.
“I’m not even into sports and this has been an emotional roller coaster,” admitted Collins. “I think my dad cried after the Indians lost and this football season has been disappointing needless to say. I’m grateful for the games we won, but the Cavs and the Indians got my hopes up a little too high. I don’t know how I thought a team as historically terrible as the Browns might win anything, but I definitely did.”
Despite a slow start to the year the Indians finished the season with an impressive 94-67 record and the second seed in the American League. They got to the World Series with relative ease, winning their first two series against the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 and 4-1, respectively. Then, after taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the World Series, they failed to win another game. Just like the Golden State Warriors went up 3-1 on the Cleveland Cavaliers and lost in the NBA finals, the Indians watched the Cubs beat the odds and surmount their own deficient. Yet, as bad as things were for Tribe fans, things were getting even more depressing just a mile away at First Energy Stadium.
Currently, things couldn’t be going much worse for the Browns. They are only three losses away from becoming just the second team in NFL history to go 0-16 in a season, and some Browns fans are rooting for them to go winless so they can get the first pick in the draft. Early season hope surrounding the team, largely due wide receiver Terrelle Pryor’s incredibly successful transition from quarterback to wide reciver, are nonexistent as the Browns are once again the laughingstock of the league.
However, as bad as things might seem right now, they are relatively positive by Cleveland standards according to senior and Ohio native Sidharth Sirdeshmukh.
“Being a Cleveland fan has certainly had its ups and downs,” explained Sirdeshmukh. “People in Cleveland don’t seem to be as down as they could have been about the baseball lead that was blown, because we had just done the opposite in basketball against one of the best teams in history.”
Regardless of the exact state that Cleveland sports fans currently find themselves in one thing is for sure: the media attention around Cleveland isn’t normal. Even if its not always for the right reasons, Cleveland is making a name for itself in 2016 and if everything maintains course the city should become one of the fastest growing sports markets in the country.
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