Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: WELCOME TO LOSERVILLE, CLEVELAND


by Brian P. Foley, The College Baseball Blog

Since ESPN decided to do Titletown, Epic Carnival will be doing their own countdown looking at the worst cities in Sports. The first city we check out is Cleveland Ohio which is home to the Browns, Indians, and the Cavaliers.

The last championship by a Cleveland sports team was in 1964 by the Browns when they defeated the Baltimore Colts 27-0 in the NFL Championship game. The Browns have not made an appearance in the Super Bowl with six division titles but zero conference championships. They even lost the team for three season when Art Moddell packed up the team and moved them to Baltimore. The NFL decided to award the city another franchise which started playing in Cleveland in 1999 at the new stadium that was built where Municipal stadium stood. The Browns since coming back in the league have not appeared in the playoffs barely missing out of the playoffs in 2007 as they lost some tiebreakers. It was the best season for the franchise since 1994.

How about the NBA team which the best player in the league plays on you say? Yea, those Cleveland Cavaliers who have one NBA finals appearance in 2007 and only one division title in 1976 since their inception in 1970. The biggest moment in Cavaliers history is when Michael Jordan hit a jump shot over Craig Ehlo to win Game 5 (deciding game) of the first round playoff series. Now the Cavaliers have local legend Lebron James leading the team but have not been able to get the big prize of an NBA title. There are rumors floating that once James is done with his current contract that he will jump the ship and head to New York to be a part of the Knicks or Nets. This would devastate the Cleveland area as Lebron is from Akron OH.

The final team in the Cleveland market is the most pathetic in the Indians. They were founded in 1901 and have won two titles in 1920 and 1948. They have won the AL Pennant in only three other seasons in 1954, 1995, and 1997. They ended up losing the 1954 World Series to the where they were swept by the New York Giants. In 1995, they made it back to the World Series after a 41 year absence. They lost the series in six games to the Atlanta Braves while in 1997 they made it to the World Series and lost to the Marlins in the seventh game after blowing a lead in the bottom of the 9th. Since then, the Indians have not been able to get back to the World Series including in 2007 where they had a 3 games to 2 lead on the Boston Red Sox but ended up losing in seven games.

Epic Carnival would like to welcome Cleveland to Loserville and maybe someday they can get out of being perennial losers.

3 comment(s):

Ron Vallo said...

You should be careful of your facts when you plan to call someone a loser, or you may just fit the description yourself.

The Browns made the playoff in 2002. As the saying goes, you can look it up!

Also, the great fans of Cleveland managed to force the NFL to make the city whole again after the team was ripped from the city. Didn't happen in laid back L.A. - the second-largest city in the country but a city without a team in what clearly has become the country's most popular sport.

Also, you need to brush up on your grammar and writing skills, or at least get a copy editor.

sager said...

And you could make sure to put the S on playoffs. You can look that up, too.

Lesson learned: Get off your high horse.

Cleveland's a 3-team city that hasn't had a pro championship since 1964, and this is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Take it for what it is, buddy.

OK, chief?

More Credible said...

You know how ESPN has that stupid song playing at the end of these little Titletown promos? (I think it's a country song...)

We should have one too. I nominate Brass Bonanza!

Play that track DJ!:

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