For 52 agonizing years, The Land has endured episodes of heartbreak and coming up short while waiting for the elusive celebration of a major championship. That wait is officially over. Pay homage to the Cavs’ historic Game 7 finish that gave us a new “The” to overshadow all others: The Ring.
It’s time to forget...
The Drive: Jan. 11, 1987, fourth quarter of the AFC Championship, 5:32 left on the clock. With the Browns leading 20-13, the Denver Broncos charge 98 yards to the end zone, taking the game to overtime, and, well you know the rest.
The Fumble: Jan. 17, 1988, the AFC Championship Game rematch between the Browns and Broncos, another unthinkable horror: A Cleveland fumble on the Broncos’ 1-yard line with 1:12 to go and the game-winning touchdown within reach.
The Shot: May 7, 1989, Bulls vs. Cavs, Eastern Conference First Round, 3 seconds left in the deciding Game 5, Cavs up 100-99. Chicago inbounds the ball to a double-teamed Michael Jordan, a second left, and...the shot is good.
The Move: The Cleveland Browns become the Baltimore Ravens. Art Modell is no longer welcome in The Land.
The Blown Save: Oct. 26, 1997, Game 7 of the World Series, Cleveland Indians facing Florida Marlins. With the Tribe leading 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, all closer José Mesa needed to do was, well, close. Again, you know the outcome.
But now, there is THE RING. Pay homage.