If you TIVO’d the Cavs-Magic game 4 last night and don’t know how it ended now is a good time to probably stop reading this column…..
Let me set the record straight. I AM NOT a diehard long suffering Cleveland fan. I have not spent the better part of my 27 years living and dying with the Orange and Brown. I rooted against the Indians in the 95 and 97 World Series. I could have cared less about the NBA until about 3 years ago when I lived in a city(Phoenix) that had a team. However, after last nights loss the Cavaliers are on the verge of being eliminated by the Orlando Magic and for the first time in my life I am understanding what its like to be a Cleveland sports fan.
See, I moved to Cleveland 2 summers ago after living most of my life just 2 and a 1/2 hours south of the Mistake by the Lake. In just under two years I am going to be a WITNESS to the Tribe blowing a 3-1 ALCS lead over Boston in 2007 and now the Cavs having the best record and home court throughout the playoffs only to be eliminated by Mickey Mouse’s favorite team. I cannot imagine the pain of being a lifelong Cleveland fan. Before you think I am a bandwagon front runner I have lived most of the my life as a fan of loser teams. I am and will continue to be a Bengals and Reds diehard, need I say more??? My favorite team, The Ohio State Buckeyes, is the national punch line in the college football world.
I guess my point is that I really feel for Cleveland fans. For the first time in my life I feel like I am a Cleveland fan(not the Browns, lets not get crazy). I know I am just signing up for a lifetime of pain and heartbreak, but bring it on. Now, let’s go Cavs(and Tribe), I want this new fan loyalty to payoff quickly!!!!!