- Sunday, June 6, 2010 6:23 PM
- Written By: Mike Rosolio
The refurbished Browns are one of the league’s most docile doormats. The Indians are the second worst team in baseball. The most physically gifted basketball player of all time is a homegrown hero and seems all but destined to leave the Cavs to give New Yorkers a taste of what it feels like to be a winner.
But rest easy, Cleveland, all is not lost.
Your new favorite daughter has brought home a championship to Northern Ohio! Anamika Veeramani of Cleveland took down the Scripps National Spelling Bee with a killer maneuvering of the word STROMUHR, which is a rheometer designed to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery and is not recognized by spell check. There, you got your taste, Cleveland, so it was all worth it. Let’s take a walk back through the great moments in Cleveland sports history:
-- Jim Brown terrorizes the NFL pre-merger, retires in his prime to help Lee Marvin kill Nazis.
-- Browns get it back together just in time for John Elway to come into the league (see The Drive and The Fumble).
-- The Indians’ ineptitude is lampooned in a film where they finally win a pennant, only to lose to the Yankees.
-- Michael Jordan ruins the Cavs with ‘The Shot;’ also took the over.
-- The Indians’ continuous ineptitude is once again lampooned in a film where they finally make a World Series. They probably didn’t win, since the next installment featured most of their lineup in Double-A ball.
-- The 1994 strike interrupts what was at the very least a wild card year for the loaded Indians.
-- The Browns leave town in 1995. Five years later, Art Modell hoists the Lombardi trophy.
-- The 1995 Indians lose the World Series in six games to the Atlanta Braves, who mastered the art of losing World Series in the mid-90s. The 1997 Indians lose to the Florida Marlins after leading in the ninth inning of Game 7.
-- Tim Couch, first overall pick.
-- Manny Ramirez wins two titles in Boston. Albert Belle has his Halloween Adventure.
-- CC Sabathia. Cliff Lee.
-- LeBron James is on the brink of going to New York.
-- Anamika Veeramani.
It was a long way back to glory, Cleveland. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.