“THE MI$TAKE ON THE LAKE”, FINALLY GET$ A BREAK!?!?

1964 WAS THE LAST TIME The City of Cleveland won a pro sports championship. Jimmy Brown’s Browns shut out Johnny Unitas’ Baltimore Colts 27-0. CLE’s NBA team (founded in 1970) has NEVER won a title. The Indians last won a World Series in 1948 with the likes of Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Larry Doby & Lou Boudreau. Cleveland does not have an NHL team (Columbus has the Blue Jackets). In 1969 b/c of the city’s sports futility, its financial problems & the Cuyahoga River catching fire, it was nicknamed the “Mistake on the Lake.” Will LBJ with his brand of basketball and BIG MOUTH bring an end to this drought? Could Mr Gilbert’s possible fraud felony be the Cavaliers’ Cuyahoga River fire and burn away its success?

T-1: Pedigree by the Million$ & Billion$

Team Valuea

Team Payrollb

Coach’s Salaryc

Owner Wortha

Cleveland

53 wins

$ 915 M

$82.593 M

David Blatt-$3.33-$5 M

Dan Gilbert-$4,500 M

Golden State

67 wins

$ 1,300 M

$73.611 M

Steve Kerr- $5 M

Joe Lacob- $325 M

a. Forbes; b. USA today; c. OtherLeague.com

T-2:Championship Droughts by City

City

Year

Length of time

Cleveland

1964

51 yrs

Jimmy Brown was a 3 time NFL MVP.

Buffalo

1966

49 yrs

NO NHL/NFL Rings. NO MLB/NBA teams. OUCH!

San Diego

1969

46 yrs

Chargers/Padres have 0 Rings since been in Biz.

Milwaukee

1971

44 yrs

MIL Bucks won NBA Championship 1971 @ Alcindor.

Kansas City

1985

30 yrs

Royals won WS in 1985. Could they repeat in 2015?

T-3: MLB Championship Droughts

Team

Year

Length of time

CHI Cubs

1908

107 yrs

By comparison every other pro sports team is an oasis.

CLE

1948

67 yrs

The Indians haven’t circled the wagons in quite some time.

TEX

1961

54 yrs

Made 6 appearances in the MLB postseason, but NO RINGS!

HST

1965

50 yrs

Swept in ‘05 WS appearance (in NL).

SD

1969

46 yrs

14 winning seasons in franchise history, BUT NO RINGS!

T-4: NFL Championship Droughts

Team

Year

Length of Time

AZ

1947

68 yrs

First NFL franchise to lose 700 games since its inception. Started as CHI Cards.

DET

1957

58 yrs

4 pre-merger Championships. Only NFC team, to have NOT even played in SB.

PHL

1960

55 yrs

Fans are top 3 in attendance. PHL has “sold out” every game since the 1999 season.

CLE

1964

51 yrs

Just 2 winning seasons since 1999, but have GREAT celeb with Johnny Ftbll. OUCH!

ATL

1966

49 yrs

Only SB appearance was during the 1998 season.

T-5: NHL Championship Droughts

Team

Year

Length of Time

TOR

1968

47 yrs

Haven’t been in Cup Finals since last Cup win.

STL

1968

47 yrs

OLDEST franchise to have NEVER won the Cup.

BUF

1971

44 yrs

Made it to the Cup Finals TWICE!

VAN

1971

44 yrs

10-11 & ’11-12 Best League Record, but NO Stanley!

WSH

1975

40 yrs

Made it to the Cup Finals ONCE!

T-6: NBA Championship Droughts

Team

Years

Length of Time

SAC

1951

64 yrs

Never won or even been to the Finals since 1951.

ATL

1958

57 yrs

Has 1 crown & 4 Finals appearances, occurred when the team was based in STL.

PHX

1968

47 yrs

NBA‘s 4th-best all-time winning % @ 55%. Have 29 playoff appearances.

CLE

1970

45 yrs

26-game losing streak in 2010–11.

MIL

1971

44 yrs

Won with Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Have had stars as Ray Allen & Bob Lanier.

Tables 1-6 paint a canvas of frustration, failure, futility, fiascos, and frankly in many instances unlucky timing. While Cleveland has had its share of major league (MLB, NBA, & NFL) droughts, it also has had more rebirth than most cities have had births. Please consider the famed CLE clinic, Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, the 2nd largest theatre district in the US, etc. In the arena of sports, no matter what CLE sports team you pick, it is a piker by comparison to the Chicago Cubs whose WS drought is well into its 2nd century. May MLB’s 1st dynasty (1906-1908) find another Tinkers to Evers to Chance?

THE YEAR WAS 1964

1/8 LBJ declares a “War on Poverty

1/11 Surgeon Gen’l reported that smoking maybe hazardous to one’s health

1/16 John Glenn, 1st American to orbit earth, resigns from NASA & announces to run 4 Congress.

1/16 “Hello Dolly” opened in NYC

1/23 24th Amendment prohibited Poll Tax

2/1 Beatles tops US singles chart with “I Want to Hold Your Hand

2/9 Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan Show, 73 M watched TV (US pop was 192 M)

2/25 Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston for HvyWt Championship

3/9 1st Ford Mustang from Ford Mtr Co.

3/14 Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald

3/15 Richard Burton & Liz Taylor marry in MTL for 1st time

4/9-12 Arnold Palmer wins Masters Tourney

4/13 Sidney Portier wins Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field

5/24-25 319 killed in Lina, Peru b/c of a riot after refs decision at a soccer game

6/19 Sen Ed Kennedy seriously injured in plane crash

8/27 Mary Poppins has world premiere. Dom Box of $102.3 M (adjusted to 2015 $$ is $780.8 M)

10/10-24 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (1st time live telecast by geostationary communication satellite)

10/14 MLKing becomes youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

12/27 Cleveland defeats Baltimore for NFL Champ (Please see above)

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