1964 was a landmark year.
The Beatles won the hearts of America. LBJ won the Presidential Election by a landslide. And the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship.
And as any follower of Cleveland sports can tell you, that was the last time natives of the Lake Erie city could proudly thrust their (index) fingers in the air and shout "We're number 1". Since that Dec. 27 Sunday when the Browns blitzed Baltimore 27-0, Cleveland has not experienced another championship moment.
Last night Cleveland fans painfully learned that their city's 45 years of futility would continue. The Cleveland Cavaliers faced the harsh reality of defeat in the fantasy land of Orlando Florida.
The Magic (how ironic) made the Cavaliers dream season disappear. Its a staggering loss. This was supposed to be THE year, and the Cavaliers were supposed to be THE team to end the drought. The Cavs had just come off a record setting regular season and swept their way through the first two rounds of the playoffs with a double digit average margin of victory. The only question for Cavs fans was would they rather face the Lakers or the Nuggets in the NBA Finals.
But Christmas morning never arrives for Cleveland fans. No tree, no presents, no turkey dinner.
Orlando waxes Cleveland in six games, and Cleveland fans are a witness to nothing but another cruel hoax.
The 2008-2009 Cavaliers join The Drive, The Fumble, and the 1997 World Series, on the list of taboo topics in Northeastern Ohio households.
It wouldn't be Cleveland, if it didn't break your heart.