Sunday, May 31, 2009

It's over
It was, without question, the greatest regular season in Cavaliers' history. Playoff series against the Pistons and Hawks did nothing to tarnish it.

No excuses. Our guys got beat by a better team. The Magic outplayed the Cavaliers and deserve to go to the NBA Finals.

One is tempted to bemoan the curse that seems to have engulfed our professional sports teams. Two years ago, I didn't believe in such things. But I must confess I muttered about it during this series.

I can't imagine any force greater than humanity would care about Cleveland sports. What we are left with, I think, is just bad luck. Who knows when it will be lifted. But we have to keep thinking it will be. No matter what, the Cavs are and will continue to be our best chance for a world title. If LeBron stays in Cleveland (which, I believe he will) it's hard not to imagine a title washing up upon the shores of Lake Erie.

Great season, bad ending.

Have you heard that before?



At 9:25 AM , Anonymous Erik said...

A Cleveland team might never win another championship ever again. This is the scenario that none of us wants to face, because it is just too painful. But it is a real possibility, and an outcome we should be willing to accept, because it is an outcome we as fans cannot control.

It might be another 70 to 100 years before the population of the Cleveland area has atrophied to the point that it can no longer support major league pro sports. So the timeline is not infinite. By 2109, Cleveland could be a city of 75,000 and a metropolitan area of 500,000. Maybe not, but that's where things are trending. And if that's the case, this will be a minor league town.

I think it's time to stop with the depression and desperation as a fan base. None of us are entitled to a championship, and indeed none of us may ever see one.

If it's not our fault, we shouldn't treat it as our cross to bear. If that's the way things shake out, it's just a fact of life. A hard fact to swallow, but a fact nonetheless. You can't always get what you want.


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