Much has been written about the championship drought that Cleveland has endured since 1960-something. As Cleveland is my original home town, I can agree that being a Cleveland sports fan is pretty much an act of masochism. The Browns toyed with almost going to a Superbowl when I was a kid, and have cosmically sucked ever since. The Indians made it to the World Series when I was in my 20's, and they got beat down pretty hard. But the Cavaliers, they've been to the NBA finals or conference finals more times than I can count. They've never been able to close the deal.
Then last night, after being down three games to one, they won three straight, ending in a real nail-biter, to win the championship. All of the Lebron James drama may have finally paid off. He cried like a big baby (or maybe he was still crying about his wrist that he fell on minutes before). Importantly though, this wasn't some contrived conglomeration of superstars, like Miami. This was him and some dudes who were pretty good, and worked their asses off. He went "home" knowing he had to work hard.
I don't watch sports on TV very often. I'll watch the Superbowl, mostly for the commercials and the terrible half-time shows, and I'll watch the Cavs in the playoffs when they're there. This time, I didn't get very invested, because it usually doesn't end well. With the shit storm of bad news here in Orlando in the last week, I was really disinterested. But then they made a series of it, and I had to watch game 7. It's too bad it couldn't have been played in Cleveland.
I'm happy to see my home town finally get a win. If you can deal with winter, the city is definitely trying its hardest to be awesome, and it succeeds in a lot of ways. I don't miss it, but hooray for Cleveland.