Browns, Indians, and Cavs: Which Cleveland Sports Team Is Closer to Success?

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Browns, Indians, and Cavs: Which Cleveland Sports Team Is Closer to Success?
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Let me throw a few statistics at you. Ready?


The Cleveland Browns’ record since returning to the NFL in 1999.


The number of times the Cleveland Indians have qualified for the playoffs during that same 12 year span.


The Cleveland Cavaliers record in the six years before LeBron James’ rookie year.

And finally the most telling statistic of all.


The number of championships Cleveland sports teams have won since 1964—a 50-year drought that ranks as the longest in the nation amongst cities with three sports teams.

To be a Cleveland sports fan is to be committed to torture.  Year after year, foolish Cleveland optimists flock to Lake Erie in hopes that this year might be the year that the curse will end.

Up until this summer's most recent nightmare, two-time MVP LeBron James embodied the city’s only hope of bringing a championship to Cuyahoga County.  But even the most gifted player to ever touch a basketball saw no hope for a championship in Cleveland.

Recently, many diehard Browns fans smiled at the hiring of Mike Holmgren, citing his past success as evidence of good things to come. 

But unfortunately, the Browns dropped another close game this Sunday to the Ravens.  They are now winless and without any inclination of progress in the near future.

This most recent disappointment, then, begs the question:

Who will be the first Cleveland team to break the curse of Rocky Colavito?

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