It's a probability that if you say "Cleveland" while playing word association with sports fan, that person would respond with "painful" - or a synonym of the word. That's because the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers have all suffered heart-breaking setbacks without much reward in return.
Maybe the one that hurts the most is the 1987 AFC Championship Game in Denver. The Browns were looking to enact revenge on a Broncos team, led by John Elway, that defeated them in this same spot last year with "The Drive."
Momentum that was clearly on Denver's side thanks to a 21-3 Broncos advantage at halftime quickly swung the other way as Browns QB Bernie Kosar threw four second half touchdowns. Cleveland came back to knot the score at 31 in the fourth period. The Broncos responded to take a 38-31 lead late.
Cleveland answered and was on the verge of tying the game again. The ball was at the eight-yard-line with 1:12 remaining. Running back Earnest Byner took a hand-off and appeared to heading for a score.
Just before he reached the goal line, Broncos defensive back Jeremiah Castille jarred the ball loose. Denver recovered and advanced to its second straight Super Bowl appearance.
The Browns still haven't reached the Super Bowl.