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You can’t place a curse on Cleveland sports

October 24, 2007
By Zach Baker
There was probably plenty of cursing in Cleveland during the final three games in the American League Championship Series.

After Indians fans had watched their team be outscored 30-5 in three losses, most of those words were justified.

What can’t be justified is the belief that Cleveland sports teams are cursed.

I can imagine some Browns, Indians and Cavaliers fans are rolling their eyes after reading that last sentence.

The last time Cleveland enjoyed a championship (a real, final-round, best-in-the-world championship), Barry Goldwater had just been trounced by Lyndon Baines Johnson in the presidential election.

But the reality is that there is no curse on Cleveland’s teams. There never has been; there never will be.

To believe there is some kind of hex on our teams, we have to believe that bad things have happened for no reason.

Cleveland hasn’t had a championship team in any sport in 43 years. But there are explanations for that.

n Paul Brown was fired.

n Craig Ehlo couldn’t guard Michael Jordan.

n Jose Mesa just wasn’t pitching well in 1997.

Even in this past Indians series, nothing stands out as curse-worthy.

The Indians had a three-games-to-one lead and promptly forgot how to pitch, field and hit. But they weren’t playing for a world championship yet.

We have learned that getting to the final step is not a problem for Cleveland teams.

The Cavaliers made the NBA finals this spring. The Indians made the World Series in 1995 and 1997. It’s not like Cleveland teams haven’t had success. Heck, even the Browns are .500 this season.

But even if every Cleveland team was awful every year, it still wouldn’t mean a curse was in effect. To believe in such a thing means to believe some higher, mystical power really wants to mess with Cleveland sports fans.

Look around.

America is fighting in two wars. Fires are raging in California and people have been evacuated from their homes. There are horrible things going on in Darfur.

I would think that whoever is up there would be using their power in a more meaningful way than trying to make sure rich Cleveland players don’t get big gold rings.

Maybe it’s bad luck. Maybe it’s just the way it is.

But Cleveland’s championship drought is not the work of God, Rocky Colavito, Bobby Bragen, Paul Brown or anyone else.

You can curse the Indians for their failure but don’t look to a higher power.

If you have a prayer for this world, don’t waste it on the result of a sporting event.

Zach Baker is an A-T sports writer

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