Are the winds changing in Cleveland? The mood and spirits of this lakefront town are at an all time high because of the recent happening with the sports teams. The national media has all eyes on Cleveland, but this time they are watching the city because of the prospects of good news rather then the horrible events that have littered its past. The Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians are all producing exciting moments for the its sports fan. The wins have yet to be accumulated, but could Cleveland (finally) be entering an age of professional sports success?
The atmosphere of Cleveland started to change on May 8 during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft when the Browns selected the biggest name Draft with the pick of quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel was the 2012 Heisman trophy winner and a player who transcended college football. He has come in to Cleveland as one of biggest stars in the NFL even without playing a single game yet in the league. The Browns finally could have a quarterback who can take the team to a championship and one who will end the era of losing. Because of all these things he brings, Cleveland has Manziel mania. The town has not been this excited for a player on the Browns in many years.
Browns got Johnny
Cavs have the 1st pick
Indians swept Detroit
Haven't been this happy in a long time
Manziel started the craze of “Good Karma” in Cleveland. This optimistic sentiment has made Cleveland more positive about their sports teams. “Good Karma” is a new positive mindset that Clevelanders have taken on regarding their teams that have disappointed them to no end over much of the last decade—it has replaced Cleveland’s old sentiment, “Only in Cleveland.” This change to a positive attitude has made the past few weeks more enjoyable to be a Cleveland Sports fan, but the Manziel selection was only the beginning of the great month of May.
The positive momentum continued this past Tuesday when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the won the NBA Draft Lottery for a second straight year. They won the No. 1 pick in one of the best drafts in recent years despite having just a 1.7% chance. The draft has given the team a new breath of fresh air and brighter future. The team was headed to a tough offseason with a lot of uncertainty, but the Cavaliers struck gold with the lottery and because of all the options it has opened up for them. The Cavs can pick the best player on their draft board or they could trade the pick for an All-Star level veteran. They can be aggressive with their roster because the team has the No. 1 pick in their back pocket. Without a doubt, the positivity has flowed through to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And that is not all for the good fortunes in Cleveland. This past week, the Cleveland Indians swept their rival in the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers and took the first game against the Baltimore Orioles. The Indians turned a disappointing weekend series versus the Oakland Athletics into a hopeful momentum shifting series win. The Tigers were the Indians biggest nemesis last year. The Tribe only won four games last year versus their division rival. With the sweep this week, The Indians have already matched this win total of last season. The Tribe has started the season off very slowly and has played very sloppy baseball. Hopefully this series win can propel them into a successful stretch of winning baseball.
It has been wild and exciting month of May for the Cleveland sports fans. The national media has descended on to Cleveland to take notice of the big news happening here. It seems like every team in Cleveland is trending positively. The “New Cleveland” moniker fits very well because of how different the sports environment feels now. There is no more dreadful woe-is-me attitude that has haunted this town’s fans for so many years. Cleveland has so much anticipation and excitement surrounding its teams which has not been seen for a very long time. Good Karma is the new belief that has many in this city believing that this could finally be the beginning of more successful professional sports. The city has seen so much disappointment by their sports teams over the many years. It is finally time that the tide turns and Cleveland gets better fortunes. The Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians are on a path to finally obtaining to the ever-elusive championship.
Joe has been writing for WFNY since April 2014. He is a diehard Cleveland sports fan, who is just looking for a winner in this town. He has been around sports his entire life by working with the basketball and football teams at St. Ignatius High School and also with the football team at Baldwin Wallace. Besides watching and writing about sports, Joe loves to spend time with his family and two dogs.