Yesterday, for the first time in almost 19 years, a Cleveland sports team played in a game where winning would make them the world champions. (The Cavaliers have played in the NBA championship twice before, but never won more than 2 games. In 1997 the Indians played in a game 7 in the World Series).
Yesterday, for the first time in my lifetime, a Cleveland sports team won a World Championship. (Technically the Browns were NFL champs when I was 1 year old. But technically I went to California to visit my Aunt and Uncle when I was 3 months old. I don't count that as my first trip to Calliifornia either).
Now - this isn't the first time one of my favorite teams has won a championship. The Ohio State Buckeys have twice won the NCAA Football championship in my lifetime, including one of the all time great wins in 2004.
But this one is special. The whole series is special. The Cavaliers lost the first two games in historic fashion. After winning one at home they lost again to fall behind 3 gams to 1. With two of the last three games on the road the Cavaliers could have given up. Instead they doubled their effort. In games 5 and 6, they simply worked harder and wanted it more than Golden State. Then last night, in a great game 7, they outplayed Golden State in Oracle Arena. This Warrior team was one of the all time best. They lost only 9 games in the regular season (and 9 more in the playoffs. YES!)
But every time Golden State took a lead, the Cavs responded. An incredible game, and incredible win, an incredible Father's Day gift.