Oct. - Dec.
With a 31-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Oct. 12, the Cleveland Browns had fans on the edge of disbelief, blowing up social media with their reactions to the wild game. We track the excitement via Twitter.
We feel like Cleveland Dangerfield ova here. Even when we get our own 29-page feature covering the Cavs, Browns and Indians called "The Cleveland Issue" in the Oct. 13 ESPN The Magazine, CLE still gets upstaged. The retiring Derek Jeter — aka No. 2, The Captain, shortstop for Darth Vader's favorite baseball team — appears solo on the cover of the issue. But maybe the Worldwide Leader was just trying to protect us from any jinxes by keeping us tucked safely inside.
The High-Five List
These people, places and things deserve the highest of fives for civic awesomeness this year.
Cleveland Metroparks: Now that the Metroparks cleaned up Edgewater Beach, we're finally comfortable enough to cast away our flip-flops and feel the sand between our toes.
Cooper Robar: We bow to the brazen gay teen for challenging gender roles by running for homecoming queen and also to Lakewood High School students for giving him the crown.
Food Startups: Our cravings for culinary startups, including craft-beer doughnut baker Brewnuts and small-batch ice cream maker Mason's Creamery, has evolved into brick-and-mortar locations, proving that if you make hip, tasty treats, we'll eat it.
Downtown Dog Park: In a tail wag to the downtown residential boom, the first community dog park at Settlers Landing begs pooches to climb, jump and romp around with their four-legged friends.
Cleveland's 10 Greatest Years
This year seems like the exception to our regular doom and gloom. But after careful historical research, we found plenty of other years to cheer.
10. 1995: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens; the Cleveland Indians win the American League championship; but Art Modell moves the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore
9. 2014: RNC chooses Cleveland, LeBron returns
8. 1948: Satchel Paige debuts with the Indians, the team wins the World Series; the Browns go 15-0; track star Harrison Dillard wins two gold medals at the London Olympics
7. 1964: Browns win championship; Martin Luther King Jr. visits Cleveland a week after winning the Nobel Peace Prize; The Cleveland Press is named one of America's 10 best newspapers by Time magazine
6. 1921: State, Ohio, Allen and Hanna theaters open; the Cleveland Clinic is established
5. 1936: Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics; the Great Lakes Exposition opens; the RNC nominates Alfred M. Landon as its presidential candidate in Cleveland
4. 1912: West Side Market opens; Cuyahoga County Courthouse opens; Johnny Kilbane wins featherweight boxing championship
3. 1890: The Garfield Monument is dedicated; the Arcade opens; the Cleveland Spiders sign Cy Young
2. 1832: Ohio Canal opens, Euclid Road recognized as a public highway; Cleaveland Herald drops the 'A'
1. 1920: Indians win the World Series; Cleveland Museum of Natural History is established; construction begins on Public Auditorium; Cleveland is named the fifth-largest city