2007 Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 (Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons)
The Cavs-Pistons rivalry might be one of the most underrated feuds in sports. Separated by a mere two-hour drive, the team Dan Gilbert owns and the team from his hometown met three times in the playoffs between 2006 and 2009, during LeBron James' first run with the Cavs. This particular matchup stretches into the final moments of a second overtime with James dropping the final two points of a 48-point outing. Not only did it secure the win, it propelled the Cavs to a series victory in Game Six. Or, just keep rewatching the final three minutes and 39 seconds of Game Seven of the 2016 finals here.
Last Opening Day At Municipal Stadium (New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians; March 5, 1993)
So the Indians take an L in this one, to the Yankees nonetheless, and it kicks off a particularly uneventful 1993 season, in which the Indians go 76-86 and finish in sixth place in the division. But it's a reminder of a few things. One is Municipal Stadium, in which this game is the final home opener, an event that drew an MLB record 73,290 fans. Second is that even the worst teams in Indians history are worth celebrating on Home Opener Day. It'll come eventually Cleveland. (P.S. If wallowing in sadness makes you feel better during dark times, there's always Game Seven of the 1997 World Series or the 2016 World Series.)
1989 Divisional Playoff Game (Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns)
Man, it's hard to find a vintage Browns game that doesn't start with a capital "The." But in this epic January divisional playoff game, Bernie Kosar throws three touchdowns to propel the Browns to victory over the Buffalo Bills. Eric Metcalf, who we caught up with before the 2019 Browns Season, runs back a 90-yard kickoff return to seal the deal. The Browns then go on to their third AFC Championship in four years, where they fall once again to the John Elway-led Denver Broncos. For a more modern victory, check out this 2014 Browns win against the Tennessee Titans, where hometown hero and new New England Patriot Brian Hoyer completes the largest road comeback in NFL history
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