CLEVELAND, Ohio — Swept coming the All-Star break, frozen in free agency, the Indians and Cavs aren’t endearing themselves to anyone right now, which is what happens when championships are the only real satisfaction for teams this talented.
Glorious, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, the Browns are preparing for training camp awash in first-round picks, rebuilt from the ground up and promising hope for a future that isn’t dependent on what happens in 16 games this season.
Not bad either.
What’s missing in Cleveland sports right now? What has been banished and may not come around again for years?
Mediocrity. Cleveland sports has killed it. That’s why right now, with two teams chasing titles and one tanking to build for tomorrow, Cleveland may be the perfect sports city for the new era of professional sports.
Win or stink. Nothing in between. Embrace it Cleveland, because you’ve got it.
Explaining the fun in the Cavs reaching three straight NBA Finals, while capturing the city’s first title in 52 years, and the Indians falling only after extra innings in Game 7 of the World Series, isn’t much of a point. But when many mocked the Browns for having the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft this year in comparison to that success, that view missed the point.
The Browns tanking isn’t the opposite of the Cavs and Indians winning. It’s the companion piece to it. Losing can lead to winning, which eventually leads to smart and planned losing, which leads to winning again.
The opposite of both big winning and big losing is being stuck in the middle.
The Houston Astros are the best team in the American League because they bottomed out and…
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