Top 10 Worst Moments in Cleveland Sports History

Sure the Chicago Cubs have not won the World Series in over a hundred years, and sure the Detroit Lions have never even been to a Super Bowl, but as a collective city, Cleveland has the most chokes and the worst teams in history.
The Top Ten
1 Art Modell moves the Browns to Baltimore

Almost as harsh as The Decision. Art Modell took away everything the Browns had worked for. (Although with zero Super Bowls at the time, it wasn't that bad.) What was worse? The Ravens ended up winning a Super Bowl within five years of existence. Of course, the last time they faced off on Monday night didn't help either.

2 LeBron James' Decision

After spending years as a Cavalier and winning no titles, LeBron James left Cleveland to go to Miami. Sure, he came back, but he won two championships with Miami. LeBron James jerseys were burned, and the large poster of him was torn down. That was harsh on the part of both LeBron and the fans.

3 John Elway's drive against the Browns

All the Browns had to do was stop John Elway and the Broncos from driving down 98 yards in 5 minutes. Guess what happened next?

4 Earnest Byner's fumble

It's hard to think about how Browns fans endured watching this game, which became known in Browns lore as The Fumble. By the way, the man who fumbled is really Earnest Byner. The man played his heart out in that unfortunate, fateful game.

One year after the drive, one yard away from overtime.

5 Willie Mays' catch against the Indians

Imagine this: the 1954 Indians won 111 games. The team had the total package and were favorites to take the series. Then along came Mays' catch in Game 1, and it changed everything. The Indians wouldn't be back in the postseason until 1995.

It wasn't a Game 7, but Willie Mays' catch foretold what would happen in that World Series.

6 Indians blow lead against the Marlins

In the 1997 World Series against the Florida Marlins, the Cleveland Indians were not able to hold onto a 2-0 lead. The Marlins came back, sent the game into extra innings, and won the World Series in the eleventh inning.

7 Michael Jordan's buzzer beater in 1987

Probably the most iconic moment on this list, Michael Jordan hit a buzzer-beater at the free-throw line over the top of Craig Ehlo to win the game and the series by one.

8 Browns call Red Right 88; throw interception vs Raiders

Instead of going for a chip-shot field goal, the Browns decided to throw the ball at the Raiders' 13-yard line. The throw was intercepted, the game was over, and the Raiders went on to win the Super Bowl.

9 Indians choke 3-1 lead over Red Sox in the 2007 ALCS

The Cleveland Indians were up 3-1 in the series against the Boston Red Sox, and Game 5 was at home. However, the Indians were not able to close out the series on their home field, and the Red Sox made a huge comeback in the series, winning 4-3. (They won the last two games by an average of almost 10 runs.) The Red Sox went on to win the World Series.

10 Michael Jordan's 2nd buzzer beater in 1993

Michael Jordan hit another buzzer-beater against the Cavs in 1993 to win the series. The Bulls went on to win the championship.

The Contenders
11 Bottlegate - 2001
12 The Indians change their name to Guardians
13 J.R. Smith dribbles away the clock and the chance to win game 1 at Golden St. in NBA Finals 2018! Cavs lose by 10 in overtime!

Will never ever forgive JR.

14 The Cleveland Browns 0-16 season
15 The Rocky Colavito trade
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