When the Indians clinched a berth in the World Series on Wednesday, the city of Cleveland found itself in an unusual dilemma, a particularly ironic one for a sports town coming off an extended title drought.
Baseball’s championship showdown is scheduled to begin on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Progressive Field, where the Indians will host Games 1 and 2 against either the Chicago Cubs or the Los Angeles Dodgers. But wouldn’t you know it, that same night marks the first game of the season for the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who were set to receive their rings and see a title banner raised to the rafters for the first time in franchise history at the very same time, right next door.
What’s a resident of Titleland, Ohio, to do?
Luckily for Cleveland fans, the NBA stepped in and lightened the load. The league announced Friday afternoon that the Cavs’ ring ceremony, which will be broadcast on TNT prior to their game against the New York Knicks, will be pushed up by half an hour, giving folks more time to transition from celebrating the Cavs’ title to rooting on the Indians.
A very nice gesture, to be sure. It remains to be seen if any of this city-wide success rubs off on the 0-6 Browns, who are still looking for their first playoff win since re-entering the NFL in 1999.