That's what I'm starting to think. Is it a pre-requisite that all Cleveland teams must suck tremendously whenever they are playing in a nationally televised game? The Tribe have played in two ESPN Sunday Night games this year. Last night was a 14-2 shalacking with our ace throwing, and the other was a season-opening crushing at the hands of the White Sox where our ace got put on the DL. In total the Tribe is 0-3 in national broadcast games this year.
The Cavs seem to have no better luck in the spotlight, including getting blown-out 3 times to the Pistons on ABC's Sunday afternoon broadcast (the last two coming in the playoffs, the final one being game 7). I don't have the actual numbers for Nationally broadcasted games, but the Cavs were consistently coming up emtpy on the grand stage.
Then there are the Browns. 0-1 last year on ESPN, with that being a blow-out loss to the Steelers in P*******gh. In 2004 they were also 0-1, with that being the Sunday Night game where Ed Reed returned a last-second Jeff Garcia interception 107 yards to end the game. In fact, since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999, they are an amazing 1-6 in nationally televised primetime games.
so what is it with our teams? Why do they hate being in the spotlight? Are they ashamed that they are from Cleveland? Do they not like the fact they they are in HD? Does that freaky SkyCam thing scare them? I need some help on this one.