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For a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, Cavs' win erases painful memories

Now I know how it feels.

I didn't win the NBA championship, but as a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, when I saw LeBron James hoisting the championship trophy, I was the one hoisting it.

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I'm 50 years old and I lived through every disappointment that struck Cleveland sports fans – The Fumble, The Drive, Michael Jordan shooting over Craig Ehlo, Jose Mesa missing the weak line drive up the middle against the Marlins. I could go on, but I don't want to. Each brings back painful memories. You better believe it was 52 years since the last major Cleveland sports championship (Bless you, Jim Brown).

People frequently ask if I watched "Believeland," the recent ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Cleveland's sports lowlights. My response, "No, I was there. I don't have to see a movie about it." I'm not into horror films anyway.

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But my love for the teams and the city has never died. It's the same as Baltimore sports fans who love their teams with such passion. Watching the scene of pure joy unfold in the streets of Cleveland after the game made me long to be back there.

Folks have been offering congratulations today and I've accepted them like LeBron accepting the championship and Finals MVP trophies. I've always believed that this day would come. But turning 50 made me hope that it would hurry up and get here.

Now I know how it feels.

It feels great.

Believe it.

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