Mmmmmm….Buckeyes In Butter….

The American Dairy Association Mideast`s annual butter cow and calf sculptures share the spotlight with The Ohio State Buckeyes football team.This year`s butter sculpture at the Ohio State Fair pays tribute to the team`s 2015 victory in the first-ever College Football Playoff. Fairgoers can view the display in the Dairy Products Building from July 28 to August 9.

One of the favorite events at the Ohio State Fair, the annual butter sculpture display was unveiled today by the American Dairy Association Mideast and is sure to spread Buckeye spirit.

This year’s butter display commemorates the Ohio State Buckeye’s national championship victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

The full display features the butter cow and calf standing next to a life-size Urban Meyer and Brutus Buckeye sculptures, national championship trophy and two Ohio State Football helmet carvings.

The display took more than 500 hours to complete and was made from 2,000 pounds of butter donated by the Dairy Farmers of America.

The sculptures will be on display in the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., July 29 through Aug. 9.

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A Tale Of Two Quarterbacks


It won’t be long before NFL Training Camps open and when it comes to the quarterback position for the Bengals and Browns things couldn’t be more different….or is it?

Dalton is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to have thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, alongside Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck as well as just one of five to have passed for at least 20 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons, joining Manning, Luck, Russell Wilson, and Dan Marino. Dalton is the only quarterback to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to four consecutive playoff berths, and just one of five quarterbacks to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons. He is also the Bengals franchise record holder for passing yards and touchdowns in a season.

Under a West Coast-style offensive scheme, Dalton and receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals’ 2011 first-round selection from the University of Georgia, have become a prolific quarterback/receiver combination.  Dalton and Green broke NFL records for completions and yards for a rookie quarterback/receiver combination, even without the benefit of an offseason.

However, in the playoffs, it is a different story for “The Red Rifle”…

Andy Dalton in the Playoffs
Date Opponent Result Comp. Att. Comp.% Yds. TD INT
Jan. 7, 2012 @ HOU L, 31-10 27 42 64.3 257 0 3
Jan. 5, 2013 @ HOU L, 19-13 14 30 46.7 127 0 1
Jan. 5, 2014 vs. SD L, 27-10 29 51 56.9 334 1 2
Jan. 4, 2015 @ IND L, 26-10 18 35 52.4 155 0 0
Total 0-4 88 158 55.7 873 1 6

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In Cleveland, calling Johnny Manziel’s rookie season a “dumpster fire” would be complimentary.  Drafted with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, “Johnny Football” came to the Browns organization with much fanfare and excitement.

On August 22, 2014, he was fined $12,000 by the NFL for a hand gesture (flipping the bird) that he made in a preseason loss to the Washington Redskins.  Fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer was named the starter over Manziel for the opening regular season game.

Manziel made his regular season debut on September 14, 2014 against the New Orleans Saints, handing off twice to Isaiah Crowell and throwing an incomplete pass intended for Ray Agnew.  On November 30, 2014, Manziel entered the game against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter after an ineffective performance by starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Manziel went 5 of 8 for 63 yards, and scored his first NFL touchdown on a 10-yard rush in the fourth quarter. The Browns lost 26–10.

Manziel made his first NFL start in the Browns’ Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Manziel completed 10-of-18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions for a 27.3 passer rating while being sacked three times. The Browns lost 30-0.

Manziel completed three of eight passes in his second career start against the Carolina Panthers on December 21, 2014. He left the game with a hamstring injury with less than two minutes remaining in the first half and was replaced by Brian Hoyer. The Browns went on to lose 17-13.

Manziel was ruled out for the Browns’ regular season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

Overall, Manziel completed 18-of-35 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions, and rushed nine times for 29 yards and one touchdown. Manziel’s work ethic and commitment was questioned by over 20 sources within the Cleveland Browns. An anonymous player even called Manziel’s rookie season a “100 percent joke.” 

On Wednesday, February 4, Manziel checked himself into an unknown rehabilitation center for treatment related to an alcohol addiction.  

After exiting rehab, Manziel declared he would be getting rid of his “Money Sign” celebration.

But are both situations really that much different?  Both quarterbacks enter their respective seasons under much fire from their fanbases.  Dalton for being unable to lead the Bengals to a playoff win and Manziel for just being a flameout.

Will things change for both or either?
Keep it on 955 The Game and find out!  We are YOUR Home for the Browns & NFL Football in Columbus!!

It’s MLB All Star Week!

It’s MLB All Star Week as the 2015 MLB All Star Game and all of its festivities hit Cincinnati!  MLB All Star FanFest gets it started on Friday, July 10th as the Duke Energy Convention Center hosts the largest interactive baseball event in the world. For five days, baseball fans have the opportunity to meet MLB Legends and obtain free autographs. Fans can also participate in baseball training drills, test out their batting skills in the All-Star batting cages, view hometown memorabilia and artifacts from Reds’ history, along with a collection of official awards and trophies of Major League Baseball including the World Series, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game MVP trophy and have their photo taken with the World’s Largest Baseball signed by Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays and many others. In addition to daily giveaways, fans also have the opportunity to purchase official 2015 MLB All-Star Game souvenirs in the MLB Clubhouse Store.
fan fest

On Saturday, July 11th it’s the MLB All Star Concert as pop sensations Demi Lovato and Rixton entertain the crowd beginning at 8p in Paul Brown Stadium!  Plus, a spectacular fireworks show wraps up the night!
Demi in pink  Rixton Performs At Santa Monica Place

Sunday, July 12th the action begins at Great American Ballpark as the 2015 MLB Futures Game takes place with first pitch at 3pm.  It’s the USA vs. the World as Baseball’s Best Young Talent battles it out with Reds Legends Tony Perez (World) & Ken Griffey, Sr. (USA) managing the squads.
Take a look at the rosters HERE.

The 2015 MLB All Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game follows the Futures Game & should be a lot of fun featuring stars such as Snoop Dogg, Jennie Finch, Rollie Fingers and yes, even the Buckeyes’ very own Urban Meyer!
Get the entire list of who is appearing-

Home Run Derby takes center stage Monday Night (July 13th) as the Derby moves to timed rounds and bracketed competition.  Of course, Todd Frazier will be the hometown favorite as he competes against sluggers such as Albert Pujols and Price Fielder.  The photo below shows the entire bracket.

Tuesday Night (July 14th) it all culminates with the Best All Star Game in professional sports—the 2015 MLB All Star Game! Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier, Joey Votto & Aroldis Chapman join the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis on a field shining brightly with superstars such as Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, Felix Hernandez & Andrew McCutchen.
Get the entire American League & National League Rosters HERE.

Plus the pregame festivities will be worth watching themselves as they will feature the announcement of the winners of MLB’s Franchise Four campaign. Four Greatest Living Players winners and selections from the Cincinnati Reds will make an on-field appearance.  Also, Columbus Blue Jackets anthem singer Leo Welsh will perform the Canadian Anthem!

Stick with 955 The Game as we talk Reds, Indians and the 2015 MLB All Star Game!

You Will Love This News

Remember that photo of Kevin Love & LeBron James having a poolside meeting that was tweeted out a few days ago?
Well it looks like it had some substance.  After all the speculation that Love & LeBron didn’t get along it appears that Kevin Love will once again join King James for another run at a NBA Title in Cleveland.

Kevin made it official in Derek Jeter’s Players Tribune.  Read it HERE.

Remember, 955 The Game is YOUR Columbus Home of the Cavs!

Get Ready For 2015 Buckeyes Football With “The Returners”

If you are an Ohio State Football Fan this “hype video” will get you PUMPED as the Buckeyes attempt to repeat as National Champions.  It won’t be long before The Shoe is rocking again!  GO BUCKS!

Are You Ready For Some Hockey!?

The 2015-16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Schedule has been released and already fans are pumped up for a season that should be a great one.  Many intriguing match-ups dot the schedule–

Right out of the box you have a back to back to start the season (October 9th & 10th) with Rick Nash & the New York Rangers.  The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks visit the ‘Wide to end the regular season on April 9th. That should be fun as most likely there will be something on the line for that match…and could we try to keep the Hawks fans out of the arena?  Speaking of which, the hated Pittsburgh Penguins swing into Nationwide the day after Thanksgiving.  Let’s stuff those turkeys and try to keep their “fowl” fans out of the building.  Alex Ovechkin & the Washington Capitals are in on Saturday, January 2nd for New Year’s Weekend…that should be a raucous affair.

Let’s be honest.  If it weren’t for the horrific rash of injuries the Jackets suffered last season, they would have been in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Barring another unforeseen loaded disabled list, this season should be special for the Jackets and Jackets fans.  Remember 5th Liners to keep it on 955 The Game as we keep you up to date on the Blue Jackets!

Only Mother Nature Can Defeat Urban Meyer

Coming off a National Championship Season, Buckeyes Coach Urban Meyer can seem pretty unbeatable.

But he and his home took a loss at the hands of Mother Nature as these photos tweeted out this past weekend by his wife Shelley Meyer show.  Heavy rains and a broken sump pump flooded the Meyer’s basement.


Is that a Tube TV in the Meyer basement?  We are guessing Urban can upgrade to a nice HDTV with some surround sound now…

Biggest Choke Jobs In Sports History

Dustin Johnson three putted on the final hole of the 2015 US Open to cough up the victory to Jordan Speith.

But where does it rank among the Biggest Choke Jobs In Sports History?

Edmonton’s Steve Smith in the 1986 Western Conference Finals…

Greg Norman in the 1996 Masters…

The Buffalo Bills’ Scott Norwood “Wide Right” in the 1991 Super Bowl…

Boston’s Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series…

And of course, “That Team Up North’s” Chris Webber in the 1993 NCAA Basketball Championship Game…

Money Manziel Makes Change?

Johnny Manziel met with the media Wednesday (6/17) and basically told them he doesn’t want to be a “distraction” anymore after a rookie season for the Browns he called a “disaster”.  He even revealed that he will be retiring his famous “Money Sign” celebration. Are you buying any of this?  Do you believe “Money” will make change?

(Video courtesy of Dave Andersen, Northeast Media Group)

Is Cleveland Cursed?

So the Cavs fell to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals, denying “The Land” another Championship.  We know, we know. Kevin Love was out, Kyrie Irving was out. Matthew Dellavedova, JR Smith & Iman Shumpert disappeared in Games 4, 5 & 6. But let’s look past that.  Let’s ask the real question here.  Is Cleveland and it’s sports teams cursed?

Let our good friends at Wikipedia flesh out the case;

Red Right 88 was the designation of a Cleveland Browns passing play that was called during the January 4, 1981 American Football Conference divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders; in the years since, the term has been used to refer to the game itself and its ending.
red right

With the game-time temperature at 4 °F (−16 °C), the coldest NFL game since the Ice Bowl of December 31, 1967, the first quarter contained nothing but punts and interceptions, with Cleveland’s Ron Bolton and Oakland’s Lester Hayes each recording a pick. Near the end of the quarter, Browns’ quarterback Brian Sipe‘s 20-yard completion to Reggie Rucker sparked a drive inside the Raiders 30-yard line, but it ended with no points early in the second quarter when Don Cockroft missed a field goal attempt from 47 yards. On Oakland’s ensuing drive, quarterback Jim Plunkett lost a fumble while being sacked, but their defense kept the Browns in check and Cockroft missed another field goal try, this one from 30 yards out.

Finally with 6:02 left in the second quarter, Bolton scored the first points of the day by recording his second interception from Plunkett and returning it 42 yards to the end zone. However, Cockroft’s ensuing extra point was blocked by Ted Hendricks. After an exchange of punts, Oakland managed to get on the board, with Plunkett completing passes to Bob Chandler and Raymond Chester for gains of 15 and 26 yards on a 64-yard scoring drive.Mark van Eeghen finished it off with a 1-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the half, making the score 7–6.

On Cleveland’s opening drive of the second half, a 28-yard kickoff return to the 40-yard line by Charles Whitestarted off a 48-yard drive that ended with Cockroft’s 30-yard field goal, retaking the lead for the Browns a 9–7. Then after forcing a punt, Cleveland drove to the Raiders 24-yard line, but on a field goal attempt, holder Paul McDonald was unable to handle a bad snap and was downed for an 11-yard loss. Starting out their next drive on the Raiders 44 after a punt, Cleveland drove to the 9, featuring a 21-yard reception by Dave Logan to score on another 30-yard field goal from Cockroft, making the score 12–7 going into the fourth quarter.

Early in the final period, the Raiders took a 14–12 lead at the end of an 80-yard drive highlighted by Chester’s 27-yard catch. On the last play, van Eeghen scored his second 1-yard touchdown run of the day. Later on, the Raiders had a chance to put the game away when they recovered a fumble from Sipe on the Browns 24-yard line with 4:19 left in the game. But after moving to a 3rd and 1 situation on the 15, van Eeghen was stuffed for no gain on two consecutive plays, and Cleveland got the ball on downs. On the second play of the ensuing drive, Sipe completed a 29-yard pass to tight end Ozzie Newsome, and then a 23-yarder to Greg Pruitt on the next play. Then Mike Pruitt ran the ball 14 yards to the Raiders 14-yard line. Pruitt gained another yard on the next play, and the team called a timeout from the 13 with 49 seconds left.

Trailing 14–12 with less than a minute remaining in the game, the Browns had the ball on the Raiders 13-yard line and were in position for a potential game-winning field goal. Browns quarterback Brian Sipe conferred with head coach Sam Rutigliano, who called a pass play, “Red Slot Right, Halfback Stay, 88,” and instructed Sipe to “throw it into Lake Erie” if the play was anything less than wide open. On the ensuing play, Sipe chose to force a pass to tight end Ozzie Newsome. However, the pass was intercepted in the end zone by Raiders safety Mike Davis, who had cut in front of Newsome’s square-in pass route, putting an end to the Browns’ season. Oakland subsequently advanced to the AFC conference championship, where they defeated the San Diego Chargers and went on to win Super Bowl XV over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The logic behind trying for the touchdown was that Browns kicker Don Cockroft had previously missed two field goal attempts, had had one extra point attempt blocked, and had had another aborted following a bad snap. In addition, the weather was brutally cold and windy. “What many people don’t know about that situation is that I was a long way from being 100 percent physically in 1980,” Cockroft said in a 2006 interview. “I had two herniated discs and needed four epidurals to just get through the season. I probably should have gone on IR.” Cockroft was released by the Browns at the end of their 1981 training camp and retired soon after.

Had the play been executed properly, it would have presumably resulted in a touchdown. The primary receiver, Dave Logan, was crossing left-to-right, had a step on his defender and was open at the six-yard line. Sipe misread the defensive back’s movements and thought Logan was covered so he went to the secondary receiver and threw in traffic where it was intercepted. Furthermore, Cleveland’s drive had occurred right after the Raiders themselves had blown a chance at a short field goal attempt, moving the ball to a 3rd and 1 situation on the Browns 15-yard line only to lose it by being stuffed for no gain on consecutive running plays..

The Shot is the name of the series-winning basket hit by Michael Jordan in Game 5 of the 1989 Eastern Conference First Round on May 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Coliseum at Richfield. It is considered to be one of Jordan’s greatest clutch moments, and in the game itself, a classic. The Cavaliers swept the regular season games against the Bulls 6–0, including a 90–84 victory in the final regular season game, in which they rested their four best players (Ron Harper, Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance).

Cleveland was the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference and Chicago was the 6th. Cleveland had a 57–25 regular season record, tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for second-best in the league behind the Detroit Pistons. Chicago’s regular season record that year was 47–35, which although it placed them fifth in their division, it was good enough for the sixth playoff seed in the conference. With both these factors, the Bulls’ playoff victory was considered a major upset. In retrospect, it symbolized the beginning of a dynasty of Michael Jordan’s Bulls. It was the first of many game-winning shots that Jordan made in his playoff career. In Game 4 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Jordan made another series-winning buzzer-beater on the same end of the court in the same building, to give the Bulls their 4th playoff series win over the Cavaliers, that time a 4-game sweep.

Jordan hit a jumper with 6 seconds left to give the Bulls a 99–98 lead. After Cleveland took a timeout, Craig Ehlo inbounded the ball to Nance, who gave the ball back to Ehlo, who scored on a driving layup to give Cleveland a 100–99 lead with 3 seconds left. Chicago then called timeout. Jordan was double-teamed by Ehlo and Nance on the inbounds. Jordan first moved to his right into Ehlo, then cut left hard, shoving Nance out of his way in the process. This allowed Jordan to get open and receive the inbounds pass from Brad Sellers. Jim Durham was calling the game on the Bulls’ Radio Network and narrated what happened next:

The inbounds pass comes in to Jordan. Here’s Michael at the foul line, the shot on Ehlo…GOOD! THE BULLS WIN IT! THEY WIN IT! They upset the Cleveland Cavaliers! Michael Jordan hits it at the foul line! 101–100! 20,273 in stunned silence here in the Coliseum. Michael Jordan with 44 points in a game hit the shot over Craig Ehlo. What tremendous heroics we have had in Game 5. From both teams, what a spectacular series this has been. In my days in the NBA, 16 years, this is the greatest series I’ve ever seen!

The lasting image of the moment is Jordan’s wild, emphatic celebration: a leap into the air as Ehlo crumpled to the ground in despair a short distance away. This scene has become part of many fans’ recollection of The Shot, but it was not shown to viewers of the televised game (which was broadcast on CBS with Dick Stockton andHubie Brown as well as sideline reporter James Brown calling the action). CBS never aired this replay during the game telecast, nor was Jordan’s celebration caught by the sideline pressbox camera used for most game action. Instead, fans saw the celebration of Bulls coach Doug Collins, who had his arms in the air as he ran in a semicircle past future Bulls coach Phil Jackson and into the arms of his team.

Jordan’s leap was recreated for the 2006 television ad “Second Generation“.

Dick Stockton’s call on CBS

“Sellers has Jordan. Jordan with 2 seconds to go, puts it up and scores! At the buzzer! Michael Jordan has won it for Chicago! Michael Jordan hit the basket at the buzzer as a disconsolate Lenny Wilkens leaves the floor. And for the second time today, the visiting team has won a deciding game in an opening round series. And the Chicago Bulls will move on to play the New York Knicks in a best-of-7.”

The Fumble refers to a play in the AFC Championship Game between the Browns and Broncos on January 17, 1988 at Mile High Stadium. With 1:12 left, Browns running back Earnest Byner fumbled while trying to score a touchdown that would have given his team a chance to tie the score with a subsequent extra-point kick, and the Broncos went on to win 38–33.

During the game, the Broncos jumped to a 21–3 halftime lead, but Browns’ quarterback Bernie Kosar led them back with four second-half touchdowns. By the middle of the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 31. The Broncos then took the lead on a long drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Elway to running back Sammy Winder, making it 38–31 with 6 minutes left. Cleveland responded by advancing the ball to Denver’s 8-yard line with 1:12 left, setting the stage for the play that made this game one of the most famous in NFL lore.

Browns running back Earnest Byner took the handoff and appeared to be on his way to score the game-tying touchdown, but was stripped by Broncos defensive back Jeremiah Castille at the two-yard line. Denver recovered, gave the Browns an intentional safety, and went on to win 38–33.

Castille said: “I was thinking, ‘I got burned the last time I tried to bump-and-run [Slaughter]’, so instead I stepped back six-to-eight yards before the snap, so I could better see the play unfold. I saw it was a draw play and that Byner had the ball. I remember thinking that Byner ran all over us that entire second half, so there was no way I was going to tackle him. Instead, I went for the ball the whole time.”

Schottenheimer continued: “Earnest never saw Castille coming. Earnest was the reason we were still in the game at that point. He had several heroic runs and catches over the course of the second half that allowed us to have a chance to tie the game at 38. All of these heroics, unfortunately, were overshadowed by a single draw play from the eight-yard line.”

Dick Enberg, the play-by-play announcer of the broadcast on NBC, noted: “And wasn’t it ironic that Denver got the ball back on the two-yard line? Wasn’t it just one year ago where the Broncos were on their own two before putting together what became ‘The Drive‘?”

Despite being primarily remembered for “The Fumble”, Byner had a relatively successful career. After spending another year with the Browns, he was traded to the Washington Redskins prior to the start of the 1989 season for running back Mike Oliphant. In his five seasons with Washington, Byner was selected to play in the Pro Bowl twice (1990, 1991) and won a Super Bowl in the 1991 season. In that season’s Super Bowl XXVI, in 1992, he caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter, and the Redskins won, giving him the NFL Championship ring he could not win with the Browns.

1997 World Series Game 7, coming off the victory in Game 6, Indians manager Mike Hargrove (who coincidentally was celebrating his birthday that day) elected to start young Jaret Wright, his Game 4 starter, on short rest in place of Game 3 starter Charles Nagy. The Marlins countered with their Game 3 starter Al Leiter, who gave up seven runs (three unearned) in his previous start but was bailed out when the Marlins rallied for a 14–11 victory.

The Marlins managed one hit in the 1st inning, a double off the bat of Edgar Rentería. That was the only hit Wright gave up through six innings, and the Indians staked him to a 2–0 lead in the third. With two out and Jim Thome and Marquis Grissom in scoring position, Tony Fernandez singled to drive both runners in for the only runs of the game to that point.

Leading off the bottom of the seventh for the Marlins, Bobby Bonilla hit Wright’s first pitch over the right-center field wall for a solo home run to cut the lead to 2–1. After striking out Charles Johnson and walking Craig Counsell, Wright was removed from the game in favor of Paul Assenmacher who was scheduled to pitch to Cliff Floyd. Marlins manager Jim Leyland elected to send Kurt Abbott to the plate after the pitching change; and Assenmacher retired him on a fly ball, then got Devon Whiteswinging to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth inning, Cleveland again threatened. After Antonio Alfonseca walked Matt Williams to lead off the inning and Sandy Alomar, Jr. reached on a fielder’s choice to take Williams off the bases, Felix Heredia gave up a single to Thome which advanced Alomar to third. He was then pulled in favor of closer Robb Nen, who got Grissom to ground into a fielder’s choice in which Alomar was thrown out at home. He then got Brian Giles to fly out to end the inning.

The Indians sent closer José Mesa to the mound to try to win the series in the bottom of the inning. Moisés Alou led off with a single, and after Bonilla struck out Johnson singled and Alou moved to third. Counsell then followed with a deep fly ball to right field. Manny Ramirez caught the ball on the warning track to make it two outs, but Alou was able to score from third to tie the game. Although Mesa retired Jim Eisenreich to send the game to extra innings and held the Marlins without a run in the tenth, his blown save would open him to criticism for years to come.

After Jay Powell retired Cleveland in order in the top of the eleventh, Nagy took to the mound to face Florida in the bottom half. Bonilla led off with a single. After Gregg Zaun nearly caused a double play by popping his bunt attempt directly to Nagy (Bonilla was able to get back), Counsell followed with a ground ball that should have produced an inning-ending double play. Instead, the ball was misplayed by Fernandez, and Bonilla advanced to third on the error. After Nagy loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Eisenreich, he got White to ground into a fielder’s choice to retire Bonilla with out number two. The next batter was Edgar Rentería; he singled on a line drive up the middle that hit off Nagy’s glove, scoring an exuberant Counsell—who jumped on home plate with his fists in the air in celebration—with the series-winning run.

So what do you think?  Is Cleveland Cursed?


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