Cleveland natives Bob and Mike Golic understand the heartache the Cleveland fan base has been through since the city’s last major pro sports championship victory more than 50 years ago.
Bob’s brother, Mike – co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike – says growing up in Cleveland and rooting for the home teams in the 1980s was “tough despite the [NBA’s Cleveland] Cavaliers making the playoffs a couple times.”
Mike says it’s a struggle balancing the good memories with the bad, even when recalling watching his brother play for the Browns in the ‘80s: “They had a couple chances to go to the Super Bowl and the Denver Broncos ended them. . . Those were great until that happened and then they were horrific because it was about as close as we got.”
With the Cavaliers awaiting an opponent for the start of the Eastern Conference Finals (exclusively on ESPN), does Mike think this is the year the “curse” is broken?
“It could be this year, but I think it’ll be in the next couple years,” he said. “The other teams just aren’t there. I would say within the next three years they’ll have a title.”
“Believeland” is directed by ESPN producer Andy Billman, who is an Ohio native himself.
Billman, who has been with ESPN since 2002, understands what it is like to be a fan whose love and loyalty have endured despite half a century of heartache. He “hopes that everyone who sees the film will come away feeling some of that hard-earned love.”