On the 5th anniversary of The Decision, we rank the 10 most gut-wrenching moments in Cleveland sports history
10. The Trade
A 1960 trade of the previous season's home run king, Rocky "The Rock" Colavito, to Detroit enraged Indians fans, who were enamored with Colavito's long bombs. It was just one of the several moves that made fans turn on GM Frank Lane -- but certainly the most high profile, and viewed as one of the reasons Cleveland hasn't touched a World Series in nearly 70 years.
9. The Collapse
After destructing talented 1990s teams, the Indians finally regained winning form in 2007. The team marched all the way to the ALCS, where they got out to a 3-1 series lead over the Red Sox. In typical Cleveland fashion, the Indians blew the series lead away, lost in seven games, and have been back to the playoffs just one time since -- a one-game Wild Card round loss in 2013.
8. The First Round Pick
Yeah, this one hasn't exactly panned out. Manziel was a risky prospect coming out of Texas A&M given his lack of size and combustable attitude -- so what better situation to put him in than the Cleveland Browns? Needless to say, it's been an utter disaster, and the former first-round pick has spent more days in rehab than on the first team offense.
7. The Catch
You've surely seen Willie Mays' trademark basket catch, but what's often overlooked is the exact scenario. With runners on first and second with the score tied 2-2 in Game 1 of the 19454 World Series, Mays made the play and saved the series, keeping the Indians title-less since 1948.
6. The Fumble
In the 1988 AFC Championship game, running back Earnest Byner put up numbers -- 187 yards from scrimmage, to be exact. But just a year after Thr Drive, Byner rests notoriously in Cleveland lore for fumbling on the three-yard line late in the fourth quarter, giving away Super Bowl hopes for a second consecutive winter.
5. The Move
Just more than a year removed from an encouraging 11-5 season in 1994 under Bill Belichick, the Browns were relocated to Baltimore as a new franchise, the Ravens, in 1996. The Browns would return to the NFL, effectively as an expansion team, in 1999 -- just in time to see the Ravens win their first Super Bowl in 2000. Their consolation prize as the No. 1 overall pick after returning? Tim Couch, who spent five years with the team, going 22-37.
4. The Blown Save
The Indians were an inning away from snapping their World Series draught in 1997 against the Florida Marlins in Game 7, until closer Jose Mesa blew the save, gifting Florida with its a championship in just its fifth year of existence.
3. The Drive
Perhaps the most futile of Cleveland franchises, the Browns actually had several chances to clinch a Super Bowl berth in the alte 1980s and early 1990s. They were mere minutes away from getting there in 1986, before John Elway drove the Broncos 98 yards in just over five minute to send the AFC Championship into overtime. Denver would eventually win on an overtime field goal, burying Browns fans' hearts into the dirt.
2. The Shot
When LeBron James was a four-year-old, the Cavaliers weren't even that bad -- actually, they were one of the best teams in the league. As a No. 3 seed, they faced the No. 6 Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, and were favored after defeating the Bulls in all six of their regular season matchups. Then, The Shot. In a decisive Game 5, with their backs against the wall, the Cavaliers led 100-99 with three seconds left, before Michael Jordan hit one of the best shots of his career over Craig Ehlo. Bulls win. The rest is history.
1. The Decision
After seven years in a Cavaliers uniform, LeBron James decided to air an hour-long special on ESPN, in which he tore the heart out of Cleveland's collective chest. In the most painfully drawn-out program ever, LeBron announced he was joining the Miami Heat, and the jersey burning commensed. Oops!
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Cleveland fans have had the most miserable fate of any over the last several decades. It's plain and simple. Their last professional sports title came when the Browns won the 1964 NFL Championship Game -- before the Super Bowl even existed.
Five years ago today, their misery reached, perhaps, an all-time high. LeBron James bolted Ohio in 2010 for the Miami Heat, where he'd go on to win a pair of championships. The King has since returned to the Cavaliers, but at the time... there was no consoling the fanbase. They'd been through too much misery.
For self-loathing Cleveland fans, or curious outsiders, click through the gallery above to re-live the city's most depressing outings.