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Pluto: Can Cleveland sports fans handle winning?
Terry Pluto hears plenty of negativity and pessimism despite the Browns and Indians winning big
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Winning is a feeling Cleveland sports fans don’t get to experience often. So, fans were stunned this past weekend when both the Browns and the Indians did the improbable -- The Browns beat the Vikings days after trading their star running back for a draft pick and the Indians moved into the top spot for a wild card berth. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Cleveland fans don't know what do when things don’t fall apart as expected.

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Terry Pluto says here in Cleveland, fans expect their teams to lose. “When we expect doom and gloom and don’t get it, we don’t know what to do because usually when we expect doom and gloom we get Armageddon.”

Browns stun, Indians roll
Pluto acknowledges he was among those who expected Minnesota to clobber the Browns because it was the week of the Trent Richardson trade quarterback Brendon Weeden wasn’t playing and it was left to a third-string quarterback from Cleveland St. Ignatius to carry the team. Pluto was pleasantly surprised. Hoyer became the first quarterback  to throw three touchdown passes in a game for the Browns since 2009.

“I think Browns fans were just so depressed they needed not just a win but a game that was exciting to watch with fake punts and field goals and the local guy had a very good drive.

And that local guy, Hoyer “at the end of the game on the road in the dome where it’s really hard to hear, put them on a 55-yard drive, took the team on his back and connected to Jordan Cameron for a winning touchdown. You just don’t see that here.”

Can we just enjoy it?
Pluto says Browns fans don’t trust the good stuff to continue, and probably have a reason. But “can you enjoy one week when the Browns win?”

As significantly, “Can you enjoy a whole summer with the Indians?”

“The Indians have had lots of heroics this summer. I think they’ve had 10 walk-off wins, in other words wins in the 9th inning where the winning run scores, the game stops. They’ve had 10 of those at home this year, you only play 81 home games.” The Indians got their 11th walk off win Tuesday night against the White Sox. 

Yet “all year the fans have been waiting for some collapse …Their pitching has been sensational …The wildcard, they’re very close to getting it. They’re close to winning close to 90 games…But I’m still getting emails that say, ‘I know they’re going to blow it.’”

“The fan base just can’t handle it.”

So what happens if Cleveland teams have winning records even two year sin a row? Pluto suggests a look at history.

“The Cavs did it during the LeBron era, of course they sold out every game, the Indians did it in the 90's, sold out every game. (But) the Indians  have not had back-to-back winning seasons since 2000 and 2001.”

And “the Browns have not had back-to-back winning seasons since the late 80's. So the question is, ‘How will the fans handle it if the Browns beat the Bengals this week and have back to back winning games?’”

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