40. Steve Colter tips in the game winner at 0:00:2 of double OT. If you think a Cavs regular season victory from the mid ’90s is too insignificant for this list, then why does Joe Tait consider it one the top 5 moments of his storied career?
38. Louie Nanchoff; left, right, left for the hat trick at the 22:00 mark. Nev Chandler and Jack Corrigan on the call.
37. Doc Gooden belts a two-tun homer at Riverfront Stadium and the Indians edge the Reds, 8-6. Shut up, this is my list. Make your own.
36. Greg Oden’s block caps off a twenty point Buckeye comeback in the 2007 Sweet 16.
35. May 1, 1984. Unlikely Hungarian hero Alex Tarnoczi heads home the series clincher in OT, at approximately the 33:00 minute mark, and your Cleveland Force eliminate the Spirit.
27. Joe Germaine’s TD toss to David Boston completes a Rose Bowl-winning scoring drive.
21. 4th & 1.
19. 15. Before Brazilian wild thing Andy Varejao, there was Rick Vaughn of the California Penal and the biggest K in franchise history.
18. “Ehlo will inbound. He gets it into Nance. Gets the ball back, drives to the hoop. Lays it in with three seconds to go!.” Aaaaaaand we’ll stop there. Nothing here to see afterwards, nope.
16. You’ll have to scroll to 1:58:00 mark of this video, and listen to the deafening noise when Zoran Karic casually chips it over the sixth attacker to ice the Crunch’s 2nd title.
10. Albert Belle rescues Game 1 of the 1995 ALDS with a monster blast, then credits right bicep.
3. The Shot.
2. The Block.
1. After the Cavs triumphantly took the Torture out of CST and changed all of our legacies last June, it seemed unimaginable that we’d have another transcendent moment just 14 weeks later. But Rajai’s Game 7 blast was a memory and a call to action. When it cleared the wall, Cleveland was reminded of her new identity. The Curse was over; this was part of the poem that LeBron had started, and the Tribe’s contributing verse was even more gripping and emotionally volatile– while we celebrated our sudden 6-6 affair, I watched in section 551 as the carnival of CubFan faces went from flush to ghostly white. Someday I’ll tell my grandkids that, right before the rain came, the earth shook during Rajai’s trot around the bases and I’m sure I left my body for an instant- except that I can still recall the feeling of elation-vomit burgeoning up my chest. I would fight to hold it down during a stranger’s embrace and then endure a choking sensation that could only be born from nerves, joy and disbelief. I soon caught my breath, and so would Chicago during the unfortunate delay. But the bottom of the eighth on November 2, 2016 will never be in vain. Because we’re Cleveland, and this is our story.