But I knew the Cavs would go all the way with LBJ this time. In the three previous times LeBron James led the team to the finals, I knew they were as doomed as the Browns in those last minute AFC losses -- the interception, the drive, the fumble -- and the 1995 and 1997 Indians in the World Series.
This time my premonition ran the other way. Down 3-1 -- a deficit 32 teams prior had failed to overcome -- I was sure they would win. True the Warriors had the best regular-season record ever. And true, they beat the Cavs last year in the finals. But come on. LBJ is twice the size of Stephen Curry. (Is that a mouth protector or pacifier?)
With the team down 49-42 at halftime in Game Seven, I turned to my son and said, they'll do it in the second half. The defense was solid that night, and defense wins championships.
When they won. I felt nirvana. All those previous times evaporated. This was a great feeling.
It's a terrific story. The prodigal son comes to slay the dragon of futility, A 52-year curse is lifted.
And America and the world loved the story:
The NBA announced Tuesday that the epic seven-game series was America's most watched NBA championship final since 1998, when Michael Jordan won the last of his six career crowns, as well as the most-viewed NBA game ever on digital platforms in China.
US telecaster ABC averaged 20.215 million viewers a game, its best-ever figures, with the thrilling seventh-game trophy showdown luring an average of 31.018 million viewers, peaking at 44.807 million viewers to become the third-most-watched NBA game on record.
In China, an NBA Finals-record 65.9 million total viewers watched the series live on Tencent's digital assets, with game seven's 15.3 million viewers a record for any NBA game in China on digital platforms.As for the Tribe, the pitching is there. If Terry Francona -- whom I adore -- can get some offense, the team has a chance to break the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere.