Where to watch the Indians win the World Series

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This is turning out to be a banner year for Cleveland sports fans, so long as you don’t care about football. First, the Cavaliers win the NBA Championship and now the Indians are in the World Series. The team hasn’t won a World Series since 1948, a drought only surpassed by that of their opponents, the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won one since 1908. To say that this championship series is historic is putting it mildly.

But where can a Tribe fan watch the game where he’s not surrounded by bitter Yankees and Mets fans? We have some answers.

For Brooklyn-based Indians supporters, the place to be is the Park Slope Ale House, where the Brooklyn Browns Backers will hopefully find something to cheer about for once. The pub will be offering $1 off all beers on its excellent draught list as well as 75¢ wings for those watching the game in the back room.

Similarly, in Manhattan, the Union Square Browns Backers will be hosting watching parties at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, with drink and food specials and the club’s notorious shot penguin making the rounds. Further uptown, At the Wallace will be serving authentic Polish boys and a number of other items on its Tribe-inspired menu.

All games start at 8pm. Here’s the full schedule:

Game 1: Tuesday, October 25
Game 2: Wednesday, October 26
Game 3: Friday, October 28
Game 4: Saturday, October 29
Game 5 (if needed): Sunday, October 30
Game 6 (if needed): Tuesday, November 1
Game 7 (if needed): Wednesday, November 2

Where to watch Ohio football in New York City

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As summer turns to autumn, many an Ohioan’s mind turns to the sport of football. (There’s a reason the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton.) This weekend marks the start of the NFL season, and like many other Ohio ex-pat football fans, you may be wondering where you can support Browns and Bengals instead of Jets and Giants. While there is probably no way to truly escape New York fans cheering on the hometown teams, there are several enclaves around the city for orange contingencies, be it orange and brown or orange and black. Continue Reading →

Where to Watch the Cavs Win the NBA Championship

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If you’re a Cleveland sports fan, you will be forever cautious lest your heart be broken once more. But it’s next to impossible not to believe that it is our time. With everyone healthy and some great new additions to the roster, the Cleveland Cavaliers are poised to enact their revenge on the Golden State Warriors and win the NBA Championship. With the NBA Finals kicking off tonight in California, chances are you won’t be attending Game 1 in person and thus are looking to get All In with some like-minded fans. We’ve got a couple options for you, one uptown and one downtown.

Run by a Cleveland native, Harlem bar At the Wallace will continue hosting the Cavs-watching parties that began with the Eastern Conference Finals. They’ve imported kielbasa from Cleveland for Polish boys and are offering other specials like the Delly Trey and suitable cocktails such as the Leblon James.

Downtown, the Union Square Browns Backers are hosting Finals parties at their homebase of Brother Jimmy’s. The notorious Shot Penguin is supposed to make an appearance, and there will most likely be food and drink specials. They recommend that you call 212-673-6465 and make a reservation. Be sure to tell them you’re with the U.S. Browns Backers.

Although they won’t be doing anything for Game 1, the Brooklyn Browns Backers will be hosting a viewing party for Game 2 at their new homebase, the Park Slope Ale House. They promise beer specials and plenty of Finals fervor.

Below is the complete schedule, with asterisked games only if needed. (I’m predicting Cavs in six.) All games will be broadcast by ABC. If you know of any other good spots to watch the game (and I don’t mean Warrior spots like Pacific Standard), please let us know in the comments.

Game 1: June 2, 9pm
Game 2: June 5, 8pm
Game 3: June 8, 9pm
Game 4: June 10, 9pm
Game 5: June 13, 9pm*
Game 6: June 16, 9pm*
Game 7: June 19, 9pm*

Craw at Saint Vitus tonight

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Although Cleveland has a long lineage of groundbreaking music, the city experienced something of a lull in the ’90s. It was on this barren landscape that Craw was born. After first forming at Case Western Reserve University in 1988 and recording a series of demo tapes at the start of the next decade, the band released its self-titled debut on the Chicago-based Choke label in 1994. The record revealed a sharply honed mix of noisy aggression, atmospheric dirge, and heady lyrical content. The viscerally charged racket Craw was making was not unlike that being released by Amphetamine Reptile and Touch and Go, and Craw would host those labels’ touring acts at the Euclid Tavern when not on the road themselves with the likes of the Jesus Lizard and Melvins. Several line-up changes and three more full-length releases would transpire before the band called it quits in 2002, leaving a lasting impression on all that heard its music.

In conjunction with an elaborate boxset released by Northern Spy Records, the seven members who played in Craw at various times have reformed for a handful of shows, including one at Saint Vitus tonight. This is very unlikely to ever happen again, so don’t miss it!

Where to watch the Cavs win the NBA Finals

Just a quick note to let you know of a change of plans. Though we had a nice crowd at Croxley’s for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, turnout was extremely low for Game 2, and as such, we’re not going to be doing the watching parties mentioned below. Don’t let that discourage you from going to Croxley’s, though, as it’s a great spot to watch the games. Additionally, there are few other get-togethers for viewing the games around the city. The Union Square Browns Backers are hosting watching parties at their homebase of Brother Jimmy’s, and NYC Cavs are watching at American Whiskey on W. 30th Street. Meanwhile further uptown in Harlem, At the Wallace is showing the games and has imported kielbasa from Cleveland for Polish Boys and is making cocktails using LeBron’s Mix.

If you are interested in getting together at Croxley’s on Sunday, let me know in the comments or via Facebook, and if enough interest is shown, I will set something up.

OhioNYC NBA Finals Watching Parties

finalsAs anyone who grew up in Cleveland can tell you, it’s been a long time since the city has had a champion. You have to go back to 1964, when the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship. They also came out on top in 1950, ’54, and ’55, but as those titles predate the Super Bowl, they haven’t stuck in the  collective Cleveland consciousness. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 (and judging by their record thus far this season, it ain’t going to happen this year).

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the basketball team has never won an NBA title. There was the “Miracle of Richfield” in 1976, when they made it to Eastern Conference Finals for the first time, only to lose to the Boston Celtics. The Cavs made it back to the EC Finals 16 years later, but lost to Michael Jordon and the Chicago Bulls. It wasn’t until 2007 that LeBron James led them to the NBA Finals for the first time, but they couldn’t beat the San Antonio Spurs, who swept them in four games.

As such, this year’s appearance in the NBA Finals is a very big deal. While you could stay at home on your sofa to watch the Cavs take on the Golden State Warriors, wouldn’t you prefer the camaraderie of fellow long suffering Ohioans? We’ve made Croxley’s Ale House in Williamsburg the official locale for the OhioNYC NBA Finals Watching Parties. Almost every screen in this spacious venue will be on the game, sound will be broadcasted throughout, and there will be wing and beer specials every night. So put on your best wine and gold and join us for this great moment in Cleveland sports history!

The schedule for the series is below. Please RSVP via Facebook so we can give Croxley’s a headcount.

Thursday, June 4 at 9pm
Sunday, June 7 at 8pm
Tuesday, June 9 at 9pm
Thursday, June 11 at 9pm
Sunday, June 14 at 8pm (if needed)
Tuesday, June 16 at 9pm (if needed)
Friday, June 19 at 9pm (if needed)

Cavaliers in Brooklyn tonight

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are at the Barclays Center for the first time this season to take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight. It will be the third time the teams have met this season and will very likely be the third time the Cavs put the Nets down. Just nine days ago, the Wine and Gold soundly beat Brooklyn by 25 points. With such high salary “stars” as Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez (all of whom make more than $16 million a year), one would hope that the Nets could provide a little competition and make a game of it. But there is no stopping the Cavs. They have gone 27-7 since January, when LeBron James returned after his break and the team traded for JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Timofey Mozgov. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot and recently schooled the Memphis Grizzlies, the number two team in the West, beating them by 22 points Wednesday night. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned Kyrie Irving scoring 57 points against the defending champions, the San Antonio Spurs, two weeks ago. Enough said.

If you can’t make it to the Barclays Center, you can watch the game at home on the YES network or listen to it on WFAN 101.9 FM/66 AM. Start time is 7:30pm.