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*
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.
As 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)
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.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Brooklyn Nets for the first time this season tonight at the Barclays Center, there is no telling what might happen. The Nets are coming off a 23-point loss to the Hawks after previously defeating the defending champions, the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, are on a tear, having won their last six games, including, most recently, a 14-point win over the fearsome Toronto Raptors. The question isn’t whether or not the Cavs will win (they will), but whether or not the Nets will make a game of it. If you’re looking to get tickets, as of press time, they start at about $55 on Ticketmaster and $64 on StubHub. You can watch the game at home on the YES network or listen to it on WFAN 101.9 FM/66 AM. Tipoff is at 7:30pm.
Starting with a season opener loss to the New York Knicks at home, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2014 season got off to a rocky start. With expectations high for this team to finally bring a championship to Cleveland, the LeBron James–led squad went 5–7 in their first 12 games. However, the team has seemingly begun to gel, looking particularly impressive during their recent four-game winning streak. The Knicks, on the other hand, seem like they’ll never get it together. At 4–15, they have one of the worst records in the league and have quickly made it apparent that it’s going to take more than Phil Jackson in the front office to make this team a winner. More than likely, they just got lucky in their first meeting with the Cavs and tonight LeBron will have his revenge.
Of course, the one disadvantage to having James back on the Cavs is that tickets are harder to come by. If you aren’t lucky enough to be going to Madison Square Garden, you can join the NYC Cavs group, watch the game at home on TNT or the MSG Network, listen to it on ESPN FM 98.7, or view the game at any number of bars who will no doubt have it on.
For fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers (like myself), today feels a little bit like Christmas Eve. Tonight, the Cavs will kick off their 2014–15 season against the New York Knicks and for once the odds seem to be stacked in their favor—not just for the game, but the whole season. Of course, the return of Lebron James gives the team a huge advantage, but he also has great support on the team from Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Dion Waters, to name just a few key players. Without trying to jinx anything, this could be the year. A great side effect of having James back on the team is national interest and the subsequent television coverage. So instead of just the handful of games against the Knicks and the Nets, New York Cavs fans with regular cable will be able to watch 28 games, which are listed below.
However, if that’s not enough Cleveland basketball for you, you could purchase the NBA League Pass, which is cheaper than a ticket to any of the Cavs’ games in New York, or you could join the NYC Cavs Meetup group at American Whiskey, where they’ll be showing all the games this season and will have drink specials.
Tonight’s game starts at 8pm and can be viewed on TNT or the MSG Network. Continue Reading →