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.
Today is the official start of the Cleveland Browns’ season, and they’ll be squaring off at 1pm against the Philadelphia Eagles and their scumbag quarterback, Michael Vick. Obviously, driving to Cleveland Browns Stadium, where today’s game is taking place, is not an option for most New York–based Browns fans, but there is a couple local Dawg Pounds where Cleveland fans gather. The Browns Backers of New York City gather at Manny’s on Second, but as we’ve mentioned previously, we prefer the Union Square Browns Backers, who get together at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and enjoy 40¢ wings and $12 pitchers. The group now has t-shirts so you can really show off your camaraderie.
Given the team’s dismal 4-7 record this year, it is probably unwise to watch the Cleveland Browns alone. No, one certainly needs the camaraderie of others when it comes to watching the goings-on at the Factory of Sadness. In New York, there is probably no better support group than the Union Square Browns Backers. An official Backers club, the group congregates to watch the game each Sunday at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ on E. 16th Street. The organization has its own private room with 12 televisions and gets special treatment from the restaurant in the form of half-price wings and $12 pitchers of beer. The 80+ members continue to grow in number as all one needs to do to join is show up.
This week the Browns are at home taking on the hated Baltimore Ravens, who have a much better record of 8-3, so it is perhaps best to once again prepare for disappointment. Game time is 4:05pm.