Take a stroll down reminiscence lane with our most-read sports activities tales of 2020.
CLEVELAND — Editor’s observe: the video within the participant above is from Dec. 27, 2020.
Even with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic quickly placing the sports activities world on pause, 2020 was nonetheless crammed with loads of large tales for followers of the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers.
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From the Indians’ return to postseason play to the Cavaliers taking one other step of their rebuild to the Browns making the leap to playoff contender, there was a lot for Cleveland sports activities followers to examine this previous 12 months. With that in thoughts, let’s have a look again at WKYC’s prime 10 most learn sports activities tales from 2020.
10. How can the Cleveland Browns clinch a playoff spot in Week 16?
Following a Week 15 win over the New York Giants on Sunday Night time Soccer, the Browns discovered themselves able to clinch a playoff spot in Week 16. Sadly for Cleveland, a short-handed loss to the New York Jets delayed these performs, organising a win and get in situation for the Browns coming into Week 17.
9. Browns QB Baker Mayfield quotes Dwight Schrute following win vs. Titans
“Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica… and Browns?”
All through the 2020 season, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield made a behavior of sneaking popular culture references into his postgame interviews following wins. Cleveland’s victory over the Tennessee Titans was no exception, as Mayfield referred to as upon Dwight Schrute from “The Workplace” whereas answering a query about his improved play.
8. Browns chief of employees Callie Brownson makes historical past as first interim feminine positional coach in NFL historical past
Earlier this 12 months, new Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski made headlines when he employed Callie Brownson as his Chief of Employees. And it did not take lengthy for her to make historical past, as she grew to become the primary feminine to teach a place group in an NFL recreation, filling in for tight ends coach Drew Petzing, who missed Cleveland’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars as a result of beginning of his first little one.
7. Terry Francona will not handle Cleveland Indians in postseason
Attributable to a mix of a number of well being points, supervisor Terry Francona missed the majority of the Cleveland Indians’ 2020 season. That absence continued into the postseason, the place the Indians had been swept by the New York Yankees within the best-of-three Wild Card Spherical.
6. Browns QB Baker Mayfield says he’ll now stand for nationwide anthem
After the killing of George Floyd and the awakening to racial inequality in the USA that adopted, Mayfield stated that he would kneel for the nationwide anthem so as to protest police brutality. The day earlier than the Browns’ season opener towards the Baltimore Ravens, nonetheless, the No. 1 choose of the 2018 NFL Draft reversed course, saying that he can be standing for the anthem as a result of he did not need to create extra division.
5. Browns’ Baker Mayfield reveals why he is been making popular culture references in postgame interviews
When requested by reporters why he had been making popular culture references, Mayfield performed it coy, denying he had even finished so. However forward of the Browns’ matchup with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night time Soccer, Cleveland’s quarterback lastly shared the backstory, doing so in an interview with ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson.
4. Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals stand collectively for nationwide anthem
Amongst a lot dialog concerning kneeling for the nationwide anthem, the Browns and Cincinnati Bengals opted for a special strategy. Forward of their Week 2 matchup on Thursday Night time Soccer, gamers from each the Browns and Bengals linked arms at midfield in an indication of unity in the course of the enjoying of the nationwide anthem.
3. Baker Mayfield passes Ben Roethlisberger for many quarterback wins at FirstEnergy Stadium
Of all the unusual however true statistics regarding the Cleveland Browns’ current historical past, one, particularly, has stood out: the all-time winningest quarterback at FirstEnergy Stadium wasn’t really a present or former Brown, however moderately Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Cleveland’s 10-7 win over the Houston Texans, nonetheless, modified that, with Mayfield turning into his residence stadium’s all-time winningest QB.
2. Baker Mayfield quotes TLC songs following Browns’ win vs. Giants
Of the various popular culture references Mayfield has made this season maybe the preferred got here when he quoted not one, however two TLC songs following the Browns’ Week 15 win over the Giants.
1. WATCH | Cleveland Cavaliers middle Tristan Thompson ejected from recreation after patting former teammate Jae Crowder’s behind
Our solely Cavs story on this record comes through a January loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. After Cleveland middle Tristan Thompson slapped former teammate Jae Crowder on the rear finish, he was ejected from the sport for what marked his second technical foul.
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