By Glen Harvey

Is Lake Erie on fire Again?

Back in 1969 Cleveland, Ohio was in the forefront of the media being the blame of a pollution problem that led to an outbreak of flames in nearby Cuyahoga river which flows into the Great Lake. This drew national attention; a hold the city still can’t seem to shake (mistake on the lake).


Fast forward to the start to the 2016 summer and yet again another fire. This time the only thing polluting the atmosphere is confetti.

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The King and his men fought through the blaze of California. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers that is, overcame the unthinkable. Winning its first NBA championship in team history. Taking the Golden State Warriors to 7 games after being down 3-1. The first time in NBA history this has happened.


Let’s back track a little, In fact the initial start to the wildfire was Cleveland’s own Stipe Miocic who shocked the world with a 1st round knockout against champion Fabricio Werdum in UFC 198 back in May, giving the hometown its first quench of a title in many years (we all know 1964).

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Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

Then came the hockey team Lake Erie Monsters who won the Calder cup, defeating the Hershey Bears in a stellar overtime victory 1-0. The one and only goal coming from the stick of Oliver Bjorkstrand, his sixth game winning shot of the playoffs that eventually gave him the playoff MVP trophy.


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Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer


Wondering how the “other” professional teams in the city have been doing? Well The Indians who are led by former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber currently sit at 1st place of their division, in front of the reigning champions, Kansas City Royals.


Perhaps the team with the biggest fan base in the city, The Browns, who made a few off season moves by adding the talents of quarterback Robert Griffin (RG3) and selecting big playmaker Corey Coleman in the draft haven’t lost a game yet. It Seems as summer 2K16 belongs to the 216 or formerly known as  “the mistake on the lake”.