06/07/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
The year was 1975. Gerald Ford was President of the United States. The Vietnam War ended. Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC. Captain and Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" was the #1 song of the year. And it was also the year that the Golden State Warriors last won an NBA Championship.
In 1964 the cost for a gallon of gasoline was $.30 cents. The first Ford Mustang was made. Hasbro introduced the G.I. Joe. Sony introduced the first VCR. A boxer then named Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston in a World Championship match. And the Cleveland Browns were the champions of the AFL. That would be the last time a professional sports team in the city of Cleveland would be crowned a champion.
So with the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meeting for the 2015 NBA title, a good theme song would be "It's Been A While" by Staind in the case of the Warriors. And cue up the Heart for the Cavs because their theme would be "Never". As in have never won an NBA Championship. There's definitely been some tough times for both of these franchises leading up to their championship runs this season.
1975 wasn't only the Warriors only championship season, it was their last appearance in the NBA Finals as well. 1976 was the last year the Warriors won a division title before 2015. Since then, between 1977 and 2013, the Warriors made 7 playoff appearances in those 36 seasons. Golden State had a 9 year playoff drought from 1978 through 1987, finishing above .500 only 3 of those seasons. They also had a 12 year playoff drought from 1995 through 2007 where the teams combined record was 332 wins and 620 losses.
And while the Cavaliers have never won an NBA title, they're drought isn't nearly as significant as it is for Golden State. The Cavs made it to the NBA Finals in 2007, where they were swept by San Antonio. But there have been some dark periods as well. Founded in 1970, the Cavaliers missed the playoffs their first 5 seasons. They suffered a 6 season playoff drought from 1979 through 1985, and a 7 year absence from 1998 through 2006. And then there were the 4 seasons after LeBron James made "The Decision" to go to Miami and play for the Heat. The Cavs record was 97 wins and 215 losses between 2010 and 2014.
So who will break through and finally get that elusive championship for two very hungry fan bases? Will the Stephen Curry led Warriors win it all for the first time in 40 years? Or will the return of LeBron be the storybook end to Cleveland's 51 years without a professional sports championship? No matter who ends up winning, this series has the looks of being a very exciting one. Game 1 went to overtime with the Cavs opening a 14 point lead in the 1st quarter, before the Warriors 10 to 0 run to start OT gave them the opening game victory. The odds may be tilting more in favor of Golden State wearing the NBA's crown this year, as Cleveland's Kyrie Irving sustained an injury in the overtime period that will end his season. Is it the "Cleveland Curse" at work again?
Whoever wins, they'll be bringing a championship home to a well deserving and long awaiting fan base. And since we've been using a lot of song titles in this article, let's just go with Hall and Oates for the loser, because it will be "So Close".
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