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TALE OF THE TAPE

Sports Towns: Denver Vs. Cleveland

Denver is competing with three other finalist cities in its bid to host the Republican National Convention in 2016. We thought this would be a good opportunity to see how the Mile High City stacks up against those three cities when it comes to the sports culture. This week’s competitor: Cleveland!

Denver
Cleveland
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Cleveland
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Number Of Major Pro Teams
Winner Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets
Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers
NFL Success
Winner Denver Broncos
Cleveland Browns
Championships
Winner The late 1990s-early 2000s were very good for Denver fans, who previous to that time had never seen one of their pro teams win it all during the modern era. The Broncos won the Super Bowl in 1997 and 1998. The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and again in 2001.
Nothing since 1964
NFL QB
Winner Peyton Manning frequently comes up in the conversation about best quarterbacks in the history of professional football.
Brian Hoyer looked great before he was injured last year and Johnny Manziel is a rookie with huge potential.
NFL Stadium
Sports Authority Field at Mile High has excellent amenities and can give opposing teams fits with it's location one mile above sea level.
Winner FirstEnergy Stadium, which lies right on Lake Erie, is currently going through renovations to make the game day experience even more exciting for the fans.
Food & Drink
Winner At the sports bars, Denver is the place to be if you want great beer to go with your game-watching experience. It's home to Coors, and Colorado's Front Range has several of the country's most popular microbreweries, including New Belgium and Oscar Blues.
Winner Michael Symon, Rocco Whalen and Jonathon Sawyer are just a few people who have put Cleveland on the map when it comes to fine dining. The Great Lakes Brewing Company's Christmas Ale is always a fan favorite during the wintertime when watching games.
Nickname
Winner Mile High City
C-town, Forest City, The North Shore, The Mistake By The Lake
College Sports
It's been a long time since college football in the state of Colorado made any major waves nationally. The basketball teams are getting better, and DU has great hockey and lacrosse.
Cleveland has some claim on the Ohio State University Buckeyes in Columbus to the south, but the college sports scene can't really be described as thriving.
Major League Baseball
The Rockies haven't made it to the playoffs since 2009.
Winner The Cleveland Indians last year made it to the playoffs as a wild card.

The Winner Is

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Winner Denver
6 out of 9

There may be a day when Johnny Football is dominating the headlines and has the Browns competing for Super Bowls, but that day certainly is not here. Until Peyton Manning retires, Denver is the hands down winner over Cleveland every time.

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