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Vic Carucci's Bills Wake Up Call: If it can happen in Cleveland ...

Cleveland finally found a cure for 52 years of pain that resided in the collective heart and soul of generations of its sports fans.

No more conversations about those torturous teases from the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers. No more fixating on "The Drive" or "The Fumble" or any other nightmarish missteps that made championship dreams die.

No more "wait 'til next year."

The Cavs have given Cleveland its first crown since the Browns' 1964 NFL title.

Almost immediately, a number of Bills and Sabres fans took to Twitter to say the sporting Gods will now turn their attention to making things right in Buffalo. At least one went so far as to theorize that ESPN's recent "30 for 30" documentary, "Believeland," had something to do with ending the curse at the other end of Lake Erie and, therefore, its "Four Falls of Buffalo" would now work some magic at this end.

I don't know about that. I don't know about any sort of cause and effect that can be drawn from what happened in a city that has plenty of similarities to Buffalo, especially when it comes to undying fan devotion through years and years of futility.

But if it makes some people feel a tad less frustrated when they ponder what they've witnessed for the past 16 seasons, so be it.

Having lived in Cleveland for about four years, I can attest that much of the time I felt as if I had never left Buffalo. Listening to all of those Browns loyalists talk about how much they've suffered, how disgusted they are with (fill in the blank) coach, (fill in the blank) GM, (fill in the blank) quarterback, (fill in the blank) owner made me actually wonder some days if all of the Bills' helmets had been stolen and dipped in orange paint.

I get it, though. You want something to grab onto, no matter how flimsy it might be.

Let's not lose sight of the fact the Cavs were able to accomplish what they did because LeBron James returned from South Beach. Let's not forget that a singularly dominant talent like that can do a whole lot more for a basketball team than a football team, which requires multiple difference-makers and a sound overall program for success.

The Bills and Sabres have had those components before, and, still, fell short. In the Bills' case, inches short.

Cleveland fans are in the middle of a wild and lengthy celebration and the waves it is generating on the lake are being felt all the way to Western New York.

If nothing else, the hope might feel a little more real than it did before. For many people, that will do. For now.

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