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11th Jan '17 8:23:25 PM Rowdycmoore
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The 1994-95 Houston Rockets may have been the defending NBA champions, but they struggled to the sixth seed in the playoffs that year (no team before had won the title with lower than the second seed since the league went to its current playoff format) and ended the regular season with three straight losses - two of which were to the Utah Jazz team they would face in the first playoff round. They then came back from down 2 games to 1 (in a best of 5) to beat Utah, then from down 3-1 (best of 7) to beat Phoenix before disposing of the top team in the West (San Antonio) in the West Finals and then the top team in the East (Orlando) in the NBA Finals for their second straight crown, prompting coach Rudy Tomjanovich to sum it up by saying "Don't EVER underestimate the heart of a champion!"

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* The 1994-95 Houston Rockets may have been the defending NBA champions, but they struggled to the sixth seed in the playoffs that year (no team before had won the title with lower than the second seed since the league went to its current playoff format) and ended the regular season with three straight losses - two of which were to the Utah Jazz team they would face in the first playoff round. They then came back from down 2 games to 1 (in a best of 5) to beat Utah, then from down 3-1 (best of 7) to beat Phoenix before disposing of the top team in the West (San Antonio) in the West Finals and then the top team in the East (Orlando) in the NBA Finals for their second straight crown, prompting coach Rudy Tomjanovich to sum it up by saying "Don't EVER underestimate the heart of a champion!"
11th Jan '17 8:23:11 PM Rowdycmoore
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The 1994-95 Houston Rockets may have been the defending NBA champions, but they struggled to the sixth seed in the playoffs that year (no team before had won the title with lower than the second seed since the league went to its current playoff format) and ended the regular season with three straight losses - two of which were to the Utah Jazz team they would face in the first playoff round. They then came back from down 2 games to 1 (in a best of 5) to beat Utah, then from down 3-1 (best of 7) to beat Phoenix before disposing of the top team in the West (San Antonio) in the West Finals and then the top team in the East (Orlando) in the NBA Finals for their second straight crown, prompting coach Rudy Tomjanovich to sum it up by saying "Don't EVER underestimate the heart of a champion!"
16th Nov '16 1:46:25 PM EonADS
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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go through the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 14 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), losing their primary catcher and having their backup rushed back from injury rehab, ''and'' while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.

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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go through the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 14 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), losing their primary catcher and having their backup rushed back from injury rehab, ''and'' while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? ''And then they went and came within a run of winning the World Series against a vastly superior and better-paid Cubs lineup.'' Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.
29th Oct '16 7:12:02 PM EonADS
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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go through the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 13 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), losing their primary catcher and having their backup rushed back from injury rehab, ''and'' while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.

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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go through the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 13 14 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), losing their primary catcher and having their backup rushed back from injury rehab, ''and'' while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.
16th Oct '16 8:28:58 PM EonADS
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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go through the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 13 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), and while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.

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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go through the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 13 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), losing their primary catcher and having their backup rushed back from injury rehab, ''and'' while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.
16th Oct '16 8:26:41 PM EonADS
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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go until the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 13 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), and while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.

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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go until through the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 13 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), and while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.
16th Oct '16 8:26:01 PM EonADS
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* Hell, the 2016 Indians as a whole could be considered this. After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2015, the Indians came out in April with a 10-11 record, which had folks groaning. By the end of May, much the same with a 26-24 record, but they kicked it into total overdrive in June, going 22-6, snagging first in the AL Central from the Royals on June 4 and never letting go until the very end of the season. In addition to going 15-3 against divisional rivals the Detroit Tigers, the Indians also had the most walk-off wins in the MLB with 11, the longest winning streak in the MLB at 13 straight games from June 17 to July 1, tied for the best home record in the American League with the Texas Rangers at 53-28, and finished with the second best overall record in the American League at 94-67. They were also the most consistent team in the MLB, being the only team to not have a losing streak longer than three games for the entire season. Did I mention that they did this without their best hitter (Michael Brantley played in only 11 games and batted only .231 while battling a shoulder injury that would eventually take him out for the duration of the season), and while losing their second best and third best starting pitchers for significant chunks of the season? Yeah. Get dangerous indeed.
9th Oct '16 7:51:06 PM EonADS
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** The 2016 Indians took this to another level. They had three strong pitchers in former starter Zach McAllister, slider specialist Jeff Manship, and rookie power pitcher Mike Clevinger. However, the meat of their bullpen was contained in "the Big Four". Closer Cody Allen has a really powerful and accurate upper-90's fastball and a nasty 12-6 curveball. Sinker specialist Dan Otero shocked everyone with his 1.53 ERA (#4 among relief pitchers with a minimum 40 innings) in a tremendous comeback after a disastrous 2015 with Oakland. Setup man Bryan Shaw was the workhorse of the bullpen in 2015 and 2016 both, racking up more innings than any reliever in the AL with his Cutter/Slider combination and high speed. However, when the Indians ''really'' wanted to get dangerous, they brought in big lefty Andrew Miller. A 6'7" pitcher with a broad sidearm motion, Miller packs a mid-high 90's fastball with excellent control. His biggest plus is his tremendous wipeout slider, a pitch so unhittable players routinely swing themselves clean off their feet trying to make contact with it. He's been compared to Hall of Famer "Big Unit" Randy Johnson with how overwhelming he is. The thing is, all members of the "Big Four" are capable of setup, closing, or middle relief, and all of them are unselfish and willing to pitch in any role Terry Francona asked of them, meaning that the Indians had a huge amount of options in the crucial late innings. All they really needed to get a victory was to bring in one or two of the Big Four in any given game. [[UpToEleven But when they used all four at once?]] Completely undefeated in 2016.

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** The 2016 Indians took this to another level. They had three strong pitchers in former starter Zach McAllister, slider specialist Jeff Manship, and rookie power pitcher Mike Clevinger. However, the meat of their bullpen was contained in "the Big Four". Closer Cody Allen has a really powerful and accurate upper-90's fastball and a nasty 12-6 curveball. Sinker specialist Dan Otero shocked everyone with his 1.53 ERA (#4 among relief pitchers with a minimum 40 innings) in a tremendous comeback after a disastrous 2015 with Oakland. Setup man Bryan Shaw was the workhorse of the bullpen in 2015 and 2016 both, racking up more innings than any reliever in the AL with his Cutter/Slider combination and high speed. However, when the Indians ''really'' wanted to get dangerous, they brought in big lefty Andrew Miller. A 6'7" pitcher with a broad sidearm motion, Miller packs a mid-high 90's fastball with excellent control. His biggest plus is his tremendous wipeout slider, a pitch so unhittable players routinely swing themselves clean off their feet trying to make contact with it. He's been compared to Hall of Famer "Big Unit" Randy Johnson with how overwhelming he is. The thing is, all members of the "Big Four" are capable of setup, closing, or middle relief, and all of them are unselfish and willing to pitch in any role Terry Francona asked of them, meaning that the Indians had a huge amount of options in the crucial late innings. All they really needed to get a victory was to bring in one or two of the Big Four "Big Four" in any given game. [[UpToEleven But when they used all four at once?]] Completely undefeated in 2016.
9th Oct '16 7:39:15 PM EonADS
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** The 2016 Indians took this to another level. They had three strong pitchers in former starter Zach McAllister, slider specialist Jeff Manship, and rookie power pitcher Mike Clevinger. However, the meat of their bullpen was contained in "the Big Four". Closer Cody Allen has a really powerful and accurate upper-90's fastball and a nasty 12-6 curveball. Sinker specialist Dan Otero shocked everyone with his 1.53 ERA (#4 among relief pitchers with a minimum 40 innings) in a tremendous comeback after a disastrous 2015 with Oakland. Setup man Bryan Shaw was the workhorse of the bullpen in 2015 and 2016 both, racking up more innings than any reliever in the AL with his Cutter/Slider combination and high speed. However, when the Indians ''really'' wanted to get nasty, they brought in big lefty Andrew Miller. A 6'7" pitcher with a broad sidearm motion, Miller packs a mid-high 90's fastball with excellent control. His biggest plus is his tremendous wipeout slider, a pitch so unhittable players routinely swing themselves clean off their feet trying to make contact with it. He's been compared to Hall of Famer "Big Unit" Randy Johnson with how overwhelming he is. The thing is, all members of the "Big Four" are capable of setup, closing, or middle relief, and all of them are unselfish and willing to pitch in any role Terry Francona asks of them meaning that the Indians have a huge amount of options in the crucial late innings. All they really needed to get a victory was to bring in one or two of the Big Four in any given game. [[UpToEleven But when they used all four at once?]] Completely undefeated.

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** The 2016 Indians took this to another level. They had three strong pitchers in former starter Zach McAllister, slider specialist Jeff Manship, and rookie power pitcher Mike Clevinger. However, the meat of their bullpen was contained in "the Big Four". Closer Cody Allen has a really powerful and accurate upper-90's fastball and a nasty 12-6 curveball. Sinker specialist Dan Otero shocked everyone with his 1.53 ERA (#4 among relief pitchers with a minimum 40 innings) in a tremendous comeback after a disastrous 2015 with Oakland. Setup man Bryan Shaw was the workhorse of the bullpen in 2015 and 2016 both, racking up more innings than any reliever in the AL with his Cutter/Slider combination and high speed. However, when the Indians ''really'' wanted to get nasty, dangerous, they brought in big lefty Andrew Miller. A 6'7" pitcher with a broad sidearm motion, Miller packs a mid-high 90's fastball with excellent control. His biggest plus is his tremendous wipeout slider, a pitch so unhittable players routinely swing themselves clean off their feet trying to make contact with it. He's been compared to Hall of Famer "Big Unit" Randy Johnson with how overwhelming he is. The thing is, all members of the "Big Four" are capable of setup, closing, or middle relief, and all of them are unselfish and willing to pitch in any role Terry Francona asks asked of them them, meaning that the Indians have had a huge amount of options in the crucial late innings. All they really needed to get a victory was to bring in one or two of the Big Four in any given game. [[UpToEleven But when they used all four at once?]] Completely undefeated.undefeated in 2016.
9th Oct '16 7:38:08 PM EonADS
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** The 2016 Indians took this to another level. They had three strong pitchers in former starter Zach McAllister, slider specialist Jeff Manship, and rookie power pitcher Mike Clevinger. However, the meat of their bullpen was contained in "the Big Four". Closer Cody Allen has a really powerful and accurate upper-90's fastball and a nasty 12-6 curveball. Sinker specialist Dan Otero shocked everyone with his 1.53 ERA (#4 among relief pitchers with a minimum 40 innings) in a tremendous comeback after a disastrous 2015 with Oakland. Setup man Bryan Shaw was the workhorse of the bullpen in 2015 and 2016 both, racking up more innings than any reliever in the AL with his Cutter/Slider combination and high speed. However, when the Indians ''really'' wanted to get nasty, they brought in big lefty Andrew Miller. A 6'7" pitcher with a broad sidearm motion, Miller packs a mid-high 90's fastball with excellent control. His biggest plus is his tremendous wipeout slider, a pitch so unhittable players routinely swing themselves clean off their feet trying to make contact with it. He's been compared to Hall of Famer "Big Unit" Randy Johnson with how overwhelming he is. The thing is, all members of the "Big Four" are capable of setup, closing, or middle relief, and all of them are unselfish and willing to pitch in any role Terry Francona asks of them meaning that the Indians have a huge amount of options in the crucial late innings.

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** The 2016 Indians took this to another level. They had three strong pitchers in former starter Zach McAllister, slider specialist Jeff Manship, and rookie power pitcher Mike Clevinger. However, the meat of their bullpen was contained in "the Big Four". Closer Cody Allen has a really powerful and accurate upper-90's fastball and a nasty 12-6 curveball. Sinker specialist Dan Otero shocked everyone with his 1.53 ERA (#4 among relief pitchers with a minimum 40 innings) in a tremendous comeback after a disastrous 2015 with Oakland. Setup man Bryan Shaw was the workhorse of the bullpen in 2015 and 2016 both, racking up more innings than any reliever in the AL with his Cutter/Slider combination and high speed. However, when the Indians ''really'' wanted to get nasty, they brought in big lefty Andrew Miller. A 6'7" pitcher with a broad sidearm motion, Miller packs a mid-high 90's fastball with excellent control. His biggest plus is his tremendous wipeout slider, a pitch so unhittable players routinely swing themselves clean off their feet trying to make contact with it. He's been compared to Hall of Famer "Big Unit" Randy Johnson with how overwhelming he is. The thing is, all members of the "Big Four" are capable of setup, closing, or middle relief, and all of them are unselfish and willing to pitch in any role Terry Francona asks of them meaning that the Indians have a huge amount of options in the crucial late innings. All they really needed to get a victory was to bring in one or two of the Big Four in any given game. [[UpToEleven But when they used all four at once?]] Completely undefeated.
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