“GOODBYE OAKLAND, ITS OVER!!!”
Cleveland lost a great one yesterday. Our beloved Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod passed away Monday night.
Since 2006, Fred has been the voice of the Cavaliers alongside Mr. Cavalier, Austin Carr. From Strongsville which is 20 minutes southwest of downtown Cleveland. Fred was the voice of some of the greatest calls I have heard in sports history:
“A WINE AND GOLD WALK-OFF WINNER!”
“RIGHT DOWN EUCLID!”
“HE HIT THAT FROM PARMA!”
“OHHH TAKE THAT CHICAGO! WE ARE COMING BACK TO THE Q TIED AT TWO A PIECE!”
“Kevin Love down the court for LeBron James on target, turns, sends it, LeBron…. YEEESSSSS! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! LIFE IS ABOUT DO-OVERS!”
Fred has called some of the greatest moments in Cleveland sports history. His quips and one liners made many laugh, and were fond memories of my childhood.
But there is one call, one call that will stand the test of time. It will live forever in Cleveland sports history:
“Curry, they give the three, NO! Rebound, Mo Speights…. GOODBYE OAKLAND!!! ITS OVER!!! THE FIFTY TWO YEAR DROUGHT IS OVER! ITS OVER, THE CAVALIERS HAVE WON THE NBA’S CHAMPIONSHIP!”
“EIGHTEEN THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND ONE DAYS, AND ITS OVER! CELEBRATE IT, GO CRAZY, BECAUSE THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS YOURS!”
Fred’s Game 7 call will truly, live forever. His cracking voice calling the final seconds of Game 7 still give me the chills to this day. Every Cleveland sports fan will know exactly who said, “GOODBYE OAKLAND!” when asked.
Fred’s legacy will truly live on forever in the City of Cleveland. There is only one thing left to do Dan Gilbert, put him up in the rafters next to his buddy Austin Carr.
Rest in peace, Fred. You will never, ever be forgotten.