Buffalo fans react to the Cavs' NBA Finals run

Posted at 12:13 AM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 14:39:53-04

All six games led up to this -- a face off between the returning champ and a team from a city often considered the underdog in the sports world.

Fans of both teams filled bars across the Queen City for an action packed ending to the series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

Many Western New Yorkers we spoke with found themselves rooting for “Believeland,” a city that has experienced loss similar to Buffalo.

“I’ve had my heart broken a lot of times,” Justin Popso told 7 Eyewitness News.

Popso grew up in Ohio but now calls western New York home. He says he’s seen the Indians blow World Series leads and now lives in a city where Super Bowl hopes were within reach and then dashed and two Stanley Cup wins were a possibility.

“We both had very heartbreaking histories in sports so I think so I think It would be nice for a championship in any city.” 

A sentiment echoed by several Buffalo sports fans.

Like Cleveland, Buffalonians historically have supported their sports' teams, win or lose. Buffalo at one point even has had an NBA team to root for, the Buffalo Braves, which decades later became the L.A. Clippers.