Are things looking up for Cleveland?

Has the Madden curse finally started working for Cleveland?

A few weeks after Browns RB Peyton Hillis was picked to grace the cover of the Madden video game franchise and leaving many one  to wonder if Cleveland was worse off, we got our first glimpse into the post-Madden Cleveland.

And it is starting to look pretty good.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night landed the No. 1 selection in the NBA Draft lottery — something the Associated Press reported had a scant 2.8 percent chance of happening — with the help of some current and former Cleveland Browns. Current players Joshua Cribbs and Joe Haden and legendary Browns signal caller Bernie Kosar were on hand to cheer on the Cavs, a franchise that is still reeling from the departure of nogoodnick LeBron James.

Cribbs and Haden were decked out in Cavs gear and joined the Cavaliers contingent on stage after winning the lottery.

“All for 1 & #1#4 All Believeland!!!!” Cribbs wrote on his Twitter account, just moments after the Cavaliers notched the top spot — which figures to land them Duke point guard Kyrie Irving.

“Going through the stuff with losing LeBron, and then having a losing record–they finished strong, but this is a momentum-builder for our city,” Cribbs told the Sporting News FanHouse. “The baseball team is starting out really well, and the basketball team is looking strong for next year, because of this pick. And for us, when the (NFL) lockout ends, we’re looking to do great things.

“Our city as a whole is looking up.”

So maybe the Madden cover was just what the city of Cleveland needed.

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