CLEVELAND ó After 68 years (or 4 1/2 months, if you prefer), whatís another few days?

If the Indians are meant to win the World Series, the celebration will now top the one Northeast Ohio sports fans hoped to experience Sunday night.

The Cubs put Clevelandís championship plans on hold by beating the Indians 3-2 in Game 5 of the World Series. Nineteen weeks to the day the Cavaliers won the cityís first major league title in 52 years, the Fall Classic became just a little tighter for the fans who filled Progressive Field for the teamís watch party.

Some of them will be back Tuesday for Game 6 and possibly Wednesday for Game 7 if the Cubs tighten the screws. They still have a chance to see something magical ... a Cleveland team winning a championship at home.

It hasnít happened very often.

Forget 1948 for a second. The Indians have not won a World Series in Cleveland in 96 years.

On Oct. 12, 1920, Stan Coveleski pitched a five-hit shutout in Game 7 of what was a best-of-nine series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Indians won the World Series at League Park, their home before they started to play some games at cavernous Municipal Stadium.

The Browns were the old lakefront stadiumís last championship team. On Dec. 27, 1964, they beat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 at home to win their fourth NFL title.

There was no way the 2016 Cavs were going to win a championship at home after they fell behind the Warriors three games to one. Their Game 7 victory in Oakland on June 19 sparked a celebration downtown and across the region 52 years in the making.

Unless the Indians suffer the same fate as the Warriors, they will bask in glory in front of adoring fans who never thought they would see a World Series win in person.

Maybe thatís the appropriate way to put the finishing touches on an incredible 2016. Think about where we were earlier this year.

The Indiansí home opener was snowed out. They were fortunate to attract 67,000 for weeklong homestands. Now theyíre getting that many people to come to watch parties for World Series road games.

The Cavs didnít appear to have a chance to come back against a Warriors team that a record-setting regular season. After they won Game 5 in Oakland, Cleveland became ďBelievelandĒ once again.

It still is, even in the wake of a dominant eight-out save by Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman.

An NBA championship and a chance to win the World Series at home in the same year is more than ardent Cleveland sports fans could have expected. The Indians still have a few more shots to make the memories from a remarkable 2016 last a lifetime.