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Steve Harvey says he nearly teared up when the Cleveland Browns tied the Pittsburgh Steelers

Steve Harvey joined ESPN's 'First Take' to discuss the state of the Cleveland sports scene.

Over the course of his 30-plus-year career in entertainment, Steve Harvey has seen plenty.

But it was a 21-21 tie in the first week of this year's NFL season that almost brought the host of 'Miss Universe' to tears.

A graduate of Glenville High School who was raised on the East Side of Cleveland, Harvey stopped by ESPN's 'First Take' on Wednesday to discuss his hometown teams. It was there that Harvey made the case for the Cleveland sports scene being on the come up, citing of all evidence, the Browns' tie vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers to open the 2018 season.

"The Browns are now poised to at least give us something," the former host of 'The Steve Harvey Show' said. "For two years, we couldn't even watch the games because it wasn't even close. We're competitive in most of the games. We've had four overtime games, so you know we were there. We actually tied one of them. That tie against Pittsburgh was like all in for us. It was heaven sent. The joy I felt, I almost teared up from a tie."

While Harvey noted that the Indians "play ball," it's clear that most of his optimism resides with the Browns. In particular, Harvey appears to be a big fan of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield -- although his assessment of the No. 1 pick seemed to have very little to do with his actual on-field play.

"The Browns have promise with Baker Mayfield," Harvey said. "Anybody with a black name has a chance of being a star.

"Baker Mayfield has the perfect name to be a star."

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