It was brought to my attention by the good folks over at Cleveland.com that the sports editors of the Chicago Tribune decided to offer some advice for Cleveland fans through an article in their paper and a video online. (I have to be sure to cite sources here, ask Jay Mariotti how that goes with the Tribune.)
In it, Mike Kellams and Tim Bannon (who may or may not be pictured here) call some work table at their office “the Smack Lodge” and proceed to rip the fans of Cleveland specifically for the We Are LeBron music video, and in general for being “sad” and “begging” LeBron James to stay in Cleveland. At the end of the video they were hoping to get a reply from Governor Strickland. Well, as much as I know I can’t speak for the state of Ohio, or the Governor I’d like to offer my response: shut-up.
Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules in an attempt to humiliate and bully Cleveland sports fans. We’re fine without you, thanks. By the way, great fact checking over there. Way to notice that this video was made by a comedian. Perhaps it was meant to be a bit of a goof, huh?
Personally I thought the video was lame, but at no time did I think it was a serious effort. There have been serious efforts made by fans to show LeBron that we want him to continue his career here in Cleveland, and if you think that makes us ‘sad’ in some way then that’s your opinion. I notice you didn’t jump all over the Miami Heat organization for launching a website to help keep Wade in town. What’s more pathetic? The fans that care enough to make their opinions known, or the fan base that has to be prodded by a team to do so?
But of course you wouldn’t try to pick on Miami. Did I see a video blasting New York for all of their attempts at getting LeBron to come to the Big Apple? Of course not. A bully doesn’t pick on those that they think are stronger than them, just those that appear weaker. But let me be the first to stand up to you Mr. Kellams and Mr. Bannon and say SHUT YOUR PIEHOLES!
We don’t need you to tell us how we should feel about LeBron or any of our sports teams. You think we go too far in our passion and fandom? Take a good look at Cubs fans for a moment before you make that kind of jump. Goats and Bartman curses. Don’t think that your fans are any different. I wonder if you would have even said a word if Joakim Noah hadn’t shot off at the mouth in the playoffs. So take your classless bully video and stuff it in your deep dish mouth. Losers. And before you offer some lame excuse like “the video was made in good fun” remember that YOU called it the “smack lodge”.