There are several different ways to voice displeasure. The freedom of protest allows Americans to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue and/or defend common interests.
But rather than standing outside with a picket sign – it’s pretty cold out there, after all – one unhappy season-ticket holder has decided to voice his displeasure via the sponsorship block on the Cleveland Cavaliers page at Basketball-Reference.com.
Recently upped for one full year, this “ticked off” season ticket holder apparently opted to use his/her $20 and 255-character maximum to voice his disdain for team majority owner Dan Gilbert.
You have clicked on the Basketball-Reference.com page featuring the flotsam of the worst owner in professional sports, the Napoleonic carnival barker dwarf, Dan Gilbert. Compared to Dan Gilbert, Ted Stepien was a freakin’ genius.
Stepien, as you may recall, was touted as the owner of the “worst and most poorly-run franchise in all of basketball” back in 1982. He had fired Joe Tait (now a Hall-of-Fame announcer), threatened to move the team to Toronto, and tore through five different head coaches in two years of ownership.
Stepien is also the man behind the “Ted Stepien Rule,” forbidding teams from trading away consecutive first-round draft selections, something that allowed the Cavaliers to lose an NBA record 24 straight games in front of a season average of 3,900 fans at the Richfield Coliseum.
He did, however, introduce Cleveland to a dance team, likely evolving into what is now known as the Cavalier Girls – perhaps, the deciding factor in the season ticket holder’s mind to place him ahead of Gilbert amidst his list of best Cleveland franchise owners.
But that’s not all.
Also receiving a bit of shrapnel from who is likely the same season ticket holder was none other than JJ Hickson.