July 31, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Cleveland Fans, the Morning After

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“We can’t keep clinging to the past. We are drunk on our sorrows, telling and retelling stories in a masochistic whirlpool of despair. People tell each other where they were when LeBron made his decision, when Elway stepped under center, when Jorden lifted a jump shot in Richfield. We measure fanhood not by money spent but by tears shed. The “real” fans are those who have apparently suffered the most. It doesn’t have to be this way.

In many ways we are blessed. Yeah I said it. In 1965 the Indians almost relocated to Seattle. The Cavs endured one of the most inept owners of all time in Ted Steipen but made it through. We lost the Browns for three years but they came back. Teams don’t come back, just ask Seattle about the Sonics or Los Angeles about the Rams. We have been lucky in so many ways and I am grateful. I’m not ignorant of our struggles or our suffering, but that should not define us. We are so much more than a forty man roster or a starting five.” [Corey Barnes]

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“Getting a walk is a symptom of good plate discipline. It takes skill to recognize when pitches are out of the zone and patience to lay off of them. [...] Lonnie Chisenhall is a tremendously talented player. I love the combination of his aggressiveness with his contact skills and burgeoning power, and I certainly don’t want to see him turn into a stoic in the batter’s box. But unless he starts hitting for average like Ichiro or mashing the ball like Jose Bautista, he would be wise to look to take a walk every now and then.” [Wahoos on First]

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“What LeBron James did in 2010 and what he did tonight doesn’t erase everything those years, those wins, that atmosphere, those bonds meant. I’ll never believe the notion that it was all a lie. I think LeBron James was a good soldier until the final battle. That’s where he saw a fight he didn’t think he could win, staring failure dead in the eye without blinking. He blinked, he buckled, he crumbled, and the James that led the team to 126 regular season wins in the prior two seasons just wasn’t there. The Cleveland LeBron James died the moment he took that wine colored jersey off after Game 6 in the Boston Garden, sparking the drama of that summer and beyond, all leading up to tonight. That ego-centric maniac persona that spawned when he put on a Miami uniform has all the same basketball traits as the Cleveland one did and maybe more. He doesn’t, however, carry the hopes and dreams of a dedicated fan base, his hometown, that would’ve done anything for him. He had to cut a deal to get what he wanted, and that’s how he should always be remembered. An unbelievable and unprecedented talent, who couldn’t go it “alone” like so many of the greats have, forced to team up with his buddies for the pep rally, playground ball of the last two seasons.” [Slammers Central]

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Lost in the debate regarding whether Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre prior to the 2009 NFC title game and whether former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove said, “Bobby, give me my money” after it appeared Favre had been knocked out of the 2009 NFC title game is the fact that former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita faces no specific allegation that he contributed to the alleged bounty on Favre — or to any specific bounty on any specific player. Instead, the bounty case against Fujita consists of two claims:  that he contributed money for the pool that paid players for sacks and forced fumbles (which necessarily isn’t and can’t be a “bounty”), and that he contributed $2,000 to the “general” pay-for-performance pool prior to the 2009 NFC title game.” [Pro Football Talk]

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“I’m from Cleveland, and I understand that LeBron James is about to win an NBA Title this evening. As much as I wanted him to win that Title here, as much as I didn’t want him to leave two years ago, and as much as I hated the way he left, I was pretty sure this would happen eventually. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh – sic team. An NBA Championship was inevitable the moment they all got together. Tonight doesn’t change anything for me as a Cleveland sports fan.” [Brendan Bowers

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“It is my sincere wish that Miami’s win closes the book on the “LeBron vs Cleveland” era (though I know it won’t- I’m already bracing for the inevitable “could LeBron come back?!” 2014 rumors). The Decision is two years old and while LeBron won his title, he got his comeuppance first. He paid for his hubris. We’ve even, as far as I’m concerned. It’s time to move on. The Indians are in contention for the Central, the Browns have Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden and the Cavs have Kyrie Irving and the 4th pick in a loaded draft (less than a week!).

Things are looking up in the Cleveland sports world.” [Ben Blog]

 

 

  • maxfnmloans

    ob-la-di, ob-la-da

  • theherd10

    Look, we all knew when #6 left for Miami and joined up with those other two, they would eventually win an NBA Title. Really – how could they not? What was important for me, as a fan, was that it not be easy for them. Whether winning it in their second year is considered “easy” is debatable, but after watching the smug, Mutual Admiration Society “pep rally” (the primal screams from Bosh, “not one, not two, not three…”) and the premature celebration in the Finals last year before Dallas woke up and stormed back, it was very cathartic for me that he not be rewarded with a title in his first attempt outside the 216. After last year’s Finals, I was, and am, actually at peace. Didn’t really pay much attention to him and his compadres this year, and while I am certainly not happy that he got his title, I am OK with it because we all knew it was going to happen at some point. For me, I’m just glad it didn’t happen the first time out and the justification for his Decision wasn’t immediately legitimized. Having said all that, regarding all this 2014 talk, if I never see him in the Wine and Gold again, it’ll be too soon. That ship has sailed, and he can get bent.

  • MrCleaveland

    James used to be a certain bodily orifice. Now he’s a certain bodily orifice with a championship.

    He better hope his ring makes him happy because he’s still one of the most hated people in sports.

  • swig

    I try to not care, then he says stuff like this…

    “I can finally say that I’m a champion, and I did it the right way.”
    “I didn’t shortcut anything.”

  • Natedawg86

    I shut it off after they called the flagrant foul on Fisher. didn’t even have any beers last night!

  • Jay

    My thoughts exactly Swig. I had an ‘it is what it is’ attitude about it until I turned on SportsCenter this morning while getting ready for work.
    “I can finally say that I’m a champion, and I did it the right way.”
    “I didn’t shortcut anything.”
    Except for the fact that you conspired, over two years ago, to join another franchise with two of the NBA’s premire players. No…you didn’t shortcut a thing. You did it the right way alright. Shmuck.

  • BigDigg

    Ya know – just the fact that he is saying that means there must be some level of uncertainty and doubt there. Like most here, i’m over it. But i’d be lying if I said that it doesn’t make me smile when I think deep down LBJ knows he couldn’t get it done himself.