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The LeBron/Cleveland feud heats up... so to speak

Not the usual fare here at Wizbang but... there is a Sports category and nepotism is real... so I'm taking advantage... if Kevin or Jay or other Wizbangers complain, it'll be my last shot at a sports post (or a shameless plug of my son's new place)...

Regular readers know that my interest in LeBron James is next to nil.  My sentiments today haven't really changed much.

My oldest son however is a LeBron James defender and he's just put something up at his place that I suspect won't sit well in Cleveland:

Oh Cleveland...you continue to disappoint me. Now you are just coming off as one huge crybaby. I have already relayed the facts surrounding this whole LeBron James decision to leave Cleveland, but let me elaborate even further.

Under your logic, Cleveland, LeBron had no right to leave your city. You believe that LeBron is a 'quitter' for doing so. So let me get this straight...LeBron should have felt obligated to stay in your city, even when presented with the opportunity to go play with Wade and Bosh in Miami? I could ask myself 'why' a thousand times and still not come up with an answer (a logical answer, Cleveland - nice try). In addition, if you're an athlete and you are still criticizing LeBron for making the decision, you're just reacting with emotion - and zero logic. Cleveland, you're bitter because LeBron chose a city better than yours, and because LeBron will win more championships in Miami. And that's ok. It's human nature to have a reaction like that. But we all get the picture. You can stop advertising it to the world how much you 'hate' LeBron.

...

LeBron James made your city a sports city. LeBron James made Cleveland - and all you can do is cry that he left? How about you stop feeling sorry for yourself, Cleveland, and thank him for actually making your city exciting for seven years. For giving the city of Cleveland something it has never had - a basketball superstar.

If you're a LeBron fan, you'll love to read it all... If you're from Cleveland, maybe not so much... but you're also going to have a thing or two to be pondering.

So head on over, check out the accompanying videos and leave a comment letting him know Dad sent ya.


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Comments (9)

Hmmmm.....liberals still de... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hmmmm.....liberals still deny that people do things in their own self-interest. Surprising since they worship the ground Barry (I, ME) Obama walks on.

Why is Cleveland crying?</p... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Why is Cleveland crying?

LeBron ain't all that, and they still have Kucinich . . .

Uh, no, LeBron did not make... (Below threshold)
Walter Cronanty:

Uh, no, LeBron did not make Cleveland "...a sports city." Depending on what era you would like to go back to, Cleveland has long been a sports city. Post-war, we've had Bob Feller and Otto Graham [you might want to google old Otto to see what a real champion is], plus Paul Brown was a fairly decent coach. We've had Jim Brown and Lou Groza. Unfortunately, we also had Art Modell.
As for the Cavs, well, we had a heckuva team in the late 80's and early 90's.
The Indians sold out their stadium 5 years in a row in the 90's. Didn't win a world championship, but they came within one out and were entertaining as hell.
We're not mad because LeBron quit on the city, we're mad because he quit on the Cavs during the Celtics' series. He could have had the class to call the front office of the Cavs before "the decision," but he didn't, and doesn't.
As I've often said, people have the right to do many things. That doesn't mean that their choice is the right thing to do. Michael Jordan he's not - and as the Cavs' fans of the late 80s and early 90s can tell you, Michael Jordan was a champion.

Cleveland was a sports city... (Below threshold)
Howie:

Cleveland was a sports city before LeBron James came there. It has been a long time since they had a champion, but they are a sports city. Its not LeBron James leaving Cleveland and disappointing the fans, its his comparision to Michael Jordan as the next great thing in basketball that gets me. He will never be Michael Jordan, he can only hope to be Robert Parrish or James Worthy - the number three guy on a championship team.

Heh, 4 prior posts and nobo... (Below threshold)
macofromoc:

Heh, 4 prior posts and nobody has said "LeBron's championship ring,"........ well because there ain't one. Kobe and Michael would've responded too, but their fingers were weighted down with rings and still unable to..... oh nvm.....

Cleveland was a sports city before LeBron James came there.

uhh, Cleveland was a city that caught a river on fire... how the hell do you do that???

Um, Cleveland was a sports ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Um, Cleveland was a sports town from the days of Addie Joss and Nap Lajoie, and before.

Feller, Groza, and Jim Brown weren't even born yet.

All of you have made great ... (Below threshold)

All of you have made great points in regards to Cleveland being a sports city before LeBron James. And you're all right - I should have been a little more specific. I'm 25, and during my lifetime, LeBron James has been Cleveland sports. The only bragging rights Cleveland has had between the Bernie Kosar and LeBron James eras was one World Series berth in 1995, in which the Indians lost. So thank you for bringing my youth to the forefront of my writing. I'll be sure to be more specific next time.

I do still stand behind however, that in my lifetime, LeBron James has revived the city of Cleveland as a sports city.

"I do still stand behind ho... (Below threshold)
Howie:

"I do still stand behind however, that in my lifetime, LeBron James has revived the city of Cleveland as a sports city."

Fair enough, but I would change it to LeBron James has made other people outside of Cleveland notice the city for sports. I am sure the Dawg Pound at the Browns games would be as passionate without LeBron.

You might also remember the... (Below threshold)
Walter Cronanty:

You might also remember the 1997 World Series, when Cleveland lost to the Marlins in 7 games.
I cannot argue with your perception that "...in my lifetime, LeBron James has revived the city of Cleveland as a sports city." That is your reality - it's not true, but that is what you perceive.
If the Browns can EVER get their act together, you will see an absolutely RABID sports town. In fact, if you google "Browns Backers" you'll find 309 chapters, representing all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and international chapters in England, Spain, Germany, Canada, Taiwan, Australia and [I'm not kidding here] the "Holy Devoted Biblical Browns Backers" in Alon Shvut, which is, if Wiki serves me correctly, an Israeli settlement in the southern West Bank [the absolute last place I would expect someone to be throwing the old pigskin around].
So, "Go Browns" and shalom, I guess.




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