I’ve never liked LeBron James. He’s been coddled since the day I first heard of him and probably since well before that.
I’ve never liked the sports fans of Cleveland. They whine more than the sirens in Baltimore City and in that regard, James and Cleveland seemed like a perfect pairing.
But the apparent match made in heaven didn’t last as long as expected. Even the Akron, OH (40 miles from Cleveland) native skipped out of town, opting for the sexy and chic South Beach in an obnoxious and embarrassing way.
James and his handlers allowed ESPN to make a spectacle out of his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami with a self-indulgent 1-hour “special”. As cold-hearted as I am towards the sports fans of Cleveland, I can’t deny feeling sympathetic.
Imagine local legend Cal Ripken leaving Baltimore.
Even without James, Cleveland still seems to muster up enough disdain to keep me cold-as-ice towards the Cavs, Indians and the Factory of Sadness. One only needs to be reminded that an 8-year-old boy wearing a Jets jersey who was once tackled by an “adult” Browns fan after the visitors left with a W.
But I digress.
Now James is considering leaving Miami for a return to Cleveland. Building-sized murals will return to dilapidated buildings in downtown MistakeByTheLake, OH and once again, we’ll all be witnesses. ESPN will see to that.
But enough about LeBron. You will all soon be sick of the name anyway, assuming you aren’t already.
His expected departure from Miami got me to thinking, “If you were Ozzie Newsome what active former Raven(s) would you welcome back to Baltimore?
And before you answer be mindful of age, injuries and the cost of acquisition. As one of our message board members “esmd” eloquently and succinctly stated, “you win in the NFL by getting faster, younger, and cheaper.”
Expensive reunions don’t cut it in the Era of the Salary Cap.