Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Sun Rose in the East Today

...and in a related story, Erik Bedard remains hurt and does not believe he will pitch at all this season.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hey! Hey Cleveland! Suck one.

We're 47 minutes into The Decision, and that's all I have heard. Well, that, and "Look at me! Love me! I'm very important!" I feel like I'm watching Brett Favre, except even Brett Favre never stooped to this level.

It's not that LeBron owed it to Cleveland to stick around. He didn't. He was drafted by his home-state team, he re-upped with them for 3 years when he was given his first crack at free agency, so in total he gave Cleveland 7 years, 7 years in which they surrounded James with 3rd bananas (not 2nd bananas, 3rd bananas), spare parts, and a coach who couldn't diagram an offensive play to beat a high school team with, yet had no offensive-minded assistant to help address those shortcomings. The end result being a team that, when the going got tough, stood around and waited for LeBron to save the day every time down the court in the 4th quarter. It was ugly to watch, and quite frankly, I can't blame LeBron for getting out of Cleveland, as they don't have much of a way to get better over the next couple of years.

However, if you're going to leave your home state, make your statement, take out a double full page ad thanking the fans for their support, apologize for not bringing the Cavs a title, and state that Cleveland/Akron will always be your home. Don't stage a 60-minute self-lovefest on ESPN, and then wait 30 minutes to make your announcement that you're going to go team up with Bosh and Wade because you want to take the perceived easiest route to a title, something that has been rumored to be in the works since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

If this really was a decision he made this morning, it's rough treatment of his home-state fans. If this has been brewing for 2 years, it's a desperate cry for love and attention that would make Brett Favre blush. Good luck LeBron, because you had better win multiple titles now. You've worked to assemble a perceived super-team, so you had better get the results.