The word is out from ESPN, from Miami, from James himself: Cleveland needs to get over the departure of LeBron James.
LeBron James left for Miami* and now we’re all sitting up here, burning jerseys, praying for injuries, wandering around aimlessly because our sports world has crumbled.
We can hardly get out of bed in the morning, from the grief and anger. We shake our fist at the idea of James playing for the Heat. We tear at our clothing.
Isn’t that the perception from outside this area? That if you as much as speak James’ name that we all go into fits of rage?
Are you ready? Ready?
None of the above is true.
Oh, I’m sure the heads on ESPN would beg to differ. After all, they have video of his jersey being burnt! PROOF!
Congratulations to ESPN for following the television journalism protocol that has been in place for the last 20 or 30 years, and finding the most ridiculous people to put on TV and then representing it as the whole.
They do this with race and they do this with politics. All of the time. Why? It’s more interesting than the average person.
Yes, I’m sure you can find someone out there who wishes for the worst, who takes hate to an ugly place, some Clevelander who will do all of the things I just listed above.
But the truth is, it’s the outliers who are doing that.
On the fringes of all that is Cleveland-James related, you have those who vehemently hate him and those who unabashedly love him. The majority? Not that extreme. Of course.
Is he dead to most of us? Yes. Would we love to see the Heat go 0-82? Yes. Do we want him to come back to Cleveland? No. Did we lose respect for him? Yes.
But believe me that most of us don’t spend our time thinking about James and The Decision and the Miami Yankees. It’s true. Actually, if anyone took the time to actually look at this area, they’d see that the people bury themselves in the Browns. They always have.
Had the Cavs defeated the Celtics last year, and gone on to be NBA champions, do you know what Clevelanders would have been occupied with, here as we get set to kick off another NBA season?
“Should the Browns keep starting Colt McCoy?”
Yes, LeBron is Jerk No. 1. Yes, he is a villain. No, he cannot come home. No, no amount of rings will ever vindicate him in this town because we’ll always say, “He didn’t have the heart to do it himself.”
But nobody wants to move on more than we do. Thank god the season is starting and we can move forward. I’d throw myself on a sword if I ever again have to hear the phrase “post-LeBron James Era”. Which I will. Probably 50 more times tonight and tomorrow.
It’s ESPN who can’t let it go. The people in Miami who can’t let it go. LeBron James himself who can’t let it go. And they can’t let us let it go. Because we have to keep hearing about it. They have to keep asking us about it.
But can I let you in on a big secret? Yes, we’re passionate about our sports. Yes, we vilify those who we feel do us sports harm, and elevate those who we think did us sports good.
That’s not a Cleveland thing. That’s a sports fan thing.
So do me a favor: Stop listening to these national guys telling you that we’re wearing all black, mourning the loss of a basketball payer and sticking LeBron dolls with push pins.
We’re not. We’ve moved on. So now you can move on.
I’d like to make this article longer, but I’m on my way to my friend’s house to watch the Heat-Celtics game.
And for tonight…GO CELTICS!
*I refuse to go the easy “Talents to South Beach” card which has been horribly overplayed and needs to die a bad journalistic death.