I really didn't appreciate this on Friday, and I really didn't even know where to start. I mean, how could LeBron pose for that picture wearing this jersey? Just kidding. Fortunately two of our good friends did know where to start, and I think they speak for Cleveland on this. So since I couldn't have said it better, I just put quotes around parts of what they said and posted it below. Click on the respective links for more...
Midwest Sports Fans - Jerod Morris:
"...Look everybody! ESPN has a New York section now! And guess how they chose to introduce it? With their 1 millionth suggestion on one of their 1 million platforms (Worldwide Leader!) that Cleveland cannot possibly be good enough for LeBron and that SURELY he will go to the only city truly worth of a star. Well here is what I have to say to you ESPN: go f–k yourselves...Look, I realize LeBron could go to New York. I realize he could go to New Jersey. I also realize, unlike ESPN apparently, that he could also choose to stay in *gasp* Cleveland. I’m just so sick and tired of the focus on LeBron-to-New-York being posited as some kind of inevitability that I could scream...All I know is that seeing it splashed on the front page of ESPN.com today – on the same day LeBron was quoted as saying that his #1 goal is a bring a championship to the city of Cleveland – just set me off..."
Cleveland Frowns - Peter Pattakos:
"...To boil it down, O'Connor's argument is simply that New York is a better place for LeBron to chase success because there are more people in the New York area; a larger built-in fan base with whom to share in the success. What makes this argument (and ESPN's campaign) so offensive are its implicit assumptions that the market for athletic greatness is a zero sum game, and that there's no difference between being good (great) and being popular. ESPN's apparent goal is to bring the best player to where the largest audience -- the built-in popularity -- already exists, with no regard for the power of true greatness to build its own bigger audience, nor for the danger that ready-made popularity often creates for true greatness...Incredible enough without having to mention the complete disregard for LeBron's historically singular relationship with Cleveland and its fans, and what's likely to happen to LeBron's potential (or any chance he has at "global icon" status) should that bond be broken..."
* Image via MSF