Well it's been quite a while since the last time I did one of these. I feel really bad about my long absence over the past few months, so I feel I should at least explain as to why I have not done any new blogs yet. Also, I will just touch briefly on a few things that need to be addressed. So, let's get started.
MY ABSENCE - To start off, I am currently a freshman at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. I have a Communications major which I have heard from people is a relatively simple major, but I could really give two shits about what other people think about that. Namely, I want to go down either the sportswriter lane, or a writer for TV/film. I feel like I have a pretty creative personality and can think up some pretty demented things if I actually tried, so it would be cool seeing my ideas come up on the big screen (or small screen if there are ideas that are a bit more relaxed). I have one semester under my belt and, to say the least, I was completely stunned when I realized that I had a GPA of 3.62! I say "stunned" because I have never had grades that good before. To put the cherry on top, I received an e-mail regarding an invitation to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (i.e. Honors Society) branch at my school. I had a prime focus on my work, so I really apologize for my extended absence, but I think it might have paid off in the long haul.
SB AFTERMATH - I was a bit upset over the Steelers losing to the Packers to Super Bowl XLV 31-25, but (surprisingly) I got over it pretty quickly. The Steelers played like shit while the Packers capitalized on their mistakes. They deserved to win that game and the fact that the Steelers had a chance to win that game was shocking. To the Packers fans on this site, your team earned it and I congratulate your team on the victory.
RETURN OF THE CADAVERS - Yes, the city of Cleveland has been through sports hell, but this is pretty bad. The Cavs lost tonight to the Pistons (Thank you Detroit for not fucking around and losing like people predicted you would) and are now co-owners of the longest losing streak of the four major American professional leagues, a 26-losing skid, tied with the Tampa Bay Yuckaneers ofthe 1970s. Seriously, I feel really bad for those guys because no one deserves to have this happen. Gee, if only a certain jackass had not decided to "take his 'talents' to South Beach" and ditch them in the night.
MAD MAGIC MAN - Why the hell are people talking about Dwight Howard ditching the Magic after the 2011-12 season? This is not LeJackass, this is Dwight. He is, along with Chauncey Billups and Derek Fisher, my favorite guys in the NBA now and I do not really like seeing Howard get this kind of smack talked about him. Why can't the man just play the game? He will get angry and, wait for it, you won't like him when he's angry.
MOUNTAIN MADNESS - Now I know I will seem like a bandwagon guy here when I say this, but I love seeing the boys from Brigham Young and (more importantly, at least for me) San Diego State up with the guys from the big time schools. I like to see some parity in college basketball and, in a way taking the place of Butler, comes the Cougars and Aztecs.
There is probably more I am forgetting, but that is all for now. I hope this clears up everything a bit better now.
So last night was the big night...LeBron James first game back in Cleveland...ESPN had been hyping it up for a week...And the rest of the sports media followed...And yes, even outlets such as CNN showed up for the big night...The world press was waiting for Cleveland to explode...Why? Because ESPN put it in everyones' heads, that every single fucking person in Cleveland, was showing up at this stupid fucking game, with a gun...Bricks...Batteries...Knives...And that "The Q" would be nothing but a pile of smoldering ash, when the city was done...
Well guess what fuck-tards..."The Q" is still standing...No one tried getting in with weapons...No one tried to Jump LeBron on the court...Nobody tried to kill him...They went to a basketball game, and guess what happened...A basketball game...You all make me want to puke in the soup! (today's soup at the Fish House was Manhattan Clam Chowder)
Yes, the fans yelled at the self proclaimed "King"...Yes they had organized chants and cheers...Yes there were signs and shirts, but nothing that went over the top...Nothing like what you'd really hear on any given day, walking down the street...The harshest sign may have been the "Like Father, Like Son" sign...
The Delonte chant was funny, if the stories of Delonte West banging LeBron's mom are true...But some one on twitter last night pointed something funny out about that...what the hell do you chant at Delonte West then...That sorry fucker was banging LeBron's drunk ass mom! She ain't no MILF!
Nonetheless, Cleveland fans showed up...They booed and cheered and did their thing the whole game...The Cavaliers on the other hand...Well, they just fucking sucked! Besides sucking ass...The were swinging on LeBron's nuts half the time...
'Yeah you my dog LeBron, go ahead and drop 38 points on us.'
Every fucker on that team should be embarrassed...Every coach should be pissed, and ashamed...That game looked like the Varsity playing the Freshman...And why the fuck didn't some one knock that douchebag on his ass?
The Cavaliers had sold out their first 10 home games this season...After that cunty performance, they won't sellout again...The Cavs lost some fans last night...
Oh, speaking of cunty...The media lost even more of my respect, trying to build up the city of Cleveland as a bunch of murderous fucking assholes...Then just blowing off the fact that none of the bad shit they wanted to happen, didn't happen...Die ESPN!
As for LeBron...He lit it up, and sat out the 4th quarter...And afterwards, he was his normal, humble self, speaking about his greatness, and still refusing to apologize...
Hey, I'm glad he's willing to stand by his decision...But you can still stand by your decision, and apologize for going about it the wrong way...And for so many of the angry Cleveland fans, that's all they really want is to hear an "I'm sorry"...I know, it sounds silly, but that's how many people are...Tell them you're sorry, and all is forgiven...
You know what really pisses me off...I actually wasted a December evening, watching a basketball game...That shit won't happen again!
Hate is a strong word. It's an ugly state of mind. I hate certain things, but I've gone through the majority of my life hate free as far as people are concerned. I don't like a whole lot of people, but I hate only one. I hate Lebron James.
I am a fan of Cleveland sports, been one my whole life. Even though I live in Texas, I still and always will consider Cleveland my home. I grew up there....I am a Buckeye.
I hate the fact that Art Modell moved my football team to Baltimore, but I don't hate the man. At least he displayed some regret when he did what he did. At least he left the teams name, colors, and history with the city of Cleveland. He realized that he would never be welcomed back to the city where he was once beloved and he accepted it. His team won a Super Bowl a couple of years after he left and to the best of my knowledge he never rubbed it in our faces. I don't like nor respect Art Modell, but I don't hate him.
Lebron James is different. He showed no regret when he bitch slapped the city of Cleveland, the Cavalier organization, his Cavalier teammates, and it's fans. He was the unquestioned leader of his Cavalier team and he deserted them. He left a team that was once a contender in ruins. Yes, he earned the right to switch teams if he desired, but he did so in a manner that is unforgivable. He doesn't quite understand why he's no longer welcomed in the city where he was once beloved and he never will. His arrogance won't allow it. He rubbed it in our faces when he made his "Decision" this past summer and continues to do so to this very day. I wouldn't be honest with you or myself if I stated that I did not hate this man for what he did. I can't help what my heart feels.
So, on Thursday Lebron James returns to Cleveland with his new team to play four quarters of basketball against his former team and in front of his former fans. Fan reaction has been the big topic of discussion in the media. I don't know what's going to happen, but I truly hope things don't get out of hand. Steps have been taken by the NBA and the Cavalier organization to ensure that it doesn't, but I don't know if it's going to be enough. It will be a hostile environment, that much I'm sure of.
The big question in my mind is how will Lebron handle this? What will he do?
Will he have the nerve to actually perform that arrogant chalk throw prior to the start of the game? Will he beat his chest and dance on the sidelines if and when his team opens up a big lead? Will Wade and Bosh take a back seat and let Lebron do his thing on the court? Will the boo's and chants serve as motivation for a big night?
Will Lebron opt to take a more humble approach in an effort not ignite what will probably be a powder keg type of crowd? Will he handle the boo's and chants with class and dignity? Will he get his new teammates involved in the game and not "show-up" his former teammates by posting monster numbers? Will he be able to keep his ego in check for just this one night?
(I'm filling in for Hotch this week, he's away for the weekend)
On Thursday LeBron James returns to the city he played in as a youth, the city that placed him on a pedestal and it's where an enormous ego was born. This return visit has been hyped for months since his departure to South Beach to play on a super team that has barely played .500 ball and no doubt will get spanked again tonight in Dallas. I love this shit, I really do, nothing says he's a douche bag more than taking off to another city to win it all and not being able to put together a two game winning streak, and so far so good. At the very least we won't have to endure any talking heads hyping him and the Heat taking a run at the Bulls 72 win season, they're 4 games away from putting that theory to bed.
What's really got me pissed off is this coddling that's going on for his return to Cleveland. Reports are the NBA and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert will be cracking down on anyone who goes out of their way to call out the prima donna while he's on the court. They'll be removing any signs that go overboard, fans will also be ousted if they get carried away yelling profanities at the one-time hero turned villain. What is it the Cavs are expecting to go this extreme? Is it an assassination attempt? It's only going to be a lot of loud, unruly fans who have been waiting to let this over-rated douche bag have what he's got coming, and rightfully so, you can't deny them this, they've earned it. I'm no Cleveland fan but I certainly understand their anger after funding this cocksucker for 7 years and paying out over $60 million in salary not including his endorsements only for him to quit in the playoffs against Boston then shit on them by going to Miami as a free agent. So what's wrong with a little justice here as a wronged fan?
I really don't think it's going to matter what the NBA and Gilbert do anyway, you can take the signs away but short of banning everyone from the arena James is going to hear it and it won't be like Orlando where he was booed when he touched the ball, I believe he's going to hear it from the time he steps on the court for warm-ups to the final buzzer and in the parking lot and to the hotel. Too frickin bad, he made his bed he can now lie in it.
Final score - Cavs 94, Miami 84; The reason is simple, James has choked under pressure numerous times and he has never experienced the type of pressure he's going to have on Tuesday night. I'm sensing a mystery injury early in the first half. Back spasms or possibly an earache.