Cirque de LeBron

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by pettyfog, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. pettyfog

    pettyfog Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    Much mirth on Mike and Mike this AM over the news that Mayor Bloombergand various gotham celebs are going to throw a big NY style party to get LeBron for the Knicks.

    Like he's REALLY gonna be impressed by all the dazzle? Like he wants to be associating with a higher class of losers?
    "He can have all that now.. and has!"
    "Smacks of desperation.."

    Only reason he's even considering leaving Cleveland is he wants the rings.

    Ummm.. seriously, that just about eliminates everyone but Chicago. Or so I gather from digesting all this during the last few months.

    And WTF is 'JayZ'!!!
    ADDED 7-8:
    Because I'm sorta disgusted about how prescient my thread title turned out to be...not gonna tramp on Mo's post.

    But just brought up on ESPN first take... Kobe Bryant is watching this and snickering.
    This crap drama isnt really elevating LeBron's 'brand' but it sure is adding cred to Kobe's.
  2. Clevelandmo

    Clevelandmo Active Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Lebron makes his free agency announcement tonight on a one hour espn special titled The Decision. People around here think it would be pretty classless of him to make such a big show of it, if it is to ultimately announce that he is leaving the hometown that loves him. Of course some think the idea of a one hour special about his choice is tasteless regardless of his decision. He has said any proceeds are going to the Boys and Girls Club of America and that they will be a part of the show. As much as I hate to admit it, I will probably be watching. I have to see how the make a one hour show of this. And if Lebron does go to another city, in what way are they a part of the show or is he just going to make his new team all about himself. I doubt it, so my money is on Cleveland.
  3. SteveM19

    SteveM19 New Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Cleveland OH
  4. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
  5. MisfitKid

    MisfitKid New Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    +1,000,000 :tongue:
  6. timmyg

    timmyg Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    What a narcissistic farce.
  7. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    I quite enjoyed Facebook last night after the thing was over. Evidently, LeBron James is the new Bin Laden because he exercized his free agent rights and signed with Miami. I hadn't realized that he was the exception to the free agency rules.

    I commented on one thread that those who were angry at James last night were divided into two camps:

    1. Those Cleveland fans who believed that they had been betrayed by a disloyal player OR
    2. Those fans of other NBA franchises who were upset because James's disloyal betrayal didn't lead him to THEIR teams.

    By contrast, I sincerely do enjoy how this has played out on this thread. Regardless of where he was to go or not, we were most disgusted by the narcissistic circus-like farce that made this an event.

    Next up: Bret Favre! Woo hoo!
  8. Clevelandmo

    Clevelandmo Active Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Well, being a spite appreciating Irish woman, I will thoroughly enjoy the unadulterated, venemous scorn that the Cleveland fans will heap upon him for eternity - not to mention the New York and Chicago fans. Owner Dan Gilbert, not even a Cleveland native or resident, has already got it started with his ridiculous letter and claims that LeBron gave up in several of the play-off games against the Celtics.

    By having to follow Bosh to Miami - Wade's team, LeBron has shown he is not in the same league as Jordan, Kobe, Bird, etc. Maybe he'll grow up in Miami, but I seriously doubt it. Good ridance Lebron, I'm happy that I dont have to watch you throw that stupid powder up in the air anymore.

    Come On You Cavs, now we may actually have a team with a real coach.
  9. SteveM19

    SteveM19 New Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Cleveland OH
    After trying unsuccessfully to void this tremendous exercise in narcissism and farce (impossible because every media outlet anywhere mentioned it -- it's on the freakin' Guardian's sports section today), I just decided, I've had it w/ American pro sports. I've had it with 3 1/2 hour commercials being soldunder false pretenses as two sets of men in uniforms chasing a ball around. I've had it with organizations that tell us they are allowed to run their shops like businesses rather than teams. Well, you can, but I worked for a Fortune 500 business, and if you want to compare your product to what I did as a phone jockey, well, there ain't a whole lot of interest in watching Microsoft employees do battle with Walmarts. I've been tired of the fact that I need to take out a second mortgage to take my son to see a game, on the off chance that he gets hungry during the game. That one has rankled for a long time.

    The opposite of love is not hate, it's apathy. That's where I am, and I think I'll stay there.

    At least until I take a long metaphoric shower. I feel like I spent last night in bed with a whore.
  10. pettyfog

    pettyfog Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    So it turned out every bit as horrible as everyone thought it would. LeBron from the time he was in high school seemed to be different than other juvy phenoms... he spent a lot of time wearing Cleveland's sash and grew weary of it. And then he spent all that positive capital at once.. with one hour of phony melodrama while hiding behind kids and causes.

    NYMag - LeBron React: Never Has Being a Sports Fan Felt So Stupid
    And I like this comment from a Florida fan:
    So... there you have it.

    PS: Guess who DIDNT WATCH it!
  11. dcheather

    dcheather Administrator

    Jul 29, 2005
    I watched it...just because I wanted to see New York KNick fans become absolutely distraught over not having their boy come to "save" them. But they didn't show it during their special. I had to surf the web the next day to have my Schandenfreude. Grrr.
  12. Clevelandmo

    Clevelandmo Active Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Okay, I'm enjoying this. The majority of the media thinks Lebron showed no class whatsoeva in the way he handled this. And Dan Gilbert has come out with guns blazin'. In addition to his letter and comments about Lebron, one of his many companies, Fathead, has now reduced the price of the Lebron fathead (wallbanger) from $100 to $17.41. 1741 you ask, the year Benedict Arnold was born. Too good. I might actually really be a Cavs fan now.

    BTW, great thread title P'fog
  13. Bradical

    Bradical Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Denver, CO
    There is a third camp - for people like me who were once huge NBA fans that have lost interest over the last decade (mostly due to the complete lack of competition between teams and players, and for the average character of those players) and were looking for a way to rekindle their old NBA affair. I am now categorically turned off of the NBA because 'The Decision' only reaffirmed my decision.

    Cleveland fans, I will be pulling for your teams big time. Your misery is officially unsurpassed. As a Bronco fan (who attended 'The Fumble', even), I can't help but feel partially responsible.
  14. sacffc

    sacffc Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Sacramento, California
    This is one of those times that it sucks to be a fan of a small-market team. Every once in a while you get smacked in the face with the fact that the playing field isn't level.
  15. pettyfog

    pettyfog Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    The King is dead to us.. Long live the Queen!
    LeBron > LeAngela.. see the symmetry?!

    And to think I channel surfed right by that show, gonna have to see if there's a repeat showing. {not!}
    Time to give that old cop-out a rest.
    The Big Red Machine was not a 'small market' baseball team. All Reds fans know that the Reds Urban Market is strangely "Cincinnati-Dayton" and actually extends further than that, to Indy and Louisville and Lexington... never had any trouble filling the seats.
    How about the Browns when they are playing halfway decent?
    The Bluejackets had no problems selling tickets when they started out.. only ran into problems when they established the 'we perennially suck' paradigm.
    What counts in sport franchises is the '60 and 90 minute markets'.

    The DIFFERENCE is the commercial opportunities. And the fact that for some reason Ohio sport fans expect winners, with a winning attitude. And once they are turned off they dont come back easily.

    The only Ohio fans who are event oriented rather than performance oriented seem to be Buckeye football fans.
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