Make that 26% of Cleveland. That’s the number of households who tuned in to watch Lebron James’ announcement of his choice of team, according to the Nielsen ratings. Nationwide, it was only 7.3%.
On second thought, make that 13% of Cleveland. Let’s assume that half the people in those households didn’t give a rat’s ass about basketball, the Cavaliers, or Lebron James, but didn’t have control of the remote. Fakename will refrain from making any generalizations about the sex of the person likeliest to have had control of the remote.
Probably you are sick to death already of hearing about Lebron James, but Fakename believes she brings a unique perspective to the issue; that is, the perspective of someone who has no idea what she’s talking about when it comes to sports. In her defense, she has at least once attended games/matches in just about everything you can name, either at the high school, college, or professional level. She has a rudimentary understanding of the rules of most sports (Get ball. Keep ball. Use ball to score “points”.)
In spite of this, Fakename, is a student of social behavior. And her advice is: Cleveland, get OVER yourselves.
Here in the South, we have a saying, roughly: You gotta go home with (or dance with) the one what brung you to the dance. You probably have a similar saying, perhaps with different grammar involved. The principle involved is clearly defined in the Urban Dictionary. In any case, the respectful behavior is only expected to continue for the duration of the event. And Cleveland, Fakename is sorry to tell you, but the dance is over.
One person Fakename saw on TV said, “It isn’t that he did it, it’s the WAY he did it. It was like breaking up with your girlfriend on national TV. You just don’t DO that.” Actually no, it isn’t like that at all.
Can we just cover a few of the facts? First, Lebron James is a professional athlete. He wants to win championships. That’s what professional athletes want to do. All of them. Second, Lebron James is 25 years old. Think about that for a minute. He is at the peak of his physical ability. How much longer does he have? 10 years? He’s played for Cleveland his entire career so far–seven years. Now think about that for a minute. He’s been playing for Cleveland since he was 18 years old. And…it just ain’t happened.
Try to put yourself in his place. Okay, that might be a little hard. Fakename would have to clone herself two times over to fit herself and both clones into one of his shoes. But if you were the best basketball player in the world and could play on any team you wanted, what would you do? Fakename is reminded of Archie Manning, who spent ten of his 13 years in the NFL playing for the most dreadful of teams–the New Orleans Saints, at that time. He was widely viewed as loyal. There may have been other reasons. He loved the area. And maybe it was just more comfortable to be the big fish in a small pond.
Finally, Fakename kind of likes Lebron James, because he seems pretty mature and soft-spoken for a guy who could have turned into Dennis Rodman.
Naturally, Fakename has a difficult time grasping how a person can allow so much of their identity to get wrapped up in a sports team, let alone a single player on that team. Whatever percentage it was of you, Cleveland, that was burning basketball jerseys, you don’t need to just get over yourselves–you need a therapist.