Fakename Disses Cleveland

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.

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9 responses to “Fakename Disses Cleveland

  1. > a difficult time grasping how a person can allow > so much of their identity to get wrapped up in a > sports team

    I agree. And not just a sports team. A job, a country, etc.

  2. Well congrats on a couple of points:) You wrote about something that’s a real stretch for you and you got the meat of the story right. LeBron certainly has the right to play for as much money as he can get, LeBron is all about the money no matter what he says about it not being about the money. He got to Miami and said it’s about family. LOL really big guy? What about the family you abandoned, and with such media fanfare of your own causing. When you walk out on them and gloat about it there’s going to be some scorched earth in your wake. Once you dump on a group of people, your image is indelibly tarnished. It’s human nature.

    But you do have that right. As for Championships, it means more money for LaBron to play in post season play, a LOT more money.

    It’s very interesting that you mention Archie who is a classic example of it actually being about family. His case is unique but not as isolated as one might think. He is a family guy all the way, in the finest meaning of the concept. He is loved by at least 2 states, widely respected by peers and “pundits” and seems to have enough money to get by as well.

    The insiders define the difference in this way. There are 2 general types of players in major league sports, a tools player and a team player. LaBron is a tools player, he’s got all the tools, and they are bigger and better than anyone else in the game today. A Rod is the same in baseball, man has all the tools. And yet he is booed often in Yankee stadium whereas Jeter, who also has great tools, is loved and is part of the Yankee “lore”, and has the respect and admiration of all.

    Some have arrogance and some humility; it’s very hard to hide from your teammates.

    “She has a rudimentary understanding of the rules of most sports (Get ball. Keep ball. Use ball to score “points”.)”

    Yes and no! In baseball you do not score when you have the ball, you score off the other team when they have the ball. So you want the other team to have the ball as long as they can.

    And now I will take my leave and plan today’s tailgate for the Cleveland game. Indians, not Cavaliers. Got seats right behind 3rd base where Evan Longoria plays. A classic example of a player with great tools AND lovable humility who will only make $45 million with the Rays his first 6 years in baseball. Reminds me a lot of Archie and Peyton (maybe Eli).

    Go Rays!

  3. If anybody has a problem with LeBron, one need look no further than the owner of the Cavs. The things he’s said in the aftermath; no wonder LeBron decided to skip town. And who the hell wants to live in Cleveland anyway?

  4. Lol, ee, I almost mentioned that too. Let’s say you’re weighing a serious decision and part of it is….Cleveland? Or South Beach? Cleveland? South Beach?

  5. pt, well thanks…I think 🙂 I knew though, that someone would ding me on that “rudimentary rules” thing.
    I’m saying that the days of a person playing on a single team are long over, if indeed there ever were such days (I’m thinking Babe Ruth, here). But in the past, my impression is that it was a lot more common. I think that has something to do with the whole free agency issue, you’ll have to educate me, but I can remember many years ago hearing people mourn about the lack of “team loyalty”.
    That’s foolish these days, and to think of a player moving on as “dumping you” is a poor expenditure of emotion. You should never have assumed it was a marriage to start with.
    While I didn’t mention the money, I don’t think it is about the money. He already has enough of that and would have had more by staying in Cleveland.
    And finally, as for humility, as the saying goes, it ain’t bragging if you can back it up. It’s like when Ali said, “I am the greatest”—it might have been annoying, but it was the truth. I have less respect for false humility than I have for arrogance, if you want to call it that. I call it confidence, well-deserved.

  6. ” It’s like when Ali said, “I am the greatest”—it might have been annoying, but it was the truth.”

    No it’s not! Boxing is not a team sport it is the ultimate male testosterone contest, it is a brutal competition between 2 guys trying to knock the other one out. You damn well better be cocky and aggressive. You don’t rely on a team member to knock the other guy out. Basketball is a team sport and there are other important components to the game (players) without whom LeBron could not win anything.

    I left a post that covers my ideal of a real team player as opposed to a tool player. A guy with class as opposed to a mercenary. No false humility…….. just class.

    I respect talent no matter how an individual conducts themselves personally and I have already professed to appreciating LeBrons talent.

    I have not rooted for any team out of Miami since their perfect Dolphin team of 1972. So if the Heat goes winless it won’t bother me a bit, would actually be amusing to see the 100 million dollar experiment fall flat.

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