First, thank you to all the folks who came out last night. I had a lot of fun playing at Fox & Goose. Thank you to David Wallace of Automatic Rival for opening- great job man!
As much as I'd love to talk about my show and my music career, there's clearly only one option for me to post about today that would be relevant to the sporting landscape as well as our modern times- the possible comeback by Mark Prior.
Alright, so maybe that wasn't the story I was talking about. LeBron James made his "decision" to "take [his] talents to South Beach..." What a douche. His "brand" was NOT helped by that mockery of an ESPN special. His decision would've been destructive for Cleveland either way, but to "break-up" with them via a self-promoting nationally televised program based around you? Now that is sinking to new depths of egomania.
I mean really, let's say a rich celebrity/athlete (maybe Tiger Woods?) was cheating on his wife (hypothetically, of course.) If he went on national television to apologize about his behavior, the media more than likely would still put him through the grinder for not being genuine enough.
Now imagine if that same celebrity instead went on national television and said, "Oh wow, this is hard to do... my future is to screw a particular Hooters' girl in Miami. I don't look at this like my wife and kids are lacking, but when you get an opportunity f*** a fine-ass Hooters girl in Miami, you have to go there and give it all you got."
I'm guessing that wouldn't go over very well. And yet, that's pretty much what LeBron did to the city of Cleveland. A public break-up with his wife and kids. Hence the burning of the 23 James' jerseys...
Let's keep it real. I'm a Bulls fan to the core. I remember when Jordan had a hard time getting past the Pistons earlier in his career. I remember jumping up and down in my house in celebration when Jordan hit "the shot" over Craig Ehlo. I remember when John Paxon hit a clutch shot to assure the Bulls of their first championship. I could go on. The point is, I am a big Chicago sports fan (besides those damn White Sox.) Did I want LeBron to pick the Bulls? Of course. I'd be an idiot not to. However, now that I see the shenanigans the so-called "King" put the Cavs through only to bolt from his hometown and form a super group that apparently needs some rec-players to fill the rest of the roster- I'm kind of glad James did not go to Chicago. That's how sour I am him based on that charade from last night. I would rather have my team not get better because I don't want Underbite McGoo on my team.
I also feel terrible for the city of Cleveland. I can't see them selling out their building any longer. This will ultimately affect the area around the arena. With less people going to the arena, that means less people eating and drinking before and after games. It means less merchandise sold. I'm not sure it's LeBron's responsibility to help Cleveland economically, but it does make his "decision" that much more selfish. He has to know he's wrecking one of his (close to) hometown's hopes for financial stability.
After typing this, I am actually more mad than anything else. I can't believe we allowed ourselves to be held hostage for a week (I mean years) by this egomaniac. That is the best possible word to describe him. I literally had no problem with James previously, and D. Wade was one of my favorite players (Chris Bosh was always worse than I expected anytime I watched a game.) I now hate them all. A lot. That is my natural fan gut reaction. Hate. I love that you can re-arrange "HEAT" to be "HATE." It's too perfect.
Guess who feels best today? Kobe Bryant. He has five rings and everyone just forgot about him allegedly raping that girl in Colorado. The most recent raping in the NBA took place on TV for everyone to see. LeBron raped the city of Cleveland with some fake emotional a few chuckles.