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I’m retiring my Cavs Championship gear: While We’re Waiting


I’ve decided to retire my Cavaliers championship gear. It was a fun ride. It’s something I’ll never forget, but wearing championship shirts or hats now that it’s firmly in the rearview mirror seems too wistful and stale.

My desire to move along doesn’t have that much to do with Kyrie Irving’s decision to move along from the team. More than anything, Kyrie’s demand and ultimate trade to Boston is indicative of just how much time has passed and how many things have changed. However, I don’t think Kyrie’s decision to demand a trade put any new crust on my gear. It just feels like it’s time, but I’m not sure why.

I don’t know what to do with it. I’ve got three shirts and two hats. Even before this declaration, I’ve largely stopped wearing it, but I’m not getting rid of it. Right now, those shirts are still hanging on hangers in my closet. Yes, I’m the kind of guy that hangs his t-shirts up on hangers. The hats are still on the shelf. What do I do with them now? When I figure it out, I’ll let you know.

I didn’t know if I’d ever get sick of them. I still have my Deftones concert t-shirt from 1998 and wear it. I have a Candiria one that I bought at a show in Boston in 1999 or 2000? I have my Acid Bath t-shirts from way back in 1996. Those shirts are certainly stale in a lot of ways, but I feel like they get better with age too. As you can tell, I’m not one to part with things all that easily. The difference is that bands kind of get locked in a time and place. Even if a band retires, dies, or never lives up to earlier work, their material can always live in the current moment, waiting to be rediscovered. Sports championships are of a period and unlike an album that sounds the same sonically, championships are photographs where the color starts to fade until the photo is a yellowed fragment of what it once was.

Championships are great, but they’re supposed to be followed up with newer, more current versions. That’s not to say they will be replaced as we Clevelanders know all too well, but it doesn’t change the nature of the beast.

So I’m retiring my championship gear. I hope to buy all new gear as soon as possible. Your move Indians and Cavaliers. O.K. you too Browns, but I won’t hold my breath.

I just can’t get off this Manchester Orchestra loop…

I am listening to the new stuff. I can’t escape the old stuff. I’m back into the band in a big big way thanks to their new album. I went back to a MySpace era video for this week.

  • boomhauertjs

    I waited nearly 40 years to wear that stuff. Not ready to hang it up quite yet.

  • JNeids

    Same. You only get these chances once every 52 years, apparently. Even when I stop wearing the 3 shirts, I’ll never stop wearing my Kermit wearing a crown drinking the LOB hat.

  • JNeids

    Fifteen in a row.

    Three straight trips to the Finals.

    Won the preseason.

    https://thumbs.gfycat.com/BlindHeartyIchidna-max-1mb.gif

  • Harv

    Precisely my recent thoughts on gear. Last week put on the hat, then stopped and took it off. A year ago it unified; now, doesn’t exactly make me feel like a guy who can’t let go but maybe like a guy who has a wee bit of trouble moving on.

  • Harv

    It’s Friday, and if we’re not yet sick of these:

    Ying yang of Cleveland
    Asbestos gloves for the Tribe
    Berea say whaaaat?

  • Harv

    Sit up front Sashi
    No need for thumbs up or down
    Just own what you’ve wrought

    [Ok, I’m probably done]

  • Harv

    and a beaut

  • scripty

    I will never put my title stuff away. Wear it til threads.

    https://media.tenor.com/images/34fd42cc5f9db8e1b68bc531feb24af1/tenor.gif

  • MartyDaVille

    My championship banner (Cavs hand towel) will hang from the rafters of my garage until it disintegrates.

    And I’ll wear my three title tees until they eventually pit out.

  • MartyDaVille

    I ride my baiku
    Buy insurance from Gaiku
    Browns make me psyaiku

  • scripty

    I just ordered 3 more title shirts (on deep discount!) and will stow them away to be brought on in later years when my main shirt bites the dust.

    https://i.imgur.com/r8IF1pb.gif

  • Harv

    not sure what that is but I like it, like it, yes I do

  • Harv

    I get it. I have an extra shirt in “deep drawer status,” never washed to keep pristine. Sort of like the wrapped newspaper dated 6/20/16 in the back of the closet shelf.

  • Natedawg86

    Pitchers throw BBs
    Hitters ridiculous hot
    Stay healthy, get one

  • MartyDaVille

    I’m glad you laiku.

  • mgbode

    are we transitioning to Dr. Seuss Fridays?

  • The majority of my “championship” gear is Cleveland related more so than Cavs/2016. Outside of my T with LeBron dunking the LOB, nothing has the date on it. My hat of choice simply has the trophy stitched into the side. I feel like this was a good move from a longevity standpoint, a lesson learned when I loaded up on NBA Finals merch back in 2007.

    To this point, I’m actually reconfiguring my office to have a bit of a championship corner in it—magazine covers, bobbles, etc. I rarely wear t-shirts and such anyway, but the office space will serve as a nice, one-off reminder of the best summer ever.

  • mgbode

    Tribe euphoria
    Browns misery starts Sunday
    Cavs ‘ship forever

  • Du

    Totally agree about the new Manchester Orchestra. First song “The Maze” written about his daughter gets me every time.

    But today, cannot stop listening to new album “Sleep Well Beast” by The National. A little different for them but still outstanding.

    Also, maybe this was mentioned in previous posts but The War On Drugs new LP “A Deeper Understanding” should NOT be missed!!

  • JNeids

    Kluber and Breslow each only had 1 walk yesterday

  • mgbode

    I read it as the ammunition you put into a youth gun, but I’m totally #TeamSunnyside on the Tribe.

  • JNeids

    I assume you mean mine, because you would not approve of Garth’s. In which case:
    TyrionLannisterNodding.gif

  • JNeids

    Shh, I did too

  • Pat Leonard

    Myles Garrett, no, why???
    Lord, take my ankle instead.
    Whatever, go Browns.

  • Harv

    that was a weak Rolling Stones reference, apropos of nothing. Was hoping for “My Headstone Inscription” Friday but I’ve been a tad bossy ’round here (SOME say), and I’m ready for just about any good idea. Just not reverion to the old lowest common denominator not-funny thing (will not/cannot say it). That thing which, objectively, sucks.

  • scripty

    Gonzo and Yandy
    Playing well. Maybe so long
    to Jason Kipnis

  • MartyDaVille

    Harv to lovers of Golf India Foxtrots: Faiku.

  • Harv

    perfect. Like the old prison-joke joke. I’m totally down with a simple “Gif#23.”

  • Putting away my championship gear when we don’t know when any Cleveland team will win it all again? I don’t think so. I’m definitely going to cherish that moment for as long as I live.

    Speaking of championship, I think it’s about time I start taking predictions for the “2017 Cleveland Browns Prediction game.” Post here or on my site what you think will be the final record of the Cleveland Browns. Then check back weekly to keep track how closely you came to the Browns actual record.

    Garry0wen won last season, let’s see who will be joining him this year. Post here or on my site:

    https://numutango.blogspot.com

  • Pat Leonard

    Lunch is back, in a big way.

    Give me 6-10. #TeamSunnySide for the win.

  • Harv

    “Lord, take my ankle instead”
    Essence of Cleveland. Something Braylon could never understand if he spent 13 years dropping passes here.

  • Pat Leonard

    Holy smokes. You’re ubiquitous.

  • jpftribe

    Paging RGB, get you butt out of GA.

  • jpftribe

    On a semi-related note, seems RGB is quite the trendsetter.
    https://twitter.com/Indians/status/905992956397703168

  • jpftribe

    Jets, Chargers, Bears, Luckless Colts, Ravens x 2 (can’t wait to hear excuses from douchebag Billick)

    2 of 4:
    Texans, Vikings, Lions, Titans

    8-8 my friends. Weak schedule, good year will lead to irrational exhuberence for 2018, where they probably take a step bafkwards. 2019 is the year it starts for this team. 2020 with Ben gone, Flacco will be overpaid and over the hill will be the year to remember.

  • mgbode

    5 wins

    Gonna be a rough year from the W/L but a fun year from the play. Not this week though, this week is gonna be rough all the way around.

  • jpftribe

    Tied w/ NE for the SB quest.

  • 3-13. It was too ambitious last season, but feels juuuuuust right for 2017.

    http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/074/167/3f1.gif

  • JM85

    5-11. They have quite a few winnable games.

  • mgbode

    Right now, the Browns are a half game up on the Pats for a playoff spot. Soak it in, boys. Soak. It. In.

  • Chris

    I’m sure there some extra Browns / Indians tickets floating around in the WFNY community to entice him and his family up here for the next several days.

  • RGB

    I never bought any Championship gear.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sJY7BTIuPY

  • RGB

    Irma is moving west, so we are staying.

  • RGB

    No MYLES for the first half…3-11.

  • TimCleveland

    I too am on the 5-12 bandwagon

  • MartyDaVille

    Waiting For Three Years From Now. I like it.

  • tsm

    4-12

  • tsm

    I will wear this stuff until my wife throws it out! If anyone mocks me by saying that was years ago, my reply is that – “we won”.

  • Harv

    keep The Kid clean. Whatever it takes: run/pass imbalance, holding, mind-numbing 3 and outs. There is zero reason to ruin his psyche just because Sashi couldn’t figure out how to obtain a Charlie Whitehurst type.

  • mgbode

    Lunch, noting that a bunch of commenters were told to wait until Friday, but they jumped the gun anyway and put a whole slew of predictions in the Tuesday WWW:

    http://waitingfornextyear.com/2017/09/what-should-be-the-browns-expectations/