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While We’re Waiting… Cleveland Fans, the Morning After

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“We can’t keep clinging to the past. We are drunk on our sorrows, telling and retelling stories in a masochistic whirlpool of despair. People tell each other where they were when LeBron made his decision, when Elway stepped under center, when Jorden lifted a jump shot in Richfield. We measure fanhood not by money spent but by tears shed. The “real” fans are those who have apparently suffered the most. It doesn’t have to be this way.

In many ways we are blessed. Yeah I said it. In 1965 the Indians almost relocated to Seattle. The Cavs endured one of the most inept owners of all time in Ted Steipen but made it through. We lost the Browns for three years but they came back. Teams don’t come back, just ask Seattle about the Sonics or Los Angeles about the Rams. We have been lucky in so many ways and I am grateful. I’m not ignorant of our struggles or our suffering, but that should not define us. We are so much more than a forty man roster or a starting five.” [Corey Barnes]

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“Getting a walk is a symptom of good plate discipline. It takes skill to recognize when pitches are out of the zone and patience to lay off of them. […] Lonnie Chisenhall is a tremendously talented player. I love the combination of his aggressiveness with his contact skills and burgeoning power, and I certainly don’t want to see him turn into a stoic in the batter’s box. But unless he starts hitting for average like Ichiro or mashing the ball like Jose Bautista, he would be wise to look to take a walk every now and then.” [Wahoos on First]

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“What LeBron James did in 2010 and what he did tonight doesn’t erase everything those years, those wins, that atmosphere, those bonds meant. I’ll never believe the notion that it was all a lie. I think LeBron James was a good soldier until the final battle. That’s where he saw a fight he didn’t think he could win, staring failure dead in the eye without blinking. He blinked, he buckled, he crumbled, and the James that led the team to 126 regular season wins in the prior two seasons just wasn’t there. The Cleveland LeBron James died the moment he took that wine colored jersey off after Game 6 in the Boston Garden, sparking the drama of that summer and beyond, all leading up to tonight. That ego-centric maniac persona that spawned when he put on a Miami uniform has all the same basketball traits as the Cleveland one did and maybe more. He doesn’t, however, carry the hopes and dreams of a dedicated fan base, his hometown, that would’ve done anything for him. He had to cut a deal to get what he wanted, and that’s how he should always be remembered. An unbelievable and unprecedented talent, who couldn’t go it “alone” like so many of the greats have, forced to team up with his buddies for the pep rally, playground ball of the last two seasons.” [Slammers Central]

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Lost in the debate regarding whether Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre prior to the 2009 NFC title game and whether former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove said, “Bobby, give me my money” after it appeared Favre had been knocked out of the 2009 NFC title game is the fact that former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita faces no specific allegation that he contributed to the alleged bounty on Favre — or to any specific bounty on any specific player. Instead, the bounty case against Fujita consists of two claims:  that he contributed money for the pool that paid players for sacks and forced fumbles (which necessarily isn’t and can’t be a “bounty”), and that he contributed $2,000 to the “general” pay-for-performance pool prior to the 2009 NFC title game.” [Pro Football Talk]

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“I’m from Cleveland, and I understand that LeBron James is about to win an NBA Title this evening. As much as I wanted him to win that Title here, as much as I didn’t want him to leave two years ago, and as much as I hated the way he left, I was pretty sure this would happen eventually. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh – sic team. An NBA Championship was inevitable the moment they all got together. Tonight doesn’t change anything for me as a Cleveland sports fan.” [Brendan Bowers

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“It is my sincere wish that Miami’s win closes the book on the “LeBron vs Cleveland” era (though I know it won’t- I’m already bracing for the inevitable “could LeBron come back?!” 2014 rumors). The Decision is two years old and while LeBron won his title, he got his comeuppance first. He paid for his hubris. We’ve even, as far as I’m concerned. It’s time to move on. The Indians are in contention for the Central, the Browns have Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden and the Cavs have Kyrie Irving and the 4th pick in a loaded draft (less than a week!).

Things are looking up in the Cleveland sports world.” [Ben Blog]