Unless you have been away from the Planet Earth since May 13th, I guarantee you have heard the words “LeBron James” at least ten times every single day. The evening of May 13th was a sad one for Clevelanders. The team that was supposed to win us a championship were forced out of the hunt for the title. We were forced to say our infamous, “let’s wait til next year” once again.
But this hasn’t been just any off-season. Our King went to battle and failed, and is now considering leaving his kingdom of Northeastern Ohio for warmer/more interesting pastures. Would he leave his lowly peons for the bright lights of New York or the warm, sandy beaches of Miami?
Sure, all the comparisons have been made to other CLE sporting history debacles. We have suffered through “The Shot”, “The Fumble” and “The Drive” – will “The Decision” end the same doomed way?
Personally, I think my friend John put it appropriately: “You can ask a girl to marry you on the jumbotron, but you can’t dump her on the jumbotron, right?”
Tonight is the night. Everyone in the free world (or at least Greater Cleveland) will be glued to any media outlet possible at 9PM to hear LeBron say “I will play in (fill in city name)”. Facebook will crash. Twitter will fail whale all over the place. The citizens of greater Cleveland will be consuming a ridiculous amount of alcohol.
But I know a little secret: it’s a bit of insider knowledge that I’ve come across in the past few days that not even ESPN knows about. Are you ready?
Life will continue. Birds will sing. Plants will grow. Facebook and Twitter will start working again. And I will still be ridiculous – that I can promise you.
If he stays, things is this crazy town will continue to flourish and downtown business will roll in the dough before, after and during Cavs games. However, for some reason he decides his time in CLE is done, this town will not be. Sure, the sports bars might not be quite as hoppin’ on a weekday game night. But our restaurants will still impress national syndicates. Our artists will create beautiful work. Our theater and musical performance companies will still inspire us. We’ll wake up Friday morning with a hangover, but life goes on.
The CLE is resurging again – slowly, but surely. We have to remember it’s the every day people of this town that are making it happen, not some “King” or government official or celebrity. It’s us: the people living the every day live with good hearts and good common sense. There’s no amount of money, fame or status that will take that away from us.