Saturday, July 08, 2006

Taking the challenge

The storm clouds have lifted. Fans are climbing down from their rooftops. The pitchforks and torches have been put back in the basement.

LeBron James has not forsaken us. After nearly the maximum amount of time of waiting, LeBron will take the Cavs' max offer of five years for $80 million. That keeps him here through the 2012-2013 season.

Hell, if we can't win a title by then with LeBron in his prime, we might as well just pack everything up and turn in the keys, cause it ain't ever gonna happen. Besides, the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, meaning the world will end in LeBron's last season. And if Cleveland can't win a title by then with LeBron in his prime, the world might as well just end.

Apparently the "secret" $100 million Nike clause that doubles if LeBron goes to New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles wasn't enough to entice him away. But so what? New York, Chicago, and L.A. have all been done before. LeBron's up for a bigger challenge. He's taking on God.

For 42 years now we've been wandering the sports desert. The Browns won the NFL title in 1964 thanks to Jim Brown, perhaps the greatest football player of his time. Now Cleveland's greatest athlete since Jim Brown is ours to keep. It's kind of been no contest for the last four decades, with God vs. our assortment of clowns over the years. But now the game is on, and LeBron's going to put on the biggest show Cleveland has ever seen.

LeBron James vs. God. Mark it on your calendars from now until 2013.

8 comments:

Jon said...

Great column. I love the fact the national media is basically eating crow right now. In a town where our sports writers will jump off a ledge at the first sign of trouble, none of them really even stirred while LeBron was taking his time, which should have told everyone he was never going anywhere.

And yes, if we can't win with LeBron in his prime, it's time to pack it in...

Ben said...

Seriously, if we haven't won by 2012 lets just give up. It's a safer bet that he leaves after the new deal (he'll be what? 28? 29? That's STILL his prime).

thatchick said...

You know he's going to end up screwing up his knee or something right before the playoffs next season. That's the way it works in Cleve.

Anonymous said...

Mike, please, you're doing it again. You are actually thinking that just maybe LeBron will lead a team to a championship in Cleveland. Stop fooling yourself. Your blog is aptly named, i.e. "God hates Cleveland sports." Even with LeBron it ain't gonna happen. Even if the Cavs had Shaq and Steve Nash and Dick Nowinski (can never spell his name) they would not win a championship. Get with it, Mike. Face the facts. There will never be a pro sports championship of any kind in Cleveland for the remainder of your natural life. No chance. Ever. And why do you think LeBron will continue to play at the phenomenal level he is playing? A car accident looms. A crack house beckons. Just give it up, Mike.

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