The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

If LeBron weren’t a Cav

Posted by disappointmentzone on 28 September 2007

If LeBron weren’t a Cav I do not think I’d like him that much. In fact, I think I’d be one of his biggest detractors. Sure, he’s an outstanding player on the court (though he can’t make free throws or an open jumper with any consistency). But off the court he’s something less than spectacular. First there was the whole Darfur silence/pleading ignorance, which is pretty crummy, and now there is this:

Q: You congratulated the Indians for making the playoffs during the NBC conference call, but who wins a playoff between Indians and Yankees?

A: The Yankees. I know a lot of people might not like hearing me say that, but I think everyone knows I’ve been a Yankee fan my whole life. They have to deal with it.

I know that LeBron has been professing to be a Yankees fan for a few years now and I know that he has never lived in New York City. What you’ve got when you put these facts together is the worst kind of sports fan.

There are bandwagon fans — they suck.

Then there are bandwagon fans who try to justify their spot on the bandwagon by claiming that they’ve always been a fan. These fans are the worst in sports. The worst.

Here’s the deal. No amount of time will overcome Bandwagon Status. Being on the bandwagon longer doesn’t mean you’re moving towards true fandom. You’re still a bandwagon jumper. You will always been a bandwagon jumper until your team totally goes into the tank for a very long period of time and you remain loyal throughout.

This will be the 13th consecutive season in which the Yankees have made the playoffs. LeBron James is roughly 13 years old (give or take). They Yankees haven’t sucked in his lifetime. If he keeps this up there is only one logical conclusion to draw: LeBron James is not a good person. (1)

fn 1: This is definitely not overreaching, unless loyalty and honesty no longer factor into what makes a person good. You can learn a lot about a person by watching their rooting habits. Ripe dissertation topic here.

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4 Responses to “If LeBron weren’t a Cav”

  1. Haze said

    I couldn’t agree with this more. Every mortal enemy of mine is a LeBron without the talent.

  2. Haze said

    I’m from Cleveland, but this is almost enough to make me stop liking this team. The payroll, LeBron, the LeBron lottery, the Chinese sneaker, the flopping (which was funny until it became our main defense threat come the Finals)… the only difference between the Cavs and the Browns is a lottery. Its so the truth.

  3. This sort of ‘fan’ posturing immediately turns me off to people.

  4. Haze said

    Bad teeth usually does for me. Posturing is bad too, though.

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