Sports is a big deal in this town. Always has been, always will be. Cleveland needed to win something, not for bragging rights, but to revive the soul of the people. We needed something to unite us.
I couldn't let too much more time pass before I gave my thoughts on the NBA Finals. The sound defensive play of the Cavs to compliment their outstanding work on the other side of the ball helped them pull off history against the Golden State Warriors.
Growing up in Cleveland meant two things for me: I was destined from birth to become a diehard Cleveland sports fan and I understood, at a very young age, misery. I was no different from most kids who grew up in the Land.
In the short run, the NBA may have made more money. But in the absence of a once-in-a-generation fair game between the Cavaliers and the Warriors, the NBA may well lose money, viewers, and loyalty in the long run.
Long ago, Public Enemy penned the lyric "Don't believe the hype". It was a lesson lost on a confused Warrior fan base whose pre-fab narrative is "Everything has changed, it's a completely new era." The Cavs successfully proved otherwise.
If you're your biggest critic then nobody else can harm you. Your opinion of you means more to you than their opinion of you, so how could they harm you? Their words are just noise - sometimes distracting, but never compelling.
Life is going pretty well for both Lebron and Steph. While living in two very different worlds both of these talented basketball stars have now garnered the attention of the entire world and there is no denying either of their talents.
By any measure, they have set a standard at the highest level within their sport and perhaps for any sport, while being immensely entertaining to watch.
At certain times on the calendar the volume and quality of sport on offer to fans and competitors alike overflows the capacity for any single person to absorb. It is an embarrassment of riches and at present we are in the midst of one such bonanza of events. Where to begin?
Wine, like sports, is best enjoyed with someone (or something) else. We love to pair up and drink wine, much the same way we like to pair wine with steak, with cheese, with fish, with charcuterie, with fruit, with making out.
With 45 percent of the NBA's audience under the age of 35 according to The Atlantic, millennials are at the core of basketball's fan base. So what makes this sport so attractive to young people?
Is the WNBA "struggling for relevance" as Richard Sandomir and The New York Times claim? If you know a bit of history, none of the "struggles" we observe are surprising or unusual.
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Can North Carolina really afford to post a police officer outside every public bathroom in the state to check the birth certificates of those who use them?
What most people don't know is that LeBron wasn't Warner Brothers' first choice for the lead of Space Jam 2. In fact, he was pretty far down the list of NBA stars that were envisioned for the role.
Depending on your perspective, sport is either thriving or disintegrating today. From a purely commercial enterprise perspective, sport has never been stronger.