When I first started the site, I promised myself I wouldn’t allow my passion for Cleveland sports to skew my opinions of my unbiased blog/NFL Draft site. Oh well, here we go.
Cleveland’s man crush on Joe Haden, T.J. Ward, and Josh Cribbs continues to grow with each courtside attendance to what amounts to be D-League basketball. I am going to go ahead and admit, I myself have attended one Cavs game this season and it was the December 2nd debacle at the Q.
Thanks to a great friend of mine, I am afforded the same luxury of free seats at the Q as Haden, Ward, and Cribbs. Unfortunately, I can’t justify even paying for parking to go watch Samardo Samuels, Christian Eyenga, and Alonzo Gee. Yet, guys who could be out dropping 100K on a bar tab or 300K on jewelry like their NFL brethren are instead supporting other Cleveland athletes and Cleveland Sports Nation.
Unfortunately or fortunately the only images from this Cavs season that will stick with me is Joe Haden hamming it up courtside in a Cleveland win against the Carmelo Anthony-mislead NY Knicks, or T.J. Ward and Joe Haden chest bumping courtside after a J.J. Hickson dunk, or Josh Cribbs celebrating with his entourage after one of the Cavs 15 wins.
Fans long for the same passion from their athletes as they have towards their hometown team. Unfortunately we live in the day and age when the only media portrayal is of the few self-serving and undeserving, narcissist athletes. See: Dez Bryant, Bryant McKinnie, LeQuit James, Aqib Talib and so and so forth.
It’s a shame that Joe Haden and T.J. Ward chest bumping at a Cavs game is not played on the morning highlights of ES(EC)PN. We reap what we sow. Unfortunately, we are sowing the bad seeds and feeding their narcissism by making headlines out of The Decision, The Bar Tab, and The Lawsuit(s).
Rejoice Cleveland, for once we are reaping what we have sowed. And to our pleasure we are finally on the right track with the likes of T.J. Ward, Joe Haden, Josh Cribbs, Peyton Hillis, Colt McCoy, Joe Thomas, and on and on. We have avoided the talent trap that will lead to heartbreak at the hands of a Braylon or a Kellen.
I said I wouldn’t do it but I am a proud card carrying member of Cleveland Sports Nation. And for the first time since days of Bernie, Ozzie and Webster I am proud of it. We have reason to be proud and if you want a front row seat, join Joe, T.J., and Josh at the Q to watch members of C.S.N. celebrating the energy that is Cleveland.