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July 09, 2010

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RBLCane

DURING THE SECOND HEYDAY!
During the new heyday, #1 would be "The Drive" against FSWho. I can't find it online, but below is a link to highlights of the game. The Dan Morgan INT in that game was also awesome as ish since FSU was threatening at that point and because I was in the stands right behind it.

This was by far my favorite Canes game of all time. It was my brother's birthday, I had just turned 18 the month before, it was hot, we were painted in Orange and Green, we hadn't beaten FSU in forever, we had just ended probation, nuff said:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=miami+fsu+2000&aq=f

Also during that second heyday and my favorites were the VT blowout in 2000 (revenge for what Vick did to us in 1999 and also because we hadn't beaten VT in forever) and the absolute arse-whoopings we put on Syracuse and Washington in 2001. (and yes, I was there for all of these!)

Oh yeah, Ed Reed's "Gimme the ball" against BC = one of my favorite Canes moments of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02fppIV9pik


DURING OUR 2000s DECLINE:
During our decline (which began at the Fiesta Bowl IMO), my favorite Canes plays/moments were the Winslow TD catch in the Fiesta Bowl ( http://www.mmbolding.com/bowls/Fiesta033.jpg ), his catch against FSU on 4th and 13 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi-NRheb7lE&feature=PlayList&p=71EB8A5E979928E2&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=35 ), and the his blocks on TWO Vols and post=game "I'm a Effin' Soldier" comment ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I82BPA5QAaQ )

Also from that era, all of Sean Taylor's harrassment of FSWho ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1jVdCN2PSw ).

I'll also never forget the excitement I felt when Hester took it to the house to open the game against the Gaytors ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TscSztwURKE&NR=1 ) and also his ridiculous punt return against Dook in 2005 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF6S0-A2UHg ).

And during that era, one of the best moments was the hope I felt when Miami took it to VT in Blacksburg in 2005! I remember how we manhandled Marcus Vick during that game! It was so awesome! Unfortunately, there's no youtube vid for this game, so here's a recap: http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/110505aaa.html

This has been fun. I'll post my favorite moments from our rise / the Randy Shannon and Jacory Harris era tomorrow.

GO CANES!!!

moneycane

Damn SOUP you went all caps on me huh? All I'm saying is that Hank had the dropsies, and Hank took it upon himself to rectify that. His determination to get better had more to do with his improvement than him being "coached up". I never said coaching doesn't matter, I just think that talent and determination makes up 65% of the equation. Was Barry Sanders that good because of coaching, or was it because of his natural talent and hard work.

moneycane

And who knows why Hank hooked up with Duper (maybe you do know). It could have been the coaching staff telling Hank if you don't improve then you won't see the field.

orange 'n green in the vein

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOsDrnWI9pc&feature=PlayList&p=1FAA82E7AA0C0772&playnext_from=PL&index=11

It's only the final play but you can hear the, "We're BACK," anyway when the ball lands!

RBLCane

One more AMAZING play that I forgot: Hester's td return on a blocked FG against Florida!!!

at 0:41:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2etQQ4prL0U&feature=related

GO CANES!!!!!!!!1

autumn

very good blogging the last couple days.

moneycane: " I never said coaching doesn't matter, I just think that talent and determination makes up 65% of the equation."

just got to say, 35% is VERY lot, if you're saying that's how much difference coaching provides . . . that'll get you from fiu to the canes easily. or?

autumn

"I wonder if he'll remember how stupid his own words sounded?? NEVER."
Posted by: Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer | July 10, 2010 at 09:07 PM

Ahhh remembrance . . .
captain, considering your % of being right during your swashbuckling canes-blogs the last several years, how often do you spend time remembering your own words?

Not getting on your case; just struck me as a funny comment coming from you.

autumn

one thing about lebron . . . the dude is only 25 years old . . . and from my point of view, 25 years young.

at this age, dealing with mega-milions, TONS of adulation & stress, too much advice from everyone, among other things. . . i don't know, but it seems like too much is made of a decision from such a young 'un . . .
and maybe some part of him thinks it might be more FUN to play basketball with teammates like wade & bosh who are both all-stars but also friends. maybe that's just as important as being "the boss".

or maybe he's a "flawed" character, who made a wrong decision; unlike the rest of us unflawed people.
but i'm glad to have him with the heat.
welcome le brawn.

autumn

just read the herald . . . some good points made by le batard:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/11/1725091/lebron-james-loved-hated-misunderstood.html

Old Skool

No problem Solar. I will get there around 8:30 or 9:00 on Thursday night. I'd rather get there with a bit of daylight left. Driving unlit country roads looking for the opening to long driveways, I avoid if I can.

BEERicane

BEericane, your posts aren't really the type I feel a dire need to respond to. I know the "devil's advocate" type and how to avoid them. The regulars no me on here, from even before this site was established. You could never question my "fandom" my friend.

I don't like domination in the sense that I enjoy not knowing whose going to win. I don't enjoy forgone conclusions, thats what I meant. I do love the underdog, an upset, watching a team overcome and rise up..I'm guilty of this. I enjoy adversity to a point. I wouldn't rejoice if Shannon & Hocutt scheduled Florida A&M caliber teams all season or when we beat them ala Tressel and OSU fans. Yes, I want the Canes to dominate, but I wouldn't want us to land the top 25 recruits off of Rivals Top 100 every recruiting class either. Between '03-'05 we got almost whomever we wanted and those guys did squat. I like us to hand pick our players from the nation and own South Florida. I enjoy parity in sports.


Posted by: Zakkee | July 10, 2010 at 09:21 PM

Looks like you responded.

Also, these posts are not playing the role of "devil's advocate." From your perspective (a self-appointed protagonist) I would be playing the role of an antagonist or maybe represent the conflict or challenge that needs to be bested by the aforementioned protagonist. One could also argue that I am fulfilling the role of an opportunistic Contrarian, which I happen to do from time to time. You just happened to provide me with the said opportunity. No hard feelings on my end, I just tend to do these sorts of things to stir up the pot from time to time. Go Canes!

WindyCane1

Watching UM v. Okla. on ESPNU. Coaches have limited practices and they work on certain team drills and routes. As a freshmen and sophomore, Hank could really get open. When you watch Hank run his routes, you could see him open and he would flash to the spot and give his QB a target to throw to. Hank is clearly the best receiver at that(the best the Canes had is several years), and had elite talent to do so. The issue with Hank early in his career was that once he got open and the QB threw him the ball, he dropped balls. That is where the off-season training and after-practice work comes in. The Coaches and Duper recognized his problems, and worked on them.

Even in the NFL, where there are fewer limits on practice time and coach-player interaction, the best players put in the extra work and that is something Duper told me that he and Clayton did.

As for the other WRs, they may want to work on catching, but they may want to emphasize other aspects. For example, AJ II has great hands, but he could definitely work on his speed and route-running. I don't see AJII getting open the way Hank does, but if AJII puts his hands on the ball its his.

This would also apply to other positions. Aside from developing certain skills, they also need to work on strength and conditioning. The players under Shannon have also done that.

Players must have desire to get better, and their individual work on the offseason will distinguish them and determine their playing time and the success of the team.

usagainsttheworkd

bring back hubbard!

Cat 5 Cane

Solar... Funny stuff, as I remember tipping over my canoe and my face of horror as everything is sinking to the bottom of the river!... OHHHH what a surprise!... Someone, save the beer!!!!!! What about the camera??? Screw the camera, it's history!... Save the beer!!!!
LMAO... now, but not so much then!


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Coaching doesn't matter?... We all agree on coaching matters but I think, the percentage very's greatly depending on the kid's NATURAL ABILITY and the POSITION he is playing. Especially in his 1st year out of high school. It could jump, as high as, maybe 50% and it decreases each year, as the kid picks up his responsibilities and adjusts to better technique.

The Position Coach... ahhh that's a another story... How good is the coach at finding the way to teach different quality level of players the same technique and translate that to being successful on the field?... 1st, 2nd and 3rd year, comes down to the Kid and his natural ability to grow and pick it up and how gifted the coach is at teaching the position... but nothing but nothing accounts more then the individual player, who has the desire to put in the extra effort that it takes to be great!

Truth, once said that it accounts for 20 percent... and for the super gifted player who is not only drafted, but makes it into the NFL... Maybe so.

The question is,... do we have the right position coaches to get this muthafukking Train to NC?

Later

BEERicane

Watching the OU replay. If these kids SHOW UP for each game and play each down with maximum effort and intensity everything will take care of itself. Coaching or not, if these guys can avoid becoming complacent they won't be stopped, but I guess that is where the coaching comes in -- to make sure these guys don't get complacent.

The way the canes played with fire and swag in the OU is truly a thing of beauty and the only thing missing from this team week in and week out.

SOUP

Damn SOUP you went all caps on me huh? All I'm saying is that Hank had the dropsies, and Hank took it upon himself to rectify that. His determination to get better had more to do with his improvement than him being "coached up". I never said coaching doesn't matter, I just think that talent and determination makes up 65% of the equation.

Posted by: moneycane | July 11, 2010 at 01:48 AM

You're right, my bad, it was wrong to go all CAPS on U like I did, I apologize.

65% talent / 35 % coaching

I can live with that!

SOUP

The way the canes played with fire and swag in the OU is truly a thing of beauty and the only thing missing from this team week in and week out.

Posted by: BEERicane | July 11, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Don't ask the coaches to do that. That is the players responsibility.

Or the uniforms, or pregame music, or the cheerleaders, or the band maybe, I'm not sure?

SOUP

One could also argue that I am fulfilling the role of an opportunistic Contrarian, which I happen to do from time to time. You just happened to provide me with the said opportunity. No hard feelings on my end, I just tend to do these sorts of things to stir up the pot from time to time. Go Canes!

Posted by: BEERicane | July 11, 2010 at 08:36 AM

And I like that!

SOUP

Total Votes: 101

23.8%

12-0 BCS Champs and #1 Ranking
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9-3 ACC Championship Game and Top 15
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8-4 Another lost season and Top 25

SOUP

Amost 90% (89.2)of Hurricane fans think that Miami should finish 10-2 or better in 2010.

That is the highest % of any year we have done this poll ove the last three years.

Hear that coach? No pressure. LOL

CaneSniper

This line from the SI article after the Klingler beat down is classic...

"Particularly overmatched against the Hurricanes were Houston's callow offensive linemen, who yielded five sacks and, with all their desperate clutching and grabbing, generally resembled ninth-graders at an unchaperoned mixer."

CaneSniper

The one play that sealed me as a Miami Hurricane fan for life was Vinny Testaverde vs. the Bosworth Sooners. I'd love to have a clip of it, but Vinny gets hit in the backfield and bounces off it, scrambles around for about 30 seconds, then threw a perfect completion. I remember thinking that these guys were unstoppable. Having an obnoxious Notre Dame fan in my squadron also helped.

CaneSawMassacre

Hey everybody...

CaneSawMassacre

The main thing about coaching is to know the right buttons to press and the right way to get your players to believe in your goal and to ensure that they get are putting forth maximum effort to achieve winning AS A TEAM!!

They have to get the ME first mentality out of all players and have the players willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team.

20% of coaching is x's and o's the rest is leadership and mentality.

Hurri'

Although I was already a done deal, another moment of electricity was the first TD of the 01-02' Rose Bowl.

Dorsey to Johnson.........

Keith Jackson's commentary was gold.

"Touchdown Hurricanes. Andre Johnson was all alone!"

JUST CANE

guys?

SOUP

Hey CSM. U going to the 7-on-7 over in Tampa today with Six and Sebastian57?

Mephistopheles

Cav,

For me, the worst losses must be those that cost NC's.
1-2002-OSU (Theft)
2-1988-ND (Theft)
3-1986-PSU (Biggest upset in sports' history)
4-1985-Tenn (Ouch)
5-1992-Bama (Ouch squared)
* 5a-1986-LSU (I know you meant football, but I was absolutely crushed by this one)

As for King James, it seems to me he becomes a hated figure if he leaves Cleveland, no matter the circumstances. And if you're gonna be hated, what better place to don the black hat than Miami? It was a no-brainer.

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Way 2 Think Pink Mr. Olsen

Miami Boy Doin Good Things in the CHI...
http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/07/urlacher-forte-at-olsens-kickball-tournament.html

Zakkee

Sikes return vs. UF. Notice how fast Sean Taylor was to catch Sikes from behind, pull back to block someone, then manage to catch back up to chest bump him on the sidelines...wow...talent!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqUxYjuxFxk&feature=related

Vilma's hits in the 2001 NC game (they were like the cherries on top of a perfect sundae).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8aSGYIlVPw

Dorsey screen to McGahee. Perfectly set up by Brad Nessler, who lost it during the play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORG-hvUHOrg&NR=1

Hester's return vs. UF still gives me goosebumps. I was there and the OB literally shook. Nessler set that one up perfectly as well.

Low moments...many. Kirby Freeman's one completion game (wasn't it only 1? 1 for 13??) I don't know, but it was embarrassing. Peach Bowl vs. LSU also hurt bad because I had talked so much trash the whole day and my family wanted to see what these Hurricanes I always raved about could do. They actually watched until halftime, laughed me out of the TV room (they changed the channel) and banished me into a bedroom television (by myself), a decision I didn't fight, it was merciful. I was utterly embarrassed. Then we got knocked out during the post-game brawl..ouch!

No hard feelings BEERIcane, we're cool.

Good posts, windy, Cat5, and Soup (you know how I feel about coaching...I'm with you on that topic) I'll compromise to 60 (talent)-40 (coaching). Coaches are partly responsible for stoaking players desire to be great (its part of their job description and something they promise parents of recruits that they'll do...bring the best out of their kids), but ultimately, they can't force it.

CaneSawMassacre

SOUP - Is it at USF??

CaneSawMassacre

I love my Miami Heat but this whole thign is kind of bitter sweet..

because the Miami bandwagon fans have come out in force.... And I'm going to hate having to explain to other sports fans that I've been a Miami Heat fan since the Timmy/Zo days..

I'm going to hate trying to get tickets or being scalped online by these bandwagon fans for a seat in the nose bleed section at 4 times the ticket value...

BUT - I'll enjoy watching that team dominate..

SOUP

SOUP - Is it at USF??

Posted by: CaneSawMassacre | July 11, 2010 at 01:11 PM

No, Jefferson HS near Westshore Mall I think.

CaneSawMassacre

Is there a name for it? So I can look it up?


IS teams South Florida Express with Teddy going to be there?

4-Real

SOUP, gotta get wit cha bout the gt tickets.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Maybe your right... maybe it's not the coaches.

I'm just bothered when we're losing and I see our WRs, guys who can change a game in an instant, just chillin, sitting on their arse, bracing themselves over the "cold" weather, joking around and laughing up a storm. It just doesn't make sense to me.

I'd have to go back and look at game film but I just couldn't imagine Irvin, Lamar, Santana, Andre or Reggie having a nonchalant whatever attitude when The U is losing in a bowl game. At the very least, I'd prefer that the WRs remain standing and moving about if only to keep their heart rates up (which would actually keep them warmer).

It's in these situations where I suggested that Aubrey could perhaps do a better job at keeping his unit more focused and ready. But maybe it's not an Aubrey issue; maybe it's a player issue, specifically, a personality and maturity issue. Whatever it is, I hope it gets addressed next year, either by the coaching staff or by the players themselves.

It's not a big deal though. Our WR corps is one of the best, if not THEE best, in the nation, and Aubrey Hill is one of the best coaches.

GO CANES!!!!!!!
Posted by: CanesFanStuckInCali | July 10, 2010 at 09:39 PM

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You're absolutely right about the attitude during losses or when we're losing. You have to hate it. I'm still not sure who really hates it and who just dislikes it.

But the classic Canes, from '84 forward, learned what to do from older Canes. They were taught by the older players as much or more than they were taught by the coaches.

That sort of self-policing and player discipline is what is coming back but it hasn't been here since 2002 on offense and 2003 on defense.

So these underclassmen were still learning what it takes on the fly. And even Hill doesn't really know what it takes because he never won a NC. However, he was clutch and was always making plays and was a team captain on those Spurrier teams, so you know he knows about discipline, focus and execution. .

Having said that, I still remember that Orange Bowl game and those WRs, the Ruthless Posse, and how they would pound the ground if they didn't catch the ball, even in blowouts.

I haven't seen a Hurricane WR do that since then. So to me, THAT'S what's still missing. Our guys, Byrd in particular, are way too nonchalant about dropped passes if you ask me, to have that U on the side of their helmet.

But again, they're young with no player guidance, so the jury's still out.

Esteban

i might be the only person who tells people regularly "there is space available on the bandwagon...jump on". I've been telling people that about the football team and now about the Heat. Spent years telling people that for the Patriots too - even after getting teased for years about being a Patriot fan. I don't mind bandwagon people at all. Means your team is doing good.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Ahhh remembrance . . .
captain, considering your % of being right during your swashbuckling canes-blogs the last several years, how often do you spend time remembering your own words?

Not getting on your case; just struck me as a funny comment coming from you.
Posted by: autumn | July 11, 2010 at 05:46 AM

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And when was the last time I collected a check for writing about sports, or called myself a "sports journalist" or held a position of influence and inside information???

Yeah...lol

And even then, when I've been wrong I was the first to man up. So I'm not sure what exactly your point is...

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

As for King James, it seems to me he becomes a hated figure if he leaves Cleveland, no matter the circumstances. And if you're gonna be hated, what better place to don the black hat than Miami? It was a no-brainer.

Posted by: Mephistopheles | July 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

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Haha, very true.

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Este...I been sayn the same thing...12% is now 25% too...Huge Jump I believe...Welcome Quiet Bandwagoners...LoL..the 12% has been waiting on U..


RCCF....12% 4EVER

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

one thing about lebron . . . the dude is only 25 years old . . . and from my point of view, 25 years young.

at this age, dealing with mega-milions, TONS of adulation & stress, too much advice from everyone, among other things. . . i don't know, but it seems like too much is made of a decision from such a young 'un . . .
and maybe some part of him thinks it might be more FUN to play basketball with teammates like wade & bosh who are both all-stars but also friends. maybe that's just as important as being "the boss".

or maybe he's a "flawed" character, who made a wrong decision; unlike the rest of us unflawed people.
but i'm glad to have him with the heat.
welcome le brawn.

Posted by: autumn | July 11, 2010 at 06:01 AM

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Good points and although I still question his Boss-ness, esp. because of teh way he performed against Boston, I can understand him wanting to play in Miami with Bosh and Wade. It's like a mini dream team. How many times does that ever happen in sports?

OTOH, I really like the way they took their careers into their own hands and said EFFFF UUUUU to owners and agents and media.

And given his youth and fame, I think Lebron has handled all of exceptionally well.

Sinistercane

Will the roster download be ready Tuesday for ps3. NCAA 2011

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

This was the best Lebron reaction I've read, probably because it comes from a Cleveland native.

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City: Cleveland
Name: Tom
The oldest thing on my DVR is Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference finals. As it goes to commercial, there is a little boy with his hands on his head. That boy is every male under the age of 50, including me. We are used to the tough breaks. When LeBron hit that shot to win the game, my first thought was -- we have that guy now, our Elway, Jordan, Montana, Bird. Only there was more -- he was one of us. He knew the pain of Cleveland teams, whether he rooted for them or not. Thursday night, he dragged out our agony. On a special named "The Decision" he did that to us. To the people that lived through the The Shot, The Drive and The Fumble. None of our players would have done that to us. LeBron, get the hell out of our town.

SOUP

RCCF....12% 4EVER

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LMAO!!!

Tru dat

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Here's another good one. I had no idea how crazy and desperate Cleveland people are...

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City: Canton, Ohio
Name: Derek G.
I just finished staining my deck ... at 10:30 p.m. I'm not really sure why I did this, but I was trying to take my mind off LeBron. The last time I felt like this was when my high school girlfriend dumped me; only this time I am Dan Gilbert/Cleveland and the girl is LeBron. LeBron wanted a free agent, we got him a free agent. LeBron drove 100 mph on I-71, or bombed in the playoffs, we forgave him immediately, and loved him nonetheless.

I never did find out why my girlfriend left me, it just seemed like she thought the grass was greener elsewhere. I hope Miami is greener, LeBron, because Cleveland is more dead now that when you arrived. It doesn't matter how many titles you may win, you have lost a chance to do for Cleveland fans what Miami fans will never truly appreciate.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Some objective views from outside of Ohio

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City: San Diego
Name: Aaron Weitzen
February 19, 2009: If Cleveland traded Wally Szczerbiak's $13 million expiring contract, they could have gotten a legitimate #2 for LeBron, probably would have won 1 or 2 rings, and there would be no Decision (sponsored by the University of Phoenix). Instead, they stand pat, confident of their record and chemistry, only to miss out on two championships and the rest of LeBron's care

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Last ones....crazy....my people in Cleveland need some valium for real...

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City: Cary, N.C. (originally from Akron)
Name: David
If you were watching LeBron's post announcement interview and saw his reaction to our fans burning his jersey, you saw the pain in his face for a second before regaining composure. People from Ohio have a strong connection to where we are from. He was no different. We love the Browns, Cavs and Indians, even when they're terrible. We love our athletes and treat them like gods. We can't explain how bad it hurts never to win. No other city feels this in EVERY sport, in such a variety of ways. The fumble, the drive, the shot, two World Series losses, losing the Finals, Ohio State losing two national titles, the Indians losing the ALCS to Boston, Cliff Lee and CC leaving us, and now LeBron leaves us. I don't know how to explain it. It's the worst feeling in the world and I have ZERO pro sports teams even with a winning chance in 2011. Just know that people in Cleveland rarely forgive or forget. Half a century of losing hardens people to the point of dumping beer on old women who are dumb enough to wear Steelers gear to Browns games, even to the point of hating our once beloved son LeBron. We can't cheer him, it would hurt to much. We burn his jersey not to hurt him, but for us. Destruction is great company to misery.

City: Coral Springs, Fla.
Name: Matt Williams
The way sports is headed is really worrying me. Everyone accepts this narcissic attitude to these prima-donna athletes without any regard to who it may hurt. And for what? More money? More fame? When does it end?

LBJ didn't even pretend to care about leaving Cleveland. He said true fans would understand. Does he even know what a true fan is? Does he know that true fans wake up reading/surfing the Internet about last night's game? Does he know true fans talk to others about what happened last night and what might happen in tonight's game? Does he realize that true fans cut out 4-5 hours a day to follow a team? Does it even bother him when he loses a game? Does he realize that true fans were following Cleveland long before he was born and will follow them long after he's retired?

I fear this is just the beginning. Sports as we know it ended tonight.

City: Bowling Green
Name: Rob Schuster
Like dangling an engagement ring in front of your longtime girlfriend, then getting on your knee at the bar and proposing to a girl you met last week. Completely destroyed.

City: Anywhere USA
Name: Name Withheld
This is the day he went from being a lovable superstar trying to reach his potential to enemy number one. I want the Knicks to bring back Charles Oakley and Xavier McDaniel on 10-day contracts to injure him. I want Kobe Bryant (yes, Kobe!) to destroy him so badly every time they play that he loses confidence, Rick Ankiel style. I want him to lose in the first round and then break his leg in the offseason, only to see Wade and Bosh win without him (and have him screw up the chemistry when he comes back). I want him to join the French World Cup soccer team. I want him to go into the stands and attack a child in a wheelchair. I want it to come out that he was point-shaving. I want Cleveland fans to throw urine water balloons at him. I want Castro to annex Miami. I want Florida income taxes to spike to 73%. I want the Bulls to beat the Heat by 50 points every time they play. And I want LeBron's father to come out of the woodwork and say "You've brought shame on me and our family." This has moved me from the NBA fence to a die-hard Premier League fan. Goodbye NBA!

Esteban

Cav, could add "if Cleveland traded J.J. Hickson". They passed up on deals before the trade deadline cause they didn't want to include Hickson. They acted like he was a future star at PF when if he's a future Drew Gooden he'll be lucky.

autumn

And when was the last time I collected a check for writing about sports, or called myself a "sports journalist" or held a position of influence and inside information???

And even then, when I've been wrong I was the first to man up. So I'm not sure what exactly your point is...
Posted by: Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer | July 11, 2010 at 02:06 PM

cav - i had no point; had nothing to do right at that moment and wound up blowing some wind. happens sometimes even when i try to contain myself.

regarding "sports journalists", i wonder what percentage of them have "good memories" . . . maybe six has a guess. i'd be surprised though if it's a high percentage. much of journalism seem to stem from an "entertain (or rant) now; there'll be new stories tomorrow" attitude.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

One more and I'm done. This one was too good to pass. You really have to feel for Cleveland. I had no idea....

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City: Minneapolis
Name: Greg S.
You just saw the sports death of a city. I can't see LeBron ever being hated as much as Modell, but his future will be similar. He'll have to move his entire family out of the state and never return. Cleveland fans never, EVER forget. It's been 15 years, and Modell still can't set foot in the state for fear of his life. But the anguish with LeBron is a little different -- he was supposed to be one of us. He was supposed to be the Chosen One. When the chips were down, he didn't show up, and at the first chance he had, he bolted and left us hung out to dry, like so many before him. That's the action I would expect from a politician -- not a monarch. Even a self-proclaimed one.

Everyone in Cleveland is now cursing LeBron's name, praying to whomever they all pray to that he gets his just desserts. But we know better. We're from Cleveland. The torture isn't complete until the most hated figures get to rub their championship rings in our face. The most vilified characters of our history all got to do it. Jordan got six. Belichick got three. Elway got two. Even Modell the antichrist got one. LeBron will get his, too. Maybe even more than Jordan. And we get to watch it for the next five years. Alas ... it's the Cleveland way.

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