As a lifelong and diehard Cleveland Cavaliers fan, I’m still in total shock that Lebron James is back in the wine and gold. Today’s media day coverage was a blast to listen to and watch online. Seeing the new Big 3 of Lebron, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving finally in their uniforms makes the reality of the situation sink in that much more. This is going to be one hell of a season to be a Cavs fan. A season that has me already ordering the NBA Package. Go Cavs!
If you grow up in Northeast Ohio like I did, you understand the agony that is associated with it’s professional sports teams. From ”The Drive” to “The Fumble” to “The Shot,” each one drives a stake of pain deeper into the collective souls of every fan. Just say the name Jose Mesa to a Clevelander and you might get a beer thrown in your face just before seeing a right hook coming your way. Because of these heartbreaking memories, (along with the river once catching on fire because it was so polluted) Cleveland has been the butt of jokes for years on end. It’s something that you just learn to take and shake off when you hear national media use your home area as a punchline to a tired and overused joke.
Friday’s decision by Lebron James to return to Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers however helps to change that punchline into something entirely different. Lebron understands the pain of the area. He grew up in it as a kid who followed the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers and experienced the heartbreak right along with so many others. His letter in Sports Illustrated demonstrated his understanding that Cleveland has been without a championship for 50 years when he said, ”Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.”
I, like so many others, said one championship in Cleveland would be worth at least 5 in Miami. Lebron seems to agree to some extent. He knows what a title would mean to an area that has been so deprived for so long. He also knows what his return means for so many business owners in downtown Cleveland who struggled to stay afloat in the wake of his decision to go to Miami four years ago. The economic impact he’ll have on Northeast Ohio will be immeasurable. Just ask people in Chicago what Michael Jordan meant to their city financially.
Lebron’s decision will undoubtably keep the Cavaliers in title contention for years to come. However, his return means more than just the hope of raising championship banners. For many it means the difference between struggling to stay open and being able to pay your bills. And for that reason I’m most excited to see Lebron return home.
Lebron James to the Cavaliers seems to be a real possibility. National and Cleveland media have jumped all over the Lebron to Cleveland bandwagon once it was reported that Dan Gilbert’s private plane was headed from Detroit to Florida Sunday afternoon. Many reports had Lebron’s good friend Žydrūnas Ilgauskas on the flight in what many assume was the Cavaliers attempt to persuade Lebron to head back to Cleveland. Will it work? Who knows. The one thing I know is that not only would Lebron’s return to the Cavaliers make them an instant contender, but it would also revitalize a city that has not been the same since he left. As much as I hated him for leaving my beloved Cavaliers, I’d have to learn to forgive and welcome him with open arms. After all, a team with Lebron, Kyrie, and Wiggins or Love on it would be a hell of a show. Fingers crossed.
I just wanted to plug a book by a loyal customer and fan of FantasyTrophies.com. When Jonathan Bauman emailed me and said he was writing a book about fantasy football I was definitely intrigued. When he stated that he wanted to use an image of their trophy, “The Muni”, (which happens to be a large Throwback) I was all in. Little did I know it would make the back cover. Very cool! Thanks Jonathan and good luck with the book.
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Johnny Manziel at #1 or Johnny Manziel outside of the first round. It all depends on who you talk with or which “draft expert” you follow. All I know is that I’ve never seen a player leading up to a draft that has caused such a split on where they believe he’ll go. Some say he’ll get killed in the NFL and that his style is too unpredictable while others point to that quality as to why he’ll succeed. Sports Illustrated this week will feature him on their cover and try to dive into what makes Manziel such a unique player. One thing is for certain though about Manziel. Wherever he goes the media circus is sure to follow along with a national spotlight. This year’s draft is going to be interesting to say the least. Much in part to Johnny Football.
This is just a reminder to make sure you get your entries in for this year’s Wall of Fame Photo Contest. The deadline for entry is July 4th. The winning entry will receive their choice of any Mini trophy, a large Ultimate Loser, or a large Mulligan trophy. So get them in and get creative. Leagues are definitely BRINGING IT this year! Send all entries to Dave at FantasyTrophies.com
Look up golf trophies on the web and you’re going to find exactly what you’d expect. Gaudy, plastic, piece of junk golf trophies with tiny gold painted figures on top that are made in China. Until now. I was out to change that when I sculpted the Mulligan golf trophy. The Mulligan was different than my other trophies because I wasn’t sculpting it with solely fantasy sports in mind. Even though there are fantasy golf fans, I knew that this golf trophy needed to cross over into the world of real sports leagues and golf tournaments. Guys would email me saying that they wanted a cool golf trophy to represent their family outing or a yearly tournament at work or with friends. Keeping that in mind, I grabbed some clay and got to work. With every design I first start by asking myself, “What would I want to play for?” From there I feel it’s a lot easier to achieve something that other sports fans would be thrilled to have. After several weeks the Mulligan was finished and I introduced it to the public. He’s gotten rave reviews from fans of FantasyTrophies.com and I can’t tell you how exciting it is when a guy says it’s the perfect trophy to represent his golf tournament, league, or even a hole in one.
See for yourself and tell me what you think.
It’s fantasy baseball draft time guys and that can only mean one thing. Time for you know the entire bullpen for the Florida Marlins. It’s funny how we can remember backup catchers and 5th day starters but forget to pick up milk at the corner store when our wives ask us. (note: this will happen eventually to all of you unmarried guys- trust me) Anyway, it’s also time to step it up a notch and have the Armchair Ace finally represent your league. Imagine walking in holding this mammoth of a trophy at your fantasy baseball draft event. Your league will NEVER be the same. I promise. – Dave
A fantasy football trophy that deserves this kind of praise!
THIS photo entry is going to be tough to beat. Thanks to the guys of the “Signal 7 Heroes” league for sending in their entry for the Wall of Fame Photo Contest.