Why you should be following Lebron, too…

A quick follow up to the Lebron post from yesterday.

My friend Jeff Haws made the following comment on facebook after seeing the link to my post:

“Been rooting for him since he was in high school, through Cleveland, through “The Decision,” through Miami and now back to Cleveland again. I want to witness Greatness, to be able to talk about how “I was there” when I’m old and gray and the kids of the new day are talking about whoever the new “Greatness” has become. I want to be able to say I was witness for it, first hand. 

“Rooting against Greatness just seems to me to be a waste.

“What good does it do to want to deny that of another when it’s so obviously there, not to mention robbing yourself of the experience of watching it happen? Because of a poor PR move on his way out of Cleveland? Because that’s really what it boiled down to. There was nothing wrong with him actually going to Miami. He took less money to play with a championship organization because Cleveland wasn’t ready/able to build one, and he wasn’t prepared to carry one, and he knew it. He made the right decision. But because he did it in a naive and foolish manner, people directed an inordinate amount of vitriol his way, as if everyone was channeling the understandable hurt of Cleveland fans, who had lost their hero. The rest of us didn’t lose a thing. We still got to watch Greatness do what Greatness does, without interruption.

“So I pull for LeBron. I wasn’t a Cavs fan before. I wasn’t a Heat fan, and I’m not a Cavs fan now. The fans who stuck with their team through the hard times deserve that label, not me. I’m a LeBron fan. Or, more specifically, I’m a fan of the Greatness he possesses, and of seeing it manifest itself. It’s such a fleeting thing, and you’ll see it so few times in your life. It’s a life too short, in my opinion, to just handwave that away for the sake of some small measure of schadenfreude. I want to see it, to bask in it, to recognize it when it’s in front of me, and to appreciate it while it’s here because it’ll be gone in what seems like an instant. I am Witness. We all are. You only get so many chances to be, so choose wisely which ones you let slip away.”

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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Why I shouldn’t watch Lebron James and the Miami Heat

Today was a disappointing afternoon of sports watching.

I typically don’t watch professional basketball unless Michael Jordan is playing, or Lebron James. And since I can’t stand Lebron James, that means of late I’ve only been watching to pull against him and the Heat.

And as most of you know, the Indiana Pacers ended up losing after dominating the entire first half.

You end up feeling like you completely wasted two hours on days like today when the team you’re pulling against ends up winning. I mean, I can’t even name a single Pacer player.

I watched just to see Lebron lose, and when he and his team didn’t, I felt frustrated. So, to help me get off my anti-Lebron kick, I’m hoping some of you all out there who like him can tell me the redeeming qualities he has that you admire and appreciate.

Please, drop me a comment telling me why I shouldn’t dislike him so much, so that I can quit watching basketball for all the wrong reasons.  Believe me, this would help me never have to watch another basketball game in my life. (And if you can’t stand him either, then tell me why you’re on the same side of the fence as me; we can have a good time ripping on him to make up for the fact he won.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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