Cleveland Cavaliers Fans Need a Dose of Reality

July 11th, 2010 by Ben Steigerwalt Leave a reply »
In the past year, the following things have taken place in the world of sports:

Ben Roethlisberger allegedly committed date rape and was aided in covering it up by bodyguards and police officer friends. Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. Tiger Woods has been disgraced and (to some degree) lost his golf game due to a variety of non-golf issues. LeBron James has left the city of Cleveland and signed with the Miami Heat. Of these things, which has generated the most outrage?

If you answered James, you would be correct.  I could see the case for Woods, but let me answer with stats.  James’ special, “The Decision” posted a 7.3 overnight Nielsen rating.  The Tiger Woods press conference: 5.4. 

Keep in mind that LeBron’s special was on one channel, while Tiger’s was on all four networks as well as the Golf Channel and three ESPNs.

My point here is that sports fans are in a dire need of perspective.  If athletes committing crimes against other people isn’t the biggest driver of vitriol, we have a problem as a society.

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