LeBron James and the Decision: One Year Later

July 8th, 2011 by Bernie Dawkins Leave a reply »
Pretty much since the day I was born I have been a Cleveland sports fan. It wasn't something my father forced upon me like so many dads try to do with their kids, but rather something that I wanted to be even though I was born and raised in Western PA, the heart of Stillers country.

I'm a little too young to have experienced firsthand, or at least remember, the many heartbreaks connected with Cleveland sports in the 1980s, but thanks to both my father and ESPN Classic, I'm well versed in those epic letdowns and they no doubt serve as the roots for my undying allegiance to Cleveland sports, a loyalty which has only intensified and caused me more pain as I've grown up and gotten older.

I was heartbroken when that bastard Art Modell took the Browns away in 1996 and rejuvenated when they came back in 1999, then quickly sick again when the Steelers pasted them 43-0 in their very first game back, and ultimately even more crushed after they blew a late 31-13 lead against those same ugly colors three years later in the playoffs.

Likewise, I faithfully endured those first-round exits and dismal seasons by the Cavs during the Jordan-era. I've paid ...

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