LeBron James Deserts Cleveland: Burn on, Big River, Burn On

July 9th, 2010 by Ian Chaffee Leave a reply »
"Even after 40 years, maybe the most surprising thing about the June 22, 1969, Cuyahoga River fire is that it is remembered at all.

"The fire—a brief Sunday afternoon flare-up of oil-soaked debris likely ignited by either molten steel or a spark from a passing rail car—was doused by local firefighting tugboat crews. The story barely made the newspapers the next day.

"But the effect of that two-hour flare-up has lasted four decades."

— The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/22/09

"And so I sat there watching the marvelous spectacle.
I had the feeling that something was missing.
I don't know what, but when it was over,
I said to myself, "Is that all there is to a circus?"

—Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, "Is That All There Is?"

If last night's "LeBron-A-Thon" on the four-letter network illustrated anything, it's that the chasm between the professionals who give their bodies to our games and the spectators who give their hearts to it has never been wider.

Last night was supposed to be a great night for LeBron James regardless of where he told the world he was ending ...

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