Monday, July 12, 2010

It's Still All About Cleveland Post-Apocalypse

You get 'em, Dan!  BEAT THAT BEAT BACK!!!

I didn't plan on continuing a discussion about this, but let's face it, it is still a huge story and EVERYONE has an opinion.  I was at Naptown Wolverine's house Saturday night for his 30th birthday (you're old, bitch!) and I got sucked into a 30 minute conversation with three near strangers about the topic.  What sort of story could make me do that?  None other than this one.  So let's finish the whole saga here today now that tempers have cooled and everyone is beginning to move on.  There are some things that I didn't get to talk about on Friday that I want to get out there today.  Let's get it done:

*That "pep rally" in Miami on Friday night was fucking disgusting.  To see those three sitting up there celebrating that they de-pantsed the sports world was just gross.  Pat Riley sitting there knowing that he just fucked everyone up the ass...terrible.  It is really, REALLY going to be easy to root against these fuckers over the next 6 years.

*I think that the thing that pisses me off the most about the way that rapist left town is that he signed a 6 year deal.  You know, had he signed a six year deal in Cleveland and actually committed to the franchise...well, we've been through this plenty of times before.  Let's just say that that really angered me.

*Now that I've had a few nights to sleep on it, I wish that Dan Gilbert wouldn't have scorched the earth as much as he did.  He should have taken a few deep digs at The Rapist (I'm going to call him this from now on) and let it be.  Instead, he kept going on and on.  Now, I initially liked it because he said what we were all thinking.  But he (and we) aren't the villains here.  We are the victims.  Publicly burying The Rapist only makes us look petty and sort of douchey.  I'm not saying that anything he said was wrong though.  I do believe that he betrayed the organization and his home.  I do believe that the franchise bent over backwards for him and covered up some shit that they probably didn't have to all to protect him and his family.  And I do believe that The Rapist is one of the main reasons why a title was never brought to The Q.  But he should have taken the higher road here.  And now I understand this since the hurt is subsiding.  It made everyone feel a bit better at first, but you can't take those words back.  Then again, he spent a shitload of money for zero results. 

*The house has been torn down obviously, now how do they get back to relevancy again?  I've read that the organization is divided whether to keep adding pieces and going for it or just stripping it and starting over.  I'm in favor of strippers and stripping the franchise.  They went for it, it didn't happen, and now you should start over.  The Hawks want Mo.  I like Mo but do it.  We just got 4 draft picks from Miami for The Rapist, let's try to build through youth.  If the NBA is truly fixed, then the Cavs will be getting the #1 pick in the draft sometime in the next 2 years.  And then you build a franchise the right way (like OKC).  Get a stud.  Surround him with young role players.  Let them grow together into a force.  But if they want to keep trying for the title, I'm OK with that, too.  As long as they beat Miami.  They MUST beat Miami next season.

*Manny Harris is on Cleveland's Summer League roster.  Terrible.  If he makes the team, I quit.  Some guy named "Pooh Jeter" is there, too.  I want the Cavs to build around this kid with the awesome name.

*It was surreal to see the city ripping the Witness sign down on Saturday.  By the way, I guarantee that they don't put one of those up in Miami.  Just sayin'...

*Jesse Jackson brought his racist ass into the mix by calling Gilbert a slave master and The Rapist his runaway slave.  When will someone assassinate this trouble-making shitcake?

*This might be the most pathetic realization from this whole ordeal.  Exactly who is the face of the Cleveland sports scene at the moment?  Varejao?  Holmgren?  Choo?  Grady Sizemore's dick in the coffee mug?  When you think of "Cleveland sports", what comes to mind now?  It's still probably The Rapist, don't you think?  But taking him out of the equation, who else?  Carlos Santana will be but he's not ready yet.  Choo is a gook.  Joe Thomas is a stud but no one knows what he looks like.  Andy is loved by the Cavs faithful and has the look, but he just isn't good enough.  Sadly, it's this guy:

Yep.  Jake Delhomme is the face of Cleveland right now.  The most popular team's starting QB has to be the answer, right?  And that is just sad.  THIS is what The Rapist did to Cleveland.  He made Jake Delhomme fill his shoes.  If Clevelanders think that it can't get any worse than the feeling they have right now, just wait until the first offensive possession of the Browns season.

I'm done with this matter now.  I hope.  Unless Dan Gilbert comes out and publicly calls me a faggot for quitting on him.  And I don't want that.

At least the Celebrity Softball Game is on tonight to make me forget about this.  I love this event.  It is a million times more entertaining than the Home Run Derby.  Early pick:  JAMES DENTON 4 MVP!!!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not even close to being Delhomme.

It is 100% Josh Cribbs. Any Northeast Ohioan will tell you that.

Seal

GMoney said...

Oh, I guess I could see that. I forgot to think about Cribbs. But does it make you feel better that the face of the city is special teamer???

Drew said...

The "Who is the face of Cleveland" thing is a wild question. Just goes to show how bad those teams are.

I still have no problem with what Gilbert did and I don't think it will ever bite him in the ass. I think he should quit there though...I think he wants to say more...and I would love it if he starts to spill the beans, but he got his message through.

Did you read Windhorst's article yesterday about how this was basically three years in the making? Riley has been working on this since November.

That pep rally on Friday was indeed disgusting. Bosh howling at the crowd..Wade just walking around with his arms in the air...LeBron just bobbbing his head up and down. I will root against them every single game.

Anonymous said...

He is a stud, but yes he is a special teamer. Im not disagreeing with you that its pretty bad when the face of your city is a kick returner. But he is an exciting play maker, plus he went to Kent State and attends so many Cavs and Indians games. Seems like a good dude, even though he looks like Predator.

Seal

GMoney said...

If I'm Gilbert, I say nothing more. If the Heat win a title, the next day I start working on a Joe Torre-like book called "The Rapist Years" and air ALL of his dirty laundry. That would be amazing.

Grumpy said...

You are on the money, pun intended, about all of it. That welcome ceremony in Miami was disgusting. I hope all three get caught in South Beach with transvestite hookers.

Mr. Ace said...

Dan Gilbert will come out with a tell-all book regardless of the Heats success. He just seems like the kind of super successful guy who can't handle being spurned and will do anything and everything to "win."

Cleveland is a football town so a Browns player has to be the face of the city. I'd go with Brady Quinn.

The South Beach pep rally thing was very...South Beach. I didn't like it, but that's what you do in south beach.

Drew said...

Not sure if Ace was serious with his Brady Quinn pick?

Anonymous said...

I agree Drew - thought he was pretty serious with that comment.

Seal

GMoney said...

It's kind of hard to be the face of Cleveland when you are the anus of Denver.

And yes, I did really just link to a Canadian escort service. I'm a total shill.

Drew said...

So, we are pretty certain that the guy that put up an NFL preview last week doesn't even know that Brady Quinn was traded to Denver. Nice.

Tony B. said...

The welcome ceremony was comparable to the worst Monday Night RAW entrance ever. Though, did you notice who was in the center when they came out? That's right, D. Wade. LeBron is now the Scottie Pippin of the Heat (does that make Chris Bosh the Heat's Bill Cartwright?)

Anonymous said...

Ace,

Would that make Donavan McNabb the face of the Eagels?

GMoney said...

Manny Ramirez is still the face of the Red Sox! Mike Vick is still the king of Leavenworth!

Anonymous said...

I am with you G$. I think the Cavs should strip down and then build from the ground up. It just seems as if that is the only way they could get talent to Cleveland right now. I doubt many big time stars will want to play in Cleveland after the way this most recent situation has played out.

-Lil' Strut

GMoney said...

OK, just for the record, no free agent was ever going to come to NE Ohio even before those words were uttered by Gilbert. The biggest names that they have signed in the past 20 years were Fat Shawn Kemp and Larry Hughes. Those were the best guys that they could get to voluntarily come to Cleveland.

So of course they have to build through youth. Just not Manny Harris.

Drew said...

Brett Favre is the face of the Packers!

Gilbert talks to SI... http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/ian_thomsen/07/12/dan.gilbert/index.html?eref=sihp

Nate B. said...

Re: Jesse Jackson

I don't remember slaves making $20 million per year back in the day.

If that's still the case, strap a yoke on me and let me pull!

SSReporters said...

The face of Cleveland should always be a bald(ing) black guy who coaches the Cavaliers.....

GMoney said...

SS, if you EVER forget about Mike Fratello again you will be destroyed.

On second thought: John Lucas, Lenny Wilkens, Paul Silas, Mike Brown, Byron Scott...you might be on to something there.

Mr. Ace said...

Yes, you shoulda been abortions, I was serious about Brady Quinn because Cleveland is gay and Quinn is the king of gays.

You will notice in last weeks preview that I ripped Denver for having Quinn as there number two QB.

Glad to see everyone is still butt hurt.

Jesse Jackson is a parasite. But by opening up his mouth like he did, Dan Gilbert invited everyone to have an opinion.

Art Modell is the face of Cleveland sports.