Erin Andrews Likely Did Herself No Favors With Cleveland Sports Fans Today
December 2 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
You know that LeBron James is taking his talents back to Cleveland tonight. You know that in a funny coincidence, there was an issue with the Heat's team plane today. What you don't know - what no one knows - is exactly how the crowd in Cleveland tonight will receive him.
Well, Erin Andrews doesn't know either, but she's hoping the crowd remains civil...and seems to feel badly that LeBron's been on the receiving end of as many hateful tweets as he has. That's all well and good, but even though she said she doesn't care too much about what happens on the court tonight, Cleveland fans can't be too happy to see a tweet like this go out:
@KingJames do work tonight!
Oh, that has to hurt. And that's not all that will likely ring hollow for a long-suffering Cleveland sports fan who took LeBron's departure especially hard:
Me too..go easy guys, its just a gm RT @blufftonpirate: @ErinAndrews won't be pretty with the fans 2nite, hope fans don't do anything stupid
Just a game. True - in the most technical sense. But...read this and then say it's "just a game." Better yet, read this and say it's "just a game." Whether it makes any sense to an outsider or not, identities, memories, entire lives are poured into these "just a game"s and the people playing them.
LeBron shouldn't get racist tweets directed at him. I even said myself writer Scott Raab shouldn't expect a press pass at Heat games if he's going to tell LeBron to "go fuck [him]self" on Twitter. But I also noted how much I enjoyed Raab telling another guy to go fuck himself - someone who made fun of New Jersey.
Let's face it - we get worked up about the issues most near and dear to us. This is an issue most near and dear to Cleveland fans. They're going to be fired up tonight - even the president of the United States thinks it'll be "brutal." But as long as it doesn't go too overboard (i.e. the level of hate depicted in those racist tweets, or throwing things onto the court)...well, it'll be pretty fun.
@jamminjamez Cavs fans will be classy..that's my prediction
OK, maybe it will be annoying if it seems like Cleveland will never move on, but I don't think we're at that point yet. And I don't think we'll ever get to that point, simply because the "LeBron left" angle will never get played up more than it was leading up to tonight, his first game back in Cleveland.
Maybe LeBron, as Raab said, "will be loathed forevermore" in Cleveland circles, but emotions will never be more raw than they are tonight. Odds are, you'll never hear more about LeBron and Cleveland than you will tonight, either. And tonight, "just a game" or not, Cavs fans ought to have at it.