LeBron’s Return Gives New York Tabloids An Early Christmas
December 17 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
No athlete (except maybeTiger Woods) got ripped on more this year than LeBron James. No media outlets delight in ripping on people through goofy headlines and photos like New York tabloids. Tonight, LeBron and the Heat face the Knicks, after spurning those same Knicks' advances this summer. A match made in tabloid heaven? You decide:
Yes, we'd say that qualifies. It did not qualify, however, for "a match made in Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie's heaven." Here's (part of) what he had to say regarding a column in the Post by Marc Berman in which Berman referred to LeBron as "LeCon":
Seriously, guys, if I have to start working with puns on a Marc Berman level just to keep a job, then I've had it. I know things have been dodgy since I developed the Bubonic Plague or whatever the hell it is I have right now, but even a million Kelly Dwyer monkees [sic?] writing on a million different typewriters can't come up with something as useful, meaningful, and perfect-ful as "LeCon."
(Dwyer was not a huge fan of the tabloids' takes on LeBron coming to town.) SI'sRichard Deitsch, who took note of Dwyer's rant in a tweet, shared his own thoughts:
NYC tabs taking a bit of beating today with LeBron coverage. But I Le-Love It!
LeLove? Mocking LeCon? It's almost like Deitsch and Dwyer are LeSaying it's LeNonsensical to put LePrefix in front of "Chicken," considering LeSound-wise, "Chicken" has essentially LeNothing in common with "Bron." And really, who would say LeSomething like that? Because to say that, you'd have to believe a New York tabloid went overboard. And when do the Post and Daily News ever do a thing like that?
Of course, though, what Dwyer was really saying is that it's ridiculous for the tabloids to focus so heavily on LeBron, when the Knicks themselves are enjoying one of their most impressive stretches in recent memory. We won't argue with that, but we will, unlike Dwyer, fully encourage the tabloids to go as over-the-top in their covers and headlines as they please. Maybe LeBron's head on a chicken doesn't capture the zeitgeist...but do you really want to say no to seeing LeBron's head photoshopped onto a chicken?