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This Round is on LeBron

Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers have every reason to be upset. After buying into the future of the franchise with LeBron James at the lead they have had the rug pulled out from underneath them.

Numerous stories have floated around about the outrage that the citizens of Cleveland have felt. Owner Dan Gilbert has made it clear that he could really care less whether or not James gets caught in a riptide frolicking in the surf down in Miami.

Years from now many of them will realize that was just a business decision. Gilbert knows how much money he would have continued to make with arguably the best player in the NBA on his team. LeBron will do just fine in Miami financially especially after the Heat win the NBA Finals next year (anyone that says they are not the favorite to do so is crazy).

There are some fans that have gotten beyond the outrage and disappointment of James leaving town and have figured out how to make a little money off of his departure—they have made beer.

The good people at the Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio, have re-released a bitter beer after being inspired by LeBron James and recent events. On Wednesday they brewed 30 gallons of what they called ‘Quitness Ale’; they sold out of it in three hours at their local brewpub.

According to the folks at the brewery, Quitness Ale has a bitter aftertaste to it, much like what the former fans of James now have in their proverbial mouths. Fans that want to drink it will have another chance on Saturday at the downtown Cleveland brewpub; much like the release on Wednesday it will probably go pretty fast.

I have talked about beers from this company in the past, and have enjoyed a few of their beers. These people have to be commended for what they are doing now. So far there has been noting but negativity in the media concerning the recent exodus of James from Cleveland. We get it; the team’s future has just gone down the drain and you are mad. It’s understandable.

But there is nothing anyone can do so why continue to gripe and complain? It’s done; it’s over with. It is time to move on. Boo the heck out of the guy whenever he happens to play in Cleveland and make him feel the ‘love.’

If you really want to relive the disappointment in the departure of LeBron you might as well do it in a fashion that is quite enjoyable; go down to the Great Lakes Brewing Company and enjoy a few pints. If you can’t get there, just buy a 30 pack of the High Life, drink it, and start tweeting James like crazy! It’s the next best thing to crank calling!

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Cleveland Fans Rock!

With fans like this who needs LeBron James.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has not had a good week. He’s seen his franchise player leave town, been accused of having a slave owner’s mentality, and been hit with a $100,000 fine. It’s enough to make a normal man crack.

What he does have though is the support of the city his basketball team represents.

Since his comments and letter criticizing his former star for leaving town the owner has received an impressive amount of support in the form of thousands of emails and phone calls. Some have even offered to help pay the fine that NBA commissioner David Stern recently imposed.

Gilbert has had this to say in response to the response he has had from the Cavalier faithful:

“The humbling offer by so many is another reflection of the strength of Cavs fans and the people who live and work in this region and are always the first to step up and have each other’s back.” (ESPN)

I can’t say that I blame the owner of the Cavs and the fans in Cleveland at all. As a lifelong Dallas Cowboy fan I was more than just mad when Tom Landry was fired by Jerry Jones; I was very upset when Hershel Walker was traded shortly after Jimmy Johnson took over. When Emmitt Smith became a Cardinal I thought that everything was wrong with the football world.

In time I began to realize something that is a painful but all too relevant truth about professional sports—there a business. The bad thing about business is that when push comes to shove the all mighty green dollar will win out in the end. It’s the responsibility of guys like Gilbert and Jones to field the best team they possibly can for as long as they can. At the same time it is the responsibility of guys like James, Smith, and every other veteran player traded before they retired to play as long as the market allows them to.

Fans like you and me sit on our couches and buy tickets to games so that we can watch these guys. We grow attached to these guys. We begin to associate with these guys that take up one day a week every fall for about five months. When they leave we get upset.

It’s all understandable. We should get upset, but at the same time we have to realize that this game (whatever it is) is a business to the owners and guys that play the game. For us it’s fun; for them its work. Just like you and I would quit out jobs for a hefty raise we should not expect them to do any different.

Personally, I’m a Rocket fan so I could really care less what LeBron, Dan Gilbert, or what anyone else does, but I do love the dedication the Cav fans have. I understand and appreciate their pain, but in the end the game must go on.

Beer: Blonde Bombshell from the Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland, OH- in honor of a friend of mine, one of the recently rejected Cavalier fans (who happens to be a blonde bombshell herself) I figured it was only appropriate to review this beer.

After a few of these, the 6.2%ABV might help dull the pain from the kick in the gut that LeBron gave Cav fans; with such an easy, drinkable taste it will not be hard to get a few down quick. Those imps at the brewery in Cleveland concocted a good mix of malts and hops  to give this beer a well-balanced character. I’m not 100% positive, but I think I tasted a hint of a nutty, banana finish to it as well.

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