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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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5 Biggest NBA Free-Agents to Watch

For fans of the NBA the Finals may not hold as much luster this year as other years. It’s not because the teams will not deserve to be there; the Lakers, Suns, Magic, and Celtics are all among the best that the NBA has to offer. In fact, if it ends up being the Lakers and Celtics like expected it would be a continuation of one of the most storied rivalries in NBA history.

The lack of as much appeal as would be expected has nothing to do with the game itself. Fans and general managers alike are all clamoring for the start of what stands to be one of the most exciting free agency periods that the NBA has seen in a long time.

LeBron James

The absolute biggest free agent in recent years will have many teams salivating with visions of the NBA Finals in their sights. That free agent of course is LeBron James.

No player got the attention that James did just during his final year in high school. Since entering the league back in the talent packed 2003 draft that spotlight has yet to fade. The only problem is that it has ended short of the NBA Finals every year except the 2006-07 season (the Cavaliers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs).

James has made his desire to win no secret, the only question being whether or not it will happen in Cleveland. He will have no shortage of teams trying to say that they can be the ones to take him to the Finals. A number of teams have already been rumored as ready to woe the young superstar including the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and the presidentially supported Chicago Bulls.

Chris Bosh

James is not the only big name available. Power forward Chris Bosh may be looking to change teams as well. He, like LeBron, is not ruling out his current team, but wants to make sure he tests the market before signing. Supposedly, he has given a list of teams that he would like to go to were the Raptors to propose a sign and trade deal. On that list are some of the teams that are linked to being interested in LeBron James; those teams are the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and Miami Heat.

Dwayne Wade

Dwayne Wade may be looking to move away from the sunny beaches of Miami for a different team as well. So far the rumors have not circulated as thick about him potentially going to other teams like James and Bosh. Wade has remarked that he hopes a deal can be worked out with the Heat and that he would be returning to the team next year.

Dirk Nowitzki

After losing in the first round of the playoffs for the third time in four seasons, Dirk Nowitzki has danced around saying that he too is interested in testing the market. The seven footer has averaged close to a double-double (22.9 points/ 8.5 rebounds)over his 12 year career. He has actually done better in the playoffs averaging 25.6 points and 10.9 rebounds; he just can’t seem to get the right supporting cast around him.  Although he did not directly say he was going to, his failure to commit to the Mavericks is evidence enough of his displeasure with the team.

Amar’e Stoudemire

The Phoenix Suns have been rumored to be looking to trade Amar’e Stoudemire for the last couple of seasons rather than risk losing him in free agency. Like Nowitzki, he too has averaged close to a double-double in his 8 year career (21.4 points/ 8.9 rebounds). With the offensive prescence he brings there will be any number of teams ready to bid for his services for the 2010-11 season.

Beer: Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA from the good people at the Hopin’ Frog Brewery in King James’s home town of Akron, Ohio- if you like hops then you will like this beer; it is all about the hops. Thanks to the hops this beer has a rather pleasant spicy/ citrus like flavor with a bold prescence. Enough malts are added to balance out the hops and give this beer a nice, full bodied feel to it. At 6.8% ABV, Cleveland fans will be able to drown their sorrows with a few of these if LeBron ends up going elsewhere.

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FIFA World Cup – 2010

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Personally, the part of a soccer game that I like the most is when the guy on the Spanish channel yells, “Goallllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!”

I have tried to learn more about the game and get interested in it. I can recall going to a game in college (I had a lot of friends on the team). To me it was an intense game. I loved it. Afterward when I would congratulate my friends on a fine victory, they all scoffed and said they played like poop (their word was a lot more colorful).

I soon realized that I didn’t understand much about the game of soccer. I know it is one of the most popular sports in the world, but maybe if I had grown up somewhere other than a place the worshiped football (Texas), I would think differently.

I can say that with the cool stuff that the FIFA World Cup is doing when competition kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa in June, it may become fan after all. Right now, they have 25 games scheduled to be broadcast in 3D!

Yes, I know that it will not matter unless I have one of the new 3D capable televisions. Yes, I know it means wearing those really cool (insert sarcastic chuckle here) for the duration of the game. I know that for much of the game, when the camera is panned out to give fans a wider view of the action, it will not mean much either.

BUT imagine those times when the action gets intense and the cameras close in. Man, it will be like these guys are battling over the ball right in your living room! It will look like their sweat is going to drip off on you; like the ball is coming at your head! To watch a game being played by some of the best in the world as if it is in your living room- man, that is just too cool!

Assuming this technology takes off like Sony is undoubtedly banking on, imagine the crossover potential into other sports. Can you imagine a Tim Lincecum fastball coming right at your head? How about Demarcus Ware sacking the quarterback in your lap or Lebron James dunking on you? Better yet, Lebron James dunking on you while your drunk!

Normally I am one that waits until a new technology has been around long enough for the costs to drop. However, if this takes on and there are NFL games being broadcast in 3D next year, I may be forced to work some overtime!

Beer: Whale Tale Ale from the Boston Breweries in Capetown, South Africa- no, we are not talking about chasing after fat chicks guys, but one of the best beers to come out of Africa. What Whale Tale Ale lacks in alcohol content (3.5%ABV) it makes up for in flavor and drinkability. A toffee-like flavor with a hint of caramel, the flavor of the beer is remarkable. The Hallatauer hops give it smooth finish making it one of the more drinkable beers you will ever have.

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