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Lebron James Failed: we are all Cleveland Cavaliers today (or so it seems)

Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This notoriously untranslatable German word is used as a loanword in English, and it perfectly encapsulates what American NBA fans feel today after the Dallas Mavericks denied the Miami Heat the league title.

I guess it’s fitting the Finals MVP (Dirk Nowitzki) who did them in was a native of Wurzburg, Germany.

Schadenfreude is running rampant as the rest of the nation picks up the Cleveland vibe of laughing at Lebron James and celebrating his failure. After the final buzzer sounded, “Lebron James Fail” and “Miami Heat Fail” were quickly trending in the search engines.

And there’s plenty of good reason. Winning 58 games and the Eastern Conference title (as James and the Heat did) is a very successful season. But given all the world-must-revolve-around-me hoopla and preseason braggadocio leading into this season- anything short of winning it all in Miami=epic failure.

By Paul M. Banks

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Top 10 Anti-LeBron James T-shirts for Cavs Heat game

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Tonight LeBron James returns to the city he betrayed, as the Miami Heat take on the Cavaliers. Even with LeBron’s all-star supporting cast, the Heat have a mediocre 11-8 record. It sure hasn’t turned out the way LeBron imagined it would when he signed with Miami this offseason, but the wound is still fresh for Cavs fans.

In the name of sportsmanship and NBA commissioner David Stern’s tight ship, the Cleveland Cavaliers have banned fans from wearing any offensive T-shirts or apparel about LeBron James or his family. No word yet if this includes any Delonte West references ;)

Despite the no-fun ban, a jersey chaser can still dream and below is a list of the Top 10 Anti-LeBron James T-shirts that could have been…

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Lebron Returns his Talents to Lake Erie! Heat at Cavaliers Thursday

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“Please stay Lebron. We really need you. No bigger market’s gonna love you as much as we do. It’s a choice you’re making, you’re saving our downtown. And Cleveland is a better place with you around.”

Words from the hilarious comedy music video “We are Lebron,” a parody of “We are the World.

Remember this from the Summer of NBA Free Agent Love? That passion turned to vitriol as Lebron James turned his back on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and and coined a phrase “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” that every American citizen is now legally mandated to say whenever they discuss visiting the city of Miami. (But hey, it’s still better than what everyone was required to say in 1999- Will Smith’s “I’m…going…to…Miami, Bienvenidos a Miami”

During this past summer, I embarked on a fact finding mission/research trip to Cleveland. Ok I just wanted to take in a Cleveland Indians game and see The Jake. And it coincidentally, it was the game where Matthew Bellamy (you know that guy) wore his Lebron Miami Heat jersey in order to be a douche and piss off fans. It worked.

But how strong is the Lebron backlash today?

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Conversing with Lebron Heat Jersey Guy in Cleveland

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You heard about the guy who wore a Lebron Heat jersey to a Cleveland IndiansNew York Yankees game Wednesday night? It created such a scene that it became national news, and the story is spreading like wildfire over the internet.

And what happened made a large group of Indians fans look about as uncivilized as they did 36 years ago on Ten Cent Beer night. Yes, whenever you get a large group of New York Yankees fans together, you get MLB’s version of what gets caught in the gene pool skimmer. Yet the Yankee fans present looked downright classy and sophisticated compared to the fun at the old ballpark that went down.

Seriously Cleveland, you had a NBA star. Now he’s gone, GET OVER IT!

But on the other hand, Matt “LeBron Heat Jersey in Cleveland” Bellamy did something described as extremely attention whorish at best, completely knobbish (yes, I know these are not words) at worst. (Or maybe being an attention whore is worse than being a complete knob?) And Ohio State fans, he’s also one of your people. Thought I’d mention it.

By Paul M. Banks

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