Friday, July 9, 2010

That guy must be good (for my garden)

Being the avid sports fan that I am, I couldn't resist the urge to find out where Lebron James was going to play basketball next year. This is despite the fact that I don't like watching professional basketball. So last night, I flipped to the hour long special on ESPN to hear the big announcement. With Shiner Bock in hand I waded through the suspense and celebrated when it was over. I didn't celebrate because I cared where he went, only that a decision had been made and that I would hopefully stop hearing about it.

For those of you who aren't sports fans, Lebron is like a Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant of his era in professional basketball. In other words, he is that good and that big of a deal. It's not only that he is that good, its also that he was that good at a young age.....a precocious prodigy man child sort of thing. Rather than go to college, he was drafted into the NBA right out of high school where he played in Akron, Ohio. He has played seven seasons in his home state of Ohio with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has been on a quest to win a NBA championship and several players such as Shaq were brought there to help in that quest. However, despite two 60 win seasons and incredible play on the court, Lebron and the Cavs came up short. At the end of this season his contract was up, so he became a Free Agent. Most people will admit that to be that good and not have a championship ring is a tragedy. So he had to make the keep trying to win the ring in Cleveland, or win it somewhere else.

Lebron, also known as "The King", "the Chosen One", "King James", and "LBJ" was wooed by several major teams, including his current team. Teams changed their rosters to try to free up money just to get a chance. Rather than Lebron travel to visit the interested teams, they came to Cleveland to be interviewed by him. Obama even chimed in saying he thought the Chicago Bulls would be a great fit for him. In the words of Ron Burgundy, he is kind of a big deal. In the end, he chose to leave his home area (where the people absolutely adored him because of his loyalty). He announced last night that he is now a member of the Miami Heat, where he will join two of the better players in the sport. Amazingly, it wasn't the highest paying team, but rather where he thought he would have the best chance to win the ring.

Of course my friends and I, who also don't care for professional basketball, unleashed a flurry of texts during the
"I don't know who this Lebron guy is, but he must be good"
"Yeah, I even heard he has is own version of the Bible"
"Did you feel that, the world started turning again after he said Miami"
"Somewhere over a third world country, Lebron Chicago Bulls jerseys are being air dropped out of a C-130"

The last time it rained here was June 12th I believe. In the last two weeks it was so bad I used all the water in the rain barrels. While I would classify it as a drought, the local weather media calls it "abnormally dry". Earlier this week I was forced to water from the hose.

And then last night it happened after Lebron made his rained. Thanks Lebron!!!!

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