Saturday, May 15, 2010

The One Where I'm Quoted in the New York Times

Posted by on Sat, May 15, 2010 at 5:09 PM

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It's not the cover of Rolling Stone, but I'll get there one day too, just as soon as Vince the Polack's Polka All Stars practice a little more. We're almost there.

Anyway, former Scene editor Frank Lewis penned an article for the NYT looking at the mood in Cleveland now that the Cavs have done gone and screwed it all up and LeBron isn't even hiding his flirtations with other teams anymore.

Lewis caught up with some fans at bars and asked Peter Lawson Jones how he felt. Here's a short excerpt, but make sure you read the whole thing.

Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, who lent his voice to the “We Are LeBron” project, worried about such fatalism. He said someone suggested to him that James’s leaving “would be another blow to our civic ego,” but that it shouldn’t be.

Clevelanders, of all people, should understand the danger of hanging all of their hopes on one athlete. “We have to be careful not to let our psyche get too dependent on a performer — and that’s what athletes are, they’re performers,” Jones said.

Erik Goehringer, a technology professional from Akron, said: “LeBron is a great player, and a good guy, but he’s only an athlete. He doesn’t define this city any more than I do. I hope he stays, but if not you’ll hardly see people rioting or committing mass suicides. You are only a loser if you act like one. Or if you are from Pittsburgh or Michigan.”

First, in response to Mr. Peter Lawson Jones, the heaviest blow to our civic egos is the deplorable and corrupt government in Cuyahoga County, not LeBron James. Second, in response to Mr. Goehringer, I've always joked, and this is in the article, that if LeBron left Cleveland was sell the city for cab fare to the I-480 bridge. We'll see which one of us is right come July.

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