The Lake Erie Crushers, who play in the Frontier League, will be following the Lake County Captains' lead and be holding a LeBron-themed night. Hey, everyone else is doing it, why not get in on the action?
The gimmicks here are actually pretty good. They will offer LeBron a max contract, which for the Frontier League is $1600/month, and will set aside a luxury suite where LeBron and other free agents can hold a summit, should they choose. Most importantly, they'll be donning special Cavs-themed jerseys for the night.
The Lake Erie Crushers are pleased to announce that they will offer LeBron James a max contract under Frontier League rules on Keep LBJ in the C-L-E Night Wednesday, June 30 at All Pro Freight Stadium. The contract is worth $1600 per month. The team will also supply LeBron with a host family to eliminate the stress of a potential commute from the Akron area to Avon.
On Keep LBJ in the C-L-E night, the Crushers will also offer James a luxury suite in which he and other pending NBA free agents can hold a summit. The Crushers have the ability to offer up to three max contracts to free agents at this juncture.
The team will don special Cavaliers-themed Crushers jerseys* for the occasion and all Crushers players will wear number six to honor LeBron's switch from 23 to 6. The jerseys will be auctioned following the game. If James is in attendance, the money will be donated to his charity, the LeBron James Family Foundation.
The Crushers will also rename the playing surface LeBron James Field at All Pro Freight Stadium to commemorate the evening.
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Politicians across the country have joined the masses in pleading for LeBron James to go to one city or another. Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson got into it, as did Akron mayor Don Plusquellic. Governor Ted Strickland lent his voice to the "We Are LeBron" video and song. Mayor Bloomberg in New York has a whole King-oriented campaign, and we all know President Obama has weighed in.
Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate John Kasich will be having none of that, however. He will not beg, he will not plead, he will not make a video.
Kasich was recently interviewed on the Fox Radio Network and Alan Colmes asked him if he'd speak out on behalf of Ohio for the Chosen One.
"I'm not singing in any chorus for LeBron James," Kasich said.
Colmes: "You're not?"
Kasich: "No, I'm not. Look, he's a great basketball player, he's a great guy. There's a lot of great people in Ohio."
Prior to that Colmes asked Kasich if he were governor, what he would do to help persuade James to stay in Ohio.
"Alan, we've lost 400,000 jobs out here and the last guy I worry about is LeBron James. You know I mean, we all hope he'll stay in Cleveland. We think we've got a great guy there that can turn everything around, but we got some serious problems," Kasich said.
Raise your hand if you thought John Kasich would be the voice of reason in the LeBron free agency storm of 2010. Yeah, me neither.
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LeBron memorabilia is a crazy business. There's cards and jerseys, game-used gear and Nikes, bobbleheads and signed balls. Even if you're a seasoned collector with deep pockets, chances are that even the most prized possession in your collection isn't all that special. No matter how rare, someone somewhere probably has something just like it.
That is unless you have this unique diamond-encrusted pendant honoring King James. No one else is going to have anything like it. Probably because it's just about the most ludicrous LeBron item you could ever buy. Nevertheless, it's out there for anyone big on Bron baubles.
As such a famous person, people do things for him that wouldn't make sense for many other people. For instance, someone had this custom jersey pendant made. It's covered with 307 diamonds around a gold body, and stamped with the number 23 and both "King" and "James". It's actually kind of startling to see, especially since James doesn't have the national cult of followers the same way someone like Kobe Bryant does.
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Jordan Zirm is another new intern here at Scene. He's been following the LeBron rumors column every morning in the Plain Dealer. This created some thoughts in his young, impressionable head.
I have been in denial. I used to think that here in Cleveland, we shielded ourselves from the groveling and begging that cities like New York and Chicago are currently showcasing in their effort to woo LeBron. We didn’t have beat writers openly pleading for LeBron to come play for the team that they cover like the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola has been doing for the past month or so. We weren’t forcing the minimal celebrities we have in this town to court LeBron and to take him on a tour like Cleveland was the equivalent of Disneyland. No, us Clevelanders were going to stand pat and watch these other basketball-starved cities throw themselves at LeBron like groupies after a Drake concert.
But this morning, I had a revelation. As I glanced over the Plain Dealer’s “LeBron Rumor Mill” section as I sipped my pulp-free orange juice, a single sentence caught my eye. After recapping a blog written by Isola questioning LeBron’s legacy, Plain Dealer reporter Jodie Valade’s final words read “Just further evidence the Big Apple can’t stop thinking about the King.” The sentence read with a great deal of spite attached to it, and a barrel-full of judgment. Look at New York, even as the NBA finals geared up for Game 7 between two bitter rivals, they still have to talk about LeBron. We sat on our high horse, like Cleveland was exempt from the LeBron worshiping that was going on around the rest of the country. How hypocritical we have become.
Yesterday, a flash mob broke out in tower city, put on by an organization dedicated to keeping LeBron. Was LeBron anywhere in Tower City? No. The video of kids dressed in black shirts with the words “commitment” or “loyalty” scribbled across them and running through impressive choreography is something LeBron hasn’t, and probably never will see. Akron is throwing a “LeBron Appreciation Day” bash, an event which LeBron will probably not even be in attendance for. The Lake County Captains will change their team name to the LeLake LeCounty LeCaptians on July 1st, the first day of free agency. The “We Are LeBron” video has made decent human beings punch small children.
There has got to be a point here when we look at each other and say, “No, I will not crush grapes for LeBron. I have too much pride.” The love we are showering LeBron in has become so exaggerated that it is embarrassing. And for what? No person deserves this amount of attention, even if half of this city thinks LeBron is the savior of professional sports in Cleveland. The tables have turned. Citizens of New York and Chicago are laughing at us, just as we laughed at them when their media members superimposed LeBron in a Bulls or Knicks jersey. We have given LeBron enough, Cleveland. It’s time to sit back and just wait, and stop with incessant babying of a 26-year-old. Because if New York can’t keep its mind off the King, then we must have an obsession.— Jordan Zirm
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Nick Baker is a new intern here at Scene. He wanted to write about the World Cup. Here's what he came up with.
The World Cup has finally arrived and has done so in such bombastic fashion that it's hard to believe anyone could perceive this event as anything less than a global phenomenon.
These events, when plopped down in countries known 'round the world for human rights atrocities, are seen as ways to put the bright Western spotlight on our favorite parts of formerly unfavorable parts of the globe.
It's the whole, "We gave 'em Coca-Cola, let's show everybody how they've made them their own!" mentality, the one that shows kids dribbling soccer balls around shanty towns then stopping to take cool drinks of Coke. And if you take to believing general media hype and all the showy pomp and circumstance that surrounds these tournaments, it's pretty easy to forget that South Africa, host nation to this year's Cup, is rife with violence against women, poverty, disease, a life expectancy that tops out around 50 and the lasting sting of that less-than-desirable apartheid thing.