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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

LeBron's Yankees Shoe is So Last Week; On the Other Hand, LeBron's Ohio State Shoe ...

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Next up for LeBron: an OSU shoe.
As we predicted six days ago in our post about LeBron’s new Yankees-inspired Nike kicks, the pinstriped shit hath hit the fan, as evidenced by a growing list of comments left on yesterday’s story. The PD even devoted almost an entire page in today’s paper to reproducing some of the very intellectual comments. Selections included: “I cannot wait until this overrated, classless NY sycophant moves along. Quit propping the classless, overrated player. Quit being as stinking LeBron cheerleader. The sooner he goes, the better,” which was eloquently contributed by Bruiser. Absolutely man; my favorite part of the NBA season is the draft lottery drawing too. LeBron should definitely move on. But before this Yankees thing gets too far out of hand, fans should know that there’s more footwear news on the horizon. ... Nike and LeBron have also released a signature shoe with Ohio State colors. What does this mean? You would think that it would reinforce James’s home-state pride, or perhaps the notion that he and Nike are just trying to get paid. The Yankees shoe is wildly savvy marketing, and an OSU shoe is pretty bright, too. But if we follow conventional Cleveland-fan logic -- and it's hard to follow -- this new shoe could mean that LeBron is totally going to play for the Buckeyes soon. Or perhaps the Blue Jackets. Or maybe he's running for state senate? It's unclear. But either way, the new OSU shoe also is a total sign of disrespect to the University of Akron, a MAC powerhouse right from his hometown. Why not an Air Zoom Zippy, LeBron? Of course, there is a map of Akron on the bottom of his new Zoom V white shoe. But hey, once the damage is done, fans just can’t seem to look back. -- Vince Grzegorek

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