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July 13, 2014

SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!

OPINION — HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!

The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.

What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).

When LeBron left to take his talents to South Beach a few years ago, people cried and screamed and cursed. They burned his jerseys.

Those same people probably realize now that since LeBron is back, those original jerseys they torched someday might be worth a lot of money. More crying, screaming and cursing!

Now all is forgiven. That’s because Cleveland fans want a championship of some kind, besides the a couple of soccer league titles they won. No one acknowledges those; in fact few people even know about them. Most Clevelanders would say: “What, we had a soccer team?”

But now, the world is right since LeBron is coming home. OK, he’s from Akron and not Cleveland, but hey, it’s close enough to Cleveland for an adoption.

With LeBron back, just look what he apparently brings to the table:

ä The Cavaliers will win 6 or 7 straight NBA titles.

ä He’ll also play both ways for the Browns and lead them to their first-ever Super Bowl Championship.

ä He’ll bat .500 for the Indians, setting a Major Leagues record, and pitch a perfect game in the 7th game of the World Series.

ä Then in four years he’ll play for the United States soccer team and guide them to the World Cup crown.

If only Cleveland had a hockey team, they would be changing the name of the  Stanley Cup to the LeBron Bowl.

Of course all of that’s not going to happen. But you would think that from the reaction in Cleveland.

Actually, it’s not just Cleveland fans, that may be over-estimating. Within minutes after LeBron’s announced return, the oddsmakers made the Cavaliers the favorite to win the NBA championship.

That might be overreaching a bit, but at least we can dream. Still, the Cavs have a great young team. And as of this writing, the team was trying to bring in power forward Kevin Love from the Timberwolves.

That would definitely make the trio of James-Love-Kyrie Irving even more formidable than the James-Wade-Bosh grouping that carried Miami to four straight NBA title games.

Still, while Cleveland celebrates the return of LeBron, there’s also one other thing in the minds of people there: Something bad is going to happen. The Cleveland Curse will strike again.

From World Series 9th-inning chokes, to “The Fumble” and “The Drive”, to Michael Jordan’s last-second shot, fate seems to spit on Cleveland.

But despite, that Cleveland fans can still dream. And a big part of that dream is LeBron. Welcome home,  King James!

 

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