Well, Lebron James is going home.He kept Cleveland Cavalier and Miami Heat fans — not to mention ESPN — captive for quite a while, didn’t he? What his decision would be as to where he would “take his talents” to this time around were bantered about by sports bloggers and reporters all over the country.
Being a former sportswriter/editor, I realize that when a big story hits you have to cover it — ad nauseam — because if you don’t, your competition will.
But it was getting a little tiresome. However, having said that, as a Cavalier fan, I am happy about his decision. As a basketball fan, it frightens me a bit that one player can hold an entire sport hostage. Other free agents and teams were put on hold until Decision 2.0 came down.
It got me thinking that I am sure Lebron was flattered by the attention he received.
I can relate somewhat, on a smaller scale. I mean, I moved down to Fairfield Glade nine years ago leaving behind a solid newspaper job at a good metro paper.
And, since taking over operations of The Vista three years ago, the rumors have been flying.
Will Keith return home? What’s it going to take to keep him here?
Behind the scenes, my agent was negotiating feverishly with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Springfield News-Sun and Dayton Daily News. All of which wanted my talents to return to Southwest Ohio.
Why, even toward the end of the matter, my hometown paper, The Lima News, got involved in the fierce bidding war.
But alas, after much painstaking thought and consultation with my family and our dog, Suki, I felt it was best to stay here.
Yes, Fairfield Glade is my new home and, unlike Bron Bron, I can’t see myself ever going back to live in Ohio.
Oh, it’s a great state and all and I miss it from time to time.
But where else can I go and work at a place where the boss is soooo understanding and reasonable. Why just the other day I asked him if I could wear shorts to work. He said, “Sure, and wear sandals too as far as I care.”
What a guy!
I was going to hold out for The Vista max contract but I couldn’t do that to the man … So I guess you’re stuck with me.
Post Script Thoughts
On a serious note, I appreciated the information sent to me by Vince Peters last week. He noted the significance of Mo Martin’s win at the Women’s British Open recently.
Peters said that, in 2012, she came in second at Stonehenge — shooting 4-under par in the Tennessee Women’s Open and losing by one stroke.
So folks, when you see these fine players come to Fairfield Glade to play in tournaments, you never know what future stars are in the making.