This year is different. Even though I'm an Ohio girl and I'm still a Cavs fan, I don't think I can bring myself to go to the game. I took a look at the roster and can't get myself to get excited and sit in my "usual" seat behind the Cavs bench.
Never going to have this view of LeBron in a Cavs jersey again
Actually, for this game, I'd almost be willing to reconnect with some folks that I knew from my days in Cleveland and are affiliated with the Wizards now... BUT, I'm not going to do that either. Not tonight.
As I look through all my albums with so many pictures of the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers, it's amazing how many of the people have moved on. Most athletes are journey man. They can be nomadic because of free agency. They get traded, and/or eventually retire. Look at the picture below from Game 6 of the Playoffs in 2008. None of the guys in the picture play for the same organization now, that they did 2 years ago.
Oh, and if you think I'm going to get all dolled up and head to the Verizon Center to see Anderson Varejao, well... You don't know me at all. Sorry... I have to be honest. Ugh, that reminds me. I need to find my "Got Boobie?" shirt. I like Daniel "Boobie" Gibson and that T-shirt still makes me chuckle...
In a world with so much player mobility, it's no surprise to me that some teams have adopted a "generic" approach to promotion. In Cleveland, where LeBron James' image was ubiquitous, I'm not surprised that there isn't a face associated with the organization anymore.
Here are some of the latest Cleveland Cavaliers banners adorning Quicken Loans Arena (i.e. photos courtesy of Dave Soulsby, President of Central Graphics Group):
The #10 on the jersey is generic
****I just checked to see if long-time radio announcer, Joe Tait, is traveling with the team after his cardiac surgery. He's not. If you haven't heard Joe Tait call a game, you're missing out. He's truly a special talent. Best wishes, Joe. Get better soon.