March Madness is about to begin and many of you are looking for a trophy to represent your bracket challenge. Well look no further. The Armchair Big Man trophy is the ultimate prize when your name is the final one standing after a long, grueling battle to the end. And the best part ia no one needs to know that you didn’t have a clue what you were doing when filling out your bracket. All that matters is your name ended up on the trophy at the end and you’ll be remembered forever as a CHAMPION. So if you’re ready to step it up a notch and play for a trophy that truly represents what March Madness is all about then the Armchair Big Man trophy is for you.
Good luck this March.
If you grow up in Northeast Ohio like I did, you understand the agony that is associated with it’s professional sports teams. From “The Drive” to “The Fumble” to “The Shot,” each one drives a stake of pain deeper into the collective souls of every fan. Just say the name Jose Mesa to a Clevelander and you might get a beer thrown in your face just before seeing a right hook coming your way. Because of these heartbreaking memories, (along with the river once catching on fire because it was so polluted) Cleveland has been the butt of jokes for years on end. It’s something that you just learn to take and shake off when you hear national media use your home area as a punchline to a tired and overused joke.
Friday’s decision by Lebron James to return to Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers however helps to change that punchline into something entirely different. Lebron understands the pain of the area. He grew up in it as a kid who followed the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers and experienced the heartbreak right along with so many others. His letter in Sports Illustrated demonstrated his understanding that Cleveland has been without a championship for 50 years when he said, “Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.”
I, like so many others, said one championship in Cleveland would be worth at least 5 in Miami. Lebron seems to agree to some extent. He knows what a title would mean to an area that has been so deprived for so long. He also knows what his return means for so many business owners in downtown Cleveland who struggled to stay afloat in the wake of his decision to go to Miami four years ago. The economic impact he’ll have on Northeast Ohio will be immeasurable. Just ask people in Chicago what Michael Jordan meant to their city financially.
Lebron’s decision will undoubtably keep the Cavaliers in title contention for years to come. However, his return means more than just the hope of raising championship banners. For many it means the difference between struggling to stay open and being able to pay your bills. And for that reason I’m most excited to see Lebron return home.
Lebron James to the Cavaliers seems to be a real possibility. National and Cleveland media have jumped all over the Lebron to Cleveland bandwagon once it was reported that Dan Gilbert’s private plane was headed from Detroit to Florida Sunday afternoon. Many reports had Lebron’s good friend Žydrūnas Ilgauskas on the flight in what many assume was the Cavaliers attempt to persuade Lebron to head back to Cleveland. Will it work? Who knows. The one thing I know is that not only would Lebron’s return to the Cavaliers make them an instant contender, but it would also revitalize a city that has not been the same since he left. As much as I hated him for leaving my beloved Cavaliers, I’d have to learn to forgive and welcome him with open arms. After all, a team with Lebron, Kyrie, and Wiggins or Love on it would be a hell of a show. Fingers crossed.
March Madness is upon us and you know that the office brackets are going to be filling up fast. Who will be the one to win the annual office bracket pool? Will it be the woman from accounting that picks her teams based on mascots? Or will it be the guy from public relations who doesn’t understand what a free throw is? Yes, you know how it works. The people that are clueless about basketball are always those that seem to win these things. Regardless, shouldn’t they be forever remembered on a trophy worthy of the madness the Tournament produces? If you think it’s time your office steps it up a notch and finally plays for a trophy along with that cash prize, then the Armchair Big Man is your trophy.