The Heat win Game 1 of the NBA Finals and one of the first things I think of when I get to the office today is: "I wonder what the old homefront thinks of LeBron James today?"
So I wanted to see what Cleveland was saying, what his hometown of Akron was saying and found out there was a Cleveland-Dallas alliance that has banded together for the Finals.
And what I have come away with is: The Finals are getting next to no coverage from the two papers, have no beat writers down there — which is sometimes the case even if the team they cover is not participating — and the folks of Northern Ohio have either let it go (winning the Nos. 1 and 4 picks in this year's NBA Draft helps) or have more pressing things on their mind in regards to sports: namely the Ohio State football program.
I am as tired of hearing about LeBron ditching Cleveland for Miami as the next fan, but I did think it was worth a look to see what the reaction was the day after the NBA Finals began.
LeBron's hometown paper — the Akron Beacon Journal — has former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel as the top story.
The Akron Beacon Journal does have some evidence that LeBron existed by reliving his high school years at the bottom of the paper's sports section.
The Akron Beacon Journal went with The Associated Press story and as of noon Central time had just two comments on it — one positive, one negative.
Top story from Cleveland Plain Dealer's sports page is former Buckeye Heisman winner Eddie George saying QB Terrelle Pryor is going to be a Buckeye no more.
The Plain Dealer had one local take on anything from the NBA Finals and it was whether or not LeBron going to Miami was collusion. It was the 13th story down on the paper's sports page and had a poll on the collusion issue.
Surprised at the results?
Then there's teamwork between the Cavaliers fans and the Mavericks fans and their combined efforts to cheer against the Heat. Nice logo.
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