How Lebron Broke the Golden Rule of Sports

A long and ranty ramble loosely inspired by Lebron’s press conference on Sunday. Not meant to be taken too seriously, I don’t have any beef with Lebron in general, and I know he was just venting his frustrations & didn’t mean anything too deep. I just thought it was funny to see him basically breaking the fourth wall, and breaking the tacit agreement we have with all athletes that they’ll keep pretending they’re doing something important as long as we keep pretending we believe them.

“All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they have to get back to the real world at some point.” - Lebron after losing the championship series.

Related links:
Lebron James and the Quote Heard Round the World
Never Has Being a Sports Fan Felt So Stupid - Great piece about Lebron’s “The Decision” fiasco. I hadn’t reread this since last year when it first came out, and now I feel a little awkward about how similar the themes are. But I promise I wasn’t biting! This rant was adapted from years of lamenting how Knicks owner James Dolan ruined my love of sports.

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    Yeah one of the many thoughts I didn’t fit in was how much I appreciated seeing a young black athlete presume to take...
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    I’m a pretty big sports fan, but I’ve never, ever thought of it this way.
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    Dope. I never thought of it that way.
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    Once again, great points.
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    reblogging again for Zuky’s input. Bolding is my own.
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    This is a great argument related...LBJ’s boneheaded comment after Game 6.
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    Great rant by my man Jay (sup!) on the unwritten rule to never expose the fundamental irrationality of sports fandom....
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