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Numbers Don't Lie: Cleveland Fans Still Very Interested in LeBron's Fortunes

Game One of the Eastern Conference NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat set a cable television record for most viewers, eclipsing the eyeballs that viewed Michael Jordan‘s last All-Star Game appearance in 2003. Not surprisingly, the Chicago and South Florida markets were the No. 1 and No. 2 contributors to the more than 11.1 million people who watched Sunday’s game. And the No. 3 market? That would be Cleveland, LeBron James‘ home court before he took his talents to South Beach.

So, are Cleveland fans still pulling for The King? I’m sure some of them still are (maybe two or three); but most likely the majority of people tuning in to watch him play are really, really, really hoping that LeBron and the Heat lose, preferably in a demeaning manner. As a longtime Red Sox fan who spent many Octobers rooting against the Yankees, I can assure you this dynamic is real. Red Sox fans, at least until 2004, derived almost as much satisfaction from a Yankees’ loss as a Red Sox’ win. Why? Because the Red Sox hadn’t won in forever, the Yankees won all the time, and rooting against the guy who’s got what you want is human nature.

And since Cleveland fans (Cavaliers, Browns, Indians, et al) haven’t seen a winner in decades, their best rooting interest is whomever LeBron and the Heat are playing.

What else would explain the television numbers? A sudden interest in Cleveland in the post-season exploits of Kyle Korver?

(Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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Radio Host Crosses The Line With Michael Vick

There’s a proper way for members of the media to approach an athlete about a story.

Unfortunately, radio host Richard Hunter of 1190 AM Dallas/Fort Worth decided to take matters in his own hands and ambush Michael Vick last week while he was in town for the Super Bowl.

Hunter adopted one of Vick’s fighting dogs and wanted to let the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback know all about it.

Regardless of what you think about Vick, this isn’t the right way to get your point across.

Awful Announcing Readies Revamp

One of the web’s best sports blogs, Awful Announcing, is ready for a comeback. The blog, which had a partiuclar knack for taking on the absurdities of the goings-on in the broadcast booth, essentially went dark back in April.

Now the site is back at a new address, with a refreshed editorial team.

Or as editor Brian Packey writes:

We understand that the sports blog you once knew and loved is now a little different, a little weird and run by virtual strangers, but don’t let your inner neophobe rule you. We ask that you let this marinate a little bit. And once you dig in, I promise that you’ll want to come back for more. If not, well, then I hope you get stuck in an elevator that plays Miley Cyrus on repeat for hours.

Welcome back to the blogosphere dudes, there is plenty of awful announcing to take on.