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Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

Posted on: June 30, 2010 3:18 pm
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Art Modell may deny this now but he once told me this story and I don't believe he was joking.

He talked about a bad dream he once had where everywhere he went -- the kitchen, the office, the bathroom -- there were Cleveland Browns fans scolding him for moving the Browns to Baltimore.

He laughed after telling me this story but it didn't sound like he was kidding.

Modell became one of the most hated -- if not the most hated -- man in that city's history. Modell had the right to move his team. It was his team, after all. He could do what he wanted but Modell knew he'd also have to live with the consequences of such a dire action.

Now, LeBron James is considering leaving Cleveland. In a way, James is his own franchise. He is the Cleveland Cavaliers. So ostensibly if he bolted it'd be like Cleveland losing another team.

And who'd be more despised, Modell or James? It's a good question.

It seems like Modell, easily, and maybe that's correct. I've never seen a sports figure more hated by an entire city than Modell except for possibly Steve Bartman by Chicago.

Yet the hatred of Modell has slightly ebbed. Emphasis on slightly. Cleveland lost a team but it has one now.

James leaving would be an open wound. It would be viewed as a second betrayal and because it'd be so recent the sting might hurt even more.

If he leaves James had better be prepared for some heavy, unmitigated scorn. It'll be something like he's never seen or experienced in his life.

There may also be a few bad dreams, too.

 
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Category: NBA
Tags: Browns
 
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Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:07 am
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

Pittsburgh was the only team that voted against it



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:11 pm
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

Who cares? Lebron makes himself look bad anyway. He's a moron. "I'm the king"   So what leave good ridens...



Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

my last post was strictly for the lunatic who goes by "ohioiscaca"..dude is a loser. while most people are enjoying the awesome weather and amazing beaches in florida, he is sitting on his computer bashing cleveland every chance he gets.



Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 10:47 am
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

omg dude get a life. the only things you comment on are tigers games and the city of cleveland. you say you live in miami, but obviously never leave your computer.
 all you ever talk about is how awful cleveland is. but if all there is to do in miami, florida is be on the computer all day, ripping on a city thousands of miles away and talking about the tigers (nothing against the tigers, just proving a point) then you really dont make miami sound too appealing either.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 10:01 am
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

They had a baseball team one out from a world series win and they weren't legit?
A basketball team that made the NBA finals when no one gave them any consideration but they weren't legit?
3 Brown's teams in the 80's and early 90's that were within a wisker of going to the Super Bowl and they weren't legit?
Give me a f***ing brake and pull your head out of your butt!



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 10:00 am
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

They had a baseball team one out from a world series win and they weren't legit?
A basketball team that made the NBA finals when no one gave them any consideration but they weren't legit?
3 Brown's teams in the 80's and early 90's that were within a wisker of going to the Super Bowl and they weren't legit?
Give me a f***ing brake and pull your head out of you butt!



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 9:39 am
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

Brooklyn Dodger fans hated the Yankees just as much, if not more than the O'Malley, and 90% became Met fans.




Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2010 2:28 am
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

Cleveland is no different than any other city who's fans share or have at some point, a general disgust for a player/coach/etc. It's hard to compare here since Modell owned the Browns while LeBron, as great as he is, doesn't have the power to strip a city of their team. That's like asking who you hate more- Osama bin laden or Hannah Montana



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:36 am
 

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

Wow, what an amazing revelation. Freeman really had to stretch into his innermost essence to dig that out.

Another pathetic attempt by the ultimate hack and plagiarist. Why don't you go back to school and earn the degree you have stated you have?

Why do I doubt Modell ever talked to Freeman? I believe Freeman should write for Rolling Stone. That seems like the kind of magazine someone with his credibility and journalistic integrity should write for.

Alas, perhaps even Rolling Stone would require someone with a college degree.




Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:57 pm
 

LeBron owes Cleveland NOTHING

This team was awful before LeBron got there. They stumbled into LeBron by winning the draft lottery the year he happened to be graduating from high school. Cleveland has had five years of opportunity to surround LeBron with even a half decent team and hasn't done it; without LeBron the Cavs are a lottery team (compare to the Bulls without Jordan in 1994--still a 55-win team and a championship contender). And keep in mind that this isn't an issue of LeBron backing out of a commitment he made to the Cavs: the man was drafted by the team and has never chosen to be there. Though I agree if I lived in Cleveland I'd be upset if LeBron left, that city has absolutely no right to hate him.

Basically, Cavs fans, if you liked it then you should have put a (championship) ring on it


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