ESPN has suspended radio host and TV personality Dan Le Batard two whole days for placing a message directed at LeBron James on an Akron, Ohio billboard. The ad suggests that James owes the city of Miami gratitude for going there and winning two championships.
Le Batard is a Miami native and occasionally writes columns for the Miami Herald. Evidently Le Batard is upset that James never “thanked” Miami Heat fans.
This is the billboard that earned Le Batard an extra long weekend:
The message communicated on the billboard is almost as absurd as the fake two-day suspension. As if James needs to thank the city of Miami or anyone else for going to the Heat and winning two championships. The Miami Heat went to the NBA Finals the four years when James was with them. If James wasn’t there, they wouldn’t have gone to the NBA Finals, let alone win two championships. Just watch how deep into the post-season this year the Heat go without James. My guess is that it won’t be too far.
How designed this ugly billboard? Is that Comic Sans font at the top?
ESPN shouldn’t have been surprised or caught off guard by Le Batard erecting this stupid billboard. Le Batard tried to place an ad in an Ohio newspaper, any Ohio newspaper, that basically said the same thing, but he couldn’t find a newspaper willing to sell him the ad space. Didn’t ESPN know this? Among other things, ESPN is supposedly a news organization. How can they not know that one of their paid personalities wanted to troll LeBron James? Maybe they should create Google Alerts for all their paid personalities.
The Washington Wizards have begun a new gimmick they call the Bandwagon Cam. It’s where they find people in attendance wearing paraphernalia of the opposing team and then show them on the jumbotron and label them as bandwagon fans. The three hundred people in attendance to see the Wizards then boo these bandwagon fans and everyone has a good laugh.
It’s unclear if they do this every night or only when the visiting team is one of the best teams in the league, for instance, the Miami Heat.
As a transplant to this area, I don’t really know what to make of this. Though I don’t ever see myself going to a Wizards game wearing the opposing team’s gear, I can foresee the day that I go to a Washington Capitals game decked out in Los Angeles Kings attire, assuming that I was there to see the Kings play. Considering that the Kings finally won the Stanley Cup a few years ago and since then, have been consistently one of the best teams in the NHL, would I run the risk of being labeled a bandwagon fan?
Maybe, but I don’t really care. Washington D.C. area sports fans are some of the worst sports fans in the entire country. They give the term fair weather fan a whole new meaning. Look up the term on Wikipedia, and you’ll probably see a picture of some fat guy wearing an RG3 jersey that’s a size too small. Don’t believe me? Look at the above photo. See all those empty seats? The Wizards were hosting the defending two-time NBA champions and Washington fans couldn’t care less. The fact that the Wizards beat the Heat in convincing fashion made the lack of home team support kind of funny.
I could not care less what Washington D.C. sports fans think of me.
The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night at home, 121-106, winning the NBA championship. It’s the second NBA championship for the Miami Heat. LeBron James had a triple-double: 26 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, winning the NBA Finals MVP award. It’s the third time James has been to the NBA finals, one with the Cleveland Cavaliers and then again last season with the Heat. This year is the first time he’s won the championship.
I guess what it says in the Bible is true, the third time’s the charm.