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Thursday, June 1, 2017
A Letter from Home: "Never go on trips with anyone you do not love"
[Last year, when the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors were in the second of what will be, as of later today, their third annual NBA finals against one another, I was reading a long passage on the Cavs Facebook page from a person I described to my wife as some sort of "mega-fan". I then glanced at the name attached and realized it was written by my sister. As we once again face that most Cleveland of circumstances, as the underdogs in a national championship, I've asked my sister to add her occasional wisdom to The Coracle so that we might gauge what it's like to live in a city that will be consumed with nothing but basketball for the next week or so.] _____________________________________________________________________ A Movable Feast
Some will see the title of this post and what comes to mind for those who read this occasionally religious weblog are Christian holy days that
do not fall on a specific date. Others are reminded of the work by Ernest
Hemingway, reminiscing about when he was young, poor writer in Paris in the
1920's. Lately, when I think of "A
Moveable Feast", I think of the brilliant ball play of my Cleveland
Cavaliers. (A stretch? Sure, but bear with me).
this year’s play-offs, anyone hungry for excellent basketball need only look to
the Cavaliers when they are playing at their best. Do you desire an appetizer?
Witness J.R. Smith knocking down a smooth and easy shot from beyond the three-point
you'd like a Caesar Salad? There is Tristan Thompson ruling under the basket.
main course varies from meal to meal. We have LeBron James the beast effortlessly
pressing to the basket, or you might prefer LeBron the assister who selflessly
continues to pass the ball to his teammates. Maybe you are particularly hungry
and want to see the LeBron who passes, makes lay-ups, fades back for a 2 or 3
pointer, and defends with inhuman moves and strength. When he’s on his game,
like the sentences of Hemingway, his basketball moves are crisp, concise. and
to add a little spice to your meal? There’s Iman Shumpert, who seems to be
everywhere at once, superbly defending with a hand in his opponent's face or
knocking the ball right out of their
hands for a steal.
a beverage to complement your meal, you may sip on a smooth three-pointer from
Kevin Love, or taste his bolder quarterback pass to LeBron from all the way
down the court.
for dessert, what could be more enjoyable than the artistic moves of Kyrie
Irving as he displays dribbling skills that leave his opponents in
hopes by the end of these NBA finals, Cleveland fans will be able to push their
chairs back from the table, loosen their pants. grab a mint, and smile feeling
completely sated, while Warriors fans are doubled over with food poisoning.
"Never go on trips with anyone you do
not love," says
Hemingway in A Moveable Feast. From
what I have seen of the Cavaliers performing fun, complicated handshakes before
the game. cheering on their teammates
arm in arm on the sidelines, fiercely hugging after a win, giving each other
credit during interviews. or even singing together on a plane trip home, there
is a great amount of affection between these guys. They couldn't be traveling
with better companions through this NBA finals journey. I can't wait to see
what they serve us, and hope to give them a five-star rating! Related: Five reasons why Cleveland Cavaliers can repeat as NBA Champions