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2014-07-13 01:20:31 AM
Assuming he stays that long. He has an opt out after this year.
 
2014-07-13 03:55:06 AM
The possibilities are endless. The fun should start right about December.
 
2014-07-13 04:11:00 AM
I'd be more concerned by the fact that they're pushing the convention up two months.

They're going to have a whole big clownshoes field all jockeying for the nomination, and if they lack a big juggernaut that sews things up early, they're going to have trouble at the convention, and it's going to be hilarious.

That they're risking it suggests that oh man are they terrified of Hillary.
 
2014-07-13 04:16:24 AM
Ya, and they should be terrified of Hillary. There are a lot of centrist people who simply want to be part of the historic event of electing the first female president. GOP is screwed for now - but my passport is still good for another 8 years, just in case.
 
2014-07-13 04:30:24 AM
Could be worse, though...at least we're not Detroit!
 
2014-07-13 04:41:32 AM
Nominate James
 
2014-07-13 04:44:50 AM
Wait, so TFA says that the Cavs may have to stage playoffs elsewhere. What kind of crazy farked up priorities is that? I don't even understand why we let them televise those farking conventions.

/George Carlin understands me
 
2014-07-13 05:01:11 AM

Snooki Punch: Could be worse, though...at least we're not Detroit!


Cleveland Tourism video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM
 
2014-07-13 05:23:05 AM
As if the GOP nneeded any help
 
2014-07-13 05:44:20 AM

Snooki Punch: Could be worse, though...at least we're not Detroit!


At least they have some Stanley Cups.
 
2014-07-13 06:01:56 AM

Stephen_Falken: GOP is screwed for now - but my passport is still good for another 8 years, just in case.


my folks took a job overseas someplace sane and stable. they extended their stay for a couple of extra years now. not sure if economy and/or first world country will be here when they are ready to retire, and just too old to put up with civil war b.s. at their age. pretty much waiting to see if they come back or retire there.
 
2014-07-13 07:15:25 AM
So the GOP thinks Cleveland is the land of losers. Nice.
 
2014-07-13 07:17:46 AM
I grew up in the Cleveland area (Beachwood and Cleveland Heights), and moved out of the state when I was 18. I come back every couple of years to visit my father, little brother, and step mother, however. My father, one day trying to convince me to move back to Cleveland, said that the Republican convention is meeting there. I advised my father that it is another nail in the coffin.

/Thank you NBA Jam!
//Boom Shakalaka
 
2014-07-13 07:29:25 AM

DemonEater: They're going to have a whole big clownshoes field all jockeying for the nomination, and if they lack a big juggernaut that sews things up early, they're going to have trouble at the convention, and it's going to be hilarious.


Plus there could be another hurricane.
 
2014-07-13 07:36:50 AM
Good!
 
2014-07-13 07:43:36 AM
So when exactly did Drew sell Fark to the Democrat Party?

/welcome to Fark
 
2014-07-13 07:47:51 AM

Triumph: Wait, so TFA says that the Cavs may have to stage playoffs elsewhere. What kind of crazy farked up priorities is that? I don't even understand why we let them televise those farking conventions.

/George Carlin understands me


Yea, I really can't imagine that's going to happen.
 
2014-07-13 07:58:37 AM
So derp is coming to play kid games for big money and derp is going to play favorites for big money.

www.somegif.com
 
2014-07-13 08:12:58 AM
...No way in hell is OSU going to let anybody use their facilities for anything other than NCAA activities...or at least not without a sufficiently large enough bribe that the Cavs won't make the usual killing on it.
 
2014-07-13 08:14:22 AM

Truther: So when exactly did Drew sell Fark to the Democrat Party?

/welcome to Fark


He didn't. Republicans are just that easy to point and laugh at it.
 
2014-07-13 08:18:42 AM

SilentStrider: Assuming he stays that long. He has an opt out after this year.


It's only a two-year contract because the NBA's TV deal is being re-negotiated at the end of the '15-'16 season, at which point the maximum contract and salary cap amounts will almost certainly go up.  I'm less certain about the opt-out clause, but I had been under the impression that for a contract of n years, an opt-out at n-1 is pretty standard.  Anyway, timing his new contract to coincide with an increase in the max amount is just smart business; I don't imagine he'd have done otherwise had he remained in Miami or gone somewhere other than Cleveland.


Anyway, if the Cavaliers win a title in 2016, and it happens in Columbus because of the convention, I'm pretty sure the GOP can write Ohio off as a loss for the next 50 years.
 
2014-07-13 08:29:21 AM

SilentStrider: Assuming he stays that long. He has an opt out after this year.


I've read somewhere that it is because he believes he can get a bigger contract with Cleveland in two years, as Robo have explained it better than I can. If I know Lebron, he wants to stay in Cleveland for as long as he can while earning as much as he can now that he has his rings. This is a man who wants to be loved by all, and that's why he went back to begin with when he could've took less money or went to other teams. He's not going to make himself the Villain twice.

It would be interesting to see though if a 31-32 year old Lebron would be worth the max.
 
2014-07-13 08:39:14 AM
Robo Beat:
Anyway, if the Cavaliers win a title in 2016, and it happens in Columbus because of the convention, I'm pretty sure the GOP can write Ohio off as a loss for the next 50 years.

Cleveland is already a Dem city, except for the hoverround crowd.  The rest of the state is so thick with anti-Obama crap that you start to worry about banjo music.
 
2014-07-13 08:56:19 AM

soporific: DemonEater: They're going to have a whole big clownshoes field all jockeying for the nomination, and if they lack a big juggernaut that sews things up early, they're going to have trouble at the convention, and it's going to be hilarious.

Plus there could be another hurricane.


I'd take a Sharknado at this point. GOP's so messed up right now that a mannequin with a D on its shirt would probably win.
 
2014-07-13 09:04:14 AM
We don't want him back.

I for one am going for one game just to throw my drink at him before being arrested. fark LeBum.
 
2014-07-13 09:08:14 AM

Cymbal: Truther: So when exactly did Drew sell Fark to the Democrat Party?

/welcome to Fark

He didn't. Republicans are just that easy to point and laugh at it.


And then you die.
 
2014-07-13 09:10:40 AM
He's going to do an hour long special on ESPN to talk about who he's going to vote for?
 
2014-07-13 09:25:56 AM
I don't know if it says more about Republicans or Cleveland, but it's hilarious to me that no one said "Wait. Stop. What if we're dealing with winners here?"
 
2014-07-13 09:51:07 AM
They're holding the convention early to avoid the clown show of endless crazy debates like in 2012. All that will do is give their crazy nominee two extra months to appear moderate and drive away the crazy base. So they will lose the presidential election, naturally, and weaken their legislative turnout.
 
2014-07-13 09:59:28 AM
As a resident of Ohio (right between cleveland and akron) this is just getting sadder and weirder and dumber.

"Fark LeBron! He bailed on us! He sucks!"
"I'm going back to Cleveland"
"THE KING RETURNS! OUR SAVIOR! WE LOVE YOU."

now its "the Republican base are crazy wackos. I don't want them anywhere near me. "
"The RNC will bring a lot of money to Cleveland".
"YAY! WE LOVE YOU GOP! PLEASE COME TO OUR CITY!"

I will say this about cleveland. We have affordable suburban houses, and discount morals and principles.

Our feelings about things when we find out we might get one change faster than our seasons.
 
2014-07-13 10:12:15 AM

Dear Jerk: drive away the crazy base


The base may make noise, but in the end, they'll turn out. There might be one or two Rick Santorum supporters out there who didn't vote for Romney, but the vast majority definitely did.

It's a political cliche, but it tends to hold true: Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.
 
2014-07-13 10:22:10 AM
thecarnivoreproject.typepad.com
 
2014-07-13 10:25:06 AM
The announcement was to hold it on either June 28 or July 18. No date has been picked as of yet but the playoff time frame is already known (late June). They'll probably just pick the 18th and hold off for 20 days. As long as they have a year to plan (and they can even start designing the stage sets today if they wanted to) and leave enough time for people to reserve hotel rooms I don't see the big deal.
 
2014-07-13 10:27:11 AM
I remember when the Republican Party finally woke up to the fact that Michael Steele was the political equivalent of a festering herpes blister on the blind date you didn't want to be set up with in the first place. I thought, "Well, we had some good times, but now it's over. Whatever bland party functionary they replace him with won't do nearly as much damage."

I was wrong about everything except bland.

Dear Reince Priebus, if that is in fact your real name, there is a reason neither party has been all that concerned about their nominees being starved for cash until the convention. It is because, thanks to your party, it is now possible to cause metric assloads of money to fall out of the sky even if your campaign is technically broke. Somehow, through some miraculous process, super-PACs manage to magically intuit exactly what it is a campaign wants money spent on without ever asking (because, of course, that would be illegal).

But hey, what do I know? Maybe if Cleveland is going to be booked up in June, you should hold your convention in May. Or February! Hillary will never know what hit her!
 
2014-07-13 10:40:47 AM
Urban thugs in baggy shorts do not interest me.

/looking at you, NBA
 
2014-07-13 10:43:57 AM
I know who this guy is, what I don't understand is how stupid the fans are to buy what he's selling.  LeBronk is a mercenary, just like every "sports star", and that Cleveland again will suck his elbow just goes to show how absolutely shallow the average fan IS.

Don't like professional sports myself, don't like Basketball pretty much the most...which started IIRC with the first "Dream Team", AKA, USA buys Olympic gold in Basketball....
 
2014-07-13 10:54:09 AM

LewDux: Nominate James


Why bother? I thought he was already King.
 
hej
2014-07-13 11:00:17 AM
If by "fark up" you mean "slightly inconvenience."
 
2014-07-13 11:04:39 AM

Elliot8654: As a resident of Ohio (right between cleveland and akron) this is just getting sadder and weirder and dumber.

"Fark LeBron! He bailed on us! He sucks!"
"I'm going back to Cleveland"
"THE KING RETURNS! OUR SAVIOR! WE LOVE YOU."

now its "the Republican base are crazy wackos. I don't want them anywhere near me. "
"The RNC will bring a lot of money to Cleveland".
"YAY! WE LOVE YOU GOP! PLEASE COME TO OUR CITY!"

I will say this about cleveland. We have affordable suburban houses, and discount morals and principles.

Our feelings about things when we find out we might get one change faster than our seasons.


Nobody I know has expressed any opinion one way or the other regarding the RNC.  It's about as important as last week's weather.  Who cares.

LeBron, however.  Nobody wants him here.  Everyone pretty much thinks he's a delusional self-absorbed asshole.
 
2014-07-13 11:15:30 AM
So this is going to the first of many Karl Rovian excuses for the GOP loss huh?

If we only would have had those 20 extra days!
 
2014-07-13 11:41:09 AM

Mister Peejay: Elliot8654: As a resident of Ohio (right between cleveland and akron) this is just getting sadder and weirder and dumber.

"Fark LeBron! He bailed on us! He sucks!"
"I'm going back to Cleveland"
"THE KING RETURNS! OUR SAVIOR! WE LOVE YOU."

now its "the Republican base are crazy wackos. I don't want them anywhere near me. "
"The RNC will bring a lot of money to Cleveland".
"YAY! WE LOVE YOU GOP! PLEASE COME TO OUR CITY!"

I will say this about cleveland. We have affordable suburban houses, and discount morals and principles.

Our feelings about things when we find out we might get one change faster than our seasons.

Nobody I know has expressed any opinion one way or the other regarding the RNC.  It's about as important as last week's weather.  Who cares.

LeBron, however.  Nobody wants him here.  Everyone pretty much thinks he's a delusional self-absorbed asshole.


I dunno. I could care less about either. But most of the people I deal with are creaming themselves over LeBron coming back.

The akron newspaper did a cover story and 4 pages on it. None of which was even in the sports section.

People are seriously losing their minds where I am.
 
2014-07-13 11:58:23 AM

Piizzadude: So this is going to the first of many Karl Rovian excuses for the GOP loss huh?

If we only would have had those 20 extra days!


Considering that the announcement containing the two dates was made before Lebron announced his move that a pretty dumb thing to say. For all you or anyone else not in the GOP Convention planning committee knows the 18th may have been the first choice with the 28th being the fallback date. Either way they were fine with using the 18th when they first announced it.

It's still about 2 months earlier than normal which may be a brilliant move or it may bite them hard in the ass. I guess that it will depend on who the two candidates are, and so far there is nobody even close to being anything resembling a front runner.
 
2014-07-13 01:36:25 PM

DemonEater: They're going to have a whole big clownshoes field all jockeying for the nomination, and if they lack a big juggernaut that sews things up early, they're going to have trouble at the convention, and it's going to be hilarious.


Let me start by saying that I want more than anything for this to be true--a brokered convention shiatting itself repeatedly over whether to nominate Rand Paul or Ted Cruz and then suddenly picking Bristol Palin on the 93rd ballot.

But I'm not sure that an early date would make that much more likely. If there were a sufficiently weird mix of delegates at the end of the primary season such that a second ballot would be necessary after they'd all honored their first-ballot pledge, having the summer to scheme and counter-scheme and counter-counter-counter-counter scheme like they were playing the world's least organized game of Diplomacy probably wouldn't help them any.

Besides, there was the faintest chance of a brokered convention in both 2008 for the Democrats and 2012 for the Republicans, and in both cases there were people seriously maintaining that a big messy convention fight would be just the thing to get people excited about the _______ Party. I'm not sure that makes any damn sense, but in any event we probably won't live to see one actually happen.
 
2014-07-13 01:37:50 PM

Mister Peejay: LeBron, however.  Nobody wants him here.  Everyone pretty much thinks he's a delusional self-absorbed asshole.


Really?

imgick.cleveland.com

As for the RNC, Cleveland is a die-hard Dem town, but they're not going to turn down that sweet, sweet GOP money.
 
2014-07-13 01:43:38 PM

dustman81: Mister Peejay: LeBron, however.  Nobody wants him here.  Everyone pretty much thinks he's a delusional self-absorbed asshole.

Really?

[imgick.cleveland.com image 620x1133]


That's the newspaper, I'm speaking here of people.
 
2014-07-13 01:58:44 PM
Pretty sure Cleveland fans are keeping their LeBron jerseys, gasoline and lighters ready for when his contract is up.
 
2014-07-13 07:59:28 PM

Mister Peejay: dustman81: Mister Peejay: LeBron, however.  Nobody wants him here.  Everyone pretty much thinks he's a delusional self-absorbed asshole.

Really?

[imgick.cleveland.com image 620x1133]

That's the newspaper, I'm speaking here of people.


For what it's worth, my friends from Columbus seem thrilled he's back in Cleveland.  I don't know how actual Clevelanders feel about the issue.
 
2014-07-13 10:24:11 PM

llortcM_yllort: Mister Peejay: dustman81: Mister Peejay: LeBron, however.  Nobody wants him here.  Everyone pretty much thinks he's a delusional self-absorbed asshole.

Really?

[imgick.cleveland.com image 620x1133]

That's the newspaper, I'm speaking here of people.

For what it's worth, my friends from Columbus seem thrilled he's back in Cleveland.  I don't know how actual Clevelanders feel about the issue.


Clevelander here(stop laughing). It was small talk Friday, much like the weather. Beyond that, no one gives a shiat. Unless you are all about Cleveland sports, in which case you're creaming your pants over this.
 
2014-07-14 03:00:40 AM

jayphat: Clevelander here(stop laughing). It was small talk Friday, much like the weather. Beyond that, no one gives a shiat. Unless you are all about Cleveland sports, in which case you're creaming your pants over this.


Sports and weather should always carry roughly the same interest level.
 
2014-07-14 02:23:26 PM

hillary: So the GOP thinks Cleveland is the land of losers. Nice.


FTFY
 
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