“The Win” is where Cleveland is at now, but “The Decision” is where the city was not too long ago.
How did Cleveland’s faithful make the transition?
Basketball aside, the healing peacemaker was surprisingly not an intermediary at all. Instead, the conciliatory trigger was a state of mind. Specifically, the Ohio state (small “s”) of mind. More specifically, the “OH-” state of mind. Outsiders may laugh and roll their eyes at the passionately proud nature of Ohioans, but there’s a lot to be happy about.
That list can wait for another day.
For instance, when The Ohio State Buckeyes play that team up north or in a national championship, a win is not the only thing on the line. The entire identity and emotional well-being of its citizens are at stake.
People from Cleveland and beyond read the LeBron James re-dedication letter from July of 2014 to his hometown in northeast Ohio, but movie watchers saw an entertaining abridged version of his sentiment in the movie Trainwreck. Granted, LeBron’s scenes are about the only appropriate moments in the film (true story) and are also the most clever and endearing.
Destination Cleveland: Why haven’t there been a collection of creative tourism videos in the following video clip’s spirit featuring northeast Ohio’s favorite son and a skeptical traveler?
A Ted Mosby cameo could be cool too…
To all of the men and women who are currently fighting and defending, and to those who have fought and defended, the freedoms of the United States of America:
We the people are so proud to live in a nation with brave men and women who are willing to put their lives at risk to ensure that the future of this country is safe, promising and free.
God Bless America!
Only a few days removed from the wonderful conclusion to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and it’s somewhat strange to comprehend just how glorious that one month-long tournament was and is when it’s playing out. For several weeks, fans and casual sports fans alike come together to cheer for their respective nations, as well as their favorite players and teams they admire from afar. Patriotism is on full-display with a seemingly incomparable pride in one’s country. Flags are waved and worn, colors are as bright as the faces of the goal scorers and the energy around the world for this unique sporting event is palpable.
So, where do we go from here?
That is one of the critical questions to ponder, especially when considering the optimism of people from all over the world during the biggest tournament of the world’s most popular sport. Why do we need to keep waiting for events like the World Cup to witness so many of the great things and relentless, upbeat spirits of men, women and children from all over the country and the globe? The intensity of this past World Cup (for example) seemed to even trump the passion of the 4th of July when compared to watching the U.S. matches this year.
How can we bottle this exuberance to endure beyond one single day or month?
If and how this question can be answered may hold the key to (finally) rejuvenate the United States to its necessary, new level of hope for the future.
One can dream.
Thankfully, this is the perfect place to do just that while wearing red, white and blue.
This long weekend is the time to celebrate all the greatness of being an American and living in the United States. The freedoms we have and the patriotism that is on display today and this weekend are spectacular. It’s the way that people show their pride in wearing the red, white and blue that brings a smile to any face.
Plus, who can forget the majesty of fireworks!
Happy Independence Day Everyone!