In the immediate aftermath of the Cavaliers’ historic Game 7 NBA Finals victory, Marla Ridenour (pictured), who has been covering Cleveland professional sports since 1981 and has been with the Akron Beacon Journal since 1999, let the words flow. Beautifully.
Here is the beginning of her article, headlined “LeBron James Delivers Tears of Joy:”
I will cry for LeBron James, that “just a kid from Akron” who accepted the daunting challenge of ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought and was able to deliver.
I will cry for Earnest Byner and Carl Hairston, for Brian Sipe and Bob Golic. For Omar Vizquel and Mike Hargrove and Charles Nagy and, gulp, even Jose Mesa. For Craig Ehlo and Jim Chones and Mark Price, even though none of them know me.
Ridenour went on to write that she hoped to be able to hold back her tears until she arrived back home in Ohio. Reached this afternoon via email by FishbowlNY, the journalist – still not home – said she now expects the tears will probably come during Wednesday’s victory parade. An event Ridenour had almost resigned herself to believe would never be possible.
In the column, there’s also an archived Facebook Live video conversation taped post-game at Oracle Arena with colleague Jason Lloyd, the Journal’s Cavaliers beat writer. The latter reveals that the team constructed a special 16-piece puzzle that various Cavaliers each got to gradually add to as the post-season progressed. Watch that conversation here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cavaliers Live Up to Their Contest-Winning Name
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