Thursday, July 8, 2010


It's probably just me, but the whole Lebron James mania strikes me as a rip off of a professional wrestling storyline. Please excuse me while I borrow terms and definitions from Wikipedia's pro wrestling glossary.

Right now, Lebron is a "face," the good guy.  He's setting up his turn to "heel," the bad guy by leaving his home town and announcing it on the "worldwide leader in sports."  The one hour ESPN special is "cheap heat" which occurs "when a wrestler (often a heel) incites a negative crowd reaction by insulting the crowd (by insulting the city or a local sports team) or by using a news event as part of his promo.

If Lebron does in fact go to Miami to play with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, he will create his own stable, "a group of wrestlers within a promotion who have a common element—friendships, either real or storyline, a common manager, or a common storyline—which puts them together as a unit."

Who says art doesn't imitate life?

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