Last year this time, I was feeling very meh and bleh and was gnawing on my fingers listening to the Cavs games on the radio, hoping so much for a championship win for my adopted city. That wasn't to be, and we generally all thought it was going to go that way, this time around. I felt a little torn (just a tiny bit) because of my dad's great love for Curry, but... well... COME ON. This is LeBron country, and even for a sports dummy like myself, it was clear from the beginning that his return was a big deal, even as some cynical poopsplats on Facebook were obnoxious about LeBron's return. I am not a cynic. I thought, and think, it was and is wonderful. There are times when being a human is AMAZING. And this is one of them.
Watching the game en masse last night, shifting from foot to foot, clutching my face, my hair, hanging on until the last minute with those epic last plays, and then SCREAMING MYSELF HOARSE while everyone went BATCRAP INSANE with joy and rapture, was something I wanted REALLY badly for CLE but could not confidently assume I (and it) would get. Not because I'm a doubter. But because we were still a little underdog-y. And because last year. And because sports. That's part of what made it so amazing - this was no dud game.
And driving home, inching along in traffic, was magical. People hanging out of their cars, yellingscreaming, honking their horns, going nuts with total strangers, making a ruckus deep into the night - I can't imagine anything cooler, or more incredible, for Cleveland.
I'm just super-pumped, and super-grateful, I've been here to experience it. No matter where I end up, be it here or elsewhere, this place is an ultra-important part of my life, and heart. I love it. So I'm rejoicing with it. BECAUSE OMG. WE WON. WE WON!!!!!