We recently pointed out that we’d love to see Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert buy the Browns. Even more, we would have loved to see George Steinbrenner at the helm of an NFL franchise.
Steinbrenner reportedly died today after suffering a heart attack.
In our off-topic look at the LeBron fiasco, we also included a reference to Steinbrenner’s first appearance (in name only) on Seinfeld, when an opposite-acting George Constanza lands a job with the Yankees after accusing Steinbrenner of making moves “for the glorification of your massive ego.” (The link includes video of Steinbrenner talking about his decision to permit the show to use his name.)
Via Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, Dolphins V.P. of media relations Harvey Greene previously offered up a gem of a quote regarding his time as Yankees director of media relations in the late 1980s. “The phone would ring in the middle of the night, and you knew it was either Mr. Steinbrenner or a death in the family. After a while, you started to root for a death in the family.”
Baseball, and all of sports, has suffered a death in the family with the passing of George Steinbrenner, who despite his warts and flaws landed on the short list of immediately-recognizable names in our entire American culture.