I don’t follow basketball. It’s fun to play, boring to watch. Roughly 40 years ago, my father told me that watching anything more than the last four minutes of a basketball games was a waste of time. (I eventually concluded that the last four minutes fell into that same category.)
Lately, however, I’ve taken up the hobby known in some parts as Heat-hating.
And while watching on DVR Thursday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, Dan pointed out this two-pack of tweets from LeBron’s Twitter page: “Watching [SportsCenter] and Trent Dilfer is talking bad on how Peyton Manning is playing as of late! In his wildest dream [Dilfer] could never do the things Peyton does on the field. Good or bad! People get on TV and think they can say whatever they want! And it’s always former players! Crazy!!”
First, we’d like to congratulate LeBron on temporarily leaving his cocoon of enablers and sycophants. Second, we’d like to invite him to shut up.
Dilfer is now an analyst. Whether Manning is a better player than Dilfer was is irrelevant to the analysis of Manning’s current struggles.
Then again, a guy who is constantly surrounded by enablers and sycophants likely can’t grasp the concept of criticism, constructive or otherwise.
Meanwhile, and as executive producer Paul Pabst of The Dan Patrick Show pointed out, Dilfer has won as many championships as Manning, and they’ve both won one more than LeBron.
Still, we sense that our friends in Northeast Ohio are conflicted by this specific situation. On one hand, they hate LeBron. On the other hand, they hate the team with which Dilfer won his ring — the Baltimore Ravens f/k/a the Cleveland Browns.