But sports, based on this blog, obviously, if one peruses the posts, remains in my heart. Along with rock music and to a lesser extent, at least in terms of posts, politics, it is what I know and for that I make no apologies.
So a perhaps softer heart, now, worn down or, acquired wisdom through the years. But also, I've always been a sentimental sort - even write in a different way, employing the personal pronoun 'I' much more than before -and because of that, naive as I may be, the LeBron James story - his return to Cleveland - is touching.
I know the details, I don't need to read anything else. This is what I feel.
Obviously I don't know the guy. He's in a realm financially I will never know. But he is at heart an Ohio kid and today he went home. He always returned there, during the summer, during his Miami Heat years. And now he is again likely home, permanently, in pursuit of the NBA title he came relatively close to winning for Cleveland when the Cavaliers advanced to the final in 2007 only to be swept by the class act Tim Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs.
Ironic, actually. James' Miam Heat just got schooled, 4-1, in the 2014 NBA finals by Duncan's Spurs.
I just like this story, on a pure human level. I don't care if James is perceived as a mercenary (yes, arguably) or what. Bottom line, he is a real person who has long since made peace with Cleveland. He feels at home in Ohio. He is back. He is arguably the NBA's best player for whatever remains of his physical peak. Whether he can take the Cavaliers to the summit remains to be seen but I wish him and the Cavs the best.
Read his piece in Sports Illustrated today and, again, call me naive but I believe him to be sincere.
In the end, arguably, given this is about sports/entertainment it is all BS and irrelevant. Likely is. Bread and circuses. I feel that way, often, about sports.
But I can't help but love this story of LeBron James, home again.