A Zero-to-“LeBron” Scale: How Badly Would Jacksonville Miss the Jaguars?

July 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Since Thursday and "The Decision" heard 'round the world, Jaguars fans in Jacksonville have been able to see the real devastation of a fan base on their television sets, in their newspapers, and through the outpour of reaction on the Internet.
This isn't like Wayne Weaver refusing to lift Sunday TV blackouts or media speculation that the Jaguars might be a prime candidate for relocation to Los Angeles. Despite the facts behind those phenomena, they only feel like threats.
For Cleveland, LeBron James' "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" might as well have been a gunshot. In anger and disbelief, Clevelanders took to the streets that night and tried their best to burn James out of their collective consciousness in fires kindled by his merchandise.
Almost immediately thereafter, an onslaught of venom against James was unleashed through the media, most of it in sympathy for that downtrodden sports town on Lake Erie's southern shore. You'd have thought they lost the team. T...

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