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On Pizzas and Crybabies

Lingering Wizardly depression and major Blog Show responsibilities prevented me from working yesterday, thus depriving me of a golden chance to make fun of Clevelanders.

(Watch Blog Show, today between 5 and 6 on Comcast SportsNet's Washington Post Live, featuring a guest appearance from important blogger Chris Cooley. Yeah, unlike Costas Now, we choose blogging guests who actually have blogs.)

In the ensuing 24 hours, the "D.C. made cry baby t-shirts so we're gonna act like cry babies!!!!" story line seems to have run its course, meaning the responsible course of action would be a dose of maturity, a wry smile and a decision to move beyond this tired D.C.-vs.-Cleveland story line and skip right over the pizza tales.

Ha! So anyhow, here's what we know: in one of our cities, the mere sight of a t-shirt poking fun at a King is enough to cause histrionics, including but not limited to "Boycott This Pizza Chain" Web sites, Facebook groups, formal apologies, 23-cent pizza deals, round-the-clock news coverage, and an outraged local TV segment featuring outraged local citizens (see below). In the other city, sports fans get over their tough losses by eating gourmet food and watching the wives of professional basketball players walk around while covered in chocolate. Obviously, I've made my choice.

(But seriously, why don't we get 23-cent pizzas? Because Cleveland cried louder? This would appear to be obvious pro-Cleveland bias. I'm calling for a boycott. In fact, I'm calling for Wizards fans to take over the Cleveland-based Papa John's boycott site, since Clevelanders no longer have a need for it. I just signed up.)

(Can I also point out that, when the AP story on this serious incident reports that this all dates to Brendan Haywood calling LeBron a crybaby, the AP is perhaps right in tone if not specifics. Haywood never actually used the phrase "crybaby," so far as I can tell, although history will now level him with this charge. The new site CrybabyLeBronJames, on the other hand, does seem to use that phrase.)

Incidentally, I think Papa John's should work both sides of this aisle, sucking up to Clevelanders while attempting to satisfy the burgeoning underground market in Crybaby 23 t-shirts.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
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Posted by: prophet | May 6, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

haha we need more sites like that.

Posted by: Crybaby Lebron | May 6, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the situation wasn't reversed. Then maybe we would've gotten pizzas for Gilbert Arenas' jersey number.

Posted by: Zach | May 6, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have an idea where I can get one of those shirts?

Posted by: TG | May 6, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

that's bs. I'm never eating papa johns pizza because of what their press statement said. "At Papa John's, we're huge fans of Cleveland, the Cavs and LeBron James," said the company statement. "Everyone wins, and we wish the same for the Cavs and LeBron through the playoffs."

Then they turn around and give them 23 cent pizzas. I'm not eating at papa johns for a while and infact I'm writing a formal complaint.

Posted by: horsesht | May 6, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

You don't get 23 cent pizzas because you lost. Did you get to go out for ice cream after getting your butt kicked in little league? Same rule applies here.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I want that shirt so bad

Posted by: ddwiz | May 6, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I also vow to boycott PJ's for now. The VC ushers ran out of the free pizza coupon after Game 6 after a legitimate commoner made a three pointer. I was going to complain, but my heart wasn't into it.

Posted by: greg | May 6, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

sooooooooo where can I get that shirt????

Posted by: horsesht | May 6, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Reporter: "And as far as LeBron James being a crybaby?"
Cleveland Guy: "He represents Cleveland very well."

Posted by: sitruc | May 7, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

He Sucks. Made me work Hard. i didnt even get a shirt send me some of them shirts. BIG CRYBAY!!!! suck on the bottle some more clevland Calvs Suck.

Posted by: Papa Johns Employee | May 9, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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