No sooner had people started to raise eyebrows about supernova Johnny Football's (a.k.a.Manziel} off-the-field revelries than along came LeBron Basketball (a.k.a. James) to upstage him in the media. Unless you have been engaged in a life-and-death personal emergency the past few days, you will know that LeBron has decided to end his ties with the Miami Heat to pursue his claim as the NBA's greatest player for wherever it will take him - physically and financially..
For the moment at least, the sports crowd, particularly in northern Ohio, may find less distracting Johnny Football's' repeated weekend escapades that have shown him riding an inflated swan or swigging champagne from bottle to lips. As we've learned from our livelihood in LeBron's hometown of Akron, there isn't much on the planet that will distract the media from reporting his minute- by-minute existence.
Ever since he ceremoniously left the Cavaliers four years ago to take up with the Heat, LeBron has been the source of wistful yearning among the Cavs fans (even those who may have scorned him for leaving) that he would make a MacArthur-like return to bring an elusive championship to a Cleveland sports franchise.
Until LeBron's next move is determined, the scribes and broadcast commentators will drench themselves in speculation that could encourage the Plain Dealer to spread Terry Pluto over six full pages in a Sunday edition, building on the four that his voluminous sports profundity was given recently. (If you're looking for an excessive first in urban journalism, you need look no farther.)
As for Johnny Football, he may have to ask what a guy has to do to match LeBron's celebrity. For starters, he might play his first minute in an actual NFL game.