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Why Cavaliers fans should be optimistic

Tom Jackson • Jul 9, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I know that everyone is mad about ol' what's his name leaving Cleveland. But when I woke up this morning and thought about the latest Cleveland sports disappointment, I realized that in the long run, I remain optimistic about the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That's because I realized that we still have the one essential element for a winning professional sports team — a rich, egomaniac owner who will do what it takes to win.

Think about it. Who has been the essential person at the New York Yankees — players such as Reggie Jackson or Derek Jeter? Or the owner, George Steinbrenner? 

In Dan Gilbert, we have our very own George Steinbrenner, our local version of Mark Cuban, our Midwestern variation on Jerry Jones. Thank heavens, we finally have our very own crazy sports team owner in Cleveland, and Dan, if you're reading this, I mean it in a good way.

Take a look at Gilbert's ranting "open letter to fans," which I'm convinced comes from the pen of the man  himself and wasn't crafted for him by a PR staff, the one where he says, "I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only: DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue...."

I think he means every word.

And if you want to be soothed with a little bashing of you-know-who, check out this article from the Washington Post.

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