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Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: World Cup, LeBron and a day with the cup

Posted July 13, 2014

Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.

I took a little time off from writing the Mitchell Report for the US Opens and some vacation. It's time to bring it back as we get ready for football next week. That's right...football next week!

World Cup

I am not at all a soccer fan. I don't watch the English Premier League and I don't know any of the rivalries. I had to look up what team Messi played for this morning. Like a lot of Americans, I just do not follow the sport. I was, however, a fan of the World Cup. I went into the tournament not planning to watch many matches and ended up pretty interested until the end. What happened to Brazil was just incredible and I find myself reading about what is happening there. I am also very interested in what Jurgen Klinsmann is doing here in the U.S. I think he's a guy who could create a winning program here. I am not saying I am a soccer fan now, but I will be paying more attention to the sport moving forward. I do not think I am the only one who feels this way and that's great for soccer in this country.

Going home

Allow me to rub it in when I tell you about where I was when LeBron announced his decision to return to Cleveland. I was on the beach. I tell you this to illustrate just how big a deal this really was. I knew the announcement could be coming down anytime Friday so I, like a nerd, kept checking twitter. I then, like a nerd, read the essay while sitting on the beach. Can you remember a single sports news item that had you so interested that you would check on it instead of having another cold one?  It just shows how big he is for the sport. That announcement changed the entire landscape of the NBA. I  tried thinking about if there is another free agent move that made as much impact as this one (outside of the last time LeBron moved). The best we could come up with was Reggie White to the Packers. If you have another one, please tell me. This was a truly historic sports moment and I can't wait to see what he does with the Cavs.

Don't miss this

I have often wondered what I would do if I got to spend the day with the Stanley Cup. Now I know. This is the best idea I've seen!

This man wrote a book about the running of the bulls and the bulls, apparently, did not enjoy the book.

Worth Your time

I am a sucker for a good story and this is REALLY good story. It's mostly in french, but TSN does give us subtitles. It is worth 13 minutes of your time to learn about a man who loves hockey, what he did in Quebec and the tragedy that killed him.

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  • mittnfriends Jul 16, 2014

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    Hahaha!!! You're the one lacking comprehension. I never said the ratings were from all the nations combined. Please show me where I said that.

    My point, which you obviously didn't comprehend, is that when the competition pits nation vs. nation it's only natural that more people are going to tune in; America is no exception. Even though America is not a soccer nation, we are a nation of "if it's the USA vs. anything, we're going to get our flags out and go nuts". Compare that to the competition being the city of Miami vs. the city of San Antonio.

  • Winchester-.308 Jul 15, 2014

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    Once again, you prove reading comprehension to be a challenge for you. I said, the World cup had more ratings IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!! That means, NOT THE WORLD! That means, MORE PEOPLE TUNED IN TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP THAN THE NBA FINALS IN AMERICA,THAN THE SAME AUDIENCE IN AMERICA THAT TUNED IN TO WATCH THE NBA FINALS. CAN YOU READ?
    DO YOU GET IT NOW? HELLLLLOOOOOOOOOOO, IS THERE ANYBODY IN THERE!

  • vt94hokies Jul 15, 2014

    Totally happy that LeBron is going back home to his "roots." This organization just topped one Billion after he signed.

  • Objective Scientist Jul 14, 2014

    I played a little soccer - purely recreationally. I could play "OK". But... there were MANY other sports I preferred playing. I watched no more than about 10 minutes of the World Cup. For me... watching soccer is typically 88-89 minutes of extreme BORDEM! Leaving less than 2 minutes of significant "action"!

  • 45HEELSFAN45 Jul 14, 2014

    I'm not going to miss the World Cup, but it was exciting. Lebron brought the drama but it wasn't no where near like the last time. Good thing for that.

  • mittnfriends Jul 14, 2014

    Why do you think the sports world, including the World Cup coverage, was put on hold just to speculate on where LeBron would be taking his talents this time? Why do you think news outlets correctly prepared for spikes in website traffic that occurred the day of LeBron's decision?

  • mittnfriends Jul 14, 2014

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    OH MY GOD! THE WORLD CUP HAD BETTER RATINGS THAN THE NBA FINALS!!! Maybe because it's nation vs. nation and not city vs. city? The World Cup is more about delusional people having a chance to wave a flag around than it is watching 90+ minutes of guys running around kicking a ball with minimal consequence.

    An average TV rating of 9+mil is nothing to scoff at either; especially when all but 1 player on one of the teams doesn't show up. You know what happens when a soccer team plays terrible? They're usually one kick away from tying or just end up in a 0-0 match.

    You think only a small amount of people care about LeBron? Why is it that they flocked to him and even held a press conference with him when he went to watch the World Cup final? Why do you think he was able to get over 9 million people to watch him announce he was going to play for the Heat whilst raising over $6mil for charity?

  • uBnice Jul 14, 2014

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    I agree. However, the maniacal love of sports is almost in our DNA. The Romans loved the gladiator games. The Greeks created the Olympic Games. "The Olympic Games were closely linked to the religious festivals of the cult of Zeus, but were not an integral part of a rite. Indeed, they had a secular character and aimed to show the physical qualities and evolution of the performances accomplished by young people, as well as encouraging good relations between the cities of Greece. According to specialists, the Olympic Games owed their purity and importance to religion."

    But sports generates commerce. Lebron James is estimated to be worth about one billion dollars to the Northeast Ohio economy.

    We are probably in the golden age of sports. Enjoy it with discretion.

  • Objective Scientist Jul 14, 2014

    RE: "Going home" - LeBron James. Just say the editorial cartoon in today's Durham Herald-Sun - this cartoon shows James as a "giant diety" up in the clouds and a line of "Cav" fans down on their knees with hands together as in praying proclaimins "HE has returned"! This cartoon aptly illustrated the manical "God-like" worshiping that some sports fans accord some athletes while supporting the also manical "riches" of multimillions paid to said athletes. James is - among athletes in his sport - a great player... the same could be said of a few others - in basketball and other sports. A former athlete myself, I enjoy watching a great athletic performance by anyone in any sport... but I have never "worshiped" any of them... and NEVER will!

  • uBnice Jul 14, 2014

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    I have the sneaky feeling that you did not care for this story. :-)

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