It seems as though a Cleveland meteorologist scooped the sports press in announcing this week that LeBron James would return to the Cavaliers four years after he left that city in a paroxysm of anger and denial in 2010 for Miami.
The credit for the scoop is going to a Sports Illustrated reporter named Lee Jenkins, who apparently did a tremendous amount of work to line up the actual announcement and James interview, which was released earlier Friday on the SI website.
But to anyone listening to the barely disguised scorn from ESPN Radio opinionaters early Thursday (as in: who is this guy to be making such a claim?), the scoop was already out there. Mark Johnson, a weatherman on a local television station, had Tweeted the following: Sources: “100 percent certain LeBron is coming back to Cleveland.”
How sweet! The weatherman got to sources (among them James himself?) that a veritable army of sports reporters covering this drama failed to reach.
And how fitting that ESPN, which brought the world that dreadful “The Decision” pre-packaged, over-produced and obscenely hyped special just about four years ago, was left speculating this time until the last minute, waiting for actual news to be made.
CORRECTION: The initial version said Johnson was a radio weatherman; he actually appears on WEWS television.