Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)
As we begin this weeks Free for All Friday, one of the common phrases that I have heard in my lifetime is that all good things must come to an end, but I didn't expect it to end that quickly. On Wednesday night, I received a call from my brother, Matthew "Shooter" Ashcraft, who asked me a question that was out of the ordinary for him. "Hey Curt, are the Cavs really beating the hell out the Miami Heat right now?" Truth of the matter was that I wasn't quite sure. So I checked it out. With roughly 6 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers were stomping on Lebron James and the Miami Heat by 27 points. As a Cavs fan, I was starting to sense a little bit of hope. Not for the terrible record this season, or even for the countless injuries that star-guard Kyrie Irving has endured. A huge ass-kicking of the Miami Heat on that one night would've shown that even though things have sucked in Cleveland ever since Lebron left, everything will eventually be ok. A silver lining, if I may. It may not be roses and rainbows, but life would still go on and be okie dokie. Just as quick as the hope appeared, it started to crumble. The Heat finally turned it on and Lebron James made it a welcome home party as they closed the gap and eventually beat Cleveland 98-95. They also extended their winning streak to 24 games...go figure. The Heat winning doesn't bother me, but what does is how it happened. THE CAVS HAD A FREAKING 27-POINT LEAD!! I understand that the Heat outmatch the Cavaliers in every aspect of the game, but when you have a lead like that, you'd think that a flippin' professional basketball team could hold onto it. Especially in the second half! Hell, give me a 27-second head start in a race and I would probably still win (especially if there is a hotdog at the end...I love hotdogs). It is down right pathetic that you had hope and relief for the last 3 years of agony at your finger tips, and you let it all slip away! It simply amazes me, but then again, it doesn't because that is the basic Cleveland sports style. Build the fans expectations up, and then crush them like a bug. Best comparison that I can think of is when a girl leads you on and makes you think that she will date you, then she drops a bomb on you saying that she just wants to be friends. Yes, the Cavaliers are a mean and selfish girl, and you know what, you can keep your stupid friendship. Losing that game showed that the Cavs have yet to move on from Lebron leaving. Folks, IT HAS BEEN 3 DAMN YEARS! MOVE ON! He is gone, and whether you believe the rumors that he will be coming back at the end of his contract or not, he isn't wearing the wine & gold anymore. Deal with it. Now, I dont even blame the man for leaving Cleveland. If this is what he saw on the horizon without him, he made the smartest decision EVER! I am and will always be a huge Cavs fan, but after that pathetic performance in the final 18 minutes of the game, I am almost embarrassed to call myself a Cavaliers fan. So as I step off of my high horse, I know that some of what I said is a little much, but I will not apologize. I have learned to take off my rose-tinted glasses and view sports from a non-biased angle. Whether you like it or not, too bad. I do believe that the Cavaliers will be just fine with rising stars Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson for the future, but Wednesday's demise showed me the worst thing of all. They have yet to move on. In closing, go home Cleveland, you're drunk.