More awesome news!
I’ve joined the staff over at SB Nation’s Cleveland Cavaliers blog, Fear the Sword! It’s everything you loved about my writing here at Throw the Hammer Down, but with the backing of one of the largest sports media companies around.
Go check it out! NOW!
You want CavsZine2? Of course you do. Here's how to get your hands on a copy. -
I guess you could also befriend me and I’d let you read my copy, but I’d want it back. Come on, there’s only 300, it’s a Collector’s Item.
BACK FROM THE GRAVE WITH SOME AWESOME NEWS!
Cleveland Jackson, the man behind Chris Grantland, has assembled a super team of writers to bring you the greatest piece of Cavaliers memorabilia ever assembled, CAVS ZINE #2
What exactly is Cavs Zine #2? Easily, it’s simply the single most complete bible of Cavaliers fanship ever assembled. Seriously, look at this lineup of writers:
And me! And I get to write about my two greatest loves, the Cavaliers and sandwiches! And it comes with a Michael Stanley flexi disc! Yeah, it’s fucking awesome! And it’s limited to only 300 copies!
How do you get one? Good question. Details will be unveiled soon. I’ll have to come back from the grave one last time to announce how they can get them.
You can also follow me on Twitter at @AngeloCLE. You’ll find that info, as well as everything I’ve been working on post-Throw the Hammer Down there as well
I Go Hard Now: All That is Necessary for Evil to Triumph -
I made my I Go Hard Now debut today with a piece that’s been getting a fair bit of feedback and attention about the whole ESPN/Syracuse University sex abuse cover-up. I’m pretty proud of this piece, so it’d be much appreciated if you guys went over and checked out my new gig. I think you’ll like it.
Back when I started Throw the Hammer Down in February I really had no idea what I wanted it to be. I had found myself writing a lot about the Cavaliers, mostly inspired by the black eye that LeBron left Cleveland on his way out, and decided to branch out and actually try to make this whole basketball writing thing work. And it did. Over time, I brought on some great people to help out (thank yous are below) and got a pretty decent little readership together. And I appreciate all of it. I really did.
Today I was offered and accepted an opportunity to write for I Go Hard Now. I’ve been following the I Go Hard Now guys on Twitter for a while and have been having a blast talking Cavs, making fun of Samardo Samuels, ripping apart The Walking Dead and discussing seasonal Chipotle burritos, so I’m absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to join the team and work with these guys. I’ve been spending this lockout thinking up ideas for pieces to write once the season finally starts back up and I know it’s going to be incredibly fun working on those pieces with those guys.
Unfortunately, that kinda means the end of this little blog here. While I’m sad to see it go, I am pretty pumped for what lies ahead at I Go Hard Now.
Before I close this thing down for good, I do need to thank a few people.
thesecitywalls has been with me from day one here and was the first person I reached out to for help starting this off. She’s been nothing but awesome, constantly finding the best game photos for each game (yes, even the 50+ point Lakers blowout) and providing a constant source of updates and content. Not going to lie, I’m kinda sad to be shutting this down because of how great she’s been, but you all should go follow her ASAP. I couldn’t have kept this thing going without you, so again, thanks so much for all the time and effort.
ignescent designed the awesome, and I do mean awesome, logo for the site and was also the first follower way back when we first launched. I can’t stress how happy I was when I first opened your email with the design you came up. Again, you all should go follow her ASAP.
And of course, I have to thank the I Go Hard Now guys for giving me the opportunity to write for them. There are, in no particular order:
And of course, I’ll be keeping my personal Tumblr (which I may finally use for something now) so you can keep up with me there or at my new Twitter handle, @AngeloCLE.
Thanks again to everyone who helped and read along the way. It’s been awesome and hope to see you all over at I Go Hard Now in the future.
The mystery at the core of sports lies in the lives of its fans. What stokes all that unrequited fire and devotion and wanting? In a world rotten with mercenaries, free agents and betrayal, whom do we trust? Who rewards our purity? Our passion? Who reciprocates our madness? What price do we pay for loyalty or honor? For inspiration? For services rendered? How much cash should we leave on the nightstand?
No matter what you’ve heard or read, these are the questions at the broken heart of Scott Raab’s memoir and confessional, “The Whore of Akron.”
Mr. Raab, a senior writer from Esquire and a Clevelander to his chromosomes, takes up that city’s sad abandonment by one LeBron James. The book is both poem and polemic, a lyrical inventory of rage and appetite and loss.
The book is easily misunderstood. It is not for the prim, the delicate or the weak-livered. Because the book is honest. The book is strong drink. Because profane explains sacred, the book is a punch in the nose.
Because the book is a book about love. —
ESPN columnist Jeff MacGregor on Scott Raab’s “The Whore of Akron” (via wfny)
Side Note: I’m shocked an ESPN review actually got the point of the book and didn’t get wrapped up in typical ESPN bullshit.
And there goes the 2011-2012 NBA Season
The NBPA today voted down the owner’s latest proposal, pushed to disband the union and are now headed to court to sue the NBA. What does that mean? Basketball won’t be back until October of 2012, if we’re lucky.
This is normally where I’d say something clever or witty, but fuck this…