The Aluminum Anniversary

Well folks, it’s hard to believe, but we’re about to tip off our 10th season of Cavs: the Blog, tonight. This blog was started way back in 2008-2009 when John Krolik spun up this lowly site for the ESPN TrueHoop network. The oldest post on this site was January 7, 2009, but I believe that a form of it may have existed before we went to WordPress. Regardless, it’s our 10th season covering the Cavs, and in that time the Cavs have gone from championship contenders to, record setting losers, to eventual NBA champions, thanks to the presence (or absence) of LeBron James. And now we embark on a completely new chapter with a sense of excitement for the unknown that many of us haven’t had in a long time.

It’s been quite a ride, and we’ve been blessed to have you along for it. John Krolik published the following CtB manifesto almost 10 years ago, and we and the Cavs have done a damned fine job of living up to it.

In all seriousness, here are the goals for this here site, which I reserve the right not to meet:

-Recap every game possible (I have league pass, but I also have other responsibilities) in a comprehensive and enlightening manner-stuff you hopefully wouldn’t just get from reading an AP recap or a box score.

…892 recaps later, we’ve brought you the highs the lows, and everything in between, as we try to keep it funny and informative. I’d give us a passing grade on the ole manifesto. I’d like to thank the folks who’ve done recaps every game for 10 years: Ben Werth, Carson Zagger, CLF, Colin McGowan, Cory Hughey, David Wood, Elijah Kim, EvilGenius, Excl, John Krolik, Joshua Martin, Justin May, Kevin Hetrick, Mallory Factor, Mike Schreiner, Mitch Suchan, Patrick Redford, Robert Attenweiler, and Tom Pestak. I’m sure I’m leaving a couple folks out who have emailed in the last decade. Thank you all.

-More than just report pertinent news like injuries or trade rumors or struggles, but try and provide a perspective on them you won’t get anywhere else.

-Do our best to provide a subjective but fair spin on the team, somewhere in between major-network sterility (darn you, journalistic standards!), and knee-jerk reactionism (OMGGGGZ HOW COULD U NOT SAY THE CAVS AREN’T BETTER THAN THE JORDAN BULLS MAYBE U SHOULD STOP EAST COAST BIASING AND REALIZE THAT BOOBIE IS DA MAAAAAAN!)

(Sidebar: This is not to suggest that we do not believe Boobie is the man.)

We’ve done this from having Sam Meyer on podcasts to talk about Isaiah Thomas’ hip, to Ben Werth break down the (many) struggles of Jordan Clarkson, towards my takedowns of Kyrie Irving’s defense. And OMG have we broke down trades from fake trades to real trades, we’ve sucked the air out of the room on trades. Sure, sometimes we’ve reverted to knee-jerk reactionism, but only because the Cavs traded a knee-jerk for a hip-jerk.

Also, Boobie was the man. Until he wasn’t.

-Give you off-day stories that make you laugh, see something differently, provide you with argument fodder for your friends, and more than anything are just fun to read.

Gotta admit, we’ve struggled with this of late, but we’re trying. Still, we’ve been mostly on the ball during the season for 10 years, and we’ve tried to be funny and entertaining throughout. There’s been pieces I’ve been really proud of and pieces I cringe when I read. And there have been pieces that slayed me in the laugh department as recently as EvilGenius’ hilarious writeup of Tuesday’s podcast.

-To provide a community that can make you feel like you’re just outside of the Q even if you’re thousands of miles away.

If it’s your first time here. Welcome to our pleasant beach community. We even accept goldbrickers.

-To avoid using cliches, except when necessary, as it was with the last bullet point.

-To get a banner at some point in the future.

Totals: multiple banners; one ring; many many many clichés (we’ve even invented some). Every cliché was necessary. I swear.

-To make AWESOME CUSTOM T-SHIRTS THAT ARE CAVALIER INSIDE JOKES.

Hells to the yeah! Here are some tees! We even raised money for cancer with our first tee! Who’s up for a 10th anniversary tee!? Does the Boobie Gibson Shirt seem completely inappropriate now?

I’ve spent some time as a journalist. Journalism is great. But for this project here, I’m putting on my creative writing hat to bring you stuff you won’t see anywhere else, but more than anything this blog is written by someone who loves this game, loves this team, and knows them both like the back of his hand. Hopefully that’ll allow me to tell you some new information, but most of all I want all of us to have a great time. Stick around-it’ll be worth your time.

Sincerely,

John Krolik

Founder and Grand Viceroy, Cavaliers: The Blog

Thank you, John for setting our mission. And here’s to it continuing for many years to come, may we live up to the words in the final paragraph of your manifesto. There will be some changes around here in the coming month as we steer CtB into its second decade. You might have caught the pop-up window on the home page. We’re experimenting with ad-sponsored video, but we’d like your feedback on how it’s working out.

If you don’t mind it, please let it play for 10 seconds before you close it so we can start registering impressions and generate a little money towards the cost of the site. As we’ve said before, we don’t make anything on this labor of love, and have raised more for charity over the years than we ever raked in. If you have a change you’d like to see here, please let us know, and definitely let us know if there’s an article idea, site change, or podcast contribution you’d like to make.

Thank you everyone who has contributed to the almost 4000 pieces we’ve published, including the recappers I mentioned above, Ben, Carson, CLF, Colin, Cory, David, Eli, EvilGenius, Excl, John, Josh, JMay, Kevin, Mallory, Mike, Mitch, Patrick, Robert, and Tom. Also, thank you Ryan Braun, Arch Stanton, Phil Hubbard, and TheOtherJason for your pics and posts on the comment board; our only intern, Briana Contreras; Mark Cameron, Mark Neal, James Michael Kenny-Prentiss (who we hope will return safe soon), Dani Socher, Sam Meyer; TrueHoop founder, Henry Abbott, Kevin Arnovitz, RC Kim; Eli Kim for running our twitter, @CavsTheTweets; and Mallory Factor, the founder of Cavs: the Podcast. Thank you to all of our podcast guests, too! Thank you to Brian Windhorst who gave us our biggest story ever.

Let me issue a heartfelt thank you to our many long tenured commenters over the years (there are too many to name, and I’m too afraid I’d leave some out) at the end of tonight, there will have been over 278,000 comments since we started. I know I read every one since I started here. You make this the pleasant beach community it is.

Thank you to the Cavs and every player and coach we’ve had the pleasure of being entertained by for the last ten years There are too many to mention.

Most of all, thank you to our readers, who’ve put up with us turning into old men, and yet still read.

Finally, I’d like to thank my co-owners, EG, and Tom. The work you do here means a lot, but your friendship has meant so much more.

Feel free to share your favorite moments, disappointments, articles, and laughs. Here’s to 10 more years and more Cavalier banners at CtB. As always, go Cavs!

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Cory Hughey
Editor
30 days 15 hours ago

Appreciate the shout out. CTB was my only venue to talk Cavs in LA. It was the best of the Cavs blogs then, and still is.

JRL
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JRL
30 days 17 hours ago

I wasn’t aware of the video player providing you guys a stream of income, I’ll be sure to let it play.

EvilGenius
Admin
30 days 16 hours ago

It’s not much… but it’s enough to help offset the costs of site hosting and podcasting software…

ChrisKorvalier
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ChrisKorvalier
1 month 1 hour ago

Thanks to all of the contributors at Cavs The Blog. Best analysis I have seen for any sport.

Tom Pestak
Admin
1 month 4 hours ago

Thanks for writing this, Nate. I’ve got so many fond memories. Looking forward to our anniversary year, and I’ll take plenty of opportunities to go down memory lane.

While you’re doling out thank you to everyone, I want to thank you for your fidelity of will to this community. There was a time when you basically administered everything about this site but didn’t own it, and thus couldn’t make any (in some cases badly overdue) changes. Then we bought it from Krolik and since then you’ve made it incrementally better year after year while keeping with the original spirit. The Cavs have changed, the world has changed, the NBA has changed, the sports media has changed, and we have changed. We’ve had children, we’ve lost parents, we’ve undergone major life/career changes, we’ve started and ended long-term relationships. And CavsTheBlog remains. Here’s to the next 10 years!

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1 month 6 hours ago

Think the first post I ever read here was the one arguing that we should start big Z and Andy over Shaq and JJ Hickson. Haven’t really commented in the past 5+ year’s though lol.

Russell
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Russell
1 month 13 hours ago

I just want to say thank you!!!

Rob
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Rob
1 month 14 hours ago

Awesome. Thanks to all. Best place on the internet for thoughtful discussion on my favorite team.

Simmo
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Simmo
1 month 14 hours ago

I stumbled on this blog when I was living in Cleveland, a difficult time in which I was very isolated in an apartment with a newborn child. It has since become a part of my life and has helped me get through some more difficult times as our family has shuffled around the globe. Keep doing what you do!

HELL YES to an anniversary t-shirt. I was wondering when the next one was coming out.

I had initially been irritated by the pop-up video player, but if it’s bringing money to CtB I’ll let it play. Good to know.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
1 month 17 hours ago

Congratulations and many more! You guys do an amazing job.

On the having fun side, definitely one of the high points was the crash deconstruction of the Mozgov Brew Garden commercial.

JRL
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JRL
1 month 17 hours ago

Sucks not having Nance today. Hope Lue trusts Zz and plays him meaningful minutes.

JRL
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JRL
1 month 17 hours ago

Wow ten years.
Has it really been that long???

A lot has happened during that time, not only Cavs relate but personal, which this blog has really helped me get through.

Moments after winning Game7 my wife surprised me and told me were expecting our second child. Unfortunately, life had other plans and we had a miscarriage. That, along with the unexpected passing of my father two years ago has really changed the way I see life. Time is for positivity and enjoyment. Leave the negativity behind. I try to live that every day.

This blog is a daily escape for me. We readers are blessed to have amazing staff writers and incredibly smart commenters with great personalities. I don’t always agree with what everyone posts but it’s refreshing to have actual conversations as opposed to the more common hate-filled tirades as found in other sites.

Thanks for a great decade and for a future full of wonder. Go Cavs!!!

Tom Pestak
Admin
1 month 15 hours ago

JRL – thanks for sharing that. Give your wife a hug from all of us, and I’m sorry about your father. Glad CtB is a source of positivity in your life – and thanks for being a big part of CtB!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 month 18 hours ago

COUNT ME IN ON A 1OTH ANNIVERSARY SHIRT !!

Jason
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Jason
1 month 18 hours ago

So, about the game. LNJ & JR out for us. Only 12 senior roster players. Holland or Preston should be active.

Guess at our V: Hill, Hood, Cedi, Love, TT.
Bench: Sexton, Clarkson, Korver, Dekker, Zizic. Maybe Frye plays. I hope Nwaba does. I think Clarkson sitting is the only thing that changes his ways.

Raptors likely going small with Ibaka at the 5 & Leonard at the 4. Doubt they put Kawhi on Kev. TT needs to punish them. If he cannot, go with Zizic.

MikeO
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MikeO
1 month 17 hours ago

I was wondering who would be the starting 5 for the Raptors, RaptorsHQ thinks: Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, OG Anunoby, Jonas Valanciunas.

JRL
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JRL
1 month 17 hours ago

Toronto has a nice starting 5.

West coast cav
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West coast cav
1 month 18 hours ago

I stumbled upon the blog upon LBJs return, which seems like such a long time ago now. Living in LA I can’t tell you how much I appreciate being able to dig into a big slice of Cleveland on a regular basis. I love the quality of the writing and the quality of thought. In a world where we seem to have lost our civility I particularly appreciate the good hearted banter of everyone commenting. You’re all good people and it seems to have attracted good people. The blog is much more than a blog, you’ve created a community. When people ask me what I miss most about Cleveland I tell them the gyros at the grand central market… oh, and the people. The damn nicest people anywhere, and I’ve been around. Thanks everyone. “ Cleveland, this is for you!”

Jason
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Jason
1 month 18 hours ago

Great stuff and a tip of the hat to Krolik. He brought me here. You all have kept me here.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 19 hours ago

Holy crap Nate…. this was moving. I remember stumbling upon this site from the Cavs’ ESPN page because of a random article with a title that drew me in as in-depth analysis on the Cavs. You haven’t been able to get rid of me since LMAO. I’m honored and humbled to be even mentioned among the storied writers whose writing has graced this site. This site means a lot to me especially since it’s one of my best connections to Ohio since I move around a lot. Thanks to you, EG, and Tom (and everybody else!!!) for keeping this train going… looking forward to the future at CtB!!!

JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 19 hours ago
Hard to believe it has been ten years. Just want to say thanks, because this is by far the most insightful, humorous, and deep sports blog I have read. I don’t live in Ohio anymore and there are very few Ohio sports fans where I am now, so this blog really has been my outlet for quite some time. I will read other Cleveland blogs, but generally never post since the discourse often seems to be toxic. I think that is why this blog is special. Since the Krolik days, I feel like you guys have promoted a more intellectual and higher quality of analysis and discourse than the vast majority of other blogs. Due to that I think it has drawn a great community of readers and commenters who police themselves and generally remain civil and respectful relative to many other sites. I also think you guys and the community are some of the smartest sports fans around. Why I keep coming back and why, while I read other blogs, I only post comments here. Love the blog, the analysis, the podcast, the humor, and the community around it all. Here is to its continued growth and success. Keep… Read more »
JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 19 hours ago

God I know I am tired when I keep repeating the same lines throughout a post. Time to crash.

MikeO
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MikeO
1 month 19 hours ago

Tim Frazier claimed by Pels.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 18 hours ago

Damn.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 month 19 hours ago

LET ME SEE IF I COULD DO ANYTHING IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ——–I AM AN I.P.A. MAN MYSELF—-MAYBE A CHRISTMAS ALE———

MikeO
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MikeO
1 month 19 hours ago

You guys are awesome. Biggest laugh for me was Tom’s Gutterbot story…I listened to that at least five times, and I was dying. If anyone can post a link to the podcast featuring Gutterbot I will be very grateful.

Tom Pestak
Admin
1 month 17 hours ago

GUTTERBOT! Skip to 1 hour and 29 minutes: http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=41056

MikeO
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MikeO
1 month 10 hours ago

I don’t use the word ‘hero’ very often, Mr. Pestak…but you are the greatest hero in American history.

Tom Pestak
Admin
1 month 4 hours ago

Ok, putting you as a character reference on my resume!

EvilGenius
Admin
1 month 20 hours ago

Maybe we can get NOMAD to brew us a 10th Anniversary Cavs: The Beer to really celebrate with aluminum…

Though I’ve only been contributing for half of the decade… I wouldn’t trade being a part of this team for anything. Thanks Nate & Tom. Thanks all the C:tB contributors past and present. Thanks all of the commenters and readers. You all continue to be why we do this.

GO CAVS!

EG

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 month 21 hours ago

wWOW!!!—-CONGRATS ——FEEL PRIVELEGED / HONORED TO BE PART OF A GREAT BLOG—–MADE SO BY THE MANY GREAT CTB BLOGGERS ——–HERE IS TO THE NEXT 10 YRS —-( HOPE 1O YRS FROM NOW I AM STILL HERE TO OFFER CONGRATS —AGAIN ) : ) !!

Elijah Kim
Member
1 month 22 hours ago

Great post. We will always have the pinnacle of Cavs fandom in our history and I’m so proud we got to share it together.

Sometimes, I still listen to this podcast.

Episode 106: Jubilation… CAVS WIN!

Here’s to another great season and an even better year with this squad.

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