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Cavs: The Blog was founded by John Krolik in 2008 during the excitement and anxiety of the LeBron 1.0 era (or, the post Jiri Welsch era if you’re a masochist).  Tom Pestak joined as the “Links to the Present” aggregator in 2010.  Colin McGowan took over the editing duties after The Decision, and CtB has been evolving ever since.  We’ve covered the dark years, argued over the minutiae of Byron Scott’s rotations, survived the #SeasonOfHuh, and find ourselves documenting the LeBron 2.0 era.  The Cavs have undergone dramatic changes, and we’ve changed as well.

Cavs: The Blog is currently owned and operated by Tom Pestak, Nate Smith, and EvilGenius.  We’ve got a talented and eclectic group of writers spanning the globe.  Here you’ll find the most in-depth Cavs analysis in our audacious game recaps.  We boast an insightful, clever, and civil commentariat – the best you’ll ever come across.  Add your thoughts in real time via our Live Threads.

Nate Smith: Editor. Nate grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to NE Ohio in 2000. He adopted the Cavs in 2003 and graduated from Kent State in 2009 with a BA in English. He can be contacted at oldseaminer@gmail.com or @oldseaminer on Twitter.

Evil Genius: Editor. E.G. is a displaced but long-suffering Cleveland sports fan who resides in Los Angeles where he occasionally produces feature films to fund his addiction to blogging and commenting on Cavalier live threads. He can be reached at evilgenius_ctb@yahoo.com, or on Twitter @ElusiveGin, or in pretty much any comments section at any time of day…

Tom Pestak: Editor. Tom’s from the west side of Cleveland and currently lives in SouthWest Ohio, a proud graduate of Wright State University (along with Vitaly Potapenko). For years he spent an hour in studio with ESPN Dayton’s Mark Neal, covering the NBA. You can hear Tom on most Podcasts complaining about kids these days while he plays Rocket League in the background. You can watch his fanaticism during Cavs games @tompestak, and often in the live threads.

Benjamin Werth: Staff Writer. Ben was born in Cleveland and raised in Mentor, OH. He now lives in Germany where he is an opera singer and actor. He can be reached at blfwerth@gmail.com.

Cory Hughey: Staff Writer. Cory grew up in Youngstown, the Gary, Indiana of Ohio. He graduated from Youngstown State in 2008 with a worthless telecommunications degree. He can be contacted at theleperfromwatts@yahoo.com or @coryhughey on Twitter.

David Wood: Staff Writer.  David is a 2012 Graduate of Syracuse University with an English degree who loves bikes, beer, basketball, writing, and Rimbaud. He can be reached on Twitter: @nothingwood.

Justin May: Justin grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University and Youngstown State University. He loves Cleveland sports, cooking good food, and anything nerdy. You can contact him on Twitter @jwmay612.

Mike Schreiner is a Staff Writer. He grew up on the west side of the Greater Cleveland Area and still resides there with his family. A graduate of Wilmington College and Ohio Dominican University, you can follow Mike’s thoughts on the Cavs on Twitter @Mike_CTBIPL.

Elijah Kim manages @CavsTheTweets. He grew up in many places like South Korea, Arkansas, and Florida before settling in Ohio. He’s a frequent visitor at the Q and graduate of Wake Forest University. You can reach Elijah via Twitter @Big_EZK.

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  2. Hi,
    First off, a hello to Ben Werth whom I grew up with in the Suburban confines of Mentor, Ohio. I saw your name on here and remembered that my sister Missy (Flaherty) told me you were in-deep with the Cavs way back in 2009.

    So, I have an idea that I’ve been kicking around since, oh… probably the loss to Sacramento (even though any Cavs’ fan should expect that on an annual basis). I think we need to send Danny Boy a message.

    Yes, he brought a championship to our great maligned city, blah, blah, blah. But this guy is, it goes without saying, filthy rich, and every last act of philanthropy he does always contains in it the seeds for future riches. I work in Detroit, for example, where there used to be huge billboards with kids looking pensively with thought bubbles proclaiming “I am the next Dan Gilbert.” While the portion of the Detroit where Dan Gilbert has left his greatest mark– where his buildings and casinos stand tall and glimmer– there is the corporate media narrative of a Detroit “comeback.” And yet, when you talk to people who actually live in Detroit– who make their home and have survived generations in Detroit– they are experiencing greater hardship than ever.

    Essentially, Dan Gilbert is a genius of gentrification.

    Now, here’s why I’m actually writing: I was thinking about trying to see how many potential game-goers to Wednesday night’s game against Minnesota to wage a sort of protest. Maybe this would mean season ticket-holders not going to the game? Maybe this would mean no fans entering the game until after tip-off? Maybe this would mean no one buying any concessions at the game?

    The message would be something like “Quicken a trade, GM Dan”. Or “We are paying for your mess, Dan!” or “The future is now, Dan.” “You’ve turned our contender into a pretender, Dan”

    I am writing to you guys because I know that there are hard-core Cavs’ fans who read your site. I imagine some of these folks attend the games, so I’m hoping the message could get to them and maybe spread.

    Let me know what you think…

  3. Happy Easter! Big fan of your work! I am reaching out because John Graph and I created the artwork that Lebron posted for his Zero Dark post and we would love to do an interview about it with your site.

    Check out our social for verification @elliotgerard and @graphatik

    Please let us know if you are interested.

    Thanks,
    Elliot

  4. I am hoping that this makes it into your hands or into the hands of someone that can hear me. I am very hurt and upset by how I was treated at a recent game. I attended on Feb 11th, Cavs vs Nuggets. I purchased my tickets off of Flash seats as a surprise to my two daughters that have never attended a Cavs game before. I bought tickets 13 rows behind the bench in section 128. As I stated my daughters (14 & 10) have never been to a game and I wanted them to have the most memorable experience they could. As a single mother I wanted to make their Valentine’s weekend the best it could be. I then also purchased a night at the Schoffield hotel so we could make a whole weekend out of it. I was then called by Austin Cook, who works for the Cavs Wine and Gold membership program. He then invited my daughters and I to a reception before the game. I felt so privileged to have been asked. I told my boyfriend about it and as a Cavs season ticket holder for multiple years he said the girls and I would love it. He told me to get him on the phone when they talked to me about the tickets this year because he and I were going to buy. We arrived being the second people there, a nice woman took my name and said someone would be around shortly to help us. The girls and I got our food and sat down. I saw families being taken around on tours around the penthouse and we anxiously awaited our turn. 20 minutes passed and I looked around to see if I could make eye contact with someone to come over to our table. There were multiple representatives there and when I would make eye contact with them they would look away from me. I kept looking to see if other families were talking to people and they were. I then after 45 minutes tried to get someone’s attention and again they would look away from me. I started to feel like this was an attack against me. Then we got to here the speaker talk about what was in store for the next year. At the end of the presentation I waited another 15 minutes thinking someone has to say something to me, and no one did. By this time it is 7:10, tip off is in 20 and I want my kids to see the Cavs enter in. I felt so hurt, under valued, unimportant, not worthy and discriminated. Had I been a man, or a couple I am certain someone would have come up to me at some point, at least to say hi. I was fighting back the tears as my kids asked why no one talked to us or took us on a tour. I didn’t want my two young impressionable daughters to feel the same way I did or look at this experience as anything less than great. I wiped the tears discreetly from my eyes and told my girls it was time to go. We enjoyed the game, we won and my girls had a great time despite not realizing what we just missed out on. I called first thing Monday and spoke with Austin and said I expected a call from his supervisor. He told me they would call me later that day. I did not receive a call until the following day from a man named Grant. He told me that I wasn’t going to like what he had to say. He then said that it appears that Austin had a lot of people show up and didn’t get time to come to me. He also said that they are commission based and nobody else probably wanted to talk to me. Now, I am a sales manager, and I have quotas along with my sales staff. However, we are a team and we represent a company and an image. I will never let my company miss out on an opportunity to make a sale because I won’t make the money. I also want to portray the best face I can to clients so they come back and leave feeling better than they came. There is a saying I’m sure you’re familiar with, “people may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel” I love by that motto and I treat everybody with the same respect and treatment that I would only wish to receive myself. Had I been a worker there and I saw someone trying to make eye contact, clearly looking for something I would have walked over, introduced myself and said “hello, my name is jenn. Have you been helped yet? Here is my card in case you think of any questions later or cNt get ahold of…. I will go get your representative for you and in the meantime can I get you a drink or anything else”. I am very aware that season tickets are selling themselves with the phenomenal time we have here. However the people representing the franchise and the membership program are less than desirable. If I am going to put my disposable income in something I want it to be something that I believe in, that I feel welcome and treated with respect and equality. I was offered 4 tickets to a monsters game and a poor excuse for that evening. As yes, I do appreciate the hockey game tickets, I was not looking for a handout. I would love a sincere apology, I would like that fact that I missed out on an earlier date to buy into the tickets to be accounted for. I would like for my opportunity to have been treated in a way where I felt like the most important person at that moment to the Cavs. Because isn’t that what we all want out of something like a membership of the best NBA team in the league, a moment where you feel you are part of it all. I do not like to complain, but this weighed heavy on my heart. Like I stated I am a single mom, I work hard and I want to show my kids the best of everything that I can. I am really disappointed in my experience and lack of the Cavs wine and gold team. I hope this makes it to you and things can change moving forward, I would hate for anyone to leave feeling as I do. It has been a huge disappointment. Thank you for your time and I hope you find this as an excellent teaching experience.

  5. The city of Cleveland has been referred to as “the mistake by the lake”, for some time now because of their sports teams. Most of the past teams that played in Cleveland just didn’t cut it, they were good but not on a championship level. With a few rare exceptions like the 1948 Cleveland Indians who won a championship. Also Jim Brown and the Browns winning 4 Championship between 1950 – 1964. Besides these victories Cleveland hasn’t produced any championship teams in over 50 years, though their fans have been cheering them on even when the teams and/or players got up and left town. Well today is a new day for Cleveland, with more potential than ever to be recognized as a great city.
    The Cleveland Cavs lead the way on their championship quest, with the superstar line up of the “BIG 3” LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and an all-star supporting cast. This is the second year in a row that the Cavs have made it to the finals, it won’t be the last. LeBron and the Cavs lost to the Warriors last year, even though two of the big three were injured. The results of the Cavs winning a ring this year could reestablish the city of Cleveland’s once great reputation. Also since the Cavalier’s fans are all in, the whole city will be a part of this championship with them.
    During the late 1800’s the city of Cleveland was considered to be an important industrial city in the nation. John D. Rockefeller started his standard oil company and Samuel Mather began steel productions. In 1901 Cleveland got its first national baseball team the “Blues”, who later in 1915 changed their name to the Indians. Cleveland also played an important role in the nations politics with Republican Party National Conventions being held in 1924, 1936. The city was on the rise, though due to The Great Depression by 1933, 1/3 of Cleveland’s workers were unemployed for at least four months out of the year. After rebuilding from the depression The Cleveland Browns we’re formed in 1946, They won four championships but that was before the super bowl was implemented. Then thanks to the team’s owner Art Modell in 1995 the Browns were moved to Baltimore and renamed the Ravens. Leaving the Browns fans in an uproar and without a football team until 1999. In 1969 the Cuyahoga River caught fire from an oil slick, this may be another reason the city was named “the mistake by the lake”. One year later in 1970 Cleveland was awarded its very own basketball team the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    The Cavs have always been a good team, with great basketball players like Austin Carr and Bingo Smith they became the central division champion’s in 1976. Also from 1986 – 1992, with help from veterans Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance the Cavs made eight play-off appearances in nine consecutive years. Cleveland had a rough decade after that, although they made regular play – off appearances they weren’t able to make It out the first round. The Cleveland Cavs never had a defining leader, until they drafted high school sensation LeBron James in 2003. Under the leadership of LeBron James, the Cavs made their first finale’s appearance in 2007 making history. Though they lost to the spurs it was the spark that gave the city hope, that and a promise from LeBron to win the city a championship. Sadly, three years later in 2010 LeBron announced to the world that he would be taking his talents to south beach Miami, where he later went on to win two championships.
    Cavaliers fans were livid and devastated when LeBron decided to leave Cleveland. There was a dark cloud of smoke over the city that day, from the burning of LBJ’s Jerseys. The team struggled to rebuild, so in 2011 they drafted rookies Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. In 2012 Kyrie was named rookie of the year and Tristan was named to the NBA all-rookie second team, a worthy accomplishment that established them as the new faces of the team. Cleveland continued to have bad seasons year after year, which earned them first round draft picks. One would think they lost on purpose, but they continued to acquire and trade rookies until 2014 when a creation of greatness was formed. After four long years of losing, the Cavs fans started to have mercy on LeBron James for leaving them, some even wrote to him to comeback. Thanks to the power of persuasion, LeBron decided to return to play alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to form the Big three. Upon his return The Cavaliers have had back to back trips to the finals, this has to be the year for the Cavaliers to win a championship or the spirit of the Cavs and the fans that support them could be broken.
    In conclusion are Cleveland sports teams cursed? If that’s the case, in 2016 let the curse be broken. People make mistakes and bad things happen but the city of Cleveland is not a mistake. Cleveland is a tough place with tough people and even tougher sports fans, who’ve been through the highs and lows with their hometown teams. Cleveland a city that has endured through bankruptcies and burning rivers. A city whose fans have patiently waited and prayed for this moment, victory is not only promised but is destined to them. The Cavaliers winning a Championship is bigger than basketball, it sets the tone for greatness in the city. The true Cavs fan believe in their team and are on board to have the whole state of Ohio all in. 2016 is a defining year for Cleveland Ohio with the return of the republican party national convention, and The Cavs returning to the finales. The time is now winning this championship would resurrect the city of Cleveland, giving life and inspiration to all with-in” Believe – land”.

  6. Hey, guys. I’m a long-time reader (as in, from the beginning, with John) and an intermittent commenter (hotpantsbreakdown). I’m also an Akron-born Cavs fan transplanted to the Bay Area. I was thinking last night, as the Warriors tied the Bulls record, and all all my friends here were going crazy, that I’m stuck with some complicated feelings. If the Cavs end up in the Finals against the Dubs, I’d like to write a piece that gives some perspective on what this Warriors team means locally, but from the perspective of a life-long Cavs fan. To be clear, I have secretly wanted this Warriors team to come up short, because it overshadows the great story of Lebron’s return. I have fantasies of Kyrie and Kevin figuring out their roles and humbling these smug champions. At the same time, I have had a weird closeness with my adopted team ever since the Baron Davis “We Believe” year. I’ve also been a fan of Steph since Davidson (my brother went there shortly before him). If you guys would like a guest piece, or want to know more about what I imagine, let me know. Thanks for reading.

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