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Not gloating at all: Governor Kasich declares Mavericks ‘Honorary Ohioans’

Jun 13, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT


If it’s possible for an entire state to experience simultaneous schadenfruede, Ohio may just have done it. Today Governor John Kasich actually drafted a proclamation making the Dallas Mavericks ‘Honorary Ohioans,’ a thrilling honor unless you’re a member of a union, or live near the Perry Nuclear Plant. For those who say this was a waste of time and a mean-spirited move by Kascich, well, come on, he’s a politician. It’s pretty much in the job description to be childish and vindictive.

Has there ever been an instance where one city has emotionally adopted another due to hatred toward one athlete? If it has, it probably involved Boston or New York. Or Manchester, England.

Anyway, it was an all-night party in Cleveland following Game 6, as you’ll observe here.

By now you’ve probably seen the Twitter love note by Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert: “Congrats to Mark C.&entire Mavs org. Mavs NEVER stopped & now entire franchise gets rings. Old Lesson for all:There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.”

Then there was this quote:

“Just be careful when shipping the Miami Heat champs T-shirts to the poor in Guatemala,” quoted Avon, Ohio’s, Nathan Obral as saying. “They could be a choking hazard.”

Cavs fans go wild as the “Mavaliers” beat the Heat [19 Action News]
Governor Kasich: Mavericks are ‘Honorary Ohioans’ [CBS Sports]

  1. cleanslaton - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Make them honorary Ohioans and remove their status as Texans.

    Go Spurs.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    so when are you media types going to get over the fact that no matter how hard you try you are not going to make anyone change their minds on how they feel about the heat? as one of the many reveling in the fact they could not live up to their hype I see nothing wrong with enjoying any suffering lebron is feeling for choking yet again. they are the ones who celebrated before they played their first game together and made all their arrogant statements to the press. what we are not allowed to celebrate because you are not happy your lovefest with lebron and company did not turn out the way you wanted? to bad they lost now let the rest of enjoy it!

  3. rjsjr - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    And no one in Cincinnati cared.

  4. cygnusx3 - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Ironic after the same town that put up TCU billboards around Columbus.

  5. florida727 - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    You’d think a Governor (if it’s called a gubernatorial election, why don’t we ever elect a ‘gubernator’?) would have more important things to do than rehash old news. Here’s a hint, Mr. Governor: he’s gone and he ain’t coming back. Got it yet?

  6. lewp - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    I can’t tell you how many #cavsformavs tweets I saw on Twitter once it was established these two teams were playing in the finals.

    I’m a Mavs fan and I can tell you that the Great State of Ohio is like my ex-wife. You better not double cross her or she will make you pay, and pay dearly.

    Thanks for the support Ohio! You guys rock!

  7. artisan3m - Jun 14, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    I’m very proud of the Mavericks in that they are enjoying their crown without taking the media’s bait to comment on LeBron and Company. Maybe its because the Mav’s made their statements on the court and after the fact comments are unnecessary. At any rate, they have been humble champs and the character of the organization is truly on display.