There's another important American anniversary to celebrate this week, and one that we should all be congratulated for enduring together: a year ago this Friday, July 8, LeBron James settled into a director's chair at a Greenwich Boys & Girls Club and told Jim Gray about biting his fingernails. He also announced that he would take his talents to South Beach for the 2010-2011 season.
Thanks to Those Guys Have All The Fun, we've learned a few things about The Decision in the past few months. Namely, we've learned that Jim Gray will boldly and proudly take responsibility for the orgy of self-interest it turned out to be ("I worked for this. I created this. I came up with the concept"). Last week, though, a few new miserable characters emerged when Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe spoke to some of the formerly anonymous humans who worked behind-the-scenes to make it all happen. It turns out that they, too, are bold and proud and also lack even a fragment of self-awareness. And strangely enough, they all want credit for ESPN's train wreck.