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Cleveland is now the center of the sporting universe

Cleveland is at the center of the sports universe.

Can it really be?

When you're talking Johnny Manziel and LeBron James, two of the biggest things going in sports, and they're both with Cleveland teams, then, yes, it is really happening.

LeBron is the face of the NBA, and his Decision II, which Cleveland into a state of joy, is worthy of all the hype surrounding him.

Say what you want about his leadership traits or the ability to win championships, he's the best player in the NBA.

So when the best player in the league leaves the team he helped win two titles, it's big news. When it's LeBron, it's the story of the year -- at least if ESPN is concerned.

LeBron makes the Cavs a legitimate title contender again, just like when he played for them. The genius of James' move is he rebuilds his image and still gets a shot to win a title. The NBA's Eastern Conference is a joke, so it's a lot easier for LeBron to make it back to the Finals than if he went to a team in the West.

As for Manziel, I don't get the hype. And I'm not convinced he's a good NFL quarterback, let alone a great one.

But the obsession for Manziel is there, and the Browns are right in the middle of it.

For every selfie or cell-phone photo of Manziel, they'll be breaking news.

Enjoy it, Cleveland.

I can't wait to see the reaction if LeBron leads the Cavs to a title -- or defects again when his latest contract is up.


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