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PacersFan1991
06-14-2011, 04:46 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/story?id=6661570

For one night, fans of the Peoria Chiefs can have their own replica of LeBron James' first championship ring.


Call it the cheapest promotion in sports history because, like James' ring, the handout doesn't exist.


The Chiefs, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs in the Midwest League, will hold a LeBron James NBA Championship Replica Giveaway night on Thursday, poking fun at the Miami Heat star's loss in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

"Replica rings" -- also known as air -- will be handed out by stadium workers as fans enter the park, according to Chiefs spokesman Nathan Baliva.


Throughout the game, Peoria will honor "a true champion," the Chicago Bulls' six NBA titles with video clips and audio highlights and the Chiefs will take the field to "Sirius," the Alan Parson Project song used by the Bulls during their player introductions.


The Chiefs said they are "looking into" whether they can skip the fourth inning to poke fun at James, who scored just 18 points during the fourth quarter in six NBA Finals games.


"We aren't sure if the league will allow it," Peoria president Rocky Vonachen said in a statement. "But if LeBron doesn't need to show up for the fourth, maybe we won't either."


Among the other James promotional digs planned: A fan will win a "replica" of James' Finals MVP award (which actually went to the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki), and Heimlich maneuver classes will be offered to help prevent people from "choking in a big situation."


"Really this is just us getting back to the real world and waking up today and trying to solve our own personal problems," vice president of ticket sales Eric Obalil said.


Baliva said a Bulls tribute for Thursday was in the works since November with the hope that Chicago would be coming off another NBA championship.


The James addition to the promotion was announced midday Tuesday, and Baliva said there was an immediate reaction.


"We were seeing stuff not just from Chicago and Cleveland but all over the country," Baliva said.

Shade
06-14-2011, 04:53 PM
"Really this is just us getting back to the real world and waking up today and trying to solve our own personal problems," vice president of ticket sales Eric Obalil said.

:burn:

vapacersfan
06-14-2011, 04:57 PM
Was about to type of "Kind of lame", then read that line by the VP of ticket sales.

PacerDude
06-14-2011, 07:57 PM
I just love the creativity of these minor league teams.

Will Galen
06-14-2011, 08:04 PM
LeBron is the whole country's whipping boy right now, and I think rightfully so, but pretty soon it will be to much and people will began rooting for him just because everyone's against him.

smj887
06-14-2011, 08:47 PM
Interesting promotion. I doubt LeBron does anything, but my first thought was that it has to be illegal to use his image like that. Any of the lawyers here (I'm pretty sure there's a couple) care to comment?


LeBron is the whole country's whipping boy right now, and I think rightfully so, but pretty soon it will be to much and people will began rooting for him just because everyone's against him.

I've been thinking about that. Bill Simmons always talks about players who become so underrated that they end up overrated for being underrated. I wonder if LeBron can get to the point where he's so hated that he ends up being loved for being hated.

I have to admit, as much as I dislike him, I can't help but feel like 90% of it is just due to being coddled ever since he was 14 or 15 years old. He really seems genuine when he says or acts like he doesn't understand why he's so thoroughly disliked.

PacerGuy
06-14-2011, 09:49 PM
I think they could have thought of something better, something like:

-Admission is only 75 cents Nite, because LeBron only gives 3 quarters...

-Moving the start time up Nite, encouraging everyone to "Be like LeBron & leave work 12 min. early"...

-All phones on vibrate Nite, so that like leBron, there are No Rings...

-Help name the upcomming LeBron James book contest Nite, because we all know he doesn' have a Title...

-College or H.S. droop out Nite, in honor to All that failed or failed to show up for their Finals...

-Heimlich Manuver Nite - to help prevent further Choaking!

-Free Tickets at Will-Call for anyone named LeBron Nite, to honor those who actually Shows Up at Game Time!..

Anthem
06-14-2011, 10:24 PM
That's awesome.

PacerPenguins
06-14-2011, 10:35 PM
..... and lebron deserves every bit of criticism he gets.... I LOVE IT!!!

my favorite video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEVCjUG1Mww

pacer4ever
06-14-2011, 11:36 PM
why are my cubs doing this we havent won in 100+ years?

However our double A team set a record 12 players named allstars from our double A team lol

and the Dayton team is good and Peoria has some good talent too things looks bright down on the farm too bad we suck at the MLB level.

grace
06-15-2011, 02:17 PM
I'd be all for this except for the fact that the Heat beat the Bulls to get into the Finals. Lebron should send the Chiefs' ticket VP a bunch of t-shirts that say "Can't choke in the Finals unless you're IN the Finals."

Shade
06-15-2011, 02:22 PM
And, like the people who tried to defend JOB, they will be wrong.


LeBron is the whole country's whipping boy right now, and I think rightfully so, but pretty soon it will be to much and people will began rooting for him just because everyone's against him.