Sunday, June 03, 2007

George Effinger would be pleased

If author George Alec Effinger were still alive, he'd be pleased to see that the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA's Eastern Conference championship and advanced to the NBA finals for the first time in the team's history. Effinger was a huge sports fan (he wrote enough SF sports stories to fill a book, IDLE PLEASURES (Berkley 1983) and loved the teams in his native Cleveland.

I live in the Cleveland area now and I can tell you the sports fans here are as fanatical as any city in the country. A great many of the restaurants in Cleveland function as sports bars; regardless of the kind of food they serve, they have TV sets set up in the dining rooms, tuned to whatever Cleveland professional team is in season.