Mark’s Musings – June 22, 2016

| June 20, 2016
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

They did it. And they did it in grand fashion. I am writing about the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship of course. LeBron James promised he would bring a championship to Cleveland two years ago and that promise was fulfilled on Sunday night at Oracle Arena. I must admit, I thought the Cavs were done at 3-1. After all, no NBA team – until now – had overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals. The Cavs of course, did just that, establishing themselves in NBA and sports history and piling up several other records along the way.

The Cavs victories in games five and six were something to behold let alone the win in the winner take all game seven. Cleveland now has its first major sports championship in more than 50 years to celebrate. And celebrate Cleveland will. Cleveland and the state of Ohio will bask in this victory for a long time. There were reports of fans still being downtown on Monday morning. There is probably more than one employer wondering what happened to their workforce on Monday.

This is really just starting to soak in actually. I hope that you stayed up just a bit longer to watch the postgame ceremony and listen to an emotional LeBron James thank God. I also thought it was nice to see LeBron and Draymond Green speak to each other as true champions should. I do believe that LeBron put his heart and soul into this season – and especially this series. The blocked shot, sinking three key free throws and the three point shot were just a few of the many things he did to help win the game. They all came at pivotal moments – or rather, they became a pivotal moment in the game. Thanks LeBron and the rest of the Cavs for a truly historic and memorable season. You are Champions.

And the Indians are  . . . having . . . a  . . . good . . . season.

This weekend brings lots of athletes to our community with the Indian Mud Run. Be sure to see the story and map of the course in this issue. Thanks to all those that helped The Beacon pull this together. If you recall the weather from last year it was a downpour. That did not seem to deter those that participated in the event. In fact, some might say that it added to the excitement. The forecast for Saturday (this is Monday) is a high of 91 and sunny. That’s warm. The Indian Mud Run has generated more than $50,000 for Lake Park within the last four years and is expected to have the largest turnout since it started in 2012.

As we head full bore into summer, July 4th, fireworks and outdoor fun, let’s also take a moment to reflect on safety. Watch out for the little ones on their bikes, skateboards and just plain out enjoying being a youth. Our community is blessed to have some nice parks and things for the younger ones to enjoy.

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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