I feel like we have just witnessed a real-life game of “Chutes and Ladders” played by two of Miami’s biggest sports stars.
“Chutes and Ladders,” of course, is the classic “up and down” board game many of us played as kids. Hasbro’s description calls it a game of rewards and consequences. Players’ good deeds allow them to climb ladders, but players are sent down chutes as punishment for misbehaving.
Our contestants: LeBron James and Chad Johnson.
The Heat star wins an Olympic gold medal to pair quite nicely with his NBA championship and season and Finals MVP awards. Syracuse (and Olympic assistant) coach Jim Boeheim said James might be better than Michael Jordan. And LeBron’s teammate Dwyane Wade says, “I think we will see a better LeBron now, scary to say. The monkey is off his back. He doesn’t have to worry about what he hasn’t done.”
As LeBron was being gilded in gold, the Dolphins’ former Ochocinco was being arrested for allegedly head-butting his newlywed wife in a domestic incident. In an ensuing flurry the Dolphins cut him (his firing, supposedly in private, splayed across Hard Knocks), his planned reality-TV show was canceled, a sponsor dropped him and his wife filed for divorced. And how was your week!?
Chutes and Ladders.
One star climbing. High.
Another star falling. Hard.