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Elbows, Tasers dominate discussion

Originally Published: May 7, 2010
By Ryan Corazza | Special to ESPN.com

LeBron James' elbow.

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesLeBron James' elbows were in good enough shape to lift his two MVP trophies.

It's the subject of much chatter these days.

Anyone who's watched the Chosen One play this season knows something was amiss in Monday's Game 2 home loss to the Celtics; James was a ghost for stretches of the game, and appeared to be favoring the elbow at times.

James refused to use the elbow as an excuse after the game.

If it's really troubling him, he's not letting on about it.

The hush-hush nature of the whole thing has basketball scribes and fans alike wondering what's up.

Will it derail any title hopes for the Cavs? Will LeBron bolt in free agency if he doesn't win said title?

So where to turn in this time of duress?

What about the elbow itself?

I'm serious.

The Twitter account "LeBronsElbow" -- which, for now, is being updated by an anonymous user -- has been tweeting away since April 28 -- the day after James' elbow became a topic of discussion after he banged it on the floor and later took a left-handed free throw in the waning moments of a series-clinching Game 5 against the Bulls.

And it's quite humorous.

Of the latest MRI, the elbow writes: "MRI at the clinic. Great. Terrific. Just keep the radiation coming. When my first child is born it's going to have 7 nipples and a mustache."

And it's giving us insight into James' personal life: "Someone please tell LeBron that playing air guitar to a Cher song is not something a MVP does. Or any other human for that matter."

At publishing time the account had 5,471 followers, and had been helped along by a mention in an Associated Press story on Tuesday night and a mention on "SportCenter" on Wednesday morning, as well as a mention from a prominent Cavs beat writer out of the gate.

Oh, and the elbow is on Facebook now too, of course.

For as much doom and gloom that may be entering Cleveland fans' minds heading into Game 3 on Friday night -- a fan base and city notoriously starved for a championship -- this silly little Twitter account is a reminder that the Web is oftentimes the ultimate forum for a little comic relief.

When the Basketball Gods seem to be plotting against you, sometimes all you can do is laugh.

Craze over tase clips

Monday night, a 17-year-old Phillies fan got the bright idea to run onto the field at Citizens Bank Park in the bottom of the eighth inning.

After he evaded security for a bit, one city police officer decided to tase him, and that's where the chase ended.

The TV broadcast didn't show the act, because any publicity of this sort of thing will only make others want to do it, the thinking goes.

But that didn't stop fans with cell phones or digital cameras or Flip cameras or whatever small, filmmaking device they had on their person from documenting the scene and uploading it to YouTube.

Exhibit No. 1 is pushing 1.3 million views at publishing time.

Exhibit No. 2 is pushing 1 million views at publishing time.

Exhibit No. 3 is pushing 400,000 views at publishing time.

With ease-of-use technology continuing to permeate our society and social media being our channel to blast it out to the masses, everyone has the ability to be an amateur reporter, videographer, news maker and story breaker.

Tuesday, "phillies fan tasered" was the No. 8 most-searched term on Google, with "phillies fan tasered video" not far behind at No. 13.

Add in sports talking heads and news stations debating whether tasing someone who runs out on the field is the proper use of force in such a situation, and well, it's given LeBron's elbow a run for its money for top sports story of this week.

One night later on Tuesday, a 34-year-old followed suit and hopped onto the field at Citizens Bank Park, which some are dubbing a copycat act.

So much for making sure it didn't happen again.

Ryan Corazza is a freelance writer and Web designer based in Chicago.

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