LeBron James’ Decision & Al Capone’s Vault

A sentence on the web just caught my eye, it referred to something being slang for “a heavily hyped event with disappointing results.”

My first reaction was ‘oh LeBron’s “Decision” television special.’  But since it hadn’t aired yet I knew they couldn’t be talking about that.

Then I saw that no, when this event occurred in April of 1986, LeBron James was in diapers not even a year and a half old.

The television special in question, which drew an estimated audience of 30 million Americans, was hosted by Geraldo Rivera under the title The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault.

Two hours of live TV in that case that ended in let down for everyone.  The IRS agents there to seize the riches Capone had stashed away in the basement of Chicago’s Lexington Hotel went home empty handed.  The coroner, there in the event they found dead bodies went back to the morgue finding nothing  and Americans went back to their lives knowing these were two hours they’d never get back.

For fans of several teams in several cities that is no doubt the feeling that they will have once the Chosen One chooses Thursday night.

A heavily hyped event with disappointing results… hopefully not for Cleveland.


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