LeBron James made good on one of the perks of being back in his home state this weekend, the returning Cleveland Cavaliers superstar making an appearance at Ohio State's first home game of the college season.
The four-time NBA MVP got a good reception from the crowd when he made his way out of the tunnel Saturday evening, but with the Buckeyes going on to suffer a 35-21 upset defeat to Virginia Tech it's safe to say the same cannot be said for the team's young roster at the end of the fourth quarter.
But did LeBron James somehow have something to do with the end result? Well considering he made an appearance in the Buckeyes locker room prior to kick off (at the request of coach Urban Meyer) to impart some words of wisdom and encouragement then maybe so.
OK, OK we know placing blame for the defeat at the feet of LeBron may be stretching things a little but it certainly raises doubts about James' potential as a motivational speaker once his playing days come to an end.
Cleveland Cavaliers fans meanwhile must be hoping that he works on his pre-game routine before the 2014-15 NBA season tips off.
LeBron also has previous in this area - his words ahead of the NBA Finals series were hardly those of an inspiring leader.
Having said that we all know that with his talent on the court words are often unnecessary when it comes to Lebron James.
LeBron may not have been able to help the Buckeyes record a win in Week Two of the college season but he has already done enough this summer to bring joy to the people of Ohio.
Returning to his home state during the NBA offseason to sign once again with the Cavs, James' arrival has sparked a huge increase in interest in the sporting potential of the city of Cleveland.
The Cavs, complete with fellow 2014 All-Star Kevin Love who was quick to follow LeBron to Cleveland, are now legitimate contenders for the 2014-15 NBA title.
The feel good factor surrounding the region has not extended to Ohio State football however.
Expected to overcome an unranked Virginia Tech Saturday the Buckeyes defeat saw them drop down the rankings from no.7 to no.22 with the program's supposedly strong defense buckling and it's young offense failing to prosper.
The home defeat also marked the first time Urban Meyer has tasted defeat at the Ohio State Stadium since taking charge.
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