We got the Guiteau stuff out of the way, but the bullshit keeps rolling in:
CLEVELAND -- Papa John's Pizza issued an apology to Cleveland and the Cavaliers for making T-shirts with LeBron James' number and the word "crybaby" under it.
To apologize, Papa John's will sell Cleveland residents a large, one-topping pizza for 23 cents on Thursday. The 23 is an homage to James' jersey number. The company also will donate $10,000 to the Cavaliers Youth Fund.
What? This entire thing is more contrived than the Cyrus contretemps. If, Papa John's Pizza were, say, a cousin who'd had about eight too many Natty Lites at your cookout, and called your sister-in-law a whore, an apology would be in order.* But this is a large multinational corporation, which went to considerable effort and expense to make these shirts. Meetings were had, things were run past legal. Did not happen by accident. The predictable kerfuffle, and predictable apology, generate predictable publicity for what may be the worst thing ever to disgrace the word "pizza." (The dipping sauces should be a tipoff that it's about the diabetes, not the flavor.) Any Clevelander that takes advantage of this deal is a sucker, since PJ's is still covering ingreident costs at 23 cents a pie. On the upside, feasting on Papa Johns will likely force Cavs fan to spend a long time in a room without a television, meaning they will not have to witness the beatdown the Cavs will suffer at the hands of the Celtics.**
*No idea where the "I'm sorry I got drunk and called your sister-in-law a whore" cards come from.
**On an unrelated note -- go Penguins!