Championship parade in Cleveland. Shirts optional

If we didn’t know better, we’d think that Cleveland Cavalier J.R. Smith and former Minnesota Timberwolves player Mo Williams were trolling Pioneer Press columnist Joe Soucheray by going shirtless during today’s mammoth parade for the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the city by the lake.

Soucheray, the Pioneer Press columnist stirred up Twitter — to our delight — because this picture is an assault on the writer’s senses.

When you see these guys hold a Stanley Cup or a Larry O’Brien Trophy or the Vince Lombardi Trophy or the Commissioner’s Trophy in baseball there can be no doubt that you are witnessing relief of the highest order. And down on the field or on the rink or on the court a player might even tear off his jersey and twirl it around his head. But these were the Cleveland Cavaliers returning home with the city’s first title of any kind since 1964. They had done all their serious celebrating.

Am I asking too much that when you get off the airplane for the photo opportunity that you at least wear a shirt?

SB Nation, which documented the Cavaliers’ side trip to Vegas on the way home to Cleveland, estimated that J.R. Smith lost his shirt sometime around 4 a.m. Like so many things, the shirt stayed in Vegas.

Over to you, Twitter.

The Cavaliers and their fans don’t seem to think the shirtless players diminished their championship.

As for Smith, he doesn’t seem like a bad guy at all.

  • Gary F

    I’m with Sooch. But I guess we have to be happy no police cars got overturned.

    • Jerry

      And they didn’t even get the chance to light the river on fire. Stupid EPA.

  • crystals

    Get off my lawn, Sooch.

  • PaulJ

    Their demographic would think a shirt and tie to be inappropriate; the tattoo is the real you!

    • “Their demographic”

      Why not just say it?

      • PaulJ

        The people to whom the NBA promotes their product, are mostly millennials who like basketball, beer, and frenzy (much different from the cigarette and gambling crowds of yesteryear) would think a shirt and ….. {I thought that would be TLTR}

    • Rob

      I always say, there’s no point in spending thousands of dollars to have your torso riddled with tatts if few people ever get a chance to see them.

  • Kassie

    When they Lynx win again, maybe they will do a shirts optional parade. That would be something to write about!

    • Gary F

      Yes, that would make the news.

  • Jerry

    Ugh, I saw David Brauer’s tweet when I was having breakfast. Now you repost it when I’m about to have lunch. Shirtless Reusse really throws a man off his feed.

  • Ben

    You need a trigger warning before you post a picture of Ruesse like that.

    • The dude is cut!

      • As I always say, “‘Round’ is a shape.”

        • Jerry

          Who wants a six pack when you can have the whole keg?

          • Gary F

            Think he gets up for “the wave” with his shirt off?

          • Jerry

            Thanks for the mental image.

          • Recommend you not look at Twitter. Reusse and his partner did their show today without shirts.

            It’s not pretty.

          • Gary F

            Better clarify that statement with “radio partner”. What happens in the production studio stays in the production studio. Not that there is anything wrong with it.

          • Gary F

            Almost looks like one of those Sonobello ads on TV

          • Rob

            Yawn. When they go pantsless, that’ll be a major deal.

          • Rob

            He IS the wave with his shirt off. Jigglemania

          • Alex

            I’m fatter the Reusse and I can confirm that men of our body composition have roughly the same surface properties as most water beds.

          • Precisely!

  • KTFoley

    File that column under “what people write about when they have nothing to say.”

  • Alex

    “In either case I thought to myself, “Shirtless? Really?’’ Or, maybe because of all his tattoos Smith thought he had his shirt on.”

    When do we get to just accept as a metro area that Soucheray is a washed-up has-been who hosts a self-important radio show that’s so politically oriented that it seems to so rarely actually focus on sports despite basically being the afternoon block on a sports station and makes himself out to be a racist dirtbag who speaks in coded language and has no sense of the culture the generations coming after him every time he writes something in the Pioneer Press? I get being opinionated, but I perpetually imagine that his studio is actually in a garage somewhere and he’s just yelling at the kids playing ball in the street.

    I can’t stand anything the guy says and he’s the reason I listen to ESPN Chicago in the afternoon if I want sports coverage because, even if they mostly aren’t teams I root for anymore, at least they’re tolerable broadcasters.

    THAT ASIDE…

    Who cares what he wears? He’s celebrating. He won the championship and, as far as I’m concerned, he can do whatever he wants as long as it’s legal. He’s enjoying himself in a non-destructive manner.

    As a Blackhawks fan, I’d much rather have had “player celebrates championship by walking around shirtless” than the ongoing saga of “star player gets drunk and punches cab driver/gets drunk and gets accused of rape/gets drunk and the team tells him he has to stay in Chicago this summer because he can’t be trusted not to do something incredibly stupid” (or any of a list of other incidents Patrick Kane has been party to over the years) as the headline representing my favorite sports team.

    Lay off Williams. Dude’s having a good time that he spent his entire life working towards earning.

    • >>When do we get to just accept as a metro area that Soucheray is a washed-up has-been who hosts a self-important radio show that’s so politically oriented that it seems to so rarely actually focus on sports despite basically being the afternoon block on a sports station and makes himself out to be a racist dirtbag who speaks in coded language and has no sense of the culture the generations coming after him every time he writes something in the Pioneer Press?<<

      Displaying a "Garage Logic" bumper sticker is akin to still displaying a "Bush/Cheney" bumper sticker…

      • Alex

        I would’ve gone with “Bring Back Reagan,” but I suppose it’s all the same, eh?

  • Rob

    They’ll need to change the name of the show now to Soucheray and Man Boobs Reusse

  • Bethjock

    I’m trying to remember if Sooch has ever griped about scantily clad women. I don’t think so. As to this shirtless fellow, he is nice eye candy. “Get off my lawn.” That is the best observation on here!