Cleveland's history is not lost on Nate Burleson. He understands that "Detroit without the glitter" has never won a championship -- ironically, like the team he currently plays for -- and that his best touchdown celebration when visiting the city should somehow poke fun at its scanty sports history.
He followed through in Friday night's preseason game after his spectacular catch in the back of the end zone. Burleson decided to hot route his contrived celebration by hitting spurned Dawg Pound fans right where it'd hurt the most, mocking the guy who just took his talents to South Beach a year ago:
"It was a LeBron thing," Burleson explained today. "I wasn’t going to do it. See, I had a plan. I had two celebrations planned. I was going to catch the ball, get up, do the shot by (Michael) Jordan (against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1989 NBA playoffs) and the three pumps. I’ve got it all down. I’ve seen it like a million times.
"But then when I got in the end zone, I was waiting for the ref, and then when I looked at the crowd, the Dawg Pound went crazy. They were cussing me out, talking about my momma, so I was like forget that. Where’s the powder at. Voom."
Too easy. You can watch the video of Burleson's touchdown and subsequent celebration here.