Akron has a special place in my heart and that feeling is also shared by King James. And there's a new backup QB for the Browns and it isn't Tim Tebow


Cleveland sports fans have a lot to be thankful for on Thursday this year. While some of them see the glass half empty, others prefer to see the glass half full.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat take on the Cavaliers Wednesday night at The Q and guess who's coming to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday?

But before we talk turkey about LeBron, know that the Cleveland Browns added Alex Tanney to their active roster from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Tanney sent out a tweet Tuesday morning that read "Thankful for everything the Jones family and Dallas staff has done for me. Great organization. New chapter starts in Cleveland today. #Browns."

Tanney did play in the preseason – completing 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Apparently sportcasters are saying that Tanney is best known for being a "trick-shot" artist at quarterback after a popular YouTube video. As long as he can throw the ball for receptions more than he gets intercepted, that's the best news we've heard. And the Browns weren't desperate enough to sign Tim Tebow .

And know that GQ just rated its third annual 25 Least Influential People of 2013 and #1 Dennis Rodman edged out #12 Tebow. But I digress.

Back to LeBron

He has invited his team to dinner at his house in Akron for Thanksgiving dinner. And what a house! Let's just say that the 11 bathrooms could accommodate almost the entire team at one time.

It's just off Interstate 77. Built on 5.6 acres of land that had an 11-bedroom house when bought in 2003 for $2.1 million, LeBron razed the house to make way for this 35,440-square-foot home. The mansion has a theater, bowling alley, casino and barber shop. It also features a two-story walk-in closet 40 feet wide by 56 feet long.

It is believed to be worth $9.2 million because it features a two-lane bowling alley, casino, sports bar, barbershop and aquarium. There's even a recording studio.

"At least we're at somebody's house and it might as well be the biggest house in the world," Heat center Chris Bosh said. "We're excited about that. We're going to make the best of the situation and have Thanksgiving with our extended family."

The fashionable Dwyane Wade said he is already preparing his attire for the day because the house is so fancy.

James has tried to address every detail, like telling the team to wear casual attire and asking Shane Battier which beer he wants with dinner. James' wife and his chef will split the cooking duties.

But LeBron will also gets some food for thought Wednesday night.

Fans in Cleveland will make their hopes that the four-time NBA MVP returns next summer known, with a rally planned to get his attention.

Josh Raggi, a 24-year-old real estate broker, who like most Cavaliers fans felt betrayed by James' departure, to take action to bring James home again.

Raggi and three partners launched "Come Home LeBron," a campaign to hoping to lure James back. The group plans to hand out T-shirts outside Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night. A "Come Home LeBron" billboard went up near St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, James' beloved alma mater, on Monday.

Either way, Cleveland sports fans are used to changes and disappointments. What they want to get used to is winning. Enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey.

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