Papa John's is offically dead in Cleveland due to Lebron Diss

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 10:02 pm    Post subject: Papa John's is offically dead in Cleveland due to Lebron Diss

Shame this series is over this was just getting good...

http://www.sogoodblog.com/2008/05/03/papa-johns-pizza-hates-the-state-of-ohio/

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Does Papa Johnís Pizza Hate the State of Ohio?
May 3rd, 2008 ∑ 24 Comments
Update 5/4. 1:30 AM: The snowball effect continues. Someone has started a Facebook group titled ďCavs fans that will never eat Papa Johns ever againĒ

Update 5/4, 12:15 AM: Earlier today the Cleveland Plain Dealer interviewed me for a story about these shirts. Their story has now been posted on the Plain Dealer website. It notes, among other things, that the decision to give out these shirts was NOT authorized by the corporate office.

Update 5/3, 11:30 PM: Less than 24 hours after So Good broke the story, someone has put up a website called Boycott Papa Johnís.



Update 5/3, 8:00 PM: Deadspin, FanIQ, Cold Mud, AOLís Fanhouse and more than a dozen other online communities have picked up the story.

Update 5/3, 3:15 PM: This story is starting to spread like wildfire. Cavs fans online are already suggesting a boycott HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. In the comments, a delivery driver for Papa Johnís writes:

ďWe received two faxes talking about the shirt,followed by threats to boycott.Ē

A General Manager for a Northeast Ohio Papa Johnís adds:

ďwe have received calls of people wanting to boycott us, but hopefully something will come out ASAP from Corporate as a nationwide apology.Ē

Original Post 5/3 2:00 AM:

Why would Papa Johnís make a marketing decision that has the potential to anger hundreds of thousands of Ohio customers?

Earlier tonight I attended the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game 6 at the Verizon Center in DC. Over the course of my night, one thing really surprised me. A few fans around the arena had shirts mocking Lebron James. The shirts had the number 23 on them, with the word ďCrybabyĒ across the back. This kind of taunting is common at NBA arenas. But what was most shocking was that the shirts featured the Papa Johnís logo, and appeared to be sponsored by, and paid for by, Papa Johnís Pizza.



Lebron James is one of, if not THE most popular player in the NBA. Not only that, he is beloved in the state of Ohio. I was perplexed why Papa Johnís Pizza would put their name on a t-shirt that so openly taunted such a well-liked athlete. The decision to sponsor these shirts seems incredibly ill advised.

The only rational would be if Papa Johnís has a lot of franchises in Washington, DC, but none in the state of Ohio. However, as a national chain, I was skeptical that they didnít have a presence in the state. Sure enough, a quick check on the Papa Johnís website, using their restaurant locater, shows that there are TEN different Papa Johnís pizza outlets just within 12 miles of the Cleveland Cavaliers arena.

So the question now is, why did Papa Johnís decide to sponsor a promotion that will surely piss off a ton of Cavaliers fans and Ohio residents? Will Papa Johnís start to lose business because angry residents donít appreciate them openly mocking the most popular athlete in the state of Ohio? Will this end up hurting Papa Johnís profits, or damage their company name? Will it lead to a boycott of Papa Johnís by Cleveland Cavaliers fans?

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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 10:59 pm    Post subject:

hahahahaha
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 11:05 pm    Post subject:

people are too sensitive
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 4:19 am    Post subject:

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A few fans around the arena had shirts mocking Lebron James. The shirts had the number 23 on them, with the word ďCrybabyĒ across the back. This kind of taunting is common at NBA arenas.


That kind of taunting actually only arose in the Wizards series. It was a quote from Haywood, no? It's never been done by another team.


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So the question now is, why did Papa Johnís decide to sponsor a promotion that will surely piss off a ton of Cavaliers fans and Ohio residents?



Because the game was in DC.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:16 am    Post subject:

Holy crap, this is getting out of control
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:49 am    Post subject:

As with John Stockton's, I don't call throwing the ball into KarL Malone who is posting up, then he catches it, then does a turn around J in front of a defender an assist.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 3:29 pm    Post subject:

Update: PJ's is doing damage control

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/05/papa_johns_issues_apology_offe.html

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Posted by Laura Johnston May 04, 2008 18:30PM
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Looks like Papa John's is eating humble pie.

Or rather, serving it up to Clevelanders - for a whopping 23 cents.

(Sorry about the cheesy pun. Oops, just did it again.)

The pizza chain issued an apology Sunday for the No. 23 T-shirts emblazoned with the word "Crybaby" and the Papa John's logo, which Washington Wizards fans flaunted during Friday's playoff game in Washington DC. To show the chain's sincerity, its more than 40 area stores on Thursday will sell customers a large one-topping pie for 23 cents.

The company will donate those 23 cents from every pizza, plus $10,000, to the Cavaliers Youth Fund.

"At Papa John's, we're huge fans of Cleveland, the Cavs and LeBron James," said the company statement. "Everyone wins, and we wish the same for the Cavs and LeBron through the playoffs."

The shirts stemmed from No. 23, LeBron James', complaints about hard fouls he thought were intended to injure. Wizards Center Brendan Haywood labeled him a crybaby.

Too bad the Cavs took Game 6 105-88. And we won 23-cent pizza.

Guess that makes it no harm, no foul.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject:


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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 6:21 pm    Post subject:



23 cents for a pizza wow
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject:

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The only rational would be if Papa Johnís has a lot of franchises in Washington, DC, but


Isn't the word "rationale"?

And people will soon forget.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject:

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23 cents for a pizza wow




I know what if LeBron's jersey was 00


Seriously my brother lived in Cleveland 10 years ago if only this existed back then..
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject:

Papa John's doesn't put any sauce on their crap.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject:

C M B wrote:
Papa John's doesn't put any sauce on their crap.

I prefer Papa John's style of saucing. I like sauce, but not a ton of it. I don't get pizza for the sauce. That said, I'd much rather get a pizza from a small local place than Papa John's.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 3:32 am    Post subject:

Exick wrote:
C M B wrote:
Papa John's doesn't put any sauce on their crap.

I prefer Papa John's style of saucing. I like sauce, but not a ton of it. I don't get pizza for the sauce. That said, I'd much rather get a pizza from a small local place than Papa John's.


Hmm. I love when the crust is saturated in it. Most pizza places don't put enough of it on there (for my taste). I always make an extra sauce request and even then it sometimes comes dry. BJ's, Pizza Hut, and East Side Mario's are never guilty of this. Domino's is dry. Numero uno is dry. I agree on the mom & pop places.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 6:10 am    Post subject:

So by wishing Cleveland success, are they going to lose business in both Washington and Boston?
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 7:55 am    Post subject:

elgato wrote:
So by wishing Cleveland success, are they going to lose business in both Washington and Boston?




Wow I didn't even think about that wouldn't that be a hilarious twist..
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 8:01 am    Post subject:

Papa Johns is probably a franchise business. So it was probably the decision of a D.C. Papa Johns franchise owner to sponsor the shirts.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 8:22 am    Post subject:

Marketing stunt ftw. Papa John's is getting talked about on every sports show coast to coast.
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