All day at work last Friday, Pat Pfeiler had just one thing on her mind.
“Everything was Cavs, Cavs, Cavs…I was excited because the Cavs won the night before.”
But that afternoon, trouble walked in, and she no choice but to defend the land.
“There was three ladies from Oakland California. And they were dressed in their Warriors garb and I said 'Oh you’re in the wrong country.' I said 'this is LeBron country; he might walk through that front door. He just lives up the street.'”
One of the three ladies rocking Warriors apparel that day was Ohio native Leetha Roberston.
“I was born in Ohio, I moved to California in 1985, so now California is my home and I gravitated to the local team,” Robertson said.
She and the two other ladies came all the way from the West Coast to show their support, in the process, they found some die hard Cavs fans.
“We were taken back by the fandom, by the passion of the fans...it was unlike anything that I had experienced.”
Which brings the story back to a table at Chick-fil-A in Montrose. After a competitive but friendly debate about who was going to take it all this year, Leetha and Pat came to somewhat of an agreement.
“They were sure they were taking the second championship back to Oakland, I said 'No way, it’s ours,” said Pfeiler who’s been working in customer service at Chik-Fil-A for nearly a year.
“As we were going out,” Robertson said, “it was a one way commitment…our response to her and everyone was may the best team win…and should we not win, tell you what, we’ll give you a call on Monday.”
And she stuck to your word.
“I got a call from California congratulating me on a win.” Pfeiler recalled. “I was speechless, I thought, it made my day, it made my day. I’m thankful I met them, and I really believe I made friends with them and I know they were God appointed.”
Leetha Robertson, said she really enjoyed her time in Northeast Ohio. And although she came in and left out wearing her warriors gear, she recalled CAVS fans being nothing but respectful and fun to be around.