Die-hard Cleveland Cavaliers fan Kory Siverd’s vanity Ohio license plate has become the social media equivalent of salt to a Golden State Warriors fan’s wound.
But Siverd said his license plate -- representing the Cavs’ stunning 3-1 NBA Finals comeback last year -- is mostly to remember sports history being made in Cleveland.
Siverd’s license plate reads “LLWLWWW” to punctuate the Cavs’ title. It gets recognized in public, but it’s been “even more popular” and “exploding” over Twitter, he said.
“I don’t want to forget it, and I don’t think anybody else should either,” Siverd told the Cleveland Plain Dealer of the Cavs becoming the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit.
Siverd’s original idea for the license plate stemmed from backlash the Warriors got over social media for collapsing in epic fashion. Several memes were created following the Finals last summer, with a Cavs fan purchasing a savage “3-1 lead” California license plate.
Siverd’s friend Dan Luciano said the license plate’s subtlety is what makes it such a gem.
“I thought it was a really good idea,” Luciano said. “It was funny, simple, subtle enough to where if someone saw it, it looks like a random set of letters, but if you know anything about the Cavs or sports in general, you would look at it and eventually realize what it was.”