Hello all, I wanted to take this time to introduce myself to your blog. Yes I am a Heat fan, and no I am not here to talk thrash (well maybe a little if we win lol). Seriously though I think this should make for an interesting series, one that most likely will last for a couple of weeks with many twists and turns. So hopefully I can get some give and take with you guys and have some intelligent conversation.
Now since I have read lots of what has been written I feel I have to defend myself apriori to any conversation. First of all I am a real Heat fan. I have been one since the 0-17 start with Rory Sparrow and Rony Siekally. You yougin’s go Wikipedia it to see who they are. Actually one of my favorite Heat stories include your Bulls. It was somewhere in the early 90’s and you had some guy named Jordan, who if memory served was an above average player. I was working night shifts at the airport and worked in an enclosed gated area where entry was restricted (this was pre 9/11 so don’t freak out). Well the Heat had never beaten the Bulls, but this one night we were leading with a few minutes left. I had snuck a tv in my area as well as 10 non-authorized co-workers. It ended up being our first win ever against the Jordinaires. We celebrated like we had just won the NBA championship. Yes, not unlike LeBron and the Heat after yesterday’s win over the Celtics.
Now as far as “fake Heat fans” well I really can’t defend the people down here. Miami is not a sports town at all. You guys probably don’t understand that being as Chicago is known to be such a great sports town. So yes if you are going to come at me with that, I have no defense and wouldn’t offer any. Not being able to sell out a game 5, possible closing game against the defending Eastern Conference champs is pretty sad. But that is not me.
Now as far as this upcoming series, it puzzles me that the Heat will most likely be favored. I think it is more of the idea that Headlines create news instead of the other way around. Correct me if I am wrong but I think the Bulls won the season series 3-0. And again unless my sources have given me bad information the Bulls are the #1 seed and would have a deciding 7th game in their arena. It seems that all year long the Bulls have been underestimated. From the beginning the talk was of the battle the Heat and Celtics would have for the #1 seed, that Chicago was good but just not yet at the level of ether of the two heavyweights in the conference. Well the experts were right in one thing, the Heat and Celtics did fight it out all year, for the #2 spot. And now here we go again. Heat versus the Bulls and again it seems the experts are underestimating Chicago. Not that I think the Bulls would try to use that to their advantage of course.
As far as my personal prediction goes, well not really sure. Obviously objectivity gets strained when the team you root for is involved. Both teams have shown the ability to win on the road in these playoffs. The Heat are playing well, but yes it was against the 76’ers who although game, really didn’t measure up talent-wise, and against a Celtics team that was beat up and showing its age a bit. The Bulls are much younger, much more talented, and most importantly much more athletic than what the Heat have faced. The match up that scares me the most is Bibby guarding Rose. That seems like sending the snuggles teddy bear against, oh let’s say Godzilla. I am also fearful of your big men, they seem like much more of a match up problem for us than what we have faced the first two rounds. Boozer looked like he woke up last night, no bueno! That being said, I will have some fun with this and say that the Heat steals one up in Chicago, thus sending South Florida into a delirium, and making half of the Metropolitan Chicago population seriously give thought to jumping into, what is that Great Lake you guys have up there? However the Bulls will return the favor by taking one of the games down here. I will go out on a limb here and say that both games at the AAA will be sell outs, however I will not put money on it. The result of this being that Marlins attendance will have a 0.001% uptick, and Chicago area fans will start a petition to have a D. Rose Statue placed next to his airness. But the Heat will then take game 5 up there and then game 6 in Miami. Millions in Miami will then scream how they saw all 134 games this Heat season, Chicago fans will scream that the Heat got all the calls, Stern wanted them to win yada, yada, yada, and Cleveland will un-incorporate itself and just cease to exist.
One last thing since I know I am going to hear about it anyways, my thoughts on LeBron. Was never a huge fan of his, not that I had anything against the dude. Then he decided to come down this way. What can I say, it added excitement to my day. I love how everyone now hates on him, yet if you are truthful most everyone in Miami, New York, and Chicago where watching the Decision hoping he would head there. I am not saying anyone here should love or respect James, hey it’s a free country and you could do what you want. Just tired of people (Philadelphia, Boston) trying to make me feel guilty by association. James is a great player. Am I happy he is here, hell yeah. Why wouldn’t I? Then there was the preseason celebration. Did it rub people the wrong way, yes. As for me, I thought it was a bit overkill to be sure. And the celebration against the Celtics was pretty intense. I guess people will feel the way I did when I saw Jordan flinging his arms around after the shot over Ehlo. Did I go there? Yes I did lol. Have to start some crap don’t I? Point of all this is I am interested in the competition. Which team plays better in the series. I really try not to get too dragged down by the soap operas.
So in closing, I am hoping to see some great competitive basketball from the two best teams in the East. I am hoping for a long series, more exciting that way. From this blog I am hoping for some good sports conversation. Some funny shots back and forth! And to make more friends than enemies here!