In Honor of Wade/LeBron, South Florida's Greatest Duos
So now, a look at a few other duos who have reshaped Miami history. And yes, we realize superstar Chris Bosh might be in the mix too, but he's really Alfred to LeBron and Wade's Batman and Robin. Plus the list worked better with two, so lay off.
Neon, clothes, cars, boats, and guns. The Miami Vice detectives taught the rest of America that everybody in Miami lives on a sailboat with a pet alligator named Elvis. And strangely, we were OK with the characterization.
4. John Rockefeller and Henry Flagler
With the oil fortune he made with Rockefeller, Flagler built his railroad to the undeveloped southern tip of Florida, where he simply created Miami as if he were playing Simcity, dredging a canal, building streets, setting up water and electricity grids, and even founding a newspaper. Did you know we would be living in Flagler, Florida, if he hadn't refused the honor of having the town named for him? History can be fun!
Sure, the The Golden Girls was built on a foursome -- pour a little Metamucil on the ground for Blanche -- but why tune in if not for the wisecracks and acid tongues of the two most surly of the old biddies? It was a guilty pleasure watching them verbally smack the shit out of dumb ol' Rose. And Golden Girls counteracted the regional stereotypes of Miami Vice, letting the nation know we're not all flashy detectives and criminals here: We have feisty old people as well.
2. Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal
Who can forget the 2006 season when Shaq was still dominant and limber and the phenom franchise player was... phenomenal? But then Big Aristotle got injured and subsequently traded, and Wade has been gasping to keep the team afloat since. He needs a superstar sidekick: He's like one of those parrots that die if they can't find a proper match.
These two working together was something like if Michael Jordan in his prime could be around to team up with LeBron. Escobar handled the production side of things, Noriega did the bottomless money-laundering, Escobar did the killing, Noriega helped a bit with the killing, and before we knew it, Miami was flooded with so much cocaine that even our cat overdosed. Thanks, Classic Evil Villain and Pineapple Face!