Miami Heat Championship Smack-Talk Van Painted By Father And Son
|The men were parked across the street from the arena, where they spent the evening being awesome.|
But only two attendees of the "White Hot Road Rally" spent the evening wearing white uniforms, sitting on a white couch on top of a white van with the best paint job in Miami. Denis Joseph and his 7-year-old son painted the van after the Heat beat the Celtics for a spot in the Eastern Conference finals, Joseph said. Here's the full text of on the side of the van:
TO: ALL LEBRON
HATERS & CELTICS
HE RIPPED YOUR HEART OUT
THE HEATLES MENU
DAN GILBERT, BARKLEY
BAYLESS WITH VOTKA [sic; huh?]
In the name of thoroughness, here's another picture that shows more of the paint job:
"To be their number one fan," he said, offended by the question. "Not two, not three, not four..." After counting like this for a while, he wandered off and gave the remainder of his beer to a gentleman who did not have shoes.
It was a strange evening, but the arena was prepared. Northeast Seventh Street was lined with portable toilets (45 of them, and clean!) and, somehow, trash cans were kept from overflowing the entire night. Once the game started, though, the logistical complications began: The massive 34,000-square-foot screen on the side of the building was visible from across the street, but was too pixelated to see how much time was on the clock, and one had to struggle to decipher the score.
Also, the myriad palm trees in front of the building at least partially obscured almost every view of the screen, and the television play-by-play being blasted through the speakers also meant that the Chicago fans' cheers were often drowning out Miami's. This took on a particularly cruel tone as the Bulls pulled ahead and the Heat kept doing things like "missing lots of shots" and "turning the ball over all the time."
An event security worker said planners were expecting 12,000 people at the event, and it's entirely possible more than that were present; after the game started, it was difficult to move anywhere even though the cordoned-off area stretched for well over a block in front of the arena.
Also not moving very well: The lines for the food trucks. There were almost two dozen of them, but they were almost immediately overwhelmed and had lines that appeared to never advance. Many trucks simply ran out of food -- truck operators said they weren't told the extent of the plans for the evening, and several said they knew only that there would be a screen set up.
"We didn't know about Ludacris or the show," said David Pastrana, who worked the Miso Hungry truck unti it ran out of food a little after 9:30. "If there was a big show, we would have prepared double."
But the Heat get to play the Mavs whether or not fans got their funnel cake, so keep your schedule open: games 1 and 2 are here in Miami, 9 p.m. next Tuesday and Thursday. Tickets go on sale today at 1 p.m..
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