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Sticking Up for Heat Fans: A Tiny Minority Left Early Last Night. Screw Them.

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via Bomani Jones' Twitter
Haven't these people suffered enough by missing Allen's three-pointer?
Listen, America: We agree with you. Every single person who filed out of the AA Arena early last night and missed Ray Allen's Planet Earth-shattering three-pointer deserves all the shame heaped upon them. Each and every Heat "fan" who then tried to elbow their way back into the arena when they realized they'd made a terrible mistake should be forced to turn in all the LeBron gear they own, and may God have mercy on their souls.

But get this straight: Heat fans did not embarrass themselves last night. I was at the game, and it was a tiny minority who gave up. And what's more, many of the people who could afford tickets represent real Heat fans the same way that corporate fat cats in the luxury boxes at a Springsteen concert represent true Boss fanatics.

In other words: A slim percentage of the wealthiest, front-running-est slice of Heat nation gave up on the team and filed out early last night.

Again, by all means, shame them. Let them know that they have brought disgrace upon our city, our basketball franchise, and the entire Kingdom of James. Look at these terrible people filmed by Rembert Browne, a Grantland writer at the game:

And yes, even worse were those Heat traitors who then tried to barge back into the stadium after getting word they'd missed out on the greatest comeback in franchise history. These people, they are terrible:

But you know what I saw inside AA last night? I saw 99.9 percent of the crowd stick it out. I saw a grandma and her grandson in front of me shaking their heads at the departing idiots and then hugging like they'd won the lottery when Allen hit that shot. I saw an arena full of people who never gave up on the Heat, even after three quarters of LeBron missing layups, Chris Bosh shooting like he had waffles instead of hands, and Joey Crawford calling fouls that would make Tim Donaghy feel bad about himself.

And don't forget: These were the people lucky enough to nab tickets to Game 6, which were selling on Stubhub forbetween $500 for lower bowl seats to $20,000 for courtside spots. How many people hanging onto a pint glass at the Abbey filed out early? How many packed living rooms full of friends in Kendall or Hialeah switched off the game and gave up with 30 seconds left?

Even Browne, moments after posting that Vine of Heat turncoats, had this to say going into OT:

And then, when the final whistle blew, he posted this:

That's how I'll remember the game. A packed arena, delirious that, like the vast majority of Heat fans, they kept faith in LBJ and his cabinet, ready to do it all again this Thursday.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” 

George Carlin the Prophet.


Kots
Kots

The majority of fans didn't leave early...They just got there!

Cathy Glover
Cathy Glover

ESPN radio commented that some of the fans were leaving early, but when the game went into overtime, they were trickling back in. The commentators started joking and said "lock the doors", "don't let them back in!!" They were not critical of the absence at all. But they did poke fun at the fan "wannabe's".

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

well that's Miami fans - fickle, fading and transitory. Nothing like Chicago or New York. the only baseball games here that sell out are the Chicago/NY ones. I'm not from either city, but i respect those fans...good times and bad they stick with the team. generationally.

Matthew Ayala
Matthew Ayala

Y'all just read the title and comment on this. READ THE ARTICLE.

Matthew Ayala
Matthew Ayala

STFU YOU OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T READ THE TEXT. HE SAID 99% OF THE FANS STAYED. BE QUIET AND SIT DOWN BECAUSE THE FINALS ARE NOT OVER. YOU HEAT HATERS NEED TO PUT A GODDAM CORK IN IT ALREADY. 3 FUCKING YEARS!!!!!!!!!!! STFU ALREADY!

jdomar
jdomar

.1% vs 10% leaving - you guys are way off. Why can't you just write an article that says: look, 10 percent of the fans left, but who cares. Its no secret here that the locals make up a portion and the transplants who move here and have loyalty to other teams make up the other portion. Who cares if some people leave? Its a transient town to begin with, so how about identifying the issue here instead of making is "us vs them"  (Miami vs other fans). Does New Times simply parrot back the Miami meathead mentality on this?? I'm simply pointing out that there are different layers of loyalty and dift groups that live here. No one is faulting the locals.

Alex Fumero
Alex Fumero

It's not one game. It's the collective frequency with which this occurs. People are constantly leaving at crucial times. Last year when we won there were tons of white shirts hitting the exits with minutes still left in the 4th. There's traffic around every major sporting venue in America leaving a game. Not a valid excuse to leave. These front runners are inflating ticket prices for real fans.

Peter Arenas
Peter Arenas

I WAS AT THE GAME till the End.. True Heat Fan... I bleed, sweat and cry with my team... Went through it when the lost against Dallas.. Lets Goooo Heat.

ReportAccurately
ReportAccurately

"I saw 99.9 percent of the crowd stick it out." isn't an accurate number.  I heard around 2,000 fans left.   That's over 10%.

ReportAccurately
ReportAccurately

"I saw 99.9 percent of the crowd stick it out." isn't an accurate number.  I heard around 2,000 fans left.   That's over 10%.

Gilbert Gonzalez
Gilbert Gonzalez

BANDWAGONS! like Justin Bieber wearing a Miami Heat hat lol! pretty much sums up the entire fanbase.

Sonia V Diaz
Sonia V Diaz

Anyone who lives here knows they were trying to beat the unbearable traffic that forms in Biscayne after a game

Curtis Butler
Curtis Butler

I agree. Most of those so-called fans were in the lower bowl of the arena (the ones who can afford to pay thousands for choice seats). I'm glad that weren't allowed back in the arena. They shouldn't be allowed to attend game 7.

Diana Shapiro
Diana Shapiro

I think a lot of people were stressed out with the officiating. My contact lenses dried out so bad from anxiety, high blood pressure and a piercing, no blinking stare they literally popped out my eyes. My husband had to give me updates every 2 seconds at the end.

Chanelle Artiles
Chanelle Artiles

It WAS a small percentage and so what? They got what they deserved. They missed the most important part of the game. As fans of any franchise, people should focus on the good, creating a positive energy for the team they're rooting for, perhaps offer criticism when we disagree with a play. Spending so much energy lumping together the "majority" of Heat fans or even worse calling our city "fake" etc. only demonstrates what a poor attitude the the naysayers have.

Jay Lee Mendez
Jay Lee Mendez

Wait a second, no one wanted to see the spurs win. I'm not angry at then, it was depressing. No one knew that Coach Spoelstra had summoned the Phoenix to rise and bring this game back. So you extremist that think your better fans bc u watch longer, listen harder, and know every stat are dorks. Every team goes thru these social media lynching of fans. Get over it kid!

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Everybody's just trying to still find ways to bitch about Miami and the Miami heat. Fuck em!

Kenia West
Kenia West

Lawl die hard fans? Omg fake city blahh who cares the nba nor the heat are payin yo bills to b reppin so much shit. The heat won, isnt that enough?

tony38
tony38

RAT F*^*^*(&(  go find a new team to walk out on

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

People see what they want to see. So what a couple of hundred fans left? There were still 20k left in stands. I mean shit, the NBA was wheeling out the trophy for the Spurs. STFU haters, losers!

Camille Winns
Camille Winns

True Fan=ride or die!! Lmao @all who left!!!!

Lourdes Diaz
Lourdes Diaz

Miami, fair-weather fans??? NOOO! By the way, people in Miami leave every live performance early, its not reserved to losing Heat games.

J Leal Angel
J Leal Angel

No, leavin that kind of game early perfectly sums up the MAJORITY of Miami Heat "fans"

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

So let's thank those piece of shit fans for contributing to the continuing view that Miami fans have no loyalty. You people don't deserve this team, and you sure as hell didn't deserve to be at that game yesterday...

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Finally, the rest of America saw that most "hardcore fans" are as fake as the city itself...

timelf
timelf

@ReportAccurately You "heard" that from who? Why is their eyewitness account more valid than my eyewitness account? Just reporting what I saw. 

NotSurprising
NotSurprising

Twitted by a national sports writer, who's tweet was used in the main national story that's being reused.  "I'm happy for the 2,000 or so Heat fans who left with 30 seconds left. No traffic!"

@DanWetzel

Yahoo Sports national columnist. NYT best selling author. Wetzel to Forde radio show

and either way if even 2 people left your 99.9 is not an accurate number.

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