Miami Heat: A Fan’s Plea to Keep Track Of All Those Jumping Off The Bandwagon

Before you have even one word of conversation with anyone about the Heat today, you need to get them on the record in response to one question. The question’s genesis is rooted in more serious topics — from friend and occasional guest blogger Wichi — but can be relevant elsewhere. The question is, in or out?

Do they think the Heat will win this year? Yes or no. If the person attempts to answer that they believe the Heat can win, if they do a better job of … yada yada yada. Please inform them that that was not the question being asked and make a note that you are dealing with a weasel [i.e. Yankee fan]. Then ask them again, slowly, do they think the Heat will win this year?

File the answer away in a safe place. If their answer today is no and the Heat go on to win the NBA Championship, it is your job to remind them of their answer for the rest of their natural lives. Trust me on this one, the joy derived from such reminders will rival any fun derived from the actual team win.

Assuming we expand Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Man in the Arena’ concept to include those who support those literally in the Arena, then today’s Heat detractors fit the “cold and timid souls” description nicely.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Like the upcoming recall, I’m in with a yes.

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About Jorge Costales

- Cuban Exile [veni] - Raised in Miami [vidi] - American Citizen [vici]
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8 Responses to Miami Heat: A Fan’s Plea to Keep Track Of All Those Jumping Off The Bandwagon

  1. I'm just dissappointed at their lack of being able to put teams away.
    Getting beat doesn't bother me at this point as much as losing games that they are winning by more than 20 and end up losing.
    It's like a lack of focus.
    Will they win this year? As much of a fan as I am, and I'll be rooting all the way, I say they don't win this year… Yes, I'm one of the weisels…

  2. Jorge Costales says:

    Thinking the Heat won't win doesn't make you a weasel. That is reserved for those who try to qualify their answer.

    What it does do, in case of a Heat championship this year, is to keep you from fully enjoying the win.

    To make a bad AND sacrilegious analogy, you'll feel like Peter at a post-Resurrection reception. Looking around for any witnesses to the whole pre-cock crowing denial thing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Espinosa must be a good friend; Quit 'spreading the honey bucket' He is a wiesel. The heat will go through Orlando, or catch a very tired Celtics team in the second round. The Spurs are very well coached and history has it that team with best regular season record moves on to Championship game. By then Duncan will be worned out and it will be 'Miller time in Wade-County' Lebron will be second fiddle (Not!)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Espinosa please go ahead and redeem yourself (Weisels not allowed to post comments) Are you related to Reverendo Espinosa? Also notallowed to post if you are Two great happenings yesterday…
    …Our new 'Titan de Bronze' will be freed. Bicet will be the voice that could light that fire. Nobel price?…and the Heat baby – Miller Time!! Mr. Espinosa please jump again the in bandwagon.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just realized I have been not spelling weasel correctly….still the same meaning. Rmember 'Reverendo Espinosa' the Castro infiltrado spy of the late 70's – early 80's

  6. Jorge Costales says:

    Dear Anonymous

    Your courage is exceeded only by your spelling abilities, hint 'remember'- ya vamos por dos Papo.

    Carlos, don't take the bait – he may be at the next Retreat. We'll get him then. Right after we figure out what to put on his name tag.

  7. Dionisio Corujo says:

    Oye Jorge quien es el anonimos este? Dile que aprenda a escribir. Quien es es reverendo Espinosa? Por favor no lo lleves al retreat, por lo menos no lo pongas conmigo.

    Proverbs 17:28

  8. Jorge Costales says:

    Wow, no coincidences – I was just thinking, this is a job for Dionisio or Steve.

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