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.