The Heat won! Partys over. Hangovers have been nursed, sleep caught up on. So lets do it all over again.
Its time for a parade.
Bring the pots and pans back out. Make some more noise. Why not? The real thunders here now, baby, not in OKCs corral.
Mondays the day, Brickell and downtown Miami the place.
Victory festivities start early, at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m. the cavalcade of the newly crowned NBA champs will wend its way from Brickell Village over the Miami River to the AmericanAirlines Arena, site of the great vanquishing of the Oklahoma City pretenders to King James rightful throne.
And the people shall be cheerful. Although it will be Monday and maybe some of them should be at work.
I just got Monday off so I can go to the PARADE!!!! Marli@marlid83 tweeted on Friday afternoon.
Like Marli, other Heat fan twitteratti wore out their exclamation keys in happily ungrammatical anticipation.
Cant wait for the parade Monday tweeted Andrew Moss@ABMoss88. I still cant believe the heat are champs!!!!!!
Believe it. (Not that we ever doubted it).
The championship glow hovered over bleary-eyed South Florida on a very wet Friday, a day after the Heats late-night Game 5 win had them dancing in the streets from Hialeah to South Beach.
Fans descended upon sporting goods stores to snatch up commemorative T-shirts and hats. The stop-and-go morning commute was spiced up by sports radio blaring Queens We Are The Champions.
Heat star Dwyane Wade began the morning with this tweet: WOW..God is good..congrats to the city of Miami... yall deserve this moment...WORLD CHAMPION..#TeamNoSleep I love you guys..
Later in the day, Finals MVP LeBron James tweeted: OMFG I think it just hit me, Im a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!!
For Heat fan Gerardo Rodriguez, the Finals triumph means sweet revenge. When the Heat lost the Finals in 6 games to the Dallas Mavericks last year, Rodriguez, who lives in Dallas, endured the further indignity of having to watch the Dallas victory parade, which passed right by the restaurant where he worked.
This year, though, Rodriguez will plans his first-ever visit to Miami to watch the Heats victory parade.
I even converted my girlfriend into a Heat fan, Rodriguez said. She loves D-Wade.
The parade of Heat players and coaches will start at the corner of Southeast Eighth Street and Second Avenue, head east on Eighth, then north on Brickell Avenue across the bridge and north on Biscayne Boulevard to the arena.
At 12:30 p.m., the team will go inside AmericanAirlines Arena for an additional private celebration reserved for season-ticket holders. Neither the parade nor the indoor festivities will be shown on the big screen on the arenas exterior.
Thursday night, Game 5s lopsided score made the outcome a foregone conclusion. But at the Clevelander in South Beach, they counted down the games final seconds like it was New Years Eve nonetheless.
When the clock hit all zeroes, the pool bar exploded with screams, hugs and high-fives.
LeBron [James] did it, said Jeff Hall, a Heat fan from Washington who traveled to South Florida for the NBA Finals. They said he couldnt do it, but he came to Miami and he brought home a ring. This is incredible.