Heat players champagne hangovers have barely subsided (the championship parade isnt even until Monday), and already Miami is set as the early 2012-13 NBA title favorite at 11-4 odds, followed by vanquished Oklahoma City at 5-1, then Chicago at 6-1.
Am proud to say our citys celebration immediately following Thursday nights home victory didnt get too out of hand, because were a bit different here. You know how other urban areas sometimes riot after winning a championship by lighting fires and turning over cars?
The closest we came in South Beach was lighting flambés of bananas Foster and turning over shakers of Mojitos.
In addition to the beaten Thunder, the biggest losers coming out of the NBA Finals are all the LeBron James critics and haters who now have a much tougher challenge to maintain their animus. Much of that seems to have subsided, even in Cleveland, where Cavs owner Dan Gilbert congratulated Miami on Twitter (though not mentioning James). Also, Congrats LeBron was a briefly-trending topic on the social-media site.
Stubborn, lunatic outposts of vitriol remain, of course, entrenched, bunker-like.
Clevelands WTAM-1100 radio is inviting website visitors to affirm the lovely sentiment You Still [Stink], LeBron! and thousands have. In a Cleveland Plain-Dealer poll, about 67 percent are voting that they either never liked James or like him even less now that he has won a ring.
Stay classy, Cleveland!
Haters gonna hate. How many fans outside of South Florida probably thought James was faking those leg cramps? And remember, when, with Thursdays clinching game well in hand, LeBron sat down with 3:01 to play so Heat fans could cheer him appreciatively? Hater headline:
LeBron Scoreless In Last Three Minutes As Fourth-Quarter Fizzles Continue!
• Things about the OKC Thunder I found funny: 1) Serge Ibaka inviting a Breathalyzer by saying LeBron is not a good defender; 2) Kevin Durant telling superstar two-time champion Dwyane Wade he was too small; and 3) the family of baby sparrows flying out of James Hardens beard.
• Popular Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally won again after a four-year drought covering 143 races. I thought NASCAR was smart to tell the other drivers to let him win a damned race, dont you?
• Wimbledon gets under way Monday, with Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova the top seeds. My favorite part of Wimbledon is writers rhapsodizing over the strawberries and cream there as if that isnt readily available everywhere and just as good.
• Despite a broad public perception of guilt, Roger Clemens was acquitted on all six counts of perjury over steroids accusations. Leaving the courtroom, federal prosecutors tripped over their gigantic floppy shoes and fell flat on their big red clown noses.
• A jury found Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 of 48 counts in his child-sex-abuse trial. Testimony against the former Penn State football assistant coach was overwhelming, but his fate was sealed when the judge denied an emergency defense motion to fly in the Clemens jury.
• Dan Le Batard, colleague and 790 The Ticket host, paid off a bet with Charles Barkley over last years NBA Finals by stripping down to a Speedo bathing suit at the Clevelander in South Beach. Le Batard lost the bet, as did anyone who saw him in a Speedo.