The Heats season could not have begun more intensely wrapped in emotion.
First it was opening night in Miami and the much-anticipated, championship-banner-raising ceremony prior to a victory over the hated rival Boston Celtics. The night was a mix of prideful joy and the kind of on-court vitriol personified by Kevin Garnett snubbing former teammate Ray Allen and Rajon Rondos flagrant, around-the-neck foul on Dwyane Wade.
Then it was on to New Yorks famous Madison Square Garden, where a region hit hard by Hurricane Sandy celebrated a cathartic victory by the Knicks. Some thought the game should not even have been played, much as the New York City Marathon was canceled in respect to the thousands affected by the storm a devastation that inspired Wade to donate his game paycheck (about $210,000) to relief efforts.
The emotion and intensity will ramp back up Wednesday when the renamed, revamped, and star-laden Brooklyn Nets visit Miami perhaps accompanied by star part-owner Jay-Z.
So we needed the break that Saturday night brought with the game against Denver here, and the one that Mondays game against Steve Nash-less Phoenix also will bring.
Thank you, faceless, star-less Nuggets and Suns, for being a brief sedative to help us calm down.
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• Baseball free agency is under way and the Marlins have signed pitcher Zack Greinke and slugger Josh Hamilton. (Hey, we can dream cant we?)
• San Francisco still celebrating Giants sweep of Tigers, led by rotund Pablo Sandoval, World Series MVP. Cannot confirm Sandoval is news spokesman for the Presidents Council on Physical Fatness.
• The NFL trade deadline passed with the Dolphins making no deals, although the media, with nothing better to do, had fun amusing itself with baseless rumors involving receiver Dwayne Bowe.
• The NHL canceled its Winter Classic, latest casualty of the ongoing lockout. Said the organizer of the Winter Classic: Its like losing the Super Bowl. Said everyone else: Um, no it isnt.
Countdown: 14 days till the NASCAR grand finale at Homestead, with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson now in the Chase for the Cup points lead and on the pole again Sunday. Looks like nothing will stop J.J.s sixth crown short of forcing him to drive Hertz rental car.
• And in other news, the World Series of Posers ended. Oops, I meant World Series of Poker. Sorry, Freud.
• Charles Barkley now says LeBron James could be better than Michael Jordan. The NBA has new rules against flopping, but I guess flip-flopping is still allowed.
• Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert now admits he regrets angrily guaranteeing that Cleveland would win an NBA title before LeBrons Heat. It might be no coincidence that Gilbert got rich off a company call Fathead.
• The Minnesota Timberwolves are being criticized for having only five black players on their 15-man roster. The Minnesota Timberwhites.
• Update: It is now only 14 months until NBA commissioner David Sterns
• Three Pitt football players played against Notre Dame on Saturday despite being charged with assault. Anybody seen Pitt coach Paul Chrysts missing spine?