A Monday in June will be blessed with a Heat championship parade for a second consecutive year, an occasion of utter joyful celebration and great civic pride and because this is Miami plenty of griping and whining as well.
You might recall that a year ago, there were complaints the parade was too short, too brief, and that it was too hot out. This year, we might expect all of that plus flummoxed outrage over the citys backpack ban or the arena ceremony being restricted to season-ticket holders.
Hmm. Im not sure what says spoiled fans more: leaving an NBA Finals Game 6 thriller early and missing the big finish in overtime or nitpicking a championship parade.
Dont sweat the small stuff, people. Relax and party like the Heat did after winning Game 7 on Thursday. They reportedly ran up a $100,000 liquor bill at Story in South Beach, including 100 bottles of Dom Perignon champagne, a bar tab picked up by the nightclub.
Make like a Heat player Monday and bring a $5,000, three-liter bottle of Jeroboam champagne to the parade. Just dont try to put it in a backpack!
Mondays parade will be the crescendo of a scintillating championship run by LeBron James and company. And then? Whats next? What can possibly replace this adrenaline rush the Heat has given us?
Well, um, the Marlins are back home Tuesday playing the Twins.
Sort of like falling off a cliff, isnt it?
• The city of Miami is banning backpacks from being carried by fans attending Mondays Heat parade after the Boston Marathon bombings. Good. Backpacks were intended for kids at school. Nobody older than 20 should ride a skateboard or carry a backpack.
Linda Holubec, the estranged mother of the Heats Chris Birdman Andersen, gave an interview revealing that she too is covered with many tattoos: #toomuchinformation.
• Its hearing with Miami over, the NCAA will now spend several weeks deliberating further punishment against UM in the Nevin Shapiro case. An unnamed source said sanctions would be minor. However, another unnamed source said the first unnamed source was full of [bleep].
• The Marlins Giancarlo Stanton became only the ninth player to reach 100 home runs in his first 400 career games. The question isnt whether hell reach 200, but, sadly, whose uniform hell be wearing then.
Jonathan Huberdeau became the Panthers first NHL Rookie of the Year. A franchise that last won a playoff series in 1996 takes the good news where it can.
• Justin Rose won last weeks U.S. Open as poor Phil Mickelson faltered to his record sixth runner-up finish in a major he has never won. Its so sad when Mickelson fans at a U.S. Open hold up giant foam hands making a peace sign and chant Were No. 2! as hes trying to putt.
• The NBA Draft is Thursday, and three Miami-tied players ex-Cane Shane Larkin and the sons of former Heat stars Tim Hardaway and Glen Rice all could be first-round picks. Then again, since the Heat has no pick, its like the draft isnt even happening.
• The Panthers have the No. 2 overall pick in the NHL Draft next Sunday. Any of three or four players could be the Florida pick, according to ESPN draft analyst Pierre Kiper Jr.