The NBA defending champion Miami Heat opened preseason training camp this weekend as strong betting favorites to win it all again. The Heat is No. 1 in ESPN’s preseason power rankings, and LeBron James, Dwyne Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are first, eighth and 18th, respectively, in the overall ranking of the league’s top players.
Well, this is no fun. The Heat is too good, too perfect. There’s nothing to complain about!
I mean, fans of the last-place Marlins get to watch manager Ozzie Guillen and pitcher Heath Bell embarrassingly bicker publicly about who respects whom less, and prepare to put to bed maybe the most disappointing season in franchise history.
Beleaguered Dolphins fans can rightly complain about this little 40-year pause between Super Bowl winners, or about their team not even winning a single playoff game since 2000.
The NHL lockout means Panthers fans don’t even have a season to disappoint them, let alone that the club last won a playoff series in 1996.
Over on the college side, impatient Hurricanes football fans’ long wait for a return to national relevance is only complicated and imperiled by NCAA issues.
You know what Heat fans have to complain about?
That the championship parade didn’t last long enough! Seriously.
You know what the biggest controversy surrounding the Heat is?
That several really good players won’t get enough minutes because the roster is so deep and talented.
Fans of the Dolphins and Marlins wonder if they’ll ever make the playoffs again.
Heat fans’ only agony is the wait to see whether they’ll face the Lakers or Thunder in the NBA Finals.
We need controversy! Maybe LeBron and D-Wade can fake that they don’t get along. Maybe we can get Ray Allen to complain about not starting. Or perhaps we could plant a rumor that Pat Riley is getting the itch to coach again!
I mean, please. We need a little something — anything — to break up the monotony of relentless success and winning between now and the next tragically short championship parade.
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