VIDEO: Meet the Miami Heat fans who left early, missed overtime and tried to get back in
We've all been mocking them in the abstract since about 10 p.m. Eastern time last night (well, I have been, at least). Now it's time to meet them. Let's have a little video interview session with the Miami Heat fans who left Game 6 early. Some of them are still fully convinced that the Heat had lost at the time they are being interviewed.
Thanks to NBC Miami, video interviews with Miami Heat fans who left Game 6 early can be found below. Props to the guy in the glasses who yells, "It wasn't our yearrrrrrrrr!!!" (:21) as if this were something to be proud of.
When your own local media calls you "unfaithful", you are probably not among the most feared fanbases in pro sports.
Listen, we've all left a game early before. (Disclaimer: I have never done this. I will sit there down ten scores until the clock runs out, thanks to some idiot sense of obsessively personal obligation to my sports team. Of course, I don't have a family or kids -- probably also a symptom of my idiot sense of obsessively personal obligation to my sports team)
But for Heat fans (pictured left, and yes that is a Photoshop fake that I stole from a Deadspin comment), this does not help Miami's reputation as a city where the weather is fair and the fans are fair-weather. They arrive late for games, and the franchise has in the past been reduced to dressing seats up as fans to obscure their fans' tardiness. While American Airlines Arena did sell out for the season, its attendance was far more middling prior to LeBron James' arrival in free agency.
And it's not just Heat Haters taking Miami fans to task for their early exit strategies -- Miami Heat players are openly complaining about Miami Heat fans.
"For all those guys who left, make sure you don't come to Game 7," Miami forward-center Chris Bosh told ESPN. "We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us. They can stay where they are and watch the game at home."