the bandwagon city

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

you're welcome, lebron

Last Friday, LeBron James decided he was taking his talents back to Cleveland, ending probably the most fun and dominant four year span any Miami sports team will have in my lifetime. Heat fans have obviously been deflated, confused, hurt, but also, kind of surprisingly, overwhelmingly mild. They were also grateful and reverent. SUPER reverent, actually. Twitter was flooded with #ThankYouLeBron and people on Facebook were posting "Thanks for four great years LeBron! Miami will always be your second home." I even saw one tweet that said "Thank you LeBron for winning us two championships I hope you reach 6." Chill, guys. It seemed like a combination of "let's not freak out like Cleveland did," "look at how much perspective I have," and "see, America? We're good fans! How about a pat on the head?"


There has been a lot of national praise for LeBron the past few days. Articles in local newspapers have been about how great these past four years have been, how we were lucky to have him on our home team, and how he "brought us championships." Lucky?


Here's my problem with the coverage: this isn't a one way street. He didn't "bring" Miami championships. He won championships in Miami, with the Heat. The Miami Heat ain't chopped liver, they're about championships. Of course LeBron wanted to come here. Of course he wanted to come to the Heat and to be on Wade's team, because Wade's team is a winner. It was a winner before Wade. Since 1995, Pat Riley’s first year here, the Heat missed the playoffs 3 times in 19 seasons. They're legit. That's our team.




During seven years in Cleveland, LeBron reached the Finals once, but got swept. During those same seven years, the Heat and Dwyane Wade also reached the Finals once, and won. Cleveland reached the playoffs 5 times, Miami 6. The Heat brought back Alonzo Mourning, pulled off a monster, championship-or-bust trade to link up end-of-prime Shaq with kamikaze Dwyane Wade, and added Hall of Famer Gary Payton along with Jason Williams, Antoine Walker, and James Posey. Cleveland went out and got LeBron Larry Hughes, Damon Jones, and Donyell Marshall. The Cavs are weak, man.


Do the Heat win two of the last four Finals without LeBron? Nope. Does he win them without the Heat? Hell no. If Wade, LeBron, and Bosh all teamed up in Cleveland, do they go two for four? Would Shane Battier have gone there for a discount? Does Ray Allen take half the money Boston offered to go to the Cleveland Cavaliers?


You can thank LeBron all you want, it's not unwarranted. These past four years have been hilariously fun.

But if you're going to do that, then you have to thank the Miami Heat, because no other team could've pulled this off. Thank D-Wade, Pat Riley, Zo, Udonis, McAdoo. Those guys are your boys. Those are the guys that brought this city three rings, LeBron James' prime, and playoff appearances in 16 of the last 19 seasons. That's our team, and they're not going anywhere. So, suck it up, Miami.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

chris bosh finds his long lost brother

in case you missed it, Chris Bosh was on Univision's Despierta America last week, and it did not disappoint. Bosh was reconnected with his long lost brother on the show, an unbelievable story of undying love and amazing perseverance. I dare you not to tear up.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

new logo and other news

We have a new logo, and our mother site, miaminicemag.com, just got a makeover. So there'll be more posts here from here on out, maybe.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

heat vs. bulls: game 3

Alright, let's break down the game. Just kidding. Here's a conversation with a fellow bandwagoner leading up to the night Nazr tried to upstage Filomena.




Friday, April 12, 2013

vintage miami logos

Oh, hello there. I came across some cool old Miami sports logos while engulfed in one of my favorite past times, searching "vintage miami" on eBay. I would love to see the Dolphins coat of arms and Hurricanes sideways palm trees revived, would you? Oh yea, the last one, I ended up buying that one.





Wednesday, September 1, 2010

hurricanes in new york city

although there really may be a hurricane headed to New York City, the Miami Hurricanes football team are in talks with the New York Yankees to play a game at the new Yankee Stadium. The game would be in 2013 against a non-conference opponent yet to be named (not the Gators). The stadium is set to host a bunch of college football games over the next couple of years, starting this November 20th when Notre Dame takes on Army (so weak), and will host a new bowl, "The Pinstripe Bowl", which will be the Big East's #3 vs. Big 12's #6.

The Canes have a presence in the northeast and would definitely draw, especially if they play a team from the area like Penn State. The last college football game played in New York City was at the old Yankee Stadium, when they hosted "The Gotham Bowl" (which is a waaay better name, why don't you stick with that New York?). The last game was in 1962 when the Hurricanes lost to Nebraska 36-34.

This is the layout for the Pinstripe Bowl, and presumably all other college football games played there.

hurricanes nike pro combat 2010

Nike can't just change everyones uniform every year, they have to change everyones uniforms twice a year. For the second year in a row Nike revealed their Pro Combat uniforms for 10 college football teams, including FAMU. Just kidding, but the Canes' jerseys look like that, I really hate them. Why that green shiny helmet? Nike really gets to do whatever they want. The best part of the Hurricanes' uniform was the white helmet. They'll wear this uniform at home against Virginia Tech (Saturday 11/20).



marlins peanuts

there's not much to say about this picture except that I find it hilarious. I found these in the Publix on US1 in front of UM. There's been a resurgence in talk about the Marlins being cheap, so I guess you can say they're paying their players... peanuts?

Friday, August 27, 2010

sun liv stadium

Steven Ross can not be stopped. I thought the Britto covered ramps and Fergie on the miamidolphins.com home page were bad, but this is absurd. The Dolphins and Miami Marketing Group, co-owner of LIV, are bringing a mini version of the Fountainebleau nightclub to, uh, Sun Life Stadium (almost forgot the name). This is for real. Forealforeal. It's going to be in the west endzone, taking up part of the club section (duh) and 300 level, and some of the 400 level. They're taking out 400 seats and 17 suites, but the space will hold about 800 people. It works like this: you buy a ticket to the club, which I guess just means you get to stand in there, or you can get a table for 4-15 people. They haven't released how much it'll cost but I'm guessing it'll land anywhere between crazy to ridiculously expensive. Oh and I know what you're thinking, "the Dolphins are the ultimate cheeseballs (case in point), how can they make this a little cheesier?" I'll tell you how, there will be a fantasy football concierge at the mini-LIV to help you with your fantasy team. CONCIERGE? Where am I? That's not all, at halftime there will be such DJ acts as Tiesto, Erick Morillo, and Cedric Gervais. Granted, I only know who one of those guys is, but if Cedric Gervais is related to Ricky Gervais, I may be hitting up the ticket exchange.

PS. The Dolphins still plan on having 16 actual football games this year.

Oh yea and it'll be all black and white. (Just kidding)


The space should be ready for the Fins home opener Sunday night, Sept. 26, against the Jets.

Monday, August 23, 2010

reggaeton con pollo

our favorite Golden Panther, Carlos Arroyo, is a reggaeton singer. I can't believe I didn't know this until right now. He released a single last month featuring Yomo (Puerto Rican reggaeton... artist?) called Se Va Conmigo. It's more or less the standard reggaeton song, with enough auto-tune for about five or six reggaeton songs. Apparently Arroyo started a record label called "Arroyo Hit Music" last year, and this is his SECOND single! There's more! The first one, Oculto Secreto, is also heavy on the auto-tune, but has a really serious opening monologue. So that makes it better?

P.S. One of the comments on YouTube was "eso es un Transformer cantando."