It has been a few weeks now and I thought I'd post a somewhat irreverent celebration of the Miami Heat's third championship finals in a row and their back-to-back NBA titles that I heard while listening to 790 The Ticket on the day after the second championship. This morning, I had the satisfaction of watching Mike & Mike on ESPN admitting the obvious: the crazed lynch mob that trashed LeBron James after "The Decision" was wrong.
Bigtime. And yes, LeBron has had the last laugh.
That admission now leads nicely into these two videos produced by Dan Lebetard and DJ Valentine down in Miami after each of the last two championship years. I can only hope some of you enjoy the radio rants and the videos that accompany them as much as I did. So, without further adieu, here is the tribute rant from Dan LeBatard of 790 The Ticket in Miami in 2012:
And here's the tribute rant in honor of another Miami Heat championship from Dan LeBatard in 2013:
Yes, I genuinely loved both rants. The Florida Boy in me absolutely loved both of them. Especially that line about "not one, not two, not three . . . " no longer resembling a joke so much as a threat.
And how about LeBatard's Papi telling all the haters and doubters to "eat it with mayonnaise," etc. That's some real Florida Boy smack for your natural-born behind right there, son!
How about the greatness that is LeBron James, huh? How about it? I'm going to do a separate post on the subject but until then, this is from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald in a curious piece where he first asserts LeBron has had to devour a bakery full of humble pie just to begin recovering from the fallout from "The Decision" but, in the same piece, goes on to say:
ESPN.com had a piece examining why LeBron has not appeared in more TV endorsements. Hmm. He is all over Nike ads. He pitched Beats by Dre during the playoffs. He has major deals with McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, State Farm and Samsung, and he makes more money in endorsements — $50 million-plus per year — than any other American athlete. But other than that!
So, why in the hell would Greg Cote assert that LeBron is only now -- after devouring all kinds of humble pie -- only now! recovering from how he announced his decision to come to Miami ???
Apparently, when it comes to King James of the Basketball Court, people have the hardest time thinking logically and from a consistent frame of reference.