View Full Version : Article on how ESPN is ruining the Miami Heat

D Roses Bulls
10-11-2010, 07:21 PM
The actual title is "ESPN taking Heat Obsession too Far" but when you actually read the story, they pretty much explain how they are ruining the heats image. To be honest, I feel bad for the true Heat fans. the ones who supported the team before July. I have made my hatred for James known and like ive said before July, even if he came to the Bulls, I would support it because I thought he'd make the team better, but I still wouldnt of liked him. But Wade is my favorite player and since I am from florida, like ive said and the real heat fans on psd know this that I dont hate or dislike the heat, just pretty much Lebron and the bandwagon Heat fans that werent there from the beginning. So the true heat fans will get this story even though some how I know some of the bandwagoners still wont. this wasnt to discredit the heat, its not your fault most of america doesnt like you, its ESPN's and it will continue to be there fault when they go over board like this with the "Heat Index" like this story talks about and most of you heard ESPN was launching.

From the friendly folks who gave you "The Decision," comes ...

"The Season!"

If something special is at hand, who better to bring you all you want and more than ESPN, which will make the Heat the first team in any sport with its own section on its Web site.

The Lakers, Celtics and Magic will continue being jammed into the NBA page with the other 26 teams.

Going all out, ESPN hired Miami Herald beat writer Michael Wallace and Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who has covered LeBron James since high school.

They will head a four-man staff covering every Heat game, practice and club appearance, or as ESPN puts it, "the culture, scene and lifestyle angles tied to South Beach."

A raft of features, announced proudly, include:

"Chase for 72 An automated, daily forecast of how many games the Heat will win, including ESPN.com's John Hollinger projecting the odds of the Heat matching the Chicago Bulls' record of 72 wins."

"Tracking the Big 3 An automated tracking of how James, (Dwyane) Wade and (Chris) Bosh stack up against the best trios in NBA history."

"Triple-Double Tracker A module tracking James' progress towards averaging a triple-double for an entire season."

ESPN has taken the lead on this story the old-fashioned way:

Buying it.

Now the people who pre-empted their reporters, purchased James' announcement that he was joining the Heat and helped James trash his image in 60 minutes are back with six months of their specialty: journalism mixed with fawning mixed with farce.

ESPN doesn't think these things through, doesn't care or is just at that anxious stage when it no longer grows 20 percent a year.

"The Decision" was a nationwide joke, lampooned everywhere, even by Steve Carell and Paul Rudd on the ESPY Awards.

Trumpeted by "SportsCenter," the "Heat Index" will drive coverage i.e. dumb it down while tickling the national gag reflex anew.

It's just the latest woe to befall the Heat, which did nothing to deserve its notoriety generated largely by "The Decision."

The Heat are the Pentagon of the NBA, in the image of President Pat Riley, who pulled off this coup.

Belying his movie-star charisma and lyrical quotes, Riley has a long-held leeriness, if not outright fear and loathing, of the press.

As Lakers coach, when the press ate out of his hand like a chipmunk, Riley closed practices.

With the Knicks in the midst of a tabloid crossfire, Riley called the press "the beast that has to be fed every day."

Now it really is a beast, devouring all who come near it, like James, who went from The One to The Jerk overnight.

Not that Riley can stonewall ESPN, emerging Garbo-like only for low-key group sessions with the locals.

As NBA partner/broadcaster, ESPN has its access guaranteed.

So, I'm going to take this opportunity to launch my own index before ESPN's on Monday.

Chase for 72: Here's my automated daily projection of the Heat's chances of winning 72 games: 0.1 percent.

Not that people get excited these days, but predicting 72 wins has become an annual rite.

Last season, Lakers and Celtics players predicted they would win 72, missing by 15 and 22, respectively.

For the newly assembled Heat, in a whirlwind atmosphere, with 10 holy wars against the Celtics, Magic and Lakers and two fun trips to Cleveland! 65 wins would be a lot.

(This just in: With Wade tweaking his hamstring which, he said, was already tight in the exhibition opener, my automated daily forecast drops to 0.01 percent.)

Of course, Hollinger may be obliged to play along and give them a 1 or 2 percent shot.

If anyone wants those odds, I'd be happy to book it.

Tracking the Big 3: Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, then three of the top five all time, averaged 71 points, 36 rebounds and 16.8 assists in the 1968-69 season.

For pure scoring, Denver's Kiki Vandeweghe, Alex English and Dan Issel averaged 77 points in 1982-83.

Track that.

Triple-Double Tracker: A snap, since James has only 30 in seven seasons.

Not that he couldn't average a triple-double if he set his mind to it, with career highs of 7.9 rebounds and 8.6 assists.

It's just that LeBron has bigger things on his mind like a title than something so draining and, everywhere but the Heat Index, silly.

On the plus side, we have yet another plotline.

Now it's Lakers vs. Heat vs. Celtics vs. Magic and, in a bonus, Heat vs. Worldwide Leader vs. world!


10-11-2010, 07:23 PM
They just mad.

10-11-2010, 07:29 PM
You mean the "HEAT". With capital letters from start to end because that's how we roll.

Get with the program dawg.

D Roses Bulls
10-11-2010, 07:29 PM
They just mad.

actually the writer as you can see I think feels bad for the heat. he ismaking fun of ESPN. not the Heat.

D Roses Bulls
10-11-2010, 07:30 PM
You mean the HEAT. With capital letters from start to end because that's how we roll.

:confused: did you switch team?

10-11-2010, 07:36 PM
:confused: did you switch team?

Hell yea i'm down in south beach on top of my CAPS LOCK game. :cool: (NOT)

Brew Crew
10-11-2010, 07:44 PM
Will they cover the circle-jerks that those 3 will be doing with the fellas of South Beach?

10-11-2010, 07:47 PM
Who cares? actually every team has a truehoop site. bet you didn't know that.

for example Bulls site called- "by the Horns"
Celtics site- "Celtics Hub"

10-11-2010, 07:47 PM
People eat it up. ESPN is in the business of appealing to the largest group they can. It's the biggest story in the NBA, one of the biggest in the sport's history. Love them, or hate them, we all care a tremendous amount about the Heat. ESPN knows this, and is taking advantage of it.

It is extremely annoying, but again, I don't fault ESPN at all.

Brew Crew
10-11-2010, 08:52 PM
Love them, or hate them, we all care a tremendous amount about the Heat. ESPN knows this, and is taking advantage of it.

I for one...Do not. Unless it has a negative title.

10-11-2010, 09:14 PM
I for one...Do not. Unless it has a negative title.

:facepalm: thats caring in a negative fashion aka hating. Your paying attention to them exactly what espn wants ur feeding the very thing ur supposedly against.

10-11-2010, 09:16 PM
Who cares? actually every team has a truehoop site. bet you didn't know that.

for example Bulls site called- "by the Horns"
Celtics site- "Celtics Hub"

yes, but those are blogs, written by a third party in many cases. The Heat index is an over the top, masturbatory exercise. The issue isn't with the Heat, it's with espn. The heat have no choice in this as the article points out, they have to allow espn access since they are nba partners. The article is just pointing out that by taking what could be a really great season and making it the espn show pony, espn is tainting it and creating more dislike that is probably unfair to the heat.

10-11-2010, 09:24 PM
quite the surprise who posted this. d roses bulls, its ok to admit you are jealous of the heat and who they got and who you got

10-11-2010, 09:25 PM
I'm sorry, but this topic has been talked about a lot and it never provides anything useful, it usually just causes more trouble. I'm going to close this before it gets the chance to grow and become a problem again.