White Hot Heat Causes Another Chicago Fire

October 8th will be the 140th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.  It has been argued for years what the true origin of the disaster was, even including speculation a cow was involved.

Thankfully, property and lives were not lost last night in Chicago. It was a different kind of disaster.  However, there is no doubt on the origin.  It was a specific heat source.  The Miami Heat.

Miami advanced to the NBA Finals with their 83-80 victory.  The Bulls – and their fans – advanced to an off-season of healing, recovery and rebuilding.

In the last two games Dallas and Oklahoma City played in their series, the Thunder could do absolutely nothing right in crunch time.  Mavs fans touted how their team took both contests by the throat.  Thunder fans lamented how their team got something caught in their collective throat both games.

If you did not see the final three minutes of last evening’s Heat-Bulls game and you asked Miami and Chicago fans how they saw it…you…like back in 1871…would get conflicting testimonies.

ESPN’s Daily Dime even has as its #10th “drop” of the day a simple poll question…”what happened at the end of Game 5…Heat won it/Bulls lost it?” 

Since I will make the assumption we agreed prior to Game 5 Chicago has only two options on offense and one involves getting their hands on missed shots…and the other involves one player having to do everything – often with one of the league’s best defenders in his grill down the stretch – we knew Miami was going to win this series eventually.

How they clinched the series will be discussed all summer long…an 18-3 run in those final three minutes.  The fire that burns within LeBron James and Dwyane Wade consumed all of Chicago in the blink of an eye.  These superstars would not be denied with the game on the line…all too familiar by now to the Bulls and their faithful.

As pressure turns lumps of coal into diamonds, the final three minutes of this game once more showed us – between these teams in these Playoffs – who was the real deal and who was cubic zirconia.

James was ineffective most of the night and Wade looked as if he was injured, turning the ball over at an alarming rate and continuing to dish off at odd times…missing shots badly at others.  But at game’s end…there they were again…manufacturing more creative ways to torch the Bulls.

Chicago fans, you can pick through the ashes all you want on this one…starting with why Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah were not on the floor at the end of the game on such an offensively challenged squad?

However, there is no doubt what burned through the city of Chicago last night.  White…hot…Heat.


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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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4 Responses to White Hot Heat Causes Another Chicago Fire

  1. FireDannyAinge says:

    I feel bad for the Bulls. They had no chance of beating the Heat.

    ESPN had an article up the other day about how most people are waiting for Lebron to fail. You know what that means? A free trip to the finals to lose so that white Dirk can be the new face of the NBA.

    Sorry but the NBA is desperate for a white star and if anyone gets the benefit every time he steps on the court it is Dirk.

    There have actually been articles comparing him to Larry Bird. Larry had 3 titles and would have had more if it wasn’t for his bad back. Dirk has one NBA finals where he choked away to free throws that could have helped the Mavs have a chance at a title.

    You think the Mavs get no credit. I think they get too much credit. I am not sure how you feel they get ignored. I have to change sportscenter every 5 seconds because all they show are them and the Yankees. GAG ME!


  2. The Dallas Mavericks are now getting the superteam, superstar, superduper treatment…when they were playing the Lakers it was if there was only one team on the court…oh wait, there WAS only one TEAM on the court!!! Anyway, my point is now that we have arrived at the Finals ABC/ESPN/Disney will now have you believe Dirk is better than Bird…Rick Carlisle is a genius…etc., etc. They were completely ignored while dispatching Portland and the Lakers. That has been my issue with coverage of Dallas…pre-OKC series. I found it fascinating ABC/ESPN/Disney chose to promote the Finals using footage of not only the Big Three’s disco party last summer but LeBron “posting up” his Head Coach. Classy.


  3. FireDannyAinge says:

    I think the Mavs have ALWAYS gotten too much attention. I guess it is perception because I HATE them and I see them in my nightmare but I always saw them on ESPN during the first two series. I changed the channel a million times to avoid looking at them.

    Marc Cuban and the way he acted in 06 deserve nothing.

    Funny about the Lakers not actually showing up. It made me chuckle. Another thing about perception. The Lakers getting swept was HUGE news and a complete FAIL but the Celtics winning ONE game was this valiant effort. Explain to me the difference? ESPN likes the Celtics and loves to hate the Lakers.


  4. Another example of ESPN love for their backyard is when the UConn Head Football Coach Randy Edsall decided to take the Maryland job while his team was in their BCS game and literally left the team to fly home by themselves…skipping the charter flight to go accept a job somewhere else…having mentioned nothing to the team after the game. IF it went down exactly that way, one of the most shameful examples they always talk about for three days straight about “what about the kids” (as Dick Vitale would say). Massive coverage in the case of the UConn situation on ESPN. Hardly a whisper.


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