All good paleos should be rooting for the Spurs. The Spur are organic and homegrown. The Heat are corporate and manufactured/artificial. The Spurs are all that is right about professional sports. They’re the Braves of the NBA. The Heat are all that is wrong with professional sports. They’re the Yankees of the NBA.
OK, I’m kidding. Well mostly kidding. I primarily needed an excuse to post about the Spurs.
Normally I root for the home team, as all paleos should. I root for the Georgia Bulldogs. I root for the Atlanta Falcons. I root for the Atlanta Braves. I root for the Atlanta Hawks. But I also root for the Spurs. I was stationed in San Antonio for a substantial part of my Air Force career, and during that time I became a fan of the Spurs, so I have a legitimate reason to root for them. So no one should accuse me of bandwagon jumping. (If the Spurs ever play the Hawks in a NBA Finals, I’ll have a delimma.)
People say the Spurs don’t get enough love nationally because they play in a small media market, and that’s true, but there is a flip-side of that. In San Antonio there are no other pro teams. The Spurs are the only pro game in town. For that reason they are embraced and dearly beloved by the city. It is hard to live in San Antonio for any period of time and not become a fan of the Spurs.
For the record, I don’t hate the Heat despite their artificialness. (I do hate the Yankees.) For one year as a child (1st grade) I lived in Homestead, Florida (It’s a long story.), so I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Miami teams as well, the Dolphins in particular. Last year I actually rooted for the Heat because I wanted LeBron to get the championship monkey off his back so people would stop talking about it.
Anyway, all that said, GO SPURS!
Update: 1 down, 3 to go!