Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 1:15 pm  |  31 responses

Miami Heat to Fans: Sing the National Anthem Tonight

The Miami Heat are looking to capitalize on their fans’ patriotic fervor following the Bin Laden news — the same supporters that have been asked to “Fan Up” — by asking them to sing the Anthem tonight prior to Game 2 against Boston (word to the Edmonton Oilers’ fans). From the AP: “The Heat are encouraging fans to sing it themselves. The announcement was made by the Heat less than one day following the announcement that Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. The Heat have honored soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at home games for several seasons, and say Tuesday’s game will include an enhanced military tribute.”

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  • Joe

    Wow…I thought Miami couldn’t get anymore classless. Stupid blind patriotism over killing one dude that had negligible influence when he was killed. As many of your own people were killed in that war as were killed by Osama Bin Laden. This is a joke.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    kinda cool. hope the fans are in their seats in time.


    loool chiqo. It’s Miami dude. With all the things that going on in that city you think fans will be on time for a bball game.

  • Zack

    If I was in MIA I would be on time to watch them smash the Celts.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Love this, but several things bother me.
    1. Let’s be honest. Lots of people don’t know the words to the National Anthem.
    2. This will REALLY emphasize all the empty seats in the arena
    3. From my experience, most fans would rather yell, hoot, holler, whistle, gyrate, clap, dance, and check their cell phone during the National Anthem than anything else.
    I’ve learned to deal with it, but as a vet who’s always stood still with his hand over his heart during the National Anthem, it used to bother the hell out of me when fans would pretty much spit on the anthem by doing anything but listen to it and saving applause and cheer for the end.
    Hopefully our newfound but probably short-lived sense of patriotism will remedy that.
    Also, once again a HUGE shoutout to the Heat organization. From having their training camp on a military base, to everything they’ve done for the troops on the low, regardless of how you feel about the Heat team, their organization have proven that they are full of patriotic Americans, and I applaud them for that.
    You should be proud, Eboy.

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  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Listening to Kenny Smith try and put the Osama thing into “basketball terms” made me want to put my head in a microwave.

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  • AD

    ^^ WAT LOL

  • Benn0

    you americans suck!!! chanting ‘USA’ at a baseball and going mental, like you defeated the terrorists. you didn’t, and there still out there.
    P.S if you really want to fan up, come over to England and and go to a football (soccer) game and watch some ‘REAL’ fans, and then you’ll find out what passion really is!

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    True Benn0, i love soccer so much it makes me want to burn people with flare guns and roit against innocent people. Cus iam passionate :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I will be lending my voice….and yes, Pat Riley and Mikey Arison have always gone out of their way to support American troops and recognize them for their accomplishments.

  • http://NBA.com EJ

    COngatulations Americans, you’re totally badass for taking 10 years and like trillion dollars to kill one man, who can easily be replaced. Why the heck is oil prices your no.1 priority?

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Oh EJ, if you had the balls enough to write a retort, I think Enigmatic would light your a*s up like MJ in his prime.

  • fruizm

    haha funny thing is that miami is almost like 25% Americans…i know because i lived there…ask EBOY!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    fruizm is sort of accurate. I’d say that LEGAL Us citizens make up about 45% of the Cuban population in Miami.

  • http://NBA.com EJ

    So you think what USA is doing in the Middle-East is totally reasonable and worthwhile? Maybe you should use some of that money to improve your education and healt care.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    That’s not what you said….you referenced a “wild goose chase” and why are oil prices our #1 priority. Now you’re tangenting.

  • JD

    patriotism, especially in america, is usually not a good thing

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Stupidity, especially anywhere, is usually not a good thing either.

  • ratguts

    The death of Bin Laden is about as important as the royal marriage that was all over the news a few days prior. Sensational news headlines, no real change for the people. Figureheads gonna be figureheads.

  • giogolo

    Who controls the oil, controls everyone. It’s all about the money and power. recession, the survival of the elite few is more important than the deaths of thousands. Of course no one in his right mind would admit that.think business. you continue spending over finding something yor not sure how to stop. for some time you gotta cut your losses, huh? how so? oil man.

  • Brandon

    Is this Slam or Msnbc?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    I have mixed feelings about this. Killing Bin Laden was a ‘symbolic’ win, exspecially for those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. However, the war on terror is far from over and ‘celebrating’ one man’s death just doesn’t feel totally appropriate. However, showing pride and patriotism by singing the national anthem may be a good way to recognize the soldiers, the war, and this ‘milestone’ – but any real celebration should happen once the world is safe from terror.

  • Riggs

    if you think that bin laden held no influence then and that his death didnt change anything, youre a dumba*s.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The United States could wipe out the entire Middle East and the world still wouldn’t be safe from terror. Even if the United States were the only country left on earth, it itself would not be safe from terror.
    The world will be safe from terror when there are no more religious extremists–be it Christians or Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus–, countries spend more money on educating their people instead of arming them (ie. less money spent on the arms race, more money spent on schools/healthcare), NATO as an organization ceases to exist, tyrants/dictators cease to exist, imperialism ceases to exist, multinational corporations stop lobbying politicians, and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, when there aren’t a billion people starving to death.
    The “War on Terror” is about as effective as the “War on Drugs.” None of them tackle the root of any problem.

  • backboard

    i got two simple questions. if anyone of these patriots here can give me a satisfying answer, i will not say anything else…. 1. Why did the US invade Iraq, a country that didnt have any blame in 9/11? And why is the US still there? ill wait…

  • BillyQ

    If they want to sing because they are happy to have killed someone responsible for killing thousands of american people than so be it. There is no harm in being proud of where you come from. If any other country got their biggest city attacked the way america did we would see a very similar reaction.

  • fnom11

    they said 16,000 people sang the anthem. Every seat was sat in tonight, great win.

  • Yesse

    This is pretty stupid. Why can’t Heat sing it for them? Would be quite entertaining, wouldn’t it?