Deadspin is generally fucking worthless, but it does a good job of dumping on the silliness that is ESPN First Take. Not that First Take is hard to dump on (although let us never forget that Skip rules all shit), but I appreciate the way Deadspin covers it. For example, on Tuesday, they posted this. It's a great demonstration of the absurd contrarianism First Take tries to cultivate, while looking incredibly silly in the process. So you think that with as good as they are at pointing out that First Take is idiotic, they would never publish something like what you're about to read. But you'd be wrong. It is the most embarrassingly bad "Hey I'm just a fan and this my opinion on what it means to be a fan" piece I have ever read. I'm sure you could pick up the topic from the title or first couple of sentences, but I'll just let you know that it was posted Wednesday morning in response to the (rightful) laugh America had at the expense of "fans" of the Heat who headed for the exits when Game 6 was still well in question.
In Defense of Leaving Early
by Bobby Big Wheel
I do not want to put on my Bill Simmons hat (fortunately I don't even have one) and try to write my own little manifesto about when it's OK to leave a game early and when it is not. Instead, before we get into the substance of the article, let me just address Tuesday night's situation with as much tact and sophistication as I can muster: If you are a Heat fan (as opposed to some lucky piece of shit who doesn't care about the Heat or Spurs and just stumbled into Finals tickets and decided to go on a whim--this is not addressed to you) who was not having a medical emergency and you left that game early, you're a fucking idiot. A fucking. Idiot. Period. You deserve to be laughed at forever. Now, let's give Bobby the floor, to explain why what I just said is wrong, because something Hartford Whalers something traffic.
I always hated leaving Whalers games early.
I won't pretend he had to clock in at the steel mill the next morning. He had a white-collar job at an insurance company, one that paid well enough for him to afford Whalers season tickets.
It's easy to make fun of Heat fans for leaving Game 6
Expecting fans to stay until the end of a game reeks of the same fogeyism that bemoans kids checking their phones all the time.