This seems as good a time as any to throw a Dennis Green rant in the direction of those folk who already have conceded this year's NBA championship to the Miami Heat.
The 2006 Arizona Cardinals, coached by Green, led the 5-0 Chicago Bears 23-3 late in the third quarter on Monday Night Football. The Cards wound up losing 24-23 and Green went ballistic in his postgame news conference.
“Now, if you want to crown 'em, then crown their (bleep).” – Green
The NFL season hadn't even reached the halfway point, yet people already were crowning the Bears. Green's 1-4 Cardinals had Chicago beat that night in the Arizona desert, but blew it.
“They are who we thought they were, and we let 'em off the hook.” – Green
The Bears got to 7-0, went 13-3 in the regular season and advanced to Super Bowl XLI, where they lost 29-17 to the Indianapolis Colts.
Many already have begun to crown the Miami Heat as repeat NBA champions this season.
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers certainly had cause to get his Dennis Green freak on last June when his Celtics led Miami 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals and were headed home for a Game 6 clincher to advance to the Finals.
Instead, the Heat jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead and manhandled Boston 98-79 at TD Garden.
Back to the beach for Game 7, the game was tied at 73 entering the fourth quarter, but Miami broke loose to outscore the Celtics 28-15 in the final period to advance to the NBA Finals, where it beat the Thunder 4-1.
The Celtics had the Heat beat last year, and they let 'em off the hook.
Actually, the Heat nearly got hooked twice en route to last year's Finals, trailing the Indiana Pacers 2-1 in the semifinals before winning three straight to advance.
“They are who we thought they were.” – Green
Indeed, the Miami Heat are who we thought they were, it just took them a couple of seasons to get their act together and finally prove it.
Miami has won a franchise-record 17 straight games and is 5-0 since filming a “Harlem Shake” video that is nearing 40 million views on YouTube.
This year's Eastern Conference playoffs might turn out to be a pillow fight for the Heat, but the Western Conference playoffs have the makings of a fist fight involving at least five teams — the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Grizzlies and Nuggets.
So if you want to crown the Heat, then crown 'em, but somebody out West might prove otherwise.