Top 10 reasons to be happy that Miami’s streak stopped by Running of the Bulls

Posted: 03/27/2013 in basketball, Top 10 lists
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College basketball rules the month of March but the NBA was actually at the top of the sports spotlight on Wednesday due to the Miami Heat’s pursuit of the famous 33-game winning streak held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Thankfully, there was a Running of the Bulls in Chicago and Miami’s bid to break one of the most hallowed records in sports history has ended. The Heat won 27 straight games prior to the 101-97 loss to the Bulls, falling six games short of the Lakers’ record. (see stellar game recap here — http://sltrib.sportsdirectinc.com/basketball/nba-boxscores.aspx?page=/data/NBA/results/2012-2013/recap841317.html)

You could almost hear the “Good Job, Good Effort Kid” bellowing out his famous phrase as the Heat left the floor, especially when a Chicago fan upset LeBron James by trying to snag his headband as he left the court. (Listen to the Good Job, Good Effort Kid here — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SMUPnkuslQ)

If you know your history and appreciate the way the 1971-72 Lakers played the game, you don’t need to be told that the Heat falling short kind of feels like the basketball version of Mardi Gras.

So get out your beads and celebratory horns and let’s toast the top 10 reasons to celebrate the Miami Heat not breaking the Los Angeles Lakers’ record:

10. The Lakers never got to play the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats or Toronto Raptors – also known as a night off.

9. Los Angeles used to play three games in three nights all the time and we sure heard the current players whining about that incessantly last season when the lockout forced a few of those situations.

8. The Lakers used to travel on the same type of planes you and I do and had to haul down taxis to get to the team hotel, while the Heat fly on charters and have a customized bus waiting.

7. Some Los Angeles players needed to get a second job to pay their mortgages and feed their families – you know, like 85 percent of the current U.S. population does today.

6. Each one of LeBron James’ paychecks is more money than Wilt Chamberlain or Jerry West made in an entire season.

5. There was no such thing as flagrant fouls in 1972. Players actually played basketball without being thugs.

4. It was a lot more realistic to pretend you were Jerry West or Gail Goodrich shooting jumpers in your driveway than to pretend you are LeBron James or Dwyane Wade dunking on an X-box.

3. LeBron James has already won a championship ring. Last thing we need is his team holding the longest winning streak in pro sports history, too.

2. Heat executive Pat Riley – a player on the 1971-72 Lakers – has to get on a plane with the Miami players after the loss and go celebrate in the airplane lavatory.

1. The 1972 Miami Dolphins needed a reason to celebrate.

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