There are always teams that get attention because they’re loaded with standout players and talent. They are expected to perform well with all the hype that precedes their season. Some rise to the challenge. Others don’t.
Just as the Philadelphia Eagles fell off the public’s radar, and into a forgotten pile of could-have-been-great sports teams, I thought the Miami Heat would too. There was a lot to prove, and major players like Dwayne Wade were out with injuries.
The first game they played against the New York Knicks ended in a blowout. Miami-100. New York-67. Dwayne Wade was back in the game. They won enough games to advance to the next round of playoffs.
They came back and delivered what everyone expected them to deliver despite setbacks they had before the playoffs. If any team receives hype, they should use the public’s excpectations to drive them forward.