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Pacers announcer calls Heat fans "losers"

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05:12 AM ET 05.26 | The Indiana Pacers are currently locked in perhaps the most entertaining series of the postseason with the Miami Heat after two games. There is no doubting the physicality and emotion being poured into the series by those on the hardwood but the battle doesn't begin and end there. NBA announcers are one of the most outspoken groups when it comes to professional announcers pulling for the team that employs them, and Pacers play-by-play man Mark Boyle is living right up to that assertion. Boyle blasted Miami Heat fans, a common thing to do among those who watch basketball, calling them "losers" for leaving Game 2 before the final buzzer sounded. Knocking Heat fans isn't the most original thing to do as there are more jokes about Heat fans than R. Lee Ermey insults in Full Metal Jacket. But Boyle is taking his shots where he can get them and it's a precursor to what we can expect for the remainder of this series between Miami and Indiana.

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May 26, 2013  04:15 PM ET

Pacers need to keep this just on the court, and not get all hyped up. Miami is STILL a favorite to in this series (AND the title). Just play ball and leave the off-court gimmicks to the Knicks LOL.

May 26, 2013  04:59 PM ET

Thanks for the advice. Oh by the way, have you watched your favorites get lucky and win the first game in overtime at home on a last second shot and lose the second. Have you watched them play cheap basketball and have you seen James play great ball and still the Pacers are right there! An announcer talking isn't the Pacers using gimmicks! The Pacers just play B-ball and the Heat are using the cheap shot gimmicks like elbows to the head and groin! On second thought keep your advice to yourself!

May 26, 2013  05:32 PM ET

Maybe the pyrotechnics are a bit too much.

May 26, 2013  05:53 PM ET

There is some truth to what he's saying. Where were these fans when the Heat fell of the map a few years after winning their first championship and were a .500 team at best? When it was only Wade on the team, the arena looked that it was half full.

Then after James and Bosh showed up. Then the fans started to jump on the bandwagon. I'm sure when Wade, Bosh and James end their playing careers. I'm sure those fans will jump off the wagon.

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May 26, 2013  11:20 PM ET

Classy.

May 26, 2013  11:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

There is some truth to what he's saying. Where were these fans when the Heat fell of the map a few years after winning their first championship and were a .500 team at best? When it was only Wade on the team, the arena looked that it was half full. Then after James and Bosh showed up. Then the fans started to jump on the bandwagon. I'm sure when Wade, Bosh and James end their playing careers. I'm sure those fans will jump off the wagon.

It's just like every other fan base in sports...

There's a reason why the NY Yankees and LA Lakers have national followings while the Mets and Clippers have significantly smaller, primarily local fan bases.

May 27, 2013  09:55 AM ET

I heard that Indiana had attendance issues this year. At least Miami has warm-weather fans.

May 27, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Thanks for the advice. Oh by the way, have you watched your favorites get lucky and win the first game in overtime at home on a last second shot and lose the second. Have you watched them play cheap basketball and have you seen James play great ball and still the Pacers are right there! An announcer talking isn't the Pacers using gimmicks! The Pacers just play B-ball and the Heat are using the cheap shot gimmicks like elbows to the head and groin! On second thought keep your advice to yourself!

LOL Yeah well two more lucky wins and they're in the finals. I'm sure the Heat prefer their "lucky" win more than the Paces like their "unlucky" loss. Any team with Psyco-T can hardly complain about cheap shots. But then again there are always whiners amongst the losing team's fans.

May 27, 2013  04:38 PM ET

The Heat don't even have any fans. Not really. They have people who call themselves fans now that they are a basketball force but where were these people back in the Glenn Rice days and where will they be when this run is over? Once again, there are no Miami Heat fans. Not really.

May 27, 2013  11:19 PM ET
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The Heat don't even have any fans. Not really. They have people who call themselves fans now that they are a basketball force but where were these people back in the Glenn Rice days and where will they be when this run is over? Once again, there are no Miami Heat fans. Not really.

Agreed. Show a Heat fan a picture of Rony Seikaly and ask them who is this guy. Most of them have no clue who he was.

It's just like that fan who flipped off Joakim Noah. She said that she was a life time Heat fan. Yeah I'm sure that she was going to every game and shelling out big money for those seats when the Heat were having trouble winning 15 games a few years ago.

 
May 27, 2013  11:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Agreed. Show a Heat fan a picture of Rony Seikaly and ask them who is this guy. Most of them have no clue who he was.It's just like that fan who flipped off Joakim Noah. She said that she was a life time Heat fan. Yeah I'm sure that she was going to every game and shelling out big money for those seats when the Heat were having trouble winning 15 games a few years ago.

Most NBA fans know who Seikaly was. Keith Askins or Bimbo Coles?

Not so much.

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