Do Heat Fans Get A Bad Rap, Or Are They Even Worse Than We Think?

A photographic investigation.

Over the years, Miami Heat fans have certainly received their fair share of criticism — they’re front-runners, they don’t know the game, they show up too late and leave too early. But have we perhaps been too tough on them? Might there actually be some legit diehards in South Beach? Let’s find out by doing an image search for “Miami Heat fan.”

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1. Are Heat fans awful phonies who wear the wrong jersey with their “King” costume…

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2. …or awesome spaced-out clubbers from the future?

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3. Awful LeBron bandwagoneers…

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4. …or awesome old guys who seem like they’d tell you a great story about hanging out with Ozzy in 1981 while helping you fix a flat?

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5. Awful shirtless designer-jeans aficionados…

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6. …or awesome goofballs who probably spent too much money on body paint?

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7. Awful fratty meatsacks…

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8. …or awesome kids getting dressed up?

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9. Awful Johnny-come-latelies who look like they just went on a credit card spree at the official team store…

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10. …or awesome surf dudes with an unexpected skill in colorful-letter outlining?

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11. Awful victims of tragic fashion accidents…

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12. …or awesome lunatic Viking warriors?

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13. Awful posers who are too proud of their “bling”…

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14. …or awesome, endearing creators of homemade signs?

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15. Awful, inconsiderate drivers…

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16. …or awesome flame-heads who are very conscientious about making sure to write ALL the players’ numbers on their face?

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17. Maybe we’ve been too quick to judge these enthusiasts who wear boxes for no good reason?

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18. And this guy with his puppet. That’s a cool puppet.

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19. On the other hand, there’s stuff like this…

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20. And whatever this guy is doing…

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21. …and the fact that this screencap is from a playoff game.

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22. Verdict: The guy with the puppet is cool but the rest of them are still on watch.

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