Just over a month ago, Fanless found a really sweet deal on tickets ($150 seats for $35 each) for last night’s Miami Heat v. Minnesota Timberwolves game. He purchased the tickets and we made a really fun date night out of it.
We got there pretty early, so we managed to get a parking spot in the garage at Bayside, and avoid any crowds or long lines going in to the American Airlines Arena. After making a quick restroom stop and grabbing some food and drinks at one of the concession stands, we made our way to our seats, which were just slightly off the center line, right behind the “sports dudes.” (Awesome!)
We also got to watch both teams go through their warm-ups.
After an amazing rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by local gospel diva, Maryel Epps, and a Welcome Home tribute to two members of the Air Force, it was time to kick off the game. Or should I say tip off? Eh, whatever.
While the defense played really well, the Heats’ offensive strategy was really off last night. The Heat missed so many shots that the Timberwolves managed to score almost all of their points off rebounds from those missed shots.
Although Dwyane Wade wasn’t playing due to injury, he was present at the game. (Sorry for the lousy picture; it was taken with super-zoom.)
There was a halftime performance from the Coral Park High Cheerleaders, which was fun to watch. I was really hoping one of those little girls wouldn’t fall and crack her head open on the court.
And this appeared on the big screen just before the second half. So cute! I hope Gigi said yes!
During the second half, the Heat really put their game face on and closed the point gap. They kept the scores really close until – literally – the very last second. But, alas, the T-wolves got that last basket in right at the very last millisecond and managed to beat the Heat 91-88.
No matter; it was still a really fun game to watch and – with the exception of the drama caused by the wannabe “Jersey Shore” cast that tried to steal the row of seats in front of us, not knowing that almost all were already taken, and their owners were merely on a potty break – it was a great time!
And, of course, the only way to top off the evening was with a visit to Hooter’s. We ordered twenty wings (for the price of 10 with our Heat ticket), buffalo shrimp and a pound of crab legs. Needless to say, it was way too much food for just the two of us and about 14 of the wings and all the shrimp ended up going home in a styrofoam box.
It was really an awesome night. We hadn’t had a Date Night in a really long time, so it was nice to just do something fun and out of our routine. Yay for Date Night!
Peace out, yo!