How to Cope With the End of Miami Heat Season

The Miami Heat are done playing basketball until the Dollar Tree starts selling Halloween decorations. How is a South Florida sports fan even to deal right now? It's always a bitter pill to swallow when the Heat seasons ends, but because of the way that injuries robbed the team of advancing further, this one has us more down than usual.  

So how are Heat fans to cope with the end of their team's season? What is there to look forward to until another Heat season full of possibilities is upon us? Plenty, we promise. 

5. The North America Soccer League

Hear me out. Let's not pretend you know the first thing about the NASL, but you've undoubtedly at least heard of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. With the team's season winding down, now is the perfect time to get out to a game on the cheap and see what it's all about.

The Strikers only have one more home game left, but Miami FC have a couple left at FIU. Between the pair, you have a solid shot to go check out what the league has to offer so that maybe this time next year you'll have a big enough investment in the local clubs that when the Heat season ends, you have something else to look forward to other than rooting against LeBron James. 

4. Finally invest in a Florida Panthers off-season 

Did you find yourself enjoying the hell out of this Florida Panthers season? Awesome. Did you know who half the players were? No. Me neither. We should probably work on that. It's so much more fun to invest in a team and then see it succeed, rather than jump on the bandwagon when the team is in first place late in the year.

Until at least the NFL begins, now is as good a time as any to check out what the Panthers have in the minors and read up on what they might do in the NHL draft June 24 and 25. Not only were the Panthers awesome last season, but they have players ready to break through with the big club that you're sure to hear about in the coming years. Just like in baseball, knowing a player before he's even on the team is half the fun. Invest in the Panthers a little, and the reward will be huge when the team wins the Stanley Cup soon.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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