This season, the Miami Heat have been using the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” as an anthem of sorts. It plays during their pre-game intros and blasts out over the PA system periodically during games at the American Airlines Arena. (Like most things associated with the franchise and its in-arena experience, it is corny and contrived.)
How did San Antonio celebrate its blowout victory over the Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night? By deliriously chanting the song throughout the final minute of action, of course. This was a level of fanbase-on-fanbase mockery rarely seen in American sports. Spontaneous, creative, cheeky, and brash. This is what sports fandom should be all about. Let’s give it up for the Spurs fans.