Miami Heat: 3 reasons we would love to see a Heat/Pacers 1st round series

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat fouls T.J. Warren #1 of the Indiana Pacers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat fouls T.J. Warren #1 of the Indiana Pacers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat gives a kiss to the crowd after receiving a technical foul for an argument with T.J. Warren (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

With the Miami Heat and the rest of the NBA being on a hiatus, the simulations are running wild. One has the Miami Heat finishing 4th in the East or tied there.

With the NBA on hiatus, the Miami Heat are like every other team and fanbase. Just sitting around, waiting for things to resume, twiddling their thumbs along the way.

While the actual players are the ones tucked away in their homes during this pandemic, others are busy away churning out results. Well, sort of.

With professional sports of all sorts being down at the moment, simulations have begun to rule the day. One of the more popular simulators out there just so happens to be Strat-O-Matic. As self-described by them, they are a community of welcoming players or participants.

"If this is your first acquaintance with Strat-O-Matic, welcome to the hobby enjoyed by millions of sports fans since 1961. You will be welcomed enthusiastically by the many thousands of gamers (self-described Strat-O-Matic Fanatics) who connect in league play, online forums and national tournaments."

That doesn’t talk about how they do what they do though. Here is an excerpt that describes the exact nature of what they do if you are unfamiliar as I was.

"Strat-O-Matic produces sports-simulation games that rate real players and teams accurately for professional baseball, pro and college football, hockey, and basketball. Strat-O-Matic has the best-selling board games and Windows text sims in our field, because we combine statistical realism with life-like strategy decisions in games that can be completed in a small fraction of the time it takes to watch a real game. Our fans keep coming back for more, because each time they play, they know their decisions influence victory or defeat."

So, that’s what they do. It would seem as though they create a classic board game, that plays off the essence and principles of Fantasy Sports.