Heat fan receives a championship gift
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Heat taking the trophy again, but one Heat fan took home a special souvenir you can't find at any store. That woman is now finding herself literally "tied to the team, and she has Heat president Pat Riley to thank.
It's not the shirt off his back but the tie around Pat Riley's neck that became a priceless gift for one lucky Heat fan after game seven.
And for the Heat boss, it became a symbol of letting loose. It's a story you'll see on just one station.
Heat President Pat Riley, the mastermind behind the big three blueprint, is known for his slicked back hair, expensive suits and perfectly tailored image.
Here he is in the stands watching as the seconds ticked down on back-to-back titles. Notice his Giorgio Armani tie because, by the end of the night, it wouldn't be his anymore.
NBA Comissioner David Stern: "Let's give them the trophy!"
Annie Doddo: "It's Pat Riley's tie, a championship tie."
7News caught up with Annie Doddo after the game sporting that same tie draped around her neck.
The Heat fan is not a season ticket holder. In fact, it was her first Finals game.
Annie would have been happy with a picture with Riley in the tunnel outside the locker room.
But, instead, as you can make out in this blurry shot, Riley took off his tie and gave it to her.
Annie Doddo: "Well, I was excited, I was saying, 'Hi, Pat,' and all of a sudden, someone said, 'Can you take a picture with this nice lady?' and he looked back, and he just threw his tie at me, and I caught it."
But even before Riley lost the tie, he clearly was already letting loose.
In the chaotic scene that was the Heat's lockeroom, his white shirt was drenched in champagne.
At that point, he was still sporting the tie, but not for long.
Mike: "Is it a tie that you'll frame?"
Annie Doddo: "I am, I'm going to frame it. It's a Giorgio Armani, made in Italy, a tie from Pat Riley."
That's not to say Annie didn't have offers to buy the keepsake from her for big bucks.
Mike: "So someone came by, saw Pat Riley toss the tie to you, and they offered you $1,000?"
Annie Doddo: "Yes, and I turned it down."
Man holding up cash: "She turned it down, $1,000, she said, 'No!'"
Giorgio Armani ties online, sell around $135. The offer for this one, one grand, but a gift tailored from the Heat's main man to a fan? Priceless.
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