Uh-oh, Heat flying machine crashes in Flugtag

Sun, Jul 11

MIAMI -- LeBron James wasn't the only thing exciting South Florida this weekend.

The first stop of the 2010 Redbull Flugtag North American Tour was in Miami, just blocks from the American Airlines Arena, the new home of the NBA's new "Holy Trinity."

Flugtag, pronounced floog-tog, is German for "Flying Day," or in this case, as Woody from "Toy Story" might say, "Falling with style".

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Brittany LinkThe Heat flying machine of Bosh, Wade and James came crashing down. Uh-oh.

More than 85,000 people came out by land and sea to witness 35 teams roll their man-made machines off a 30-ft high deck and fail fly. This is like a warped mix of watching NASCAR for the crashes and hockey for the fights.

Teams are scored on creativity, showmanship and distance (or lack thereof) in a judging system more flawed than the World Cup.

How far are they expected to fly?

"All the way to the water," said Galvin Moore, pilot for Team Navy: A Global Force for Awesome.

Team Formula Flug from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., took the top spot with a winged Formula One Race car that fell 54 feet, the best distance of the day. The People's Choice award went to Team Transplace who wooed fans with free T-shirts before a "Smokey and the Bandit" skit transporting LeBron James across state lines from Cleveland.

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