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Will 'The U' ever return?
'It’s a few days removed since the Miami Hurricanes lost a golden opportunity to beat the still undefeated Florida State Seminoles, and I’ve yet to come out of this depressing lull. Most Miami fans had grandiose ideas of beating FSU and re-emerging as a topic of discussion and no longer being the butt of jokes. But as this painful sting of reality still lingers, Miami is still not close to being back to “The U”. At these dark times I often wonder will the “U” ever be back? I went into this game with such high hopes. I was excited. The team was excited. The fans were excited. After the game I felt like someone slashed my tires, stole my girlfriend and kicked my dog for good measure.
So far, so good for the Heat
With the NBA season just a week or two into the new season, some things appear to be clearly evident. The Miami Heat might really miss LeBron James, after all it is well documented that he is the game’s best player but you wouldn't know it from the way they've played to start the season. So far this team looks good. What a pleasant surprise they have been, at least to those who doubted the heart of this Heat franchise. As things look now and yes it is fairly early in this new season but the Miami Heat look more like a complete team than any of us may have thought.
Bad move, Kellen Winslow, Sr.
Before I wrote this column, I sought advice from other journalist about the fine line between being objective and being emotional when writing. I was a journalism major for a short while when I decided that the classes were too boring so I gravitated towards radio where it was much more fun. I've always had a "gift" when writing, I just never wanted to have it refined. My friend who writes for the Florida Times Union said her college professor taught that you always start with the facts, and build your story from there in hopes of bringing on emotions. Well here goes.
With that guy, LeBron James, running back to Cleveland, the Miami Heat will rely on a new support system to help them contend for an NBA title. Of course no one is predicting that type of finish but with Chris Bosh returning and a healthy Dwyane Wade, the Heat are hoping to be among the top teams in the Eastern conference. Can Wade stay healthy and play in enough games to help Miami get back into championship contention? That will be the million dollar question.
It’s a crazy thought once you think of it but . . . the Dallas Cowboys may very well be the best team in the NFL. Yes they could be America's team again just like the good ole days when Jimmy Johnson famously yelled “How bout dem Cowboys!!” It has been many years since the guys with the star on their helmets became the darlings of America. Cowboys fans have magically reappeared from whatever rock they have been hiding under the last 20 years or so. The shocking truth is nobody saw this coming – nobody. The prognosis was that this was going to be a historically bad defense that had just lost its best player, DeMarcus Ware, to free
After another humiliating defeat in which the Miami Hurricanes defense surrendered over 300 yards on the ground to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Al Golden stood defiantly and quite adamantly that his defensive scheme is not the problem. Al Golden stands at the podium with his impressive oratory skills and circumvents all questioning about his defense by reiterating that it can be fixed. Golden’s defense fails to win football games that matter year after year. The Yellow Jackets are just the latest team in a long line of schools that have rushed for over 200 yards on a Golden defense. Not to mention the second team in three weeks to rush for over 300 yards and the fourth time in the past 16 games. The defense should not be getting rocked like a Hurricane on the ground by opposing teams. Does Al Golden still think he can fix this defense?
Mark D'Onofrio needs to go
I’m not sure how one goes about firing one of their most loyal and best friends, but Al Golden better figure it out faster than Mark D’Onofrio can figure out that Nebraska is going to keep running the ball. It is time for a change on the defensive side of the ball. D’Onofrio’s lack of adjustments, preparation and coaching has cost the Hurricanes another victory and now it has been one too many. For too long under Golden’s regime has the thorn in the Miami Hurricanes’ side been the defensive coaching and game planning. The Hurricanes need a change and Golden needs to fire D’Onofrio — now.
NFL football is back in action
NFL football returned this past weekend and there were some fantastic finishes all over the league. Even Miami Dolphins fans here in South Florida were treated to a rout of the hated New England Patriots. Everything was festive until this past Monday when the video surfaced of the elevator confrontation between Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then fiancee. Needless to say
It is definitely too early in the college football season to rule out the Miami hurricanes after a season opening loss on the road at Louisville. Canes fans were outraged about numerous things in the 31-13 loss and many voiced their displeasure with head coach Al Golden and his staff after what appeared to be conservative play calling obviously designed to protect true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. Kaaya was not awful, however, he was never allowed to
Bigger than wins and losses
America fell in love with a group of young African-American men who dazzled the nation and the world in the just concluded Little League World Series. The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars are still the darlings of Chicago, even after a disappointing loss to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game. The Jackie Robinson West team put up an inspiring effort, including a late rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was not to be. The magic of Cinderella's glass
The 2013 season for Ryan Tannehill was a step in the right direction. The second year quarterback showed promise by doubling his touchdown numbers. He also passed for almost 700 more yards, and ended up with a better completion and passing rating than his rookie season. He finished in the top 10 in the league in terms of yards passing with 3,913, and in the top half of the league in terms of yards per game and passing touchdowns. So why are some Dolphin fans reluctant to embrace this guy as the quarterback of the present and future?
I hope that Stephen A Smith and every other analyst that works for sports giant ESPN today realizes what a hypocritical company they work for. Surely the nice paychecks make up for some of the inadequacies of said employer and Smith could be chilling on the beautiful beaches of St. Thomas right now, but I am disgusted by his suspension last week.
Tolerance. By definition, it means "the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with." The last part of the definition is very telling “. . . behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” Our tolerance of different social issues is constantly being tested. We saw a classic example of that this past week in the world of sports.
What a well orchestrated exit plan by LeBron James. The King ended his essay to America with the words "I'm Coming Home". After four glorious years in a Miami Heat uniform, LeBron James decided to take his talents back to Cleveland. Back to an owner in Dan Gilbert who very publicly ripped him after he left the Cavs in 2010. Let’s remember the mood in Black America at the time of Gilbert's scathing letter, many felt there was a tinge of racism in the letter and that Gilbert had viewed James somewhat as a runaway
Folks in NBA circles are shaking their heads in utter disbelief at the way Jason Kidd basically forced his way out of Brooklyn and traded himself to the Milwaukee Bucks. With friends like Kidd who needs enemies? Kidd went to Nets management in a power play not only to have him as head coach but also to give him control of basketball operations as well. There was no opening for that position as Billy King had not submitted a resignation letter.
It has been a whirlwind of an off season so far for the Miami Heat and we are just getting started. If you wanted even further confirmation that the Heatles will be back new and improved, just look at the Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all of whom have opted out of their contracts along with Miami native Udonis Haslem. These guys are not exploring free agency with thoughts of chasing a huge pay day but rather they are working in concert to provide the team with enough financial flexibility to upgrade the roster.
Let's hope Lebron James stays
Pat Riley came off like a G in his state of the Heat press conference last week. Most observers were impressed by Riley’s no nonsense approach to his team and his direct challenge to his superstars. Riley went right at Lebron James, who has another big decision
A whole lot of basketball fans must be asking themselves, “What did we do to deserve this?” One year after an epic Spurs-Heat matchup in the NBA Finals, here we are again. As rapper Jay Z would say “Can I get an encore, do you want more?” Yes we do to be perfectly honest. For the first time since 1998, the NBA Finals will be a rematch.
Kerr not ready to coach yet
It is rather interesting that ex broadcaster Steve Kerr signed a whopping 5 year 25 million dollar contract last week with the Golden State Warriors. That is a huge deal for a man who never coached a day in his life. As our good friend ESPN’s Stephen A Smith pointed out, what is that made Kerr such a hot commodity? The rumor mill told us that Kerr was destined for New York to be aligned with his former coach Phil Jackson with whom he won championships. It made sense because Kerr knows
Floyd Mayweather cashes in
I remember when I despised Floyd Mayweather. I never liked his constant bragging. Showing off his millions on line in what I considered somewhat childish behavior. This past weekend the unbeaten champion showed me something that I had rarely seen from him. He was faced with serious adversity and he showed the heart of a champion. For the first time in many years Mayweather was seriously challenged in a title
Shocking. Unbelievable. Jaw dropping. These words could be used to describe the first round of action of the NBA playoffs, where we've seen game-winning shots, seven overtimes, comebacks and flat out meltdowns. It really has been a roller coaster ride.
Aldon Smith should be let go
I want to be particularly careful how to word this column when referring to professional athletes. When we everyday citizens with regular 9 to 5 jobs run afoul of the law, rarely do we see a recap of the events on the evening news. That is unless you do something especially dumb. When pro
Well, here we are once again. The NBA playoffs are upon us this weekend as your Miami Heat go after not one, not two, but three championships in a row. South Florida's favorite team is also seeking a fourth consecutive NBA finals appearance. Something the NBA has not seen since the Celtics of the ‘80s. Currently the four top dogs in this year's race to the crown are the two-time defending champion Heat
What a crazy past few weeks it has been in the NFL and this is the offseason. The Philadelphia Eagles released arguably the game's most explosive wide receiver in DeSean Jackson. The Eagles cited various concerns about Jackson including conduct detrimental to the team, skipping or being late to meetings — painting a picture of a player that was all about himself. Then there were the concerns of alleged gang ties that dominated the headlines. League video shows Jackson flashed gang signs during a game against the Washington Redskins
Ebony's dream came true
In today's ever changing climate of the "me, me, me" athlete, every now and then you come across an athlete that despite it all, is not all about self. We all love the game winning home runs, the dramatic touchdowns and the buzzer beating three pointers. Those are the reasons we love sports and are often glued to our televisions. However, we also never get tired of what Lebron James accomplished this past weekend during a Miami Heat game in Milwaukee. James turned a high school basketball player’s dream into a reality — one that she will never ever forget.
I remember when a young and dominant Eldrick Tiger Woods dominated The Masters Golf tournament winning by a mind boggling 13 strokes. I remember when folks that never bothered to watch golf would always turn on their televisions on Sundays to watch Tiger just intimidate his competition. Even if he was trailing the leader, his mere presence forced golf's greatest players into epic meltdowns. They knew Tiger was lurking and it meant huge ratings for television and the sport of golf was thriving because Tiger was the man. At the rate Tiger was winning and dominating, the thought of him passing
Why Blacks use the N word
It has been quite an interesting past few weeks in sports as talk of banning the N word has made headlines. Primarily a movement led by John Wooten an African American ex NFL player and head of the NFL's Fritz Pollard Alliance has spearheaded a recent effort to have the NFL ban the word from its stadiums and the game period. The major debate now centers on whether the NFL should start penalizing teams 15 yards for a player’s us
Finally we got to see heads roll in the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal following the release of the Ted Wells report. Offensive line coach Jim Turner, yes he of the blow up doll purchases, gone. Longtime athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill whom we understand refused to cooperate with the Wells report — gone.
Sam's coming out will test NFL
Just like the real world, the American sports world is changing everyday. For years there has been major speculation about whether the NFL has had or will ever accept an openly gay player.
Super Bowl week is upon us, and the lines in the sand have been drawn. Good versus evil, the legend against the loud mouth. What we have is the Denver Broncos with the leagues top rated offense and record-shattering quarterback Peyton Manning against the Seattle Seahawks and that top-rated defense led by the game's best and loudest corner, Richard Sherman.
Before the search for the new Miami Dolphins general manager got underway, owner Stephen Ross felt it was necessary to clear up the confusion on what exactly the new GM's role would be within the franchise. There were reports that the GM would essentially be powerless, leading to execs around the league to steer people away from the job whom were otherwise interested. Yes you read
University of Miami coach Al Golden won’t be the next coach at Penn State. Golden, who played at Penn State from 1987-91 and spent a season there as an assistant, said Sunday that he is not a candidate. So now what? Do we hear a collective sigh of relief or is that disappointment? I guess it depends on which side of the fence you stand on.
The Miami Dolphins would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, despite their embarrassing 19-0 loss this past Sunday in Buffalo. However, with one more week to go in this wacky NFL season we will attempt to explain the playoff scenarios to you.
The Miami Dolphins have their franchise quarterback. Yes folks I am talking about Ryan Tannehill, the young man some Dolfans love to hate and blame for everything. This kid has got the goods and like most young quarterbacks he has a lot of room for improvement. What I love about Tannehill is the bigger the
Enjoy the ride, Miami. LeBron James, the world's best basketball player, has shown no signs of slowing down despite playing a career low in minutes to begin the season. James was recently named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second time in Nov. and is already in mid-season form. James is averaging right around 35.5 minutes per game through the Heat’s first 17 games of the season. Maybe head coach Erik Spoelstra has been watching Greg
In the midst of all of the chaos that has surrounded the Miami Dolphins in the past few weeks, they have somehow managed to be very competitive in the playoff hunt. The glare of the national media spotlight has not had the ill effect so many expected. Not yet, anyway. While the NFL is prowling all over the Davie facilities looking for answers in the never ending Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga here are the Dolphins still in playoff contention.
Well Booker T. Washington (10-0, 3-0) is undefeated, district champions, number one in the nation and if anyone would care to wager soon-to-be state champs for the second consecutive year.
One of the best-storied rivalries in college football appears to have been reborn in the Sunshine State. As the seconds ticked off this past Saturday at Sun Life Stadium all of South Florida knew that for the first time in a decade Miami and Florida State would meet as top-10 unbeaten teams.
GSU's players should be praised
When I read this week that the Grambling State University’s football program was forfeiting a game against Jackson State University, I couldn't help but look up the actual definition of the word and see that the definition, in this sense didn't match the action.
One of the reasons we all love sports is that we get to see greatness. We enjoy it when athletes perform at the highest level on the biggest stage when the lights are brightest.
So as the Miami Dolphins head into their bye week on the heels of a second consecutive loss, Dolfans are jumping off the ship as if it were the sinking Titanic. Sure the Dolphins were bullied at home 26-23 by the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday.
Okay Floyd Mayweather, I am finally convinced. For a long time I looked at the flamboyant fighter as a loud mouth boxer who is pretty good in his own right. Even better than pretty good, I considered Mayweather among the best fighters of this era
There I was this past weekend flipping through the channels looking for some competitive sports to watch on TV and before I knew it I had hit the jackpot. Lucky me got to watch Serena Williams deliver a stern message on Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Open in New York City,
Who is he? He was a Rookie of the Year winner, a four-time scoring champ, an 11-time All-Star and an MVP. Word on the street is he has made a decision, ending a career that has been at times brilliant, controversial and puzzling, and he will go down in history as arguably the greatest little guy the NBA has ever seen. putting up a 26.7 points per game scoring average.
It was every NFL head coach's worst nightmare. You are playing a valuable starter in a meaningless pre season game just to get some much needed work in. Fins Coach Joe Philbin was probably gonna get his regular guys out of the game in short order and then it happened. In a split second Fins starting tight end Dustin Keller's season was over.
Dangers of a Pro-Athlete
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has been sent threatening messages after a video of him making a racial slur became public. That is the latest development in this high profile drama that has shaken up the NFL.