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Heat In Six!!!

Heat In Six!!!

Just wanted to document my prediction for the NBA Finals.  You read it here first…

Heat In Six!!!

Udonis Haslem Supports His Florida Marlins!!!

Udonis Haslem Supports His Florida Marlins!!!

This past weekend, Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat did an autograph signing at the mall by my house.  And while I didn’t have an urge to pay for an autograph, I couldn’t help but stop by and snap a pic of him.

And you know what?  He’s a Marlins fan!!!

Thanks UD!!  And best of luck to you in the NBA playoffs!  Hopefully you’re able to get back onto the court to help the Heat!!

So This Is How Cleveland Fans Really Feel About LeBron, Huh???

So This Is How Cleveland Fans Really Feel About LeBron, Huh???

The below video was taken a few weeks ago at an Indians game.  The fans in attendance were there hoping to see Alex Rodriguez hit home run #600 of his career. 

Instead, they got this guy wearing his brand new Miami Heat jersey to the game.  Oh, yeah, it was a LeBron James jersey to boot.  And they really let him and his girlfriend have it…

Come see:

Is South Florida Ready For What Is About To Happen???

Is South Florida Ready For What Is About To Happen???

I have lived in South Florida for almost 85% of my life.

I know the history of South Florida pretty well, and I know the history of South Florida sports extremely well.

What has transpired in the last 24 hours down here has been nothing short of amazing in all aspects.  And while I understand and can sympathize with the emotions that others are dealing with all over the country less than 24 hours removed from LeBron James’ decision to play for the Heat, I cannot help but wear a big grin on my face as I know that I am about to witness incredible basketball for the foreseeable future. 

And while all of these incredible events continue to unfold right in front of my eyes, 1 lingering thought sticks with me – Can Miami, a football town, embrace the sport of basketball and specifically these three incredible players in the same way that they hold Don Shula and Dan Marino in their hearts??

I hate to say it, but I have my doubts.  The last thing that I would want to see is this chapter in the Heat’s history, and the NBA’s for that matter, be given step-child status by a state that only elevates its athletes that wear shoulder pads.

In my lifetime the Miami Dolphins have never won anything.   In fact, I can vividly recall more losing than winning.  Yet this team, and their activities are front and center for 365 days a year. 

Now I am not saying that the South Florida area does not have loyal fans of the other major sports teams, but if you look at the attendance numbers, merchandise sales, and television ratings, it is clear that this region of the state lives and breathes pigskin.

Take the Marlins’ for example.  I have enjoyed 2 World Series titles  by my home team in the last 14 years.  And while the state was a-buzz while the run was happening, it didn’t take hold until the team was well into the playoffs.  Hell, the Marlins have one of the best offensive players in the sport on their roster while also having a Top 5 pitcher on their staff and they fail to bring 15,000 fans to their home games.  Same with the Panthers team that made the Stanley Cup finals more than a decade ago.  And even just a few years ago when the Heat won the title in 2006 – stands were empty for 75% of the year.

But now things are different.  3 players have come together to accomplish one specific goal – WIN.  Win at all costs should be their motto as each of these players took significantly smaller contracts in exchange for the desire to build basketball history together.  And since it seems like South Florida enjoys the aspect of ‘fair-weather’, I see some very big summers ahead for the next half-decade or more.

I cannot wait for the tip-off to the NBA season.  Living where I live, I should have more access to this team and their games than someone who does not live nearby.  It will be very fun and interesting to see how these guys adapt to one another as they merge three of the top ten talents in the league into one machine that has one goal.

Allow me to make a few predictions:

  1. LeBron James will have the #1 selling jersey in 2010-2011
  2. A statue of Pat Riley will be erected outside of the AAA within the next five years
  3. The Miami Heat will win 3-4 NBA championships in the next 5 years
  4. The Miami Heat will be a destination for aging/quality stars that want to win championships before they retire
  5. Alonzo Mourning will have a mentor-type role with the team and will ultimately get all three guys active in his charitable work around Miami
  6. The NBA will grant Miami an All-Star game within the next 3-4 years
  7. Contending teams will build like never before – more dynasties will be created giving the league a few elite teams and a ton of sub-par teams

Are you ready for what is about to unfold?  I hope so – it is going to be unlike anything ANY of us have seen before!!!

Buckle up Miami!!!!

One Helluva Birthday Gift!!!

 I haven’t been big on birthday related events for the last decade or so.  I guess that there is no ‘landmark’ age to hit until I get to the ‘Big 40’ but I am more than a few years away from that.  Whew…

What I will say is that with 2 young sons, birthdays have started to mean more.  My oldest is 2 years and 3 months old.  He knows the ‘Happy Birthday’ song, and it was a great thrill for us to sing it over and over and over again last night while we had cake and I opened a few presents.

Speaking of presents, my wife always does an incredible job.  Admittedly, I’m pretty tough to shop for and I don’t really ask for anything.  I do like practical things that will be used often and she has really found some great stuff for me in the last few years.

But nothing, no gift, has been better than this….

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Alonzo Mourning’s autobiography came out  a few months ago.  When I heard that he was going to take part in a book singing tour across the US, I wanted to be there to celebrate this book with him.  Unfortunately the schedules didn’t work out and I missed his 2 local appearances.  But my wife knew what to do and how to do it.  And the result is PERFECT!!!

I am a big-time Alonzo Mourning fan.  He and I moved to Florida at the same time.  For him it was to play basketball for the Miami Heat and for me it was after my high school graduation.  I enjoy watching Zo play, and the things he does off the court for charities is beyond commendable.  I’ve been to roughly 80 Miami Heat games, and Zo has made a huge impact on the team, the city, and his fans.  He has been through a hell of a lot over the last 5-6 years, but his positive attitude and desire to compete and win are admirable qualities that make him shine as a player and person.

Getting this signed book is wonderful.  I am eager to begin reading this as I am sure that I will uncover things about one of my favorite NBA players that I didn’t already know. 

To my wife and 2 young sons, I cannot thank you enough for this gift.  I will cherish it for many years to come.