South Florida Voices

What of Sports in the Wake of George Floyd?

What of Sports in the Wake of George Floyd?

/ / Culture
I have a confession:  I am struggling to see a path forward from this as protests and clashes of violence enter—what day is it? And by this I mean the outrage over the death of George Floyd. And that of Ahmaud Arbery. And Breonna Taylor. Oh, and Tamir Rice. Wait, also Philando Castile. You get ...
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Hoop History: Ralph Sampson, 1982, & The NBA Draft

Hoop History: Ralph Sampson, 1982, & The NBA Draft

You’re probably wondering who that random dude in the crowd is. That’s normal. I’ll spare you the detective work—his name is Ralph Sampson. Who is Ralph Sampson? I’ll spare you the reading time: Here’s a terrifying prospect—in 1982, Ralph Sampson, who was in attendance for Game 1 of that year’s NBA Finals between the Sixers ...
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THE EXTRA YARD:  2020 NFL QB RANKINGS

THE EXTRA YARD: 2020 NFL QB RANKINGS

/ / South Florida
It must be that part of the offseason when analysts come up with Top 40 lists where a hot take is built in to generally piss off an entire fan base, or better yet, very dumb lists that inexplicably go viral. So I'll come up with my own. This is a top 40 list of ...
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Jaillet's Journal: In Boston, LeBron's 2012 masterclass will always resonate

Jaillet’s Journal: In Boston, LeBron’s 2012 masterclass will always resonate

/ / Basketball
Let me set the scene for you here a little bit from my perspective. Game Six, 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. The Boston Celtics had defeated the Miami Heat in three straight games. Things did not look good for Boston early on, as LeBron and Miami had won the first two games of the series. Heading ...
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Miami Dolphins

THE EXTRA YARD: 5 Ways to Fix “The Rooney Rule”

Sometimes, you need to look at something twice. Or more. I must admit that when I initially read the tweet below, that broke news that the NFL would be voting on a resolution that would improve a team's draft position if they hired a person of color to be Head Coach or General Manager, I ...
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Tua Tagovailoa

Fresh Perspective: Why Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa needs to redshirt 2020

/ / Football, South Florida
Now that the Miami Dolphins have drafted Tua Tagovailoa, the former Alabama superstar has the entire Dolphins fanbase reeling with either anticipation, or impatience. Given the circumstances, that's an entirely understandable feeling. Miami hasn't had hope for a true franchise quarterback since Ryan Tannehill was initially drafted back in 2012. The seven years he spent ...
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Jaillet's Journal: Relocating NFL teams to Florida seems like logistical nightmare

Jaillet’s Journal: Relocating NFL teams to Florida seems like logistical nightmare

/ / Football
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is extending an offer to every NFL team whose state is affected by the lockdown. Thursday, DeSantis said that he is reaching out to commissioners of professional sports leagues to let them know that those teams will have an opportunity to play in Florida. “If you have a team in a ...
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Season Ticket: Is it Tua much trouble to be positive?

Season Ticket: Is it Tua much trouble to be positive?

/ / Football
If it is true that misery loves company, it is also accurate that the truly miserable don't when optimism is abundant anywhere. This is a trait particularly inherent in sports fan populations, with some trying to extinguish hope wherever it may appear. In South Florida, they are the Dolphins Downers. You probably know one. Or ...
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Let Tyler Cook: Why The Rookie's Braids Are Much Ado About Nothing

Let Tyler Cook: Why The Rookie’s Braids Are Much Ado About Nothing

With the 13th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Miami HEAT selected… Tyler Herro. Remember this moment, HEAT fans? I sure did. It was unexpected, as I had only known about this kid in passing while combing YouTube for potential draftees. I won't lie. No one I knew expected him to be drafted by ...
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Miami Dolphins and Patriots share common ground in opener

Miami Dolphins and Patriots share common ground in opener

/ / Football
As most of you know by now, the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins are set to face off in the 2020 season opener. In terms of recent organizational trajectories, these two teams could not be more different. However, the theme of “new eras” lends some common ground. When you think about what Miami has ...
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One spot left for the Canes in 2020: Who's it for?

One spot left for the Canes in 2020: Who’s it for?

Less than four months into his UF career, Class of 2020 OL signee Issiah Walker has entered the transfer portal. While the reasoning behind it is unclear, it's an interesting predicament for the Canes as Manny Diaz is now in a position to land one of their most coveted prospects that they came up short ...
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10 Reasons the Miami Dolphins Throwbacks Must be Permanent

10 Reasons the Miami Dolphins Throwbacks Must be Permanent

For the better part of two decades, watching the Miami Dolphins play football has been like watching old people fuck. But that might have mercifully changed after the Dolphins went and did the most un-Dolphins thing possible: They drafted the best quarterback in the 2020 class: Tua Tagovailoa (HOLY SHITROCKETS, RIGHT?). And now, after waiting ...
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Jaillet's Journal: Frank Gore still moving the chains after 15 seasons

Jaillet’s Journal: Frank Gore still moving the chains after 15 seasons

/ / Football
I was 10 when Miami Hurricanes football legend Frank Gore was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. I am now 25. My age puts what Frank Gore is doing into a bit of perspective. The running back signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Tuesday, continuing his accomplished, 16-year career in the ...
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Craig Davis interviews Don Shula during a promotional appearance in 2014.

Pressure Point: Don Shula demanded the best from everyone

There was a time when the scariest situation for a young sports writer in South Florida was to be confronted by The Jaw. When Don Shula singled you out for his wrath it left an impression. That stalwart chin — often described as chiseled granite — boring in is among the images that stand out ...
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Jaillet's Journal: Trevon Hill, Jeff Thomas look to aid retooling Patriots

Jaillet’s Journal: Trevon Hill, Jeff Thomas look to aid retooling Patriots

/ / Football
As a new crop of players gets ready to make marks with their respective NFL teams, a pair of former Miami Hurricanes will be looking to make their mark in New England. Defensive end Trevon Hill and wide receiver Jeff Thomas will be taking their talents to Foxboro. Hill brings Miami Hurricanes toughness to New ...
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Malcolm Perry

Fresh Perspective: Malcolm Perry offers Dolphins creative opportunities on offense

/ / Football, South Florida
It's clear that Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores enjoys versatility in his players. Many of the 2020 draft selections made by Miami have the ability to play more than one position. But perhaps no one offers more versatility - and room for creativity - than seventh-round draft pick Malcolm Perry out of Navy. Usually, ...
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