Hope you all have a Happy Easter Weekend! Here’s one of my favorite videos to get the weekend started! Dear Miami by Roisin Murphy.
The Miami Hurricanes have finally unveiled their new uniforms. And the highly anticipated uniforms have lived up to expectations in the eyes of players and fans! The uniforms will still be orange and green and carry the University of Miami U logo. However, as you can see from the above images they are considerably more flashy and now have four different styles.
UM’s home uniforms will be the orange jerseys with the green sleeves. The white jerseys with green sleeves will be uses as their road uniforms.
Giancarlo Stanton hits a 457 foot bomb over the center field fence at Miami Stadium.
The Miami Marlins have returned to the Magic City after enduring a brutal road trip. And it’s safe to say by the way they played last night that they’re glad to be home! The Marlins crushed the Nationals by a score of 11-2 with almost everyone contributing. The highlight of the night was another enormous blast by Glancarlo Stanton. He has hit three of the four longest home runs in Major League Baseball this year. Stanton also has 21 RBI’s which is tops in the majors. With Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez the Miami Marlins have a young core that potentially could lead this team to multiple championships.
A look back at the Miami Blues movie trailer from April of 1990. An all time great flick, which took place in the Magic City 24 years ago. The main characters consisted of Alec Baldwin (Hunt For Red October, BeetleJuice, The Aviator), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Single White Female, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Hudsucker Proxy) and Fred Ward (Escape From Alcatraz, The Right Stuff). It was directed by George Armitage who based the film off the Miami Blues novel by Charles Willeford.
The Story Line
A recently released inmate (Frederick Frenger Jr.) moves to Miami to start a new life where he becomes romantically involved with Susie Waggoner. Though, unknown to Susie he’s still up to the same old tricks that landed him in prison in the first place. As Susie is dreaming of living happily ever after with Frederick, Sargent Hoke Moseley begins an investigation into Frederick’s crimes.
We all know the Magic City has plenty of glitz and glam, a wild nightlife, and stunning beaches. But what many don’t realize is over the years Miami has evolved into one of the greatest sports cities in the US. Miami is home to three of the big four professional sports teams with the fourth being located just north of the Miami-Dade County border.
The three teams are the Miami Heat, the Miami Marlins and the Miami Dolphins. The fourth is the Florida Panthers. Miami is also the home of two professional female teams. The Miami Rain (semi-pro basketball) and the Miami Fury (football). Furthermore, the Magic City has an arena football team, a professional Jai-alai arena, a horse racing track, a dog racing track and is home to the Homestead motor speedway. In addition, Miami is host to the Sony Open (a major tennis tournament), the WGC-Cadillac Championship (World Golf Tournament) and the Miami Beach Polo World Cup. The Magic City is also where the University of Miami fields their sports teams. The UM football team is Division I and is one of the highest ranked teams in the nation. If that’s not enough Miami has been named by Major League Soccer as the future home for their next team. They are expected to start playing in Miami by 2015. The Soccer team will most likely be accompanied by a new state-of-the-art soccer stadium.
To further my point that Miami is a great sports city lets take a quick look at each of the big three sports franchises. First up – The Miami Heat. There is no doubt the Miami Heat are a first class sports franchise. Their arena is located downtown Miami (overlooking Biscayne Bay) with multiple forms of public transportation leading to their front door. Since their inception in 1988 they’ve won three NBA championships including the last two. And such world class athletes as Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Shaquille Oneal, Alonzo Morning, Tim Hardaway and Ray Allen have worn the Heat uniform. All of which are future hall of famers. The Heat play at American Airlines Arena where attendance is almost always at full capacity and their last two championship parades packed the streets of downtown Miami.
Next lets tackle the Miami Marlins. The Marlins might be considered the most successful franchise in Miami. In their short history they’ve won two world series in a sport where it’s not uncommon for a team to go 50 or 60 years without winning a world series. The Miami Marlins play in a futuristic stadium just two years old. It has a retractable roof, spectacular view of downtown, a swimming pool and a 200 gallon fish tank behind home plate. In my opinion there is no better place to watch any team of any sport than at the Miami Marlins stadium. The current team has some of the best young talent in the league. Starting pitcher Jose Fernandez won rookie of the year last year and their right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is one of the most promising young sluggers in the game.
Now to round up the big three local sports franchises by taking a look at the Miami Dolphins. The fins are Miami’s oldest team and they have a storied history. They are the only team in the history of the National Football League to go undefeated. Plus, they drafted one of, if not the best quarterback to ever grace a football field. Of course, I’m talking about Dan Marino. Dan at one time held six different NFL passing records including the record for most touchdown passes and yards thrown in a season. Dolphins stadium (Sunlife Stadium) is where both the Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes play their home games. Currently, their owner (Stephen Ross) is planning to make major upgrades to the stadium, which will entail installing a much needed roof.
The Magic City clearly supports plenty of sports teams and sporting events. Miami also has a rich sports history. That post is for another day! However, just the fact that Miami successfully supports this many sports teams and sporting events says a lot about the many great sports fans within the Magic City.
The City Of Miami, Florida has been host to ten different Super Bowls including the second Super Bowl ever played. Five of the Magic Cities Super Bowls were played at the Orange Bowl. Miami was host to Football’s greatest game and televisions most watched show during the following years:
1968 II – (Green Bay 33 Vs. Oakland 14)
1969 III – (New York Jets 16 Vs. Baltimore 7)
1971 V – (Baltimore 16 Vs. Dallas 13)
1976 X – (Pittsburgh 21 Vs. Dallas 17)
1979 XIII – (Pittsburgh 35 Vs. Dallas 31)
1989 XXIII – (San Francisco 20 Vs. Cincinnati 16)
1995 XXIX – (San Francisco 49 Vs. San Diego 26)
1999 XXXIII – (Denver 34 Vs. Atlanta 19)
2007 XLI – (Indianapolis Colts 29 Vs. Chicago Bears 17)
2010 XLIV – (New Orleans Saints 31 Vs. Indianapolis Colts 17)
Tampa hosted the Super Bowl in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009. Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl in 2005. All-in-all Florida has been host to 15 Super Bowls, which is more than any other state. And Miami’s 10 Super Bowls is more than any other city.
The 4th Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival 2014 is this weekend March 29th 2014 between 12:00 PM and 10:00 PM. At the entrance you will receive a free festival poster designed by local artist Jordan Bravo. Jordan will also have a tent within the festival where you can get the poster personally autographed. Two of the musicians performing at the festival will be local jazz musician Jenny Love and the well known DJ LS. There is expected to be over 50 restaurants participating and 12K plus people attending. Now in it’s fourth year and having grown every year The Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival is sure to be a blast. The entrance to the festival is 609 Brickell Avenue behind the First Presbyterian Church of Miami.
USA Today’s readers choice poll has nominated Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as one of the 10 Best in the United States. And it is in the running for the best overall public garden via a USA Today poll. You can vote for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden once per day until March 31st at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-garden. The winner will be announced April 2nd 2014.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables. The public garden opened in 1938 and is situated on 83 acres of land. One of my favorite attractions is the two acre rainforest. Although, there is so much more offered to the public.
The Miami Heat just released a LeBron James Miami Heat McFarlane’s Sports Picks NBA Basketball Series 24, 6 inch Bobblehead doll / action figure / statue. LeBron James is holding a basketball and standing over a hardwood basketball floor. For more information or to purchase this item, please see the Official Miami Heat website. They currently have it for sale for $22.00.