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It’s a Hard Rock Life: Struggling ‘Phins, Thriving ‘Canes

By: Frank Gonzalez

In the first few weeks of the NFL and NCAA football seasons, I have gathered enough information and stellar highlight plays to hypothesize if Miami’s two main football teams, the Miami Dolphins in the NFL and the Miami Hurricanes in the NCAA, are worthy contenders for their respective league’s championships.

Starting off with the Mark Richt led Miami Hurricanes, they have outscored their first three opponents, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Appalachian State, by a whopping 153-23 margin over the season’s first three games. The Cane’s quarterback, early Heisman contender Brad Kaaya (15), has carried the team on his back with his pinpoint accuracy in the pocket, passing for 694 yards from 50 passes out of 70 attempted passes. The junior from Cali has seven touchdowns and three interceptions in only three games. Miami is 3-0 and ranked 3rd in the ACC’s Coastal division, behind Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, respectively. Speaking of Georgia Tech, the Canes play the Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 1st at 12:00 PM.

Moving on to Adam Gase’s Miami Dolphins, the Dolphins have not had the same luck as the Hurricanes. The Phins have played back-to-back playoff contenders in the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, putting them in an early 0-2 hole to start. Behind a woeful performance by starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17), Miami only had 214 yards on offense, completing 16 of his 29 attempted passes against Seattle. The Dolphin’s only touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard designed draw play for Ryan Tannehill. Miami lost to Seattle 10-12.

In their game against New England, the backup to Tom Brady (out for suspension) Jimmy Garopollo (10) led his Patriots to a halftime score of 24-3, with Miami’s points coming from a field goal in the second quarter. Garopollo would then get injured, forcing New England to insert third string quarterback and rookie Jacoby Brissett. Miami would surge off of a red hot Tannehill in an impressive comeback, but would ultimately fall short to the Patriots 24-31 after an interception in the end zone thrown by Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins play their home opener against the 0-2 Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium on September 25th at 1:00 PM.

Reports on the NBA will start as soon as the season starts, the same goes with the NHL and the UFC’s next pay-per view.

UPDATE- September 26th, 2016

Death of a Local Legend 

I am extremely sad to report that Jose Fernandez (16), ace pitcher for the Miami Marlins, has passed away. This happened early Sunday morning near Miami Beach, Fernandez and two of his friends were presumably speeding in a boat when their boat hit some rocks, flipping the boat over and killing everyone on the boat.

Fernandez was the embodiment of success for many Latinos in Miami, coming from Cuba as a teenager after being denied three times before. The Marlins drafted him in the 2011 MLB Draft in the very first round. He won Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was poised to be the league’s best pitcher and/or player overall. Fernandez and his girlfriend were expecting.

This news came as a shock to the MLB and to the Marlins organization. A memorial was held in the Miami Dolphins (1-2) game that same day against the Cleveland Browns (0-3). Memorials were also held in all the MLB’s games the same day of his shocking death.

Expect Jose Fernandez’s #16 to be retired by the Miami Marlins and for Fernandez to have his own memorial day within the entire league. Memorials should also be expected in every Miami Marlins game after Jose Fernandez’s premature departure.

Rest in peace, Jose Fernandez. Your legacy will forever be remembered in the MLB, in Miami, and in the hearts of your friends and family.

The Miami Dolphins finally picked up a win in their home opener at Hard Rock Stadium against the Cleveland Browns. The final score was 31-24 in overtime.

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