Happy Herald - Sports Feature https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8527-1-sports-feature.html <![CDATA[Why Our Sports Heroes Live On Forever]]> When you care about someone who dies, it affects you in different ways. The loss of a parent, or God forbid, a child, or anyone close to you, forces you to reflect on who you are, where you are in your life and sometimes, crystallizes what you still want to accomplish. What does this have to do with sports, you ask? Plenty, when it’s one of your sports heroes who passes away.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Sports Teams Hope for a Spring Spurt]]> But at least the Heat make the playoffs, which is more than one can say for the other winter sports tenant we have down here, the Florida Panthers. You see in the NHL, 16 out of 31 teams make the playoffs, which makes the odds of getting in slightly better than 50%.]]> <![CDATA[2018: Dolphins Miracle Play Highlights a Tough Year]]> Usually when compiling the end of year “Best Of” top 10 list, it’s not a difficult task. With all four professional sports represented locally, along with a strong collegiate presence, as well as a bevy of professional tennis and golf opportunities, the idea of highlighting 10 memorable sports moments is generally not difficult. ]]> <![CDATA[The What-Ifs of Sports That Keep Us Wondering]]> I’m pretty sure when John Greenleaf Whittier wrote that immortal phrase some 150 years ago, he didn’t have the modern sports world in mind. Or maybe he did, who knows? Perhaps he knew of some equestrian who’d had a bad meal the night before and subsequently lost. ]]> <![CDATA[Searching For Eddets Field]]> Sometimes, while thinking of stories to entertain the masses, you’ll stumble across an idea in the strangest of ways. So it was with this column. You see, as a person of a certain demographic group (it still creeps me out to have to check certain age boxes) I have not yet acceded to the idea of growing old. It’s as if I believe that if I can ignore the issue long enough, the reality of it will pass.]]> <![CDATA[2018 NFL Florida Preview: Jacksonville is Quite the Best]]> In keeping with our annual tradition, early fall means a time for us to look upon our true national past time – gambling on football. Just kidding (sort of). Actually, truth be told, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision which legalizes sports gambling, the popularity of football – especially professional football – now climbs higher.]]> <![CDATA[State College Football Preview Brings A Surprise At The Top]]> For as long as we’ve been meeting in this space, at this time of the year, the college football preview has generally included the state’s Big Three universities. And with good reason: Between UF, FSU and UM they’ve accumulated eight national titles, numerous conference championships and a ton of guys who now play for your favorite NFL teams on Sunday (that preview appears next month) – so it’s natural to focus on their chances. No more. Many national publications now include the Knights of Central Florida.]]> <![CDATA[Modern Medicine is Big Winner for Injured Athletes]]> Actually, it’s not uncommon for athletes in all sports to return to competition within weeks of surgery, something unheard of only a few years ago. People of my dad’s generation will tell you long before there was a Barry Sanders or a Reggie Bush, there was the Kansas Comet – Gale Sayers. Electrifying. Breathtaking. Head shaking. The guy was unreal. Don’t believe me?]]> <![CDATA[Hypocrisy Thy Name is Sports]]> While watching the drama surrounding this year´s U.S. Open golf championship, won for the second year in a row by FSU grad Brooks Koepka, we were treated to what I call the fogging of sports reality, this time courtesy of the United States Golf Association and its handmaidens in the sporting press.]]> <![CDATA[Legalized Sports Gambling? Hardly a Sure Bet]]> With the news that the U.S. Supreme Court has made it legal to bet on sports in all 50 states, and not just Nevada, those places which choose to ante up and offer point spreads on college and professional sports are betting big that they can corner a small percentage of the sports gaming market now owned by a certain former military weigh station in the desert.]]> <![CDATA[Movies and Sports: A Can't Miss Combo]]> There are countless stories of famous – and not so famous – people who used that special, intimate form of entertainment to escape their own troubles, and I’m sure virtually every person who reads this column has, at one time or another, found solace in a great flick, a Hulu or Netflix original series, or a terrific television show.]]> <![CDATA[Springtime Memories]]> April in Maryland is the classic springtime tease – you’re sick of winter and the hint of summer is around the corner, but you endure the cold mornings, which eventually give way to warm afternoons. Opening Day meant something too, and I’m not just talking about getting out of school for one day (although that was pretty cool), as it brought a sense of promise, of hope that filled you to the brim. New year, new time, new team.]]> <![CDATA[Can You Go Home Again?]]> So, as Heat fans welcome Dwayne back to “Wade” County, they best temper their expectations and hope for the best. Or, maybe a certain King would consider returning to the land of palm trees for one more run?]]> <![CDATA[NFL Championship Droughts? South Florida’s Not The Worst]]> Not to worry for local football fans, since it’s been a long time since the local team has been in the Super Bowl (1984), let along winning it (1973). Which got me thinking about droughts, specifically, how long have NFL communities had to wait to celebrate a title? ]]> <![CDATA[2017’s Year in Sports, a Time of Transition]]> For most of us, 2017 was a year like none other. From presidential vacations, to a storm named Irma, to the changing cultures in our midst, the year was a lot of things - none of them boring. We at the Happy Herald’s sports department hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season, and take a minute to reflect on all the good things in your life. After all, as the man once said, be grateful for what you do have – not what you don’t.]]> <![CDATA[Sports in the 2000’s? Better Get it Done Now! ]]> Mark Tudino is an attorney with offices in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, whose practice specializes in all areas of civil litigation. He has lived in South Florida for more than 20 years. Prior to attending law school, he was a political and sports reporter for television stations across the country.]]> <![CDATA[Sports in the 2000’s? Better Get it Done NOW!]]> Mark Tudino is an attorney with offices in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, whose practice specializes in all areas of civil litigation. He has lived in South Florida for more than 20 years. Prior to attending law school, he was a political and sports reporter for television stations across the country.]]> <![CDATA[Sports and Politics no Stragers to Each Other]]> Which is to say there are countless other episodes, both foreign and domestic, when the political realities of our world have migrated to the sports arena. What’s happening to the NFL is not unique and, eventually, this too shall pass. After it does, whatever your position, I hope we emulate the NHL after it concludes a playoff series, and we remember to shake hands with our opponents.]]> <![CDATA[Football Preview: Pros on Tap]]> Last week we previewed the college kids; this time it’s the guys who get paid for a living who we review. As always, since the column will be read, by most, one-quarter into the season, and injuries are always hard to predict, this exercise is a little bit like trying to drive in the fog, but we proceed nonetheless, in order of predicted finish.]]> <![CDATA[Pigskin Prognostications: Part One]]> And with sincerest apologies to the fans of UCF, USF, FIU and FAU the focus here will be on the state’s big 3. While other schools will have their moments of interest and glory (in FAU’s case, lots of drama with new coach Lane Kiffen; at USF perhaps an undefeated season?), no other state can boast three consistent top 20 teams, not even Texas or California.]]>