Happy Herald - Sports Feature https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8527-1-sports-feature.html <![CDATA[The Resilience of the Human Spirit]]> That was the question many of us were left to ask following the postponement – and cancellation – of the professional and collegiate sports calendars. Not only were many of us without the outlet of following our favorite teams, our own local activities were curtailed in the wake of social distancing guidelines, which forced the closure of gyms, bowling alleys, most parks and golf courses. But it’s in this last area where the story picks up, at least for some of our South Florida neighbors.]]> <![CDATA[The Day The Sports World – And The Rest Of Us – Stopped]]> If you ask anyone over the age of 75 where they were on a certain date, at the time a certain historical event took place, they can tell you with amazing specificity. Doesn’t matter if it was Pearl Harbor, or the day FDR died, that person will explain to you exactly where they were and what they were doing when the news hit, even if they couldn’t tell you what they had for dinner the night before.]]> <![CDATA[What's Wrong With Us?]]> So, despite the recent national warming trends, we here in South Florida are still a destination for snowbirds – or coldbirds – who want to get away for a few days. And when they visit, many of those folks will tote their golf clubs with them – and why not? Quick quiz: Care to guess which state has the most golf courses? Yep, it’s us, with a whopping 1562 courses, far ahead of California, Texas and Michigan]]> <![CDATA[Super Bowl Moments – Miami Style]]> As we celebrate the culmination of the professional football season in our own back yard, for a record 11th time no less, I thought it might be fun to remember the highlights (and lowlights) of Super games past played in South Florida.]]> <![CDATA[2019 Year In Review: Some Chnages and Some Surprises]]> When you do a year-inreview column, the temptation is to favor your personal biases – that is, to overlook that which you find uninteresting, or not in your sports wheelhouse. With that in mind, I asked for suggestions from a local celebrity who is plugged in to our sporting culture. We now present, with an assist from my good friend D.M. (he’s shy), the top sports stories for 2019, South Florida style. Feel free to disagree.]]> <![CDATA[A Christmas Wish List for the Teams We Care About]]> The fall season is upon us (though you could never tell here in South Florida) which means the big fat man in a red suit will soon be visiting us, trying to see who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. For the teams we root for, the things they most need won’t always be the flashiest or the most expensive toy – but it’s what they could most use to take the next step.]]> <![CDATA[The Ten Undeniable Truths Of Sports]]> Every once in a while we start to think the sporting public doesn’t understand the basic concepts of watching and understanding sports in the modern age – especially in the television age. So, at the risk of sounding arrogant (but not condescending), we bring you our version of the basic rules of the sporting universe. The subjects cover all manner of sport, though this is not a comprehensive list. ]]> <![CDATA[NFL Preview For Florida Teams? No Joy in Mudville]]> As is our custom this time of the year, we continue our pigskin preview, this time with a look at the state’s professional football fortunes. I realize the season may be nearly a quarter over by the time you review this article, but it’s still fun to predict the outcome for our respective teams. ]]> <![CDATA[We Preview The College Football Landscape And Say Goodbye To A Legend]]> As is the tradition in these parts, the college football season kicks off the Fall schedule of events, and ushers in what my friend Dean used to call the “Social Season.” But this year, there’s a twist, as the college football poobahs (see ESPN and college presidents) decided September 1 (or more accurately, August 31) was just too long to wait, so they moved it up a week. ]]> <![CDATA[The Changing Face of the Sports we Love]]> Gulfstream Race Track would be the only venue to run live racing, but if you’ve been there you know horse racing is a decidedly underpublicized option for patrons. Between the promotion of the poker room, the shops, the restaurants and the shows, live racing is, to use a term of art, up the track in terms of popularity.]]> <![CDATA[Mid-Season Baseball Report: Favorites And The Long Ball]]> In 1969 baseball made the decision to expand into two divisions, and later that morphed into three divisions with two wild card teams added to the post-season, so the idea of being in first place at this time of the year is no longer a rock solid predictor of success. We’ll get to the races (such as they are) in a second, but the big story in baseball this year is the return of the home run. Or should I say the explosion of the home run.]]> <![CDATA[Fathers And Sons – And The Mothers Who Raise Them]]> As we sit between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I’m thinking about the importance and influence mothers and dads have had – not only on our lives, but on the lives of stars in the sports world. I realize we could begin with the countless stories of sacrifices made, especially by parents of Olympic athletes, who spent hours ferrying their children to and from practices, competitions and training sessions.]]> <![CDATA[Redemption Thy Name is Sports]]> About seven years ago, when I first began this column, I wrote about the saga of the then world’s best golfer who was discovered to be a serial philanderer, was soon separated from his wife, and in the process, lost not only an estimated 100 million dollars in the subsequent divorce, but also the adulation and respect of many a sports fan. He was vilified as a phony, lost countless endorsements, and was relegated to alsoran status following a series of injuries. Still, I wondered: If his family could forgive him (which they did), why couldn’t the sporting public? That was Tiger Woods’ life.]]> <![CDATA[A Few Thoughts About…]]> Normally, when we meet in this space, time and relevance limit the discussion to only one topic per column, which is usually good enough. But for this month’s visit, I thought we’d do something a bit different. As a teaser, in the future we’d like to get the view of an expert for a baseball overview, but with so many things going on in the sports world, I thought it better to review a range of topics relevant by the time you read this note. So, here goes… ]]> <![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.]]>