The symbiosis happened during a third-quarter timeout at the Heat game here Friday night, when the video screen showed a tribute to the Hurricanes, and all at once Miami basketball became one, with Heat fans chanting Lets go Canes!
There has never been a single better time than right now for the Heat and UM men together. On Sunday, our pro guys are home against Charlotte gunning for their 26th consecutive victory as the all-time NBA record of 33 consecutive wins looms into view. And right after that, in Austin, the No. 2 seed Hurricanes face No. 7 Illinois in the next round of the NCAA Tournament for a spot in the Sweet16.
What defines Miami as a sports town has changed, at least for now. Whats next, the Don Shula Expressway renamed for Jim Larrañaga? The Perfect Season usurped by The Perfect Streak?
You gotta love Larrañaga. Hes a bit older, which might explain the team using Full Speed Ahead as its postseason T-shirt slogan. Not often is a Naval expression from the 1860s associated with college kids in 2013.
Larrañaga, by the way, has decided to embrace his Cuban heritage by adding a tilde above the n in his surname, lending a Hispanic flair to the way it is said. Henceforth, the coachs name is to be pronounced, Larranationalcoachoftheyear.
(His first name is still Jim, although there are rumors hell break out Jaime if the Canes reach the Final Four.)
Give Larrañaga credit for going all the way in embracing those Cuban roots.
Turns out orange neckties look good over a Guayabera shirt.
And his players seem to be adjusting surprisingly well to Larrañaga making his points during timeouts through that haze of cigar smoke.
• I can summarize March Madness in four words: Florida Gulf Coast!? Harvard!?
• Call it the Tuna Bowl. The Dolphins and Cowboys will open the NFL preseason in the annual Hall of Fame Game. Yes, because how better to mark the Hall induction of Bill Parcells than with a game between the two teams most associated with his failure.
• The NFL has now made it illegal for running backs to lower their helmets when preparing for contact. These safety measures are getting a bit much. I hear the league will now consider a collegial butt-slap to be unnecessary roughness.
• In other NFL news, commissioner Roger Goodell announced the Pro Bowl would remain in Hawaii, and not even Hawaiians cared.
• Asked when he might return from knee surgery, Bulls guard Derrick Rose said, Nobody knows but God. Cannot confirm God plans to reveal His Answer in a Monday news conference.
• The Dominican Republics World Baseball Classic win made it three consecutive WBCs with the U.S. team not even reaching the final. Wait. Didnt we invent baseball? This would be like the NFL losing the Super Bowl to the Netherlands.
• The last-place Panthers had won two in a row entering Saturdays game. The NHL playoffs are still in sight if ah, who am I kidding!
• The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, preparing for upcoming NASL soccer season, held a restoration day Saturday at Lockhart Stadium, inviting fans to help paint and landscape the facility. Something to keep in mind, Stephen Ross, in case that referendum for Dolphin stadium renovations fails to pass.
• The above idea could prove appealing to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria as well. The ultimate payroll-slash: A call to fans to man an all-volunteer baseball team.
• Confirming rumors, Tiger Woods revealed on his Facebook page he is dating skier Lindsey Vonn. There is symmetry here. Woods has won 14 majors, and Vonn is his 14th blonde.
• The states top horse race, the annual Florida Derby at Gulfstream, will be run Saturday. The winner will be considered a good bet to not win the Triple Crown.
• Sentences I Never Imagined Writing, one in a series: NBA legend Adrian Dantley is now a school crossing guard in Silver Spring, Md.
• Dolphins were awarded extra compensatory draft picks in the fifth and seventh rounds for last years free agent losses. If only the team got extra picks based on previous bad draft decisions.
• Broncos safety Quinton Carter was accused by a Las Vegas casino of placing a $5 chip on a craps table after the dice had rolled. So he not only cheats. Hes cheap.
• Mike Ditka has come out with his own line of signature wines. The cabernet has notes of oak, cinnamon and grumpy old man.
• Parting thought: Update: Workers at the Boston Garden have finally been able to extract Celtic Jason Terry from under the hardwood, where hed been buried by a LeBron James dunk several nights before.
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