Halloween is this week and Thanksgiving is in a month, but I cant wait. With so many treats to enjoy and so many thanks to give, sports have me in a holiday mood early.
The three-year NCAA investigation of Miami is over and the Hurricanes charge on unthreatened and unshackled at last. UM fans should feel like the munchkins in Oz did as they watched that witch melt. (Come to think of it, that green witch bore an eerie facial resemblance to Nevin Shapiro.)
The Heats season opens in two days, meaning LeBron James and the greatest show in South Florida are back on stage. People are still doubting the Heat, which is half the fun.
The Dolphins are in New England on Sunday, and I dont care if Miami has lost a few in a row or if Tom Brady is having an off year its still Dolphins-Patriots.
The delightfully bearded World Series needs a bigger marquee and seems destined for seven games.
Did I mention Canes at Seminoles in six days?
College basketball tips off soon, too, and just after that Homestead hosts the race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Forget Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Already feels like Christmas around here.
• The Dolphins traded for veteran tackle Bryant McKinnie, the 6-8, 360-pound former Hurricane. McKinnie has made only one Pro Bowl but six times has led the league in parties.
• The Rams inquired unsuccessfully about luring Brett Favre, 44, out of retirement. Somewhere, Joe Namath is loosening up.
• A neighbor of Redskins owner Dan Snyder registered the name Washington Bravehearts, fueling speculation of a possible name change. Im not sure which is more embarrassing. Your teams nickname demeaning American Indians, or your team being named after a Mel Gibson movie.
• Giants running back Brandon Jacobs received a Twitter death threat from a fantasy owner angry over his performance. Sir, if you are starting Brandon Jacobs, unless its, like, a 50-team league, your team stinks.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars are the home team for Sundays NFL game in London. So its official, then. The Jags are so bad, theyve been deported.
• Jim Leyland retired as Tigers manager. In his honor, throughout Detroit, cigarettes were being smoked at half mast.
• Answer: Same day the Panthers held an equality night honoring the local LGBT community, they had a pregame meet-and-greet with Amanda Zuckerman, the Big Brother reality star who made summer headlines for homophobic comments. Question: They say timing is everything, right?
• The San Jose Sharks, the last NHL team unbeaten in regulation, finally lost. Knew it wouldnt last! crowed the 72 Dolphins.
• The college football game at Marlins Park starting in 2014 was christened the Miami Beach Bowl. Hmm. I guess If LeBron can take his talents to South Beach, even though the Heat doesnt play there, then there can be a Miami Beach Bowl not in Miami Beach.
• Almost time for college hoops. Canes men open their season Nov. 8, but low expectations were verified this week in an ESPN ranking of all 351 Division I teams. Anybody up for a Were No. 102! chant?
• With only three NASCAR races left until the grand finale Nov. 17 at Homestead Nov. 17, frontrunners and friends Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth