Why is it always us? How is it the state of Florida always seems to become the butt of jokes when it comes to major elections and counting votes?
No different in the recent presidential race, when — again — the state that dubiously entered hanging chads into the lexicon was the last state by several days to make official its final vote. (I knew we were in trouble on election night when I saw state officials run out of fingers and toes and start wheeling in that giant abacus.)
I guess we should at least be thankful that Florida elections officials are not in charge of certifying our state’s sports results, too.
News update: Five months later, Florida is not yet prepared to render as official the Heat’s apparent NBA championship-clinching win over Oklahoma City last June. “We are still tallying late baskets,” a state spokesman explained. “Better to get this right than to meet some artificial timetable.”
On Sunday, the Dolphins play host to the Titans and state elections officials hope to announce a final score by early Wednesday. “It isn’t as easy as people think,” a spokesman said. “Remember that we are a state with early scoring and also late-arriving absentee points.”
Fortunately, the Marlins do not present a problem for state elections officials, as counting the team’s runs seldom requires more than one hand.Mike Brown Jeffrey Loria Mike Redmond Tino Martinez