Random Evidence is back just in time after a week’s hiatus. I don’t know if Miami’s two most popular teams can intersect on the calendar with much more combined excitement than the defending champion Heat starting the NBA playoffs the same week the Dolphins — finally seen as ascending, as imbued with some momentum — partake of the NFL Draft.
The two teams’ prospects couldn’t feel any more different, though.
The Dolphins’ draft is wrapped in uncertainty. Whom they will select or even what position they will target remains a mystery — perhaps even to the team itself at this point. The large number of picks — 11, including five in the first three rounds — adds intrigue, with a trade up from the 12th spot looming as a big possibility.
Nobody knows what will happen.
With the Heat, conversely, everybody knows what will happen.
Miami is a heavy favorite to repeat as champ, and this first-round series against Milwaukee starting Sunday night is especially full of certainty. The NBA playoffs include 15 deserving teams, plus the Bucks. They went 36-46. Them winning a seven-game series against the Heat is like me winning a footrace against Usain Bolt.
And, sort of like me taunting Bolt with the promise of him eating my vapor trail, Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings has promised a Milwaukee series victory in six games. Jennings recently also had said Miami was the preferred first-round opponent because “we match up well against them.”
Jennings wears jersey No. 3. He also will be identifiable Sunday night as the guy stuck on the bottom of LeBron James’ sneaker, like a wad of gum.
Call it a four-game sweep by Miami. Oh, and I stand to win big, too, by the way. See, I have invested heavily in the inevitable four-word media reference that stands at the ready, just waiting to be let loose into a thousand headlines nationwide:
THE BUCKS STOP HERE!
A class-action suit is under way against the NFL over concussions by 4,200 ex-players. It would be a quick trial if I were judge: Did you know football was a violent sport with hard hitting? “Well, yes.” Case dismissed!
The Miami Herald’s online poll to name the 25 most influential figures in Heat history finally ended, with Pat Riley edging Dwyane Wade for the top spot. I was riveted by the fight for 25th place, and suspect Ralphie, the kid who mops up the sweat on the court, of ballot-stuffing.
It was announced an eight-team international soccer tournament would culminate Aug. 6-7 in Miami. Teams will include Real Madrid, which is good. I worried they’d try to fool us by sending Fake Madrid.Parting thought: Jeffrey Loria