Happy birthday, America. You look pretty good for 237. But I’m here today to talk about some folks who are a bit younger.
Savor this as you grill your baby-back ribs, quaff your beer or await those fireworks, because this too is something worth celebrating. And if we’re lucky, we might be celebrating it for a good long time.
Look around and notice a new golden age dawning in Miami-area professional sports. I’m not sure if our Big Four teams collectively have ever had more talented players under 25. That cutoff is arbitrary, of course. Heck, to me even Juwan Howard is young, but I figure in pro sports under 25 is that budding time when potential greatness has begun to offer hints and all we can do is wait, tantalized, to see how it plays out.
Sort of like looking up and waiting for the fireworks to bloom, right?
What follows is our list of Top 10 South Florida pro athletes under 25, right now, based on potential future greatness. It is surely the only category in which the Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers all dominate that other team; you know, the one that just won a championship? The Heat’s only prominent U-25 guy is point guard Norris Cole, who, despite that fantastic high-top fade haircut, doesn’t even make our list.
We also considered Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, Dolphins rookie-to-be defensive end Dion Jordan, Panthers No. 2-overall draft pick Aleksander Barkov and Norris Cole’s high-top fade.
Maybe next year, fellas.
Meantime, enjoy the fireworks.