The two big events that bookend this sports week — the All-Star break and the opening of NFL training camps — are as disparate as baseball and football and would seem to have nothing in common. They do, though. In Miami, at least, both are a mix of anticipation and apprehension.
Baseball’s festivities begin Sunday and culminate with Tuesday’s 84th All-Star Game, but I wonder if “All-Star Shame” would be a better description. We’re the epicenter of it, with Coral Gables’ now-closed Biogenesis clinic the reason some 20 players face PED-related suspensions, including Miami-raised Alex Rodriguez, former Hurricane Ryan Braun and four current All-Stars.
The sport tries to celebrate its best while holding its breath over its worst: a reminder the Steroids Era is not yet past.
A different sort of apprehension visits Dolfans as the new football season begins to unfurl with Miami’s first training camp practice next Sunday.
Anticipation and optimism are unusually high, but is it the big tease? Does a fandom that has waited so long for the good old days to renew themselves dare believe Miami is ready to be an NFL power again? New Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said he thinks the Patriots are vulnerable and that Miami can be the new AFC East leader. The finding out begins with baby steps in a week.
Baseball fans wait for the hammer to drop.
Dolfans wait to hold that hammer and feel the power again.
By the way, have you noticed that the Miami Herald quietly dropped the “The” from its name and is now simply, Miami Herald? Cannot confirm the “The” is suing the newspaper for wrongful termination.Andrew Bynum LeBron James
Florida State lineman Menelik Watson received his Atlantic Coast Conference championship ring, but it was engraved “SEC champion” instead. Hmm. Not sure if I’d complain or even tell anybody.Giancarlo Stanton Body Parting thought: Rex Ryan