It isn’t official. Can’t be quantified. Nobody voted on it. But I’m just going to go ahead and declare it:
Right now, this week ahead is the single greatest time on the American sports calendar, nationally and in South Florida. The confluence of so much that we love is like no other time. Consider:
The NFL is really heating up, especially in Miami, with the Dolphins preparing for their first battle-of-unbeatens Monday night matchup since 1996.
College football nears its conference games, with the Hurricanes ranked No. 15.
Baseball’s October playoffs are now at hand (helping us to forget this Marlins season).
The NBA unfurls as the two-time, defending-champion Heat opens training camp this week.
Hockey is here, with the young Panthers’ season opener Thursday.
College basketball has started practice, too.
The sports plate is suddenly so full, it’s the perfect time for Dan Le Batard’s 790 and 104.3 The Ticket radio show to go national on ESPN, which it will starting at 4 p.m. Monday, right in between the Heat’s annual media-day welcome back and the Dolphins’ biggest game in years.
By the way, Yours Truly will be among Dan’s “rotating guest cohosts,” and yet the show is expected to succeed, anyway.