Three major South Florida weekend sporting events — the Brazil-Honduras soccer game, the NASCAR season finale at Homestead and the Dolphins-Chargers game — were expected to draw some 200,000 distinctly different spectators in an area too often mistaken as a bad sports town.
The soccer (a practice game, no less) and the race both were safe bets to easily outdraw the Dolphins, and Miami might be the only NFL city where that would happen.
I’m not sure, though, if that says more about our wonderfully diverse interests, or about the state of the local NFL team.
A Dolphins official I spoke with called it “embarrassing” that Sunday’s home crowd would be considerably less than the stadium held for exhibition soccer the night before.
I suggested our sagging football club try to capture some of the magic of Brazilian soccer by having Dolphins players compete Sunday wearing bright yellow and green jerseys and short pants.
There was no immediate indication my suggested uniform tweak had been taken seriously.Ryan Tannehill Richie Incognito Icognito Jay Glazer Jose Fernandez
Cleveland’s Terry Francona edged Boston’s John Farrell for American League Manager of the Year, even though Farrell made a last-place team world champs. Baseball writers explained they were drunk when voting.
Baseball’s expanded instant replay will give managers two challenges each, more if they are right. Red Sox-Yankees games will now last 3 1/2 days.Bill Mazeroski George Brett
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he can’t “fathom” NBA teams tanking for higher draft positioning. I can’t fathom Coach K being unable to fathom that.Jameis Winston Michael Phelps Brett Favre
That reminds me. Marlins radio broadcasts switch from 790 The Ticket to WINZ 940 next year. Fans who listen to Marlins games on radio are split. One said he liked the change, the other isn’t sure.
Deposed FAU football coach Carl Pelini, ousted for drug use, wants reinstatement. Says he never used drugs. Says his resignation was “forced.” Carl, your record was 5-15. Don’t push it.Parting thought: Kenichi Ito