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Tonight We’re Drinking…

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Beer
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Nothing like a cold beer, a cigar, and a few rounds of poker while you wait for the Spurs to take on the Thunder.


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Don’t be this guy…

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Miami Sports

Troy Tulowitzki will spend at least 15 days on the DL with a left groin injury.

By: Eran Fabian

The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the 15 day disabled list on Thursday with a groin strain. Tulo had been battling with the injury for a few days now but the time has come to get him some rest and let the doctors take a look at it.

The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Rockies. They already trail by 11.5 games in the NL West and now their second best bat, behind Carlos Gonzalez, has been taken off of the lineup card. Hopefully Tulo won’t need more than his currently scheduled time on the DL because the Rockies will certainly need him out there to avoid losing any more ground in the division.

Tulowitzki is currently hitting .287 with 8 HRs and 27 RBIs. He is also currently on a 9 game hitting streak.

By: Eran Fabian

The San Antonio Spurs have yet to lose a playoff game this year. In fact, they haven’t lost a game since April 11th against the Lakers giving them an unreal 20 straight victories. But their run this year has been like a fart on a crowded elevator, everyone knows what’s happening but no one is going to say a word about it. Well, I think it’s time we address the elephant in the room and congratulate the San Antonio Spurs on one of the best post-season runs in NBA history.

Had the Heat, Lakers, or Celtics launched this type of campaign, ESPN, and all the other sports networks out there, would have been abuzz with every stat as we were all forced to watch the replays around the clock. The Spurs on the other hand have gotten about as much airtime as the LPGA. It’s embarrassing.

Tim Duncan is averaging 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds against OKC in this series.

The problem with the Spurs isn’t star power. It isn’t a lack of tradition. It isn’t a whole lot of things. The problem with the Spurs is that they just aren’t ‘Hollywood’ enough or, in this league, ‘Miami’ enough to make headlines outside of Texas. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker won’t give you the highflying, lightning-fast displays of athleticism you’ll get with the younger teams. They’re a team of old guys who thrive on bank shots and lay-ups. The way the Spurs play, you expect their shorts to be three inches shorter and their hair to be three inches longer.

I love Kevin Durant and I wanted to see him succeed in the playoffs but now, at this point in time, I’m rooting for history. It is not just for the records or trophies but also for the team, for the way they play, for their heart. It’s truly incredible to watch what San Antonio continues to do night in and night out. They’re inspiring and it is a shame that most people won’t even know it happened.

The Spurs didn’t throw some big TV special or make some giant trade. They did it old school. They don’t fight, they don’t talk smack, and they don’t dress like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. They’ve been the same team for longer than just about any other team in history could say and they’re still winning. Kudos to the San Antonio Spurs. I’ll be rooting tonight as the Spurs try to make it 21 in a row.

To paraphrase a great man, “You stay classy, San Antonio.”

The Spurs tip off against the Thunder tonight at 9:00 on TNT.

By: Eran Fabian

Since 2001 when the Baltimore Ravens were featured in the first ever season of HBO’s Hard Knocks, NFL fans across the country have been tuning in to watch some of the best personalities in the game light up the screen. The show has allowed us into the locker room and has let us get a better look at who these guys truly are. We don’t have to wade through their politically correct answers to the media, we get to watch them struggle and fight and say things that could make Howard Stern blush.

Antonio Cromartie struggles to remember the names of his 7 kids.

That is what makes this next season so exciting on Hard Knocks. I am not, nor will I ever allow myself to be, a Miami Dolphins fan BUT there are very few teams that would have me this excited to watch. Sure, the Jets’ Antonio Cromartie won’t be there to tell me about his seven children (four of which are all four years old) and the man formerly known as Chad Johnson won’t be running around throwing out catch phrases like ‘Child Please!’ and ‘Kiss Da Baby!’ but the Dolphins do have a lot to keep viewers tied in from start to finish.

Rookie Quarterback and 1st round draft pick, Ryan Tannehill will battle Matt Moore and David Garrard for the starting gig (I don’t care too much about Tannehill but if it will keep his fiancée on screen, I’m all for it). Daniel Thomas will try to hold off Lex Hilliard and the once great Steve Slayton to keep his job at tailback. Brandon Marshall has moved on to greener pastures, which will leave the door open at receiver for guys like Davone Bess, Bryan Hartline, and, rookie wideout, B.J. Cunningham. Not to mention the rumors that Plaxico “Sharpshooter” Burress is seeking a tryout with the team.

The defensive side of the ball lacks the star power of Hard Knocks’ teams from previous seasons but the Dolphins are deceptively good. Ranking 3rd against the run last year (and 15th in total defense), the Miami Dolphins are good enough to force teams to be one-dimensional. Unfortunately, that dimension happens to be their biggest weakness as the finished 25th against the pass last year. If the Dolphins’ secondary can come together, the Dolphins may be able to provide the rookie QB some room for a learning curve.

Let’s also not forget that the conductor of this circus will be rookie head coach Joe Philbin. The former QB coach out of Green Bay(where he worked with 2 future HOFers) will look to groom Tannehill and help him break the mold of the perennial loser that is a Miami Dolphin QB. Sure Joe might not discuss his odd foot fetish, like that of Jets’ coach Rex Ryan, or have an extremely short fuse, like former Ravens’ head coach Brian Billick, but his energy and experience with a high-powered offense, like Green Bay, may be just what the doctor ordered.

New head coach Joe Philbin must get his young team ready for a tough season.

HBO may have struck it rich this year with the underperforming and extremely young locker room in Miami. It has been 40 years since the ’72 Dolphins tore through the NFL en route to the only undefeated season in NFL history (No Patriots fans, second place doesn’t count). Maybe it is time for the Dolphins to give the city of Miami something to cheer about.  Now, ‘Let’s go get a God damn snack!’

Hard Knocks will premiere on HBO Tuesday, August 7th at 10pm.

By: @Sean_Grimm

Anyone who’s ever suited up and been a part of a competitive team knows that one of the more quirky and fun aspects of sports is the traditions and superstitions. From the “rally cap” to the high socks, the most famous and common traditions are easy to spot.

However, some of the more interesting and fun traditions tend to break the mold and can quickly spread throughout fan bases and the general public.  For example, LeBron James’ powder toss that he began using during his Cleveland Cavalier days. There is some debate as to whether or not James is the true pioneer of the act, but regardless, he undoubtedly trademarked it.

Emilio Bonifacio gets the credit for creating the Lo Viste tradition

The Miami Marlins have started a tradition of their own that is rapidly gaining popularity in South Florida.  What is it?

Lo Viste.

Marlins’ utility player Emilio Bonifacio created the tradition himself last season, but it never really caught fire until this year.  The act of the Lo Viste is done by raising your hand to your face and holding a sideways V with your middle and index fingers up to your eye.

And if you’re wondering what the English translation of “Lo Viste” is, it’s “see that”.

Now whenever any Marlin gets a hit, they can be seeing throwing up the V to their eye seconds later as they look back towards their dugout. It has become a fun tradition for the fans to take part in as well and Lo Viste has become a regular part of every Marlins fan’s vocabulary.

Some, like buddies and I, have even gotten a little creative with it. What do college kids for fun? Create drinking games, of course.  If you’re ever out in a bar in Tallahassee and see a few guys holding up V’s to their eyes, that’s us.  The last person to throw it up to their eye has to drink.

Original, I know.

What are some of your favorite traditions? Is there anything you or a team of yours created while you played a sport?

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