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Poor Marlins Fans

 

2 years ago, the Miami Marlins had a young exciting roster with some real things to look forward to… now that’s all gone. The traded Marcell Ozuna yesterday, which is crazy, because not only was he good, he was an All-Star at a bargain price (they only paid 3.5 million last year.) Now they’ve got Yelich, and Bour, and… uh… is Ichiro still playing? It’s so sad. The traded the reigning MVP Stanton for a couple of minor prospects and an old second baseman to replace the most exciting player on the roster in Dee Gordon.

I understand the new owners are broke, because they had to finance their purchase of the team, so I understand why they wanted to move Stanton’s contract, but they didn’t get a great return. Jeter didn’t even show his face to explain it… Now they’ve traded 3 stars- young, fun, exciting players, so nobody is going to want to go see them.  This teardown rivals the post-championship teardowns… without a good season as a trade-off. Oh, by the way, they also fired, then botched the rehire of all-time great special advisers like Tony Perez, Andre Dawson, Jack McKeon, and Mr. Marlin, Jeff Conine. It’s like they want people to dislike them.

We went to a game this season where we wen to the Clevelander club located in the leftfield stands. That was cool… and at one point Ozuna started dancing to the music coming from the club- very cool. Also, he put on a show at the Home Run Derby. He’s gone, and all the life of the club with him. I’ll probably be back, but only to see my Reds in town. The Marlins had a poster day, and my kid got one, and hung it on his wall, and now half the players on it are gone. I’m not particularly a Marlins fan, and this is a reminder not to be one.

marlins blimp

Source- internet (author unknown)

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Florida’s Other Reptile Problem

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Iguana on Key Biscayne

The Burmese Pythons have gotten a lot of press lately, and we have seen Nile Monitor lizards in Cape Coral, and mean old Tegus on the east coast, but it tends to get forgotten that there are invasive iguanas established in many places on Florida. They are not dangerous to people or animals, so they don’t get much press, but they are ubiquitous in certain areas.

 

iguanas crandonThey can be a problem, from invading housing developments and weakening retaining walls, but also to native flora and fauna. For instance: “In the Florida Keys, iguanas ate up the host plant for the endangered Miami blue butterfly in Bahia Honda State Park. Nearly 600 iguanas have been removed from the park in the last two fiscal years, according to Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, but the quarter-sized butterflies haven’t returned.”

And their presence was apparent at the Miami Open, where Tommy Haas snapped a selfie of one on a court!

Miami RedHawks Football on the Brink of History

No team in college football has ever started a season 0-6 and made it to a bowl. None have ever turned it around to win 6 straight after such a start, but the RedHawks have a chance to do it tonight. The turnaround is just as shocking for a team that hasn’t had a winning record since their last bowl season in 2010. They went 4-8 the two years after that season, before the bottom fell out and they were a winless 0-12 in 2013. Chuck Martin took over after that season, and while definitely showing progress, only managed 5 wins his first two seasons. This season looked bleak, after Gus Ragland went down with an ACL injury before the season, and the team sputtered to 0-6. Ragland made it back for game seven against Kent State, and the RedHawks have not lost since. A win tonight would not only make Miami bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, but it could even give them a share of the division championship with an Ohio loss.

This is not the first historic turnaround for the Miami RedHawks. That 2010 team had one of the best season-to-season turnarounds in College Football history. Never before had a team had double-digit losses in one season, and come back to score double-digit wins the next, which Miami did by winning the GoDaddy.com Bowl that year. Now, Chuck Martin, Gus Ragland, and the Redhawks have a chance to add best single season turnaround to the college football record books.

If you weren’t excited all ready, here’s Interim Head Coach Lance Guidry’s pregame speech prior to the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl:

Let’s do this! The game is online on ESPN3 for subscribers.

UPDATE: Victory- Miami is going bowling for the first time in six years, with the greatest in-season turnaround in NCAA history. They had to come from behind, 10 points down in the second half, behind Gus Ragland’s career 380 yd passing day. The fans that braved the cold weather and the holiday break rushed the field after the gun to celebrate. The Hawks just missed out on going to the MAC championship game when Akron failed to convert a fourth down pass in the end zone against Ohio. They’ll still be bowling, and the announcement of which game will come in the next few weeks.

Yahoo Did a Great Bio on Miami Redhawk Coach Chuck Martin

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel takes a thorough look at the man who took a pay cut to take over the worst team in college football. It’s enough to get me a little excited, if not for this year, for the future. Miami has a great football tradition, and the right coach can take the Redhawks places, though it will likely involve a couple years of rebuilding. We can’t end up as bad as last year, though.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-chuck-martin-took-a-pay-cut-to-coach-one-of-college-football-s-worst-programs-053856988-ncaaf.html