Man, that was fun.
If you are a fan of South Florida sports, then this weekend was the weekend for you. Why is that you ask? Just look at everything that went down.
We’ll start with college football where USF, FAU, and FIU all won over the weekend. Even the Gators got back on track with a win at home vs Colorado St. UCF had their game canceled due to Hurricane Florence, so they are exempt here. And I’m leaving out FSU intentionally because they are terrible and any mention of them in this celebratory piece would be the equivalent of when your dog takes a poop during a party right in the middle of your living room.
Then, of course, you have the Miami Hurricanes who had an impressive 49-24 win at Toledo. I know what you’re thinking, “impressive at Toledo?” Yes, Toledo is a good team, they won 11 games last year to go along with the conference championship. Miami put on an offensive show at their place and made some great defensive plays that kept Toledo scoreless for almost the entire first half. The Canes won and they looked good doing it. Plus, don’t think for one second that LSU’s win at Auburn doesn’t help Miami, because it certainly does. If LSU keeps playing this way, all of a sudden that season-opening loss becomes a “quality loss” as the committee likes to say.
Moving on to the pros, not only did the Miami Dolphins win to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2013, but they did it to the tune of a dominant defensive performance against the Jets in New York. Does it get much better than that if you’re a Dolphins fan?
Miami’s 20 points in the first half were enough to hold off Sam Darnold and the Jets thanks to 3 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, and 3 forced turnovers from the defense. The Dolphins now have a legitimate shot at starting the season 3-0 as they will welcome in the Raiders this Sunday to the Miami heat and humidity.
Speaking of the Miami Heat…Sunday night brought the cherry on top to this perfect South Florida Sundae…pun intended.
The long-awaited announcement of whether or not Dwyane Wade would return to the Heat for one more season was finally made with a 9-minute long video that featured Wade baring his soul to Heat Nation. At the end of it, he finally let the world know that he was coming back for “one last dance.”
Will he be able to lead this team to a championship? Almost certainly that answer is no, but that’s not what this is about. This is about giving the greatest athlete in South Florida sports history the season-long send off that he so rightfully deserves. This is about being able to say thanks for the memories and here’s to one final season of hopefully a few more.
This was a great feel-good weekend for South Florida sports fans and it’s nice to be able to just take this Monday after all of the action to sit back and smile.