Miami Sports Season Heats Up

by Terry Bender

Tonight Ricky Nolasco takes the mound for the Marlins in a duel with the Mets second best pitcher this season, John Maine.  The Marlins dropped their opener to the Mets 7-1 when ace Josh Johnson got hit early, giving up a two run home run to David Wright in the first inning.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg for the sports season, and Miami has a lot to be excited about this spring.

The Miami Heat are playing their best basketball right now as they enter the stretch run, and it looks like they will face the Boston Celtics or Atlanta Hawks in the first round.  The Heat are young, but the way they are playing as of late has people excited the team could make a run at the Eastern Conference title.  To win that, they will have to certainly face old foe and teammate Shaquille O’Neal, who helped the Heat to their first NBA title just a few seasons ago.  It will be interesting to see how the playoffs pan out for Miami.

The Marlins host the Los Angeles Dodgers in their home opener this Friday in what sure is to be an exciting weekend of baseball.

Tiger Woods makes his return to golf as he enters Augusta National for the first time as a “non-favorite” at the Masters.

Nascar continues with a race this weekend after having last weekend off.

NHL playoffs are shaping up, and although the Panthers will not be there, it’s still an exciting time of year for any puckheads around the globe.

The NFL draft is next week, and the Dolphins look to fill some holes and patch up a team that had a “down year” last year by many people’s standards.  With Donovan McNabb moving to the Redskins, the NFL has shown that “anything can happen.”

Other Miami notes….

Reported by the Miami Herald…..a shooting in Miami Gardens strip club “Mint” left one person dead.

Dez Bryant continues to be on the Dolphins radar as the draft approaches.