Stories written by Preston Michelson

Even close to making playoff, Dolphins are still average

The prolonged mediocrity of the Miami Dolphins has shifted the perspective of the fan base. The glimmer of hope that this past season showed worked to mask the overwhelming failures that pervade the organization. Yes, there are positives. The defensive line — anchored by Cameron Wake and Paul Soliai — has been a main reason […]

Is Marlins firing of Larry Beinfest a good thing?

I’m conflicted. For years, I’ve railed against Marlins’ ownership for not shaking up the front office. Now that Larry Beinfest has been fired from his post of vice president of baseball operations, I don’t feel satisfied. I feel like the move has been done with poor intentions. For the last few months of Beinfest’s tenure, […]

New Panthers owner can bring consistency

A certain malady plagues South Florida pro sports teams. It’s the sickness of inconsistency. The Dolphins own the undefeated season and have only had one winning season since the start of the 2004 season. The Heat are one of the best teams in basketball right now, but have a .486 winning percentage aside from the […]

Is the demise of the NCAA at hand?

As college football’s appeal continues to increase, the NCAA’s popularity is trending downwards — and quickly. We just passed the twoyear anniversary of the Yahoo! Sports tell-all of Nevin Shapiro, the disgraced, former University of Miami booster. His allegations included impermissible benefits both routine and debaucherous — from cash and gifts, to prostitutes and an […]

It’s time for Marlins to sign José Fernandez to a long-term deal

As a running gag, Marlins fans have been jesting, “José Fernández is going to look great in a Yankees uniform.” There is truth to the gag. All too often, Marlins stars have changed area codes when their salary increased, much to the dismay to the South Florida faithful, a reason why the Marlins have been […]

Stop moralizing the actions of Johnny Football

Over the NCAA offseason, rumors swirled that Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel took illicit money in return for signing autographs. But the NCAA couldn’t prove it. The best they could do was suspend him for a half-game against the weakling Rice University because he should have known that the memorabilia would have been sold. Manziel beat […]

What will the Marlins’ future hold?

Imagine, if you will indulge me, an alternate reality. Miami has, just this season, been given a new baseball franchise. All the players and the coaching staff that currently are in place are the same. The owner, however, is different. In a vacuum, their situation isn’t so hopeless at all. They have promising young talent […]

Baseball can still work in South Florida

In the crusade that brought the gleaming Marlins Park to Little Havana, a main argument was whether baseball could work in Miami. For years, copious numbers of empty orange seats at Sun Life Stadium were the object of national mockery. Now, it seems that not much has changed, except, of course, the color of the […]

Stop comparing Michael Jordan to LeBron James

Who is better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James? A better question is who cares? Throughout James’s career, talking heads have lamented the ringless fingers and the lack of ability to close out in a pinch. “LeBron has often been an astonishing disaster with the clock ticking toward zeroes.” “To imply that James is a better […]

Dolphins sign good players, but that doesn’t make them winners

Miami engenders a special group of people — whether they are making love to foliage at The Ultra Music Festival or banging pots and pans down Calle Ocho. What Miami engenders most proficiently, however, is bandwagon fans. The cellar-dwelling Miami Dolphins announced two large signings recently, wide receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Wallace, […]

Marlins fans should react to Jeffrey Loria’s betrayal

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria recently spoke to the local media and wrote an open letter to all Marlins fans, his first public statement since the ill-advised trade that sent Marlins superstars to the Toronto Blue Jays in return for slightly above average prospects to Miami. As if a blind man holding a chainsaw, Loria […]

Continue to support the University of Miami basketball team

For all intents and purposes, basketball is the only sport that is active in South Florida. The Miami Heat has long been on this platform, but now joining them on the stage is the University of Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team. The Hurricanes’ digital media department, earlier this season, launched a mission entitled Operation Sellout, […]

Baseball Hall of Fame commits an error

When confronted with one of the most talented Hall of Fame classes in recent memory, the voters spoke loudly — or should I say quietly. No one was admitted into the sanctified Hall of Fame by the sanctimonious voters. This was not an easy vote by any means. Despite the sheer talent that was eligible, […]

Time for Marlins to trade Stanton and Nolasco

Marlins fans are in a sorry situation right now. Not only have they been bilked by their mischievous owner, but their favorite players are now scattered across the United States and Canada. What is even more asinine for this parsimonious front office is that they are holding on to remnants of a well structured team […]