Stories written by Preston Michelson

Don’t overreact to the Miami Heat’s regular season

The pandemonium has settled. Miami Heat forward LeBron James now has a glitzy 219-diamond ring on his finger that serves to ward off any potential naysayers. In years past, sports “pundits” took his successes as anomalies and his failures as proof. But now, when James has good games or bad games, no one seems to […]

David Stern was wrong to fine San Antonio Spurs

On Friday, Nov. 30, NBA Commissioner David Stern handed down a punitive $250,000 fine to the San Antonio Spurs for sending superstars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginóbili and Tony Parker home before a game at the American Airlines Arena. Stern believed the “Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.” The Spurs did indeed […]

Don’t misplace your anger after the Marlins’ fire sale

We thought it was different. We thought the culture changed. When fan-favorites and producers were shipped off wholesale to Toronto, it became obvious that there was no change—we’re back in the same place. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria duped us; he sold us a bill of goods. Optimism used to be aplenty, with a $100 million […]

Steroid use is being rewarded in baseball

The punishment system for steroid abuse in baseball has failed. In August of this most recent season, Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was suspended for 50 games for an elevated testosterone level. Despite his conviction and admission, Colon was signed to a $3 million contract with incentives that could boost the value to $5 […]

Marlins did blame Ozzie Guillen for this miserable season

In the last issue of the Pinecrest Tribune, I urged the Miami Marlins to keep Ozzie Guillen at the helm. As if right on cue, the Marlins cut ties with Guillen a couple of days later. What’s more, team president David Samson confirmed my suspicions later that week on Dan Le Batard’s radio show on […]

Don’t take this miserable season out on Ozzie Guillen

The Marlins have been run in a cyclical managerial fashion for the past decade: hire, fire, repeat. It appears that incumbent manager Ozzie Guillen may be the next victim of the second step of that cycle, much before it was expected to occur. The Marlins’ 69-93 mark is the worst record that the team has […]

Analyzing the hated sports figure

Football season is upon us. What does that mean for the people of America? Hating Tim Tebow, of course. Seemingly the most polarizing character in all of sports, Tebow elicits a reaction not seen before. On the forefront of national attention since he was a senior in high school, Tebow is no stranger to media […]

There should be no tolerance for steroid use in baseball

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There is an aura of confusion clouding the sport of baseball. On the precipice of moving past an ugly history littered with steroid allegations, more performanceenhancing suspensions have come to light. In the middle of a breakout season, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was slapped with a 50-game suspension for excessive levels of testosterone, […]

What are the Miami Marlins doing?

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Take a listen to any of the local sports talk radio stations over the last few weeks and assuredly you will hear a gasbag radio host exclaiming that the Marlins are undergoing one of their classic “fire sales”. After their championship in 1997, Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga obliterated the team and the Marlins ended […]

Heat organization deserving of your respect By Preston Michelson

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“In this fall — this is very tough — in this fall, I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.” Those words from LeBron James, along with a later pre-season prediction of multiple championships, have heavily influenced the national perception of LeBron James and, therefore, our local professional basketball […]

Marlins’ high concession prices are an issue

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 In all, he has visited 31 different ballparks, counting a few that are no longer in existence. He is three ballparks shy of visiting all 30 current ballparks — Arlington, Houston, and Toronto — and those will surely be checked off by next year. In my young life, I have been fortunate enough to visit […]

Are the Marlins over extended?

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Believe it or not Miami, there is another local professional sports team currently playing. Your Miami Marlins have been playing winning baseball for the majority of this season — apart from a recent skid. And, as Miami Heat fans know very well, losing causes some widespread panic. Some of this panic has been directed at […]

Are the Marlins over-extended?

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Believe it or not Miami, there is another local professional sports team currently playing. Your Miami Marlins have been playing winning base- ball for the majority of this season — apart from a recent skid. And, as Miami Heat fans know very well, losing causes some widespread panic. Some of this panic has been directed […]

Panthers’ facelift unbelievable and underappreciated

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If you have attended a Florida Panthers game in the last two years, you know the Panthers have been building up. The pregame video noted that the Panthers were subscribing to their own “blueprint.” In this blueprint, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon promised to rebuild the team in the same fashion that he rebuilt the […]

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