Dan Marino, Dwyane Wade, Bob Griese, and Alonzo Mourning are the Miami Mount Rushmore of Sports
The SN Rushmore project selected four professional athletes from the 13 cities that have had at least four of the five leagues represented for at least 20 years: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and WNBA. While there were no hard and fast rules regarding the athletes chosen, our panel of experts considered individual resumes, team success, and legacy within each city’s sports landscape. There could be multiple players from the same franchise, and not every franchise had to be represented. Every sports fan has an opinion on this subject. This is our property.
Miami is the pro sports capital of South Florida. It’s been nearly 30 years since the MLB’s Marlins and NHL’s Panthers provided hot spot representation in all four of the “big four.”
For 30 years prior to 1993, the Dolphins dominated the scene. The Heat arrived in 1988 and eventually evolved into a South Beach version of “Showtime,” leading up to the peak years with LeBron James and providing the city with multiple rings to end its championship drought.
That made it easier for Game Defenders‘ panel of experts to lean toward a 1-2 punch of football and basketball when deciding who should be on Miami’s Mount Rushmore.
Dolphins quarterbacks who came after beloved Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Bob Griese continue to be measured against them. Although there were numerous strong defensive candidates, led by edge rusher extraordinaire Jason Taylor, two quarterbacks were deemed to be the best representatives from the city’s most enduring team.
For the Heat, despite having four spectacular prime seasons with them, including two NBA MVPs, two NBA titles, and two more Eastern Conference titles, James‘ time in Miami was deemed a little too brief to be immortalised on the city’s Mount Rushmore. As a result, his former superstar teammate Dwyane Wade became the franchise’s first choice.
With James and other short-term overall greats like Shaquille O’Neal out of the picture, Alonzo Mourning had to be the second Heat player over many others, given the big man’s significant contributions on the court and in the community. Much like Marino and Griese were extensions of Don Shula, Mourning’s association with Pat Riley’s indelible mark in Miami was important.
Local sports expert Omar Kelly, NFL columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, agreed that it was difficult to reconcile the Dolphins‘ long-standing presence in the city and the Heat’s meteoric rise with fans’ feelings about the city’s newer baseball and hockey teams.
“For decades, we had only the Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes. Then the Heat came along as an expansion franchise, so did the Florida/Miami Marlins and then the Panthers. We also have a very big transplant community,” Kelly added.
“When you talk about the hard-core fans, these are people born and bred here and people who suffered through those lean years where you had to talk about the Dolphins and Hurricanes year-round, as opposed to the newcomers who benefited from having four major sports franchises.”
When it came to replacing either of the two Dolphins or two Heat players, other Dolphins and Heat players received SN consideration over top Marlins (Jeff Conine) and Panthers players (Roberto Luongo).
MARINO, DAN (Dolphins, 1983-1999)
Marino was the final quarterback selected in the first round of the illustrious 1983 NFL Draft class. Before the Dolphins‘ turn at No. 28, the Colts, Chiefs, and the rest of the AFC East — the Bills, Patriots, and Jets — all selected quarterbacks. Marino’s predecessors, John Elway and Jim Kelly, were also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Marino dominated the early 1980s as the AFC counterpart to Joe Montana before Elway and Kelly got to multiple Super Bowls. As a young gun out of Pitt, he made an immediate impression on the Dolphins faithful, showing off his big arm and prolific downfield passing once he displaced David Woodley as a rookie.
Marino was already a local legend by Year 2. He led the league in attempts, completions, passing yards, passer rating, yards per attempt, and a then-record 48 touchdown passes at the age of 23, breaking the previous record by ten. Marino’s MVP-caliber season propelled the team to the Super Bowl XIX against Montana’s 49ers.
Marino would never win another AFC championship with the Dolphins, but he would continue to pick apart defences for the next decade. He was the only quarterback to defeat the mighty, Super Bowl-shuffling Bears in an epic Monday night performance in 1985. Marino’s talented receivers, led by go-to guys Mark Duper and Mark Clayton, continued to light it up over the years.
Marino’s Dolphins led Shula’s final coaching wave with a string of winning seasons. From his iconic Isotoner glove commercials to his hilarious turn in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” his popular play was bound to make him a crossover celebrity.
“There’s no question about his spot on Mount Rushmore. It was his greatness on the field, pre-Achilles injury that really cemented him, even if he had never played again,” Kelly says.
Marino never missed a start from his rookie season in 1983 until he tore his Achilles in October 1993. He recovered from that devastation to make two more Pro Bowls and remain the team’s undisputed leader. Marino could walk away knowing he gave everything he had on the field in 17 seasons in Miami, even without that elusive ring, when age and wear finally caught up with him. Dolphins fans admired his toughness and talent, and he is still the first face that comes to mind when they see their classic helmets.
“The broadcasting career, the fact that he still has roots here and works for the Dolphins organization, all of those things played a part. That was the easiest layup,” Kelly says. “He already does have a statue … and now Dwyane Wade is due one in front of the Heat’s arena.”
Marino By The Numbers
|All-Pro First Team||3|
|Times leading NFL in passing yards||5|
|Times leading NFL in passing TDs||3|
|Super Bowl appearances||1|
WADE, DWYANE (Heat, 2003-16, 2018-19)
As memories of Marino fade for younger generations, another lovable player made his mark on Miami a few decades later. Wade was to the Heat what Magic and Kobe were to the Lakers in the modern era.
When James made the calculated decision to join Wade in Miami, it was to build on the established championship pedigree from the Mavericks‘ upset in the 2006 NBA Finals. Wade earned James‘ and the NBA’s respect as the consummate professional, with excellence on both sides of the court, unselfish play, and smooth scoring moves.
Wade parlayed his mid-2000s work into a special run with James in the 2010s, with repeat rings in 2012 and 2013. His longevity as the centrepiece, like Marino’s, deserved to be inscribed in stone. Unlike Marino, Wade gave his sports town three reasons to celebrate with well-deserved parades, including a repeat for Riley.
“I would put him ahead of Dan Marino because (he) won championships, plural in two different eras for two different generations,” Kelly said. “I know it won’t be a popular opinion because football is king down here, but Wade probably deserves the first spot.”
Wade grew up idolising Michael Jordan in Chicago and left to play for the Bulls before rejoining James in Cleveland in the middle of his career. Wade’s return to Miami to finish his NBA career spoke volumes about where his heart truly lay.
Heat fans should be grateful for this at all times.
Putting aside his stats — including being the franchise’s all-time leading scorer — Wade’s intangibles were his most touching moments in Miami.
Wade By The Numbers
|NBA Finals MVP||1|
|NBA scoring title||1|
|All-Star Game selections||13|
|All-Star Game MVPs||1|
GRIESE, BOB (Dolphins, 1967-80)
The Dolphins had a number of classic and modern candidates to join Marino in representing the team’s best, but when other offensive players and several defensive stars were considered. Griese was another well-known face to grace Miami’s ultimate sports sculpture.
Griese emerged from Purdue and quickly established himself, rocketing to stardom not long after the launch of his professional franchise. He was instrumental in the Dolphins‘ successful transition from the AFL to the NFL, with his on-field leadership signalling the start of the Shula era, much like Marino signalled the end of the coach’s tenure.
Griese, unlike Marino, made his presence known as a gritty gamer rather than a prolific passer. The Dolphins‘ dynastic success under Griese is undeniable, as they became synonymous with the Steelers and Raiders as AFC royalty in the 1970s.
With his cerebral command of the game, Griese was ahead of his time, and Shula trusted him to call his own plays. It was fitting that Griese won so much while wearing No. 12, paving the way for Marino to make No. 13 just as memorable in Dolphins history not long after.
Griese’s clutch play stood out more than his numbers in his run-heavy, defensive-minded era (though he was first-team All-Pro twice), and the Dolphins are still chasing his championship time with the team nearly 50 years later.
Griese’s voice has endured as a result of his long-term work with ABC and ESPN calling some of the most important college football games. He’s been a fixture in Miami since stepping away from the national spotlight in 2011. His legacy as a Dolphin and television analyst was passed down to his quarterbacking son, Brian, with whom he has a special bond.
“Most people under 40 know Bob Griese more as a broadcaster than a player,” Kelly says.
Looking back on Griese’s career, stat-crazed kids may be left wondering what he meant to Miami. The definitive answer can be found by watching his highlights and then asking those from the past and present about him.
Griese By The Numbers
|Super Bowl wins||2|
|Super Bowl appearances||3|
|Times leading NFL in passing TD||1|
|Times leading NFL in completion percentage||1|
|Years broadcasting college and NFL games||35|
ALONZO MOURNING (Heat, 1995-02, 2005-08)
Beyond Wade, the Heat have had the short but brilliant LeBron James and the long and steady Udonis Haslem. But when it comes to the man at the centre of it all, it’s Mourning over the city’s other competitive cagers.
‘Zo‘ did not begin his career in Miami. Charlotte selected him second overall in the 1992 NBA Draft out of Georgetown. He started well as a Hornet, but a blockbuster trade to the Heat before the 1996 draught was a stroke of luck. Mourning was cast alongside Riley as Riley’s updated version of Kareem. Mourning was the centre of attention for elite Eastern Conference teams with his scoring, rebounding, and shot-blocking, only to fall short of a championship early due to the Bulls‘ dynasty and the Knicks‘ nastiness.
Mourning faced the most adversity of his NBA career when he left Miami for New Jersey in 2003, a kidney disease that nearly forced him to retire for good. When his comeback attempt with the Nets failed and he was traded to the Raptors, he ultimately decided Miami was the best fit for him and his family. The Heat were there for him once more.
In Miami, Mourning was revitalised by backing up and supporting O’Neal. In three-plus overlap seasons with Shaq, he started 66 games when O’Neal wasn’t available and was a key rotational player in the Heat’s playoff runs. Mourning accepted the dirty work to complement Wade and was rewarded with his career’s lone championship, also the first in Heat history.
Mourning grinded and gave everything he had with his older, battered body, which was just as impressive as his early stat-sheet stuffing. He had Wade’s back in the 2006 NBA Finals, and he finished second only to Wade on Miami’s all-time scoring list.
Mourning’s Hall of Fame heart was most at home in Miami, much like Wade’s, despite different stops.
He received the ultimate honour shortly after retiring for good in 2009. Mourning’s No. 33 was the first jersey number retired in Heat history, ahead of Wade and several others. The franchise, city, state, and his Georgetown extended family were all in attendance. It’s no surprise that Mourning and Miami had a long-term relationship, as he followed Riley into a front-office position to keep him working for his beloved team.
“Mourning was a great player and presence,” Kelly says. “He does have a leadership role with the Heat to this day.”
Mourning By The Numbers
|NBA Defensive Player of the Year||2|
|All-Star Game appearances||7|
|Times leading NBA in blocks||2|
|J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award||1|
|USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year||1|
How to Watch Super Bowl 2023 in Canada
How to Watch Super Bowl 2023 in Canada
There are several ways for Canadians to watch the Super Bowl on the big day. Depending on whether individuals choose to view advertisements from other nations or from their own, these choices change. The 2023 Super Bowl will be broadcast on TSN and TSN Direct in Canada. The day after it airs, the game will be accessible on the CTV app for iOS and Android. For Canadians who have a cable subscription, watching the Super Bowl online is free. To ensure that the Super Bowl is a big success in Canada, we have gathered all the information you’ll need. Let’s begin by discovering how streaming is streamlined. Identify the locations where Canadians can watch the Super Bowl live in 2023.
How to watch the Super Bowl online for free in Canada
It’s easy and affordable to watch the Super Bowl 2023 online via streaming options. Users can now access the Yahoo! Sports app and website in addition to NBCSports.com, the NFL app, and these others. Let’s say you want to trial a streaming service before deciding whether to subscribe. Many service providers, including Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV, offer free trials. Depending on the subscription plan selected for these apps, the rates are subject to change. You can use DAZN for an entire week without spending a dime if you live in Canada and want to try it out without taking any chances.
How to watch the Super Bowl in Canada on TV
Canadians with cable connections at home will be able to get CTV and Fox. The three English-language channels, owned and run by CTV, CTV Two, and TSN, will all broadcast the Super Bowl game concurrently. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET, with pregame coverage on CTV starting at 11 a.m. ET. At 5:30 p.m. local time, RDS will start airing the match in French, and spectators can tune in there. American mega-ads will take the place of Canadian commercial breaks during the Super Bowl game on CTV broadcasts. However, fans can access BigGameAds.ca online to view the American advertisements.
This year, in response to complaints over commercial replacement, the NFL and CTV owner Bell Media are appealing a decision by Canada’s telecoms regulator to let the U.S. feed be broadcast in Canada without substitutes. It was decided to let the U.S. feed air into Canada without any replacements. Canadians who have cable subscriptions that include Fox will be able to watch the Super Bowl while still being exposed to American commercial broadcasts.
Stream the Super Bowl Online in Canada
The top live and on-demand content in Canada is accessible on a variety of devices with CTV Go, a video streaming service. Therefore, it can be used by individuals who don’t wish to watch the game on television. By frequently reaching 20 million Canadians across its multiple channels, CTV has shown its popularity in the area. But in order to watch CTV, you must have a cable TV subscription, much like in the US. Only with a cable subscription from a well-known provider can you watch TV. Through FoxSports.com, Fox will stream the Super Bowl game live online. However, it will only be accessible to Americans or those whose virtual private network (VPN) has been set up to access the movie through an American server.
How to Watch the Super Bowl in Canada via Live Streaming
The Super Bowl 2023 will be available only through Dazn in Canada.Bell Media is authorized to air NFL games on national television. So, if you’re interested in viewing the NFL on television, you can either subscribe to DAZN and watch it live streamed online, or you can watch it on one of Bell’s networks, like CTV, TSN, or RDS (French).
How to Watch the Super Bowl Live in Canada
- Get on a VPN first (a virtual private network). Although NordVPN is our top choice, there are other solid and affordable options, including Surfshark and ExpressVPN.
- On the device you’ll use to view the Super Bowl, download the VPN application.
- connect to a Canadian VPN server.
- Use the service you desire by logging in.
What channel is Super Bowl on 2023?
Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America. TV Channel: NBC. Stream live: Watch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App.
Where can I watch Super Bowl 2023?
This year’s championship will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, on Fox and the Fox Sports App, fuboTV, and DAZN. The Super Bowl 57 will be held in Glendale, Arizona, at the State Farm Stadium, with the average ticket selling for $8,650 and $23,795 for the best seats.
Who is predicted to win the Super Bowl in 2023?
The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills open as the two early favorites to win Super Bowl LVII, according to PointsBet. The Chiefs are listed at the best odds to win at +650 while the Bills are right behind them +750.
How much are Super Bowl tickets 2023?
Super Bowl tickets are also available on Vivid Seats, Stub Hub, Seat Geek and other resell sites. Prices start around $5,600 and go up to more than $23,000 at Vivid Seats. Tickets start at about $5,500 on StubHub and $4,852 on Seat Geek. Fans can also find a Super Bowl tickets at Gametime for $4,545 and up.
Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown decided to end their relationship with Kanye West’s Donda Sports
Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown decided to end their relationship with Kanye West’s Donda Sports
The musician is already having issues as a result of Kanye West’s most recent comments. Now, Jaylen Brown (NBA) and Aaron Donald (NFL) have made the decision to sever ties with Donda Sports. Donda Sports, owned by Kanye West, is a marketing firm for all types of celebrities. Naturally, this involves players of all stripes, but the owner’s behavior has not been the finest, and as a result, some of the biggest stars he once had for his business are leaving.
The Rams’ Aaron Donald and the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown have had enough of Kanye West’s recent antics. This October, both athletes took the initiative and cut ties with the marketing firm.
Why did Jaylen Brown and Aaron Donald quit working with Kanye West’s Donda Sports?
Using their social media accounts, Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown announced the dissolution of their partnership with Donda Sports on October 25. Of course, this action caught everyone off guard, but there is a very good reason for it. Kanye West, who has now officially changed his name to Ye, has been tweeting crude and divisive remarks. After tweeting “go death con 3 on Jewish people” on October 9, he was accused of being antisemitic.
In his justification, West claimed that “black people are actually Jews as well.” The problem continued after his account was disabled and the tweet was removed. Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown, who were both clients of Donda Sports, decided they had had enough. They cut ties with West’s organization and accused him of “anti-Semitism and misrepresentation.”
For Ye, this is not his only issue. According to a TMZ report from October 25, Adidas will also be severing its partnership with the rapper as a result of these remarks. The renowned Yeezy shoes were the result of a collaboration between Kanye and the sportswear company, but this will reportedly come to an end and they won’t be producing them any longer.
NFL set to make huge changes on concussion protocol
NFL set to make huge changes on concussion protocol
Head injuries are one of the most significant problems facing the National Football League (NFL), and things got even more complicated after the case involving Tua Tagovailoa. Because of this, the league has come to the conclusion that it is time to take a bold step forward and implement significant modifications to the concussion protocol. The shocking scene that took place at Paul Brown Stadium to open Week 4 Due to a head and neck injury, Tua Tagovailoa, the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, was forced to leave the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After the concussion protocol didn’t work as planned, the National Football League decided to make big changes to improve player safety.
In a game that appeared to have a lot of potential, which took place on the fourth Thursday Night Football of the 2022 NFL season, the Dolphins traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Due to the unfortunate circumstances, the match had to be temporarily halted because Tua Tagovailoa needed to leave the arena and go straight to the hospital with a head and neck injury. However, this is not the first time that Tagovailoa has been forced to depart as a result of this issue. Because the Dolphins did not adequately follow the concussion protocol, the NFL has reached its limit with regard to the scenario. Four days earlier, he was involved in a similar situation versus the Bills.
NFL: Tua Tagovailoa’s case has made the league change the concussion protocol
A disturbing picture surfaced in the TNF issue for Week 4. Josh Topu was successful in his pursuit of Tua Tagovailoa, but the latter was quickly knocked to the ground in what appeared to be a concussion. When we go back four days, the situation becomes more severe. In the game against the Bills, Miami’s quarterback was in a circumstance quite similar to this one; however, the Dolphins did not do a concussion check on him, and Tagovailoa returned to the game with a “back injury” label on him.
The NFL Players Association is looking into whether or not the Dolphins properly followed the concussion protocol, and even one of the team’s doctors has already been let go. However, in order to better safeguard its players, the league intends to take further measures. According to Judy Battista, who is a senior columnist for the NFL, the league is getting ready to make significant adjustments to the policy for concussions. The Players Association is extremely concerned about the players’ health, and this situation has the potential to be a tipping point on the overall topic.
This isn’t the first time this topic has come up in relation to the NFL; however, it’s probably one of the more contentious ones in recent memory. It is anticipated that both the NFL and the PA will issue a statement explaining what steps they will take to reduce the occurrence of similar incidents and provide adequate protection for the players.
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