Friday, April 16, 2010

Best. Week. Ever.

It was a great week for South Florida sports fans.

The Florida Marlins optioned Emilio Bonifacio down to AAA New Orleans to, "get regular at bats." That's code for "because he sucks and offers nothing for us at the big league level." Also, relief pitcher Jose Veras was waived. Veras, in his brief stint performed at a level somewhere between volatile Renyel Pinto and abominable Jorge Julio. Thank God he wasn't afforded as much time as Julio. The only downside is that nobody claimed him and he is back with the Marlins organization at AAA New Orleans.

The Miami Heat finished up the regular season with a laughably awful double-overtime win over the Nets which gave them a 47-35 record and a 5-seed for the playoffs. They will face the Boston Old Clowns Celtics. The real good news came on Friday as commissioner David Stern said the projected salary cap for next season is $56.1 million. This is higher than the $53 million that has been reported before and offers the Heat even more room to sign free agents. One Eastern Conference executive said, "Miami can re-sign Wade, add a max player and another $9-10 million guy. They control free agency." Sweet!

Amazingly all of that was topped by the number one team down here, the Miami Dolphins. On Wednesday they completed a trade for pro bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall. I could gush about it him for another 500 words, but you've probably read enough and know his credentials. I'll just say this move was much needed and is seemingly great. If that wasn't enough, on Friday they found a buyer for Ted Ginn, the San Francisco 49ers. Terrific. I was fine with just letting him go and perpetually hating Cam Cameron. But instead, we got a draft pick and some mild cap relief for the next couple years! Also it fueled endless Ted Ginn jokes on the internet. You can see all of mine by clicking here.

Florida Panthers? Well that joke of a franchise had their season end on Sunday. That's about the best news you can ever expect from them.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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