Go St. Thomas Aquinas!

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For the fourth consecutive year, St. Thomas Aquinas will be playing for the State Championship. In 2004, 2005, 2006, the Raiders lost to Lakeland. For anyone who knows anything about High School football, they will remember last year’s championship as the game that St. Thomas was down by 28 points with something like three minutes left, and went on to get four touchdowns and three onside kicks to send the game to overtime. Unfortunately, the Raiders fell short, 45-42, when Coach George Smith decided to go for the touchdown and the win on fourth down, but came up inches short.

Tonight at 7 p.m. on Sunshine Network, STA will take on Kissimme Osceola. You’ll see a few future ‘Canes on the Raiders. Also, you will see Cris Carter on the sideline as an assistant coach and his son playing at wide receiver.

Go Raiders!

South Florida is a Young Sports Town

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Hey, at least somebody is playing competitive ball in our town. The Heat and ‘Phins might be down in the dumps, but under 22 sports are dominating.

Hurricanes’ basketball is 9-0 and will finally break into the Top 25 this week.

St. Thomas Aquinas won their fourth State Championship last night.

Booker T. Washington and Miami Northwestern will be playing for their State Championships today.

If you’re able to watch these games today, make sure you do, because you’ll see a lot of these names again next season on Saturdays. Well, you may not actually seetheir names again, because of Coach Shannon’s weak attempt at team unity by removing the names off the back of the jerseys, but you know what I mean. . .

Patrick Johnson Still A Hurricane?

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I read the message boards, I get caught up in the whimsical decisions of 17 year old kids as much as the next Hurricanes’ fan. Patrick Johnson is as good a recruit as Miami has had commit in years. He has great size for a corner yet can run with the best of them.

There is an article in today’s Sun Sentinel talking about the Johnson recruiting saga and the tenuous position for the Hurricanes. Some selected quotes:

“Right now, I have not changed my mind,” Johnson said. “I just want to see some other places to make sure that I made the right decision.”

“People make a big deal out of me going to this place or that place,” Johnson said. “If Miami is indeed the school for me, everything will fall into place. I’m a believer in things working out for a reason.”

“These visits are not just for me,” Johnson said. “I wanted my mom to get the chance to see these schools as well.”

Recently, PJ opened up his recruitment. It started with the trip to LA for USC’s “Rising Stars Camp” where he dominated and cemented his stance as the top defensive back in the nation. The trip opened some eyes, and PJ’s commitment. Don’t worry about it. Johnson is a competitive kid who wanted to prove he is the best in the nation. Let the Gators, Trojans, and even Aggies (yes, Texas A&M fans think they actually have a shot with this kid) have their flights of fancy. Johnson will be a Hurricane.

Patrick Johnson is just like every South Florida kid. He wants to see the country. Take some visits. Hell, I saw He Got Game. If I knew I could travel the country to college campuses getting introduced to the local talent, I’d take every visit I’m allowed.  And apparently moms wants some fun too.

Trust in Randy, this kid is a Hurricane. Oh, in case you needed more proof, he loves flashing “The U”…

In Other Miami Sports News…

Miami FC is still alive in the playoff chase. What is Miami FC you ask? Well, its our very own 2nd rate soccer team. Well, if you count the MLS as first rate (and in America, we do).

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Miami FC, our mascot’s head is on FI-YA!

The FC, as the cool kids call it, currently holds a 2 point advatage over the Charleston Battery (Jason Kidd recently signed to a 10 day contract) and the Carolina Railhawks (we can all safely assume “railhawks” means “vagabonds”).

Miami has played their last game of the season and needs the Jason Kidds and the Vagabonds to lose their remaining games to make it into the unrelenting excitement that is ; the USL Playoffs.

Just in case that didn’t wet your appetite for some South Florida Minor League Soccer action. Miami FC has their own “Miami FC Hotties”. Who’s uniforms consist of daisy dukes and cut t-shirts. Classy!

Here are some samples:

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Marlins…Lose…Again

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The above picture is not what we saw once again tonight.

Marlins fans, is it just me, or are you really getting used the bullpen blowing games night after night? After tying the game in the 6th on a Miguel Olivo two-run bomb, the bullpen blew it by surrendering two runs in the seventh.

Dear football season,

Can you please come sooner?