Get Paddled

Watch Jason Taylor backspin with the pros

MON 12/5In the logo for the Seminole Tribe of Florida JT's Ping-Pong Smash 2, a contorted caricature of Miami Dolphin All-Pro Jason Taylor shows his left foot angled behind him as the sole of his right sticks out in the forefront. Pretty funny, but also indicative of the importance of foot position in sports. Taken for granted by many observers, the precise placement of heel-sole-toes is critical, particularly in table tennis. In football, too, of course, so maybe J.T. can step up with a paddle as well as he defends. Find out when the big guy, whose foundation to help needy children benefits from this event, joins other celebrities and a number of professional Pongers at the Hard Rock Live Arena (State Road 7 just north of Stirling Road, Hollywood) for a doubles tournament. Table tennis stars Barney Reed, Biba (below), and Ilija Lupulesku will be on hand (and on their toes), along with boxer Shannon Briggs, erstwhile Dolphin O.J. McDuffie, and TV news anchor Jennifer Santiago. DJ Irie will blast tunes. And proceeds from your five-dollar admission go toward helping youngsters. Doors open at 5:30, games begin at 6:30, a celebration follows at 9:00. Call 954-424-0799, or visit www.jasontaylorfoundation.org. —Greg Baker Fight The Man

Throwing punches for charity

SAT 12/3It's usually a bad idea to yell at a police officer, but for tonight's "Rescuers in the Ring" charity boxing event at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach), a little hollering just might be necessary to root them on in the ring. After intense training at South Florida Boxing gyms for more than three months, police officers, firefighters, beach patrols, and coast guards are ready to put on their gloves to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Miami Beach Police Athletic League. "Look at what they've been through," said Trevor Cedar, CEO of South Florida Boxing. "Working twelve-hour shifts through the hurricane and they still make the time to get in shape and put on a good show." The event includes a few ladies getting punchy as well appearances by boxing great Angelo Dundee and Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer (who we hear can hit the bag too). Tickets cost $30. Doors open at 7:00. Call 305-607-2BOX, or visit www.southfloridaboxing.com. —Christina Kent It's not real football, but it's still fun SAT 12/3In the U.S. we're seeing a sharp increase in high jinks, horseplay, monkey business, and, most of all, roughhousing. The good people at Let It Fly Flag Football understand the dangers of roughhousing and, unlike those jerks over at the NFL, want to encourage a not-so-rough activity. Fortunately registration to participate in the "action" is already closed (meaning even less potential roughhousing for you), but you can still support those who take a firm stand against rowdiness by attaching flags to themselves instead of fightin' and scratchin' all afternoon. Catch flag fever today and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 at Tamiami Park, 1201 SW 24th St., Miami. Admission is free. Call 888-997-7529, or visit www.4on4football.com. Ryan Brown Running with Dreidels

SUN 12/4Hanukkah may not begin until sundown December 25, but you can get a head start on working off those latkes and sufganiyot at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center's 5K Hanukah Run to benefit the center's scholarship fund and programming. Be ready to run today at 7:30 a.m. at the JCC's Sanford L. Ziff Campus, 17900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach. Advance registration fees range from $10 to $20. Call 305-932-4200, ext. 168, or visit www.marjcc.org. Lyssa Oberkreser

 
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