Splattering the enemy
Paintballers of the world will unite in Miami for a chance to grind opponents into cat food and take home a $50,000 prize. With in-your-face monikers like the D.C. Arsenal, Miami Rage, LA Infamous, the Orange County Bushwackers, and the Scotland Naughty Dogs, nearly 200 teams are set to converge on Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) today through Sunday, November 6, for the National Professional Paintball League Super 7 World Series of Paintball.
During these frenetic matches, two seven-person teams face off on tennis court-size fields with concrete bunkers affording cover, where the object is to take out the barbarians on the other side and capture their flags. "We've brought people out of the woods and onto a checkerboard-style abstract course where the competitors show their athletic skills and strategic moves during the championships," explains NPPL president Chuck Hendsch. Catch the action from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today and Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 305-358-7550, or visit www.nppl.tv. Carlos Suarez De Jesus
Never Mind the Heat
The Pit Bulls have bark and bite
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For nine seasons beginning in 1967, the American Basketball Association (ABA) was the NBA's roughneck competitor, with its huge afros and tri-colored ball. Among the hoops legends who squeaked down the ABA's court were Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Moses Malone. In 1976 the ABA folded, and its four strongest teams the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs joined the NBA we know today. But now the Florida Pit Bulls, led by co-owner/player/coach Tim Hardaway, will resurrect ABA basketball in South Florida when they play their opening game against the Orange County Buzz tonight at 7:00 at the BankAtlantic Center (1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise). And timing couldn't be better, what with the NBA now enforcing a dress code among its players that prohibits "chains, pendants, or medallions worn over the players' clothes." Tickets cost $15 to $35. Call 954-835-8630, or visit www.floridapitbulls.com. Trevor Aaronson
Give Us a Win!
You can blame it on the rain, injuries, or the mascot. Maybe it's because of Ricky Williams's Yeti-like facial hair. Whatever it is, Coach Saban is having a rough time getting these Dolphins to pull it together and bring home a big win. But you shouldn't be making excuses to miss today's game against the Atlanta Falcons; nobody likes a fair-weather fan. Besides, it's a great excuse to begin partying at 10:00 a.m. on a Sunday, and who doesn't love munching on a brunch of grilled bratwurst and beer? Paint your face, pack the cooler, and get ready to cheer on those Fins. Kickoff is at 1:00 at Dolphins Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami. Tickets begin at $51. Call 305-573-8326, or visit www.miamidolphins.com. Lyssa Oberkreser