Friday, May 15, 2009 at 11:02 a.m.
Miami sports fans may harbor passion for their teams, but there's no love lost between the fans and the moneybags who actually own the franchises. Maybe it's because thanks to Wayne Huizenga we forgot that all owners aren't often detestable people, but Sports Illustrated points out that the current batch isn't any better. The Mag's website recently ranked the best and the worst of owners in the major sports. No one locally is amongst the best, but we have two rankings in the worst.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria made the list at 4th worst owner in the entire MLB
. They remind everyone of his sad past with the Expos, before stating that after the 2003 World Series win, he, "became Miami fans' worst nightmare: the second coming of Wayne Huizenga." No, they don't even touch on the whole Marlins Stadium situation, though maybe it's too early for a verdict on that. But if he quickly sells the team for a tidy profit, well he'll end up on a list made up of far worst people.
"Thirteen years after their surprise run to the Stanley Cup finals as a third-year franchise, the Panthers' early success seems as much a fluke as hockey in South Florida. Pharmaceutical tycoon Cohen has been unable to find a way to connect with the fans."
Maybe the standards are a little high. I mean, who could make people who lives their lives in 90 degree weather and only see ice when it's clinking around in their Rum and Coke connect with this strange Canadian sport known as "hockey"? I am not even sure how to pronounce the word. Hoo-key? Hockly? Hoochie? Aboot? Eh? Saurry?
Stephen Ross's majority ownership of the Dolphins was probably still too young to be considered as either good or bad, but in our book the whole LandShark stadium deal doesn't bode well for next year.