Film & TV

Goodbye, Ballers: The Miami Moments We'll Miss in Season 3

Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and his HBO football comedy Ballers have decided to relocate for Season 3, ditching production in Miami in favor of a move to Los Angeles. California has promised the show a $8.3 million TV tax incentive for making the move, as well as a few other bells and whistles the Sunshine State just couldn't match.

It's a tough L to take, but Miami must pick up the pieces and move on. Someday there might be another football comedy that hilariously feeds into South Florida stereotypes, but Ballers will always be the first.

Now that the series has packed up for the West Coast, Miamians will miss getting a glimpse at Ballers-Miami, a Miami that looks nothing like the one we see on our drives to work every day.

Rest in peace, Ballers-Miami. These are the parts about you we'll miss most.

Dwyane Johnson getting or giving bad news at a restaurant but never eating anything.
After watching roughly 20 episodes of Ballers, we finally realized something: Johnson's character, Spencer Strasmore, is always at a trendy Miami Beach brunch spot to give or receive news. If he's not at a restaurant, he's on his way to one. But he rarely eats. He's just popping in — you know, like we do in Miami. Come to think of it, this was exactly how things went down every day in Entourage, another HBO series executive-produced by Mark Wahlberg. We're onto you, Marky Mark.

Rob Corddry's character, Joe Krutel, being a kid in a candy shop in Miami.
If there was a free drink to be had, Rob Corddry's character drank it. If there were some Miami models in his general vicinity, he took notice. If there was a line of cocaine being offered, hell if he turned it down. This man hilariously lived out every Miami power-agent stereotype and in the process became a friend we all wished we had — on Friday nights, not Wednesdays. Corddry's character will just be another L.A. jackass when Ballers moves to Cali next season. But in Miami, he was our jackass.

The Rock as the Most Interesting Man in Miami.
At times, Dwayne Johnson wasn't playing Spencer Strasmore; he was being the Rock. That undeniable charisma came through enough where you were no longer watching a TV show; you were watching Dwayne Johnson play Peak Miami Man. His leaving Miami for L.A. is essentially the TV equivalent of Dwyane Wade leaving Miami for the Chicago Bulls. We are devastated to be losing such an iconic figure.

Ndamukong Suh cameos.
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh played a sizable reoccurring role in Season 2. But now that the show won't be filmed in the team's hometown, his role might come to an end. It was cool to see Suh on the show, because even if you're a fan of the Dolphins, this is the most you've ever heard him talk. It's rare that the highest-paid player on a team is so under-the-radar, but who's gonna tell Suh he should do more to let us get to know him better? Not I.

John David Washington playing the role of Miami Dolphins' Jarvis Landry.
It's never said, but the character Ricky Jerret is obviously HBO's version of Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. So what happens now? Jerret's character ended Season 2 in a state of limbo, team-wise, so it's unclear how his management team (and show) moving to California will affect the story line.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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