The 'Canes didn't do so well this year, at least in the traditional sense, so we decided to choose our favorite player using nontraditional criteria. After his stellar freshman season, the Hurricanes selected safety Anthony Reddick as one of two defensive rookies of the year. The ACC dubbed him rookie of the week after a University of Houston game in which he made five tackles, forced a fumble, and blocked a punt that was recovered by Tavares Gooden for a touchdown less than a minute into the game. In 2005 he tore his right anterior cuciate ligament and was out for most of the season following arthroscopic knee surgery. This threw his future into question. But during the fateful October 14 brawl between the University of Miami and Florida International University, that question was answered. When Panther thugs jumped Miami's holder, Matt Perelli, Reddick charged downfield toward the growing fracas, took off his helmet, and began wielding it like a hammer. He sacrificed the safety of his own face for more bashing power. There's really nothing more football than that.
This scrappy little rag has a new lease on life. With former New Times editor Jim Mullin at the helm, BT has shown a renewed vigor, mixing down-home local interest stories (police blotter and gardening tips) with hard-charging reporting (on a fire-fee scandal and controversial urban planning). Recently the paper has seen the bylines of accomplished Miami journos such as Tristram Korten, Kirk Nielsen, and Kathy Glasgow, former New Times reporters all. Cleaner graphics and interesting, reader-friendly additions such as a city park-rating feature are sure to make BT a crowd pleaser.
In a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting, Florida Panthers center Olli Jokinen passed on an opportunity to score an empty netter, sliding the puck to Horton, who notched his 30th goal of the season. In a way it symbolized the franchise's established superstar passing the torch on to its future, if Panthers management does the smart thing and renews Horton's contract — he's had his best professional season by far. The 21-year-old phenom flourished under the tutelage of Coach Jacques Martin. The six-foot-two, 200-pound right wing is fun to watch, too: In a game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Horton went crashing to the floor, but not before flicking a sizzling wrist shot into the net, tying the score at 2-2. It was perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the 2006 season. And the young man knows how to defer to his elders. Following the victory over Tampa Bay, Horton gushed to the Herald about Jokinen: "He's obviously our best player and means a lot to this team," Horton said. "Him being in our lineup every night gives us a chance to win." And so does having Horton.
From her Buena Vista house, Cece Feinberg and her small team specialize in highlighting the slightly under-the-radar and very hip side of Miami fashion and culture. This comes with a crowd that's similarly more downtown than South Beach, and nonfashion clients seek her out for a cool-infusion at their events. She's almost singlehandedly responsible for raising the international profile of local swimwear designer Red Carter, whose sexy suits have now graced the hallowed pages of Vogue. She was also instrumental in making Karelle Levy's KRELwear line of high-fashion weaving one of the most talked-about local design exports. Feinberg even made fundraising galas at Vizcaya — including the annual Red, White, and Blue "Pre-Independence Day" parties that take over the grounds every July — young and sexy again.
The last time we heard the name Kimbo Slice, it came out of the mouth of an Italian freelance journalist who'd flown all the way to Florida to write about our illicit champion. Apparently bambini in all parts of the boot were pounding one another in their back yards, tussling for no apparent reason, and the name on all their little lips was "Kimbo."Kevin "Kimbo" Ferguson stands 6'2" and cuts a mean figure — 238 pounds of pure muscle. The native Miamian, who claims to have started street brawling at age seven, can be found all over the Internet: sending massive foes tumbling onto hot concrete, dying lawns, and rubber mats. The fights all appear to happen in vaguely familiar Magic City nooks: palm-lined back yards, sweltering boatyards, fluorescent warehouses. Many refuse to get up after a single volley of his terrible punches. Others simply can't. Kimbo appears to have lost only one fight, to a Bostonian copper with a wicked bad guillotine choke.According to the little that's written about Slice, he's 33 years old, a father, and works locally as a bodyguard for the adult Website MILFhunter.com. Plus, he raps.What is Kimbo's appealç Let him tell you himself. "The reality part of it," he said in an interview with touchgloves.com. "I'm a real dude ... that's what makes me different, and I'm sure my fans love that. I'll see you and say what's up to you, and we can get together and share a burger and a soda." So if you see the town's giant champion, ask him what's up. Buy him a burger and a soda. And hail the fury of his mighty fists.
You may have seen him around town: an imposing, ranchero-outfitted bear of a man with puffy, chubby cheeks and a clean-shorn head that he keeps warm under his trademark cowboy hat (indeed his business cards read "the man in the hat"). His shins are covered in scars. He has been bitten by a snake, a turtle, a snake, a squirrel, a monkey, and, of course, several hogs.A golden amulet with shimmering red ruby eyes dangles amid a burst of chest hair: the fearsome head of the feral hog, his one true passion. His wife had it made for him. The head is also rendered on a dinner plate-size sticker that faces out of the back of the massive Ford truck that he keeps well stocked with guns and ammunition. But he doesn't use them much. Instead Ray Casais picks up a cold steel spear, visits the doctor for a spinal steroid injection (amateur rodeo accident), and heads out into the Glades. When he's feeling adventurous he goes out with only a knife, pouncing on his massive, razor-toothed prey and dispatching them with extreme prejudice. The heads of 37 knife kills hang on the walls of his home — all of whom he has kissed, dead, on the lips."I don't drink; don't need to," Casais said one morning at Versailles. "It's a rush. Some people like to race cars, others like to swim with sharks. This is what I do."
We're not sure who actually writes this blog, or where the author is from. But whoever it is — we think it's probably a he, given the macho, misogynistic rants and the fact that he signs each post as Michael Porfirio Mason, a.k.a. "The People's Champ" — visits South Beach often to wine, dine, and scheme while lounging with a couple Gs in the pocket of his Boateng suit. The author's main passions in life are making money via shady enterprises, sleeping with models, and dressing to kill. The blog, which has been online since September 2005, may be totally fake — but it's entertaining as hell, especially when Miami is the topic. Here's an example of his dubious prose, taken from the post "The South Beach War Report": "Regular everyday Guy has no chance in Miami. They are usually finished quicker than it takes an ice cube to melt on Lincoln Road in summertime. Regular Guy doesn't have the tools, the weapons, the experience, the heart, or the Game. Even capable players meet defeat in South Beach. You will see them outside of clubs trying in vain to gain entrance.... Even top players get dismantled in South Beach. I remember seeing a Top Tier Los Angeles playboy get completely dissected in South Beach two years ago ... he hasn't been back since and trust me, it wasn't pretty. I even know a first-rate Parisian playboy who was absolutely bulletproof in Paris and Southern France that was made to look like Swiss Cheese in Miami Beach. There is a certain skill set that you must have if you want success in Miami Beach...." So for all of you players and wannabe international playboys, this is your bible. Otherwise just check it out for a good laugh.
Early during their undefeated run, the Bulls outscored five opponents by a score of 235 to zero. By the eighth game of the season Northwestern had smoked the competition 359-41. Even then school alumnus Roland Smith couldn't rest easy. Anything less than the school's fourth state championship, and the former Miami Dolphins cornerback would likely be out of a job. So excuse Smith for relentlessly dogging his players, even after impressive blowout wins. The Monday after the Bulls shellacked Hialeah Miami-Lakes 54-0, Smith made the team do a drill in which each player had to crawl 600 yards on his elbows and toes. Not even assistants escaped Smith's Lombardi act. Whenever the Bulls suffered an excessive celebration penalty, Smith made the assistants do pushups. The drill sergeant approach worked. Northwestern finished 15-0. The Bulls defeated Lake Brantley for the 6A state title this past December 9 in front of 24,368 high school football fans — a single-game attendance record — at Dolphin Stadium.
Smart things about Miami are hard to come by. Sometimes parts of our city blow up in a crappy action movie. Occasionally we get to watch rappers pour champagne on naked ladies here. And it has always been that way: Remember Police Academy 5çNobody has ever wanted to film anything in Miami that's, well, serious ... until now. When Dave Hill, a self-described "fat-ass motherfucker from Cleveland," comes to town, his first order of business is to hire a sexy Venezuelan woman to spray-tan him a parking-cone orange. Next he acquires a burly private security detail. His mission, he announces, is to "take over this town." It's all part of Hill's TV show, The King of Miami, which debuted May 7 on the MOJO Network, available to HDTV subscribers. Though the show's concept is rough, Hill's boundless deadpan energy binds his idiotic misadventures through the town's tourist spots into something as soul-quenching as your mom's meatloaf.
Alongside the William Powell Bridge, between the mainland and Virginia Key and the bridging replaced by the new William Powell Bridge in 1985, the scene is almost apocalyptic: On a recent weekend night the pier was teeming with grungy fishermen — many of whom had boomboxes and bicycles rigged especially for carrying fishing gear. ("The bike has two separate chains," said one fisherman as he held back his mutt.) There are drunks, partying high school kids, mean dogs, birds everywhere — it's all the wonder and chaos of Miami condensed onto a single empty road to nowhere. In case that's not enough for you to pass through that expensive toll booth (you miser, you), the old bridge offers some of the best cityscapes of Miami that money can't buy.

Best Of Miami®

Best Of Miami®