The Eleven Best South Florida Sports Moments of 2013

The mere mention of a specific year can mean so much to a sports fan. Say 1986 to a Mets fan, they think Bill Buckner. In Boston, 2004 will always be the year the Red Sox broke the "Curse of the Bambino." Here in South Florida, 1972 might as well read "Undefeated."

Good or bad, a memorable sports moment from a particular year acts like a bookmark in your mind, reminding you where you were and who you were with when it happened. In Miami, 2013 had its ups and downs ... well, really one HUGE up, and a lot of little, very predictable, not so memorable downs. The Miami Heat capped off one of the most exciting playoff runs in NBA History with a seven-game, emotionally draining back-and-forth NBA Finals victory over the San Antonio Spurs -- their second title in a row, and third in franchise history.

That was the good. That was the unforgettable. The bad? The Dolphins, Panthers, and Marlins all missed the playoffs, mostly in all too familiar epic fail fashion.

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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.