Best Act of Vigilante Justice 2016 | John deGroot | Arts & Entertainment | South Florida

John deGroot is a retired Sun Sentinel reporter who now lives in Wilton Manors. He has a Pulitzer Prize. He knows when politicians, public servants, and criminals need to be brought to justice with a sharp, written critique. He also knows it's often quicker and easier to hit a man in the face with a pie. Say what you want about the embattled, limping Broward Health system, but former CEO Nabil El-Sanadi's January 23 suicide was tragic. So when outspoken Broward Health critic Dan Lewis disparaged El-Sanadi, deGroot's friend, in a Sun Sentinel obituary the day after the doctor died, deGroot drove to Publix — it has everything! — and bought a $7.99 berry cream pie. He then threw it at Lewis in public. Revenge is a dish best served a la mode.

The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh has always been counted out and under-appreciated, maybe because he's not your typical menacing, cliche-ridden pro athlete. Yet throughout South Florida sports history, there have been few athletes as beloved as Bosh. He's not only a phenomenal talent — and key cog that helped the Heat win two NBA championships — he's also proved to be a lovable character with his GIF-able facial expressions, his post-game interview shenanigans, and his love of things like coding, playing guitar, and learning how to speak Spanish. So when he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs last season, fans and teammates alike were devastated — not only because the team had lost a tremendous talent for the season, but also because Bosh is a genuinely likable dude who was suddenly facing a very serious health threat. As it turns out, Bosh's condition hospitalized him for several weeks. Then, doctors told him he couldn't travel on planes for a while. The physical punishment an NBA player undergoes also made things risky. Everyone was concerned that they had seen the last of Bosh, that his promising career had been cut short. But at the beginning of the 2016 season, in true Bosh style, he not only returned — he pretty much picked up right where he had left off. His silky smooth shots hit their marks, his defense helped the Heat shut down opponents, and his overall presence breathed new life into the home team. As fate would have it, he was knocked out again with blood clots. But Bosh continues to fight back, showing up at Heat practice, posting videos of himself shooting hoops, and announcing that he has no intentions of retiring. No matter what happens from this point on in his career, Bosh has proven on and off the court that he is the ultimate underdog. A man who should never be counted out. A man who will kill you with his jump shot, then make a goofy face at the camera. Because he can.

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