Last week was tough for Miami Heat fans. Watching LeBron James celebrate the Cavaliers' championship with 1.3 million of his closest friends at a downtown Cleveland parade brought back fond memories. South Florida can claim nothing close to a curse — not with five championships between the Marlins and Heat over the past 20 years.
While we can't cry hardship, losing almost feels worse because our sports market has
So, which one of the four major professional sports teams in South Florida is closest to giving us another beautiful parade down Biscayne or Las Olas Boulevard? Let's take a look.
Vegas odds: 25-1 via Vegas Insider
Realistic odds: We're moderately blindly optimistic.
The Panthers were awesome all last year, then promptly got their asses punted from the playoffs with quickness; that didn't help ignite Panthers Fever in South Florida. Even though the team missed a golden opportunity to capture our hearts, from what every expert says this is a franchise not on the rise, but already here. Vegas seems to agree, as they have the Panthers as the most likely of all South Florida franchises to throw a parade in the near future.
Vegas odds: 30-1 via Vegas Insider
Realistic odds: We're not holding our breath.
On one hand, the Marlins are off to an uncharacteristically competitive start thus far; this has us feeling optimistic. On the other hand, the Marlins are the Marlins. It's been 12 years since they made the playoffs, and the chances that they will spend money at the trade deadline to compete with other contenders
If the playoffs started today, the Marlins would be participating for the third time in franchise history. The other two times the Marlins made the playoffs, they won it all. There — we said something nice about the Marlins. Yes, that counts.
Vegas odds: 30-1 via Vegas Insider
Realistic odds: Our mind is telling
Winning a title in the NBA is almost impossible, which makes it so much more amazing that the Heat
What makes the NBA so great is that everything can change in one day in July, just like it did the day LeBron brought his talents to South Beach. If the Heat
Vegas odds: 60-1 via Vegas Insider
Realistic odds: NOPE.
I mean, no. Of all the sports, the NFL seems to have the most teams come out of nowhere to win it all, yet none of those teams since the early '70s have been the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins haven't even been close. American Idol came out, had 15 seasons, and retired since the Dolphins even last won a playoff game — ONE GAME! Do you remember how long ago Kelly Clarkson happened? It's been longer since the Dolphins gave you a playoff win. So no, they aren't winning a handful all at the same time this season.
We could be wrong, but we probably won't be wrong, and Vegas agrees.
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