August 24, 2011 |
This latest installment of Miami vice - the unfolding football scandal at the University of Miami - isn't the fault of boosters, no matter how many are small-minded jock sniffers. It isn't the fault of the college athletes - paid or unpaid - no matter how many are spoiled and short-sighted. And it isn't the fault of greedy coaches, compromised ADs, head-in-the-sand presidents or demanding corporate sponsors. The problem with college athletics is college athletics. The system is inherently corrupt.
August 23, 2011 |
MIAMI - When Nevin Shapiro pledged $150,000 to the University of Miami athletic department, he got a student-athlete lounge named after him. But the bigger perk was access - to the football players he idolized, the stadium sideline, the coaches, even the team plane. Big-time college sports rely on boosters to bankroll escalating coaches' salaries and ever-expanding facilities, and those donors sometimes think of themselves as part owners of the team. The more they pay, the closer they get. Anybody who donates $30,000 or more annually becomes a member of the University Club and is promised interaction with a student-athlete, two pregame football sideline passes, travel for two on the team charter to a road game, scoreboard recognition at Sun Life Stadium, four VIP hospitality passes, and a diamond lapel pin, among other things.
February 1, 2010
HOW STUPID IS Bryant McKinnie? By now, everyone knows the Vikings offensive tackle didn't play in last night's Pro Bowl because the league threw him off the NFC team for three unexcused absences at practices. McKinnie, depending on who you listen to, said he didn't practice because he had the flu, or because he was too sore. It was soon discovered, however, the former Woodbury (N.J.) High star is a nit-twit. He couldn't practice during the day, but - according to his Twitter account (bigmacvikings)
July 27, 2006 |
Television's future dawned without warning on Sept. 16, 1984. On that Sunday night, NBC's impossibly stylish Miami Vice debuted, rocketing the medium from drab to fab. TV had always been a cheesy, fast-food form of entertainment. Other shows bowing that same season included Three's a Crowd, Charles in Charge and Finder of Lost Loves. But with its sleek and vibrant look and its sexy and dangerous mood, Vice immediately established itself as that contradiction in terms: hip TV. It was like that moment in The Wizard of Oz when everything goes from black-and-white to color.
February 11, 2005 |
The pilot episode of Miami Vice runs more than six visually stimulating minutes - with some pretty impressive music, including the Rolling Stones - before anybody utters a significant word. It soon becomes obvious why. The acting's bad, and the dialogue is worse. Looking back, via the just-released Season One (1984-85) DVDs, it's easy to see that the groundbreaking, pastel-colored cop show was a template for the '80s, heavy on style without much substance. The first episode or two should provide eager buyers with a potent demonstration of the power of selective memory and nostalgia.
November 22, 1991 |
Nearly two years ago, Maryellen Hooper was profiled as a struggling Philadelphia comedian on her way up, in an article that showed her bombing during a comedy competition to dramatize how tough entry-level show business can be. What's happened to Hooper since then? She's left town. "The article didn't exactly paint a picture of, 'Wow, this girl is doing wonderfully,' " Hooper says. "But it added a lot of legitimacy to what I do. The article was a neat thing to send to all my relatives.
October 3, 1991 |
Don Johnson, skipper of a shrimp trawler? Don Johnson, hunkered over a cup o' joe at the corner diner in a two-horse South Carolina town? Don Johnson, crying? This is Paradise, the bucolic Southern weeper about an emotionally crippled couple whose lives are put back on track by the summer-long visit of a little boy. This is what's also called a career about-face: D.J., as friends and hotel doormen call him, dropping the tough-guy act, the cowboy act, the cop act, to, like, act. "At first, I thought Don Johnson?"
September 22, 1991 |
Miami is a melting pot that sometimes boils over, an elegant resort and a seedy slum, a lazy place that is one of the world's bustling commercial centers. It is New York and Havana and Kingston and Caracas in the same place. If you go looking, you can find anything and anybody in Miami. Statistics show Miami to be a dangerous place, and it probably is if you're in the drug trade, which, after tourism, is generally thought to be one of the metropolitan region's biggest businesses.
January 2, 1991 |
All week long, as they prepared for the Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic, the No. 4-ranked Miami Hurricanes tried to play down their rap sheet. They spoke softly. They used forks and spoons when they ate. They stayed off the police blotter. Miami Vice had become Miami Nice. That act lasted until a few minutes before kickoff against No. 3 Texas. As the Longhorns ran onto the field, the Miami players began screaming. They pointed. They taunted. They heckled. And they kept it up all afternoon on the way to a smashmouth, trashmouth, 46-3 win, the most lopsided decision in Cotton Bowl history.
November 9, 1989 |
Take that, Miami. Every once in a while, a slap in the face can help a young team remember what it is. And the Sixers were more than willing to impart that lesson last night. The Miami Heat, a team in just its second year of existence, came to town still giddy over their first victory of the season, an unexpected road win Tuesday night against New Jersey. There was no such giddiness, however, after last night's 115-91 Sixers victory, a game that was virtually decided when Miami fell behind by 17 points after one quarter.