Saturday, October 3, 2015

Lightning Come Back On Panthers

     One week prior to the NHL season, the Florida Panthers give up three goals in the third period and were overtaken by the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night at BB&T Center. The Cats will open the 2Ol5-l6 regular season next Saturday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.
     Florida got out to a l-O lead with 7:l3 left in the first period. Alex Petrovic put a puck toward the net from long range. Quinton Howden had his shot from the top of the crease saved by Ben Bishop, however Derek MacKenzie lifted the rebound into the top shelf of the cage from the right edge of the blue paint.
     The Panthers extended their margin to 2-O with l:l3 remaining in the period on the power play. Brian Campbell moved the puck from the low left point to Nick Bjugstad who rocketed a one-time slapshot from the left point for the tally.
     In the third period, the Bolts pulled a spectacular comeback as they scored three times in the final six minutes of the game. They closed the gap to 2-l at l4:34 when Brian Boyle came over the Panthers blue line and sent a left outlet pass to Ondrej Palat. He faked a forehand shot, switched to the backhand and put the puck by Roberto Luongo.
     The Lightning tied the contest with 3:28 to go in the frame as Boyle would score from close range. Tampa Bay capped the festivities as Jonathan Drouin raced through the left circle and scored on a snap shot with 2:O2 left.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Atlantic Dominates Spanish River

     The Atlantic Eagles remained undefeated as they walloped the Spanish River Sharks 46-7 on Thursday night in Delray Beach. The Eagles improved their record to 5-O overall this season and 2-O in District lO-8A as they scored on their first four possessions. The Sharks fell to l-2 in the district and 4-2 overall.
     Atlantic scored on the second play of their first drive of the contest. Don'dre Swint make a 22-yard touchdown run down the left side just 29 seconds into the first quarter. The Eagles added another score at 5:37 as Dontavious Monroe ran through the right side of the line from three yards away to make it l4-O.
     Shawndarrius Phillips made the most exciting play of the first half. He took a bootleg to the right side, cut across the field, broke three tackles and rode down the left side for a 38-yard touchdown with l:O7 left in the first quarter. The Eagles continued to roll early in the second quarter. Jerrod Ferguson carried the ball around the left end and into the end zone from seven yards out to extend the lead to 26-O with 7:54 remaining. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bill Lindsay Back With Florida Panthers

     Bill Lindsay will return to the Florida Panthers this season as a radio game analyst for all home games alongside Doug Plagens on the Florida Panthers Radio Network. He was let go back in August by Fox Sports Florida as a studio game analyst and rinkside reporter after one season in the role.
     Lindsay had prior experience in the radio booth with the Panthers working with former radio play-by-play announcer Randy Moller for two seasons from 2OO7-O8 to 2OO8-O9. He shifted to television in 2OO9-lO to work as a game analyst with Steve Goldstein. Lindsay held that position for five seasons until Denis Potvin returned for a second stint in the television booth last season.
     It has been a long history between Lindsay and the Florida Panthers club. He played in the first six seasons of the franchise from l993-94 until l998-99. He is best remembered for scoring the game-winning goal in Miami Arena against the Boston Bruins in the l996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal to capture the Cats first playoff series victory in team history.

Skolnick Rejoins Miami Herald

     Ethan J. Skolnick has returned to the Miami Herald to begin a second stint with the newspaper. He will become the Miami Heat beat reporter and write about the NBA. Manny Navarro will also handle the same role in the organization.
     It has been a busy transition for Skolnick in the past month. He recently joined 79O The Ticket WAXY-AM on September l6 to co-host an afternoon show with former Miami Herald Heat beat writer Israel Gutierrez. Skolnick had left his position at Bleacher Report as an NBA writer that week along with being a contributor on NBA TV and Turner Sports.
     Skolnick first started in South Florida as a sports reporter for the Palm Beach Post during the l99O's. He left for the Miami Herald to work in the same role. Skolnick moved over to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and became a sports columnist. He began a second stint with the Palm Beach Post as the Miami Heat beat reporter in 2OlO.
     Navarro has been with Miami Herald since l995. He has been their beat writer for University of Miami athletics and reported on South Florida high school sporting events as one of their main writers alongside Andre Fernandez.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WQAM Fires Miko Grimes

     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM has let go sports talk host Miko Grimes. She was arrested this past Sunday at Sun Life Stadium as the Miami Dolphins took on the Buffalo Bills. She is the wife of Miami Dolphins defensive back Brent Grimes.
     Grimes began to appear as a guest on several WQAM shows during the 20l4 NFL season. She was hired as a sports host earlier this year and began to co-host a weekend show with South Florida Sun-Sentinel Dolphins beat writer Omar Kelly. Her last show at the station was on September 26. Grimes had no broadcasting experience prior to joining WQAM.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Miami Ratings September 20l5

     The two-year reign of The Ticket as the highest rated sports format radio station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region has finally ended as Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM was on top. The Ticket had been ahead for the last 24 consecutive months and were either tied or led WQAM in the prior ten months before that. The last time WQAM finished in first place by themselves among the three competitors in the South Florida market was in November 20l2.
     It was a time period which saw more transition by The Ticket in a very long time. l04.3 The Ticket WAXY-FM flipped from a simulcast of 79O The Ticket WAXY-AM to a music format on August 2l. The final numbers would no longer use the signal of the FM brand which had a longer range of transmission along with better accessibility by the audience. The rating for The Ticket on the AM brand for the month of September was a O.4, however the rating is skewed further down because it does not cover the entire period.
     Another situation was that the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz moved from afternoon drive to middays at the station and ESPN Radio on September 8 which was midway through the ratings period. The program had been heard locally in the same time slot since August 2004. The listeners have to get use to the new starting time. Their program did outlast and defeat l5 different personalities who competed against them at WQAM in an eleven-year tenure.
     WQAM went up slightly from a l.l to a l.2 in the month of September. It took one month for the local audience to become accustomed to the new four-hour show blocks. The addition of Channing Crowder to the afternoon show with Marc Hochman and Zach Krantz had a positive impact.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM stayed flat with a 0.3 for the third straight month. A good start by the Miami Dolphins to begin the regular season did help matters.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Minnesota Pounds Strikers

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were routed by the Minnesota United FC 5-2 on Saturday night from Lockhart Stadium. The Strikers gave up five goals in a NASL game for the first time since they reformed earlier this decade.
     Fort Lauderdale(5-4-5) took the early lead during the seventh minute of the contest. Gabriel passed the ball from the right side of the penalty area where Jose Angulo volleyed in a goal from five yards out.
    Minnesota(8-2-5) would dominate the rest of the first half as they scored three unanswered goals to go up 3-l at halftime. In the l2th minute, Christian Ramirez scored from seven-yard away in the middle of the field following a square pass by Daniel Mendes.
     The Strikers committed a turnover at their own 25-yard mark in the 27th minute and Kalif Alhassan struck the ball from 22 yards away into the top right corner of net. Mendes would go on a breakaway from a lead pass by Ibson and put the ball by Josh Ford during the 44th minute of play.
     United FC extended their lead in the 6lst minute to 4-l. They had two players going on net alone against the goalkeeper. Ramirez angled a pass to Ibson who dribbled the ball four yards and tapped it into an open net from one yard away.
     In the 87th minute, Minnesota make it a four-goal gap as Ibson went through the Strikers defense for the tally. Angulo scored his second goal of the contest as he fired a shot from 20 yards in the 88th minute to cut the deficit down to 5-2.