Miami's vice: Star power lacking in South Florida sports scene
ESPN Staff Writer
Miami has been missing something in its sports scene despite being a city full of international flavor, diverse culture and party-filled fun. Much of the buzz is in the past, and South Florida fans are spending a lot of time (too much time?) reminiscing about the glory days.
Granddad leans back in his chair telling stories of how Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino ran the NFL in the 1980s and 1990s with his lightning-quick release and pocket presence. Grandma jumps in by discussing how Jimmy Johnson and Michael Irvin made the Miami Hurricanes the "Bad Boys of College Football" must-watch programming every Saturday.
Groups of college friends play 21 on the blistering hot Miami hardcourt yelling out "Flash" in honor of former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. Some of the tables at Domino Park in Little Havana go back-and-forth about how everything went downhill with the Miami Marlins when they traded Miguel Cabrera.
Those stars, and many of the ones who followed them, are all gone from Miami. And while there are several young players on the rise among Miami's Big Four pro sports teams and Hurricanes football -- including Xavien Howard, Bam Adebayo, Aleksander Barkov, Sandy Alcantara, Brian Anderson and Shaquille Quarterman -- there is a dearth of big-name talent.
We enlisted a diverse group of ESPN personalities, writers, reporters and analysts with knowledge of the Miami sports scene to remind us of the past, catch us up on the present and project the future.