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After three quarters, this game looked for all the world like a rout by the Atlanta Falcons. They were up 28-9. Their quarterback Matt Ryan, who just won the regular season MVP on Saturday night, was playing like an unstoppable Super Bowl MVP, too.

Then, something unbelievable happened: The New England Patriots came back.

In case you haven't heard, a few dozen guys are planning to play a football game in Houston on Sunday. It's kind of a big deal.

Finally, today, they will play football.

The Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51.

After an NFL season of sagging TV ratings, it's expected today's game, in Houston, will do what Super Bowls always do — turn 60 minutes of football into a national holiday.

AL DIAZ / Miami Herald

The Miami Dolphins did not start the season with high expectations. There was a new coach. There were questions about quarterback Ryan Tannehill. It was believed that the team was, at best, a .500 team. Well, what a nice surprise.

Below, WLRN chats with Adam Beasley, who covers the Dolphins for the Miami Herald.

I want to know what did you really expect from this team and how would you rate the season as a whole?

Miami Herald

It wasn't pretty, but it was dramatic. The Miami Dolphins waited until the final five minutes of the game in Los Angeles to pull out the improbable victory. It was, dare I say, Tebow-esk. 

Now the Fins sit on a five-game winning streak and in second place in the AFC East. Don't worry, Patriots fans, we're not feeling that cocky that we think we'll catch you (though anything can happen). And all that talk six weeks ago about benching quarterback Ryan Tannehill, or trading players, or dismantling the team, is in the rearview mirror...for now.

It's one of those things about being a teenage boy:  in high school you're kind of  expected to go out for the football team.

Granted, that's not always the case. Some schools have elite programs and only the best players will ever wear the helmet. But that wasn't the case for my school.

I am from the Wellington High School class of 91. Let me give you some background.: My freshman year we were at Forest Hill High. But the district decided to build Wellington kids their own school, and voila! 

Go Fund Me / Caitlin Walsh

What began as one principal’s decision to change a fundraising event from tackle to a flag football game has flared into a controversy over sexism and tradition entangling scores of frustrated students and parents, the Palm Beach County School Board and the Jupiter Town Council.

Doug McSchooler / AP via Miami Herald

Florida State University announced Monday that it has agreed to pay almost $1 million to settle a lawsuit by a woman who accused the school's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of sexual assault in a case that sparked a national conversation on athletics and rape.

Matthew Emmons / USA Today Sports

What does success in collegiate sports mean for a school? Aside from students and alumni basking in glory, success in collegial athletics affects a school in a variety of ways.

Intercollegiate sports have experienced a vast growth in popularity over several decades. According to the football foundation, football attendance has doubled since 1952.

University of Miami alumnus Julian Perez says, “Since a young kid I always watched UM. It had a large presence in my youth;  it still does.”

Miami Herald

So the Powerball is now at $524 million and could reach well beyond $700 million by Saturday. That's not enough to buy the Miami Dolphins, but it gets me closer to it than where I am. And yes, if I had $1 billion, I'd buy the Miami Dolphins, because, like all fans, I'm deluded enough to believe I could run that team better.

David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald

The regular football season for the Miami Dolphins kicks off in Washington this Sunday. The team's first home game is against the Buffalo Bills Sept. 27, and on that day fans will notice some changes -- especially to the food.

Last week, the team's hospitality provider, Centerplate, announced changes to the menu. Ben Metzger is the concessions and retail manager. He says it was all about creating a local flavor for the fans. 

El Nuevo Herald

COMMENTARY

Every year DolFans get giddy. 

"This is the year we break through, this is the year we finally contend -- or at least get to the playoffs," we think. But this year really does feel unique considering the moves Miami has made during the offseason. There's that and, come on, eventually this team has to turn it around.

It has been hard being a Dolphins fan. But one Harvard blog thinks the pain may be near an end. 

Kenny Malone

A new soccer team in Miami, an FBI raid in Miami Beach and David Beckham’s Major League Soccer odyssey takes an American football turn. It's been a busy few weeks for South Florida soccer news.

Michelle Kaufman covers the beautiful game for the Miami Herald, so we asked her for the CliffsNotes summary of recent soccer events.

THE MIAMI CONNECTION

Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices, a study finds.

High school and college football players are more likely to suffer a concussion during practices than in a game, according a study published May 4 in JAMA Pediatrics. Here are the numbers:

  • In youth games, 54 percent of concussions happened during games.

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine med.miami.edu

According to a report from the NCAA, a little more than seven percent of injuries in college football are concussions. 

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