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Al Diaz / Miami Herald

The Miami Hurricanes have been saying they get no respect from the national media.

Well, they’re getting it now.

CHARLES TRAINOR JR / Miami Herald

The Miami Dolphins are still waiting for Ryan Tannehill's MRI tests to come back. Things don't look good. According to Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the Dolphin's quarterback has hyperextended his left knee, the same he injured last year.  

Salguero also says that there's the possibility that Tannehill may have suffered poster cruciate ligament damage. 

Al Diaz/The Miami Herald

This week on The Florida Roundup...

It's official: Coral Gables is the first city in Florida to enact a ban on plastic bags. Retailers are no longer allowed to supply them or they could be fined up to $500. This is just one of the new local government prohibitions on carrying containers.

Miami Herald

Late April is the only time football matters outside of the regular and post-seasons - It's the NFL draft, when teams try and make smart decisions, or try and look smart, and pick their future stars.

Miami Herald

NFL owners decided overwhelmingly to allow the Raiders to move from Oakland to Las Vegas. The Raiders started in Oakland, moved to Los Angeles, and then went back to Oakland. They're basically playing a very expensive version of 'musical chairs.'

I have to add a couple points here: As a former resident of Las Vegas the idea of a professional football team, especially the Raiders, in Sin City - well, it's a mixed bag for me.

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.

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