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Donno's Top 3: Welcome Back Tannehill, Whiteside Throwing Shade At The Heat?

Alex Donno
May 24, 2018 - 10:38 am

There's never a dull moment in the South Florida sports scene. As the Miami Dolphins returned to the practice field in Davie, their starting quarterback grabbed most of the headlines. Most... but not all, thanks to a certain disgruntled Miami Heat center. 

Meanwhile, a team that plays 2,500 miles away has brought out the best and worst in Miami-area hockey fans.

Here are your top three South Florida sports stories of the week!

1) Ryan Tannehill is BACK. On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins opened up organized team activities (OTA's) in Davie, and their starting quarterback took to the practice field for the first time since December of 2016. "It feels amazing to be back out there," Tannehill said on Wednesday. "It's been a long road back to the field." It sure has. After suffering his initial left knee injury in 2016, Tannehill opted against surgery. After re-injring the knee last July in training camp, he finally went under the knife. 

Tannehill says he has no regrets for the way he handled his rehab, recovery, and eventual decision for surgery. “No. Going back to the process we went through after I first got injured, I got multiple opinions. Everyone’s opinion lined up on the plan of action and we followed that plan precisely. Everyone was in conclusion on what the answer should be. Going back, I would do it the same way."

And now, heading into his seventh season in the NFL, Dolphin fans hope to finally discover whether Tannehill is a "franchise" quarterback or not. 

2) Hassan Whiteside takes a shot at the Heat on social media. The guy who said he was told to just "stand in the corner and set picks" during the playoffs has made another bold statement about his limitations in the Miami Heat offense. On his Snapchat, Hassan Whiteside swished a long three-pointer in the gym (was it take one or take fifty?... we'll never know for sure) and then said, "there's a difference between 'you can't shoot,' and 'you're not allowed.'

Clearly, he's taking a jab at the Heat. Is Hassan just too immature to keep his frustration within, or is he trying to convince Pat Riley to trade him by strategically airing his grievances in public? 


3) Vegas Golden Knights have punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals - making them the most successful expansion franchise in NHL history. So, what does this have to do with South Florida? Firstly, they've surpassed the 1993 Florida Panthers, who were previously the best expansion team the league had ever seen. Secondly, the Golden Knights have embarked on this magical run with former Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant at the helm and two former Panthers players - Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith - skating on their top line. 

So far in the playoffs, Marchessault leads Vegas in goals and points (8 and 18) while Smith leads his team in assists with 14. It's only been a year and a half since Gerard Gallant was fired by the Panthers, and now he's on the cusp of hoisting the Cup.

Panthers fans: are you rooting for VGK to win it all, or is the bitterness of seeing them do this with Panthers cast-off's just too much to overlook?