Bama breaking records

January 7th, 2013 at 9:48 pm by under FOX10 Sports

It is now 35-0 in the BCS National Championship game at Sunlife stadium and the Bama fans are going crazy with excitement.

I have to admit the stadium is overwhelmingly pulling for Notre Dame while a small corner has been taken over by Alabama fans.

By the looks of things however, it makes it that much sweeter for Bama fans who are working to compete with double the amount of fighting Irish supporters.

Today has been a busy but fun-filled day in the magic city. We’ve seen tailgaters dressed in team-swag from head to toe; setting up at the stadium since 10am.

Stadium officials say 80,120 fans came out to tonight’s game; breaking several Sunlife stadium records.

That’s the best way to talk about this night; in terms of records.

By halftime Notre Dame had taken the record for biggest deficit by a number-one ranked team in the 1st quarter with 14-0 on the board.

The 28 point halftime deficit was tied for the second largest halftime deficit in BCS National Championship game history.

Many fans are already making plans to hit up South Beach to celebrate title number 15. Only time will tell.



Feeding the Beast on SOBE.

January 4th, 2013 at 9:42 pm by under FOX10 Sports

This week is moving by quickly; too quickly.
We are now seeing Alabama fans pouring into the city. Many say they chose to make the long drive down to Miami just for all the fan fare.

Its been nice getting out to meet some die-hard fans, however I enjoyed hanging around the football team tonight at the ‘Fogo De Chao’ Brazilian Steakhouse on South Beach. The Crimson Tide had their first official team dinner there Friday night.

I have spent almost my entire life in Miami and have never experienced true Brazilian cuisine; specifically their steaks. We got a chance to try the food from ourselves. Imagine my excitment when I discovered this was an all you can eat establishment with 15 mouth-watering cuts of meat and authentic side dishes.

The team was treated to thatall you can eat feast; fit for a king. Many of them really piled on the steak.

The team appeared calm, cool, and collected. Many of them were cracking jokes and seemed to be enjoying themselves ahead of thee game of the year.

AJ McCarron seemed in good spirits around his teammates. He was yelling across the restaurant; even stopped to take a photo-op.

To my surprise though, most of the coaches were not present at the dinner. I wondered where they’d be hiding out at this time.

I got a chance to speak with Nick Saban’s sister at the Alabama Beach party yesterday. She told me he has always been very focused and dedicated; business first. She said he wasn’t into all that “hoopla.”

I have to admit; we rarely see the man crack a smile but you can’t deny he is good at what he does.

On a another note, its funny to hear locals talk about BCS. The conversation almost always turns to Nick Saban and his time spent coaching the Miami Dolphins. Its been my experience that he is not very well-liked here in “The Magic City.” Needless to say, a lot of the locals seem to be pulling for Notre Dame on this one.

All photos credited to James McConatha.




BCS in the “Magic City”

January 4th, 2013 at 9:38 am by under FOX10 Sports, Uncategorized

The drive down from Mobile to Miami certainly didn’t feel like 12 hours.
I guess it was all the excitement for the week ahead of us that made it to by faster.

We arrived in Ft Lauderdale the same day (Tuesday) and took in the sights for a few hours before heading to bed.
The next morning we began our tour of south Florida; grabbing beauty shots and interviews along the way.

I’ve spent most of my life in Miami. As a matter of fact my family still lives here.
I can honestly say the scenery, the lifestyle, the unique melting pot that is Miami really never gets old.
In situations like this you still feel like a tourist, trying to find that perfect shot.

No doubt there has been a large Notre Dame presence throughout Miami beach. Many fans said since they have so much further to travel than Alabama fans, they decided to make a whole vacation out of it.

Some have been experiencing the world-famous nightlife in South Beach. You can find dozens of different lounges and night clubs; from Spanish to techno; all within a few blocks.