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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.

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Paint the town Crimson and White

January 4th, 2013 at 10:03 am by under FOX10 Sports

It’s the weekend! We made it to Friday.
Over the next few days I expect to see more Alabama fans arrive for the big game Monday. They should start to check into their hotels, grab a rental and paint the town crimson and white:)

It’s amazing how much hype there is for this game! Understandably so. Two stories teams competing for another notch on their historic timeline.

I spoke to some folks from ESPN and got their take on all the south beach excitement! Every one has their own opinion. We shall see how it all unfolds.

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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.


Ready for the fans

January 4th, 2013 at 7:39 am by under FOX10 Sports, Ready for the fans

We woke up to another beautiful morning in Ft. Lauderdale with the intercoastal waterway and palm trees behind our live shots.

Occasionally someone on a boat or land will give us a Roll Tide or Go Irish shout out while we’re preparing for the morning show.

Now that we’re getting closer to the game were running into more fans too. It’s amazing how far people have traveled to come to South Florida.

I’m excited for the crowd to get here. I love hearing people’s stories about their love for Alabama and how they became a fan so we’ll see who we run into today!

-blogging from my morning live shot

Candace

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The beach is my office

January 3rd, 2013 at 11:16 pm by under FOX10 Sports

For the next few days, the beach is my office. And for thousands of Alabama fans the beach is their playground.

The contrast of my work and their play has been quite interesting. As I’m lugging around my tripod and camera in the sand Alabama fans wave at me from the water. Or as I’m doing an interview on the boardwalk I see a guy with a “bama” t-shirt on a segway rolling my way.

But covering the BCS championship has its major perks, simply because of where I am. The palm trees calm me
during my live shots. And the million dollar yachts motivate me to work even harder! A week in Miami will do that to you:)

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Bama knuckles down on the practice field

January 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm by under FOX10 Sports

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It’s high noon in Alabama, but the 1pm Alabama football practice in Miami is just getting underway. Members of the media are lined up outside the field gate at Barry College where the Tide will knuckle down and run drills in preparation for the national title game.

Vendors as well as bar and restaurant owners in Miami are expecting an overwhelming number of fans to flood the streets of South Beach and downtown this weekend. I’ll be on the streets and beaches to bring you photo galleries of all the action.

If you haven’t already seen it (or even if you have) check out this gallery, Welcome to Miami, and stay tuned for more as the weekend gets closer.

Also be sure to check out the stories on our website from Candace, Letisha and Andrew. They’ve been chatting with fans and area businesses about all the excitement.


Teamwork makes the dream work

January 3rd, 2013 at 6:42 am by under FOX10 Sports

Gather four journalist and put them on south beach together and what do you get? I’m not sure the answer but I figured it was a good way to start this blog :)

That is our scenario here in South Florida. For the most past we are all VJ’s at home. We know how to make things happen on our own. But this experience is teaching all of us how to work to-get-her. We have to rely on each other to drive from point A to point B. We have to go over are the agenda together so we know what the day will bring. And we even count on each other to take pictures of the moments we want to capture, but are too busy to take a picture. For a week, we need each other. And that is quite alright with me.

Team work makes the dream work!

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South Beach & BCS Collide

January 2nd, 2013 at 12:26 pm by under FOX10 Sports

Tucked behinds some palm trees on South Beach, a massive BCS sign stands tall. THIS is where football and the beach collide.

Most people I spoke to today were soaking up the rays or taking in the scene. There were a few football fans, but they were either very happy FSU fans or grumpy Northern NIU fans :/.

The Orange Bowl is over, make way for the BCS crowd Miami!

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Sun Life Stadium

January 2nd, 2013 at 11:54 am by under FOX10 Sports

Sun Life Stadium is already active this morning with crews tearing down Orange Bowl signs replacing them with BCS decorations. Palm trees line the entrance where thousands of fans will be pouring in for Monday’s national championship game.

Next we headed to South Beach where people are bicycling, roller blading, and jogging.

A lot of people are out and about today dining And catching some rays. I spoke with an Alabama fan who is visiting from Indiana. He isn’t going to the game but said he’s hoping running back Eddie Lacy can put some points of the board at Monday’s BCS game.

I also spoke to some Notre Dame fans that arrived last week to enjoy Miami and watch the national championship.

Blogging from Ocean Drive

-Candace


Where it all goes down

January 2nd, 2013 at 9:46 am by under FOX10 Sports

We just left Sun Life Stadium, where it will soon all go down. Workers are tearing down Orange bowl gear and putting up BCS championship posters.

Although not much is happening now, I can just imagine what it’s going to look it just a few days.

We are pulling into South Beach now to get some video for our newscast. Stay tuned!

Blogging from the back seat,

Letisha

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