Happy Thanksgiving Miami sports fans! We hope you are having a wonderful week. Thanksgiving is always a busy time for sports. Despite it not being a great sports year for Miami, there is still plenty to be thankful for. So lets take a look at what each South Florida sports team has to be thankful for, this could range from the largest to most simplest of things.

Florida Atlantic University

-RB Devin “Motor” Singletary

It has been an underwhelming 2018 season for the Owls, but there is one player to be really thankful for, the motor himself. Singletary has rushed for 1260 yards and 22 TDs this season. The running back has, at times, carried FAU’s offense. He is always available and ready to jump start the team when needed.

Devin Singletary

It’s especially important to be thankful for him now, given the rumors of him deciding to head to the NFL after this season. Singletary no doubt, deserves to be an NFL RB and spending another year in college getting banged up for free would not be in his best interest. However, it says a lot about his loyalty and determination that he would consider returning for his senior year. Singletary is the greatest FAU player ever and the Owls know it.

-FAU Basketball Coach Dusty May

I had to mention FAU’s new basketball coach, Dusty May, as the Owls are off to a 5-1 start! That is their best start that I can remember. May has done an admirable job of recruiting local and international talent that is paying off. It’s still early in the season, but it looks like FAU may have found the right person to lead Owls’ basketball towards the future.

Miami Marlins

-The Marlins Re-branding

Our own Christian Pupo could speak more to this than I can, but I know that Miami fans are thankful for this re-branding. The Loria era was plagued with bad decisions and a lot of losing. The old logo and uniforms are gone along with the bad memories. Jeter and the ownership group did not just repeal and replace, they really studied what brand would fit a Miami baseball team. They definitely hit it out of the park (sorry) with this. The Marlins and their fans have a lot to be thankful for.

*Credit to Andre Fernandez

Florida Panthers

-Mike Hoffman’s 17-game point streak

The Panthers had won 5 straight games and were really hot. Then they lost a couple and really lost it big. Vincent Trocheck, the Panthers center, went down with a gruesome ankle injury against Ottawa. Our Executive Editor, David Eversole, has a full recap, but the injury put Trocheck out indefinitely. So with all that, the Panthers cam crashing back down to reality, but there is still something to be thankful for.

Left wing Mike Hoffman has scored in 17 straight games. That is a franchise record for any Panther player. Records are always a nice distraction, but this team has a lot of talent and they are more than capable of reeling off some more wins soon. Will Hoffman continue to score points, who knows, but it’s something to be thankful for.

Miami Dolphins

-Ryan Tannehill’s return

Some fans may not be happy to see RT return from his shoulder injury this Sunday against the Colts, but they would be mistaken. As our Franky Lopez points out in his article below, Tannehill’s return could help spark the offense. Tannehill is lot more mobile than Osweiler, therefore Adam Gase can open up the playbook a lot more with his mobility. He’ll have fresh legs after being out for nearly seven weeks. Tannehill returns at an opportune moment where he can take on fellow draft classmate Andrew Luck.

Will Miami’s Offense be Better With Ryan Tannehill on the Field?

With the Dolphins still in the hunt for that last AFC wildcard spot and a manageable schedule ahead, Tannehill can help lead Miami to a playoff berth. It may sounds crazy after the season Miami has had, but They have done it before in 2016, so they can do it again. Tannehill needs to prove to the fans and the coaching staff why he should be the Dolphins starting QB next year. I bet he is just as thankful for the chance as we are.

Florida International University

-A shot at the C-USA Championship

The FIU Golden Panthers are coming off of a 42-35 win against Charlotte. All they need to do now is win at home against Marshall and they will be on their way to the C-USA championship game.  In truth, FIU has plenty to be thankful for, they are one of the hottest teams in Miami. QB James Morgan has been spectacular this season, along with all his receivers and running backs. Head coach Butch Davis has done a good job of making adjustments through out the season. With the schools first chance at a championship, the work has payed off and FIU is contending college football program.

Three Reasons Why FIU is C-USA Championship Bound

University of Miami

-The Seniors

If you had to pick something from the U’s football team to be thankful for…well, it’s difficult. It has not been a pretty season for the Canes. Especially after the latest incident with Jeff Thomas. However, this final week is about the seniors, so lets be thankful for them. The players like Jaquan Johnson and Gerald Willis who helped bring some excitement to Miami football last year. When they take the field on Saturday vs Pitt (Read Louis Estrada’s preview for more), it will be their last game as Canes. Lets hope that they can make it a good one and Miami fans can show their appreciation for them.

-Canes hot hoops start

While the season is young, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have gotten off to great starts. The men’s team is 3-0 and are taking on the La Salle Exploers today! (hopefully they are winning or won). The lady canes are quick out of the gate as well, with a 4-1 record. They need your support and our Russell Hanson can tell you why they deserve it.  The women play next on Friday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Photo Courtesy of HurricaneSports.com

There is plenty to be thankful for among UM sports (except football) and Russell has a preview of what you can look forward to this thanksgiving week.  You should follow him for more coverage too.

Miami Heat

-Dwyane Wade

As our own Vaughn “Vice” Jones stated in his game recap, at least Dwyane Wade came back. After missing several games for the birth of his daughter, it was nice to have D-Wade back. Don’t get me wrong, there are other things to be thankful for. Despite the rough season it has been so far, there is Josh Richardson’s production, Whiteside’s resurgence, and the Vice City theme, these are all pluses for the Heat this year.

However, this is the last year, last Thanksgiving where Wade will be a player for the Heat. That means a lot. Just from missing him on those game where he was absent, it isn’t the same. So I know all Heat fans will be thankful to see Dwyane Wade close out his career with the Miami Heat.

Once again happy Thanksgiving to all of you and thanks for reading. Take a break from sports, go eat some good food and spend time with the people you love. Follow us on Twitter @DarthShaz24 and @MiamiSportsWave  for more Miami sports content.

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