Dave Hyde has been a sports columnist at the Sun Sentinel since 1990. He has covered three Heat, two Marlins, four University of Miami ...

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Hyde: Ross brings back Philbin, but doesn't get off that easy

Hyde: Ross brings back Philbin, but doesn't get off that easy

December 21, 2014

There is no coach besides Joe Philbin who could walk away from the train wreck the last three years have been, who could be given the resources he is about to be given again, and return without question for a fourth season.

  • Hyde: Channing Crowder and the Santeria priest

    December 20, 2014

    This started at a Dolphins alumni gathering, a golf tournament at Trump Resort, to ask yesterday's greats whether the standard of excellence that once defined their franchise has disappeared.

  • Steve Ross's two football loves both want Harbaugh

    December 18, 2014

    Steve Ross's cell phone rings to Michigan's fight song "Hail to the Victors." And he has awoken in the middle of the night after a Dolphins loss and needed an Ambien to go back to sleep.

  • All is not lost! Nine simple (work with me) steps to Dolphins playoffs

    December 16, 2014

    Well, I've done it! I've clutched at straws! I've mapped a miracle! Rather than pummel the Dolphins with more bruising adjectives, I've charted how they can shock the world, defy all odds and save Joe Philbin by still making the playoffs.

  • Hyde: End of the Philbin Era is coming

    December 14, 2014

    At the end of another Sunday that couldn't end soon enough, Steve Ross walked out of the loser's locker room, just as he has at Gillette Stadium all six times as Dolphins owner.

  • Hyde: Give Tannehill his money — but can Dolphins save season?

    December 13, 2014

    Give him his due. Give him his money. The Dolphins know enough about Ryan Tannehill after three years to know he's not perfect, not yet polished, but he's their quarterback for the foreseeable future.

  • Hyde: Highsmith stands, delivers hard truth to UM fans

    December 12, 2014

    Sit down, Hurricane fans.

  • What Dolphins need are more Jarvis Landrys

    December 9, 2014

    Here's something that went right this Dolphins season: Jarvis Landry. He plays receiver like the middle linebacker he was in high school. He chases down passes like he did Tre Mason in knocking out the Auburn kick returner (and current St. Louis Ram) in college.

  • Hyde: Same time, next year as Dolphins lose to Ravens

    December 7, 2014

    All you needed to see from Sunday was Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick snarling the epitaph to a season at coach Joe Philbin.

  • Hyde: Philbin needs this win to define his era's progress

    December 6, 2014

    This is a day that attracts all the biggest themes in sports. Must-win. Season on the line. Careers to be measured. Even jobs up for grabs when you connect all the dots.

  • Florida pays a price in McElwain hire that Miami can't

    December 4, 2014

    By now, most people have an opinion on Al Golden. Many want him gone as Miami football coach after this lackluster season. Others point to the NCAA quagmire he weathered and think he deserves another season.

  • Hyde: It wasn't pretty – but Dolphins beat Jets, save season

    December 1, 2014

    The snap was good. The hold was good. The 26-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis cut through the chill of a New York December and was good.

  • Hyde: Time for Dolphins to deal with Jets, move on

    November 30, 2014

    They are too young to know of that game, and have their own sour memory anyhow. So none of today's Dolphins know the 1991 finale where a bad Jets' team kicked a field goal in overtime to ruin those Dolphins' playoff hopes.

  • Hyde: No win in finale — and no more excuses for Golden

    November 29, 2014

    This was bad enough for Miami, losing Saturday's finale to Pitt this way, barely even challenging in the last two games and flopping to the kind of ending that shows the wheels spun through another season.

  • A boy, a disease and the healing power of sports

    November 26, 2014

    Before the medicine came every four hours, he read the card. And as he took the medicine, he read the card. And as the medicine bumped painfully over the radiation sores in his mouth and throat, he read the card tucked beside him in the hospital bed.

  • Hyde: Dolphins' defense can't finish job — again

    November 23, 2014

    DENVER — One thing you can count on after a loss like this is Cameron Wake to be the final player in the Dolphins locker room, dressing slowly, mulling over a lost afternoon, delivering his thoughts like an epitaph.

  • Hyde: Are these Dolphins different? Sundays like this offer chance to make claim

    November 22, 2014

    Joe Philbin was asked about his team's identity this week, and he answered they'd practiced since last spring, lived together since July and had played 11 games.

  • Here's how Giancarlo Stanton committed to the Marlins in signing a 13-year, $325 million deal

    November 19, 2014

    The deal that changed the Marlins began in late October in a side room at Bobby Vans Steak House in Manhattan. The team’s top executives met for their annual organizational meeting and Topic A was the same as the previous year: Could they keep Giancarlo Stanton?

  • Hyde: Marlins make their riskiest deal ever

    November 17, 2014


  • Hyde: Harvick wins — and NASCAR wins bigger

    November 16, 2014

    His wife was crying. His fans were cheering. His crew members were chanting behind him in the falling darkness, "I believed that we would win! I believed that we …"

  • Hyde: Florida State wins — but Miami doesn't lose on great night

    November 15, 2014

    You can't scare them. You can't break them. You can't rattle them with your best game, in a great game, on a perfect night of college football, like the one Miami delivered Saturday night in Sun Life Stadium.

  • Hyde: Dolphins survive Bills – and themselves - to save season

    November 13, 2014

    In the end, after trying to give away the night for three quarters, the Dolphins managed to play like they're supposed to play in a game of consequence like Thursday night against Buffalo.

  • Hyde: Time for Dolphins to put up or pack it up

    November 12, 2014

    Before the Dolphins players go to work Thursday night, they should go to their calendar and rip out the page that reads, "January."

  • Hyde: Veterans Day a time for sports to celebrate real heroes

    November 10, 2014

    The last time Cedric King saw his legs, he was in a shoot-out with the Taliban in Afghanistan. This was more than two years ago, and somewhere in the fire fight he stepped on what the military calls an, "improvised explosive device."

  • Hyde: Dolphins can't finish — and so finished off by Detroit

    November 9, 2014

    This is the chance they wanted again, the one they demanded again, the one to prove what kind of team they were with another Sunday up for grabs against a good team like Detroit.

  • Hyde: Most interesting Dolphin? Odrick stands out

    November 8, 2014

    Let's see. Jared Odrick just read Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography. He's now reading the dark philosophy of Machiavelli, which has him calling himself, "J.O. The Merciful," and asking questions in the Dolphins locker room like, "What do morals do for you — other than restrict you?"

  • Business can't trump football in Dolphins' decisions

    November 6, 2014

    Why hurt your football chances?

  • Bosh good in Heat loss – but has to be great this year

    November 4, 2014

    At the end of the night and the end of the Heat run of wins, Chris Bosh still did what big players are supposed to do and this season demands he do. He still wanted the ball. He still took the big shot.

  • Hyde: Paul Philbin's son has big win through his pain

    November 2, 2014

    Paul Philbin was one tough old son of an Irish immigrant. Fought in World War II. Coached youth baseball for decades. Even volunteered at a community center in Longmeadow, Mass., washing dishes until nearly 93.

  • Hyde: Canes' new attacking, aggressive defense of old crushes UNC

    November 1, 2014

    Let's start at the start: First drive. Second down. North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams dropped back to pass and — whomp! — blitzing Miami cornerback Artie Burns flattened him.

  • Hyde: Heat come up big in first night after LeBron

    October 29, 2014

    MIAMI — On the quiet drive in, at the Biscayne Boulevard parking lot that charged $30 last year, the sign read $15 for the Heat's opening night.

  • Hyde: Even in down year, Heat won't be down

    October 28, 2014

    Five months after being run off the court by San Antonio, four months after LeBron James took his talents to Cleveland, the Heat aren't looking to have a representative little season, just give it a good effort, the way people talk about them.

  • Hyde: Defense saves the day — and offense — by throttling Bortles

    October 26, 2014

    Before the pass, defensive end Olivier Vernon sprinted into the rookie quarterback's face, causing him to throw the ball away, like the cartoon figure heaving the treasure before pushed off a cliff.

  • Hyde: Dolphins MVP? So far it's GM Hickey

    October 25, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE— One by one, the closing doors became another stigma, another weakness, yet another reason for a snickering football world to mock the Dolphins. Remember?

  • Write off Dwyane Wade at your own risk

    October 22, 2014

    This is what Dwyane Wade said when told NBA general managers, polled to name the league's best shooting guards, didn't mention him for the first time in eight years:

  • Has Dion Jordan grown up in six suspended weeks?

    October 21, 2014

    When did you grow up? And why? Dion Jordan has an oversized body and paycheck, but the question Tuesday as he returned to the Dolphins is whether the 24-year-old man-child is now more man than child.

  • Hyde: Tannehill perfectly delivers Dolphins' scaled-back vision

    October 19, 2014

    For this Sunday, anyhow, Ryan Tannehill showed what hope looks like. His pinpoint passing. His eye-popping running. His follow-me leadership, like when Chicago scored to open the second half.

  • Hyde: Trust in each other is what Dolphins need to win back

    October 18, 2014

    How do you fix a fractured trust? The Dolphins have been asking themselves this question, one player saying, "If we don't start believing in each other, we're done."

  • Hyde: Keyon Dooling confronts the pain of abuse

    October 15, 2014

    Keyon Dooling sits behind a stack of books, waiting for The Look. He can spot it by now. In just the past week, there was the middle-aged woman who approached with it at a foster-care event, anxious, tentative, asking to talk privately.

  • The latest scandal of Jameis Winston is a farce

    October 14, 2014

    Jameis Winston is being investigated for sexual assault, was cited for shoplifting and has been suspended for a Florida State football game after shouting explicit phrases in public.

  • Hyde: Aaron Rodgers leaves Dolphins with ugly questions

    October 12, 2014

    Sometimes the magic is on the other side. Aaron Rodgers strolled through the Green Bay locker room in old jeans and a winner's smile, oblivious to the harsh coaching questions from the losers, shrugging a who-cares when told the Dolphins knew where his winning throw was going.

  • Hyde: Time for Dolphins to start assembling their season — if it's to happen

    October 11, 2014

    The Dolphins were mediocre last year, mediocre in September and might be a mediocre team for a long time to come if they can't figure out a way to seize opportunities like Sunday.

  • Hyde: The treat that is Cameron Wake — and the goal he lacks

    October 9, 2014

    He still slips the Canadian Football League sandals on his feet each day in the Dolphins locker room as a reminder.

  • 'Cane-on-'Cane hate turning ugly

    October 8, 2014

    The first shot in this ugly Civil War? It wasn't former Miami star Philip Buchanon calling coach Al Golden "Al Folden'' on Twitter. It wasn't former lineman Joaquin Gonzalez tweeting, "I think it's time for a new (defensive) coordinator."

  • Hyde: Panthers have a fighter in Gallant

    October 7, 2014

    As a player, Gerard Gallant often picked a fight in a game's opening minutes. It became his go-to move. And the new Panthers coach had enough fights over a decade to still find former opponents at any NHL stop, starting with the Panthers, where radio voice Randy Moller says, "He bruised my nose a couple of times."

  • Hiring Marino makes such sense even Dolphins can do it

    February 18, 2014

    Take the lay-up, Steve Ross.

  • Time for Dolphins to reinstate Richie Incognito

    November 26, 2013

    Richie Incognito doesn't deserve your cheers or your sympathy for the place his crude behavior, past and present, has landed him for nearly a month. But he deserves his job back.

  • Nyad completes dream on Cuba-to-Keys swim

    September 2, 2013

    KEY WEST - Finally, spit from the ocean, exhausted and sunburned, came the 64-year-old swimmer. Diana Nyad took a first unsteady step onto the beach Monday afternoon after nearly 53 hours of swimming and lightly raised a fist.

  • What to expect from Dion Jordan? A whole lot

    July 31, 2013

    Dion Jordan does not consider himself a patient man. Take traffic. He hates it. The waiting. The annoyance. But he's already come to understand in his opening weeks it's as much a part of South Florida as the sun.

  • Lamar Miller dreams big in big chance

    July 29, 2013

    The Dolphins have put the fate of the team's rushing attack in the hands of the talented second-year running back. It's a gamble, but Miller is determined to pay out.

  • Will roller coaster ride end for Heat?

    June 17, 2013

    The basketball gets tossed up Tuesday night for Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Miami, and anything happens next. Everything happens, actually. The previous five games tell us that. Miracles? Meltdowns? Heartache? Heartstrings?

  • The Big Threes will decide this - for Spurs or Heat

    June 10, 2013

    LeBron James, who left Cleveland for more help, who came to the Heat for nights like Sunday when teammates carried him for a change, knows it's still about the Big Three, about Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh producing beside him.

  • Time for Heat to shut up and play

    June 8, 2013

    Shut up and play. They used to have T-shirts in sports that said as much. They need to hand out some to the Heat as they make this final push to the mountaintop.

  • Why you don't know Spo

    May 28, 2013

    INDIANAPOLIS — Erik Spoelstra does not want to help this story. There's a reason. He doesn't embrace fame. He finds no value in headlines. He's had enough written about him already, he seems to say.

  • Emmert, Shalala fight over whom Shapiro fooled more

    April 5, 2013

    For 45 finger-wagging pages, the University of Miami's best lawyers criticized, condemned and posed in perfectly nuanced ways a question that fit NCAA President Mark Emmert with a clown nose:

  • Miami, NCAA — Two institutions, two crises of leadership

    February 20, 2013

    The words ring loud and livid as the righteous leader of a proud university brings her full office to bear on a flawed NCAA investigation approaching its endgame.

  • Has Jeff Ireland learned from mistakes?

    February 4, 2013

    There's only one question for Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland on this first day of the NFL off-season, and it's not why he still has this chance, what he'll do with $48 million and five high draft picks to spend or whether the next few months will define his football reputation, once and for all.

  • Marino a flawed man — like all of us

    January 31, 2013

    You wanted to hope. That's why Thursday's news was a slap to the senses. You wanted to hope Dan Marino was beyond this. You wanted to hope his good work all these years reflected someone out of the reach of gossip pages.

  • Season finishes in well-earned smiles

    June 22, 2012

    The lasting image came with three minutes left. A whistle blew. Play stopped. And in a game long over, with the championship already won, they were called off the court together, just as they walked on it two summers ago.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul's father sees son's Super Bowl success in his own way

    February 3, 2012

    They may be the most amazing story at the Super Bowl, this immigrant father who sought the American dream and the son he can't see play in America's biggest game.

  • Ricky Williams' new role: meditation teacher

    June 10, 2010

  • Greatest play in Miami Dolphins history? It's a no-brainer

    September 24, 2009

    History started modestly. Quarterback Don Strock came to the sideline with six seconds left in the half searching for a play, a hope, any chance at all. The football was at the San Diego 40-yard line, so a field goal was out.

  • No. 1 ranking hasn't changed St. Thomas' George Smith

    August 26, 2009

    Let's take a walk through George Smith's neighborhood. Here's his desk with the nameplate that reads, "They say Lombardi was tough"— though, he says, many of his players don't know who Vince Lombardi is.

  • Jake Scott: Where's Jake Scott? We found him.

    November 19, 2006

    In the last state. On the last island. Down the last road. At the last speck of a no-stoplight town before the United States drops into the Pacific Ocean.

  • HYDE: Vegas ripe for singles hitters

    December 12, 2004

    Finally, a city seems as intent on using a sports league as shamelessly as sports leagues have used cities all these years.