Sideline championship edition (includes video story)

Now that the Heat and the Panthers have each played two games of their finals series, Sideline reviews how the teams performed over the weekend.

The Miami Heat had a rocky start in Denver and Aquiles Barreto was at the Ball Arena to cover the Heat Culture “among a sea of blue and gold.”

Game 2 for the Heat went better as the team earned a hard-earned in Colorado and fans went crazy here in the 305 at the Kaseya Center. Esteban Rodriguez a.k.a. “Big Guapo” gives his insight on the atmosphere here at home.

The Florida Panthers are back in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in over two decades, which means a whole generation has yet to experience the Cats in the Finals. Tania Jimenez was at the watch party in the FLA Live Arena for game one and gives her analysis on the hard-to-watch Game 2 for the Panthers.

Both teams return home for games 3 and 4 of their own series, and hopefully at the end of this run, South Florida ends up on top.

That’s all there is on this championship edition of the Sideline.

Esteban Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He is a producer for Caplin News and FIU's Sports show, Sideline. He hopes to pursue this path of producing for Sports Networks and/or Hollywood in the Film Industry.


Kenneth Bueno is a junior majoring in the Digital Broadcasting field. He is a sim racing commentator for Podium eSports and aims to apply his love for sports into the sports broadcasting industry after graduating.

Tania Jimenez is a senior majoring in communication with a concentration in digital broadcasting. She is interested in sports. After graduation, she would like to continue her career journey in the world of sports media.

Ethan Toth is a senior, studying Digital Communication and Media at FIU since 2020. As an aspiring writer and producer, he has worked on multiple podcasts, film and video shoots and radio productions. Ethan looks forward to working professionally in whatever creative field he can land in first.

Zeth Leon is of Cuban descent. He is currently a Junior at FIU majoring in Digital Communications and Media with a concentration in digital broadcasting. After graduation, he plans to incorporate his love for sports into his work by becoming a play-by-play commentator or talk show host for a sports network.

Aquiles Barreto is a Junior Majoring in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications, with a concentration in broadcasting. He has a passion for all types of visual media, whether it be film, television, or news. In the future he hopes to be a video editor for major productions.