Sideline: Season 2, Episode 5

Sideline returns with its fifth show of 2023. This week, the U fumbled a surefire win in disappointing fashion, the Dolphins recaptured the top spot in their division, the Heat aimed for another finals appearance after a successful training camp in Boca Raton, and two South Florida teams saw the end of their playoff dreams.

The U’s football game against Georgia Tech on Saturday night seemed to be over with 34 seconds left. The clear call was to kneel and clinch the win, but head coach Mario Cristobal called a run. This led to a late game turnover that cost Miami the game. Sideline was on the field to witness the shocking upset.

The Dolphins took out their frustrations from last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills by beating up on another New York team, the Giants, this past Sunday. They hope to continue cruising atop the AFC East as they face the winless Carolina Panthers next week. 

The Miami Heat look to regroup after missing out on star acquisitions and suffering a  few key losses in their rotation. Sideline was outside of the Kaseya Center last Monday for Heat Media Day. 

The Marlins saw their unexpected run to the postseason finished in two quick games to the Philadelphia Phillies while Inter Miami’s year came to an end with a loss to Cincinnati on Saturday. Both teams aim to continue youth movements and for their veterans to remain healthy. 

Esteban Rodriguez, Kenneth Bueno, Melody Huete, Zeth Leon, Anthony Cruz, Jamie Nunez, Tania Jimenez and Pablo Hernandez contributed to the show.

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.

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.

Alfredo Banegas is a junior at Florida International University majoring in digital journalism hoping to combine his passion of sports and writing to become a sports writer. Alfredo looks to make positive changes in the way sports are covered in today’s media landscape.

Anthony Cruz is a freshmen majoring in Digital Media and Communications. He hopes to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.

Pablo Hernandez was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. He has a huge love for sports and aspires to be a sports analyst on television in the future.

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.

Job Charles is a senior studying Mass Media and Communications at FIU. He is from Haiti, plays basketball and soccer, and is interested in project management and business analytics.