Sideline Season 3, Episode 5

Sideline returned for its fifth show of 2024. This week, it was opening day on both the field and the racetrack. The U took #3 UNC to the limit, the Heat had battled to the end against the conference foe Celtics, and the Panthers dominated a top team.

Oh and did we mention the Super Bowl. It did not disappoint – with the Chiefs winning in overtime.

The FIU women’s softball team kicked off its season with the Felsberg Invitational. They got off on the wrong foot by losing both games for the day against Ohio State and Southeast Missouri State. But they went 2-1 on Saturday and Sunday. Sideline was in center field for the action. 

The weekend sped on with the Miami 500 at the Homestead Speedway. Sideline was on the track as the hype for racing season ramped up.

The Canes lost to North Carolina in a 75-72 thriller in the Watsco Center. It was the battle of the bigs, and Norchad Omier outplayed ACC star big-man Armando Bacot in the first half. However, Bacot and guard R.J Davis managed to turn it around in the second half. 

The Heat hosted the Celtics Sunday for a pre-Super Bowl rivalry game. The team aimed to redeem its 31-point loss in Boston in late January. Tyler Herro tried to will the team back in the fourth quarter – scoring 10 of his 24 points. But it was not enough. The final score was 110-106.

The Panthers beat a top Western Conference team, the Colorado Avalanche, in a 4-0 win. The Cats had an offensive explosion from Barkov, Verhaeghe, and Reinhart.

The Kansas City Chiefs went to overtime last night for the second straight Super Bowl to bring back-to-back rings. South Florida history repeated itself as the Chiefs went down double digits to the 49ers in the first half, and willed their way back to a 25-22 victory. Sideline has more on the landmark win for the modern day dynasty.

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.

Carlton is a Digital Broadcasting student and intends to pursue a career in journalism. Born and raised in Broward County, he hopes to combine his passion for this community and storytelling to deliver news, insights, and perspectives to the people of South Florida.

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.

Dylan Pezet is a student at Florida International University studying Digital Communications and Broadcast Media. He joined Caplin News in the Spring of 2024 in hopes of improving his TV-production craft so that after graduation he may be able to get a job with the NHRA as a track reporter/announcer.

Kimora Miller is a senior seeking a bachelor’s degree in public relations, advertising, and applied communications at FIU. Her current interests involve sports entertainment, social media, collegiate dance, and on-air interviews.

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

Anthony Milian is a junior at Florida International University majoring in Digital Broadcasting. He enjoys watching and analyzing sports, reading and learning more about sports history, and spending time with his family and friends

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.