Today is a very special birthday for an entire city. Miami is entering its sophomore year in the new millennium, and it was one very reflective annal. The best way to comprehend just how impactful the last year was, it’s best to imagine the magic city as a teenager entering its second year. Not the wild freshmen that it was, instead it accepts how much responsibility it must take during the bad and good times.
To begin, Miami and all Floridians learned just how blind justice can be in this state. Not as a critique on the case of Trayvon Martin, but rather to understand that two sides always have a story. Sadly the only person alive to tell a story, Zimmerman, is repeatedly getting sent to jail as the women in his life keep calling 911 on his gun waving anger issues. The lesson here is a hard one; never let the system tell the story, it favors no one regardless of innocence or guilt.
Miami has also learned to deal with victory and possible defeat with more dignity. While football and baseball teams were being eliminated (like falling dominos stacked on questionable promises), The Miami Heat had an explosive championship series. With all the twists and turns against a veteran championship team, it all culminated on a heroic three pointer by Ray Allen. It was seen by millions, replayed hundreds of times on national television, and seen by less than 75% of the people who were actually in the American Airlines arena. Stay in the damn seats, Miami.
On the subject of sports, Miami also learned that it has more influence with athletes and how they are viewed than originally thought. Mocked for being called “fair weather”, this city proved to have more than enough influence to ruin even the most prestigious of personalities. It is a lesson that will be shared with Alex Rodriguez as he thinks about it during his suspension. Rather ironic that for a town known to have so many small time hustlers, one would actually scam New York City’s favorite team and the MLB.
Not all the lesson were of embarrassment and shame, there was also a lot of love for Miami. Love that comes from pyro-effects addicted directors like Michael Bay and his dark comedy Pain and Gain. Bay, who is totally infatuated with this city held hostage his last Transformers movie just to bring HD cameras to film the dilapidated Miami Marine Stadium. Other films that showed love included Iron Man 3, which had Tony Stark tumbling and fighting in Viscaya. And as bittersweet as it may have been, Swedish House Mafia retiring at Ultra was a fitting send off from a city known for its local appreciation of electronic music artists.
Miami will have quite a load to burden itself into the next year. The city already has an impressive curriculum to look forward to; the transition of becoming a basketball city hindering on one more championship, Hollywood productions are beginning to move over more to take in the sea salted air, and the odd feeling of containment continuing at this year’s Memorial Day weekend. There will be drama, there will be fun, and there will be a large amount of tears coming in the next 12 months. But this city is so confident that should it ever feel lost or confused, it only needs to head to the beach and smell in the sea to find its way back.