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Dolphins, Panthers, Heat – Recapping a Very Eventful Friday Night

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Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier speaks during a news conference during voluntary minicamp at the Miami Dolphins NFL football training facility, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

By Stephen Diener

In case your head was spinning from what ended up being a Friday night full of sports news, we’re here to recap everything for you in one nice and neat package.

First, as night two of the NFL draft was beginning, the shocking news broke that Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid suffered an orbital bone fracture and mild concussion at the end of their game 6 victory against the Raptors. The news left Sixers and Heat fans alike shocked as the realization set in that the MVP candidate will have to miss their second round playoff series against the Heat.

The landscape of that series has now changed dramatically with Philadelphia being left with James Harden and Tyrese Maxey as their main scorers and trying to find a way to fill the giant, (literally), void that Embiid leaves.

Then, later on that night at around 11:30 pm, the Miami Dolphins made the 102nd pick of the NFL draft as round 3 was coming to a close. And it was an absolute home run.

The Dolphins made the most out the first of their lowly four picks of the 2022 draft with their selection of Channing Tindall, one of the star linebackers from that now legendary Georgia defense last season that led them to the championship.

His speed and athleticism have Dolphin fans clamoring with excitement.

Then finally, at around 1 am this morning, we got our cherry on top. Not only did we find out who the Panthers would be facing in the first round of the NHL playoffs starting next week, but we also found out how the schedule is going to work and it couldn’t have come together any better for SFL sports fans.

Florida will be facing off against an old foe in the Washington Capitals starting with game one on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Why is that time and date significant though? Because it creates a dream scenario of a revolving cycle of playoff games that will leave our heads spinning in the most glorious way possible.

Yes, that’s right, for the first time ever we will get rotating Heat and Panthers playoff games and it is absolutely beautiful!

So, enjoy sports fans, because times like these don’t happen very often.