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So the Miami Heat didn't win it this year? As a Boston fan, I can assure you that titles will come to South Beach. I remember watching spring training back in 2003, I saw the Mets, Cardinals and Marlins play over the course of a couple games.
I was least impressed with the Marlins, who in retrospect had Burnett, Becket, Penny and Dontrelle Willis on the same pitching staff. Needless to say, they won the series that year, and with rising stars like Josh Johnson (now on the DL) and Mike Stanton, they could surprise us at any time like they did in '97 and '03.
Watch out for the Panthers as they have a lot of cap room and they are notoriously good at the draft. Who's to say that they can't recreate their magical run from 1996? The Dolphins are a question mark, but with a solid corner piece like Jake Long on the team, there is always hope. By the way, guess who's the only team besides the Patriots to win an AFC East championship since 2003?