The Marlins take the field at Marlins Park: an eco-friendly, 37,000-seat facility equipped with a retractable roof, plexiglass fish tanks behind home plate, and a vibrant sculpture in left-center field that kicks into motion for Marlins home runs. Born in 1993, the Florida Marlins quickly established themselves as contenders in the National League, taking home World Series titles in 1997 and 2003. And today, after some light rebranding to go along with the new stadium, the rechristened Miami Marlins aim to continue traditions new and old, expand their list of Hall of Famers, and train the stadium’s fish to stealthily intercept batting signals.
Led by veteran players Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Carlos Bocanegra, the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team faces off against CONCACAF rival Honduras. Holding an 11-3-3 series advantage against the Central American team dating back to 1965, the U.S. team will attempt to kick its way to victory like a kangaroo escaping the circus. With both teams angling for World Cup berths in 2014, the international friendly match will offer players and coaches a chance to size each other up in the vast Sun Life Stadium, which ensconces spectators in a patriotic red and blue color scheme. Today's deal also includes an American flag, allowing fans to excitedly wave banners during dazzling plays or to carefully examine stars to ensure that Hawaii is, in fact, a state.
At Animus CrossFit/Corporal CrossFit, students of every skill level, age, and body type can take control of their health with the help of encouraging coaches. The team of qualified trainers draw on intense training experiences in their own lives, such as strength coach and author Carlos Arias's service in the USMC special forces, his wife Jenny's background as a gymnast, or coach Dayron Castaneda's career in collegiate football. The team prides itself on providing one-on-one training and keeping classes small: staff lead premium CrossFit with 1:8 teacher/student ratios, avoiding the overcrowded classes, lack of equipment, and gym-clothes sharing seen in traditional programs. And indoor-outdoor bootcamp classes take advantage of sunny Miami days while avoiding wet ones by training indoors on grass turf or rubber flooring. The small, 16-person classes tailor exercise individually according to skill level and keep things interesting with a combination of gymnastics and running using balls and ropes.
Students shed pounds and tone muscles in programs that are built on proper nutrition and individual, scalable workout routines. Whether pupils are burning fat and building endurance with cardio routines and kettlebells, boosting strength with weightlifting, or refining their running techniques with pose running, coaches work closely with students to help them push past obstacles and reach health goals.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
Like a 24-hour caddie, Golf Pipeline empowers golfers to make tee times, keep tabs on improvement, and follow the on-course exploits of their fellow club swingers. After signing up and creating a profile, golfers enjoy access to the website's tee time reservation system, where they can search for available time slots by date, time, location, and cost, and then invite contacts from their network, Facebook, or LinkedIn to join them. The score tracker lets golfers log rounds and monitor their own performance trends such as stroke average, putts per hole, and greens hit in regulation. If they choose to join a Golf Pipeline handicap club and log five rounds in the system, golfers can submit the data in exchange for a handicap number that is helpful to know when assessing one's own game and betting their parents' house on a round of golf.
Families, athletes, and coaches gather at Sun Life Stadium in Miami to peruse more than 120 exhibits from vendors and soccer experts. Kids take part one of the United States' fastest-growing sports in popularity—after video games and competitive pranks—with skill drills that develop freestyle shooting and dribbling techniques. Fans can obtain autographs and learn about the sport during Q-and-A sessions with professional players or check out live games from around the world broadcast on a ten-foot-tall screen. Attendees can also study up on what it takes to aim toward a professional career with coaching sessions and seminars, shop for gear at an 80,000-square-foot trade show, and take on other attendees in FIFA '13 or real-life soccer matches.