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These have been tense times for Udonis Haslem, sweating out these playoffs, stakes raised, clock ticking.

Oh, and he’s been involved with the Miami Heat’s championship chase, as well.

Consider it playoffs squared for the South Florida icon, because the veteran Heat captain also can’t get enough of his Florida Panthers.

“It’s exciting, really exciting,” Haslem said amid a playoff chase of his own, both teams now on to the next round. “The way they have been able to play this year has captivated my attention.”

In some ways, Haslem is a typical middle-aged (sorry, UD) suburbanite caught up in the NHL, with FLA Live Arena in Sunrise a short drive from his Southwest Ranches estate.

“They’re keeping me on the edge of my seat,” he said. “It’s really something.”

The connection to the game and to the Panthers is about more than proximity, though.

It also is about a brotherhood, a fellowship, the ability to see himself in those who have put their careers on ice.

In addition to his friendship with Panthers forward Anthony Duclair, he has forged a bond with Brett Peterson, the first Black assistant general manager in the NHL.

“As I started to take stuff toward retirement and ownership and different things like that,” Haslem, 41, said, “I just wanted to align myself with like-minded people that can teach me things. So I’m being a sponge.”

Peterson said there was an instant connection.

“You look at U.D.’s career and him being an undrafted player and all the success he’s had, a three-time champion, and I was undrafted as well,” said Peterson, who spent five seasons playing minor-league hockey after four seasons at Boston College, and then moved on to become a player agent before taking his current Panthers role.

“We had a couple of mutual connections. But then we did a program with the Panthers called 28 Days of Black Excellence and UD was a participant of that 28 days. And the whole idea of the 28 days was to highlight the diversity here within our community and bring light to what we’re doing.”

Peterson said the goal is for himself, Haslem, Duclair to serve as beacons.

“As players,” he said, “we emulate our favorite player and we know who he is and we aspire to be that player. And one of the things I wanted to bring light of is that there is another path for all of us. And I think that there’s a lot of untapped excellence.”

In bringing light, Peterson also opened one particular set of eyes.

“I love f’ing hockey,” Haslem said as he exited a practice session.

Still, the Panthers’ opening-round series victory resulted in a domestic dispute.

“It’s been a very nervous time,” Haslem said with a smile. “My wife is from D.C. Obviously she’s a Capitals fan. So it’s a little in-house rivalry.”

That had Peterson laughing.

“You got to live somewhere,” he said. “So I feel for UD.”

The goal, Peterson said, is as much simultaneous Heat and Panthers playoffs as possible.

“I grew up in Boston,” Peterson said, “and we had the fortune of having tremendous sports teams that were all united and all had success at the same time. I watched the Red Sox pull for the Bruins, and the Bruins pull for the Patriots, and the Celtics pull for the Patriots.

“And we had the experience that it was essentially our town as a sports team, as a whole. I think it’s important, because it pushed each franchise to be the best version of itself.”

Stylistically, the Heat and Panthers have displayed contrasting approaches, the Heat with their defensive bent, the Panthers with their record-setting scoring.

“It’s really exciting, really exciting. Teams don’t score goals at the pace that the Panthers do,” Haslem said. “It’s crazy the way they score goals and come back.”

Peterson said the commonality is organizational drive and championship vision.

As for Haslem, who already has three championships, it’s all a matter of expanding his horizons, Mr. 305 getting chills from what is happening in the 954.

“It’s part of my overall growth as Mr. Florida,” he said with a smile. “I’m expanding from just Mr. Miami to Mr. Florida. It’s a great time to be in the city of Miami. But it’s also a great time in the state of Florida.”

IN THE LANE

EVERYONE WINS: When it comes to playoff awards, the NBA has it covered like never before. In addition to naming the trophies for the playoff conference champions, the Bob Cousy Trophy for the East winner and the Oscar Robertson Trophy for the winner of the West, there also will be, for the first time, trophies for the MVPs of each of the two conference finals. The Larry Bird Trophy will go to the East finals MVP, the Magic Johnson Trophy in the West. What the move does not address is that voting for the annual awards still does not include the playoffs. So the league MVP (Nikola Jokic) goes out in the first round, while other leading contenders play on. Play well in the NBA Finals or conference finals, get an award. Play well in the first and second rounds, and it counts for nothing (other than, of course, advancing). Take Jimmy Butler, for example, it would seem his playoff play should have greater bearing on All-NBA or other awards. Instead, that clock ends after the first 82, games with significantly less meaning.

BETTER WAY: Because he got his way, James Harden was with the 76ers for their playoff series against the Heat, as impotent as he proved to be. But he also got his way by essentially quitting on the Brooklyn Nets and forcing his midseason trade. In his postseason recap, Sean Marks, the former Heat center and current Nets general manager, said this past week, “I think when players’ minds are made up, I think it’s foolish to try and change their minds. If it’s not a fit and you’re paying a guy $30-plus million and it doesn’t work, you have to make a decision. I think that’s something that we did. We pivoted quickly.” Or a player can honestly and fairly play out his contract. That, among all the NBA’s ongoing personnel issues, is one Commissioner Adam Silver has to address sooner rather than later.

BACK AT IT: Mario Chalmers, who received a 10-day contract from the Heat but never saw action during the team’s midseason COVID outbreak, is returning to the halfcourt Big3 summer circuit – with a twist. Chalmers is slated to coach 3s Company, with the three-man team expected to add, according to ESPN’s Andscap site, Chalmers’ former Heat teammate Michael Beasley as a co-captain. Chalmers finished this past season with the Heat’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

LINKED UP: Heat guard Kyle Lowry is among those scheduled to compete in the July 10-16 American Century Championship celebrity golf even in Lake Tahoe in July. It is a field scheduled to also include Justin Timberlake, Charles Barkley and former Heat guard Ray Allen.

REALITY CHECK: With the Heat’s defense also thriving in the second round, it meant Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young having to deal with clips of how the Heat suffocated him in the first round. Of the hangover from his team falling 4-1 in the first round to Heat, Young told Atlanta’s Journal Constitution, “It’s more about mentally and what I was in the moment, remember from the game but also some of the moments that they’re still showing of bad plays that I made, certain things like that, and bragging about their Heat defense, you know what I’m saying? It’s little things like that that I still see. It’s like, I can get better, and I know I will.”

HUH?: For all that went wrong for the 76ers in the second round against the Heat, perhaps nothing was as, um, stunning, as the 76ers running their offense during the third quarter of their win-or-be-done Game 6 loss through . . . Shake Milton. “We were searching for whatever we could get at that point,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s not a good place to be, but it was the place we were in and you just try to do what you can do to get your offense going.”

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22-5. Heat record, regular season and playoffs, with Max Strus as a starter this season.

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This is Us released its last episode on 24th May, Tuesday. It has been more than 5 years since the show was firstly released and the audience met Pearson Family. This is Us remains a hit show for NBC by gathering high ratings repeatedly. The tearful drama is the fifth most seen show on NBC’s library of 19 scripted shows. But like all things end, this show has also come to an end. The creators decided to conclude the show after a huge run of 106 episodes and 5 seasons. The last episode of the closing season was released on 24th May 2022.

Total Episodes in This is Us

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Season 1
Season 1 debuted on 20th September 2016 and aired till 14th March 2017. This is us had followed weekly release pattern since season 1st till now. It had a total of 18 episodes. Season 1 had multiple directors like Helen Hunt, Ken Holin, John Requa, Glenn Ficara, and many others. Season 1 also had numerous writers like Dan Fogleman, Joe Lawson, Donald Todd, Kay Oyegun, and others.

Season 2

Season 2 aired on 26th September 2017 and aired till 13th March 2018, having a total of 18 episodes. Season 2 also had multiple directors like Rebecca Asher, Ken Olin, Chris Coch, Regina King, and many others. Season 2 also had plenty of writers like Dan Fogleman, Don Ross, Lura Kenar, Don Ross, Kay Oyegun, and many others.

Season 3

Season 3 aired on 25th September 2018 and aired till 2nd April 2019 and had 18 episodes. The third season also featured directors like Roxann Dawson, Ken Olin, Chris Coch, Sarah Boyd, and many others. Season 3 also featured writers like Julia Brownwell, Kevin Falls, Lura Kenar, IssacAptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Kay Oyegun, and many others.

Season 4

Season 4 aired on 24th September 2019 and aired till 24th March 2020. Season 3 has a total of 18 episodes.  The 4th season featured directors like Yasu Tanida, Roxann Dawson, Ken Olin, Kevin Hooks, Rebecca Asher, Jessica Yu, and many others. Season 6 also had writers like Julia Brownwell, Casey Johnson, Dan Fogleman Kevin Falls, Lura Kenar, IssacAptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Kay Oyegun, and many others.

Season 5

Season 5 aired on 27th October 2020 and aired till 25th May 2021 and had 18 total episodes. The 5th season featured directors like Ann Fletcher, Ken Olin, Chris Coch, and many others. The sixth season also featured writers like Julia Brownwell, Casey Johnson, Dan Fogleman Kevin Falls, Lura Kenar, IssacAptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Elan Mastai, and many others.

Season 6

Season 6 aired on 4th January 2022 and aired till 24th May 2022 and had 18 total episodes. The sixth season featured directors like Yasu Tanida, Kevin Hooks, Ken Olin, Chris Coch, and many others. The sixth season  also featured writers like Julia Brownwell, Casey Johnson, Dan Fogleman Kevin Falls, Lura Kenar, IssacAptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Elan Mastai, and many others.
All in all, This is Us has a total of 108 episodes in all 6 seasons.

Where can I watch it?

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The episodes air weekly on Tuesdays at 9 pm on NBC or Peacock.

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Jackass Forever is the latest installment in the Jackass Franchise and the 4th in the Jackass Movie Series. Jackass is an American Reality Comedy TV show. The show had a relatively short run in the early 2000s. The show is about 9 people who will go to any lengths to prank each other while also doing dangerous stunts.

Even after the original show ended after a short run, several spin-offs came into being. Not only movies and TV Shows either. There are Video and Mobile games available. Even today, the shoe part of American Pop Culture.

Where To Watch Jackass Forever?

The movie was come out on the 4th of February 2022 and had a run of 96 minutes. Suffice it to say the movie earned several times more money than its original investment. There is also some footage left over from the movie. Those were compiled into a special was as released on the 20th of May on Netflix.

The show’s international fans do not need to wait any longer as the movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime. There should be several voice-overs/dubs available according to your geographical location, even though the show had a controversial streak accusing it of promoting dangerous behavior and being indecent. The show overcame all odds to grow into the media franchise we see today.

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Plot-Synopsis

The film starts with what looks like to be a monster movie. The “monster” is Chris Pontius’s Penis is green in color and the set is a miniature version of the city. The supposed movie ends as a snapping turtle defeats the monster. The movie is choke-full of stunts and pranks. The main cast’s genitalia is the subject of most of their “experiments.”

The finale went out with a bang. Well, several bangs. The cast had a task with drinking milk with riding a high-speed carousel. As their stomachs start giving out, they are attacked by paintballs. However, just when everyone thought the prank was finally over, a massive explosion startled everyone.

Meet the Cast

First, we have American stunt performer, actor, wrestler, and filmmaker Johnny Knoxville, American entertainer, television personality, and stunt performer Steve-O, American stunt performer Chris Pontius, American Stunt Performer Dave England, American TV Personality and professional skateboarder Wee Man, Former Professional Snowboarder, actor and stunt performer Danger Ehren, Actor, comedian and stunt performer Preston Lacy.

What’s Next for Jackass?

A new Jackass series was announced on the 3rd of May, 2022. The new show will  stream on Paramount+. The new series resulted from the massive success of the Jackass Forever. Even after years since its original release, the fan base is still there. The success of the movie will open new doors for the franchise. And hopefully, give the show the recognition it deserves. However, the show is not apt for everyone’s taste.

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Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer questions from readers.

Q: If you had to guess, which rookie would you say will make the biggest contributions to the team this year? — @ayopyr on Twitter

A: Channing Tindall seems like the easy, obvious choice — and there aren’t many rookies to choose from.

He was the Dolphins’ top-drafted rookie, albeit at pick No. 102 in the compensatory portion of the third round, and he filled a position of need at inside linebacker. The Dolphins still have Jerome Baker, Elandon Roberts and Duke Riley there — Roberts and Riley who were free agents this offseason and re-signed — but it was a position many figured Miami would look to upgrade yet went with continuity instead of an outside free agent.

This could open up an opportunity for Tindall if he picks up the defense quickly, especially with how the Dolphins enjoy the flexibility of Baker, being able to shift him to outside linebacker for certain matchups.

The only other rookie taken earlier than the seventh round is wide receiver Erik Ezukanma. While the coaching staff is high on him, it’s hard to imagine him contributing much in 2022 given the Dolphins’ current depth on the receiving corps. Granted, one of the traits they like from him is his ability to make contested catches, so with a bigger frame at 6-foot-2, he could play that role that isn’t so much the game of the smaller, speedy Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, especially if Cedrick Wilson stays in the slot and Preston Williams doesn’t hold his weight as a reliable possession receiver for Miami.

In the seventh round, the Dolphins took outside linebacker Cameron Goode and quarterback Skylar Thompson. Thompson will be the third-string quarterback behind Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater. Goode’s chances of seeing defensive snaps took a hit once the Dolphins picked up veteran Melvin Ingram.

Among undrafted free agents, offensive tackle Kellen Diesch received the most guaranteed money, a sign that the Dolphins see a potential role for him as a reserve lineman. Last year, guard/tackle Robert Jones made the active roster as an undrafted rookie.

Tindall could really make a mark for the Dolphins if he can be a quality special teams contributor. The same can be said of Goode.

Q: What position do you feel needs another veteran addition to take another step? (Challenge is it can’t be center or LB) — @CXC_5 on Twitter

Center was the first position I thought of earlier this offseason, but if Connor Williams is working as an option there while Miami also has Michael Deiter and hasn’t made a move by this point, it’s starting to look like they may not make a free agent acquisition there.

Edge rusher would’ve probably been the other non-offensive-line choice, but now Melvin Ingram is on this team. Like Jaelan Phillips, he figures to play more as an outside linebacker standing up.

Which leads me to believe defensive end could be the pick here. After Emmanuel Ogbah, it’s Daeshon Hall as that true 3-4 end playing with two defensive tackles, and Hall hasn’t played an NFL regular-season game since 2019.

Sure, if Ogbah got hurt, there are rotations the Dolphins could put in place. Play Jaelan Phillips strictly with his hand in the ground; do something similar with Ingram; increase Adam Butler’s reps and play the 295-pounder at defensive end. But having a viable backup for Ogbah could be an option.

With Eric Rowe on as a safety that could rotate in or back up the young starting tandem of Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones, the Dolphins appear fine there between him and Sheldrick Redwine. If Miami were to cut Rowe for salary cap purposes, a veteran safety is plausible, but maybe the team only feels comfortable doing that if Verone McKinley proves capable as an undrafted rookie.

One can also feel free to think outside the box with this one, considering it surprised many when the Dolphins picked up Sony Michel, given the running back depth already on the roster.

Have a question?

Email David Furones, or tag @OmarKelly or @DavidFurones_ on Twitter.

Previously answered:

What should be expected of DC Josh Boyer?

Where will Dolphins add another veteran free agent?

Is Christian Wilkins next for multi-year extension?

How should Dolphins fill out O-line around Armstead?

Could AFC’s young guns at QB affect Dolphins’ commitment to Tua?

What do Dolphins think of practice squad rookie RB Gerrid Doaks?

Can Tua still be a top-10 quarterback?

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