Jim Kiick will be among the toasts of the town this weekend as the Miami Dolphins celebrate the 40th anniversary of their unbeaten season.
But on Thursday, the great running back was content to act as water boy for his 17-year-old daughter, Alexandra Kiick, as she fought a desperate losing battle against a powerful 14-year-old from Croatia, Ana Konjuh, in the third round of the Girls 18s singles at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.
Kiick had already served for the first set before losing it in the tiebreak by the time her father appeared at courtside with four bottles of water -- from all accounts not his first-choice beverage during his halcyon years in Miami.
"We've got about three days of celebrations, and it's going to be lots of fun," said Mr. Kiick. "Most of the team will be there. Guys are flying in from all over, Alaska, Hawaii."
He would have been happier if Allie had been able to add to the celebrations with a win here on the clay courts of this spraw...