Meet the judges:

Blake James

Director of Athletics
University of Miami

Since taking over as the University of Miami’s Director of Athletics in 2013, Blake James has led a transformation at Miami on the field, in student-athlete support, in facilities and in student academic achievement.

In 2015-2016, Miami was the only school in NCAA Division I athletics to have its football team play in a bowl game, men’s and women’s basketball teams reach the NCAA tournament and baseball team advance to the College World Series.  Overall, Miami had 10 sports programs advance to postseason competition to secure its highest finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings in 12 years, an indication of broad-based athletic department success.

In the classroom, three Miami teams were honored nationally for being among the top 10 percent in the Academic Progress Rates (APR) during the 2015-2016 academic year.  In addition, eight Hurricane teams scored 990 or better out of a possible 1,000 points – men’s cross country (1000), men’s diving (1000), men’s tennis (991), golf (1000), soccer (991), women’s swimming (996), women’s tennis (992) and women’s track and field (994).

Under James’ leadership, Miami has completed several facility enhancements, beginning with the opening of the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence, the completion of the student-athlete training table, fueling station, dining hall, new artificial and natural playing surfaces and lights on the Greentree Practice Fields and a center-hung scoreboard inside the Hurricanes’ basketball arena.  Prior to the 2015 athletics season, James was instrumental in helping Miami strike one of the largest apparel deals in the country with Adidas.

Brett Romberg

Radio Host and TV Sports Analyst
Zaslow, Romberg & Amber Morning Show on 790 The Ticket

Romberg is co-host of the Zaslow, Romberg & Amber Morning Show on 790 The Ticket, and a College Football Television Analyst. Brett is a nine-year veteran of the NFL, having played with Jacksonville, St. Louis, and Atlanta.  In 2013 he was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame for his role on the football team.  In 2002 he was the winner of the Dave Rimington Award which is awarded to the best center in NCAA, and named an all-American. He played on the University of Miami’s 2001 NCAA National Championship Team.

Joe Fantigrassi

Smoke Master
Swine Restaurant

Fantigrassi is Smoke Master at Swine Restaurant and a successful BBQ competition chef.

Before becoming a smoke master, he played football for the University of Miami, and was a firefighter with the City of Coral Gables.