1) It is MONDAY, OCTOBER 13. It's Columbus Day. Anybody know where I can buy a Columbus hat? Better question: Why isn't Pharrell wearing one yet? 2) Find results of the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter poll in blogpost directly below this one. 3) Click on Random Evidence for our latest Sunday notes-column package. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Canes whomp Cincinnati, CSM poll, Heat vs. LeBron, Panthers home opener & more. 5) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook, Instagram and Vine.
Panthers home opener: Click on Sad Start for my column off Saturday's 21st Panthers NHL home opener, which invited the question which was sadder: A zombie-like 5-1 loss, or the smallest season-opening crowd in club history.
Click on 6 Seconds, 4 Yards for my column off yesterday's Dolphins loss. Find our Dolphins-Packers game blog immediately after the new DSM poll.
DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G5: Results are in on the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 14.2 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 27-24 loss to visiting Green Bay putting Miami's season record at 2-3. The DSM, in its seventh season, is a continuous weekly gauge of how fans are feeling about the Dolphins and their direction. Right after each game I invite you to share your overall degree of satisfaction. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest fans consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, direction the club is heading and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Tuesday.
2014 DSM results
G1: 96.4% (following 33-20 victory vs. New England)
G2: 12.2% (following 29-10 loss at Buffalo)
G3: 2.0% (following 34-15 loss vs. Kansas City)
G4: 62.3% (following 38-14 victory vs. Oakland in London)
G5: 14.2% (following 27-24 loss vs. Green Bay)
Next poll: Oct. 19 (following game at Chicago)
G5: GREEN BAY 27, DOLPHINS 24: Final: Heartbreak. The magic of Aaron Rodgers, I guess. Tannehill and Miami staged a nice second-half rally that Rodgers made fall short thanks to his late heroics. Miami's defense played well much of the day but not, alas, when it mattered most. ..... Fourth quarter: Rodgers to Pack TE Andrew Quarless for 4-yard TD pass with 3 seconds left spells heartbreak for Miami and a 27-24 loss. ... Gee Bees within 24-20 on 30-yard FG with 4:09 left. ... Miami up 24-17 with 9:13 left -- first lead of game -- on Tanny to Mike Wallace 5-yard TD pass. ... Dolphins tie it 17-17 on Lamar Miller 5-yard TD run to finish impressive drive. A pretty great game, it turns out. ..... Third quarter: After finally tying it, MIA gives up 80-yard Pack scoring drive finished by Rodgers' 5-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb to make it 17-10, Cheesers. ... Cortland Finnegan big missed tackle. Lot of those today for Miami's D. ... Incredible. Dolphins tie it 10-10 on Tannehill 11-yard scoring pass to Jarvis Landry, who outjumped GB's Tramon Williams in the zone. Tannehill's 40-yard sparked the drive. ... LT Branden Albert back in game. ..... Halftime: It's a small miracle Miami only trails 10-3. Green Bay leads in time of possession 21 minutes to 9 and the Fins have a meager 87 yards in total offense. Tannehill has been awful (84 yards, two picks, 26.0 rating) and the run game has 10 carries for 10 net yards vs. NFL's worst-ranked run-D. Still, only 10-3. Amazing. Defense playing winning ball. Tanny and the O must step up and seize a still-winnable game ..... Second quarter: LT Branden Albert leaves in last minute of half with apparent left-shoulder injury; severity unknown. ... Tannehill throws deep to a well-covered Brian Hartline, suffers second interception of game. ... Tannehill's game passer rating is presently 12.0. ..... Cheesers up 10-3 on 43-yard FG set up by Ryan Tannehill's interception to Casey Hayward returned to Fins 36. Big 3rd-down sack by Olivier Vernon made Gee Bees settle. ..... First quarter: Jonathan Freeny blocked punt sets up MIA at Pack 16. A sure score, right? Nope. Miami goes for it on 4th-and-goal from 1 but Knowshon Moreno is stuffed up the middle. Agree with the gamble, but not the call. ... MIA within 7-3 but that's settling. When you get a 54-yard kickoff return (Jarvis Landry), you must take advantage. ... Aaron Rodgers 9-yard pas to Jordy Nelson completes 80-yard opening drive for fast 7-0 Pack lead. My upset prediction off to a rocky start. ..... Original post: This game feels a little bit special, like an "event" game. Part of it is that the Green Bay Packers are rare visitors (last
time here, 2006) and still have a cache to the franchise name. Part of it is that it's Joe Philbin's ex-team, although that angle would be better mined if Joe was prone to showing emotion. (Mr. Personality, then and now, is pictured left). Mostly it is that the great Aaron Rodgers will be making his first career start in Miami. Almost forgot, the Fins are 2-2 and travel to Chicago next, so a loss today would make a 2-4 record loom possible. So a win here would be huge, and reaffirm playoff hopes. I like Miami, at home, coming off a bye, in an upset. Team gets reinforcements in the return of S Reshad Jones, OL Mike Pouncey and probably RB Knowshon Moreno, three key players. I think Miami's pass defense will challenge Rodgers. Mostly, I think the Dolphins will be able to run the ball and control clock a little bit against a Gee Bees run-D that is last in the NFL in yards allowed. My pick: Upset! Dolphins, 27-24.
HOT BUTTON: TOP 10 THINGS SOUTH FLORIDA SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT: Our Random Evidence Sunday notes-column package has returned in print from summer hiatus (click HERE for today's latest edition), but due to semi-popular demand an updated, expanded Hot Button continues as an exclusive Sunday feature of the blog. Hot Button means what's on our minds as the sports week just past pivots to the week ahead:
1. Dolphins: Miami welcomes Mr. Rodgers to the 'hood: Tom Brady has started 13 games in Miami, Peyton Manning seven and Drew Brees two, now today the last of the NFL's Big Four QBs finally starts a game here as Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay visit. Remember, Dolphins defenders: Hospitality is overrated.
2. Hurricanes: Offense swamps Cincinnati in 55-34 rout: UM improved to 4-3 yesterday at home in rolling up 621 yards of offense led by (as usual) Brad Kaaya and Duke Johnson. Of course, around here, a 21-point win over a medicore opponent does not calm the roiling masses, it merely holds them at bay.
3. Heat: Cavs edge Miami in OT in LeBron Wars Act I: Cleveland beat the Heat 122-119 in OT in Rio de Janeiro, but Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both played better than turncoat LeBron James, who scored seven points on 2-for-8 shooting. So let's just call it ... a preseason game that doesn't matter.
4. Panthers: Cats NHL home opener is two times sad: Sad: A zombie-like 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils making Florida 0-2 in the young season after a winless preseason. Sadder: The smallest home-opening crowd in franchise history.
5. MLB playoffs: Royals, Giants get the early jump: Kansas City leads Baltimore 2-0 and San Francisco won Game 1 over St. Louis last night to start the AL and NL championship series. I dare you to name five Royals. Go!
6. College football: A calmer Saturday: After last week shook up the College Football Playoff top four, this week was calmer. If the season ended right now, Mississippi State and Ole Miss both would be in the final four, and Gators fans would be chasing Jeff Driskel clean out of Gainesville.
7. College basketball: Practice underway at UM, elsewhere: As hoops season nears, Jim Larranaga's Canes men have no seniors and seven of the nine scholarship players are new to the program. Those aren't commemorative patches o the UM uniforms. Those are 'Hello My name Is' stickers.
8. NASCAR: Logano storms to forefront: One month from the season finale at Homestead, many race experts now say Joey Logano is the favorite to win the Sprint Cup season title. That gives me a month to figure out who Joey Logano is.
9. Sailing: Columbus Day Regatta ends in Miami: Today wraps up the annual event on Biscayne Bay that involves drinking, topless women, partying, debauchery and, when time allows, sailing.
10. Horse racing: Goodbye, Calder: Because of ownership changes, Calder Race Course (near Dolphins stadium) is now known as Gulfstream Park West. "Like I care?" said the horses.
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