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May 13, 2010

Sweep! Sweet! Marlins own stinkin' Mets; plus Randy Shannon's imperative (with poll), LeBron-to-Heat odds, Canes-Irish, keep-Wade campaign & more

1aabroom 1aabroom2 MARLINS SWEEP STINKIN' METS: Marlins make it a 4-game home sweep today vs. division-rival Mets. Sweet. What in sports is better than a crestfallen New York fan?

UM, SHANNON REACH NEW DEAL:

[Click on Shannon's Imperative for my column, newly online and shipping to Friday's newspaper]. Finally! After one mighty long pregnancy -- seemingly years of on/off negotiations -- the University of Miami delivers a brand new four-year contract for football coach Randy Shannon. It's good news for the program, from a continuity standpoint first, but also because Shannon is the right man for the job. I know some of you might disagree. Shannon is a bit of a lightning rod for polar opinions down here. Why? Let's take a pulse read on how we feel about the head of Canes football. Share your thoughts on Shannon as he settles in presumably for the long haul. Take a dip in our poll and tell us why you voted as you did.

CANES-IRISH RENEWING FOOTBALL RIVALRY?: Chicago Tribune reporting UM and Notre Dame are negotiating to play a football game at Soldier Field in 2012. Hope it happens. Would be the schools' first meeting since 1990 and the old "Catholics vs. Convicts" era. Schools are close to agreement on a three-game series that also would include home-and-home dates in 2014 and '16.

1aawww WWW = WE WANT WADE: The Heat today launches "We Want Wade," an interactive, community-based campaign to show the love to Dwyane Wade as the summer of free agency approaches. Check out the hub of the campaign at WeWantWade.com. Through the site, supporters can order fan kits, send Tweets, upload videos to Wade and more. Fans may also call (786) 777-3333 to leave messages. The club is putting up billboards and banners, too, to augment the campaign, which will culminate with "We Want Wade Week" July 1-7, the onset of free agency. Wade has said his plan is to re-sign with Miami but he'll also consider major offers from his (original) hometown Bulls, the Knicks and others. The Heat's WWW campaign is smart, because we are talking about feeding egos here, not just wallets. This is the franchise's public love letter to Dwyane.

[Update: At 1:23 p.m. Thursday the Heat sent out the following Tweet: Due 2 the overwhelming response on WeWantWade.com, the servers have crashed. U guys broke the internet ;) We’re fixing it now. Stay tuned!]

[Update II: Click here for Dwyane Wade's TwitVid as he crafts a Facebook thank-you for all of the WeWantWade.com support]. 

[Update III: Cleveland counters Miami's WeWantWade.com with a godawful video called "We Are LeBron"].

UPDATED LEBRON-TO-HEAT ODDS: Latest odds from BetUS.com on where LeBron James will be next season: Cavaliers 5/7, Bulls 2/1, Knicks 5/2, Heat 8/1, Nets 9/1. It was 15/1 for Miami a week ago, before Cleveland's playoff elimination fueled speculation James' days in Cleveland were numbered. Bodog.com has it Cavs 4/7, Bulls 9/4, Knicks 5/1, Nets 7/1, Heat 15/2.

THE CASE AGAINST MODERN TECHNOLOGY: There is nothing wrong with showering in the nude. I personally do it all the time. But Arizona Cardinals lineman Darnell Dockett -- supposedly to win a $1,000 bet on a dare -- filmed himself taking a shower and broadcast it on Ustream. OY! I refuse to show the photo. Just imagine what we sports writers in postgame lockerrooms used to have to avert eyes from back in the days before wraparound towels became blessedly de rigeur.

THE LIST: UM FOOTBALL COACHES: The top 10 head coaches in UM football history ranked by most career victories with Canes:

Andy Gustafson   93-65-3 (1948-63)

Dennis Erickson   63-9 (1989-94)

Jack Harding   54-29-3 (1937-42, '45-47)

Larry Coker   53-9 (2001-06)

Jimmy Johnson   52-9 (1984-88)

Butch Davis   51-20 (1995-00)

Howard Schnellenberger   41-16 (1979-83)

Charlie Tate   34-27-3 (1964-70)

Randy Shannon   21-17 (2007-current)

Tom McCann   18-15-4 (1931-34)

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