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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?


[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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That dumb bitch Shalala.

Contrast the "We Want Wade" campaign with the Cleveland faithful's treatment of their chosen son last game.

I wonder if Shannon is still the lowest paid coach in the ACC?

Hey Woodcock, don't have any problem with you hatin on shalala, ( you must be a clueless lizard ) but she made the right choice with R Shannon...

he is without question, the right man for the job...

on the D Wade thing, he will stay with the Heat,
no question , he can get 30 million more than if he goes to another team.


Fu*%^#ing dumb SOB Donna Ahaaaahahahahagggggh Shalala.

Randy Ahhaaaghaghaaaaaaaghaghaaaghh Fu*#%ing Shannon! Ahaaaaaghaaaahaaghaaghaaaaaaaghhaaaa!

"Oh the horror."

Four years. Ahaaaaghhaaaaghaaaaaaghaaaaaaghhag!

Sob, sob, sob.

Who really gives a "Flying Rats Petutti"?

Relax Woody - he would still get fired at the first sign of regression (hasn't happened yet by the way).

Contract length doesn't mean a thing for head coaches.


Randy Shannon signs for 4 yrs... salary is "middle of the pack" of what other ACC Head Coaches got, reportedly.

yes, his stellar 21-17 is hard to replace or outdo,, right Charlie Weis?

This is humorous just on it's own merit, i don't need to inject any pun.

Your right Kazaam, Donna Shalala is the right man for the job. hohoho

11-13 ACC, that's right ACC record (not SEC or NFC East)
0-2 in bowl games

Makes Larry Coker look like Vince Lombardi

Hey rawpimple, ...please don't mention the name of Larry Coker and coach Shannon in the same sentence.

Shannon is trying to fix the MESS that coker left behind, so based on your comment I have to assume you're either a Lizard or very stupid

which is it?

FZB, you should wear a crash helmet at all times your head cannot afford any more concussions.

Coker left the team a mess. Shannon knew he had to have a good QB to turn the page. He went out and got one and a host of others to build with. The players love him and believe in him. If he had gotten this contract done before signing day he would have done even better with recruits this year. They now have depth on the lines and with a bit of luck at the road games this year it could be the best year under Shannon yet.

Good to hear, FINALLY!!!

Shannon is the right man for the job hes a true Hurricane and this will help a lot in recruiting since kids know Shannon will be here. Look for the 'Canes to land a top 5 blue chip recruiting class this year!



Nice performance yesterday. So let me get this "straight," you're under the belief that the cool, suave, and debonair Archibald leech sucks more than just blood?

You lost me, where is the "good QB"? Harris? lol. As the Canes continue down, South and Central Florida gain. Don't confuse Shannon with a winning coach... 21-17, you are your record.

They should start up another website www.wealsowantlebron.com

I'm still not sold on Randy Shannon, sorry people.
If he doesn't start to show some emotion on the sidelines, I swear I'm going to run down on the field and ask him, "ARE YOU WATCHING THE SAME GAME THAT WE ARE?"

He always looks like he's in the Twilight Zone...and, for the "record" - his record is terrible....with the amount of talent that he has recruited, UM should have won a lot more games, and at least made it to a major bowl game.

With this coming years schedule (away games at Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Ga. Tech and home games vs FSU, North Carolina, Va. Tech),
I can't see UM winning all these games....I HOPE I'M WRONG...but, I just can't see it with that tough of a schedule.

IF Randy & Co. don't win soon, the FOUR YEARS WON'T MATTER...they will buy him out if he doesn't achieve the success that is needed.

Right now, I'd say that Randy Shannon is a mediocre coach AT BEST!

He has no emotion, and a team is a direct reflection of their coaching staff....Randy always looks like he's wondering what his wife will be cooking for dinner....he looks lost, confused....almost "silly" looking on the sidelines...no hand clapping, no intensity...NOTHING!

I hate the sight of that gnome, pig b*tch...!
First, by taking us out of the OB....that place could have been remodeled...I PERSONALLY SAW what the REMODELED VERSION of the OB was going to look like, and it was going to be AWESOME, but instead, Shalala sold her soul to Luria and the Marlins (don't think for ONE MOMENT that SHE DIDN'T MAKE SOME BIG TIME $$$$ ib THAT DEAL....she did!!)

She makes me want to puke everytime I see her on television....like I said, she is personally responsible for turning back UM football by 20 years!

Someone should start a "FIRE SHALALA" campaign, for sure!

GO CANES! (I TRULY HOPE THAT I'M WRONG, but, I'm afraid it's going to be another mediocre year on the football field....I HOPE I'M WRONG, we'll see....)

Coach A
60-15 overall record 34-11 conference record 4-2 Bowl record 1 National Title

Coach B

21-17 overall record 11-13 conference record 0-2 Bowl record; didnt make bowl game in other year. not even close to even showing up to the conference title game

Coach A Fired

Coach B 4 year contract extension


Kirby is a joke...he needs to go back to whatever sorry slow midwest school he came from.

UMike, since when showing or not showing emotion on the sidelines is a mandate to be a good coach.

are you kidding ?....Tony Dungy looked like he was in a coma out there, the man won a super bowl, bud grant of the old vikings was the same way and he won a bunch of games, old Lou Saban was a lunatic on the sidelines yelling at everyone but he never won anything in his life.

teams WIN with talent, whether you like it or not Randy came into a mess , the team had Zero talent, he is a great recruter, the talent level on the team has been drastically improved.

teams can't win playing true freshmen and sophomore's, they need time to develop both physical and mentally, that is why it takes time, you sir have NO CLUE.

Randy came into a mess?????????????

He was DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR under Coker, he created this mess too!!!!

You Canes fans are so clueless.

FZB--- agreed and thank you, at least someone on here has some football knowledge

The 'Canes are poised for breakout season in 2010 just watch and see, after playing true freshman and true sophomores against upper classman teams with 4th year juniors and 5th year seniors and UM was still able to compete and win games, just imagine what they'll be capable of now that they are the upper classman and have matured...cant wait for the season to start!


the 36% of Miami fans who does not think randy shannon is the right choice for Miami are dumb. larry coker had a run at UM with 52 wins 9 loses and 1 championship and since he was fired has he been Interviewd by any of the big name schools like Notre Dame no because everyone in college football who has a clue no what he inherited at Um and what a mess he made before he was fired.

Forget the Harris debate - that'll be settled at the Heisman ceremony next year.

And if you want to look at records - forget the overall records, look at progress:

Under Coker:

12-0, 12-1, 11-2, 9-3, 9-3, 7-6

Under Shannon:

5-7, 7-6, 9-4

Coker ran Butch Davis' championship roster into the ground and Shannon is digging his way out.

I agree that Shannon has not gotten the results to date, but I really feel like last year was the first year we could really judge him because that was his first year with ANY of his players on the field.


Oh and after the two national championship games, UM's defense was ranked 5, 20, 2, 14 in the country.

Defense was not why UM fell off. Larry Coker was.

21-17, gave ole Randy six extra wins. Done with this subject, too easy.

Agreed, Heat outta do everything they can to keep Wade.

Coach Charlie Tate? Any relation to Larry Tate?

Goddamn your black heart jimbo.

Some of you fan, are still thinking this is the 80s, or 90s. He was handed a mess of a team, they wanted him to fail in the last four year so they could raise assets to pay another coach,(Coker’s buyout), but to their surprised the team has been progressing, slowly.
One of you said he shows no emotion, no, that’s having an even keel, not too high or not too low..Ie Tony Dundy …you don’t need to yell and hollow to get someone attention, you find what motivates them and use it.
We need to be patient, I have been suffering the last 10 years just has much as you,every since that ref. threw that flag in the Championship game against the buckeyes, but our time is coming…Go Canes….

I'll say this - I'm a big fan of Randy Shannon and the discipline he brings to the team, but he is too reserved as a coach.

Anyone who saw him pointing fingers after returning a touchdown in the 80s knows that this guy has a fire about him - he above anyone should know that part of the mystique that UM brings (which is a psychological advantage) is their over-celebration after big plays.

Shannon should be encouraging that type of celebration.

And I'll present the last game of the Orange Bowl against UVA as exhibit B - unforgivable that he failed to get his team pumped for that game.

Correction - unforgivable that he failed to get Larry Coker's team pumped for that game.

What a friggin stupid move!!!!!!! This guy couldnt coach his way out of a paper bag. Nice going idiots. Wait to see the record this year. They will be paying him to leave.

OC, I never said anything of the sort. Now our friend Cunty is another matter entirely. Just ask Coach Rexy and Dirty Mark Sanchez. They'll know exactly what you're talking about without having to read between the lines...


everybody's name is in black again!! what is it with this blogsite? going through the contortions of getting "back in the blue"!


jamal washburn, ESPN analyst, telling players that they have to be aggressive and go to the hop with authority!! isn't this the guy who passed up a crucial shot with no one close to him against the knicks and passed the ball to clarence weatherspoon, who missed the shot that would have beaten the knicks in one of those late 90s heat/knick playoff series?


now that Lebron lost come play by Wade and make up the money from endorsements

Hey FZB your an absolute moron if you think Shannon is the right guy for the job!!!! The guy is a loser so is that lesbo Shalala. This is the end of the UM program. This animal will end up destroying it!!!!

Hey where's Charlie Pell. That's who UM should get to buy them a winner. C'mon Neal Anderson and John L. Williams in the same backfield at the college level! And I'm no Gator fan but I do love great running games. Yes, yes I know that was quite some time ago but Pell could still be alive and lucid...


now that cleveland has thrown in the towel versus the celtics, and they gave up in the last few minutes of the game, why doesn't lebron come down to miami and play for randy shannon- hasn't the speculation been that at his size he would make a great replacement for jimmy graham at tight end? he'll need a few years to recover from his cavalier experience, and "uncle luther" still has a few bucks left to throw in the direction of UM's football players as he did in the glory years. what a piss poor last three games for cleveland's basketball team; even worse for david stern and the NBA- no kobe bryant/lebron james final again!

Ha - Uncle Luke can give him fifty bucks so he doesn't have to steal sneakers from the white kids.

All you can say from that loss is that it's going to take well beyond July 1st, for LeBron, and by proxy Wade, Bosh, Stoudemire, and every other free agent of note, to make up their minds this summer.


what an "el foldo" by cleveland in the last few minutes- a franchise "just packed up their tents and they ain't going nowhere" (lyric of b. dylan, slightly re-adjusted to the plight of a lebronjames-less cavaliers- next year's lottery first pick if he leaves.

Some of you sound like scorned housewives in this blog. Relax, go get a margarita or something. Shannon is still a padawon learner, as Yoda would say - " he has much to learn still". let's hope he gets it right real soon. too much talent for 9-3 seasons. As for Wade - he ain't signing nothing until the heat shows commitment to getting better and I don't blame him. Riley does not have a good history with FAs. He's a little bet with trades. SO NO GUARANTEES the heat will pull the rights stars down here. and since they sat on their a-- last summer and wasted a year of wades' career they better come strong if he's gonna stay!!!

If Wade stays with Heat he can be paid $30 Mill ..... the most that any other team can pay him is $20 Mill ($10 mill is nothing to sneeze about)

We have enough cap space to sign Wade + BOSH + J.JOHNSON ....

those 3 would be better than Allen, KG, and Pierce .....

we would then use our $5 mill MLE to get a good rebounding/defensive center

and could trade BEASELY + #1 pick for a good play making PG

note dame hired a coach, we got nuthin. we need to schedule more troys and any other team we think we can beat. it works for gaytors. shannon makes coker a genius

Dumb is as dumb does...

I real sorry about the other night Mr. Ober.. ah Mr. Odor ahh.. Keif my man but I do loves my burgers with the extra cheese. I hopes the percocets helps the swellin' go down some soes you can sit once more.

Oh now pleeze don't start cryin' again Keif. It'll be ok. Here have some of my pork rinds. Dey makes you feel better...

Old Celtics sent Wade & now James home for the offseason.

DuhMarcus, you gotta team yet??

No buts I got an agent named Mr. Cunty and an interview wit dah Jets. Wish DuhMarcus luck!


how right you are- the celtics are an aged bunch- don't their three stars (not rajon rondo) have 35 NBA seasons between them? shows just how bad cleveland is. at this point am rooting for stan van gundy and his team- they are the only bunch not eligible for team medicare coverage.


38 SEASONS- pierce 11, allen 13, garnett 14; and if you count rasheed wallace and michael finley (is he on the active roster) throw in another 14 apiece! if these five took the court at once, you'd have 62 years of "experience" on the floor; this is team is sponsored by AARP.


The Celts may be old, but they are all proven champions. Not just that, they have five players, any of whom could easily go off for big numbers. Great supporting cast and a fantastic coach who knows how to prepare them and press the right buttons.

I'm a big believer in the concept of "peaking at the right time." and this team is doing that. If you're a Magic fan, there's reason to worry.

OC Dolphin,

without rajon rondo, the celtics would be an unbelievably slow team; the club from orlando has its star players on the young side; will make for an intersting contrast. imagine a sun upset, and the nba/nhl without kobeor lebron or wade or crosby or ovechkin in the finals!! the sponsors would be plotzing!!

If you'll recall the Heat peaked at the end of the season coming into the playoffs as well...


I'm sure you've seen enough games to know that with each step up to championships, the game slows down. Defenses tighten up, and the post up game grows with importance. We can count on one hand, or even a couple of fingers those teams who won circumventing that formula. Even the Showtime Lakers slowed the games with each series.

This Celtics/Magic series looks every bit a seven games series.

Wow, didn't take the Cavs long to fire coach Brown, did it.


looked at UM's schedule for this fall, and this is a favorable year for the canes- acc games that will matter at home except for clemson and ga tech, both of which will be without stars of last couple of years. non-conference away games at columbus and pitt will determine their national ranking, but this is a year when they should be in the ACC championship game. if they don't get into the acc game or win the ACC, that new contract is gonna be quickly re-evaluated owing to pressure from fidgety alums.

Holly Shit Batman, OC finally posts something with a degree of inteligence.

OC Dolphin,

i hope that you are correct in your assessment of a seven game orlando/boston series. the suspense level of a seventh game, no matter what sport, makes an entire game mus-see. loved that the canadiens, last team into the mix, knocked off wash and pittsburgh away in the final game, and hoping that boston's bruin regroup for an eastern conference match-up of "original six" teams.


I don't think they'll be paying him much to leave if it doesn't work out. They probably included a low buy out clause in Shannon's contract to not have another buy out fiasco like with their previous basketball coach.


Any info on his buy out clause? Maybe that's why negotiations took as long as they did...

Sorry to hear you Miami Hurricanes locked in a loser coach.


Brian Kelly

Cote doesn't do "info" PLP.

He does "repeat what I see on ESPN.com".

Shadow - I'd say if they don't win the ACC championship Shannon's probably gone. They have all the right games at home this year for sure.


before checking out to observe the Sabbath, nice to see that we see the upcoming season as one very favorable to the canes' chances. i am not big on coach firing, especially with buy-out clauses involved, and am looking for the right results this upcoming season from UM; as mentioned, rayray and patrick hill are on my list of players that i really like and wish them each success in the upcoming season. be back tomorrow night- have a great weekend.

UMike thinks Randy was at fault for Coker’s recruiting issues. Any moron knows that Randy wasn't the recruiting coordinator, he coached defense. Any moron knows that as the Def. Coordinator, he can only recruit so many players. Any moron knows the ESPN documentary verified that Coker went away from recruiting Florida. Any moron knows that Def. Coord. doesn’t make that decision. Any moron knows that it takes more than 3 yrs. to basically start from scratch. Any moron knows that Coker recruited Kirby as QB instead of water boy. Now any moron knows UMike is dumber than a moron.

I'm also checking out for the weekend, if my plane ever takes off. I'm on pace to get to Baltimore from FLL at 2 AM, West Virginia by 6 AM, with some intense multi-pitch rock climbing to commence at 8 AM.

Enjoy the Sabbath, my sister recently started observing as she's converting so that her kids can be also be Chosen. I'm starting to like the concept of doing nothing but reflect all day. Of course I also like doing the exact opposite of rest on my days off with rock climbing, diving, etc. so maybe I can start by observing half Sabbaths.

Brian Kelly, F*** Notre Dame, F*** Mike Golic and F*** Touchdown Jesus!

shadow, "take out Rondo" comment. Dude, Rondo is there to stay and is an up and coming star. I have been seeing this team circling the wagons to win the Championship. Many "experts" were claiming Cleveland as THE team to beat, not Orlando, nor LA Lakers. I truly feel that they will eek out Orlando 4-3 and beat anyone in the West for the title. I don't have a favorite team but I do like their make up, players, coaching, bench, defense.

the great Kazoo. I like to rock scamble at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon here in Colorado Springs. Don't like no technical climbs as I am no a big fan of crazy hightes. (?). I likes to ascend Pikes Peak a couple times a yr and descend once or twice. We climb the Incline and run down the Barr Trail in Manitou Springs 2 X a week. Colorado has 52 14,000 ft peaks, I have done 11 since I moved here in 95. Have done Pikes Peak 7 times up, 4 times down. Lightening and hail like an artillery barrage at 12,000 ft.

I think I "Shart" myself during a lightning storm while hiking at 12,000 ft. For strictly educational and cultural purposes, I usually take a female Swiss exchange student with me while hiking at high altitude, duke (u know wha I mean).

Someone Elses thought of the Day:

1. I realize that the more I learn, the less I actually know. Before I learned anything, I knew everything.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How in Sam hill are you supposed to fold fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my own neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to the ten-page paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -- ever.

15. I hate it when I miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darn it!) but when I immediately call back it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day, "Dad what would happen, if you ran over a ninja?" Of course I told him that the Ninja would explode in a puff of smoke.

19. I think the freezer deserves a light as well...

20. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Beer than Kay.

21. What ever happened to Pixie & Dixie, El Kabong and Wally Gater?

22. If practice makes perfect, then why are old people such bad drivers?

23. Do some people actually think that the fast lane on the Interstate is an alternate slow lane?

Not Politically Correct:

The other day I needed to go to the emergency room. Not wanting to sit there for 4 hours, I put on my old Army fatigues and stuck a patch onto the front of my shirt
that I had downloaded off the Internet.
When I went into the E.R., I noticed that 3/4 of the people
got up and left. I guess they decided that they weren't that sick after all. Cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.
Here's the patch. Feel free to use it the next time you're in need of quicker emergency Service.

patch read:


It also works at DMV. It saved me 5 hours.
At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running.
Don't try it at McDonald's though.....
The whole crew got up and left and l never got my order... go figure. hmmmhph.


*Obama's First Six Months' Accomplishments...*

1. Offended the Queen of England.

2. Bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia.

3. Praised the Marxist Daniel Ortega.

4. Kissed Socialist Hugo Chavez on the cheek.

5. Endorsed the Socialist Evo Morales of Bolivia.

6. Sided with Hugo Chavez and Communist Fidel Castro against Honduras.

7. Announced we would meet with Iranians with no pre-conditions while
they're building their nuclear weapons.

8. Gave away billions to AIG also without pre-conditions.

9. Expanded the bailouts.

10. Insulted everyone who has ever loved a Special Olympian.

11. Doubled our national debt.

12. Announced the termination of our new missile defense system the day
after North Korea launched an ICBM.

13. Released information on U.S. intelligence gathering despite urgings
of his own CIA director and the prior four CIA directors.

14. Accepted without comment that five of his cabinet members cheated on
their taxes and two other nominees withdrew after they couldn't take the

15. Appointed a Homeland Security Chief who identified military veterans
and abortion opponents as "dangers to the nation."

16. Ordered that the word "terrorism" no longer be used and instead
refers to such acts as "man made disasters."

17. Circled the globe to publicly apologize for America's world

18. Told the Mexican president that the violence in their country was
because of us.

19. Politicized the census by moving it into the White House from the
Department of Commerce.

20. Appointed as Attorney General the man who orchestrated the forced
removal and expulsion to Cuba of a 9-year-old whose mother died trying to
bring him to freedom in the United States.

21. Salutes as heroes three Navy SEALS who took down three terrorists
who threatened one American life and the next day announces members of
the Bush administration may stand trial for "torturing" three 9/11 terrorists by
pouring water up their noses.

22. Low altitude photo shoot of Air Force One over New York City that
frightened thousands of New Yorkers.

23. Sent his National Defense Advisor to Europe to assure them that the
US will no longer treat Israel in a special manner and they might be on their
own with the Muslims.

24. Praised Jimmy Carter's trip to Gaza where he sided with terrorist
Hamas against Israel.

25. Nationalized General Motors and Chrysler while turning shareholder
control over to the unions and freezing out retired investors who owned
their bonds. Committed unlimited taxpayer billions in the process.

26. Passed a huge energy tax in the House that will make American
industry even less competitive while costing homeowners thousands per year.

27. Reinstated "Death Book" For US Veterans of War.

28. Announced nationalized health care "reform" that will strip seniors
of their Medicare, cut pay of physicians, increase taxes yet another $1
trillion plus, and put everyone on rationed care with government
bureaucrats deciding who gets care and who doesn't.

Bloomberg: Daschle says, "Health care reform will not be pain free.
should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of
treating them," while former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm says seniors
have "a duty to die."

If this does not sufficiently raise your ire, just remember that the
President, Senators and Congressmen have their own special gold plated
health care plan which is guaranteed the remainder of their lives and
theyare not subject to this new law if they pass it.


We'll combine notes if the Celts can keep up with the Magic. Give them credit, they worked themselves up to peaking at the right time. Will it be enough? Possibly, but I still like the Magic to win out:(

Having said that. Can you imagine how geeked this life-long Laker fan would be if the boys post #16 over the hated Celts!!!!???

Followed up by a solid run by the Dolphins!!!!??? Oh my God!!!......Heaven, I'm in Heaven...

little known kept secrete.. shhhhh OC

I was a Celtics fan in the 80's, same with "Poison", long hair & whippits.

Realtistically tho, we'll see. I DO like the Celtics this yr. Almost 3 yrs ago they won the title easily against the Lakers. For the following 2 yrs they had injuries -especially Garnett- and they didn't play right. Now they are rolling with a birrage of different veteran players. They play the boards & D. Remember when Garnett had to sit a game and everyone expected a Heat blowout? What happened? Big Baby had a huge game & everyone else compensated to win the game. OC, I do think they can and probably will beat Orlando.

I love the Dolphins. They are my favorite team. Only Florida team I call my own.

Why You Should Never, Ever, Question A Drunk...

My friend was shopping at the local supermarket, and bought:

A half-gallon of 2% milk

A carton of eggs

A quart of orange juice

A head of lettuce

A 2 lb. can of coffee

A 1 lb. package of bacon

As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk standing behind her watched as she placed the items in front of the cashier.

While the cashier was ringing up the purchases, the drunk calmly stated,

'You must be single.'

She was a bit startled by this proclamation, but was intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since she indeed was still unattached.

She looked at the six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about her selections that could have tipped off the drunk.

Curiosity getting the better of her, she said , 'Yes you are correct. But how on earth did you know that?'

The drunk replied,

'Cause you're ugly'

I was cracking up when Big Baby threw up that wild shot in the 3rd quarter and his bench was giving him shit. The camera is on him and he's clearly screaming back to them - "I F***ED UP...I F***ED Up." Man, I was laughing my ass off.


Poison!? Yeah, I can see where the two groups (w/celtics) go together. Seriously, It's cool. To each his own, right?

I was a few years earlier. I belong to this crowd:

Listen to it throughout it won't disappoint.

You know how certain songs bring back memories? Well, this one reminds me of one particular Friday night in Miami. Bunch of us pilling into our bud's Rick's car (yellow Torino). Rick had a killer sound system in there.

Anyway, it's one of those hot humid Miami nights and we're all heading to the Miami Beach via the Playboy Hotel and ending at the Castaways. The car's AC is blasting as is that song. We must have smoked six fatties on the way there. The Galactic stuff.

Every time I hear that song my skin chills and I get a shitass grin all over my face.

I hear Donna Shalala and Elena Kagan have a special relationship. So at least the Canes have that going for them.

Kazam may be right. Coker drove the bus into the ditch dug by Shalala. Randy has the front wheels out of the ditch and is working on the back wheels. But until Shalala is gone that may be a ditch too far.

Some of the posters on this blog sound like uneducated Gators or Noles. What a bunch of ignorant, stupid bandwagon fans.

RS is the right man no question. If you don't like him go pull for the team that plays in the Cess Pool in Gainesville or any other team out there. You are NOT Hurricane fans.

I like what Shannon has done for the program. He deserves the contract. Winning again, and a clean program, and a super impressive academic ranking.

All that said, he needs to win next year! not just 10 wins....conference champ, and bowl game are reasonable expectations.

Come on UM....win win win!!!!

Beating OU last year was freakin awesome!!!!

I just love ze young alabaster blonde German.. ah I mean Sviss frauleins Herr Jimbo. You know me too well! Zey make feel like I have ze Krupp blue steel 88mm in mein pants.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FziKoV5e9rI&feature=PlayList&p=DD0C419FA402C57D&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=7

President Obama has accomplished more in one day than that idiot Bush did in 8 years.

FZB: I do have a clue! Most coaches do show some kind of emotion...after losing games at UM (and, Shannon has LOST TOO MANY WITH THE TALENT THAT HE HAS), he acts as if it's no big deal....plain and simple.

Also, in the amount of time that he's been at UM, Saban went to 'Bama and has already won a national championship, so please, sir, don't tell me that I don't have a clue!

It's been long enough now...his first recruiting class should have shown signs of improvement...and they have, instead, regressed, AS HAS SHANNON'S COACHING...sorry, but the facts are the facts!
If you want another 9-4 season, fine...if that's acceptable for you and for Coach Shannon, fine...but, when you can't beat Wisconsin, in a bowl game PLAYED IN YOUR OWN STATE, then you're really not making that much progress....so, please, don't insult me by telling me that I don't "have a clue"!

I'll take a coach who LOOKS LIKE HE'S NOT DAY DREAMING ANY DAY over Coach Shannon and his "deer caught in the headlights, dead-pan" expression on his face!

Also, sir, I'm not alone on this...many, many people feel the same way...no emotion in college football IS WAY DIFFERENT THAN THE NFL...so, please, again, don't tell me that I don't "have a clue" - maybe it's YOU WHO DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE SINCE YOU'RE COMPARING THE NFL COACHES WITH COLLEGE COACHES!!??

I can tell you ONE THING THAT I HAVE A "CLUE ABOUT" -- if Randy & Co. don't win THIS YEAR, this new 4 year contract will be history....and, that's from INSIDE SOURCES (UM BIG-TIME $$$$ DONORS WHO ARE FED UP WITH THE MEDIOCRITY AT "THE U").

I hope I'm wrong and the team, and Shannon turns it around....granted, he's a good recruited, but NO ONE WILL SAY WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY (they usually just whisper it): He recruits the good, African-American inner city kids, FOR SURE, but is it because he's also African-American? Did you ever stop to think about that? I'm not a racist, AT ALL, but the possibility exists that THIS IS THE REASON THAT HE GETS THE RECRUITS THAT HE GETS, which, by the way, IS FINE...but, when a coach gets these highly touted recruits, and they DON'T COACH THEM TO PLAY TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL, what good is it?
Case closed!
I hope I'm wrong about Coach Shannon, I really do. This year will tell - we are supposed to be one of the "elite" teams in the ACC, and in the top-10 in the country....let's see.

I hope Coach Shannon proves me wrong and this team of super-stars DOES come together and win at least 10 games (that's merely ONE MORE THAN LAST YEAR), but, I don't see it happening.


Again, look at the FACT that SABAN has been at 'Bama for a shorter period of time, and ALREADY HAS ONE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (oh, and by the way, watch Saban on the sidelines...can you find a more emotionally charged coach? I don't think so...with Randy, after a loss, it's always: "Well, it's just a game, and we were right there at the end" blah, blah, blah).
He is blah, plain and simple.

His record speaks for itself...he hasn't beaten one good team on the road, got murdered by V.Tech last year on the road....lost to NC twice...Clemson at home....what has he done to win our HEARTS? N-O-T-H-I-N-G, yet!!

You can only use the "it takes time" excuse for so long, and it's been long enough!!



i only put rondo in parentheses because he is not in the oldster age-group, not because he isn't a star; the young man has become a top tier ballplayer for boston. i think he was at USC before transferring to kentucky. sorry if i misled you by the punctuation use- he is by far boston's most important player, to these eyes, at present.


hoping you get to your destinations in enouh time to have fun; i am the indoors type. the idea of shutting down every seventh day, even when it means missing a ball game, and this year, the champions league final played on a saturday at 2:30, is an awesome experience. i'll just let fox soccer channel give me the replay that night. our holiday this wek commemorates the original convert, Ruth the Moabite, whose story we will hear on Thursday. best wishes to your sister in this big move.


i amagine it is you who is using the name but now spelling out the words individually. as regards russell and wilt, i would say that the celtics owned the NBA, but wouldn't say russell personally owned wilt. russell was a fantastic player, but wilt is the greatest talent to ever hit the hardwood. plus, as previously noted, wilt was nice and polite, while russell was a nasty person off the court.

Well UMike I don't see any white guys on the team if U know what I mean. Grambling has more white guys than UM. Hell the Tuskegee Airman had more white guys...

Tusgegee Airmen not Airman. S*** I didn't say that out loud did I....?

Shhhhhh. "Tuskegee Airmen" is what I meant to f***ing say. Great group of P-51 fighters but there were no Chuck Yeagers in the group photo.


phil jackson accusing steve nash of "carrying the ball"!! hey phil, evcerybody in the NBA carries, palms, stops-and gos, takes 5 steps, ups and downs, and the rule they just enforce once a month, three seconds in the key. all this degeneration of the game and ambivalence towards the rules to make for "NBA entertainment" is why many of us don't take american basketball seriously- the colleges also have gotten away from the rules to look as "exciting" as the pros. as stated here many times, they might not be dunking- britney griner excepted- but the girls in the NCAA are playing the game closer to what is "real basketball".


for all his physical attributes, dwight howard has no-little offensive skills or moves around the basket. the late pete newell could have taught him a thing or two at his legendary "big man camp"; time for orlando to bring in bill walton to show him how to play the post.


wrong about rondo being at USC before going to kentucky; i think there was another fellow that fits that description- if you know, please tell me. celtics take advantage of a poor performance by dwight howard and eke out a win. ray allen is a player of ability, dignity and intelligence- negotiates his own contracts and saves himself a lot of money. and still can shoot with the best of them. a very likeable player, to say the least.

Anytime we beat a team from the Snowbird state it is SWEET.....but a SWEEP OF THE METS!!!! Freakin Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


although no fan of the germans, i am terribly disappointed that ballack will miss the mundial. it will be a WC without many of the big names of the game, sorta like this year's NCAA basketball tournament. the coaches' decisions to leave older players off the respective sides for many countries speaks to the rigors of league seasons and national cups and the champions' leagues, all of which add up to a lot of playing and opportunities to get hurt. a shame ballack got hurt in the FA cup final, but chelsea wanted that double and portsmouth, on the way to relegation and in bankruptcy, really wanted to win. avram grant, your typical gruff israeli, did a good job at chelsea and another good one with the low level portsmouth squad. the teams supporters gave him a very warm send-off, putting politics aside. the guy manage a football team with the best of them!! now, on to saturday and the triple for inter should they defeat robben and his friends at bayern munich!! we love that beautiful game!!

shadow- Yes it is me. Had computer trouble, took a little leeway with the name when I got back on line. With training camp just around the corner, I just wanted to change things. Hockey players grow beards, some guys shave there heads, this is less drastic.


glad it is you and as you can see, old dog old tricks and am using your hallowed traditional contiguous name; and training camp is just around the corner. says here your team is still the team to beat in the division. the experts gave NE an A in their drafting, and coach bill gets the players that fit his systems on offense and defense. ifthere were a HOF for third down backs, kevin faulk would be there- along with preston pearson and ronnie harmon, amongst others. #33 for the patriots is a money player.

Hey shadow you know who else was a money player, Wes Welker...

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