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May 07, 2010

Fredi Gonzalez on the firing line? (with poll); plus JaMarcus Russell and Dolphins, shame of Lawrence Taylor, TSA GenitalGate, Wade's wild week & more

[VIVA LAS COTE: Why. Why? Why!? Why hasn't the blog been updated for a couple of days? It is because Greg Cote -- that's me-- is enjoying some R&R in Las Vegas through Tuesday. Will be back with a new blogpost Wednesday, inevitably including notes about my mini-vacation. Meantime I am left to fathom which is the greater horror: The amount of money I am losing in the casinos. Or what my party-inclined sons, ages 18 and 22, are doing to my house while I'm gone.

IS FREDI ON THE FIRING LINE?: The whispers are out there. The Marlins are in a little bit of a funk and it would not surprise anyone close to the team if owner Jeffrey Loria was pondering a managerial change. Remember that Loria and president David Samson both stated flatly they expected a playoff season, which I and others saw as very optimistic and tantamount to setting Gonzalez up to fail. My take? The swoon is not Fredi's fault and it is much too soon to ponder a change. The team is struggling primarily because Chris Coghlan is sophomore-slumping, because Cameron Maybin has disappointed and because the bullpen has been lousy or at best erratic. Give Coghlan and Maybin a bit more time, promote sensational Mike Stanton in June, make a trade for a solid veteran setup reliever -- that's what this team needs, not a different manager. But that's just me. Take a dip in our poll and share your thoughts.

JAMARCUS RUSSELL TO DOLPHINS?: Hey this isn't me saying this. I just got some most-likely-destination odds from Bodog.com (unsolicited) and Miami is 6-1 to end up with Russell, the former overall No. 1 draftee-turned-bust QB with the Raiders. Only teams seen as more likely are Cardinals at 3-1, Bills at 7-2 and Jaguars at 4-1. I would doubt any real interest; then again that's a ton of still-untapped potential in a still-young guy if the price is right. I'm just saying.

1aascan TSA GENITAL-GATE: Have you read this bizarre story about the Miami airport federal security screener arrested for attacking a TSA coworker? Apparently the victim and others had been making fun of the attacker ever since a full-body scan conducted during a training session had revealed some (ahem) private shortcomings. You know what bothers me here? Not so much the guy who'd had enough and went nuts. Not even the obvious invasiveness (pictured) of those scanners. No, what really bothers me is the idea that our trusted TSA  agents -- these adults in charge of rooting out terrorists -- are giggling and teasing and yukking around making small pee-pee jokes like a bunch of [bleep]ing preteens in a [bleep]ing middle school cafeteria. Fire everybody involved and give them back their [bleep]ing Wackenhut uniforms.

1aalt SHAME EQUALS FAME FOR LAWRENCE TAYLOR: Click on Train Wreck for today's column by me on the arrest of former Giants star Lawrence Taylor (pictured making bail yesterday) in the rape of a 16-year-old girl -- the latest in a long list of arrests and drug abuse. Dan Patrick was debating today whether Halls of Fame should expel members related to off-field or post-career embarrassments. I think not. But I do think players' official Hall plaques should be updated to reflect the entirety of lives. That includes O.J. Simpson's. That would include Pete Rose's if he ever gets in. Likewise Taylor's Hall plaque should at least mention his controversial side.

DRAFT STOCK RISING: UM'S ALLEN BAILEY: Mel Kiper's first Big Board on the 2011 NFL draft projects Hurricanes defensive end Allen Bailey going 16th overall. If that holds, or is even close, Bailey figures to be the highest-drafted Cane since Antrel Rolle went 8th in 2005.

1aadwandpaul WADE'S WILD WEEK: The highs and lows in Dwyane Wade's life continue extreme. One day he endures a lawsuit from his estranged wife claiming his relationship with actress Gabrielle Union has caused their kids emotional duress. The next day he is named first-team All-NBA for the second straight year. We celebrate the latter achievement with a photo of what it would look like if Wade and Chris Paul morphed into one person.

HEAT HOPING DRAFT RATED PG?: For what it's worth the first (of 843) NBA mock drafts by ESPN's Chad Ford is out and he has the Heat selecting Kentucky point guard Eric Bledsoe 18th overall. Think I'd be more excited if it was the other Kentucky point guard, John Wall, but he's probably going No. 1 overall.

DOLPHINS GETTING NO VEGAS LOVE: New Bodog.com odds are out and Dolphins are 30-1 to win the Super Bowl, tied for 17th of 32 teams. It's 16-1 to win the AFC, tied for ninth of 16. The division-rival Patriots and Jets are top-five both ways. Estimation of the Jets clearly is being overinflated by hopeful money from a huge market. But still.

1aanorway GREETINGS FROM NORWAY!: Got a nice e-mail from a journalist in Norway who is a Dolphins fan and runs that country's only website devoted to the NFL. Click on Amerikansk Fotball Pa Norsk to see it. Very professionally done. One possible small drawback for many of my readers: It's in Norwegian!

1aacrap
DEAR GREG...:
Your blog is OK but would be better if occasionally you would show a photo of a woman about to s--- in a field as a lion approaches her menacingly. And if the photo had a funny caption. Thank you.

THE LIST: HEAT ALL-NBA PLAYERS: Miami players who have made the All-NBA first, second or third teams, listed in order of total selections:

Dwyane Wade (5 times --- 1T 2009 & '10; 2T 2005 & '06; 3T 2007)

Tim Hardaway (3 times --- 1T 1997; 2T 1998 & '99)

Alonzo Mourning (2 times --- 1T 1999; 2T 2000)

Shaquille O'Neal (2 times --- 1T 2005 & '06)

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