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February 16, 2011

FIU wrong to let Wittels start season (with poll); plus Heat all-star odds, Shannon follows the $$$, Bryan Cox, Kooch, Daytona 500 & more

[Calling all Red Sox fans! Especially you vintage fans to whom the year 1967 is special. I have started a new Twitter site devoted exclusively to the great No. 8, Yaz. Follow along at Twitter.com/carlyastrzemski].

FIU WRONG TO LET WITTELS START SEASON: FIU confirmed today that baseball star Garrett Wittels remains a player in good standing, and that's wrong. This is hard to write because Florida International 1aa1garrettw University suspending Wittels might have seemed, at least on the face of it, to be in conflict with "innocent until proven guilty" -- a legal truism we should all believe in. But it isn't. The standards to which athletes are held -- high-schools to colleges to pros -- in many cases is higher. That starts with the FHSAA's stance that being a student-athlete is a privilege, not a right. It continues with many colleges and universities (I'll cite examples) suspending or kicking athletes off the team automatically if they are arrested for a felony. It includes the NFL suspending or fining players who are in violation of the league's personal conduct policy, no matter the eventual legal outcome of the case. The thinking, and I agree with it, is that teams are entitled to insist that athletes representing them stay out of trouble and not embarrass them. This is in exchange for the privilege of their college scholarship or lavish pro salary. This isn't about Wittels' guilt or innocence on the rape charge he faces from a December incident in the Bahamas involving him, a few friends and teenage girls they met there. A Bahamian inquiry commencing April 18 will determine if the case proceeds. Wittels might be not guilty, might be innocent of everything but perhaps questionable judgement. If it matters, indications are he is a good kid, devout to his Jewish faith, hardly a punk. But, as he himself has said, "I just put myself in a bad situation." He did more than that. He put FIU in a bad situation. His arrest made national headlines and overshadowed the school's first-ever bowl win in football. Now the continuing cloud of the felony charge overshadows Friday's start of the baseball season and Wittels' own attempt to break the college-record 58-game hitting streak (he's at 56). FIU should be aware, but maybe isn't, that many other schools take action in situations like this. Missouri automatically suspends any player charged with a felony. Florida, West Virginia, Alabama, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State and Pitt all have suspended players after arrests, and that's just recently. The Miami Herald surely would suspend me over a felony arrest. Chances are your employer would, too. Perhaps more apropos here, the crosstown Miami Hurricanes kicked a player off the UM baseball team last fall after his arrest on a drug charge. So it's a handy shield for FIU to use "innocent until proven guilty" as its justification for doing nothing -- as long as FIU knows many fellow universities hold their athletes to a higher standard, and should. What ought to be a feel-good story here, Wittels' hitting streak, feels wrong instead. FIU is in an awkward, no-win spot and, regardless of guilt or innocence, that's on Wittels. The school not only has not suspended him, but took a heavy, censoring hand with the media. Threatening is not too strong a word. FIU said it would suspend Wednesday's preseason press conference immediately if any question about the rape charge was asked -- and that credentials to cover the team might be revoked. Those are Gestapo tactics that it is hard to imagine athletic director Pete Garcia sanctioned. FIU should suspend Wittels indefinitely to help lift this cloud from the team and its season, the athletic program and the university. If and when Wittels is cleared, he should be reinstated, the hitting streak waiting. Even a token, symbolic suspension -- say, from the season-opening three-game series -- would have been better than nothing. A suspension, brief or indefinite, would not have implied the player's guilt or lack of faith in his innocence. Rather, it would have forcefully reminded all athletes that no one player, not even a star, is bigger than FIU's good name.

HEAT ALL-STAR GAME ODDS: Just in from Bodog.com, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are NBA All-Star Game MVP co-favorites at 13-2, with Dwyane Wade in at 17-2 and Chris Bosh 25-1. Blake Griffin is a prohibitive slam-dunk contest pick at 1-3. Ray Allen tops the three-point picks at 2-1, with the Heat's James Jones the longshot at 11-2.

1aa1randys RANDY $HANNON'$ $TRANGE DECI$ION: I'm taken aback with deposed UM football coach Randy Shannon turning down the defensive-coordinator position at ACC rival Maryland. Not that he did, but why. If he thought the job was below him and was holding out for a bigger program or head-coach job it would be harder to fault him. But reports are Shannon turned down the Terps because it would have meant giving up $1.5 million still due him in his buyout from the Canes. He's either sticking it to Miami or pretty baldly putting money above profession. Pick one. Neither is flattering.

1aa1kooch OFF THE MORAL SOAPBOX, BOB KUECHENBERG: The longtime great Dolphins lineman is battling his third DUI arrest. I feel bad for Kooch, pictured in his latest police booking photo. I hope this turns out OK for him. But I also think this: the local media (they know who they are) should stop going to the eagerly outspoken Kuechenberg every time an inflammatory comment on the current team is needed. I think he has officially forfeited any moral soapbox or de facto spokesman role on the shortcomings of today's athletes.

1aa1bcox BRYAN !@#$%ING COX!: Comes word that Tony Sparano might hire the team's vociferous '90s linebacker, Bryan Cox, right, as an assistant coach. Given Cox's fiery propensity for cursing and spitting and once being fined for giving the finger to Bills fans, it's hard to believe Rex Ryan isn't bringing him back to the Jets first!

1aa1dalee2 1aa1dalee DAYTONA 500'S HIGH DRAMA: Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the death of NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt (pictured right) from injuries sustained in the Daytona 500. The 2011 edition of the race is this Sunday, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (left), trying to end a long winless streak, has the pole position. What a day it would be if Junior can end his drought. I'll be up there columnizing, and glad of it.

Click back. Will be adding more stuff to this new post later...

THE LIST: HEAT IN ALL-STAR GAME: All-time appearances by Miami players:

7   Dwayne Wade (2005-11)

5   Alonzo Mourning (1996-97, 2000-02)

3   Shaquille O'Neal (2005-07)

2   Tim Hardaway (1997-98)

1   Anthony Mason (2001)

1   LeBron James (2011)

1   Chris Bosh   (2011)

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So much written to say that garbage? Must have had this already written waiting for it to happen.....Expected....

Shame on you Cote.

Whatever happpened to innocent until proven guilty?

Randy Shannon thinks pretty highly of himself to turn down a major coordinating job just to collect the remainder of his buyout.

We'll see how much of a coaching prospect he is after Al Golden has coached a season with Shannon's talent and Shannon has been gracing television audiences with his magnetic personality for a year.

I know all you FIU fans are going to cry "conspiracy", again, over the Herald's coverage of Wittels but you have to recognize that the way you treat media is reflected in how stuff gets written.

Randy Shannon treated the Herald's writers like dirt, he was openly hostile and intentionally vague for no good reason. Now that he's gone, everything that could possibly be blamed on him, from recruiting to training to underachieving, is being written that way.

Same thing's going on here - FIU told a group of people that consider themselves journalists that if they ask certain questions they're going to be shut down. There's really no other way for this story to be written that makes it remotely interesting - if all there is to this story is some kid chasing a college baseball record, there's nothing to say.

Wow Cote hyperventilating over FIU; what a shocker. If it were a ucg case, it would be buried, buried, buried. The hypocrisy is palpable.

If you'd have provided the facts of the case against Wittel, I'd be able to make a call. Seeing as the case is pending, you probably can't provide the facts. But these days, rape charges can mean anything from an angry, vindictive woman who wasn't raped to a drunk woman who engaged in sex and then awakens hung-over and sorry, to a full-blown maniac who should be behind bars.

The people at FIU who decided to allow Wittels to play might know the facts of the case: might know that they don't amount to a rape conviction, and Wittels will be exonerated and maybe even have a civil action against the accuser.

But until the facts are revealed to me, I can't make a call about FIU's decision.

Cote, you feel bad for Kooch but you're ready to lynch Wittles. You're hilarious.

It's a tough call in these situations. I concur with LakeWorth Cane without having to repeat what he said.

Now as for those Egyptians..

Who voted for Rick Scott? How did he get elected? Sure, keep Florida in the stone age while the rest of the world keeps progressing and sees the big picture. Obviously caving in to lobbyists, once again.

Cote, do you even know the backstory on this? About how over 85% of rape accusations in the Bahamas never even make it to trial? I would think you would have more integrity than to rant like that.

Oh, wait. You gave up on integrity a long time ago.

FIUFan - you really think that any story involving the University of Miami and a player doing something wrong would be BURIED??!!

Last two players to get in trouble were Sam Shields and Robert Marve, both were suspended from the team and got front page coverage in this paper.

If it were a ucg case

Posted by: FIUFan (oxymoron) | February 16, 2011 at 03:46 PM

you got some nerve ...
your good-for-nothing commuter school can't even settle on a name ...
so, you covet ours ...
are you florida international? fiu?
F(I)UTILITY!
early bird gets the worm ...
University of Miami http://miami.edu/

SINCE 1926

Wittels shouldn't be suspended until proven guilty. Innocent until proven guilty.

If it were a ucg case

Posted by: FIUFan (oxymoron) | February 16, 2011 at 03:46 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_Hurricanes_baseball

scream & shout ...
jump up & down ...
but you're not on par with the University of Miami ...
unequal interest ...
unequal accomplishment ...
unequal league ...
know your place ...

BENEATH U

mike1 - Scott is a criminal scumbag, just like every other politician in this state. I like just about everything he's done so far though, what's your beef? You wanted that ridiculous multi-billion dollar rail system from Tampa to Orlando?

"the crosstown Miami Hurricanes kicked a player off the UM baseball team last fall after his arrest on a drug charge"

Great comparison, Cote.
The UM baseball player was caught selling pot to undercover Coral Gables cops. To top it off, the cops found more pot and vials of steroids in his apartment.
These are facts, not accusations.

Cote you want to start comparing situations that actually relate to each other. You know for example Kobe Bryant having to fight a rape charge against him while being allowed to play for the Lakers is equal to Wittels having to fight a rape charge while playing baseball at FIU.

Figures Cote would have this ready to go. Anytime there's a chance for him to take a stab at Miami's real public university he's there sticking his nose in. Why not just admit that you love putting FIU down?

Kobe Bryant had a press conference with his wife where he answered questions about what happened.

Uh...yes. It's about time we catch up with the rest of the advanced world. This is now about the 3rd or 4th time this project was started and then cut abruptly. If the 1980's plan had begun, we'd have it now and constantly building up the nationwide network.

Shortsighted. 24,000 jobs (to help offset the massive space program layoffs). Enhance tourism (which is Florida's bread & butter.) De-clutter the highways and airways (set to double by 2020). Pollution. Help offset skyrocketing oil prices.

I didn't really like the Orl -Tamp segment coming before Miami - Orl. Seems to be you benefit more on long distance. But you have to start somewhere. You can't build this entire system in one shot.

So now California is set to get most of the money and they are already thanking Scott for it.

The world progresses and we are at a constant standstill because of politics and lobbyists.

Green - admit it.....

U LOVE SUCKING COCK$


COTE,

This might be the first time the Herald actually wrote more then 2 sentences about FIU.. You guys are full of crap.. I think FIU is doing the right thing by allowing this student-athlete to continue playing. I know for a fact that the athletic Dept knows way more information about the case then the Herald will ever know.. You guys continue to right garbage. Stick to writing about a garbage school stuck in the Gables.

GO FIU!

I'm a hurricane fan...but it's amazing to see you Canes on here always talking smack to FIU. FIU won a bowl game this year. I give them credit. We went 7-6 and were complete trash. Ed Reed, Andre Johnson, Devin Hester, Vince Wilfork, Clinton Portis, Bryant McKinnie, etc are NOT on the team anymore folks..and you look like idiots picking fights with FIU. We have no right to talk trash now. Golden will do some things but let FIU enjoy their rise. And to all the Canes still crying about the OB and how the Marlins suck..please shut up. It was time for the OB to go (this coming from a guy who attended Wide Right 3, the UCLA game where Edge ran for 299, the thrashing of Syracuse 59-0..). Marlins deserve a stadium. They have two rings. Look at teams that have been around forever and don't have two (Indians, Cubs, Braves, etc) The Marlins are a part of this city too. And lastly, stop "throwing up the U". It's childish and stupid. We have sucked ever since "the U" phrase was adopted (around 2005 is when I noticed it come around). The great teams that won titles and dominated were known as MIAMI..and that's what I will continue to call the Hurricanes.

I believe PG said the determination is made on a case-by-case basis. Clearly an accusatory charge of rape is far different from selling drugs to an undercover cop, or other felony charges along those lines. Should he also be kicked off the team for driving over 80mph in Virginia, that's a felony. The University cannot and should not apply a dismissal standard across the board without clearly vetting the facts, circumstances and repercussions of each matter. So clearly you, and other so-called journalists, are in no position to question what the process entailed which arrived at FIU's determination. In other words, what you wrote is pure crap.

Alex in Boca is right - University of Coral Gables is done, stick a fork in them.

Give it up scUM suckers, the real University in MIAMI is FIU - we passed UM last year when we won our bowl game and conference CHAMPIONSHIP. You guys are going to be last in the ACC next year while we're just going to keep padding our resume for the Big East!

Go Panthers!

LOL at the guy above posing as me, and trying to make me look bad. What a loser....

mike1 - All those "advanced countries" are smaller than Texas, US is a continent wide. Look at what they have planned:

http://www.fra.dot.gov/Pages/203.shtml

Some of it makes sense, some doesn't. You live in the northwest right? Vancouver to Seattle, to Portland, to Eugene, makes sense.

But here in Florida, it wouldn't be worth the billions of dollars it would cost the state to get people between Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. What there is a need for is to get to New York, Baltimore, Boston or Philly, all they would have to do is flip that section from Tampa to Oralando on it's side and it would connect Miami to Jacksonville and all the way north.

But the way they're proposing it now makes no sense, just like how the Metrorail goes AROUND the f*cking airport instead of to it because they didn't want to lose their parking revenue.

I live in Texas. But am a Floridian. And hope to move back there one way. ..hopefully before the Phins make a Super Bowl. I wish I lived in the gorgeous NW.

Metrorail was not implemented correctly. Boneheads at work. First, they constructed it mostly along a high speed car corridors that aren't that bad traffic-wise...US1 South. They did not go into populated areas or near pedestrian areas. They claimed that it detracts from the scenery..in fact, when you look at the peoplemover in downtown..to me it enhances the look. Gives it a modern appeal.

And then they stopped building it. You cannot have one line. You need a network. Most cities with subways continually build and expand..forever.


I think Florida is a great candidate.

...but, didn't really agree with the Tampa connection being first. You're not replacing a lot of air travel betwn Tamp & Orlando. And you're not quickening the road travel time that much, given that a few stops were planned. What's 30 min if the trip is short either way.

The Miami-Orlando route makes a lot more sense; especially since both are major international spots. Extra revenue for the tourist attractions means more revenue for the state. You could make day trips to Disney, Orlando or whatever.

Got to take the plunge and finally build high speed rail. Looks formidable in the beginning, but has to be done for the sake of the future. Gonna keep building more and more highway lanes?

After state internal networks are built..then you interconnect them between states.

I don't think this is a program worth cutting funding. There are waste projects and there are potentially very beneficial projects. This federal money is still going to rail..but other states are asking for it now. Scott is not necessarily right that it would wind up costing Florida a lot of money. He didn't even put it up before private enterprise. I think he's playing pure politics. Getting so tired of the two party "partisan" system.


We are the U-S-A. A once world leader in EVERYthing. What's going on?

Almost everywhere we build houses of wood frame and asphalt shingles...even Texas. ..citing that concrete is too expensive. Yet in Eastern Europe (which is supposed to be poorer) they are building solid new houses from concrete and they don't even have hurricanes.

We're always getting smothered in the annual World Math tournament and World Computer Programming Tournaments. Despite having by far the most entrants.

The space progam is going nowhere. 42 years ago we went to the moon.

Magnetic Levitation trains going 250 mph in Shanghai.

Skyscrapers dwarfing the Sears (Willis) Tower...and also looking great aesthetically.

Even the ever-striking & surrendering French have high speed rail and cooler architecture.

..and we had rolling blackouts during the freeze two weeks ago. Because it got down to 25 - 29 deg overnight for a couple of nights.

Are Pantehrs actually talking smack? This is a school in the Sun Belt with an average SAT in the 900's. Miami is in the ACC, known world wide, the best academic institution in Florida, US News Top 50 Schools in America. Miami could go 0-11 in Football, 0-30 in Basketball, and 0-40 in Baseball for 10 years straight, and people will still talk UM, apply to UM, and prefer UM to FIU. AND...UM will get better atheletes and have a better team year in and year out across all sports. No Pizza Hut Bowl win is going to change that. That's life. No real hate for FIU, that's just the way I see it...I went to a crappy highschool, I don't front like it's good a school, I just laugh it off when I tell people I went there. Free advice for FIU.

One MAJOR difference is that, here in the US, it would not take 5 months for an indictment. The Universities could rely, at least, on the fact that someone has determined that there is a whiff of evidence to proceed with charges. Apples and oranges.

Are Pantehrs actually talking smack? This is a school in the Sun Belt with an average SAT in the 900's.

Posted by: Ryan Collins 2

Where did you get that little fact from? You're a tad bit off.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_International_University#Undergraduate_admissions

The banter back and fourth between FIU fans and UM fans is ridiculous. Especially considering how some UM fans might want to showcase UM's academic achievements when said fan probably never went to college. FIU fans have no business saying anything about UM sports or academic achievements until the school itself becomes nationally recognized.

For the record, FIU undergrad currently at UM for an MBA

Most students at Miami are elitist pricks anyway who don't really follow football. Plenty that I've met are status whores who think of their school as Ivy league. Miami is a definitely a good school. It is NOT an elite school. It will never hold a candle to NYU, Harvard, UCLA, Vandy, Penn, MIT, Stanford, Brown, and the big boys. So you Hurricanes that keep scoffing at FIU can get a life......I could see if it was 2000 you could be talking trash. Said it once, said it a thousand times....Ken Dorsey, Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Vilma, Reggie Wayne, etc are NOT on the team anymore. 7-6 means NO bragging. I still cheer for the Canes, but they will always be second fiddle in my mind to the Marlins, Heat, and Dolphins. Just my 2 cents...calm down you Coral Gables wannabe yuppies.

Alex in Boca, you got no love for UM's students, no love for their players unless they go to the NFL, why do you even follow Miami, jump on FAU's d*ck, UM don't need you.

Alex in Boca = Gayturd troll

cane75 and Mac will both claim that they are students/alumni of UM. Hilarious. I like the Hurricanes, but they are beneath the Hurricanes, Dolphins, and Heat that's for sure.

Marlins*

All you fiu people need to worry about your problems not Miami's.
Your sense of inferiority and paranoia is really embarrassing. To act as though it's not wrong for Whittles to be allowed to play while charged with a FELONY is laughable at best. Are you not smart enough to understand that he could be suspended, and if cleared, return with the streak intact? Oh, I forgot the only thing you care about is getting attention. Pathetic and you wonder why you have the reputation you do.

A few things:

1)I wish Wittel was suspended, he showed awful character and very bad taste. Who has sex with a girl that your friend just had sex with?

2) Randy Shannon is owed that money and if he wants to stay out a year that is his choice. What is he going to do take a 200k a year job and give up 1.5 million for the U? The U tossed him to the curb. No one would make that trade and to say that he should you are being a hypocrite. Stop kissing Donna Shalala's butt.

Can't help but think that Wittels would be suspended if ESPN wasn't in town to cover the game. FIU is turning into P.R. whores. What happens when ESPN announcers bring up the Bahamas situation? Will FIU admins pull the plug on the broadcasts? afterall, questions weren't allowed to be asked by media at their press conference to promote this guy.

Hate to say it, but I am embarrassed to be an FIU alum right now.

Ridiculous conclusiong on Wittels.
Until they give us more, its still an accusation. The truth will come out eventually. If these allegations are false, you would have hurt a young player and the program for nothing. If it is true, he will pay regardless, and so will the program.

We shouldn't be so quick to judge and prosecute.

What a rotten third world university. Who would go to college there? "Please send us your resume" okay, I graduated from the school which supports all out brawls at football games when their opponent is whupping them, including possibly murder of Bryan Pata; supports people who are sued for sexual harassment (Isiah the Creep); and fields teams with players accused of RAPE.

Yeah, whatever happened with Bryan Pata? Seems that one got swept under the rug pretty good.

As far as the brawl, FIU was responding to the usual taunts from thUg. FIU's been in one, how many has the other school been in? hmmm...talk about the pot calling the kettle black; what a moron. LOL!

As The Point pointed out, the vast majority of these cases are tossed. The reason why the Bahamas has an arrest first ask questions later policy is because of the sheer number of American tourists who go there, get hammered, have sex they regret, and then claim rape. Many of them complained to Congressional reps, who then put pressure on the State Department, who then put pressure on the Bahamian authorities to "do something about it," hence the policy we have today.

This case, like most in the Bahamas, will get tossed.

Now on to Mr. Cote. I agree that FIU Athletics, being within a free society, should have fielded questions relating to the case, you have to take the good with the bad when it comes to dealing with the press. That said, you crossed the line with comparing FIU's Athletics Department to the Gestapo. It is called Godwin's Law, whereby improper invocation of the Nazis immediately leads to an invalidation of your argument.

The Gestapo, not that you would know this, was used to eradicate opposition parties like the Communist and Social Democrats, and capture Jews. This was an organization that served as the investigative branch of the SS, and provided men for the Einsatzgruppen, the Nazis paramilitary death squad.

I know that it has become acceptable to compare people to the Nazis whenever the mood strikes, after all the Tea Party, who are actually like the Nazis, have done a great job of portraying our President as one, but it is not ok. It is not acceptable to compare someone to the Nazis unless they advocate violent suppression of political or idealogical opposition, i.e. "Second Ammendment solutions," or genocide. If you want to compare Hamas to the Nazis feel free, if you want to compare an athletic department who doesn't want to field questions about a rather flimsy accusation to the Nazis, well congratulations you have just Godwin'd yourself out of the debate.

Alex in Boca, you're just like all these FIU fans, can't believe that people actually get in to and pay for UM and you're bitter that you couldn't go here. You're no UM fan, you're one of the legions of fair weather Miami fans that gives our fan base such a terrible reputation. Seriously, get of UM's nuts, you don't support UM when we're down and we damn sure don't want you jumping back on the bandwagon when we're up again.

Looks like well over half of respondents think he should be allowed to play at least until the hearing.

As far as the UM-FIU mudfight goes, I think most of it is driven by the insecurity of UM alums--no matter how stridently they protest that FIU is beneath their notice, they're here beating their chests. And the kid who may set the all time record hit streak is at FIU, not UM.

I used to see lots of kids from UM in summer semester who would come to FIU trying to pick up a few "easy credits." They were often surprised with a failing grad or a place far down on the curve. Mean SAT scores among UM students are higher than FIU students, but there is no lack of rigor in the curriculum, and the best of FIU students are on a par with the best of UM.

I wrote weeks ago about the pressure that is on a boy like him from all sides and continues to mount and creates a "Make or Break" situation fotr the individual. Guilt by association has always been a tough rap if you allow yourself to be involved with it and tainted by it. There are rules to be followed, so it's best not to offend repeatedly.

Just wanted to repost this gem of wisdom from "JulesFIU".

"I know that it has become acceptable to compare people to the Nazis whenever the mood strikes, after all the Tea Party, who are actually like the Nazis, have done a great job of portraying our President as one, but it is not ok."

mike1 - the math thing is just a numbers game. Indian and Chinese nerds outnumber American nerds 8-1, the creme of their creme is bound to be nerdlier.

Huh I thought drinking and driving was still legal in Fla.

Not sure I agree. Yes, population wise. But they are just recently coming out of 3rd worldness and were not known to be educational powerhouses. A lot of the winners and high placed results come from Russia, Poland, Hungary as well as China. Poland is particularly surprising. They won the title a few times in the last 10 years; almost always place in the top 5. Relatively small county of 38M.

It's a university based contest..the Computer Programming one. MIT had one good result; and generally are the highest placed among the US universities. But still surprising they either round out the top 10 in the world, or don't crack it.


Funny thing is..in the math competition. When the US has had a high placing, 2 or more of the team members (I think 4 to 6 total) are obviously of Indian, Russian or Chinese origin.

Nice choice for Wonder Woman they made today. Glad it's a relative unknown and not a tired out Jolie, Diaz, Bullock.


Tall..5'11. Slavic features to go with the obviously Slavic..probably Polish name.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adrianne-palicki-play-wonder-woman-100465

Now that I know more about them, I'm beginning to not like the tea party much. ..and Rick Scott caving to their pressure yesterday was the icing on the cake.

At least the pre-war Germans accomplished things like building infrastructure; most elite military of the time; etc. Tea party seems completly anti-progress.

After last election, I thought Repubs needed a makeover/reformation to get away from their stuck up, self-defeating, closed minded base. I was thinking or more like heading towards the middle. This new party is not what I had in mind.

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The Hurricanes are my team. I have been to games at the OB and know all about the tradition. The only thing I do NOT like about Miami are the elitist attitudes from some when we have been god awful lately. I will always be a fan....but ya know what...I'm not going to talk trash after going 7-6 last year, or 35-29 in the last 5 years. You talk trash after the 34 game winning streak, 6 game winning streak over FSU, 6 game winning streak over FL, appearances in all 4 BCS games, and string of first rounders...that is a much more acceptable time to talk trash. But of course you idiots who "throw up the U" will call me a gaytor or half ass fan when I know more about the program and have supported the program more than any of you clowns.

Betcha didn't support them much this year did you? How many games you make it out to?

There doesn't seem to be much interest in the Kuechenberg item, but having known him when he was a Dolphin and afterward as a principled person, my first question would be, do these widely spaced drinking-related occurrences come as a result of the huge amount of damage (particularly to his back) he suffered as a Dolphin? A snarky moral judgment by a less than superior sportswriter-priest seems, well, typical. #

Just want to understand the way it works...three college-age men go to a bar in the Bahamas and meet a couple of women at the bar that are drinking, partying, carrying on, and making out with each other, and they invite the men to go to their rooms. This is rape?

Kaz,it's not dead yet. 27 bi-partisan Fl senators asked the feds time to overcome Scott. They have til Feb 25..then the money goes to other states for high speed rail. My only wish is they'd take the time to move it to Orlando-Miami; as I said..Tampa-Orlando doesn't make sense to me until til later on.

Scott is basically, catering to Tea, and not telling facts.

"Administration to pay for 90 percent of the $2.7 billion project."

"Scott said Wednesday he was against the proposition because Florida could be on the hook for billions of dollars in potential construction overruns and operating deficits – a contention federal and state rail supporters say is false."

"This project would create real jobs, cleaner and smarter transportation and true economic development for Floridians. Politics should have no place in the future of Florida's transportation, as evidenced by this letter of bipartisan support," said the letter, which was led by Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland."

"supporters of the plan say the winning bidder would be responsible for any costs above the $2.4 billion set aside by the Obama Administration and also would have to cover any deficits from operating the train.

"A senior aide to LaHood also said that if an operator quit the project, the state would not be not on the hook for money contributed by the federal government."

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-high-speed-rail-fate-20110217,0,3872361.story

I went to the FSU game last year. I try to make it to at least one game a year. I have seen the good over the years (98 upset against UCLA, Wide Right 3 against FSU in 2000, Wide Left in 2002, Syracuse blowout in 2001, The Louisville game in 04 where Hester went crazy), the bad (Losing to FSU by two in 08, the loss to Tennessee followed by Sergeant Winslow's comments, the loss to Penn State in 99 where we had a meltdown late), and the ugly (the beatdown by FSU this past year, the disgraceful 48-0 loss to UVA in the last game at the OB). I am a fan and will continue to be a Hurricane fan. What Miami NEEDS to do is get down to square one and become disciplined. Al Golden is here and Kehoe is back..so I don't think that will be a problem. Eliminate the word swagger and play football. Get Ed Reed to talk to some safeties over the summer. Get Bryant McKinnie to have a word with Henderson. Get Andre Johnson to talk with Aldarius about not underachieving. Get Greg Olsen to give advice to our TEs. Get Hester to make an appearance over the summer and show this UM team what SPEED is all about. Get Reggie Wayne to talk to some young WRs about staying consistent. Get Jonathan Vilma to talk to Spence about being a strong presence at MLB. Get Warren Sapp and Vince Wilfork to talk to Marcus Forston about focusing and putting everything together. Get Brandon Meriweather to teach Ray Ray how to hit. Bottom line..get this thing going...and get it going right. I'm not a bad fan for being realistic and knowing that things are a mess right now.

I used to agree with suspensions first until what happened to the Duke lacrosse players...why ruin more careers because of a guilty before proven innocent stance

Mike Godwin stole his law from chicken little. Or like I would say - "if you must cite Albert Speer the end ain't very near."

And Kazaam and company can gtfo the herald blog with their Rick Scott opinions. You guys look like complete morons discussing this on a sports blog.

The new 'Wonder Woman'. No one can touch Lynda Carter..but after 10 yrs of looking..not a bad choice 5'11. Wow.


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Alex..don't care.

Folks often deviate on here particularly when Greg's topics aren't particularly interesting. Besides, Greg often deviates from sports on his own. Big deal.

look at some previous Greg topics recently. Lady Gaga, movies, Amish hats.

Hey Cote , You forgot to add the suspension of the Duke soccer team for the same alleged offense . How did that work out ? MBM

mike 1 listen to what Scott is saying. We are going broke. Do we want to wind up like California. If your such a liberal then move to Cali and pay those darn taxes. If not Cali then New York they are also broke. Something about those Liberals...there states are all in the "RED".

Fireform,

Who cares if the kid who's on the verge of the hitting streak record is at FIU? You think that makes UM fans jealous? Please! I'll take the Canes as a team ANY day.

As far as the best of FIU vs. the best of UM. I'm pretty sure you take the very best at any University and they're going to be on par with just about anyone in the world. So that's not saying much there.

Tea Party are peaceful demonstrators. There is not one faction in this great country in which you can compare to the horrid Nazi's. Right side or left side fringe groups may be promoting BS but the Nazi's conducted genocide like the world has never seen before or since.

high speed rail. americans love their cars. amtrac has been full funded by the feds and have lost money like water. this will be another big $ project that isn't used much. but,, for argument sake, a rail from San Diego up the West Coast ending in Seattle. Another rail on the east coast from Miami to Boston linking the major cities would be used some.

Who cares, are we talking about a FIU player?

Alex of Boca - sorry, we can't all have such brilliant ideas like getting Devin Hester to come teach UM players to be fast.

When is it never about money. Everyone runs to money or stays for money. Its now for the 1st time in history unflattering when Randy Shannon does something for the money??? LOL You must be still really flattered by Nick Saban.

Alex in Boca,

"eliminate the word 'swagger" is a great campaign slogan and the source of a great campaign; join wit it the response of "absolutely" when a sidekick is asked a question and we can turn things around, "hopefully"! ( a word that was misused so often that the dictionaries list why it is used the way it is- replace it with "saying with hope" and you'll see where the train went off the track.

mike1,

sir alex and arsen wenger- both send in their big scorers and save the day respectively against man city and barcelona. "a sixth man who can score" is a premium in baskeball and likewise in futbol. sending in offensive players at the 60-65 minute mark sparkedboth man u and arsenal, but methinks the spaniards are gonna control the ball non-stop in the rematch, which doesn't preclude the occasional chance by van pierse, who had a bunch of em the first go round. i thinj barcelona lost because of those horrible uniforms they wore-UGGH!!

Miami FC announced they're changing their name to the "Ft. Lauderdale Strikers". They announced it in front of "150 enthused onlookers".

That should do it.

I just saw somewhere that ESPN is going to cancel the remainder of their national broadcast of FIU's series if therapist doesn't get a hit in the first or second game.

That's kind of f*cked up, a lot riding on one kid's performance.

they have a therapist?

Ft Lauderdale Strikers were popular locally in the 70's early 80's. Attendance better than the Marlins ever were.

Those were my favorite days of US Pro soccer -- our league had the mist elite world players that even non-soccer fans knew. Strikers had George Best, Gerd Muller, Teofilo Cubillas, Gordon Banks, Marinho (no relation to Marino).

Actual Att averaged 10K - 14K, sometimes reaching capacity of 17K. After every home game, mingle with the mostly English/Dutch players at an English pub in FTL.

Group of friends skipped school and I drove to DC to see them in the 1980 Soccer Bowl vs NY Cosmos. Lost 3-0 in sold out RFK, 50K..but still a fun time.

This Miami Strikers team is playing in a low tier league. it's not the MLS which is averaging 15K; and 70% of teams have or are buildng their own stadiums.

Coloradocane. I'm neither liberal nor consv. I'm not political. Apparently you are. Tired of falling behind in technology, when the US was once the best at anything.

Scott is not saying the truth. He's playing politics with this. ..just as Jeb Bish did when he shut it down. Crist championed it. Florida will not be libel for any of the money...just Scott BS.

My only beef is that the Tampa segment should come later. Miami should be first. A Miami line would make money; that could then be applied to a Tamp extension.

A standalone line for a short distance from Tampa - Orlando..shaving 18-25 min off a short 11:30 drive will probably not get riders, until it is part of a larger network.

Jimbo...Amtrack fails because it stinks. You know that. Look how long it takes to get anywhere. Top speed is like 60mph..avg speed with stops everywhere makes it take longer to get anywhere than car does and it costs more to ride than airplane flight (2 week advance purchase).

An eventual network of high speed rail of the 200 - 300mph variety is what is eventually needed. or they're just gonna be constantly adding lanes to the highways, remain oil depedent, and pollute the whole place.

If Texas had built their proposed system ~ 1990 (before Southwest airlines handed key polticians some $) we could be going from Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes instead of 4 hrs).
A flight takes 1 hr. ..add delays, security lines, check in lines, taxiing...it takes longer! Train..you get on and off. Arrives and leaves on schedule to the minute.

By the way, your new state of Washington is chomping on the bit to get some of Florida's money.

Got to start this eventually. No pain, no gain. A short one line system doesn't work well until a network follows.

Colorado...

but most people I know who live in California and NY are rich, or very upper middle class. Go figure. I grew up with most of them in Miami.

Kaz, Guess who founded and owned the orinal Ft Lauderdale Strikers ...

yes, Joe Robbie. Tim Robbie was GM.

That was a great brand. The Dolphins radio guys, Rick Weaver, Hank Goldberg, Henry Barrow ..did the Strikers as well. They knew nothing about soccer..but Rick Weaver was awesome doing play-by-play. I've never seen anyone as good in the US since then. He sort of did it like he did a football game.

"Twilley line sup on the near side, Warfield on the far side". ..just like that. "Georgie Best takes it down the far side' spots Nene Cubillas on the far side.." .."oh..what a fantastic move by Muller.. he shoots..he scores!!!!!!!!!!"

Kaz..after you see the bottom photo..even you may go to the games!

http://www.miamisoccerfan.com/Soccer/Home/Entries/2011/2/17_Fort_Lauderdale_Strikers_are_Back!.html


So let me get this straight...we could talk about the Miami Heat and 3 all stars that will be making an appearance this weekend, Dolphins and the draft, or the Marlins starting a year with a great young crop. But no, let's talk about a f*cking train and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.

Talk about whatever you want chuckles, no one's making you read about trains. If you talked as much sh*t about the Dolphins, Heat, and Marlins as you do about UM I'm sure someone would care.


mike1 - didn't know the history on Ft. Lauderdale having a team, makes more sense now. I thought they were just bailing on Miami because no one from Miami watches them.

Cote,

You might recall the Duke lacrosse rape case. Those guys were demonized and accused of being horny, elite racists at first. When the truth came out that the woman/stripper/whore made it up and the county proecutor forged ahead without proper evidence they all looked bad. Was it fair for those players to miss out on school or team activities because some one made a claim?

And regarding Coach Shannon I dont think it's any of your business, Cote why or how he makes his financial decisons. He didn't jump ship midseason to go to a bigger school or the pros like others have; he was FIRED. He cared about his players and represented the U well. He just didn't win enough games for them. I dont begrudge him getting his money at all but apparently you do.I usually enjoy your columns but I think you were off the mark in both cases.

Kazaam,

george best would never have been ranked at whatever number marino came in during the NFL countdown. whatever his distractions and self-destructions were, georgie best was one of the greatest futbolers to ever play. and we are talking about a sport played longer than the NFL has been in existence and by billions more people over all these years. mike1 is correct that the striker days were in the glory period of miami professional sports- a few years before the canes became dominant nationally after the comatose period when talk of dropping the sport was around.

"GARRETT WITTELS DEVOUT TO HIS JEWISH FAITH"

since it doesn't say "in his jewish faith, i guess we can't argue. hey Kazaam, how is the sister doing?

George Best was phenomenal. To date I've never seen anyone dribble like that or react so quickly to steal the ball from a defender and score. Yeah, by that time he played in the NASL and the one year with the Stikers, he was still pretty darn good but not the phenom of 10 yrs before.

Interestingly enough ..he peaked same time as Namath peaked. Both were the the big name, at the same time in their respective sports. And both were major ladies' men.


Kazaam, you are correct in your analysis that no one watches FC Miami. And I don't think this move to Ft Laud is going to change much. But those cheerleaders look good wearing old Strikers colors. Face it..Rick Weaver could make any sport exciting.

1. Miami is not a sports town, in much else other than the Phins. 2. FC Miami/Strikers play in a lower tier league that really no one cares about. Yes, Montreal, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver..had great attendances for 2nd Tier Soccer ..that's why they got bumped up tot he 1st tier now..the MLS.


The NASL (North American Soccer League) for about 10 years was popular, but a fad. It's interesting that at that time almost no one knew anything about soccer. No one even heard of the World Cup. (first live telecasts..10 games shown on the Spanish Network in 1978).
Yet, half of teams had attendance average that blow today's MLS away. 30 - 45K. The other half, were in markets that weren't so great. ..5 - 10k.

Having the greatest players in the world was costly. Expansion to 24 teams was way too rapid. And the weak franchises started folding, creating a domino effect.


Alex in Boca..if you're not interested in something skip it...just as I do when the talk is about the Heat, FIU or other things.

We're pretty much in downtime. Phins and Canes are king of this board, and not much going on there.

Will start talking draft soon as it gets closer.

Shadow, moved your comment from the other blog over here. See below for reference. I'm no longer sure they were fake. Think SI doctored up the cover for some reason. The rest of her pics are inconsistent with the cover.


Were Hungarians/Magyar from the Tatars? Well, I guess Tatars are origins of many groups. Th true Tatar look has those almond eyes. Mix that with blue eyed Slavs in Kazan.. WOW!

I like the Slavic group as well...for facial features. S. Americans for other things. Italians & Greeks don't offer much..from what I've seen over there. Exceptions exist of course.

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mike1,

agreed the plastic look is vomitous!! as far as facial features, hungarian women who are the desendants of the invasion by the tatars have always been the most beautiful and i prefer the bodies of japanese and cambodian women- small, feminine and with curves. thai, vietnamese, and filipinos ain't got no cabooses at all, and fillling out a skirt is a prime requirement.

I find it very funny that you would include The University of Florida in any moral discussion of how to treat athletes given their recent history of 30 plus arrests under Urban Meyer, two now under Muschamps and the fact that their President drove away from a hit and run accident in a parking garage. Yeah that's a great example, lol.

Also on the FIU decision to allow Whittle's decision to play you must really not believe in innocent until proven guilty. Lots of women cry rape and see dollar signs when an athlete of any note is involved in a situation.

I'm not making light of things since I believe the Kobe Bryant and Big Ben got away with rape by buying their way out of a sticky mess (no pun intended). Athletes do and will continue to make bad decisions but to deny a man his right to a fair and impartial hearing before you besmerch his reputation is wrong.

You liberals in the news media can't have it both ways. You cry for justice only when it suits your objectives and then want to appear all moral and upright when an athlete is accused of any wrong doing.

While I am not a fan of FIU (Forever Inferior to the U) I think that innocent until proven guilty should be applied here. But you liberals suspend the Constitution when you want to so why am I not surprised?

Not a Randy Shannon fan at all and was glad to see him go. But to take The reported 1.5 million instead of the Maryland job, see no problem with that decision. I guess you wouldn't take a 1.5 million buyout instead of the 250-300 thousand dollars a college team wants to pay you. (Actually don't know the amt, jmo)

You do the math, no wait, you obviously aren't that good at it.

Sorry FIU no NCAA record. So stop the beating of your chests. When you accomplish all that the U has then start comparing. You guys even lost the fight on the field, that you started. LOL

Mike,

We dont have the money. It will run at a loss like everything else unless you believe a politician and if so you are hopeless.

All ideas sound great until you realize you no longer have mommy and daddy's credit card.

The federal government is eager to put us on the hook with money they don't have either. Once you start giving people money, good luck taking it back (See Wisconsin and unions).

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