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July 20, 2011

Do Dolphins or Canes inspire most confidence? (with poll); plus Barry Gibb Talk Show, Shaq disses Bosh, stinkin' Jets, KOD & more

1aa1larrydavid [Fellow "Curb Your Enthusiasm" fanatics, alert! Larry David is on the cover of the new Rolling Stone (left). Click here for an LD treasure trove. Also, join us at Twitter.com/gregcote. Will it help defray the $1.2 trillion U.S. debt to China? Well, it couldn't hurt!].

Dolphins must attack free agency: This is a franchise in despair (see poll results below), stuck in a bog. The pending free agency period is a way out. Click on Plan Of Attack for my latest column, newly online and shipping to Friday's pulp editions. I discuss the state of the Dolphins and propose the two quarterbacks and two running backs Miami should be targeting.

1aa1dolph2 1aa1dolph1 ARE DOLPHINS OR HURRICANES INSPIRING THE MOST ANTICIPATION AND OPTIMISM?: I answer Hank Jr.'s question with a hell-yeah today in this column welcoming the onset of football. The ebbing NFL lockout makes it appear the Dolphins will open camp on time July 30, and the Canes hit the practice field a week later, so football appetites whet. The poll question here is not "which is your favorite team?" so try to get past that. Could have easily phrased the poll question in other ways all getting to the same point. Whose fans are more likely to leave the season satisfied? Which team is more likely to win 10 games? You get the idea. The caveat is that the Dolphins' outlook is a bit more in flux, with free agency yet to start. Let's get a pulse-reading anyway. Vote and say why.

1aa1barrygibb THE BARRY GIBB TALK SHOW: Add the recurring Saturday Night Live bit, "The Barry Gibb Talk Show," to the ever-growing list of Things I Love. Jimmy Fallon is brilliant as Miami's own Barry Gibb, with a spot-on caricature of Gibb's voice. Justin Timberlake is great as quiet brother Robin. Click here for a vid of the most recent segment of the show, from May.

RETIREE CALLS HEAT "BIG 2": Shaquille O'Neal in his debut as a Turner Sports analyst casts a volley across Chris Bosh's broadside by referring to the Heat as "the Big 2." Oh Shaq you so outspoken! Wonder if Barkley will sue for trademark infringement? Click here for the YouTube vid of Shaq speaking. [Update: Bosh evidently not real worried about criticism. Just Tweeted, "I love summer days."]

1aa1willm 1aa1rodb 1aa1alg SEPARATED AT BIRTH?: A live-chat participant today noted the resemblance between UM coach Al Golden and Gators coach Will Muschamp. I would add disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. The likeness among the three is especially uncanny if you catch each on a day when that wave of dark hair sweeps across the forehead. Los hermanos are pictured above for your consideration.

DOLPHINS AIDING AND ABETTING THE ENEMY!: Dolphins fans have alerted us to this small bit of 1aa1jetshere bizarre: Jets T-shirts being sold at the Dolphins souvenir store at Sun Life Stadium. See the evidence here. It's funny the T-shirts read, "Home of the Jets," because NYJ games in Miami sound a little like that, thanks in part, we now see, to the Dolphins themselves. Dear Dolphins: Money is good, yeah, and we all know many Jets fans live down here, but c'mon! While I am not as outraged as fans who have ignited an Internet campaign to expose this, I do see it as just the latest of the Dolphins' needless PR toe-stubs. [Update: Dolphins say they'll stop that].

J-LO SEEKS MIAMI DOLPHINS IN DIVORCE SETTLEMENT: OK not really. Just wanted to see what that looked like in a headline. Although Marc Anthony is one of the club's celebrity micro-owners, and they are divorcing, so anything is possible.

YAO MING? NO. SORRY: Some chatter this week whether newly retired NBA center Yao Ming should be seen as a Hall of Famer. McEnroe, would you come in here for a second? "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!?! Thanks, John. No way Ming is Hall-worthy. Perennial all-star but played a mere seven full seasons. Averaged 19 points but never made the all-NBA first team. Stood 7-6 but finished top-10 in rebounds only once and never top-5 in blocks. Sorry, Yao. Hall of Pretty Damned Good for you.

1aa1swimwedding MIAMI'S FASHION WEEK: The swimwear portion of Miami's Fashion Week included the outfit pictured at left, a sort of half-swimsuit, half-wedding dress. Oh God but I wish I were kidding! I always wonder when looking at something like this who has the tougher job to not look embarrassed: the designer, or the model?

1aa1santana SANTANA WANNA PLAY BEFORE HE STARTS PLAYING: Ex-Canes receiver Santana Moss of the Redskins is planning a big par-tay Sunday at Miami's famed King Of Diamonds strip club to bid adieu to the waning summer vacation lockout prior to returning to work. Thank goodness the labor strife is ending. Players having a tough time making ends meet. In fact I heard Santana had to downgrade from Cristal to Dom on his pre-ordered cases of champagne. Tough times, they hit us all, friends.  

1aa1stilleto "DEAR GREG...": "Your blog's OK but would be better if occasionally you would show a woman swimming while wearing stiletto heels. Thank you."

THE LIST: SWING, BATTER!: Most strikeouts by a Marlins batter in a single season, 150 or more:

K's   Player   Year

187   Preston Wilson   2000

171   Dan Uggla   2008

167   Dan Uggla   2007

164   Derrek Lee   2002

156   Preston Wilson   1999

150   Dan Uggla   2009

Note: Mike Stanton is on pace for club-record-tying 187 K's, with 105 (second-most in NL) through 91 games.

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