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August 27, 2011

PS3: Tampa Bay 17, Dolphins 13 (Final): Chad Henne shines in loss; plus overall No. 1 fantasy draft pick should be...? (with poll), Killer Food, black Le Batard & more

[Join us on Twitter @gregcote. We're over there holding our breath along with Al Golden for eligibility rulings on the eight Hurricanes in abeyance. Note: Our popular Dolfan Satisfaction Meter returns in the regular season, not for exhibition play].

PS3: TAMPA 17, DOLPHINS 14: WE'RE ON OUR HENNE-MOON!: Do we love Chad Henne yet? I think maybe we do. "Hen-ne, Hen-ne, Hen-ne!" The formerly maligned QB had his second straight solid game tonight, going 10-for-13 for 175 yards in a 17-10 loss at Tampa Bay putting Miami 2-1 in the preseason. Included: A SportsCenter-quality 60-yard scoring toss to Brandon Marshall. The negative? The offensive line struggled and Miami was only 18 carries for 17 yards rushing. The loss doesn't matter much. The apparent solidifying of Henne does. Original post: Miami 2-0 in fake games entering tonight's in Tampa against the should-be-but-really-aren't rival Buccaneers. Starters figure to play into the third quarter so this will be an even better test and gauge than the first two games. Tonight also marks first action for newly acquired RB Larry Johnson, and an opportunity for QB Chad Henne to demonstrate consistency after last week's strong showing vs. Carolina. Your thoughts before, during and of course after tonight's Faux Game III are invited.

FANTASY FOOTBALL: NO CONSENSUS NO. 1 PICK ... OR IS THERE?: This strikes me as the murkiest 1aa1fantasy1 year of the past several in terms of a consensus overall No. 1 fantasy draft pick. So I'm putting it to you with the poll just below. I'm limiting myself to one fantasy league this year, a little six-team friends and family joint meaning all the teams should be pretty-well loaded. Culled through ESPN.com's Top 300 fantasy list to find eight Dolphins but none higher than Brandon Marshall, 66th overall. Others: Daniel Thomas 72nd, Reggie Bush 119th, Davone Bess 139th, Chad Henne 206th, Dan Carpenter 284th, Anthony Fasano 288th and the defense 298th. Interesting to me that Thomas out-ranks Bush. It's draft time! You have the overall No. 1 pick in your league. What you gonna do, hotshot? For poll purposes I took ESPN's top 10 and list them here alphabetically. Vote for your No. 1 and say why.

NFL BETTING ODDS FOR MVP, ROOKIES: Bodog.com has Aaron Rodgers the preseason MVP favorite at 11-2, followed by Tom Brady 13-2, Michael Vick 17-2, Philip Rivers 9-1, and Drew Brees and Peyton Manning both 10-1. Offensive rookie pick is Julio Jones at 5-1, with Miami's Thomas fifth at 8-1. Defensive rookie inside rail to Von Miller at 11-2.

1aa1danblack THE BLACK LE BATARD: My friend, Herald colleague and 790 The Ticket star Dan Le Batard, gets kidded a lot (often justifiably, quite frankly) for seeing a race angle in much of what he writes and talks about. So I am pleased to pass along to you a conception of Le Batard as black. Enjoy.

DEAR FOOD NETWORK...: The other night I saw a new show, "Killer Food," and wondered, WTF!? Seriously. Really? A show that aggrandizes the killing of animals? I mean, I love a cheeseburger, but I don't want to see the cow slaughtered. You get me? I never liked snakes and alligators ... until I saw them murdered on the Food Network. This is such an outlandish show I wish I'd TiVO'd the episode just for posterity, or for proof this actually got on the air. The Food Network has lowered itself over time by becoming less a cooking channel than a game show, but that's fine. This is not. Don't get me wrong. I'm not an animal-rights nut. Think much of the PETA agenda is ridiculous. It takes a lot to offend me. This managed.

Click back. Adding more stuff to this latest blogpost later, and we'll top it with tonight's Dolphins-Bucs exhibition by around late afternoon...

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