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September 20, 2011

UM vs. FIU in football: Who'd win? (with poll); plus Uncle Luke sues Nevin Shapiro, new Marlins logo, Ron Jeremy rum & more

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Click on Super Mario for my latest column, on coach Mario Cristobal and the rise of FIU football.

1aa1mialogo 1aa1fiulogo COULD FIU BEAT THE HURRICANES IN FOOTBALL?: I think, for the first time, the question at least is fairly debatable. UM is 1-1 off a nice, big home win vs. Ohio State. FIU is 3-0 after consecutive big wins at Louisville and vs. Central Florida. Both Miami teams are "also receiving votes" this week just outside the national Top 25 polls. I am very sure the Canes would be favored. I think but am not as sure the Canes would win. I am curious what y'all think, and why. I am not looking to start an uncivil war here. (A civil war is OK). And once again I challenge you to set aside your biased fan's interest and vote the way you honestly feel. An undercurrent of this topic is the general state of both football programs and whatever advances FIU has made. But let's focus on the core question: Who'd win and why if the Miami neighbors were playing this Saturday? 

1aa1lukerat 1aa1luke UNCLE LUKE SUES LITTLE LUKE: Random Evidence blog exclusive, first reported here: Luther Campbell is suing Nevin Shapiro, claiming the convicted Ponzi thief and renegade UM booster "slandered and defamed" him. Campbell is pictured at left and Shapiro at right. Case number 11-30137CA21 was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court Tuesday by Campbell's attorney, Michael J. Carney. The gist of the suit is this Shapiro quote: "Luther Campbell was the first uncle who took care of players before I got going ... and someone needed to pick up that mantle. He was Uncle Luke and I was Little Luke." Right on, Luke. Good luck ever seeing a dime. But right on, anyway.

1aa1marlinsnewlogo MAY IT NOT BE REAL!: Appearing out of the ether and on the Internet is this logo purported to be the new imprint of the Marlins. The team has no comment prior to a planned Nov. 11 unveiling of the new team logo and colors. That also is the day they drop 'Florida' and officially become the Miami Marlins. I don't like this logo. Do you? Especially I don't like the design or colors of the M. One reason this logo might not be real: Marlins president David Samson hinted this week the new colors would not include the original signature color, teal. But isn't that teal on the bottom of the M? Logo talk! 

1aa1charlie CHARLIE SHEEN ROAST: Watched it with an open mind and thought this: 1) You have a really bad roast panel when all the speakers' running gag is making fun of how little-known the other speakers are. 2) You have a really bad roast panel when your biggest stars are Mike Tyson and William Shatner. 3) You have a really sad roast when everybody is making fun of the guest of honor for his drug abuse and hookers, but it isn't a caricature. I also found it notable that on the same night Sheen starred in this ode to the dissolution of his career, the reconstituted Two And a Half Men, now starring Ashton Kutcher, earned the highest ratings in the history of the show. G'night, Charlie.

1aa1chaz SPEAKING OF TV...: How obvious is it that the new season of Dancing With The Stars is pushing Chaz Bono (left) to at least be a season-long presence? They have turned him into a novelty act at best, a freak show at worst. You know what, though? Pretty good dancer for a fat guy. Am I allowed to refer to a transgender man as a fat guy or is that doubly mean? I am imagining for some reason a Charlie Sheen/Chaz Bono Variety Hour. C'mon, people, work with me!

ME, FANTASY: Greg's Lobos lost 146-113, falling to 1-1 in my family 'n friends league. Aaron Rodgers' 26 points did not suffice. Got buried by my opponent's 39 from Vincent Jackson. Do I suck as a fantasy owner? I do. I am the opposite of "involved" player. Latest example: I forgot to not start Marques Colston, who was out injured. Inexcusable! Didn't cost me the game. But made me deserve to lose.

ME, PICKS: Nice bounceback for me in Week 2 of my NFL picks. Went 13-3 overall and 9-5-2 against the spread (wins by Bills and Cowboys pushed). Details on our Friday pix page.

COTE'S STATE OF THE STATE: Our latest updated weekly ranking of the seven FBS teams in our state, with previous week's rank in parentheses. Entering Week 4:

1aa1fla 1. FSU Seminoles (1) 2-1, 0-0 ACC

2. Florida Gators (2) 3-0, 1-0 SEC

3. S. Fla. Bulls (3) 3-0, 0-0 Big East

4. Miami Hurricanes (5) 1-1, 0-1 ACC

5. FIU G-P's (6) 3-0, 1-0 Sun Belt

6. C. Fla. Knights (4) 2-1, 0-0 C-USA

7. FAU Owls (7) 0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt

1aa1ronjeremy MMM, GOOD RUM. TASTES LIKE PORN!: Porn legend Ron Jeremy -- I have no idea if he is retired or still acting and probably wouldn't admit it if I did know -- lends the imprimatur of his good name to "Ron de Jeremy Spiced Rum" and will 1aa1jeremydouble appear this coming Saturday at a local Crown Liquors to pimp his product. If the bottle mentions a "secret ingredient," run like hell. (In a related story, see left, Ron Jeremy and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy might be the same person).

THE REAL T-30: The Real T-30 is our weekly cumulative, consensus Top 30 college football ranking based on a combination of the three major polls: Associated Press, USA Today, ESPN. Points based on 30 for a No. 1 ranking, 29 for No. 2, etc. The combined ranking entering Week 4:

Rank   Team   Points   (Last week)

1   Oklahoma   360   (1)

2   Alabama   344   (2)

3   Louisiana State   339   (3)

4   Boise State   317   (4)

5   Stanford   301   (6)

6   FLORIDA STATE   293   (5)

7   Oklahoma State   278   (7t)

8t   Wisconsin   274   (9)   

8t   Texas A&M   274   (7t)

10   Oregon   254   (10)

11   Nebraska   242   (11)

12   South Carolina   230   (12)

13t   Arkansas   221   (14)

13   Virginia Tech   221   (13)

15   FLORIDA   151   (17)

16   Michigan State   150   (15)

17   Ohio State   138   (16)

18   West Virginia   136   (18)

19   Texas Christian   118   (20)

20   Texas   107   (22t)

21   SOUTH FLORIDA   95   (25t)

22   Baylor   93   (25t)

23   Mississippi State   90   (19)

24   Arizona State   77   (21)

25   Auburn   74   (22t)

26   Missouri   58   (24)

27   Southern Cal   49   (30)

28t   Michigan   44   (31)

28t   Notre Dame   44   (27)

30   Penn State   37   (28)

36   MIAMI   13   (35t)

38t   CENTRAL FLORIDA   7   (33t)

Note: FIU does not yet chart because a team must be in top five outside Top 25s each week to score points. This week FIU is 16th outside Top 25 by The AP, 13th outside USA Today and 9th outside ESPN.

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