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February 07, 2012

Is Ricky Williams worthy of Dolphins Honor Roll? (with poll); plus first look at Marlins ballpark in action!, LeBron, Yoenis, Louis Vuitton condoms & more

1aa1hank3[1) Thanks to all today's live-chatters. Do it every Wednesday 1-2 p.m. Click HERE to join us then or to post questions any time. 2) You can still vote in our best-NFL-quarterback poll in blogpost directly below this newest one. 3) Excited! Hank 3 (pictured) playing the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale March 7. He's Hank Williams' grandson and Hank Jr.'s kid, a bizarre amalgam of hell-billy punk-country. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

1aa1ricky2MEASURING THE CAREER OF RICKY WILLIAMS: Longtime former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams told the Ravens today he retiring, according to multiple news reports. Williams, 34, had a very good NFL career, his 10,009 rushing yards making him one of only 26 runners to reach that plateau. He is not a Hall of Famer, but enjoyed a much above-average career from a football 1aa1ricky1standpoint. The more interesting discussion is the measure of his Dolphins career that spanned 2002-10 with a couple of controversial years off in between. I present the poll below because I think the question is arguable. The case for his being on the Honor Roll someday: His 6,436 rushing yards as a Dolphin rank second in club history, trailing iconic Larry Csonka by only 301 yards. The case against: The abrupt retirement and drug-related suspensions calling to question whether Ricky's name and the word "honor" should be linked. (Then again I would remind that Csonka left the Dolphins in the lurch, too, once, leaving for the WFL). Williams led a fascinating career/life, going from vilified by fans here to somewhat beloved, embraced again. Do I think Williams will make the team's Honor Roll someday? I would bet hugely against it. But do I think he should? I'd lean yes but don't feel strongly. How do you feel and why?

1aa1mlb12FIRST LOOK AT MARLINS NEW BALLPARK IN ACTION!: This is good. This will be worth a minute of your time. Courtesy PlayStation and MLB 12 The Show, here is a video simulation of what the new ballpark will look like during a game, complete with crowd, retractable dome, fish tanks, wacky home-run wheel, everything. Very realistic. Puts you there.

"THIS ISN'T A NORMAL MVP YEAR...": That was Erik Spoelstra when I asked him about LeBron James 1aa1lebronjbefore last night's Heat win over Cleveland here. We measure great athletes not only by their best performances (and the frequency of them), but by how good they are even when they are -- for them -- not so good. That was LeBron last night. Seemed like he was quiet. Off night. And he still ends up with 24 points. Click on King James for my new column, an ode to the best individual season we have seen since Dan Marino's 1984.

LOUIS VUITTON CONDOMS: Guys, Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Do you want to surprise your wife 1aa1louis2 1aa1louis1or lady with something special? Are you worried that expensive dinner, flowers and jewelry won't be enough? Are you concerned even the splendor of your own personal magnitude might come up short? Rest easy. Just slip on a Louis Vuitton condom! It's for the man who has everything ... except a wife who uses birth-control pills. The LV designer condom is pictured both packaged and poised for use. We'd show you the thing in action but this is a family blog.

CESPEDES IS MARLINS' TO LOSE: I think Miami Marlins president David Samson would have to wear an 1aa1cespedes"English Only!" button on his lapel today or ask prized Cuban-defector outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to play for free to not win the sweepstakes for this 26-year-old outfielder. Clearly he is the Marlins' to lose. "There is no doubt that I would like to play in front of so many Cubans in Miami," Cespedes (pictured) told El Neuvo Herald upon arriving in town for today's meeting with the club. "I will not deny that I would like to play for the Marlins." The question is less whether Miami will land him than how well and how soon those five tools of his will translate to MLB.

HERALD TOP 50 FROM 2011: Just saw an internal list of the 50 most-read stories on MiamiHerald.com in 2011 and No. 1 was Dave Barry's 2010 year in review with 770,222 hits. Surprised to see only six sports-related pieces made the list: 24. Sarah Palin's supposed one-night fling with ex-Heat star Glen Rice with 122,918 hits; 29. LeBron just wasn't LeBron throughout the NBA Finals with 111,919; 30. Bottom line: Miami Heat didn't do enough to fulfill dream (a column of mine) with 111,575; 39. Miami Dolphins fire coach Tony Sparano with 86,891; 42. Miami Hurricanes may declare investigated players ineligible with 84,201; and 50. Another Sarah Palin/Glen Rice story with 73,387.

ONLY-IN-MIAMI HEADLINES (one in a series): Click here. Comment: No doubt the homeowners said the explosives belonged to Porky.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Rick Santorum resuscitates flagging campaign by sweeping Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri in Tuesday primaries, dealing an embarrassing blow to supposed frontrunner Mitt Romney. Meanwhile Newt Gingrich continues to defiantly act like a frontrunner with scant evidence to show, and Ron Paul is still rambling like the lovable uncle you think might be in the early stages of dementia. The Obama campaign is howling.    

1aa1keywestsb2BE PROUD, FLORIDA. WE DOMINATE 'TRASHY' RANKINGS!: Woooo! Although Las Vegas is No. 1 in a Coed Magazine (!) list of America's 10 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations, our state otherwise dominates thanks to Key West (2nd), Daytona Beach (4th), Miami Beach (6th), Panama City Beach (7th) and Fort Myers (8th). Criteria includes a city's number of Hooters, strip clubs, liquor stores, motorcycle bike-weeks, "Girls Gone Wild" shoots and tattoo parlors. Sounds reasonable. Pictured: Key West spring breakers celebrate the city's No. 2 ranking in the traditional manner.

JERRY SANDUSKY UPDATE: I Googled the word "Creepy" and saw this story about a local elementary school complaining because Jerry Sandusky was watching kids from his nearby home while under house arrest.

1aa1werewolfSISTERS BESET BY WEREWOLF SYNDROME: Three sisters from India (right) suffer from an incredibly rare condition called Werewolf Syndrome. Could I say it if it weren't true? Read more here.

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