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March 05, 2012

Manning Week in Miami: Will Peyton be Peyton again? (with poll); plus the drive of Josh Johnson, Tiger, Bosh, Islam Mickey & more

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PEYTON MANNING WEEK IN MIAMI: (Update: This looks like one of the closer polls we've done. Check back often to monitor changing results...) Peyton Manning Week has dawned in America, with Miami one of the 1aa1pmanningseats of high interest in the expected soon-to-be former Indianapolis Colts quarterback. Click on Peyton Throws for a brief video of Manning tossing passes at Duke this past Friday, an (apparent) indication he is close to healthy, "apparent" a key caveat. Thursday is the day Indy will either pay enormously to keep Manning (pictured) or let him lapse into free agency, the latter a strong likelihood. Then we begin to see if the Dolphins' interest is real or just media imagination. You all know I think Miami ideally would do better to trade up to the No. 2 pick if possible and draft Robert Griffin III, but of the more realistic free-agent options I like a healthy Manning over an unproven Matt Flynn. "Heathy" -- another key caveat. This true or false poll question cuts straight to the core, and to the heart of the Dolphins' decision. Imagine Stephen Ross, Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin trying to answer it. Because they must. Now here's your chance. Will Manning ever again be as good as he once was? Poll open. Call it Super Monday.

1aa1tigerRORY'S TITLE, BUT TIGER'S DAY: I was a witness to and chronicler of the power of Tiger Woods Sunday at the Honda Classic final round up in Palm Beach. I don't just mean the reemerging golf skills that led to a sizzling 62 on an 18th-hole eagle. I mean the continuing aura and sway he has over adoring fans. Don't count out Tiger yet. Rory McIlroy would win the tournament and ascend to No. 1 in the world rankings, but for me the story of the day was Woods. Click on Tiger Roars for my column.

Rory and Caroline and Maria: Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova were playing a tennis exhibition last night when Caroline's boyfriend Rory McIroy showed up and played a point. Click here to watch.

A NEEDED REMINDER THAT HEAT NEEDS BOSH: They call it the Heat's Big 3, we are reminded anew, not 1aa1boshthe Big 2. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (or vice versa) lead the headlines and the scoring, but third cog Chris Bosh (pictured) has risen by his absence to the level of indispensable with the team's 1-2 western trip while Bosh was away mourning the death of a grandmother. Don't make too much of the listless loss to the Lakers Sunday or to Wade fouling out. But take this from the past couple of games: Miami is the best team in the NBA when at full strength and meshing, but not when something is missing. Bosh should rejoin the team here tonight vs. the Nets, and what he hears from the crowd ought to be a heightened shade of appreciation.

MARLINS' JOSH JOHNSON TAKES NEXT STEP: Until now it's been all expectation and hype. Yesterday up in Jupiter the Marlins took the field for their first spring training game (beat Cards 4-3), with Josh Johnson on the mound. Johnson looked encouragingly sharp. Click on Ace Tries to Lose the Asterisk for my latest column on Johnson off the game, online now and in today's newspaper.

1aa1disneyMICKEY, MINNIE MOUSE CONVERT TO ISLAM: I'm surprised this has not gotten more attention. Then again it could be a Disney stunt to attract more Muslim vistors to its parks.

CANES SPRING FOOTBALL ET CETERA: Rain don't stop no Cane. Click here for the report from Sunday's Day 2 of spring football practice. That same day UM baseball got swept at home by the Gators, on top of the Canes women unexpectedly losing in the first round of the ACC basketball tournament. Fans of The U counting on a better show this week from Miami men's hoops, and they'll need it for any shot at an invite to the NCAA Tournament.

1aa1buriedMAN DIES TRYING TO SET RECORD FOR BEING BURIED ALIVE: Click here if you don't believe it. I'd say "only in America" except it happened in Sri Lanka. Quick thought: Whose idea was it to start keeping records for being buried alive? And did it ever occur to that person that this might be sort of a bad idea?

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