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July 11, 2012

U.S. Olympians will lead world in funny hats; plus vote Heat's biggest free-agent addition (with poll); also Marlins, Dolphins & more

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U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE LOSES MIND, OUTFITS AMERICAN ATHLETES WITH DORKY BERETS: At 1aa1beretssome point the USOC met to go over uniforms for the upcoming London Games, someone stood and said, "Let's have our athletes wear French berets that will be widely mocked," and the joking suggestion apparently was taken seriously and voted in, perhaps because everyone in the room was drunk. So this week the U.S. revealed Ralph Lauren-designed berets that 1aa1berets2American athletes will don (see right) during the opening and closing ceremonies and throughout the Games. A rule of thumb here is that nobody looks good in a beret. Not even the Green Berets 1aa1beretobamalook good in berets. Anyone wearing a beret looks like he should be driving a tiny Fiat while wearing a paisley ascot and smoking an elaborate pipe. I tried to think of headwear that might be even more embarrassing for U.S. athletes to wear and the only thing I could come up with was either those pointy green Robin Hood caps with the feather or the red plant pots the band Devo wore. Do I continue as a proud American hoping the U.S. kicks some serious Olympic a-- over there? Of course. Also I am very proud to not be wearing a beret.

1aa1allenrayPOLL: HEAT'S TOP FREE-AGENT ADDITION IS...: It's official. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis both signed with Miami today. Allen, 37 next week, is the 6-5 guard who is the NBA's all-time three-point shooter (pictured at today's introductory press conference conspicuously not wearing a beret). Lewis, 33 next month, is the 6-10 forward and two-time all-star who also can hit from the perimeter. Both will be major rotation players off the bench next season. The inclination is to think Allen is the more significant signing, but Lewis could play a very interesting role as well. Whose signing excites you more? Put another way, whose signing do you imagine will impact the Heat more favorably? Vote and say why.

A conversation with Dwyane Wade: Had a nice talk with the Heat's D-Wade yesterday about a variety of stuff. Click on Wade Reflects, Looks Forward for the resulting column. 

1aa1committeeMARLINS' CLOSER-BY-COMMITTEE: Manager Ozzie Guillen unsurprisingly revealed he would start the season's second half with a "closer by committee," a de facto demotion of Heath Bell. Expect Steve Cishek in the role initially (as I'd suggested in a Tuesday column), with maybe a dose of Juan Carlos Oviedo (when he returns from suspension) or Bell again if Cishek falters. Meantime Guillen's son Ozney Tweeted 'This [bleep]ing guy' after Bell's latest blown save on Sunday, prompting his father to say, "That's not his business." (It seems that the occasional placement of foot in mouth runs in the Guillen family...). Pictured: The Marlins' new Closer Committee holds its first meeting.

Showtime debuts 'The Franchise' starring Marlins: The one-hour premiere episode is tonight at 10. It will include some of the stuff already seen in a sneak preview, such as the Ozzie Guillen/Fidel Castro stuff. of more current interest: a testy office meeting between Guillen and embattled closer Heath Bell.

WORST ALL-STAR GAME EVER?: Almost, if you go just by the numbers. Last night's 8-0 win by the NL in Kansas City was the 83rd All-Star Game, and only two others have been bigger routs based on margin of runs. Those were the AL's 12-0 win in 1946 at Fenway Park, and the AL's 13-3 win in 1983 at Comiskey Park. Between the absence of any Marlins players and the uncompetitive game off a 5-0 first inning, I say no ASG has interested South Florida less.

Poll result: MMA edges boxing: In a result closer than I expected from our poll in the previous blogpost, mixed martial arts was the favorite over boxing by 39.2 percent to 36.4. Another 17.6 percent said they liked liked neither sport, and 6.8% said they liked both equally.

1aa1camwakeCAMERON WAKE, TOUR GUIDE: All-access and behind-the-scenes is all the rage, with Marlins on Showtime's The Franchise and Dolphins about to unfurl on HBO's Hard Knocks. Want more? Cameron Wake provides a tour of the Dolphins' locker room and facilities tonight at 7 on NFL Network. Click here for a one-minute preview.

WORLD'S WORST DAD: OK I'm going to go ahead and nominate this guy until somebody worse comes along.

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Come on Greg,, this is all you can drum up?

Seeing O' with a beret and mentioning Green Beret's in the article your way off base... Creating this "cool guy" into something he's not - manly - serves his inventing himself by lying to the public in his books. The man could never be a Green Beret, his testicles produce as much testosterone as a one nut man in his 80's.

The Olympian's uniform ?...who cares , really.

Voted for R Allen in the poll, He will be huge this coming year, Lewis COULD also surprise.

Closer by committee works for me, It can't get any worse, the problem is they can't get rid of Bell at all, he is untradable unless you add one of our starts and give him away.

All-star game, didn't watch a single minute, don't care.

The Berets are fruity it's like eating Croissants. They should give Everyone Rambo Bandana's. All the Tough Guys wear them. Bruce Lee, Rambo, Chuck Norris, Street "Gangs", Karate Kid.

On the Closer thing, It puts it on Ozzie now. Yeah, Beinfest screwed it up with the Cow Bell signing. But he made sure to keep JCO and Company. Who is Cischek? The UnderArm Throwing Fellow? He's been Effective but those guys aren't consistent. They Show the Ball for way to long and they are only limited to a Couple Pitches.

Now using all 3 even if it's for ant out each, I have no Problem with that. The 97 Team had like 6 Closers in that Squad.

It also starts putting the SpotLight on John Buck. Is he calling the game? His Hitting Sucks and he can't even throw Big Papi Out at Second.

They Should trade Gaby and Buck and Bell for any Half-way Decent Catcher or for a 5th starter.

So the NL should win the WS this year. If the Marlins make the Playoff's? This Second half will be interesting to watch.

The Tv Series starts tonight, I hope Hard Knock doesn't take this long to produce. We will be half way thru the Season and we will just be getting a glimpse of Training Camp.

Baby, just so you know.

Allen said he not coming here and dictating any terms, he doesn't mind coming off the bench.

FZB, I agree with scott for a yr or 2. Like how Incognito turned out. Ireland could do the pair thing again. LG, RG in the Draft. If we don't fix the WR thing this year. Those will only be the real need for the Fins in the Next Draft. We can even get a QB with Value starting in the 4th or later for those who want to draft a QB every Year.

On the Olympic team debate. The Question really is MJ at 29 or lebron at 27? Then Kobe,KG and Melo against the other guys. The Athlete's get bigger and Faster, but if this team pulls those numbers against the Competition Now. Then Yes it's up for Debate.

The Spaniard's are bringing Ibaka with the Gasol's. The Germans are bringing Drago and the Super Engineered Master Race

The germans are always ahead of the Curve on Steroid's or PED's and on Genetic Engineering. They've been creating Super Babies for almost a Century Now. Like Micheal Johnson said about the New World Afro-Descent Athlete. It's not being Racist but the Black people on this Side of the World are Bigger and Stronger than the Africans in Africa.

Why isn't Kenya winning the 100M or have a Great B-Ball team. We have all seen the Air Up There. The Jimmy Dollan's of the NBA would've had Africa like the Dom. Rep. Every country in africa would have a Team Sponsoring a B-Ball Academy.

Give the Chinese about 10-15 years until everyone looks like Yao Ming and can Dribble like J-Lin. I believe they ask T-Mac to shoot them Chinese Beer Commercial's to steal the DNA. "We make Chinese Micheal Jordan", Ching Chong Scientist in Commie China. Only Problem is they need to fix the Injury Gene. Even Lin. Asian Athletes are injury prone.

Yee Hah cowboys, there's a snake in my boot!

Greetings from Austin!

What? Austin, Austin, Austin, damit! As in - What the f*** am I doing here!?!?!?

Where? The middle of Texas. Same hot Miami weather, same bugs, plus crickets that fall from the ceiling as you sit reading the paper, or run for cover when you turn the bathroom light on. Yes, there's also scorpions, I'm told. Although I haven't seen those suckers yet.

There are no more than three cool places here, versus perhaps 50 in SoCa and 30 in Mia. The only thing going in sports are the Longhorns and everyone here runs around wearing nothing but burnt orange gear. This sucks!

Oh, and then there are those moronic driving "loops." 100% of all high traffic areas here are one-way. If you miss the entrance to that (anything) you're stuck having to go around these stupid loops that go out a mile each way.

I think I'll have another Lone Star!

Jimbo Agree with you about Cote putting O in the same conversation with the green Berets. The guy is much to wimpey for this guy.

Wassup OC! Oye, to make you forget about Austin go check out the Ted movie tonight. Me cage de la risa anoche.

The Obamafication of America continues. Pandering and kowtowing to every other nation, apologizing for everything, and now, we're even going to dress like the French. Well, that's just great. Barack Obama is a traitor and I hope the first act of the President Romney America-cleansing administration will be to bring Barack Obama and his cabinet up on charges of high treason.

OC do they have the Little Mexican Lady making Tortilla's in the Supermarket like in Houston.

MR.WC surfing is not a sport. Bo don't surf cause Bo don't Swim. Doesn't the best female surfer in the world only have 1 arm? Rowing another Activity. U need all 4 Limbs working for an Activity starts to become a sport. That's like saying BMX-ing and Skateboarding is a Competitive Sport.

U need ur 4 Limbs to make a golf swing. Now is Golf alot easier than Baseball to pick up yes(No body is throwing the ball at different speeds or differnt Angle's). Golf is like tennis in the sense anyone can play and have fun. Tennis has way better athletes. Specially Women Tennis.

The Best Female Athlete's in the World, Women Tennis. Talk about German and Russian Perfection. Yeah the William sisters specially Serena are the Lebron James of the Sport. The most athletically gifted player in his sport,75% or more of Women Tennis is Ran By Beautiful Nova's.

Can U Surf in Texas? Not a Sport

Hey i know we have like 50 qb's going into Training Camp but can we go after Brees? Correct some of our Wrongs. The Fins can send the Saints 2-1st rd Picks. Brees for 3-4 years.

Senor Dashi,

Brees has the franchise designation meaning he either has to play for the saints or not play at all, he can't be trade it.

FZB,

Both Ca. and Tx. have a 37% Mexican (okay, Latino) population. Ca. has 13M more people than does Tx., hence, there are 4.8M more Mexicans in Ca.

Translation: The spanish language is not as prevalent here in Austin.

...and yes, I did hear about the roaches. They are supposed to be "tree" roaches. One of those three cool places I mentioned earlier is this enormous forest SW of downtown. Housing in and all around are at a premium, as when one is able to rise above the canopy (say, out of one's third floor home/apt), the only thing you can see is the wide expanse of forest with the downtown high-rises as a backdrop. Pretty dramatic stuff. Also, there's a myriad of trails everyone flocks to after work.

I thought with The Franchise Tag another Team can still make a Bid like Restricted FA in the NBA. Except in the NFL if U win the player, U still lose a 1st Rd pick or 2 depending on the level of the Tag. Or was that just the old CBA?

The Date coming up is the final Day for another team to make a bid or trade for him, Brees also gives up the right to come to terms with anyone else and Agrees to play for that franchise, by signing the 1 yr Franchise Deal.

OC Dolphin,

"austin city limits" was a great show- is it still a musician's haven or has it been all over since kinky friedman and asleep at the wheel? good luck down there

thanks, shadow-

Yes, music still seems to be everywhere here. Lots of live performances all up 6th St. The local FM stations are right up my alley - eclectic rock, meaning, everything from folksy acoustic young new artists to RHC Peppers. Fine jazz and classic music as well. Then of course, there is that cowboy twang that marginally beats out gangsta rap in stuff not fit for ears.

raoul duke would fit right at home here. Let me put it this way. The city's tagline is "Keep Austin Weird."

Big Baby,

charles barkley was not a tub of lard in 1992, i don't believe. while he played at 285 at auburn and was still good enough to dominate the seven inches taller melvin turpin in the middle, i think that in 92 he probably was closer to 245 and could carry his weight- he ran the court, could jump and was a more than adequate inside and outside player. barkley wa a specimen that doesn't come along very often.

So the Dolphins are ranked 27th by profootballtalk.com

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/11/preseason-power-rankings-no-27-miami-dolphins/

Oye senor OC, it takes a little while to get use to a new place but in time you'll be all right, I'm sure you the the Mrs will get acclimated in no time at all.

Look at the bright side, you're away from Woodcock..right?

as for music, I also like acoustic, not to mention classic rock and blues, can't forget the blues.

FZB,

we don't forget the blues- we love the blues!! considering led zep, the stones, cream, and fleetwood mac started out as blues bands it is hard to forget. one of the reasons the beatles don't move me is that they never (to the best of my knowledge) ever recorded any blues numbers, sticking to chuck berry/little richard style rockers. give me howlin wolf and magic sam and i wouldn't need to listen to much else

Greg,

Nice piece of creative writing there (the beret).

you're correct Shadow, the blues are the foundation of every meaningful great rock song...

this is Buddy Guy, goes into the crowd and continues to play, this is the blues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTyC7Z96_-I&feature=related

I don't really wanna get started because I can go on and on..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi0D9JizqWw&feature=related

Shadow I don't think Barkley has seen 245 since the 10th grade but if you say so.


Hey Dashi, do they snow ski in Miami? Is snow skiing not a sport because they don't do it in Miami? Wow, what a nerd!

Hey OC, you should give Country "and" Western a chance. It's 10,000 times better than that long hair, can't understand one freaking word the long hair is screaming, weeeeeeeeeeeee, waaaaaaaaaaaaa, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang, shit that you normally like to listen to. Go check out Vince Gill when he comes to town, or go check out George Strait or Willy Nelson, J.J. Cale, or go check out Bobby "Blue" Bland when he comes to town. But skip the long hairs you can just open the window of your apartment and listen to the alley cats out back.

Here you go, Woody. Let me put it in a way you would understand (my view on C&W).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eh2KPGBHMM

Obama me la mama. Did you see what that clown said about Chavez today?

That's not country and western that's folk you moron, and folk sucks donkey dicks.

Of course, you idiot. The effect is nonetheless the same!!!!

It's too bad you can't go see Willy and Waylon anymore OC. If you could and you told me you didn't like the show I would buy you a year's worth of Texas T-Bones.

No, didn't hear (obee) I'm guessing it involves Chavez, a shower curtain, bed and Wesson oil.

Boy, them's fighting words what he said today, bro.

Skiing is not a Sport it's an Activity. We put a lot of Physical Activity in the Sports Category. Now, I'm not the one to classify each one.

Daivd Sampson is Loria's son in Law. Talk about never getting rid of him. Wow, I didn't know Samson sucked up that good.

Every Music Genre has it's good and it's bad. U have to remember Country Songs sometimes ain't about the Singing, Certain Songs set the Mood. Red Solo Cup

Dashi, skiing is an Olympic sport.

Now based on your past comments I take it that you don't ski nor do you golf. Right? I'd like to see you go out and shoot 75. And that's easy compared to standing at the top of the Cornice in Mammoth when it's howling at 30 mph up the slope and you're looking down a 35% slope and the people look like ants at the bottom of the run and you know that if you don't make that first turn you're fucked. Go play ping pong or shuffle board, dude.

Is Gymnastics a Sport? Weight Lifting? Shuffle Board? There are over 100 Athletic Activities in the Olympics, That doesn't make them all Sports.

Golf is a Sport, I classified it as such already(Again I'm not the Dashi "Know All" of What is and What isn't a sport). I just feel Real Competitive Sports keep a Score to decide winning or losing. Or A set standard, a time to beat, Not jusst some Judges to decide the outcome. (Speed skating and Slalom Skating are Sports.)

Don't take it literal, Boxing is a sport. But boxing is only a sport because the alternative was fight to the death. I'm talking about Old School, The Real Old School before bare knuckles.

Now is Competitive Eating a Sport? No
What about the Competitive Outdoor Activities like Wood Chopping or Hand-Sawing Down a Tree? Those are considered Sports by their fans.

World Strongest Man Competition? Not a Sport.
Bowling? A Sport.

It's just a matter of personal opinion in what classifies certain Athletic Activities as a Sport. Tomato, Tomate

Oh it's Personal Allen is Wearing Paul Pierce's #

http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2012/07/11/16/46/1qDvJq.Sk.56.jpeg

Let the Hate begin. The jersey looks better than the Protype
http://blogs.herald.com/.a/6a00d83451587d69e2017616378d74970c-320wi

ultimate patriot? you are a douche bag..
OC? you missed south by southwest; one of the biggest music festivals in the country. it's every spring.. they even have artists that don't read music, so don't invite woody..

Woodcock,

Oye brother, what's happened to you ?...You don't like the Beatles and you like country music ?..WTF bro?

you like golf over a man's man game ?..Dominoes ?

you need a "despojo"

This is also a man's man game, and I'll have a word with anyone here that disagrees with me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ExtlBUtBnU

you can get all the vagina you want, chicks dig it.

Allen wore #34 in Seattle he couldn't wear it in Boston it's his first choice nothing to do with Pierce.

No hate we're better off with Terry and yes Allen has lost a step it happened a few years ago.

I wish him well except against Boston.

Here is a good article from Bob Ryan that you or any basketball fan might enjoy OC.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2012/07/11/for-nba-big-men-big-draw/YfGgbyyvXEyWZ2eiILDAuM/story.html

Ray also wore 34 in Milwaukee.

what i disagree with is the uniforms themselves. i agree the beret's suck, but every component of the uniforms, men and women are made in china. there's something inherently wrong with that...

Bob Ryan Sucks Toes, Orlando has lost the most talent of any NBA franchise in history, for being in the NBA in such a short amount of time. From the draft and FA's. Orlando will luck out agian, be a playoff team in 3-5 years without Dwight. certain Teams(Organizations) have a knack for winning others don't.

The Difference in playing Sports in Miami and Playing in Cleveland in any Sport. It's like Playing in NY, LA or Boston. Most titles have gone to these 3 cities in Most Major Sports. Miami is just becoming the 4th City in the Conversation.

They won't go nowhere again, cause they will get rid of the next guy when he is worth real money or going into his Prime. Bad Ownership. They don't want a Title they just want to make money.

If Orlando wants to they will keep Dwight and Rebuild around him. B-Ball players play for the Most Money and he would Re-Sign With Orlando for Max Money when the Difference is over 40 Mil.

Nah, I still believe it's personal. U know someone is going to say That the first time the Over 50 club is on the Court. Milk and Ray Vs Paul and Terry

Curling is an Olyimpic Activity.

Big Baby,

liked ray allen at uconn, even more when he decided he could live without and agent and the agent's cut and negotiated his rookie contract himself. he is smart, likeable, a great team player, and whatever minutes the heat get from him will most probably be quality.

Bob Ryan has forgotten more about basketball than you will ever know Dashi.

It is personal Ray feels disrespected by Boston hey that's his view who am I to argue.

Hope he enjoys his 4 or 5 fg attempts per game in Miami.

"THE NEW NBA"!!!

the trend is to shy away from unskilled and plodding big men and, as good ole riles has said, play five guys who aren't necessarily defined as SG,PG,PF,... or 1,2,3,...

the fact is that all the huge centers who skipped college came into the pros without the skill set needed for post play and without the "pete newell (RIP) big man school" that he held every summer to teach footwork to these huge guys. if they played futbol as hakeem o did, and as many of the bigger europeans originally did before shifting to hoops, they can move around the court; otherwise, they have the mobility of an anvil. maybe with smaller quicker players the scores might go over 100 a little more, and the fast break will return to the pros, where it basically has been junked for half-court "pick and roll"- i get a kick out of the most basic play in pick-up games, maybe tied with the give-and-go, becoming the "high tech" of today's NBA. defending the pick and roll was the first defensive tactic taught to my jr. high team in man defense; of course, the first defense everyone learns is how to zone. the pick and roll was dead until princeton started to beat the big boys before the shot clock, and even after.

Oye Dashi, so if it's in Olympics it's still not a sport according to you. So according to you if the Olympics is not a sporting event then what is it? Are you sure that you're not Puerto Rican instead of Dominican?

Wassup Dave! Hey do you want to buy a player piano? I found a great one for you I can even get the owner to throw in a couple of scrolls of Paul McCarty and the Beatles singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand." You can sit there and amaze your friends as you pretend to hit the keyboards and read the sheet music while they follow along singing "Yea, Yea, Yea."

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQTQIoTFqTlnz-jc3jkGEah8N--b52s5YzEXkM9LdkWNyhYt8nfCQ

FZB, tu entiendes lo que dicen los peluos esos cuando estan gritando mientras que hacen bulla con las guitarras? Tu ingles tiene que ser mejor que el mio porque yo no le entiendo ni pinga.

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