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[1) It is MONDAY, AUGUST 13. Watch for a new blogpost coming later today. 2) Dolphins release WR Chad Johnson following his domestic violence arrest. No surprise. Seems justifed. Blew the comeback chance. It's on you, Chad. 3) Team USA beats Spain for Olympic gold medal, led by Kevin Durant's 30 points, but with LeBron James' 19 including a big dunk and a huge three-pointer in final two minutes. "U-S-A! U-S-A!" 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]
Click on The Future Is Now for my column on Ryan Tannehill off the Dolphins game.
PS1: TAMPA BAY 20, DOLPHINS 7 (FINAL): ROOKIE TANNEHILL SHINES IN EXHIBITION OPENER: Well, Miami's performance mostly was underwhelming last night but Ryan Tannehill was a definite highlight, completing 14 of 21 passes for 167 yards including an 11-yard TD pass to Charles Clay. Just before the game it was revealed No. 1 QB David Garrard had knee issues, would undergo arthroscopic surgery on Saturday/today and be out two to four weeks. That opened the door for Matt Moore and Tannehill, and the latter made the most of his chance. Miami's choice should be clear now: The future is now. It's Tannehill time. Original post: OK, yes, preseason openers are famously irrelevant in terms of the result mattering or being any reliable gauge. And Buccaneers-at-Dolphins is nobody's likely Super Bowl preview; sadly, both teams are perceived closer to NFL bottom feeders at the moment. From a national vantage this matchup is an afterthought. Nevertheless! For Miami and Dolfans this fake-game debut has some sizzle and pop for a couple of reasons. It is the dress-rehearsal bow for new coach Joe Philbin and his high-energy, (mostly) no-huddle offense. And it is the first real shakeout in the three-headed quarterback competition among No. 1-for-now David Garrard, incumbent Matt Moore and first-round rookie Ryan Tannehill. Moore, Garrard and Tannehill are pictured left to right, and the final score of tonight's game won't matter as much as the comparative performances of those three QBs. (I'd include fourth-string Pat Devlin as if he had a shot in all this, but I'm not that polite, sorry). I'll be columnizing off tonight's game. Your thoughts before, during and after it are invited here.
Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: Our blog staple the Dolfan Satisfaction Meter -- the weekly poll in which you tell the Dolphins how satisfied you are -- will return for a fifth season this year but not now during exhibition play. The first DSM will follow the regular-season opener on Sept. 9.
JT, Zach, Arns added to Dolphin Honor Roll: The club yesterday revealed that defensive stalwarts Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas and Super-era defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger will be the latest inductees onto the team's stadium Honor Roll. I'd predicted JT and Zach; both are exceptionally deserving. Arnsparger is sort of out of the blue but it's hard to argue.
THE RETURN OF HANLEY RAMIREZ: CHEER OR BOO?: Longtime Marlin Hanley Ramirez, traded to the Dodgers last month, returns with L.A. for a three-game series here beginning last night. I think Hanley's introduction and first at-bat will inspire a major crowd reaction, a lot of cheering but (I'd predict) predominant booing. It's hard to say what the reaction should be. Ramirez did some good things here, including an NL batting title, but was never the team leader he should have been and ultimately disappointed. He is pictured here, either acknowleding your cheers or motioning for you to stop booing please. You're at the park and Hanley's name is announced. What are you doing? Vote and say why. [Update: Heard from several people at the game that Ramirez was loudly booed last night].
Poll result: Mixed feelings on Bonds and Clemens in Hall of Fame: We asked in the previous blogpost if Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens belonged in Cooperstown (you can still vote) and opinions were extreme. A plurality of 42.4 percent said no, but a majority were agreeable to some degree, with 35.4% saying yes, 18.1% maybe and 4.1% undecided.
DOES DWIGHT HOWARD MEAN THE LAKERS HAVE OUT-BIG 3'D (OR BIG 4'D) THE HEAT?: The Lakers are adding Dwight Howard, via a four-team trade, to Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash. Oklahoma City immediately has a co-favorite in the NBA West. And the champion Heat and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen immediately have a tough (and tall) new hurdle in their efforts to grow one title into a dynasty. I'll be interested to see post-trade NBA championship odds. Bearing in mind that betting lines reflect public perception, I predict the Lakers will now be favorites over Miami. [Update: Bovada doesn't wait long. Heat at 5-2 and Lakers at 3-1 are now virtual co-faves to win NBA title, followed by Thunder at 11-2 and Chicago at 9-1].
United States 41G - 26S - 28B -- 95
China 37 - 25 - 20 -- 82
Russia 17 - 21 - 28 -- 66
Great Britain 26 - 15 - 18 -- 59
Cote d'Ivoire 0 - 0 - 0 -- 0
Time for Cote, the Official National Team of This Blog, to rally. Let's charge, d'Ivoires!
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