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September 17, 2012

Should Marlins fire Ozzie Guillen? Poll. Vote; plus Ireland's heckler, NFL pix 'n fantasy, topless Kate, Rosenhaus, SOPY rank & more

1aa1radio790IN-STUDIO WITH LE BATARD TODAY: Thanks to the Dan Le Batard show on 790 The Ticket / FM 104.3 for having us in-studio on the show today. More to come?

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: See results of latest poll in blogpost directly below this one.

[1) It is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18. Click on Changing Perceptions for today's latest column by me, on the Dolphins. Click on Feeling Good At Last for my column off Sunday's Dolphins victory. 2) Thanks to all who tapped into our Live Blog Q&A yesterday. We'll be doing it right here every Monday from 1-2 p.m. 3) Visit our video channel at YouTube/TheGregCote and join us on Twitter @gregcote]

ON GUILLEN'S FUTURE AS MARLINS MANAGER: VOTE NOW: ESPN baseball maven Buster Olney writes that the Marlins have stopped playing hard for Ozzie Guillen and that the Marlins manager's future may 1aa1guillenbe in some doubt. Guillen, via Twitter, fired back, telling Olney, '...u so full of [bleep] whit u stupid comments...' Club president David Samson has called Guillen's performance "disappointing" to fuel the speculation. The club has offered no public vote of confidence or assurance he would be back -- which doesn't mean he won't, but certainly invites fans to wonder. That's especially true given owner Jeffrey Loria's history of what seem to be premature firings (think Joe Girardi). I think Ozzie will be back if only because Miami would take a financial hit to fire him with three years left on his contract. I also think he should be given another year at least. A bit of stability wouldn't hurt, particularly if baseball-ops guy Larry Beinfest is gone after the season. Your thoughst on Guillen are invited. Vote now and say why.

HECKLING JEFF IRELAND: A fan identifying himself only as Sean called into 790 The Ticket today to tell of an awkward exchange with Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland during halftime of Sunday's game on a concourse. The fans told Ireland the team needed him "to fire himself." Ireland began to turn to walk away but muttered "asshole" loud enough to be heard. Ireland has acknowledged he used the word and regrets doing so. How unsurprising, all of it. Ireland's unpopularity with fans is pretty clear. And, with new coach Joe Philbin still on his honeymoon here, Ireland will be the face of franchise failures until which time it is clear this club has turned it around and starts consistently winning. My take on this: Ballsy of the fan to say what he said, but points for having the nerve to say it to Ireland directly. Human nature dictates Ireland wanted to call his critic an asshole (or worse), but professionalism dictates he should not have. Don't think this is a big deal, and think Ireland's public "regrets" should suffice. 

NFL PIX 'N FANTASY: Had a nice bounceback week with both my NFL predictions and my fantasy team. You knew I would. Right? NFL predix: I'll own up here each week, good or bad. In Week 1 it was an unequivocal bad. In Week 2 it was good straight-up (12-4) and decent at least against the spread (7-8-1), an improvement both ways. Highlight: Nailed my Upset of the Week call with Rams over Redskins. "Aawwk!" Greg's Lobos: After an unlucky tiebreaker loss in Week 1, my fantasy team roared back with a 128-124 win thanks to a huge 35 points each from Reggie Bush and Hakeem Nicks. In my fantasy draft I literally got laughed at for taking Bush. Who laughin' now, b----es!?!

OMG! KATE MIDDLETON TOPLESS-PHOTOS SCANDAL: Rough few weeks for Buckingman Palace and the Royal Family, what? First Prince Harry gets exposed for those strip-poker photos in Vegas. Now, Prince 1aa1katemWilliam's wife, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is exposed with photos of her sunbathing topless at a French chateau. What's next? Prince Philip skinny-dipping? I understand why this is sensational news. Especially when the Kate pics are purloined with a telescopic camera, a clear invasion of privacy, and when the Royals fight back threatening lawsuits and punishment against outlets that publish the photos like the Italian newspaper at right. Personally I am amused, not outraged, by both the action and reaction here. Kate Middleton is a young woman on holiday trying to get a bleepin' tan, OK? Maybe even feeling a bit randy. So what? How dare the Royals act like normal people!?! Kate has decades to carry the old-lady handbag and be all stuffy and Royal. Let her enjoy her youth while she has it.

ROSENHAUS on '60 MINUTES': Anybody catch the feature on Miami-based NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus 1aa1drewSunday night on CBS' 60 Minutes? Drew unabashedly has a big ego and is a shameless self-promoter and spotlight-seeker -- and I say all that with some admiration, actually. Flat out, this guy is great at what he does. The super-aggressive nature and ego connect with football players because their personalities are often the same. Drew is a polarizing, love-him-or-hate-him guy and a bigger star than many of his clients. You can think him a sleazeball if you'd like -- many rival agents certainly do. Just never underestimate him.

SOPY RANKINGS (WEEK 3): DANIELS TO THE TOP: This college football season marks the blog debut of our weekly cumulative State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, which I like to call the "Sunshine 1aa1bjdState Heisman" until a lawyer from Heisman Inc. tells me to stop. Our chart encompasses the best seasons of any quarterback, running back or receiver from the state's seven FBS teams: Miami, Florida and FSU, FIU and FAU, and South Florida and UCF. (Note: The rankings include only passing, rushing and receiving, not returns). Our formula awards one point per offensive yard gained running or receiving and a half-point per yard passing, plus six bonus points for touchdowns thrown or scored. After Week 3 it's B.J. Daniels of South Florida (pictured) to the top. The SOPY Top 10 after Week 3:

Rank (LW)     Player, Team-pos.     SOPY Pts. Week=Year

1 (2)     B.J. Daniels, South Florida-qb     189 = 581

2 (1)     Jake Medlock, FIU-qb     85 = 547.5

3 (7)     E.J. Manuel, FSU-qb     154 = 390.5

4 (--)    Jeff Driskel, Florida-qb     202.5 = 378.5

5 (6)     Blake Bortles, UCF-qb     137.5 = 376

6t (4)     Mike Gillislee, Florida-rb     115 = 373

6t (3)     Kedrick Rhodes, FIU-rb     59 = 373

8 (10)     Duke Johnson, Miami-rb     169 = 363

9 (5)     Graham Wilbert, FAU-qb     101.5 = 354.5

10 (8)     Stephen Morris, Miami-qb     118.5 = 347.5

Bubble: Chris Thompson, FSU-rb, 314.

State of the State rankings: 1. FSU (3-0); 2. Florida (3-0); 3. UCF (2-1); 4. Miami (2-1); 5. South Florida (2-1); 6. FIU (1-2); 7. FAU (1-2).

POOR PANTHERS: The Florida Panthers finally make the NHL playoffs last season for the first time in an Ice Age, and any shot of momentum is erased by this labor disagreement that threatens to cancel the season. Bum luck.

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Ozzie Guillen,

Mixed feeling there for me, on one hand the guy is a Castro lover and a scumbag on the other hand I think he is sorry for what he did and MAYBE deserves another chance..Plus the team is lacking in talent, that's not his fault.

Kate Middleton, if your going to show us tata's then show us Tata's..not fair.

Drew Rosenhaus..Don't care one way or the other.

Guillen ceased being a good manager years ago.

Not sure what happened to the guy but he is a first class jerk.

For that matter so is Rosenhaus but his players at least respect him.

Kendrick Rhodes is a better running back than Duke Johnson?

Go back to that stupid college rankings poll that everyone hated Cote, this 'most valuable offensive player' thing is even more retarded.

Keep Ozzie! That franchise is a disaster, might as well get good quotes out of it.

'...u so full of [bleep] whit u stupid comments...'

This is not a guy you want managing your baseball team folks.

Hey our manager is gone too he proved to be just as bad (B. Valentine).

Its all about the U, and their 500 fans in attendance.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/thanks-showing-miami-fans-photo-175408799--ncaaf.html

Pathetic. The national media knows UM is irrelevant, and the local fan base seems to agree.

Woodcock,

from the previous blog on me being "positivo"..learned it from my old man, he had to live with a terrible disease most of his life ( MS ), from his early 20's and yet I never heard him complain about anything, or his rotten bad luck.

always told me that no matter how bad things are for anyone there were a lot more people out there in worse shape than we were, I have never forgotten that.

he was right on that too..

Darn I missed the chat anyone see where the link is for that I couldn't find it.

you didn't miss much...

why bring back a egotiscal, foul mouth immature person to manage a big league club. Not only is he a joke as a manager his fundamentals for playing winning ball makes him the laughing stock of the league. Don't beleive me just ask the Chicago White Sox. Let him go and manage the Cuban national team or Venezuela with Hugo Chavez

C'mon that's Cote's people there he likes those kinds of folks.

Follows him on twitter I can't think of anything more mind dulling than that.

soooo, where is everybody today ??????

Greg,

please show the photo of the crowd at the Canes game this weekend. From the aerial I believe I spotted FZB. That crowd was pathetic. How the mighty have fallen. If you havent seen the picture, do a google search because the rest of the country are laughing at you!

Let me also add, F' Kate Middleton. She is a dumb broad with a oven mitt chest. Why in the world would she take off her top in public? Just a plain stupid decision.

rawpimple and yup,

yeah, I was there supporting my team which is more than you two pathetic losers do...

FZB, you and another 299.

LOL

Glory days are over SON!

chomp chomp

FZB, baseball talk probably doesn't appeal to many perhaps that is why the poor attendance.

Sure, we can talk about Kate. Rawpimple, the guy used a super powerful lens. But I can't get the big deal here.

Lot of places around the world especially Europe, topless is nothing. Look at South Beach. I've seen public pics and posters of topless women in Europe for 25 years of travelling there. I'm not talking in adult stores...everywhere you look, ad photos and such. In 1991, I was stunned by these photos in windows that I took photos of them.

Adult magazines, sold in public stores at rail stations and all over the place, don't have hidden covers.

If the royals laughed it off, it may be less of a big deal. But since they are upset, it draws attention and everyone wants to see. I feel for their privacy. They should hire some guards and stake out places ..it's sad they have to go through all this but that is their fate in that position. Paparazzi suck.

As far as Kate herself...she obviously doesnt have a killer bod. She isn't all that hot. But the royals don't want a hot bimbo looking chick; they want someone with elegance and intelligence..someone who can fit the role of queen. Thought has to be put into selection of a wife....it was probably a bit of a team effort in picking her. He could have any hot chick he wanted.

Rawpimple - what college football team do you follow? Didn't think so.

And there's nothing funnier than haters who look up stats on your team to prove you're 'irrelevant'. Not too bright.

For the record, Miami does have the worst fanbase in the world and UM (and every other school) do inflate attendance.

Doesn't mean anything in terms of the program, fans show up for big games, pass on the rest.

2001 UM football - 39,000 for Rutgers, 36,000 for Troy, 31,000 for Temple.

Kate Middleton?

She was sunbathing at Prince William's private retreat, nothing wrong with her going topless, nothing wrong with the royal family suing magazines for printing the pictures.

Whatever stuffy British outrage Cote's implying from the royal family is off base. The only reason they care is that the paparazzi killed Prince William's mother. Better to nip it in the bud, get everyone fired this time and maybe those scumbags will think twice about going crazy over pictures of their kids.

Ouch, a Yahoo Sports reporter blew the whistle on the Shapiro thing, so they will take every opportunity to shove the shiv in a little deeper.
Add to that , their NFL guy Jason Cole, formerly of the Herald is also a hater.

Yes, it's sad to see empty stands, but not winning, + a poor opponent doesn't help.
Add to that With the economy, the stadium MILES from the student body and local Miamians, and outrageous prices for parking and such, it is now what it is.

A real home stadium would create incredible excitement, but the jerk-offs running Coral Gables and S Miami (Gator/FSU lover/grads) would die first than grant UM a permit to build.
Shalala would probably like to put us in the lower division (FCS?), just to save money for her precious PC agenda.

URAWriter, #1 - read the stats above, the stadium and parking have nothing to do with it, less fans attended three crappy games in the 2001 championship season in the Orange Bowl than attended Bethune-Cookman.

#2 - you're talking out your ass on Shalala, over $100M of stimulus money to a private university for the biotechnology park, neuroscience annex, and hurricane and seawater lab. Over $2 BILLION now in the MomentUM campaigns, mostly from liberal northeastern alums. She draws big water in one of the two criminal brainwashing teams running this country.

Hate her because you got brainwashed by the other one, but don't blame her for the football team. She doesn't have any more to do with UM football than Dr. Judy Bonner has to do with Alabama football.

It's the coaches stupid.

FZB, I'm sorry I never had the honor of meeting your father. There is no question that our parents generation were our "greatest generation." Won't be seeing their like anytime soon. I'm lucky I still have my mom at 87. I thank God every day for that gift. The next time I'm in Miami drinks are on me buddy.

where's the free govermerment cheese? i want mines!

Kazaam, what's the deal with Judy Bonner bro? How about a picture or two of the good doctor?

Kazaam, this is the reason that FSU is doing better than the Canes. How come that bull dike Shalala doesn't encourage some Canes Cowgirls?

http://www.google.com/search?q=fsu+cowgirls&hl=en&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=do9YUNmGMunpiwKYtoHQAg&sqi=2&ved=0CB0QsAQ&biw=1680&bih=925

SOPY RANKINGS ARE RETARDED I"M SURPRISED FAMU AND BETHUNE QB"S NOT RANKED. COTE YOU IDIOT I BET YOU CAME UP WITH THE RANKING SYSTEM DID YOU ALSO MAKE UP THAT IDIOTIC ESPN QBR

Good on Jeff for standing up for himself yeah he should fire himself good advice some of these fans are real nitwits.

Kazaam was that you?

what's up guys !!!

as of this morning I'm a proud gram-pa again, my daughter gave birth to a beautiful 8.5 pound baby girl, Happy to report Mom and Baby are doing fine.

I'm also very proud of my son Ireland for putting that ass-wipe in his place, I think the guy's name is Sean, what an ass-hole..

Woodcock, next time you're in Miami you're welcome in my house, my wife is a great cook, we can a feast..

Well said Kazaam. The same way that the paparazi can invade their privacy for profit the Crown, or anyone for that matter, can and should use every means at their disposal to defend themselves. Back in the day a few Frenchies and Waps would have been drawn and quartered in a public execution. Those paparazi should thank their lucky stars it's 2012 not 1012.

Coño FZB, congratulations grandpa. Very happy for you and your whole family. I don't know when I'll be in Miami next but I will definitely let you know.

Steve Sabol passed away today. Only John Facenda is worthy of saying his eulogy. God's speed.

Congrats FZB...

RIP Sabol....

Circle of life....

Mike1

Thriller @ the Bernabaeu today....

Since its a slow sports day...

Definition of Oxymoron - Politician telling the truth for once & looking like douche for doing it!!!

Nice Work FINS, despite Boss Kubler-Ross & GM-Fireland. UM nicely done, despite Woodcock's All-Time Flavo-Flav El Presidente Dictator Communista Shalalalala.

I thought Tom Cruise and Drew Rosenhaus were the same guy...

Walking away muttering 'a**hole' under your breath is 'standing up for yourself' and 'putting that guy in his place'?

Been obvious from the beginning Romney would be destroyed once the 'liberal media' got into it. America's not ready for a robot president. Perception is reality.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/401527?playlist_id=1106

Throw your vote away this election, vote for a true conservative. Set your automatic selectors to 'liberty'. He's been right. About everything. For decades.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9xx6bjyawg

Duke - you ready for the death match Sunday?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ume3tzWafw

DEATH OD STEVE SABOL:

a sad beginning to the new year; NFL films is the single greatest marketing division in sports; they claim to have every play on film from way back, maybe the 50s. father ed is still alive, i believe, and the worst thing a parent an do is bury a child. an honest, knoledgabel and humble man, steve sabol.

should have read "DEATH OF STEVE SABOL"; horible mistake in writing "OD"- i am ashamed to have inadvertently written "OD" instaed of "OF".

TAHITI IN WORLD CUP/CONFEDERATIONS CUP-YIPPEE!!

i hole they are gonna travel with those exotic polynesian topless cheerleaders (female) they must have, and i hate cheerleaders, but topless tahitians- ALLLRRRIGHT!

Kaz, still haven't had chance to view your yottube from previous thread. I'll get back with you on it. GM Fire-Island was all class in his response to heckling fan. Fortuneatly, he didn't say something worse...

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