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October 02, 2012

Diamond in rough season: Marlins MVP vote (w/ poll); plus Dolphins sign Jabar Gaffney, D-Wade changes shoes, Cabrera/Yaz, pix 'n fantasy, SOPY Top 10 & more

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MARLINS MVP: FINDING THE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: A miserable Marlins season expires with games tonight and Wednesday, and most disappointed fans are grateful for it to end. From the Ozzie Guillen/Fidel mess to the Hanley trade to the injuries to Heath Bell to all the losing -- what a bleepin' nightmare. I know that when I 1aa1miaminvite you to select a team Most Valuable Player the inclination might be to vacate the award in disgust and say nobody deserves it. But we'll be bigger than that. (Won't we?) I think three men have most stood out above the mess. Mark Buerhle has been the starting pitcher they thought they were getting: Solid, consistent, 13-13 despite poor run support, a team-leading 202 innings and 3.74 ERA. Shortstop Jose Reyes has lived up to expectations, too: .284 with 37 doubles, 11 triples and 38 stolen bases. And outfielder Mike Stanton, despite missing a month injured, hit .290 with 37 homers and 86 RBIs. Who is the diamond in the rough season? Vote for the Marlins' 2012 MVP and say why.

JABAR GAFFNEY AN UPGRADE FOR DOLPHINS: Farewell, Legadu Naanee. If only you had more catches than vowels. Dolphins upgraded today by replacing Naanee with veteran Jabar Gaffney, 31, the ex-Gator. Should slot in as a nifty third WR after Brian "Sudden Star" Hartline and Davone Bess. Gaffney's past two seasons (with Broncos and Redskins) were his best, totaling 133 catches for 1,822 yards (13.5 average) and seven TDs.

D-WADE DUMPS NIKE FOR LA-NING: Heat star Dwyane Wade has left the Nike Jordan brand in favor of Beijing-based La-Ning in terms of shoe and apparel endorsements. Change effective Oct. 1.

Heat ranks among ESPN Top 500 players: LeBron James No. 1, of course, Dwyane Wade No. 8 and Chris Bosh 18. Others ranked: Ray Allen 64, Mario Chalmers 104, Shane Battier 107, Udonis Haslem 129, Joel Anthony 209, Mike Miller 236, James Jones 252, Norris Cole 256 and Rashard Lewis 257. What jumps out is Lewis' low ranking. Guaranteed, Heat expects a healthy-again Lewis to perform like a top-100 guy. Wouldn't surprise me if he won the starting power-forward role.

Poll result: Three rings the magic number for Heat's Big 3: In a recent blogpost we asked how many NBA championships it will take for the Heat 's Big 3 era to be fully seen as a success, and a plurality of 46.6 percent said three. Two rings got 26.7%, four or more got 17.5%, and only 9.2% said the one title already achieved.

ON CABRERA, YAZ AND THE TRIPLE CROWN: Carl Yastrzemski, last man to win baseball's Triple Crown 1aa1cabmin 1967, was my first boyhood idol. I never particularly liked Miguel Cabrera, the ex-Marlin. Now the Tigers' Cabrera (pictured) is poised to win the Triple Crown. With two games left he is plus-4 in average, plus-1 in homers and comfortably up in RBIs. I have mixed emotions, but ultimately I think Cabrera would be a worthy successor. Among active players only Albert Pujols has had a start to his career better than Cabrera's, and even that is arguable. Cooperstown beckons. If only he'd remained a Marlin. If only.

NFL PIX 'N FANTASY: Had a bit of a bounceback with my picks, but my fantasy slump continued. NFL predix: I went 10-5 straight-up last week and 7-7-1 vs. the spread, a modest rebound both ways, but numbers to neither encourage boasting nor chagrin. You killed me with those five picks last night, Romo. Way to come up big on a big stage, you Gagmeister. Greg's Lobos: We lost, 149-122, not getting enough beyond Aaron Rodgers' 35 points. You're usually in trouble when your second-leading scorer is your defense (Houston, 23).

AMERICA'S RYDER CUP COLLAPSE: I love to play golf (badly), like it as a TV sport and was riveted by the weekend U.S. vs. Europe Ryder Cup even though the match-play can be confusing. How could the Americans blow a 4 1/2-point lead entering Sunday!? What a choke. Seriously. Captain Davis Love III, face of the team Tiger Woods and culprit/goats like Jim Furyk should all be embarrassed. Get outta my country!

1aa1lilwLIL WAYNE AND ELVIS: Rapper Lil Wayne has topped Elvis Presley's record for most charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100, with 109. However a large asterisk is required. Only 42 of Wayne's songs were essentially his; all the rest found him credited as contributing, often in a minor way. Pictured is Elvis. Nah. It's Lil.

BIRK: RHYMES WITH...: Ravens center Matt Birk has broadcast his narrow-mindedness by writing an anti-gay marriage editorial in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, apparently in reaction to teammate Brendan Ayanbadejo's public comments in support of marriage equality. I remember the simpler days when teammates argued about play-calling, not politics. Birk argues his stance does not represent homophobia. I guess it only represents him thinking he is somehow better than or at least entitled to more rights than gay people. I leave you with the delightful irony of a man with Birk's views making his living, as a football center, with another man's hands constantly under his crotch.

SOPY RANKINGS (WEEK 5): CANES' MORRIS LEAPS TO NO. 2 OFF RECORD DAY: This college football season marks the blog debut of our weekly State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, which I 1aa1bjdcall the "Sunshine State Heisman" until a Heisman lawyer tells me to stop. Our chart encompasses the most productive 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: Rankings consider 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. Because our rankings are cumulative, players on a bye week take a temporary hit that evens out over course of season. After Week 5 it's B.J. Daniels of South Florida (pictured) on top for a third straight week, with UM's Stephen Morris leaping to second after his record-setting 566 yards passing. The SOPY Top 10 entering Week 6:

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

1 (1)     B.J. Daniels, South Florida-qb     155.5 = 985.5

2 (4)     Stephen Morris, Miami-qb     315 = 902.5

3 (2)     E.J. Manuel, FSU-qb     136 = 830.5   

4 (3)     Jake Medlock, FIU-qb     DNP = 616.5

5 (6)     Chris Thompson, FSU-rb     98 = 606

6 (7)     Duke Johnson, Miami-rb     69 = 542

7 (5)     Jeff Driskel, Florida-qb     BYE = 527

8 (9)     Blake Bortles, UCF-qb     145.5 = 521.5

9 (--)     Phillip Dorsett, Miami-wr     208 = 484

10 (--)     Graham Wilbert, FAU-qb     96 = 460.5 

Bubble: Mike Gillislee, Florida-rb, 446

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

BIEBER VOMITS ON STAGE: Hours after the Dolphins left Arizona Justin Bieber performed in Glendale Sunday and vomited on stage. Click here if you dare. The teen- and preteen female audience didn't seem to mind. In fact I hear Bieber's expelled chunks are now selling on eBay.

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Jake Medlock is injured and out for the season, you may want to notate accordingly in your SOPY list.

When Regis Coker was hired to lead the Dolphins to another season or two of misery before the next incompetent coach is lured in by Stephen Ross, one of the articles I read about Philbin featured Matt Birk singing his praises. Birk said that he wouldn't be the player he is or the man he is if not for Regis Coker. Well, I have one more reason to loathe this chucklehead, if a homophobic cretin like Birk credits him like that. Joe Must Go.

Greg, you've got to place that LIL Wayne factoid under scrutiny. Back when Elvis was doing the old Hound Dog (1956) the U.S. population was sitting at around 170M. LIL Wayne gets to market to twice that number, 314M. Not to mention the singular choice available to those fifty's teens vs. the gazillion digital source options for one to purchase LIL Wayne's homie expletives.

Hahaha, Regis Coker!!

Of course the government shouldn't be allowed to tell fanny bandits they can't get married, the real problem is all these tax breaks encouraging people to get married and have children they can't afford.

Get the government out of what should be a religious issue and let the churches decide for themselves if they're down with fanny banditry.

Lil Wayne is a rat shit ass ho with a gravel voice, no talent, and no innovative quality. Listen to some of his so called "rhymes". It is disgraceful.

Tim,

seriously amigo, you need to go to a dark room somewhere and lock yourself in for three days minimum and recite positive mantras so you can detox from all that negative shit energy you have..

Take Kazz with you also.

I don't have ANY problems with what Marr Birk said, its called freedom of speech..While I don't agree with two guys having sex I also respect their right to do what they want behind closed doors.

Elvis IS the king, Lil Wayne is a punk..zero comparison

M Cabrera was by far the worst trade in Marlins history but I'm rooting for the guy to win the triple crown, he is the best hitter in "beisbol"

Rashad Lewis our starting power foward??..NO I don't see it..

LeBron
Wade
Bosh
Haslem
Chalmers

Cabrera just one of MANY BAD TRADES- or GIVEAWAYS as it were...

Whatever you wanna do in the privacy of your own home is what makes america great.......

HOWEVER when you go putting what you do in the privacy of your own home on billboards for all to see is a totally different animal...

FZB - Many years ago I went to Disney with my 7 yr old boy - Unfortunately what I or my wife didn't know was that it was "Gay Weekend".....Which again is fine by me.... BUT when 2 guys start making out in the middle of main street in full view of my son & he starts asking questions..THEN IT BECOMES MY PROBLEM....

All for doing what you want to do - IN PRIVATE - YOU DO NOT ADVERTISE UNLESS YOUR SELLING SOMETHING...

Hey boys!!

Anyone up for a little sweat?

Count me in.

Oh boy..Here we go..

hahahahahaha

So far any unbiased analysis of the Dolphins first 4 games has to conclude that they have played way better than what their pre season record indicated. So far they have had an opportunity to win their last two games, I thought they outplayed both the Jets and the Cardinals but came up short. That is to be expected for a team with a new coach and more important a rookie qb. So far I have to give Philbin his props the team is certainly not looking like some pushover. So far, not even Houston has been able to mount a rushing attack against the defense and the offense has looked better each week. We have a long way to go but I have to give credit to FZB and Dapper Dave for being a lot more positive than the rest of us.

The same goes for the Canes, although the D has been lit like a candle but it sure seems that NO ONE is playing defense in college now a days. Tough test this week at ND. Kaz, you're going to the game right?

1 and 5 by the bye week and it's bye bye Jeffy.

Woodcock,

thanks for the kind words..where you been mi socio?

He's been polishing his Fred McMurray woody.

I remember the simpler days when sports writers wrote about sports, not politics.

Oye nalga, ponte a chapiar el patio y dejate de esa mariconeria Peggy!

Woodcock,

Kaz says he's going to the game on saturday, I told him I could hook him up with my crazy friend Bill who's also going to the game, this cat was part of those bad gangs they had at Miami Sr High during our time and he was always getting in trouble for everything.

One time we were walking down Ponce De Leon and he saw this bike on a front porch and just grab it and left, well someone saw him and called the police and it turns out the bike belonged to a sergeant's son in the Coral Gables police dept !!!

I think he will be a good companion for Kaz for sure...I don't think he takes drugs anymore..lol

Well good news..The Dolphins cut Naanee and sign Gaffney..good move.

How is that good news...???

We swapped a nobody for a has been...

But then again your under the illusion that any decent free agent will come to work for that a$$clown...

Orange,

anyone has to be better than Naanee, at least Gaffney can catch the football..is not a major upgrade but is an upgrade.

your assesment on free agents that they don't want to come and play here is flawed, we will have 60 mil available next year, you've be surprised how many free agents will want to come here with a young and up coming team and all that money available.

you're the ass clown.

Good move. Gaffney, while obviously near the end of his career at 31 years of age, had the best year of his long career just last year, snatching some 68 passes, for 947 yards and five touchdowns. btw, Chad 85 is 34, yet age wasn't a factor with him. Why is it then with Gaffney?

Naanee was just horrible.

Really...

Really...

your down to just calling me names....WOW...

See your earlier Miami High comment means you are a stingaree....& much like my wife (who is also a stingaree) shows the limits of your intelligence....

Here's a news flash....

Just b/c you have money to throw around doesnt mean squat...

How many athletes would take a PAY CUT to build a winner with a good boss (see Miami Heat)....

Meanwhile back in Dolfin land.....

You have been spurned by...
Harbaugh
Gruden
Fisher
Cowher

List gets ALOT longer with good players.....

Just b/c of your A$$clown who they do not happen to want to work for.....(& only reason I use that term is b/c it seemed to be the theme of the a.m.)

Kazaam, my friend says that one of the reasons that he doesn't go to Canes games anymore is that tailgating is not allowed at JRS. Can this be true?

FZB, once in a great while the politicians get one right.

Once in a great while.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/city-council-repeals-marijuana-dispensaries.html

Hey Orange Bowl 4ever, I'm a Stingaree, well at least I was until I got kicked out of school, so you can give me head till I'm dead.

Orange,

wrong again amigo, Coral Gables Sr High school but most of my buddy's went to Miami high, sorry about that ass-clown comment it sort of slip out..he he

your problem is you just post the first shit that comes to your mind, without any basis or facts..

Harbaugh-So Ca guy, never considered us and we never offered him a contract
Gruden-total clown , if he was any good he would be coaching a team
Fisher-really?, what has he done?
Cowher-if he wanted to coach he would be coaching.

your too damn blinded by your hatred for the Dolphins, Ross and Ireland, too bad because they are finally turning the corner...we don't need you go root for the Jets.

Looks like I'll remain mere apparition here if my computor continues to act up or if the Universe continues bring down the hammer like it has. Go Tannehill. Go er I mean please leave Boss Kubler-Ross & GM Fire-Island.

Cote, the Bieber upchuck date was grotesque even for you sir.

Jabar Gaffney? thats the solution for the dolphins? this douchebag FZB is a total retard, yes, the dolphins did want all those coaches, none of them would think about this joke of a franchise so they hired whatever piece of garbage would take the job. Joe Philbin has no resume, no coaching skills, no nothing.

TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE!!!!! FIRE IRELAND! FIRE PHILBIN!

HAND THE KEYS TO SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING!!!!!!

FIRE IRELAND AND REAL COACHES WILL LINE UP AROUND THE BLOCK!!!!

Nice move, Gaffney's better than the worst receiver in football. Won't help in the redzone though.

duke - you want grotesque?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

Amos,

Listen up amigo, what are you??? ten years old ????

if you knew anything about football then you would realize that the team is heading in the right direction, we have a few MAJOR pieces in place already specially at QB, the team is young and our new offense is wide open..nothing compared to that dull offense that Sparano was running.

Philbin so far has shown that he is a good coach, he is a good communicator and the players respect him, calling you stupid would be an insult to stupid people, you know nothing.

Go back to baking your cookies.

THE RETURN OF THE DUKE !!!, Dukes-ter, easy with the med's buddy, not everything is doom and gloom and don't pay attention to the "negativos"..There is a light at the end of every tunnel..

Kazaam, Please don't post that again por favor.

the duke is my hero! "hero" is an east coast slang term for sandwich. such as grinder, poboy or hoagie.

Jabbar Gafney- In
Leguene Naanee- Out
not big news but the right move to make. Gaffney has decent hands and should produce. This move helps Hartline, Bess & Tannehill.

Naanee has a rare medical condition which alone is amazing he can play NFL football. He's alergic to pig skin. As soon as LeGlue Naanee is exposed to pig skin his hands reject it, resulting in incompletions, fumbles. They say "Hire the Handicapped, their fun to watch". ? Dolphins paid roughly $500,000 to LeGoon to not catch the ball. Now Jeff Ireland may not know how to properly approach a free agent, but he does have a knack for seeing talent. duh

Amos,, sooo your saying? Were not really sure where your going with this.

lil wayne vs ELVIS... come on man! Elvis had talent, lil wayne not much talent. Elvis passed away over 30 years ago and people still talk about him. Lil Wayne is popular with only a small percentage of Americans. Got to agree with a previous post about the population during 50's to now skewing the #'s,,, my input,,, todays mass media & instant access to same is de difference.

You have to love all these moonbat liberals like Cote. If you don't agree with them on gay marriage, or politics, you are not tolerent. Guess what, everybody has there own opinion.

Let me tell you guys, if Tannah. can get Gaffney the ball, he is a major upgrade for the Dolphins. Loved him when he was with the Pats, and he was good with the REDSKINS last year. I just love that team name REDSKINS!!!! Did you see where that liberal rag Kansas City Star will not print that name anymore.

You should offer the Kansas City Star some beads and some blankets for their newspaper Naples Jack.

Since Kazaam is too busy dissecting a frog can someone else please tell me if tailgating is allowed at JRS for Canes games?

NaplesJack-- do you like Washington Foreskins better? Just sounds intolerance toward circumcised peckers. Meany

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