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October 09, 2012

The Great Pink Debate! New poll. Vote!; plus Heat title odds, Sandusky's sentence, Uncle Luke rum, NFL pix 'n fantasy, SOPY rankings & more

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THE GREAT PINK DEBATE: In my every-Tuesday in-studio appearance with the Le Batard show yesterday on 790 the Ticket/FM 104.3, I brought up something my wife had instructed me never to write or utter 1aa1breast 1aa1breast2publicly because it would get me in trouble and make me look like an idiot. That is: My feeling that the NFL goes overboard with all the pink in support of breast cancer awareness month. Don't get me wrong, I love women, I hate breast cancer and I am all in favor of awareness that promotes screenings and other preventive measures. But a month of players in pink shoes, pink wristbands and other pinkishness seems too much to me. I think one week of that would suffice. To me the issue is: Are you allowed to feel this way without automatically being pigeonholed (wrongly) as somehow anti-women? I'm throwing out a quickie poll on this just because I'm curious whether I'm in the minority or not. I know for a lot of you the most popular answer might be "I don't give a crap," but that isn't on the ballot. Please vote, anyway.

LUTHER CAMPBELL RUM. SERIOUSLY: Rapper emeritus, former Miami mayoral candidate, high school football coach and Friend of the Blog Luther Campbell has Tweeted (@unclelukereal1) that a Luther Campbell-brand rum is in the works. Updates as warranted.

JERRY SANDUSKY GOT WHAT HE DESERVED: Sandusky has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in 1aa1jerrysprison, effectively a death sentence for a man aged 68. I can find little sympathy for the former Penn State coach found guilty of 45 counts of the sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period -- the scandal that shamed and devastated a great football program and led to the downfall of Joe Paterno. Far worse, of course: The toll on his victims, three of whom spoke at his sentencing. Sandusky's lack of remorse is what is most galling and, for me, erases any shot at sympathy. To the end, he maintained his innocence even in the face of compelling testimony from those he abused. To the end, he heard the testimony of those he abused, and called them liars. Pathetic.

1aa1noshirtNFL PIX 'N FANTASY: A mixed bag on our picks; more misery in fantasy. NFL predix: We'll take that 11-3 mark straight-up, but the 6-8 vs. the spread disappoints. Wrong side of too many close calls. Not bad overall, though. We nailed outright upset picks by Rams and Seahawks, and rightly had Dolphins and Jets with the points. Bad luck on our Upset of the Week call, with Skins over Falcons looking pretty stout until RGIII went down. (Pictured, for no apparent reason: A shirtless Tim Tebow). Greg's Lobos: There are strong inidcations I suck at fantasy. The Lobos fell to 1-4 in a 173-107 loss. Got 30 from Aaron Rodgers and 25 from Ryan Mathews but had too many players stiff me with single-figure scores.

PANIC SURROUNDS WINLESS HEAT!: I'm kidding, of course. Just wanted to see what that headline looked like. Everybody knows we only overreact and panic after regular season Heat losses. Miami dropped its preseason opener in Atlanta and nobody cares. Now the team is in China for two games vs. the Clippers. Wonder if the Chinese realize those won't matter, either.

It's official: Heat favorites to repeat as champs: New preseason odds out from Bovada have Heat the NBA championship favorite at 11-5 followed by Lakers at 5-2 and Thunder at 9-2. It's a three-horse race with nobody else closer than the Bulls' 14-1. Over/under for Miami wins is a league-high 61. 

BASEBALL UPDATE: "LET'S GO, O'S! LET'S GO, O'S!": Forgive me but with my favorite team (Red Sox) 1aa1birdoand my hometown team (Marlins) both wallowing in the 2012 gutter about six million miles from this postseason, what am I left to do but root against the Yankees? It doesn't hurt that they are playing a lovable Cinderella in an O's franchise that was last in the playoffs in 1997 and hasn't won a World Series since '83. All eight remaining teams in action today: Detroit leading Oakland 2-1 and Yanks and O's tied 1-1; and Cincinnati leading San Fran 2-1, and Washington-St. Louis tied 1-1.

Poll result: Yankees, O's have most backing in baseball playoffs: In a previous blogpost we asked who you were most hoping would win the World Series among the 10 original playoff teams and the Yankees' 18.7 percent support edged the Orioles' 14.2% for honors. Four others scored in double figures.

HALFTIME: TAKING MEASURE OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON: We're roughly halfway through and the first BCS standings are about to come out so it's time to take stock of what teams could be headed to Miami for the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship and Jan. 1 Orange Bowl, both at Dolphin stadium. Click on Title Town for my latest column. I posit that while this past weekend wasn't very good for Miami (the University of), it was potentially very good for Miami (the city hosting two big bowls).

SOPY RANKINGS (WEEK 6): NO CHANGE IN TOP 3: This college football season marks the blog debut of our weekly State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, which I like to call the "Sunshine State Heisman." Our chart encompasses the most productive seasons of any quarterback, running back or receiver from the state's seven FBS teams: Miami, Florida 1aa1canesmand 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 6 it's B.J. Daniels of South Florida on top for a fourth straight week, with UM's Stephen Morris (pictured) again second. The SOPY Top 10 entering Week 7:

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

1 (1)     B.J. Daniels, South Florida-qb     127.5 = 1,113

2 (2)     Stephen Morris, Miami-qb     114.5 = 1,017

3 (3)     E.J. Manuel, FSU-qb     99 = 929.5   

4 (5)     Chris Thompson, FSU-rb     170 = 776

5 (8)     Blake Bortles, UCF-qb     186.5 = 708

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

7 (--)     Mike Gillislee, Florida-rb     158 = 604

8 (6)     Duke Johnson, Miami-rb     57 = 599

9 (7)     Jeff Driskel, Florida-qb     31.5 = 558.5

10 (9)     Phillip Dorsett, Miami-wr     6 = 490

Bubble: Graham Wilbert, FAU-qb, 460.5

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

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