[1) It is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4. Ray Allen to the rescue late and Chris Bosh's 40 points left Heat past Denver for 2-1 start. A narrow home escape, but a good sign when Miami can find a way to win even when LeBron or D-Wade aren't the star. 2) See results of latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter in blogpost directly below this new one. 3) Check out our video channel at YouTube/TheGregCote (on hiatus; new vids soon) and join us on Twitter @gregcote]
ON THE MARLINS MAKING MIKE REDMOND MANAGER: The Marlins hired from within the family in naming former catcher Mike Redmond, 41, as their nude new manager to replace Ozzie Guillen, and I like the move. Click on Homecoming for my latest column, to read why more fully (and understand the nude reference). Redmond is young, has two year's managerial experience, and truly loves this club that gave him his professional start in 1993. I think he'll instill a clubhouse atmosphere that will be a fresh change from what Guillen left. But now it's your turn. You may feel differently. Vote in our poll and say why. Notice I don't have a spot for "undecided" or "too soon to say." The latter goes without saying; I'm just looking for a general gut reaction.
NFL PREDIX: SORRY (AGAIN), DOLFANS: I konw this seems to be becoming a habit, but I have the Dolphins losing again this week, this time in Indy, 21-20. The good news: I'm 3-4 on Miami games, so my picking them to lose might suggest a win if my luck holds. QB Ryan Tannehill being qustionable doesn't steer my decision as much as the fact Colts are a pretty good home team being underestimated. Click on Week 9 Gems for all our latest NFL picks, and on Don Bosseler for my pix-page column on how and why the Redskins are honoring the great old ex-Cane this weekend.
Poll result: Confidence in Heat-repeat very high: We asked recently how confident you are in another Heat championship, and 76.6 percent said very, 20.8 said somewhat, and 2.6 said not very.
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