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February 27, 2013

Do you root for Tiger Woods? Poll. Vote!; plus LeBron saves the dunk!, Jared Odrick goes Hollywood, Tony Bennett, Loria's poll record & more

1aa1coteotlESPN's OTL on Loria: Thanks again to ESPN for having us on Outside The Lines for yesterday's segment on Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. (I'm second-from-left on the screengrab here -- the guy who looks like he doesn't belong on TV). Behind-curtain tidbit: Club president David Samson also was a guest and we taped at same studio in different rooms, and spoke cordially before and after. He doesn't take personally my professional criticism, which I respect.

[1) It is THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28. Always a test to see how teams respond after loss, and No. 5-ranked Hurricanes men did it very well last night in beating Virginia Tech. 2) I am now following my latest crush @emmyrossum. I get to admit that because my wife doesn't read anything I write, which has its advantages. 3) Can you imagine being next Pope and having Benedict still living in the Vatican? Be like if Barack refused to leave White House. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Loria letter/outtakes/poll, Heat hit stride, Canes football/hoops, Oscars, celeb diving, giant prosthetic feet. 5) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

Click on Fabulous February for today's latest column by me, on the huge month for the Heat, for LeBron James and, less noticed, for a revitalized Dwyane Wade.

TIGER IS AMONG US. ARE WE ROOTING FOR HIM AGAIN?: A little over three years ago, late November 2009, Tiger Woods' world blew up when the expose of his serial infidelity ruined his marriage and 1aa1tigerjackimage. It may have contributed to seriously damaging his career, too, considering his career majors have been stuck at 14 since the 2008 U.S. Open. Once he seemed a cinch to surpass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors, now there are doubts whether Woods, now 37, ever will. The kings of golf's zoo, the Golden Bear and Tiger, are pictured. Are you rooting for Tiger to pass Jack? I sort of am. His post-scandal contrition was a model for guys like Lance Armstrong, anyone caught in a lie, to follow. I think his image is largely repaired and that, in the midst of his majors slump, he has become what he never was before: an underdog. A comeback story. Tiger begins play today/Thursday in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens as the PGA Tour's So-Fla swing begins. His next majors shot, The Masters, is fast approaching. Share your thoughts on Tiger in this poll, and say why you feel as you.

DOLPHINS' ODRICK GOES HOLLYWOOD: Dolphins defender Jared Odrick is one of 22 current and ex-1aa1jodrickplayers enrolled in second annual "NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp" taking place March 11-15 at Universal Studios in L.A. It's a league initiative designed to offer a crash course for players pondering post-football career related to film industry. Odrick is pictured looking camera-ready.

LEBRON: PREGAME SHOWTIME WILL GO ON!: [Thursday update: LeBron announces detractors will not deter his pregame dunks. OHTHANKGOD!] Original post: LeBron James' pregame dunking during warmups have 1aa1dunkbecome must-see for Heat fans; click HERE to watch one of Tuesday night's. James had enough energy left over to score 40 points and lead Miami's double-OT win over Sacramento for a 12th straight victory. (Dwyane Wade added 39 points). But LeBron now is threatening to quit his pregame throwdowns because many on Twitter are slamming him for doing this yet declining to participate in the NBA All-Star dunk contest. "Maybe I should stop because it's making a lot of people mad," he said after last night's game. "They're like, well, if you can do it in warmups why don't you be in the dunk contest. Stop it." Yes, stop it, please. And enjoy.

HEAT BIG 5 @ 55: The blog loves bells 'n whistles especially the nerdy-stat variety and so we started this one we are running throughout Heat season at five-game intervals. It's top-five cumulative 1aa1heat5ranking of players having the biggest overall impact based on eight statistical categories. The numbers themselves might not mean much but the numbers relative to each other give an indication of the contribution players are making. The Big 5 @ 55 Games (41-14):

Rank (@50)   Player   Total

1 (1)   LeBron James   2,123.6

2 (2)   Dwyane Wade   1,476.6

3 (3)   Chris Bosh   1,272.8

4 (4)   Mario Chalmers   832.0

5 (5)   Ray Allen   817.2

Bubble: Udonis Haslem, 554.3

Poll result: Anti-Loria sentiment sets record: You know our blog loves polls. Done hundreds of them. But none quite like this. We asked if you wished Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria would sell the team -- yes or no (you may still vote in blogpost directly below this) -- and 97.6 percent said yes. No other question we have ever posed has gotten such a landslide.

ON THE LEGENDARY TONY BENNETT: Wife and I saw crooner Tony Bennett at the Broward Center for the Perfoming Arts last night, and he was great. I'm grading somewhat on the curve. He's 86, after all. But he was still great, in some ways all the more impressive because of his age, not despite it. I love 1aa1bennettseeing aging, legendary music artists I have not seen before, and am happy to have added Bennett to a long list that includes Count Basie, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. Bennett was in such fine voice that even showed it off by setting down his mic and singing half a song a capella. He'd just bragged about the acoustics of the hall, and sure enough his unamplified voice was strong and carried. I do have a few nitpicks (or it wouldn't be me). The opening act was Bennett's middle-aged adult daughter (groan), and she performed six songs, which was about three too many. (They later dueted on one). l don't mind a father showcasing his daughter, but too much of her meant tnot enough him; Bennett himself performed only about 50 minutes. I also wished he hadn't abbreviated just about every song including his signature tune, I Left My Heart in San Francisco. He omitted the entire preamble that leads into the title words, on the one song most in the audience wished was longer, not shorter. Afterward, Bennett came out for a few curtain calls but did not play an encore. Despite the minor disappointments it was a great show by a true American original -- after Frank Sinatra probably the greatest singer of his generation and genre.

TEEN EATS DEODORANT: A 19-year-old young woman revealed on the "My Strange Addiction" TV show that she eats deodorant. I have nothing to add but this link.

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Not rooting for Tiger and why doesn't LeBron participate in the Slam Dunk contest?

Don't care about Tiger breaking Nicklaus' record but I'm always rooting for him to turn it on, still the most dominant golfer out there when he's in the zone.

Dunk contest is for young players, LeBron missed his chance, it would look weird and kind of beneath him to do it now that he's an established star. Don't know why, that's just the way it is.

Just saw a pic of first lady at the oscars. Looks like Flip Wilson in drag...

Hmm Tiger is a "Serial Infidelis"...

But better than Barbara Bush...

Yes BB better than Barbara Bush.

Hey remember when Dolphin football meant Greatness. Wasn't that around same time Johnny Miller ould not buy a win against the Golden Bear?

Barbara Bush that's a guy baby...

I'm not comfortable commenting on the Vatican. Too many religious kooks out there baby yeah.....

hard to imagine being the next Pope and having Benedict still living in the Vatican, but more importantly couldn't care less about woods winning golf tournaments


Not a lot of options for an ex-pope, it was there or under the Julia Tuttle.

Why would he be forced to live under the Julia Tuttle he's not a registered offender living in the state of Florida was that supposed to be a joke?

BB are you serious? Of course it was a joke. See Cardinal Law, Father Goegan for more info...

Er Father Geogan...

That was in poor taste then but not surprising coming from him.

The Child Abuse scandal was a terrible thing and has affected people's view of the church but I still believe that it's the larger message of Jesus that is more important.

The church has survived for 2000 years it can hopefully move past this terrible abuse scandal but it will take time.

Is Lil Potter78 really going to be Pope?

Potter is still rehabbing from nudey pic.

Message of Jesus?

"Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourself every girl who has never slept with a man." Numbers 31:17-18

"This is what the Lord says: Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass" Samuel 15:7-8.

No worries on the kiddy fiddling, no one who truly believes in a mythology would stop believing it just because their leader was systematically covering up child rape world wide.

In the long term christianity is just as doomed as all the other nonsense mythologies made up by primitive people but there's nothing that could drive true believers away.

No way the NCAA's estimate DOESN'T include money given to Wilfork or Rolle to sign with his agency.

Wonder what proof they found there, Yahoo! didn't come up with anything.

Ummm, has anyone else noticed that the Herald now wants you to pay to access articles?

Kaz, you are one funny dude. If only religious zealots had your sense of humor but alas...

Don't be so sure of that duke, there's clearly a Garfield wedged in there.


BTW, I've posted this here before but I'm always blown away by this website.

"Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb."


Kaz, I'll be sending you a application to join my flock....

Tiger Woods is a great golfer but he's no Jack Nicklaus.

Well guard against Wedged Garfield messing with your laughter sir...

What's up guys, if you really wanna be bored silly then try sitting still for three days listening to people talk about commercial liability insurance.

Tiger Woods ?...don't care one way or another.

Hey Kaz,

You're. A Dipshit...let me say it again..you're a dipshit...there, it must be true since I said twice.

FZB Commercial Liability Insurance! It just don't get no better. Ahemm you poor thing you need to get out in the world and do something fun ASAP!

Message of Jesus?
"Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourself every girl who has never slept with a man." Numbers 31:17-18
"This is what the Lord says: Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass" Samuel 15:7-8.

Not The message of Jesus he wasn't born yet.

Interesting point BB. I wonder if Jesus's message was actually perverted and subverted to serve the "power playas." What say you BB?

Well his dad seems like a mensch too.

Here's J-Dawg on a certain Jezebel who was doing a little cult building of her own:

Behold I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searchces the mind and heart" Revelation 2:22-24.

Anybody that roots for teeeeger over jack has a screw loose

Oh boy..

Religion talk again?...It's going to be a loooonnnnnggggg night.

You're right Dukes-Ter...I'm home now and rest assured I'm getting drunk tonight.

An anecdote:

Mr. Lot, who was the only righteous man in Sodom because he offered his daughters up to be gang raped by an unruly mob, impregnated both of them.

Old news, I know, but consider that anyone drunk enough to not recognize his own daughters in a cave with no one else around must also have severe whiskey d*ck. So he obviously got the job done, he wasn't that drunk, fine.

Those b*tches came on to him and he was pretty far gone, he got carried away. Could almost see that.

But now Lot busts in one of his daughters and what happens? Is he snapped back to his senses? Does he feel the immense shame that anyone would feel after something that horrible? Does he pretend to pass out hoping no one will ever mention it again?

No. Rallies and bangs daughter two.

Only righteous man in Sodom indeed.

I don't know what you mean by that duke.

Cherry picking Bible verses to make your case against Christianity seems lame Kazaam but it makes more clear your stance which leans toward intolerance.

To toss them out is to admit they are nonsense written by primitive people and not the divinely inspired writings of the only true religion that wasn't completely made up.

I'm going to let you guys in on a little secret, now that Smith has been traded to the Chiefs there's a pretty good chance that Matt Barkley will be the first QB taken in the draft, top ten for sure now.

The Heat are playing lights out and LeBron is on a roll but DWade has elevated his game big time..I was happily wrong about him.

M Chalmers is still the worst PG in the NBA

So the AP is reporting that the NCAA says the weasel Shapiro spend $170,000 on players for a decade...as I recalled on the original Yahoo report the claims was for millions, hehe

The longer this goes the better it looks for UM, the NCAA has been on a witch hunt for almost three years now, enough.

Fack Shapiro and the NCAA

That makes two of us BB...

It just seemed like something Abbie Hoffman might say...

That little "anecdote" you wrote Kazaam-

Lot's daughters were virgins and what you wrote is one of the most offensive things written about a Bible story I ever seen you should ask for God's forgiveness.

During Lent no less.

And you not denying intolerance means you're intolerant.

Careful not to be intolerant of the intolerant...

But FZB, KC Already is stacked at QB,Cassel,Quinn, I Both of those guys are Future HOFers..LOL,I gotta wonder what Pioli is smoking,
Is Pot now legal in Kansas City?

Virgins? That's no excuse.

Not intolerant, disrespectful. I don't revere your religion or others. Gods know I tolerate it.


Just keep me posted if any of those big rocks is heading our way, I'll start selling end of the world liability insurance and we'll make a "killing" if you get my drift.

We'll split the loot.

Ps...pot IS legal in Pioli's casa.

Ok just be careful bridge out...

Only a scumbag brags about that.

Hey BB,

Instead of fighting with Kaz is way easier just to call him an ass wipe.

Tiger Woodz whose he?

FZB, Why would you want to call him toilet paper?



Na, you miss the distinction. I don't respect your religion or others and you agree with me on nearly all of them, we only disagree on the one. You don't respect the beliefs of scientologists or the ancient Greeks or mormons or santeria and I wouldn't expect you to, you know those religions are all made up.

Read back, you'll see I don't insult you or call you names, I'm just not reverent towards the mythology you were taught.

Lot is a scumbag. I said it, I stand by it.

Bang less daughters. That's it. He knew what he was doing.

doesn't CHRISTIANITY preach tolerance and love and forgiveness?
it's so easy to get christians to forget those things as soon as they hear someone question their mythology.
jesus's message was great, (he WAS jewish, after all; most of our great thinkers were), but somewhere along the way his message, like most, got polluted whit a bunch of other BS.
as for lebron, everyone can keep hating. title #2 coming right up.

My Favorite clip about football.....


"Hey Hartman, Ask god about the point spread"

Knock his cock in his watch pocket lol Great movie Anti. The Tooooz.....

Not football related but always loved marquee(sp?) when they come out of movie theatre.


Man Priscilla was a CUTIE PIE and she held up quite nicely overtime.

OC, save your red pen I'll get that for you. OVER TIME...

little david you are so amusing, like a Def Leopard tribute band sounding more like J Giles mixed with Devo. Homo

Tiger Woods once fucked a gold fish.

Kazaam got anal warts from kissing bull frogs.

But Joe Dirt Are We Not Men me lordship?

KCity made a move to get a QB. What's the big deal? What did they give up to get Alex Smith? Me say, whiskey, rug and squaw is good trade. Throw in a chicken, Big Baby, whoopie cushion while your at it pale face.

Only if it has a hemi!!! dukey

Hemi? Are you a Chrysler man now????????

I'm goin' fer #69 again...

I DID IT!!!!!!


That ticker tape has to be mistaken. I mean this thread has been stuck on 68 for last three posts! COTE THE PROJECTOR BROKE! WAKE UP BACK THERE!

OK then. That's more like it.

hey joe? is that how you carry the WORD of christ in your heart? name calling like some internet weakling? guess you fit right in with all the other hypocrite "christian" blowhards.. if i were you, i'd pick greek mythology; there's more than one god, and they all seemed to get laid, unlike YOU.

(real cool, no, real, real cool) david in los angeles..... chill suckah! I'm just foolen at your expense. Don't get your panties in a bunch. Be happy by getting some sun like your LA friend George Hamilton. Drink ya a nice girly drink with a chunk of fruit in it & a paper umbrella topper. Don't shave your mustache, it will expose the stretch marks around your lips.

mr david in LA. You got to ask yourself "Self is that where I want to be when Jesus comes back?". Quit denying Jesus.

Joe Dirt is my new best friend man speaks the truth plus he rocks the mullet!

Kazaam for the record you started this with your snide remark about The Pope just couldn't help yourself could you?

You followed it up by telling an obscene Bible story and criticizing an important figure in it not once but twice.

Not good form young man. Not good at all.

Technically the pope started it, opened himself up to gentle ribbing with the whole systematic coverup of child rape thing.

The important figure in your tale was a piece of sh*t, people shouldn't pretend to be too drunk to know they're banging their daughters.

We'll have to agree to disagree on people knowingly having sex with their own daughters, I just think that's totally uncalled for, especially the second one.

Not sure current Pope had anything to do with the coverup don't think he did actually and where on earth are you getting this information about Lot from it's very troubling and blasphemous.

Speaking of coverups you don't think there is currently one going on at your favorite University?

The Bible.

Not sure any religious scholars would agree with you.

Not like you could read it for yourself.

BB try not to get too aggravated at Kaz. It's Mel Gibson that shouild really piss you off!

You are clearly misinterpreting the passage why would angels protect him if he wasn't a righteous man?

Lets drop the religion bullshit!!!! You guys are starting to sound like dashi.

It's from the first half of the narrative, we have a resident scholar who would know the answer.

IF Lot was so drunk that he couldn't recognize his own daughters, isolated in a cave with no one but his daughters around, would he not have to have severe whiskey d*ck and be unlikely to finish the job?

And IF he banged both of his daughters and impregnated BOTH of them, does it not stand to reason that he had a moment, right in the middle, where he should have snapped back to his senses but instead went back for seconds?

What am I missing here?

Is that righteous or were your stories written by primitive men?

Difference being dashi isn't religious he just talks out of his as* about it.

God protected Lot because he considered him righteous Sodom was a place filled with miscreants and God didn't consider him one.

Good enough for me.

naples aggravating or not, that religion is such a hook -for some- on a sports blog is ah interesting.

dukey you know darn well this isn't just a sports blog don't insult your own intelligence by thinking that it is.

Plus it boosts Cote's ratings in some instances. Lke Cote or not we're here due in no small part to him...

Like I said, agree to disagree that having sex with your daughters is f*cked up.

Kaz how 'bout sexy stepdaughters?

BB did I insult myself. Note to self "Sorry 'bout that...."

Actually the vision of this Sports Blog is far more expansive and ah even ah more tolerant than any I've run across.

However, if Cote or his bosses intend to charge us for his he still needs to get F*** MY THROAT TATTOOED on his chest.

charge us for "this" not his...

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