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February 11, 2013

Basketball Town!: Canes men No. 3 in nation; High-riding Heat, UM with marquee wins in huge hoops weekend; plus Grammys, Kate Upton & more

Live Blog Q&A/Chat Monday: Thanks to all of today's participants. See Chat post directly below this for a transcript of today's palaver. We do it every Monday 1-2 p.m.

1aa1lindsey[1) It is TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12. Skier Lindsey Vonn (pictured) was photographed boarding Tiger Woods' private jet. Say this much about Tiger: The man loves him some blonds! 2) Click on Random10 for my latest Random Evidence wisea-- Sunday notes column, leading with Heat-Lakers. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): National Signing Day/UM poll, LeBron/Wade 30-30- Club, Dolphins draft, Marlins prospects. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

"Raise your hand if you don't give a rat's a-- whether or not Lil Wayne was or wasn't kicked out of yesterday's Heat game." -- Greg Cote

"Yes I would love to be the next Pope. And other than not being Catholic or particularly religious, I believe I have as good a shot as anybody." -- Greg Cote

WE ARE A BASKETBALL TOWN (FOR THE WEEKEND, ANYWAY): We just experienced the greatest regular-season weekend for combined pro/college hoops in South Florida history. Because I said it was, just now. It 1aa1jameslbegan Friday night as the Heat routed the visiting L.A. Clippers 111-89 and uber-hot LeBron James scored 30 points on only 11 shots, which is insane. Then Saturday the No. 8-ranked Miami Hurricanes hosted and flat-out whupped unranked-but-still-very-good North Carolina, 87-61, as UM won its 11th in a row, kept its unbeaten ACC record intact and skied to No. 3 in Monday's new rankings -- UM's best poll position ever. Sunday, the reigning NBA champion Heat hosted and handled the struggling-but-still-star-studded-and-interesting L.A. Lakers, 107-97, as LeBron continued a personal hot streak that has 1aa1caneshooplifted his greatness to a new level. Also Sunday, on the women's side, the Canes, trying to get back up into the polls, hosted but fell to No. 19 Florida State, 93-78. The recent play of LeBron stands above it all, of course. Above everything. The BPOTP (Best Player On The Planet) seems to be getting better and better. Sunday's fifth straight game with 30-plus points set a Heat record, and LeBron became the first player since 1982 with five straight 30s combined with 60-percent-plus shooting in each. LeBron should be illegal. Pictured: UM's Reggie Johnson and fans celebrating, and LeBron -- basketball maestro, the Stradivarius of his craft. What a weekend for South Florida hoopheads!

1aa1jackwGRAMMYS WERE NIRVANA, AND I DON'T MEAN THE BAND: Steady readers are aware I love music across a wide spectrum, and last night's Grammy Awards were especially meaningful for me because they featured artists important to me. Elton John performed not once but twice, the sublime Mavis Staples was there, Jack White (pictured) was prominent and there was a Bob Marley tribute -- all right in my wheelhouse. I also have much of the nominated music on CDs (yes, I still buy CDs) or on my iPod, including the Black Keys' El Camino, White's Blunderbuss, the Alabama Shakes debut and more. This to me is a great time for fresh, arriving acts such as The Lumineers, Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons and more. Turn it up!

1aa1kateuIN GRATUITOUS PRAISE OF KATE UPTON: Well if you can't have a bit of gratuitous sexism on the weekend, when the hell can you then!? Here is the leaked-on-the-Internet new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover featuring Kate, and it's so nice we're showing it twice. Someone told me she appeared to be wearing some sort of fur hat or hood, but my eyes haven't made it up that far yet.

Poll result: Big thumbs-up for Canes recruiting class: We asked in the previous blogpost and 54.3 were "very pleased" with UM's 2013 football recruiting class given the small number and NCAA cloud, while another 28.3% were "somewhat pleased." Only 13.4% were "somewhat disappointed," while 4.1% said it depended on Alex Collins' final decision.

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