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February 12, 2013

Sports in Miami: Still a Football Town or now a Basketball Town? Poll. Vote!; plus Canes win again, affenpinscher, Tiger, the next Pope & more

Hurricanes win again!: No. 3-ranked UM men win last night at Florida State, 74-68. Not easy, but impressive considering Canes had not won in Tally since 2006. Poll position: Protected.

1aa1mj50[1) It is THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14. New blogpost coming later this morning. 2) Michael Jordan turns 50 and is on Sports Illustrated's cover for the 50th time. 3) Tiger Woods has confirmed he will play the Honda Classic beginning Feb. 28 in Palm Beach Gardens. Huge. Tiger still the biggest draw in golf. 4) Happy 204th birthday yesterday, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, as most know, is the former vampire hunter who also served as U.S. president. 5) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat and Canes on fire, Grammys, Kate Upton. 5b) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

"I may be paranoid. I heard somebody this week refer to 'Fat Tuesday' and I thought they were talking about me." -- Greg Cote

Click on The Ultimate Double-Double for my recent column, on the possibility Miami this year could accomplish something that has happened only twice in 66 years: One city celebrating an NBA title and an NCAA men's champion the same year.

WHAT ARE WE? FOOTBALL TOWN OR BASKETBALL TOWN?: There used to be no doubt. Miami was a Football Town by acclaim. It was so because, rounded off roughly from 1970 through 2000 we had Super 1aa1basketball 1aa1footballBowls, Don Shula, Dan Marino and five Hurricanes national titles in a seemingly endless run. Neither the Heat nor two Marlins World Series crowns could penetrate the football armor, and Panthers hockey stayed mostly on the periphery. Is football losing its grip, though? The Dolphins and Canes haven't been national powers in a long time, while the Heat have become just that. Now, too, suddenly, UM men's hoops ranks No. 3 in the nation. Does the Canes' emergence and especially the full blossom of the LeBron James Era change the dynamic? is Miami now a Basketball Town or at least moving in that direction? That is what this poll is about. Apologies in advance to baseball, hockey, soccer, cricket and kickball fans, but at this point it's an either/or on football or basketball. Remember, this is not a favorite-team poll, but rather a read on which sport is now bigger here. South Floridians, how do we now think of ourselves in terms of sports? Folks from elsewhere, which sport do you now most associate with Miami? Vote and say why.

BANANA JOE IS TOP DOG: Affenpinscher sounds like a condition I should see my doctor about but 1aa1bananajoeinstead is a breed of small dog, and one of its kind, Banana Joe (pictured) won the big prize this week at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The inherent ridiculousness of pampered, preening, prancing dogs on parade is what inspired a favorite movie of mine, Best In Show, which you absolutely must watch if you have not. Still trying to confirm speculation that Banana Joe celebrated his triumph by taking an unceremonious dump on the red carpet.

IF THE NEXT POPE WAS AMERICAN, AND HE WAS A MIAMI SPORTS FIGURE: It has come to my attention that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down at the end of this month on account of old age, which 1aa1jackpopehappens once every 598 years. Catholics world-wide are abuzz, and speculation roars: Who'll be the next Pope? Enough with Europe, already. It is time for an American Pope! It also is time for tradition-bound Catholics to think outside the box and anoint someone who is devout but also a lay person. My nominee for next Pope, pictured right, is former Marlins manager Jack McKeon: Pope John Aloysius MMIII (the Roman numerals designating the 2003 Marlins World Series title he won). Jack is the right age for a Pope, 82, and is a devout 1aa1donpopeCatholic who attends Mass regularly. The Pope has worn a baseball hat (right); why then can't a baseman man don a papal hat? The 1aa1bbpopeone possible drawback -- cigar smoke in the Vatican -- could be overcome. Should Jack not accept the post, my two other nominees for next Pope are, pictured left, Don Shula or Edwin Pope. Shula is the right age, 83, and also is a devout Catholic. He would be Pope Donald Francis LXXII (designating the '72 Perfect Season). Edwin Pope, 84, may or may not be a Catholic, or devout, but has 1aa1edwinpopethe perfect name. No Roman numerals would be needed. He simply would be Pope Pope. Should the Catholic Church choose to maintain tradition and require that the next Pope be a Cardinal, there is no clear choice. It might have been Stan Musial, but he just died.

OBAMA'S STATE OF UNION ADDRESS: Forgetting the politics or content of it, I thought the oratory was strong. The "they deserve a vote" chant over the applause on gun-control was effective speech-making. By the way, I hate when the other party gets to air the opposing view right afterward. I'd hate it no matter who was or wasn't in office. To me, a president through his election has won the right to present the State of the Union without an immediate televised counterpoint from the side whose ideas and ideals were not elected. I may be wrong.

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Cote in Cane Co., teams like UNC that get ZERO votes to be ranked in the Top-25 (or top 45)in any poll are neither "good" nor "very good". Keep the horse in front of the cart and try not to blow things outta proportion like all typical bandwagon Cane fans popping off about being ranked highly in EARLY February in the SORRY ACC that has only TWO Ranked teams.

And to all U crying about being ranked behind Duke. Shut up. It's accumulative. Don't lose to St. Leo, Florida Gulf Coast, Indiana St. and get Ur doors blown off by Arizona compared to Duke losing close to a ranked NCST. and an off game on the road to U. I would say act like U've been there, but U never have, so enjoy Ur anomaly George Mason Season while U can... Because Ur building nothing. Ur entire front court and 5 outta 6 top players are gone in next year with NOTHING prestently behind them and a #100 plus ranked recruiting class with no 3-4-5's coming in and ALL the Top players have already committed and Signed with real Top Programs. But U can always go after some more 22-24 year old JUCO Dunces and sneak'em into school.

Ur "Dream Season" ends soon, never to be seen again U George Mason once in a lifetime clones.
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who of U will be the first to chime in and argue that St. Leo was an exhibition game and doesn't count ?

To "U ain't done nothing yet" please see a re-post from the previous blog.


I suspect that the following bloggers are the same loser.

U AIN'T DONE NOTHING YET
U LOSE AGAIN
U STARTING TO SEE THE REAL PICTURE?

questions to ponder, which school are they a fan of? or what do these three losers (or one big loser) have in common?

A-are they (him or her) a fan of the Larry the cable guy show?..likely

B-do they live in a luxurious trailer home that is at least 25 years old with no A/C or running water?..likely

C-do they have regular sex (him or her) with a second cousin which to their second grade education is not considered family?..likely

D-does he or she work as a hostess at McDonald?..likely

if you answered yes to these questions then the answer is simple...yep, Lizard.

go ahead, tell me I'm wrong.

EDWIN POPE?

how about long time ago but short careered "bucky pope'- the catawba claw- who is associated with a miracle, tat being a striahjt over the head catch for the rams in an exhibition game in the 60s. one of the great catches ever and as far as i know no accusations of pedophilia or cover up of same, which are associated with most of the cardinals who will be candidates. stan musial would have been the highest ranking cardinal of all-time, but he checked out recently. albert pujols kind of did the same thing by becoming and angel, and chris carpenter, besides being on the DL, well the catholic church already has has a carpenter of sorts. bucky pope it is.

Continued disrespect Greg wow the traditions of the Church go beyond anything you would understand mostly because you have no faith.

This joking about Church tradition just makes you look bad what is to be gained from this it's not funny what's next you going all Sinead O'Connor on us?

Funny to include Eddie Pope in the discussion, Cote. How is Eddie doing these days? The guy is a Miami icon.

Wood's,

for what I can tell he writes ( Ed Pope)an article here and there, still alive and kicking.

didn't the Dolphins had a LB with the last name of Pope some years ago?...

This is still a football town but Basketball is gaining.

Eddie Pope famous Wannstedt bust from UT 1st or second round pick.

How 'bout Sir Mike Dison er Tyson for Pope.

Sorry has to be Miami sports figure. Pope Larry ZONK Csonka XVII!

BB, it is worth noting how Greg, on numerous occasions, has verbalized his displeasure over criticism aimed at the President. The paraphrase - "free speech is guaranteed, but these critics need to respect the office" comes to mind. Yet, it's perfectly okay for him to disrespect an office and a tradition held in high esteem by millions of Catholics for over 1,600 years.

Hey FZB, after business is tended to we're coming by to let you show us the contrasts between Overtown South Beach once our minds are RIGHT!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCsRUP9GDVg

Greg has an agenda OC he makes it more clear by the day it's really petty and sad.

How about this then, Greg:

For the next presidential election, and adding to what we now have, we should all encourage any of these fine entertainers to run for office - Samuel Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, or Chris Rock.

After all, one good racist liberal is as good as another.

He said yesterday that Republicans lost the election because of Tea Party associations this couldn't be farther from the truth Romney didn't associate with them and he was a perfectly viable experienced candidate.

The Tea Part offends Greg so he points to this as a reason the Party lost the real reason is that sadly, most everyone in this country now thinks like him in terms of their politics the election proved that.

Catholics sure are touchy and some are bad touchy feely. Whoops did dukey Von poopy just think that or was it the rest of you too...

Yes, Greg, wouldn't it be just dandy to hear a President Jackson or Foxx or Rock say - "any of yo mothaf****s aint down wid it, yawl can just go f*** yuoself, jive a** honky mothaf****s!"

It's all liberal two-faced hypocrisy. They are in power and feel perfectly guarded and emboldened to spout off their bigoted crap.

I sense rocks are about to be thrown just like at Kent State. By the way OC that colorful reportoire would spruce up the Vatican abit.

duke you are a fun person here and sometimes a nice guy but right now you need to shut it please.

Thanks, dukey. I wrote those very lines for Tarantino.

I got a powerful hunger for some raw red salmon...

"The Tea Part offends Greg so he points to this as a reason the Party lost the real reason is that sadly, most everyone in this country now thinks like him in terms of their politics the election proved that."

Big Baby, are you suggesting that Republicans lost because of a lack of popularity?

Yes.

Yer welcome.

Nonse, nemesio. We have become a culture which now favors style over substance. The "do you follow me?" generation. Obama won purely on his likability and to the fact that the other side was strategically painted as a bunch of rich white men.

Throw in someone like a Marco Rubio alongside an asian woman VP and watch what happens.

hold on here "un minuto"

are you guys insinuating that Greg Cote is a bias liberal?

Dukes-ter,

thanks for the heads-up and remember, you've just been put on double secret probation by senor Baby.

Me?...no religion talk from me, I respect everyone's opinion on the subject.

That's a losing ticket they wouldn't get the black vote and probably not many more white votes than Romney got this country has changed beyond repair mark my words OC we can discuss this at the next election.

Right now it's all about the Hispanic vote and they aren't voting Republican because the nominee is Cuban it just isn't happening.

Disagree, BB. Latinos support other latinos just like 99% of Jamaican Americans voted for Obama. To defeat the Democratic ticket the other side MUST play the race card. If they continue to "Trump" up rich white guys, then yes, they are doomed.

Not to sterotype but the Hispanics mostly support their right to collect state and federal benefits their chances are better with the Dems in office this is what our country has become it isn't about race.

I don't think we have a shot at winning the next election unless the liberals have a brain fart and nominate clueless Joe.

Baby,

I can only tell you about the new Cuban arrivals and without a doubt you are correct, almost all of them are democrats as opposed to the old Cubans which were almost 100% republicans.

most of them are lazy and want the easy hand out from the goverment, Old school values mean nothing to a lot of them.


That view is incorrect. The majority of Mexican Americans are the hardest working people in this country. This goes for the various many Asian cultures as well. There is this misconception that they support the Democratic party due handouts. That's is nothing but a convenient rationale.

These two very large voting blocks just need to be INCLUDED into the discussion. The Republican party simply has been giving these groups the same level of attention as say, an 1850s plantation owner gives their house black guy, just tacit representation, and thus, they turn towards the Democrats.

Much of the Democratic block IS into receiving free stuff and chooses to blame white establishment for their lacking, but those large groups of Mexicans and Asians are there by default.

The Republican Party is now just starting to "get it." Watch Rubio's rebuttal this evening after the President speaks. Both in english AND spanish, no less!

Oye OC,

So should I watch Obi's speech or the Heat game?

btw, did I say "white establishment?" In reality, establishment is no longer white, Republicans just haven't fully come to grips with that.

FZ, what are you crazy!? No meng. Just make sure you catch the three or four minute Rubio rebuttal afterwards. Who wants to hear Obama spew mierda?

whew,

Thanks meng, I'll do that.

The Republican Party is dead I don't care who you throw out there next time it's about politics not race.

We'll agree to disagree, BB. As long as the other side is fully engaged in class and race warfare, we, on the other side are f*****. Sooner or later, everyone will get this.

OC do you find me repulsive?

With your logic people would have voted for Jesse Jackson and Alan Keyes.

They didn't.

I wonder if Abe had married a babe with which to do the MONSTER MASH he might have had cause to smile more believably?

Not at all, Boris. I especially liked the work you did in Michael Jackson's Thriller. Oh wait, no, that was your buddy Vincent.

Perhaps one of those fairhaired Slavic-Germanian maidens on which Senor Woodcock and I appear to see eye to eye...

BB, too much tasteless chocolate ice cream, not enough sweet neapolitan.

Not really a fair comparison by me times were different then I bet Jesse Jackson of today might have a better chance he might even win it but it wouldn't be only because of race it would be because of his politics.

Mr. Woodcock you saw the movie Abe. You seemed quite taken with it. Tell me does Abe suffer from Bruxism and Bukkakism?

Boris, If you're referring to the one-eyed monster you always seem to be near, you would be correct.

Tim Curley seems like a natural choice.

Miami is not a sports town. Not a football town. Not a basketball town.

Hey Boris,

are you Boris the spider?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvFuUaCe8eY

Tee me BB are you in actually the communist subversive sitting beside Natasha? http://www.comicvine.com/boris-badenov/29-33312/all-images/108-248112/boris_badenov_and_natasha_fatale/105-1215468/

Boris, my neighbor's got a slide and glide power tranny, do you happen to carry any Sludge-O-Matic I can pour into it?

duke you like cote also seem to have an agenda I have none but will respond when people disrespect something I believe in.

It would appear the Femme Fatale Natasha is inviting BB to pull her finger. Don't do it BB if you know what's good for you soldier! Now OC but I do have some excellent sawdust!

It would appear the Femme Fatale Natasha is inviting BB to pull her finger. Don't do it BB if you know what's good for you soldier! No OC but I do have some excellent sawdust!

[]_[] Ain't Done Nothin Yet... ,

Why all the hate? Did Ray Ray split your mom?

Good post at 12:56 OC. I know some Mexican's that are here illegally and work three or four jobs. That old "lazy Mexican" adage is a joke. They do all the picking of vegetables and fruits in this country. One time here in CA they ran them off the fields and brought in "other minorities" to the job for the same pay. At noon time they let them go and brought back the Mexicans.

OC ......Much of the Democratic block IS into receiving free stuff. You'd be surprised how many trailer trash Republican voters in the red states also need gubmint help.

Yes bend and scoop like the Mexicans indeed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS1v7m6tgs0

Is Tiger still the biggest draw in golf?

Maybe but not sure he's the most popular golfer anymore.

Question what's more dangerous for Lindsay Vonn's health practicing one of the most dangerous sports in the world in downhill skiing or hanging out with Tiger?

I told you guys I would be here all week!

As far as the Mexicans go, I can only go by my experience with them. The landscaping crew, and my wife's cleaning lady, are the best workers I have ever had do work for me. Now you take some of the other nitwit rednecks who clean my pool, have done plumbing,or other work around the house, a lot of them are useless. I have helped out people my wife has befriended,(mexicans), they appreciate anything you do for them.

Still Football!

Miami Is A Winning Town!

Whoever Is Winning At The Time!! We Cheer For!

And Miami Is A Sports Town!! Each Of The 3 Major Sports Have Won Multiple Titles! And The UM Baseball And Football Program Are 2 Of The Most Storied In History!

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And Clown! []_ _[]

If You Are Going To Try And Make Fun! Get The Drawing Right!!

At Least!!

I Was Trying To Figure Out If You Were Trying To Make A Smile Or A U?

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And If I Have To Pick? Dashi Is Picking Ed Pope! The Reason The Herald Even Has A Sports Section.

I saw a landscaper from a crew at my condo he was clearly a minority and looked like he was 12 years old not good not good at all.

Here is my State of the Union:

Thomas Guides maps and GPS systems help us get to our destinations. However, for people to actively seek Changri-La, where all needs are met; Well, that sort of illusion leads to lives like cattle. Living under the tyranny of an unscrupulous, controlling government who willfully manipulate such dreamers, casting them into an age of misery while they live the life of royalty (see Castro, Chavez, Jong-un, and a thousand other historical examples).

The moment that the majority of a people choose to waddle over to provisions governors have placed on a trough is the moment such people are doomed.

Both parties will have their takers, one strategically preying more than the other. And while the act of helping a fellow man is very noble, the idea of having a government actively looking for opportunities for empowering itself by increasing such dependance is fraught with danger.

Previous American generations understood, lived and followed a particular Thomas Guide map or GPS. In there were milestones like the closeness and responsibilities that a family unit provides, of reverence to a higher order, of education and hard work, of respect to others.

Through these values America became the envy of the world. But we have since stopped using such a map. Through our arrogance we have deemed ourselves entitled to every gift we feel we deserve and empowered our government towards its dispersal.

Conservatives all over this land understand and see the value of living through those old principles. The existing establishment is quick to label us zealots, or extremists, or even old fashioned and out of touch. "Not in keeping with the times." Exactly. We need more regressors, not progressives.

A long outdated philosophy here in the good ol' USA OC that train has left the station.

OC, we need former Mr. President Nixon more than ever!

In saying that 'we' have changed you might consider that you yourself are a first generation American who came here from an oppressed communist society.

Your world view is obviously shaped by the idea that countries can be overrun by socialist dictators.

That will not happen in the United States, the foundation of individual liberty is too strong.

Obama's signature 'socialist' legislation was to regulate insurance companies and create a mandate for the 0.2% of businesses with over 50 employees that didn't already facilitate health care plans.

Contrast that with what your parents dealt with in Cuba. Pay no attention to the exploitative media on the left and the right, they're just trying to scare you.

I guess you would also advise not to pay attention to the $16,520,870,BLU,RRR

People say that after every election Big Baby, it's just not true.

Like every party that's been in power 8 years the Democrats will have to answer for everything bad that's happened whether they were responsible or not. They have a huge uphill battle in 2016, even if Hillary's the candidate.

The Republicans have already distanced themselves from George Bush's big government 'policing the world' vision, next will be their insane focus on meaningless social issues. The vocal minority that think gay marriage and abortion should even be mentioned in the same platform as actual issues are not numerous enough to be worth appeasing anymore.

OC all of this political talk is boring do another awesome Dolphin drawing for us will you?

I would certainly advise you not to think that was because of one political party.

We will see Kazaam I just get the sense that the tide is turning and things are headed in a different direction for the long haul but we'll see Hillary huh hope her health is ok that fall she took really was a lot more serious than people realized.

You keep polarizing the two parties when you need to view it as establishment vs Conservatism.

...and yes, to your point, there is no appreciable difference between the two parties.

Conservatism is the establishment, 80% of this country are fiscal conservatives and social libertarians.

You really think so, eh?

The establishment is clearly liberal. Liberal social issues, policy on spending, on world politics, on how jobs are created, on government programs, on bailouts, on its larger government is better than smaller, on banning bad things like coke, twinkies, guns, on, and on and on.

The rich need tax cuts!
Down with government programs!
Romney Tsunami!

Let's not forget the liberally controlled media, liberally controlled education. Now, we're in the dawn of liberally controlled medical. Kaz, it's hard for me to think you really see the establishment as being 80% conservative.

Entertainment media is liberal, besides Fox and Fox Radio, which are Republican.

Entertainment media is not 'the establishment'. Both Republicans and Democrats want to grow the federal government, neither party has been able to limit individual liberty. New York city limited soda size. No one's banned twinkies. Which of these executive orders 'banned guns'?

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Obama-guns-executive-orders/2013/01/16/id/471689

Correction, Fox is objective, not Republican. In a way news coverage used to be. There is not one program that airs there that does not avail opposing representation.

Yes, the slant is more conservative, even Republican, but its coverage is generally, as its main star would say, fair and balanced.

People are conservative by nature, the only reason less than half of Americans identify themselves as 'conservative' is that 'conservative' now means supporting government involvement in social issues.

Hahahahaha!!! You're f*cking joking, right?

Fox is like MSNBC, worse even, completely exploitative and biased.

Don't agree with your generalization. If you wish to know what kind of "conservatism" I speak of look into the dialogue of Mark Levin, the presidency of Ronald Reagan and values of the original founders: small government, high personal freedom, fiscal responsibility. Ideals closer to those held by Libertarians rather than Republicans.

Mark Levin's an entertainer like Jon Stewart or Sean Hannity or Al Sharpton, I listen to WIOD all the time, Levin's just another exploitative clown.

Glenn Beck also claims to be a 'libertarian' and he wants the US to engage in a holy war with the Muslim 'caliphate'. Literally. Believes it's inevitable, says it all the time.

Sounds like someone has already placed a pod from the Invasion of the Body Snatchers by your sleeping side. You're lost.

Yea, I get that a lot from Democrats and Republicans.

"I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently I'm not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions."

~ George Carlin

Mark Levin possesses a brilliant and clear mind and is as far removed from being an entertainer as Jon Stewart is in being taken seriously. As for Beck, he is probably closer to being correct than not. You can turn a disbelieving eye to that region, but there is danger in a region where It would be suicidal to walk, crucifix in hand, and not fear for your life.

Carlin was an a**hole.

...and he would be the first to say it.

Hahahaha, yea right.

Levin is a clown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjnNo1j0THA

Glenn Beck is a psychopath.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lIr6GgtFY0

Jon Stewart and Rush Limbaugh deserve some credit - they are both intelligent people who know exactly what they're doing.

OC
Fox -the slant is more conservative, even Republican, but its coverage is generally, as its main star would say, fair and balanced.

You should take a rest from posting. You deserve some time-out.

The problem with the scientific mind is that while it seems to coexist quite nicely when surrounded by other scientific minds, it is nonetheless impotent and unconvincing to a jihadist clothed in 25 lbs. of explosives.

~ OC Dolphin

The problem with the brainwashed partisan mind is that when taken to the extreme it can be convinced to strap on 25 lbs. of explosives.

and thus the scientist is still f*****

btw, Kaz, I would recommend (as I did months ago) reading Levin's "Ameritopia," but it's safe to predict that self anointed intellects much rather poo-poo than keep an opened mind to comprehend concepts there in.

You guys still talking politics?....big yawn.

BB, now with Barbosa's torn ACL your guys may have a bit too much to overcome.

FZB, since I'm in an argumentative mood, I'm going to say right here that without LeBron, Miami is a 7th seed team.

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