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April 22, 2013

5 reasons why Game 1 win should have Heat fans feeling cockier than ever; plus biggest threat to Heat (poll) & much more

1) It is MONDAY, APRIL 22. Thanks to all of today's live blog chatters. We do it Mondays from 1-2 p.m. Now I'm back in The Herald's Mock Draft Laboratories today birthing my annual M.D. Details to come. 2) Somewhere, Ryan Tannehill is smiling as Darrelle Revis is traded from Jets to Bucs. 3)  "Stay white, Miami!" --Micky Arison, 2006. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins schedule and forecast, NBA first-round odds and picks, Branden Albert, Brittney Griner. 5) Join us on Twitter @agregcote.

FIVE REASONS HEAT FANS SHOULD BE COCKIER THAN EVER: Ebulllient joy should be raging across the area after last night's 110-87 Game 1 rout of Milwaukee in the first-round playoff series. Heat fans should be cockier than Stephen A. Smith because of these five reasons:

1. LeBron James is so good it's frightening. Last night he scored 27 points on 11 shots. Is that even possible? Bucks cach Jim Boylan: "The guy is the best player in the world, so what can you do?" Bucks guard Brandon Jennings: "You fall asleep out there because you're so worried about what LeBron's gonna do." Dwyane Wade: "LeBron is in playoff mode. We like him like that."

2. Heat is now bigger than just the Big 3: D-Wade was quiet with 16 points, Chris Bosh took only seven shots and it hardly mattered. Miami no longer is a team that needs all of the Big 3 to be 'on.' As James said, "We have so many threats on the floor now, it allows me to play without stress." That stress is transferred to the opponent, because...

3. Bench and depth make Miami better: This year's new weapons, Ray Allen and fan favorite Chris "Birdman" Andersen, combined for 30 of the team's 42 bench points. Former key reserves like James Jones and Joel Anthony are stuck to the bench now. Mike Miller didn't even play last night.

4. Confidence is at an all-time high: Winning it all last year, the record-setting regular season this year. LeBron's MVP season and last night's spar from Allen/Andersen combine to make this team, right now, feeling better about itself than it ever has.

5. Milwaukee poses no threat: Heat can ease though this series and use it to hit a stride for bigger tests ahead because the Bucks, after guards Jennings and Monta Ellis, have no real third scoring threat. I mean, the center is Larry Sanders. What the hell is HBO's Garry Shandling doing as a starting center!?

* Click Milwaukee No Match for my column off Game 1. Click The Best Got Better for my column in our Heat postseason preview section. Click Random Evidence for our Sunday notes column leading with Heat playoffs and Dolphins draft making it an exciting time for Miami fans.

Heat introduce new playoff song, "Wade in the Water": Click on Wade in the Water to hear Heat's new playoff anthem, featuring the lyric, "Wade in the water, he gonna trouble the water..." 1aa1wadewater'Trouble the water,' of course, is street slang for create havoc or, in this case, dominate the postseason. OK that's the premise here. The real story: Wade in the Water is a 1950s gospel song by the Staple Singers (pictured). To imagine this old spiritual being played in the arena as pump-up music is (at least to me) funny.

G1: HEAT 110, MILWAUKEE 87: LEBRON'S 27 LEAD PLAYOFF-OPENING WIN: LeBron James' 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists led Miami in Game 1. It was close for awhile but the champions pulled away. Heat enjoyed 43 bench points, including 20 from Ray Allen, and showed last night why it is better than last season. Allen and Chris "Bird" Andersen, the two new players, played major roles. Dwyane Wade was quiet and Chris Bosh took only seven shots, but it didn't matter. Mike Miller couldn't get off the bench Sunday night. ..... Original post: Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings promised the Bucks would win this series in six games. The number of people in the United 1aa1bucksheatStates who truly believe that could convene in the bed of a Ford F-150 pickup truck and not be particularly crowded. Miami is a prohibitive betting favorite not just to win this first-round series but to win four games in a row starting with Game 1 here tonight at 7; odds of a sweep are 4-to-5. The intrigue in this series, for me, is to see how coach Erik Spoelstra's starting lineup and rotation shake out after the Big 3 of 1aa1heatseatsLeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and steady fourth starter Mario Chalmers. Will the fifth man be Udonis Haslem? Shane Battier? What will be Mike Miller's role? Will the basic rotation be pared to nine or even eight? Might we see an April Surprise such as big minutes for Joel Anthony? The better question for the moment: Can the Bucks avoid a four-game sweep? I say no. Pictured left: What arriving fans will see at the arena tonight. Pictured right: A deer in the headlights.

WHAT TEAM IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO A HEAT REPEAT?: Sorry, but "nobody" isn't an available 1aa1heatwhanswer. Heat fans have a right to be confident/cocky with Miami a 5-to-8 betting favorite to repeat. But somebody out there poses the biggest eventual challenge, whether it's Carmelo Anthony's Knicks in the East, perhaps the Thunder or Spurs out West ... or someone else. We might all agree the answer is most likely not Milwaukee, but after that, who? Take a dip in our poll and say why. A number of the early votes are saying "somebody else." Curious who you mean. Indiana? L.A. Clippers? Share.

Heat beyond prohibitive first-round favorites: Miami is a 1-to-250 betting favorite to advance past this first round, according to Bovada. That's insane. Next biggest favorite is Oklahoma City at 1-20. Heat individual over/unders on series averages are LeBron James 27.5 points, Dwyane Wade 21.5 and Chris Bosh 16.0. For Milwaukee it's Monta Ellis 19.5 and Brandon Jennings 16.5.

1aa1brawlTHE LIST: HEAT PLAYOFF HISTORY: This is the first time Miami has faced Milwaukee in the postseason, making Bucks the 15th different opponent Miami has met. Heat playoff opponents, ranked by total number of postseason games:

Games   Opp.   Heat W-L (Series)   Years

29      NY Knicks         15-14 (2-3)     97-98-99-00-12

26      CHI Bulls            9-17 (2-4)     92-96-97-06-07-11

17      BOS Celtics        9-8 (2-1)       10-11-12

16      DET Pistons      10-6 (2-1)      00-05-06

12      IND Pacers         6-6 (1-1)      04-12

12      DAL Mavericks   6-6 (1-1)      06-11

12      ATL Hawks        5-7 (0-2)      94-09

9        NJ Nets             8-1 (2-0)      05-06

7        NO Hornets       4-3 (1-0)      04

5        OKC Thunder     4-1 (1-0)       12

5        PHI 76ers          4-1 (1-0)       11

5        ORL Magic        3-2 (1-0)       97

4        WAS Wizards    4-0 (1-0)      05

3        CHA Hornets     0-3 (0-1)      01

NOTE: Heat's six seven-games series have been in 1997 (Won/Knicks); 2000 (Lost/Knicks); 2004 (Won/Hornets); 2005 (Lost/Pistons); 2009 (Lost/Hawks); and 2012 (Won/Celtics).

1aa1dwade46THE LIST II: HEAT PLAYOFF RECORDS: Individual Heat postseason game records in eight major statistical categories across the franchise's 25-year history:

Category       Record     Player               Set

Points             46       Dwyane Wade     2010 vs. BOS

Field goals      19       LeBron James     2012 vs. BOS

Free throws    21        Dwyane Wade    2006 vs. DAL

3-pointers        7        Damon Jones '05 v. NJ & Mike Miller '12 v. OKC

Rebounds       20       Rony Seikaly '94 v. ATL & Shaq. O'Neal '06 v. CHI

Assists          15         Dwyane Wade     2005 vs. WAS

Steals             6         LeBron James    2012 vs. IND

Blocks             9         Alonzo Mourning  2000 vs. DET

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The only team the Heat have to fear is the Heat themselves. If they play their game, they win going away.

We play the hated, freaking Gayturds from Lizardville the second game of the year here in Miami. That is the biggest sports day in the calendar as far as I'm concerned. I would take a win over the Gayturds over any other win in any other sport during the entire year. We haven't played our arch enemy in a number of years and the last time that moron Randy Shannon embarrassed himself and the program. By hook or crook we have to win that game.

Go Canes.

Should be a good series. I expect the Heat to win. In fact, I expect the Heat to win it all. I expect the fans to actually show up on time and maybe stay the final couple of minutes. I expect hard play. I expect good basketball. Whoever this Mr. Wookcock guy is, please, your Canes cannot even beat my 'Noles.

And you can beat my meat, dude.

Miami is the only threat to the Heat.

Excellent blog by Barry Jackson on UM's upcoming defense in June, hands down the best sports reporter the Herald has.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2013/04/news-views-on-ncaaum-case-dolphins-heat-marlins-chatter.html

Heat are the only team that can beat Miami.

There is a chance the Bucks win a game...maybe

horace johnson,

gone are the days when we used to walk across melrose avenue right after school to camp out in aron's records (now on highland methinks). manny aron, bless his soul, had a couple of new albums but mostly used and promos (either corner punched out or record label white on reprise or warner bros. albums). manny aron saved the first promo of the dead album ,the live on ethat had bertha, wharf rat, playing in the band, jack straw,.., for me. anybody who worked for a record company and got a few promos to take home kept one nad brought the rest to aron's where manny marked them @$1.98, way below the then $4-5.98 MSRP. i remember my very sharp musical friend eddie levine buying "grin" (nils lofgren) at the low price of 25 cents and then seling them back to the store when nils became a hot musician. gone are the days, the beautiful days of sliding a new vinyl LP out of the sleeve and putting it on the dual turntable with macintosh pre-amp/tuner and amp, and then the sounds booming from lansing century speakers. buying CDs from barnes and noble ain't quite the same.

shadow,

It's called "progress." Note the root and various applications of the word.

Went to the movie theater yesterday to see Oblivion. Nice piece of Scifi. Anyway, the theater here in "progressive" Austin was promoting four old classic movies that they will be screening in it's new theater for $20; Raging Bull, The Graduate, Alien, and...(drum roll please)...Blazing Saddles!!!!

Are you kidding me! Blazing Saddles??? Uncensored, that movie is so politically incorrect that I can't imagine the locals not freaking out about the language.

Never mind that shit !!!... here come's Mongo !!!

OC Dolphin,

"IT'S TWOO, IT'S TWOO"!!!!!

i believe that the reason blazing saddles is "accepted" is that it is is so far from believability that the lines and racial stereotyping "black bart, they said you was hung!" is so over the top that it can't be taken seriously. cleavon little, RIP, was a great actor taken at a very early age. blazing saddles goes ater blacks, rednecks, idiots (in the true pschological use of the term in the case of mongo), politicians and any class of people to be found in this world. remember, mel brooks was a guy who made nazis funny in "the producers". if there was any ethnic group that should have wanted to burn mel brooks at the stake it would have been jews for mel brooks' treatment/depiction of germans in his first film. as stated, so far from reality as to make jews who lost their families in the destruction of european jewry, (like me), roll over in unrestrained laughter. talk about a politically incorrect movie!!

And speaking of movies...these are the movies that I WILL watch anytime I come across them.

Field of Dreams ( it just reminds me of my youth with my old man ) ..cry every time
The Sting
Patton
Close Encounters
Inherit the wind
Captain. Blood

Oye OC, You settle in in Tejas already? ..good luck in Austin.

Anytime=everytime

OC Dolphin,

here is progress in the musical component world:
i have a five minute drive to work so i have time to listen to two album cuts on the lansing system in the camry. at home i have two little sony cd players to listen to music. in the old days i had a sansui amplifier that kicked out 55 watts per side, a sony tuner, and these great speakers whose name i forgot. in californi i has an infiniti j30 that had a bose system that was the best i have ever heard- cd/cassette (for the old stuff i had on tape) and a magnificent tuner. i pumped that monster up driving freom LA>la jolla>LA while i was courting the now mrs. shadow. nowadays they are making portable players in the $200 range that sound fantastic for the price. maybe not the macintosh/lansing century sound of the old crib, but with age i listen to less and less music; as a matter of fact, i would say i listen to music on youtube as they have the rarities missing from my collection.

FZB,

sign me up for inherit the wind and captain blood (have it on DVD). anly saw patton the first time it played but know it is a fantastic film. i have no use for the sting except for the character actors (ray walston, dana elcar, harold gould,...) in the ensemble. i have mentioned many times that the "twist ending" was borrowed from an episode of "the third man radio" show. "field of dreams" i find to be totally unwatchable psychobabble, but enjoy it to the max if it makes your toes tingle! (RIP, maddog)

FZ,

You would probably like Oblivion. I won't give the ending away here, but the movie did borrow from a number of other sci-fi movies and programs.

...and yes, I'm back in Austin.

SORRY STATE OF THE NBA:

when david lee went down, a telling statistic was revealed- that the jouneyman C/F for UF was the only player in the NBA this season to average a double-double- 10 points and 10 rebounds. THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE!!!! we aren't even talking 20 points here!! nobody other than david lee could gather 10 boards and 5 baskets???? a sad indicator of what the NBA has sunk to. the great one who wears #6 for the heat could average 10 rebounds easily if wanted to, but he is "settling" for 20+ points, and around 7 assists and rebounds per game. the horrible play of the NBA's centers is brought to light when there is not one of them- duncan, howard, durant,... other than durant to average 10 points and 10 rebounds a game!! in the glory days, TEAMS had two guys avging a double double-lakers, celtics, sonics (sikma and lonnie shelton) and others (bullets-hayes and unseld) who did this year in and year out. the NBA has become a paradise for dunkers and three point shooters. whatever the heat record has been this season and despite the greatness of #s 3 and 6, the celtics, lakers, 76ers,sonics and suns of the 80s would beat miami consistently in 7 game series. no post play of which to speak in today's league and the playground staple or the "pick and roll" is the high tech offense in today's NBA; mindboggling to say the least.

Shadow - you're about a generation off, people don't buy CDs anymore.

OC - Blazing Saddles was outrageous in 1975. It's on basic cable all the time now, uncensored after 11 PM. Don't look to politertainment to find where the line is in 2013, one crazy left wing PC story and you get twelve right wing stories about how crazy it's getting with political correctness, none of that is real.

Revis --> Tampa Bay was bold, Jets did well for themselves.

Kazaam,

i am in the everdwindling amount of people still buying CDs- either clasic jazz or a CD featuring a recording of an obscure performance during which somebody left the tape machine on. i have enough "hardware" type music and with the rarities found on youtube i have access to pretty much all i need. have MP3s become dinosaurs yet"?

Oh, it's real alright. I heard a report recently (don't know if it's true) that our english language is shrinking due to PC. The latest one, which I may have already mentioned here, is this absurd request being made to local home developers to drop the name and reference of the "master" bedroom off their marketing materials. As if somehow these homes also included "slaves quarters" in their footprint. Boy! Oh, wait!!! I can't use that word in this context either.

CD's ?... What are those ?..hehehe..just kidding shadow but I know what you mean.

The Revis trade is both bold and stupid, the guy IS the best CB in football but he is coming off a knee injury plus he's been in the league for a while now and to give him such a big contract ? I don't think I would have done it , TB is not one player away, from the Dolphins perspective is a good thing, we don't have to deal with him.

The Jets now have the 9th and 13th picks, they have options now..

I'm beggining to think that Eifert will be our pick , I don't think we'll trade up .


The Lakers gave a valiant effort..they just don't have enough firepower..

Heat are up next...

Spurs bench - Pop used seven guys who delivered 40 points.

Lakers bench - Four guys who contribute 10. Even with Kobe out, the Lakers' staters outgunned those of the Spurs.

The difference is that one guy is a coach and the other an idiot.

D'Antoni sounds like a weak, runny, tasless spaghetti sauce that gives one stomach cramps.

OC he did get them to play a little down the stretch that was a dysfunctional team most of the year.

Records were cool growing up for me.

Unless Lou Alcindor and Sidney Moncrief are walking though that door then Heat should be ok.

1941 was just on haven't see that since my dad took me when I was like 10 not a great Spielberg effort.

Just actually watched American Pie for the first time after watching the two follow ups this year Kazaam you might be the only one here to appreciate that.

http://youtu.be/L7QF32mxftE


"Dock that Chink a half days bay for napping on the job..."
I remember seeing this picture at the Suniland theater when I was 16, And it was a midnight showing, They had Oxes and a couple cows at the entrance with hay strewn around..
A GREAT MEMORY...

Guys here's a few great comic moments, Like the last with Tony Randall in drag...
Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/_BmXlJc3kcc

LeBron James Is Responsible For Jon Barry Not Being An Analyst Anymore.

I've Started To Notice That All The B-Ball Analyst That Talked Trash About LeBron, Have Mysteriously Disappeared.

And FZB, All Good Movies. But My Favorite On That List Is Patton. The Guy Was So Crazy Even Hitler Was Scared Of Him. Well Made, Well Shot, The Storyline Was Amazing. Of Course It Was Patton. One Of The Few 2+ Hour Movies That I Will Watch In Its Entirety.

RIP:madelaine kahn and cleavon little


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9JqbCH4aVw

BB, I give him no credit. Zero, zilch. D'Antoni knows only one way to play; start shooting from the moment his players exit their Bentleys. Forget about post-up, and if bogged down, well, use pick and rolls.

The guy had Kobe out there playing all but ONE minute of every game during that last stretch to get the team into the playoffs. He quite possibly ended Kobe's career.

Mark my words. Next year will be just as much of a fiasco. A team in disarray. Only Nash will be on contract going forth, with everyone else playing in the last year of their contracts. Come 014 Jim Buss will inherit the stigma of what were the Clippers, a perennial draft lottery team.

So, the Dashi would never sit through 5 hours and three minutes of that Toshiro Mifune classic - The Samurai Trilogy.

In Japanese, no less!!!

The last time I saw that, people actually were bringing sleeping bags into the theater.

have any of the big three had anything to say about yesterdays record store day?

http://24.media.tumblr.com/537f457c207969e0aa15facd97970545/tumblr_mkjmjyd5fI1rayzzfo1_500.jpg

Kobe's in game tweets are inappropriate and not very professional he should know better.

A Joey Ramone sighting they were a pretty good band.

OC - english language is growing and there is no 'master bedroom' controversy. That one's exactly what I said, one crazy left wing story about developers using 'owner's suite' to appeal to women and 20 right wing stories about how crazy everything's getting with political correctness.

Politertainment. Not reality. Case in point: you thought there were people out there who would be offended by Blazing Saddles being played in a theatre in 2013.

Series doesn't start until a team wins away but the Bucks sure didn't look like they can play on Miami's level.

"We'll take the chinks and the niggers but we won't take Kazaam."

You're probably r̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ correct, Kazaam. I must have overheard incorrectly when I was eavesdropping on a conversation between a rather g̶a̶y̶ happy-looking i̶l̶l̶e̶g̶a̶l̶ unregistered Democrat who was telling it to this m̶i̶d̶g̶e̶t̶ vertically challenged i̶s̶l̶a̶m̶i̶c̶ middle-eastern h̶o̶o̶k̶e̶r̶ lady of the evening, after also mentioning that he was considered the b̶l̶a̶c̶k̶ s̶h̶e̶e̶p̶ most unfavorable member of the family for applying for a job as a B̶o̶r̶d̶e̶r̶ P̶a̶t̶r̶o̶l̶ A̶g̶e̶n̶t̶ racist.

I must have been having a s̶e̶n̶i̶o̶r̶ c̶i̶t̶i̶z̶e̶n̶ - a̶l̶z̶h̶e̶i̶m̶e̶r̶ - b̶r̶a̶i̶n̶ ̶f̶a̶r̶t̶ - r̶e̶t̶a̶r̶d̶e̶d̶ - mentally challenged moment.

I don't know about that Kaz. This particulars master bedroom came equipped with a place to hang your whip. It is, after all, in horse country.

Please update your usage with this week's conversions:

PI: whip
PC: livestock motivator

PI: Border Patrol Agent
PC: racist

PI: illegal immigrant
PC: unregistered Democrat

PI: liberal
PC: Hollywood a̶c̶t̶o̶r̶ person who a̶c̶t̶s̶ promotes causes

in reference to the Albert deal, I guess the hold up is he wants Jake Long money and the Dolphins don't want to over pay, I wouldn't do it either.

While I'm not a fan of Mckenney for even a short year it may come to that, me?..I still go get Winston and move Martin to LT.

I would not trade up to get a tackle either ( sorry OC ) I would try to trade back and if they can't I'll stay right at 12th and pick between.

Cooper/Warmack
Eifert
Richardson
Vaccaro

I don't think Milliner or Lotutelei will be there..

Marino loses again to Montana what a crock!

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/feature/madden25cover?ex_cid=espn

in the "how stupid can you be" department..

Rolando McClain was arrested again in Alabama.

So the Marlins was postponed because of snow?

Very, very slow today on the blog, sort of like the calm before the storm ( draft ) ..I guess I'll watch the Bulls and the Nets..later guys.

Big Baby,

the ramones shopping for records- priceless!!

RIP, richie havens, whom i saw at woodstock and at MSG where hendrix played for five minutes and walked off when somebody shoted/requested "foxy lady". the toothless wonder richie havens strumming and singing "morning", "run shaker life" now gone from this world- I WANNA BE SEDATED!!!

shadow, i appreciate your posts, but not one of those teams from the 80's would beat this heat team in 7.
the center would get their numbers, and we'd still win. this team is as good defensively as those piston teams and bulls teams.
we have 3 starters shooting over 50%, 3 shooting over 40% from 3.
aside from the center position, another relic of the past is the mid range jumper, and our center/power forward chris bosh is the best at it.
lebron is shooting at a rate never seen before, for a guy NOT playing the 5.
this team is unstoppable.
how's the one and done looking, babyboy?
and OC?
i hate the lakers, so i have no horse in your race, but d'antoni had NOTHING to do with kobe getting hurt. that injury is wear and tear over 17 years, NOT 3 months..

I went so see Richie at the Miami Beach Convention Center probably in 1971 on a weekend where there was absolutely no one else to go see and nothing to do. Showed up at the door and I think I slipped a fiver to the fish at the door and walked in. I would say that the place was about 1/3 full. Richie came in after some heavy hips that I had never heard of showed up and played before Rich came on. The groups that opened for him sucked big time. I remember starting to light up huge just to get through their performance. Finally after what seemed an eternity, Rich came on stage and made a couple of peace and love type speeches while I continued to smoke. "Come on, Dude. Start playing something." I shouted. Finally after what seemed like 45 minutes tuning his guitar he started to play. Boom, boom, para boom boom, yea, yea. Oooops, there went a couple of strings. Back to tuning. Yep this crap went on for a while. People were heading for the exits en mass. I would have split too but I was too high to stand up. Then after about an hour, he started, "Freedom, Freedom, Freedom,........" for about an hour and more broken strings. I think the guy finished playing with one string on the guitar. He gave himself at least seven encores, not that anyone wanted even one. But he kept coming back screaming at the top of his lungs. I've heard better voices at the old Comiskey Park in Chicago from 85 year old vendors yelling, "Get your red hots!" To say that Richie Havens stunk it up like a skunk that night would be an insult to skunks all over the country. Rest in peace dude. Finally your neighbors get a break from the noise.

Richie?... Not a big fan but RIP amigo.

Bulls and Nets kind of a boring game...

When does football starts again?

Could the Dolphins go with Hayden (CB) @ 12th?

I guess there is something like 68 1/2 hours before the draft. Weeks, months have passed in anticipation, and all-the-while Jeff Ireland seems to be going to the heavy bag like Rocky Balboa, pretty much nailing the FA.

OC's take: blah, blah, blah need, best available, team need...whatever. I don't care. Jeff Ireland needs to do whatever he needs to do to draft a STARTER. Not just a starter mind you, but a STAR starter. Someone who the fan base applauds as a team face. A Jason Taylor (#73 pick), or Zack Thomas (#134), or a Troy Vincent, a Richmond Webb, Larry Zsonka, Mark Clayton, Dwight Stephenson, or Jake Scott. All these guys + Griese were the best draft picks the team ever made!

Ireland should think marquee hero first, beyond perfunctory need.

Yes, we all know the team needs a LT and corner, but this team is more desperate towards acquiring a new face/faces, to represent and promote this decade's team.

Come on, Jeff. Bring home a hero!

I guess there is something like 68 1/2 hours before the draft. Weeks, months have passed in anticipation, and all-the-while Jeff Ireland seems to be going to the heavy bag like Rocky Balboa, pretty much nailing the FA.

OC's take: blah, blah, blah need, best available, team need...whatever. I don't care. Jeff Ireland needs to do whatever he needs to do to draft a STARTER. Not just a starter mind you, but a STAR starter. Someone who the fan base applauds as a team face. A Jason Taylor (#73 pick), or Zack Thomas (#134), or a Troy Vincent, a Richmond Webb, Larry Zsonka, Mark Clayton, Dwight Stephenson, or Jake Scott. All these guys + Griese were the best draft picks the team ever made!

Ireland should think marquee hero first, beyond perfunctory need. Yes, we all know the team needs a LT and corner, but this team is more desperate towards acquiring a new face/faces, to represent and promote this decade's team.

Come on, Jeff. Bring home a hero!

Read more here: http://blogs.herald.com/random_evidence/2013/04/1-it-is-sunday-april-21-in-the-previous-blogpost-itpb-dolphins-schedule-and-forecast-nba-first-round-odds-and-picks-b.html#storylink=cpy

I guess there is something like 68 1/2 hours before the draft. Weeks, months have passed in anticipation, and all-the-while Jeff Ireland seems to be going to the heavy bag like Rocky Balboa, pretty much nailing the FA.

OC's take: blah, blah, blah need, best available, team need...whatever. I don't care. Jeff Ireland needs to do whatever he needs to do to draft a STARTER. Not just a starter mind you, but a STAR starter. Someone who the fan base applauds as a team face. A Jason Taylor (#73 pick), or Zack Thomas (#134), or a Troy Vincent, a Richmond Webb, Larry Zsonka, Mark Clayton, Dwight Stephenson, or Jake Scott. All these guys + Griese were the best draft picks the team ever made!

Ireland should think marquee hero first, beyond perfunctory need. Yes, we all know the team needs a LT and corner, but this team is more desperate towards acquiring a new face/faces, to represent and promote this decade's team.

Come on, Jeff. Bring home a hero!

I guess there is something like 68 1/2 hours before the draft. Weeks, months have passed in anticipation, and all-the-while Jeff Ireland seems to be going to the heavy bag like Rocky Balboa, pretty much nailing the FA.

OC's take: blah, blah, blah need, best available, team need...whatever. I don't care. Jeff Ireland needs to do whatever he needs to do to draft a STARTER. Not just a starter mind you, but a STAR starter. Someone who the fan base applauds as a team face. A Jason Taylor (#73 pick), or Zack Thomas (#134), or a Troy Vincent, a Richmond Webb, Larry Zsonka, Mark Clayton, Dwight Stephenson, or Jake Scott. All these guys + Griese were the best draft picks the team ever made!

Ireland should think marquee hero first, beyond perfunctory need. Yes, we all know the team needs a LT and corner, but this team is more desperate towards acquiring a new face/faces, to represent and promote this decade's team.

Come on, Jeff. Bring home a hero!

I guess we are close to some 68 hours before the draft begins. Weeks, months have passed in anticipation, and all-the-while Jeff Ireland seems to be going to the heavy bag like Rocky Balboa, pretty much nailing the FA.

OC's take: blah, blah, blah need, best available, team need...whatever. I don't care. Jeff Ireland needs to do whatever he needs to do to draft a STARTER. Not just a starter mind you, but a STAR starter. Someone who the fan base applauds as a team face. A Jason Taylor (#73 pick), or Zack Thomas (#134), or a Troy Vincent, a Richmond Webb, Larry Zsonka, Mark Clayton, Dwight Stephenson, or Jake Scott. All these guys + Griese were the best draft picks the team ever made!

Ireland should think marquee hero first, beyond perfunctory need. Yes, we all know the team needs a LT and corner, but this team is more desperate towards acquiring a new face/faces, to represent and promote this decade's team.

Come on, Jeff. Bring home a hero!

Manchester United takes the EPL, hat trick by Van Persie, gorgeous goal on his 2nd. They supposedly haven't finished less than 3rd since 1992.

A week ago in Houston, saw Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo for about the 10th since 1981.
Group of my S. Florida high school friends saw them at Seminole Hard Rock. Benatar still sings great at her age. Main flaw in their concers, they're too short. 13 songs..they had over 20 hiits. They should go at least 15. But they tour every year, constantly, can't ble them.

Did a few different oldies ths time, which was cool. 'Sex as a Weapon'. I remember the MTV video, some hot chick eating a hot dog. 'Promises in the Dark', Hell is for Children', 'Invincible', 'We Belong', 'Love is a Battlefield' all done well.

Left out 'Treat me Right', 'Fire & Ice', 'I Need a Lover'. - decent cover on Mellencamp.

The final encore was a treat. - 'Heartbreaker, then Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire', then ack to finishing 'Heartbreaker'. Leading into Zeppelin's 'Heartbreaker' for a minute.

It's cool seeing that Benatar's stuff keeps getting covered over and over again by young generations mainly 'Heartbreaker'. School of Rock in Dallas has some vs on youtube among others.

The famous Auburn University oaks on Toomer's Corner are being taken down today. What a shame that an ASSHOLE alabama fan thought it was funny to poison these once beautiful trees. I hope Bubba is giving him the high hard one while he's spending time in the Alabama State Prison system.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!

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Mr. Woodcock,

sounds like you really enjoyed richie havens. i don't remember so much tuning and so many broken drings, but he was singing and strumming with the "voices of east harlem" dancing behind him while they were all doing "run shaker life" which was a nice song. ad all this with no teeth on top (richie claimed he never did dope, but methinks his uppers left him when he started shooting whetever it was into his upper jaw; i could be wrong on this one.

Mike1,

Promises In The Dark is my favorite Benatar song easily.

She is a very underrated musician it's cool she's still married to her guitarist husband after all of these years sounds like a great show.

shadow that is a pretty good claim to fame having been at Woodstock.

I heard it rained for days though those pictures of people in the mud looked a bit dismal.

Richie looked good without any teeth. He was the poster child for the homeless look. "Freedom, freedom. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child....."

Oh yea, the homeless look for sure. Shadow, I was sitting about 40 rows back and you could smell the whiff of jiff coming from Richie all the way to the back row. And mind you, this was in an auditorium filled to the brim in pot smoke.

"Freedom, freedom...." Yea, his neighbors got that for sure right now.

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