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April 23, 2013

Wade, Birdman lift Heat as champs seize 2-0 series lead; plus my NFL Mock Draft, your vote for Dolphins' 1st-round pick (w/ poll), new Bosh film & more


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1aa1dolnew1) It is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24. New Dolphins uniforms (left) equal much ado about very little. Apart from the apparent disappearance of the color orange they don't seem that new/different. 2) R.I.P., the great protest singer Richie Havens (right). 3)
"Stay white, Miami!" --Micky Arison, 2006. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Five reasons Game 1 should leave Heat fans cockier than ever, new Heat song, biggest-threat poll, lists. 5) Join us on Twitter @agregcote.

G2: HEAT 98, BUCKS 86: WADE'S 21 LIFTS MIAMI TO 2-0 LEAD: D-Wade's 21 points and LeBron's 19 were enough last night, with Chris Bosh, Bird Andersen and Shane Battier all adding 10. Dwyane's right knee still isn't just right but he's playing through it. Click on Wade Summons Some Vintage Moments for my column off Game 2. Oh, and Dear Brandon Jennings: How's that prediction looking!? (The Bucks guard had guaranteed Milwaukee in six games). "If it wasn't for their run in their fourth quarter," said Jennings, "we still should have won this game." The word is "delusional." ..... Original post: Game 1s in a seven-game series always are the feeling-out stage. What is each team's game plan? What's the rotation? "Game 2s are always harder," Dwyane Wade said after after today's morning shootaround. "We understand they're going to make adjustment and we have to be ready." That means Erik Spoelstra's imprint on the series gets a little bigger starting tonight. Bracketheads love the one-and-done of the NCAA Tournament -- they don't just love it, they rhapsodize over it -- but I prefer a seven-game format because who advances is a truer reflection of the better, more deserving team. Also love a long series because the complexion of it changes with each result. For example: Can you imagine how differently things would feel if Miami lost tonight and was 1-1 facing two straight games in Milwaukee? Yeah, I can't seem to imagine that, either...

1aa1boshfilm'New Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse!': We brought you the first bizarre little Bosh animated film several months ago. Well, a new one has been issued. Click RIGHT HERE to view. It includes a reference to the Miami cannibal face-eater, but that's not my warning. This is: The 11-minute film is so damned trippy that it probably would be best appreciated while floating on a '70s-style mushroom cloud. (Not that I'm endorsing that).

1aa1mymockOUR 2013 NFL MOCK DRAFT: EIFERT TO DOLPHINS: It's our 22nd annual Mock, suggesting an expertise that may or may not be there, although my mock did prove more accurate than Mel Kiper's last year. (Self-depracation plus boasting = Humblebrag). Click on '13 MOCK for my entire first round with capsule analysis for each choice. Here is my Dolphins pick in its entirety:

12. MIAMI DOLPHINS: TYLER EIFERT, TE, NOTRE DAME —So many hedges and caveats trying to divine this pick. Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes might be the safest, most predictable call. And Alabama RT D.J. Fluker also looms 1aa1eifertpossible. I might go Rhodes or Fluker if I wanted the safest bet. A trade-up to grab LT Lane Johnson or even Eric Fisher is possible; Miami has the ammo to go movin’ on up like The Jeffersons. Even a trade-down would not shock. (Much depends on whether the Dolphins complete a predraft deal to acquire chiefs OT Branden Albert.) I have a hunch about Eifert, though. Twelve is higher than his typical projection, but I am told GM Jeff Ireland and coach Joe Philbin are enchanted by Eifert (pictured), seeing in him what the Patriots have in Rob Gronkowski — somebody who can wreak havoc in the red zone and continue giving Ryan Tannehill all he needs to make it big. Eifert is too tall (6-6) for DBs to cover and too fast for most linebackers. If this choice is a bit of a “reach,” it’s a calculated gamble that could hit big for the Dolphins.

OK, now it's your turn: Whose name announced with the 12th pick Thursday night would please you most to hear assuming Miami does not trade up or down? A consensus of most major mock drafts is that it will be Rhodes. I have Eifert. Kiper says Fluker, whose inclusion in the poll presumes a trade for Chiefs tackle Branden Albert will not be completed pre-draft. Obviously plenty of other guys will be available at 12 so I have a "somebody else" category. In voting somebody else, though, please make sure you are thinking of someone who would realistically be available and tell us who. Alright. Ready, set ... vote!

HERE IS A LUNATIC LIST OF ALL 11 GUYS DOLPHINS WILL DRAFT: You'd click on predictionmachine.com for picks on the entire 7-round draft. I list their guesses for Miami's 11 picks here, and call it  a lunatic list with all due respect, of course. Here are their Dolphins picks: 1st round (12th overall)--Utah DT Star Lotulelei; 2r (42)--LSU DE Sam Montgomery; 2r (54)--Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer; 3r (77)--Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor; 3r (82)--Tennessee OT-G Dallas Thomas; 4r (111)--Alabama S Robert Lester; 5r (146)--UCLA OG Jeff Baca; 5r (166)--Tennessee WR Justin Hunter; 7r (217)--Georgia Tech CB Rod Sweeting; 7r (224)--Georgia S Shawn Williams; and 7r (250)--Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen. Two respects to highly suspect this list: They have Oregon's Dion Jordan going late in the third round and LSU's Barkevious Mingo going mid-fifth. Both are certain 1st-rounders, Jordan likely top-five overall and Mingo not far behind.

Poll result: Thunder still biggest threat to Heat: We asked and you had to 39.1 percent Oklahoma City, 28.3% New York Knicks, 19.9% San Antonio Spurs and 12.7% somebody else.

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Are Ireland and Philbin 'enchanted' enough to take him at # 12 that is the question X. Rhodes is the safer pick the name Fluker as I have said before has bad karma written all over it.

Greg you now have a hunch about Eifert didn't you say yesterday they wouldn't take him because they signed D. Keller?

we should pick the best available player concentrating on the most expensive positions keeping in mind that we have plenty of holes on the roster and not forgetting that we still have some money left over for some bargain free agents after the draft.

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Big Baby,

why draft a tight end in the first round when good TEs can be gotten by waiting for college basketball players not good enough for the NFL to switch to football, a la antonio gates of kent state aand SD and jimmy graham of UM and NO, both who made the transition. plus consider that tight ends are not really tight ends anymore (meaning they don't line-up next to an OT in order to block) aren't the patriots full of guys called TEs who are in fact oversized wide-outs, like a hernandez and r gronkowski? haven;t the NYG in the post shockey era come up with kevin boss types who were not ranked high on draft lists.

Not sure I would do it Shadow has there ever been a TE drafted in the first round?

At 6'6" though and as athletic as he is it could be the pick.

As good as Gronkowski and Hernandez have been neither have been able to stay healthy consistently is that because of the style they play maybe but a TE in the first just seems like a risk to me.

I am on record as wanting them to trade up for Milliner he projects to be a solid starter I think if not Rhodes is ok with me we may need to draft Fluker though if the Alberts deal doesn't get done.

Here is how is gonna go down, it will be a choice between these players ( if there )..

Lotulelei DT
Ansah DE
Eifert TE
Milliner CB

Lotulelei would be the top BPA, followed by Ansah, Milliner and then Eifert, it looks like the Dolphins may not be considering Cooper or Warmack @ 12th(too bad)..I think any of those two guards would be a great fit.

if they pass on Eifert there are a couple of very good TE's between rounds two and three they like (Travis Kelce and Vance McDonald).

don't know anything on the Albert front, mum's the word, no one has any idea who to beleive..

later

With a handful of position needs and a handful of good first round picks.....it s a crapshoot and the very FIRST pick will represent Coach Philbin s philosophy in an Offense.THAT said.....will it be a LT to protect his QB or a possible can t miss TE ....selected to compete in the changing evolution of nedded offensive production at the TE spot?The other possibilities obviously would be to shore up the CB position and a DL or a safety.THOSE are the key spots and too impossible to guess on who will be available or how the Phins have the players ranked.We ll see soon enough in 2 days.

The OC.4 version of how the Dolphins draft should unfold also has taking Eifert. Best bang for the buck in that he is a difference maker. And to answer shadow's query, most football analysts rank Eifert as one of the very best TE prospects in years. Also, while it is true that the team picked up Keller, he is not a good blocker, is often injured, and is under a one year contract. Left "as is," if Keller goes down, the guys left are Egnew and Miller (who?). Not backups who place fear in any opposition.

Having said this, we are still talking about Ireland here. He will go the safe rout and pick Rhodes, as he will not trade up to get Fisher (only REAL OT starter-ready next to Joeckel).

I'll give my complete strategy in pieces, as the blog is acting a bit funky dropping posts.

See alot of TE & CB posts........

GENTLEMEN WE NEED A RUNNING BACK......Thomas is a potato chip who hasnt lasted an entire season since he's been here.... & even though I am a cane fan & love Miller he is still unproven....

does anyone care if all these cats go the way of the DODO bird?...I don't.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/23/3360010/hunger-strike-figures-hold-as.html

12. Tyler Eifert, TE
42. Terron Armstead, OT or BA Corner
54. Best available - Corner or BA OT
77. BA - DE
82. BA - RB
111. Dustin Hopkins, K (if still on the board)
146. BA - LB
217. BA - S
224. BA - WR
250. BA - OL

Passed over 166. BA DT

My feeling is a left tackle will be the best available player at pick #12...Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd might fall to 12.

OB 4ever,

Absolutely. But there are going to be plenty of decent RBs if and when we pick that position at 82.

Orange,

I do agree with you on drafting a RB, the Dolphins have 11 picks and they can draft one in later rounds ( not the first )

OC,

Eifert is indeed a very good player but we do have quite a few picks, there are some very good TE's between rounds two and three, now he will be a good choice at 12th but there will be other very players available there, for example Ansah, My NFL amigo thinks he will slide out of the top ten, if that happens I rather go for a stud/pass rusher DE and get my TE later on.

I always say pass rusher above just about any other position...

I mean...DT.

Thought of all that, FZ. But I would rather have points on the board than sacking a QB or tackling a runner.

If at all humanly possible, to have both Eifert and UCLA RB, Johnathan Franklin, along with the firepower that the team obtain throughout FA....WOW! Very explosive!!!

I'll be very happy with Eifert too OC, the guy can play and that's a big need position.

so, Would you give up our second two for Albert?..

I'm beggining to like Kazaam's idea of McKinney for a year and keep all our picks..or just go get Winston and move Martin to LT (I think he'll be just fine there).

It's true that at 11, the team has a lot of picks, but anything past the seventh selection is either a project or will be cut. So those first 7 need to count.

Albert? No. Why pay Long $$$ to a malcontent? No, the team has probably already come to grips with the fact that short of moving up to #2 to get Fisher, that they will have to pray and hope that J. Martin can do a decent enough job.

Don't forget to watch or DVR 30 for 30 tonight guys it looks like a good one.

Elway To Marino it chronicles the 83' draft.

It's all moot. Jeff will most assuredly go with Rhodes...pussy.

And pretty much proves that like us and many so called experts, no one knows much of anything about the draft Russell Wilson on line 2 folks.

All I know is that this moron Ireland better take the Honey Badger at whatever point in the draft he needs to take him.

Dude not happening it's character, character, character in Davie you know that.

btw, Corner, D.J. Hayden is rocketing up the board.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-position/dt-by-position-input:cb

Also, this is a great site throughout the process!

Would Rhodes be a bad pick though OC if he ends up being a starter out of the gate then the answer is no.

Of course not, BB. I just believe it's time to have an unstoppable offense. I'm tired of seeing the team field a decent to good defense, only to not put up points - AT WILL!

Oh yeah, well if he doesn't take this guy he should be fired on the spot and walked out of the building by security. There is only one defensive player of the year in this draft and a defensive back who is a turnover causing machine. Who gives a crap if he wants to snort the entire 50 yard line. His mentor was Bill Parcels, right? Well he better listen to Bill on this one. Or do you thing that LT is a model citizen?

OC, stop with you Rhodes pick..not happening amigo.

Honey badger?...pleaaaaassseeee.

BB,

Thanks for the heads-up (30 for 30) I just DVR'r the show, I'll watched it tomorrow, Heat have a practice eeer a game tonight...hehehe

What's wrong with the Honey Badger, bro. He's the best player in this draft.

Let's not have another Randy Moss moment here, dude. We already passed on a sure fire hall of famer to draft that 4 foot midget running back that year. Are you kidding me? The kid likes to smoke refer and that's why you're not picking him? Por favor brother, you're talking about football players not doctors or kindergarten teachers here. We don't need anymore pansy ass choir boys.

Woodcock, Yes, Mathieu is a play-yaa. But there is absolutely zero chance that a goody-two-shoes like Ireland is going to bring this undersized substance abuse machine into the heart of darkness. Zero, my friend.

And the chant picks up, "Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger...."

Bro, we better get this guy right now. He'll be the first impact player that we have on this entire freaking roster.

Te lo voy a decir, right now, if we don't jump on this guy New England will, and he'll be an all pro the first year he's in the league.

I have a feeling that this will be a very difficult offense to defend as currently constituted but whatever pick they make I just hope it's a good one.

Yee Baby, that was one profound statement. You hitting the bottle or the pipe right now?

Woody, you of all people should distinguish between reality and pipe dreams (pun intended both for you and the Badger), but to think that JEFF IRELAND is going to actually seriously consider that is like expecting the President to cancel all free government programs and cut taxes, especially for the rich.

Come on, dude!

Oye limpiate. Who gives a rat's ass what Ireland thinks, this should come straight from the top. From the head Jew himself. "I WANT THE HONEY BADGER. GOT THAT, ASS WIPE. GOOD."

Ross is worse. He's cleaner and more wholesome than Walt Disney ever was.

No men, no. This guy might look like the village idiot just like Kazaam but he's a real mensch not a sap like the Kazter. I'm telling you OC, it's the Honey Badger for sure. If not I'm turning in my season tickets.

Walt could have cast him as Dumbo man what ears that guy has looks a little like Droopy Dawg too but that's another cartoon maker I think.

Oye you two, leave my son along..he's got feelings.

here's my prediction, My son Ireland will ace the draft (just like he did free agency) and Ross will give him an extention and Kazaam's head will explode.

Droopy Dog. Definitely.

Not a handsome man but he has deep pockets and wants to win which is all we can really ask for.

Oh that and he's not Jerry Jones.

Or Wayne Huizenga hopefully.

Wow who wins in the least handsome man contest Huizenga or Ross maybe it's a tie.

I blame Huizenga for what we have gone through the last decade, good decent man but not a facking clue when it comes to running an NFL team.

biggest blunder he ever made was keeping Spielman as GM and not hiring Ted Thompson, douche.

In hindsight no clue at all.

LOL...Ross DOES look like droopy..

That 30 for 30 is going to be awesome I think FZB.

And I'll state a couple another reasons why Ireland will not take Eifert. First and most importantly, it will signal that his pick of Egnew was a bust. Secondly, he would also be forced to question himself on why he just paid big bucks to a FA starting TE in Keller.

Jeff will go need first, and since the team's biggest need for a starting LT is unavailable, he will default to his second need, that of a starting Corner opposite Brent Grimes.

Marshall is the projected starter right now opposite Grimes Rhodes may have a tough time beating him out as a rookie but depth and competition is always good too.

Patterson will play a big role this year at nickel corner too you can never have enough DB's in todays NFL it is arguably the most important position on defense now with most teams playing zone.

Keller is not signed for big bucks (4 mil one year)

Eifert is very much in play at 12th, he won't hesitate to pick him either but the OL IS a priority, there are two other good TE's on the Dolphins radar that they can draft later on ..relax dude.

we have to wait until all 5 picks are in in the first three rounds and then you can bash him or praise him all you want.

Ansah, Ansah, Ansah, Ansah, Ansah, Ansah..

Ansah, the Guyannian devil !!!

Ansah, Ansah, Ansah...

Following the script, he will then take a project LT who will not start, with pick #42, and follow up by probably taking the best available DE with pick #54. Someone like the 10th rated pass rusher, Cornelius Washington.

Like BB states, even picking up Rhodes doesn't guarantee that he automatically starts. It's conceivable that Ireland, even with 11 picks fails to pick up a bonafide starter. Now THAT would be grounds for dismissal right there.

Lotulelei and Solia would look pretty good on that D-Line too.

After two weeks of relative inactivity, it looks like all of the sudden both sides in the Branden Albert circus appear to be talking again.

who do you believe?

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/23/report-dolphins-showing-willingness-to-move-up-in-first-round/

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000162571/article/miami-dolphins-aim-to-trade-down-in-2013-nfl-draft

bottom line, no one knows what is going on..

OC,

I still wouldn't make the Albert trade/ give up one of our seconds and give the guy a big contract..

Agree. I hope they don't make that sucker deal.

the ideal situation would be to trade back to 17-22 and still get Eifert and pick up another 2nd rounder. Then we could draft DE CB and OT in the second, or just DE and CB if we use a 2nd for Albert! We are going to be stacked in this draft!

Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger........

Un chardo rubio would be perfect for the head Jew's pre-game warm ups. He could come out with Venus and Serena wearing nothing but a tanga each holding a couple of Tigers the same color as the Badger's hair.

17-22 + a second round pick for the one you just gave KC to get Albert makes some sense, but you're looking to trade with Dallas, or the Giants and get late 2nd +4th rounders for those 300 value points. Rather doubt that the Dolphins will garner any interest in that set of moves.

doesnt matter what picks in the 2nd you get, as long as you get one and still get Eifert in the first.

Oye, OC, who designed the new Dolphins unis, A.C. Green? Brother nada mas que un verde would wear that.

No, I agree. I just don't think the Dolphins will find suitors for such a deal. Whoever fits that profile of 17-22 (and I think 22 is too high to guarantee Eifert) will also need to toss in their 4th rounder to make the numbers work. Don't see it, but hey! If it gets you who they should pick with their existing #12 some eight players later, plus a new second and fourth, I won't complain.

in order to be able to trade back, there's gotta be a player or two available at 12th that other teams want, the only players that would make other teams "toes tingle" would be.

Lotulelei, T Austin or Ansah and maybe the WV QB Geno Smith (but that's probably a pipe dream), that's it...More than likely we'll have to stay there and make a pick.

the new not so improved dolphins logo looks terrible on the helmets. no money for you ross

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me7zdpKHwg1qd5n55o1_500.gif

Woodcock, I have a feeling they used the same designer who designed the logo for Air Namibia. The Dolphin looks like a plane.

http://cdn.airnation.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ad_air_namibia_logo.jpg

Take a look at that logo I just posted above and open up another screen showing the new Dolphins' logo and tell me you don't see similar design elements.

I would say more like Congo Express. Lo unico que le falta al Dolphin es un hueso en la nariz.

All that is missing now from the new Dolphins' marketing plan is to unveil the once popular ad campaign - "Hi, I'm Ryan. Fly me to New York." Just switch cities for every away opponent.

The head Jew commissioned Bemba Z of Overtown, the "Tailor to the Stars," to come up with a night game home uni for when they play on Monday or Thursday nights. Neon green pants with purple jerseys with gold numbers and stripes and black see through nylon sanitary stockings with red dyed alligator cleats.

the new not so improved dolphins logo looks terrible on the helmet. never mind air namibia

http://logonoid.com/images/lufthansa-logo.jpg

Don't worry, Horace, bro you're going to feel right at home with the new night time unis.

Mr. Woodcock,

"the head jew"- c'mon

"the honey badger" may have been a game breaker at LSU, but he is rather tiny for the pros unless he comes in as a sixth DB. his main highlights came on pass rushes and punt returns, not scrimmage plays that would test his cover skills, which are minimal. jonathan franklin is a good runner, up there with stepfon of stanford, and is gonna be high on the wunderlich test-have they revealed the results? the guy wants to eventually be mayor of LA and he is savvy beyond his football skills. another bruin i like.

shadow,

Franklin would be a great addition. I see him as being very similar to that other cross-town diminutive multi-use runner the Dolphins just lost.

Ah, excuse me, Shad, and what would you call Mr. Ross in the Dolphins organization. Certainly not the Pope of Miami Gardens. Heck, even Eddie Pope and Potato Head Cote call him the head Jew.

Shad, stick to bar mitzvas and circumcisions, boy if you think that the Honey Badger can't play you must not have been paying attention when he was named defensive player of the year two years ago.

He's slated to go somewhere in the middle of the second round. Obvious skill in college, but tiny by NFL standards. Moreover when asked to take down big elite NFL receivers.

I tell you. All this Dolphins' draft stuff has to go back to all of our collective --- I'll trade you my Elston Howard and my Lou Brock for your Roger Maris, back when we were kids.

I got news for you guys, the honey badger will not be drafted before round 4...

Small, slow , a drug addict and not that good..sorry Wood's

Yea, right, Dude, you don't know your ass from a whole in the ground. All that matters is if he's a football player or not. Antoine Winfield, all pro corner for the Vikings is 5-9 180 lbs and hit like a mack truck.

Yea, that's what they said about Russel Wilson last year. Too small to play quarterback. Same type of narrow minded thinking that led to us not signing Drew Brees.

Oye Papo, smoking blunts in college does not make you a "drug addict."

It is this type of imbecility that have led this once proud franchise into the twenty some years of futility that we have been on. One terrible personnel decision after another. And it all started when we left Randy Moss on the table.

Mr. Woodcock,

it seems like some of our friends don't see tyrone matthieu (?) in the same light that you do. he got that award for one major play- stripping the ballcarrier and running it in for a TD, but disappeared against alabama in the rematch. as our friends state; small, slow, THC laced, and a real risk in the higher rounds.

CUBAN PHENOM FIGURED OUT (slightly)

today in the fourth inning he threw three first balls that were hits by the twins, the last of the three a home run by justin morneau. any pitcher is a better hurler when starting the batter off 0-1, but if his pitches are over the plate and don't move he is gonna get knocked around plenty. his first two outings were tremendous, but as stated twice around either the team (today's fourth inning) or the league (will yake awhile) will tell you how a pitcher will do in the long run. today was not good.

Come on Shad, he's the only blonde African American in the draft. He's worth at least a high third round pick.

Hold on there Woody, so you don't think that someone that has failed over ten drug tests a drug addict?...Maybe recreational user?..hehehe

Maybe we should draft him with our numero uno and trade one of our 2's for Tebow

Bro, there is a big diff between an addict and a recreational drug user. Addicts don't go to work or look for jobs they just sit around getting high all day. Recreational users have a job and come home and recreate all night. The blonde black badger is of the latter genus.

Oye, you have to have confidence to play defensive back at a high level. Any black man with a blonde head of hair has to have more confidence than Neon Deon Sanders.

I say we take him in the low second round. If he tanks like our usual draft picks do he can always provide some entertainment during the half time shows doing Tarzan and Cheetah skits playing both the parts of Tarzan and Cheetah.

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