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May 16, 2013

It's Indiana! Heat-Pacers in East finals; plus Heat bigger faves than ever to repeat, D-Wade prom video, Oxbow, Sad-O-Meter & more

1aa1mando1) It is SATURDAY, MAY 18. Sesame Street is introducing a new character named Armando or "Mando," which may or may not be an homage to Herald sports writer Armando Salguero. Mando is pictured at right. (Is it me or do half of the Sesame Street characters sort of look like this?) 2) Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle dead at 71 of reported suicide. Sad story. All-time great name, Dick Trickle, but a sad story. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat Game 5 win, Wade health poll, LeBron No. 2 in money, most disappointing hotel, catchers' fake fingernails, Sad-O-Meter. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote.

Another year, another horse fails to win Triple Crown: Affirmed in 1978 remains the last to do it after Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished a disappointing fourth in today's Preakness Stakes, won by Oxbow with ancient Gary Stevens aboard. Orb started on the rail and really struggled to extricate himself from traffic.

Hit Wade Strikes Back for my column off Wednesday's Heat win.

"David Beckham is retiring? What a big, big loss for the sport of underwear endorsing." --Greg Cote

UPDATED: HEAT CRAZY-BIG FAVES TO REPEATS AS CHAMPS: If you want the other side you stand to make some big bucks. Are you that daring? New from Bovada, championship odds on the five teams still alive show Heat at 1-3, Spurs 5-1, Grizzlies 6-1, Pacers 20-1 and Knicks 40-1. Miami odds to win East and get to Finals: 1-9. Man! Based on the public perception that sets the odds, let's just go ahead and plan that parade right now. I'm just sayin'.

EASTERN FINALS SET: HEAT VS. PACERS: Indiana beat visiting New York 106-99 tonight to win the series 4 games to 2. Miami will host Eastern finals Game 1 vs. Pacers on Wednesday night. The series suggests Pacers are a better team, although that is debatable. Both teams fared well against Miami this season, Indy going 2-1 against the Heat and the Knickerbockers 3-1. The other factor in answering the poll question below was the vantage point of your vote. It might have been based on which team you think would be an easier draw for the Heat. Or you might have voted for what you think the more exciting series would be. On the latter criteria the clear preference would seem to have been New York, a bigger rival with more starpower and boorish fans in constant need of shutting up. Based on results, your choice was pretty clear. Enjoys the Eastern finals anyway.

1aa1leblady 1aa1bearladyUPDATE: HEAT MIDDLE-FINGER LADY: South Florida's most famous birder is keeping sharp between playoff series. After honing her skills against the Bulls' Joakim Noah, Middle-Finger Lady now prepares for Indiana or New York in the next round. Pictured left, MFL transmogrifies into a clownishly grinning LeBron James in a final, parting-shot farewell to Noah. At right, Middle-Finger Lady inexplicably proffers the Flying Digit to an adorably dumbfounded polar bear.

1aa1dwpromDWYANE WADE: PROM DATE: What cute story. Archbishop Coleman Carroll senior Nicole Muxo posts a YouTube video asking Heat star Dwyane Wade to be her prom date. He calls her cell phone with his regrets, then moments later walks into the Friday ight event in Coral Gables, shocking her. Later Wade Tweeted, 'I had a blast at Prom. Never be 2 scared to ask.' The couple is pictured on the dance floor. This, among a million other reasons, is why South Florida loves Dwyane Wade.

Click HERE for a 3-minute video on how Wade pulled off his big prom surprise. Good stuff.

1aa1chadjLATEST TRAVAILS OF CHAD JOHNSON: Free-agent receiver Chad (nee Ochocinco) Johnson lessens his chances of ever playing again with a warrant for his arrest for failing to report to his probation officer stemming from the domestic violence issue that got him cut by the Dolphins. The latest misstep is indicative of Johnson perhaps suffering from DAS, Dumbass Athlete Syndrome. There is no known cure.

UPDATED! MARLINS' SAD-O-METER: We have this new blog feature we update as long as Marlins' 1aa1bbsadwinning percentage is under .300 -- as long as the New York Mets' infamous 1962 record of 40-120 (.250) is within dubious reach. Well, six straight losses with last night's have brought the S-O-M roaring back as the season inches past the one-quarter mark. Updated Sad-O-Meter: Current record, 11-31 (.262). Season projection, 42.43 wins, 119.57 losses.

1aa1bimboBACKSTORY: COMPANY NAMES: Took this pic on my phone camera as proof there is a baked-goods company operating in South Florida under the name Bimbo. (Primary dictionary definition: "A foolish, stupid or inept person.") I am envisioning the initial meeting of company investors. "OK, first things first," says the boss. "We need a name that represents who we are. Thoughts?"

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Just amazing how routine trips to the Eastern Conference finals are for this Heat team.

Let's Hope Winning A Title Becomes Routine.

The Series Versus The Pacers Will Be Tough.

If You Guys Thought The Chicago Series Was Tough. This Series Will Be A Street Fight. A Real Slobberknocker!!

The Pacers Are Young And Talented.

I Had A Feeling Indiana Was Going To Be The Team We Need To Beat To Go To The Finals.

The Only Team To Have A Winning Record Versus The Heat This Season.

The Heat Still Have The Most Talented Team. But The Pacers Are Also At Full Force. Unlike The Bulls.

Heat In 7.

Pacers will miss Danny Granger, LeBron James is very good at basketball.

Heat have no choice but to be abused inside but Pat Riley did just enough, just soon enough to salvage this roster with Chris Andersen.

It will be easier than last year, maybe 5 instead of 6.

I rather they play NY but is a moot point, its the Pacers...yes they are a much improved team compared to last year ( Pacers ) but we are also better and deeper with the addition of birdman, Allen and the play of Cole..

The Heat have beaten two mediocre teams on talent alone but Allen, Battier , Wade , Chalmers and LeBron have struggle so far, its time for them to step up...

Heat in six.

NEWS FLASH FOR (the real david in los angeles),

sorry to inform you that the beachboys were writing their own material- the surfing stuff and the car stuff- while the beatles were playing other musiians' music in the cavern club in germany. "in my room"- harps and harmonies predated the beatles musicalk arrival by at least a year and a half. your argument that the beatles were the first group to write their own music is BUNK!! surfin, surfin safari, IMR, 409 and many others came way before love me do, i believe. brian wilson was a genius with a lot of problems- mostly in the form of mike love, his despised first cousin and murry wilson, his uber-dominating father. "pet sounds" came before "sgt pepper" and is a beautiful, poignant work of art.

Guy's here's a guy I worked with on GRBs..

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/05/16/star_trek_science_mistakes.html


He's go why to much time on his hands IMHO.

i'd like it to be new york, just for the satisfaction of beating them in 5, but like i wrote earlier this year, i don't think they're that good, and indiana should dispose of them soon.
which leads me to indiana.
some people here seem to have a bad memory of last years playoffs.
WITHOUT bosh we won in 6.
this year with a healthy bosh, a hopefully effective wade, a ray allen, a WAY IMPROVED norris cole, AND a chris anderson, there is no way indiana is stretching this past 5.

You needed a third option "It's Irrelevant". Fact is it doesn't matter who the Heat play. Unless Lebron is injured Miami wins easily.

Anti....hhhhhhmmmm, that was interesting, I didn't know some fags...oooppps sorry girly-men had such a mean streak...rape?

Lt. Anti Christ that fluff piece belied it's more sinister source and intent of communist subvervsion, communist indoctrination and the communist conspiracy to sap and pure and simple

Scratch that.. TO SAP IMPURIFY ALL OF OUR PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS. PURE & SIMPLE.

Glad NY and Indiana have extended their series to keep up the beating up of each other.THAT can t hurt Miami.The extra 2 days off now though may make them once again vulnerable to rust however.THAT is all that will likely be discussed up to their first game.Since they lost to the Bulls in their first game of that series it only seems logical.Hopefully they will play sharper and NOT miss so many open shots.Who cares who they play?To be the Champs....you have to play it out however the teams align themselves.Heat will adjust/does adjust to ALL teams anyway.

Greg, -- Lost In Translation.

if you click on your Bimbo pic to enlarge it, you'll note by the writing on the side of the truck that this is a latino bakery. The word does not carry the same connotation in spanish. Much like the reverse of the Chevy Nova. It was fine for buyers in the USA, but sales in Latin American countries were awful, as the word Nova in spanish implies that the car does not go, that it does not run.

I was over by the mall this morning to get some coffee and pastry and happen to see FZB waiting in line to go see the new Star Trek movie. FZ, you look good as a Ferengi.

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/10/19/1350674637474/Destination-Star-Trek-Lon-007.jpg

“We got players we wanted,” Ireland said. “What’s great to hear is that players wanted us too. I think that’s the most important aspect of what we’ve accomplished this year.

“This is a place where people want to play.”

Yea, as long as you offer to pay them a third more than anyone else. Players were willing to come to Miami at market price before Jill Parceland got here.

Good read interesting about the feelings he had regarding the legal issues Bryant faced and how they really are very different personalities as well as all time greats.

More "Benghazi noise" from the right wing hack at the Washington Post, Bob Woodward, who by the way help take down Richard Nixon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PCwfbIpRfWM

Bottom line Obama ignored warnings from Ambassador Stevens, he and four others died, and Obama lied about it....with the help of Hillary.

Tom do you mean left wing I noticed you keep writing that.

BB

kaz insists that the "Benghazi noise" is all coming from right wing hacks and Fox, so I guess that makes Woodward a right wing hack since kaz is always right.

Not at all, it's coming from all sides because it's entertaining.

But the only one nuts enough to put together what the conspiracy actually is is Glenn Beck.

Dee Milliner fired his agent because he dropped out of the Top 5 of the draft.

Sounds like another guy we may have been lucky not to draft between him and Geno Smith who did the same thing to his agent the Jets deserve them they sound like headcases already.

Boys, when opportunity knocks the smarties open the door.

Just sayin'.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/york-hedge-funds-lost-shirts-100000529.html

You have a pool over there yeah pool, pond, The pond's good for you.

Dolphins should bring in Colin Klein to run a scout team pistol offense, they could see it four times a year within the division.

Kaz is one sick puppy. Probably likes those old jokes...Q: What's red and sits in the corner? A: a baby chewing on razor blades.

Anyone who derives entertainment from actions by an elected president in making mockery of his office, while thrusting the greatest country in the history of mankind right into the crapper can only be deemed- one sick puppy.

I don't derive entertainment from it, I don't find it the least bit entertaining, unlike you and Tom.

So you're charging that the complete and utter disgust that I'm feeling as a result of the action of this administration is entertainment!? You've got me confused with a Roman making his way to the vomitorium.

"thrusting the greatest country in the history of mankind right into the crapper"

Dude, if Jimmy Carter couldn't accomplish that and he was a professional imbecile you don't have to worry about Obama who is just an amateur imbecile.

With the current state of affairs in Washington your boy Obi is the biggest lame duck in the history of the United States presidency.

Yup, 'scandals' let fans indulge in their selective outrage machine, just like all the liberals with their 'impeach Bush' BS.

Carter is a pimp. He never could have outfought Ronny. But I didn't know until this day that it was Obi all along.

Oh stop it. You either like what the administration is doing or you don't. You don't get choice of rising above it.

wow kaz i guess you didn't listen to Bob Woodward in the video. he pretty much summed up the Obama administration having hydraulic pressure to not tell the truth about Benghazi. I just don't find negligence and incompetence that results in the deaths of four Americans and a subsequent coverup during a presidential election particularly "entertaining". i guess it takes a special type of individual to be entertained by such things. congrats, you are that special individual.

I don't derive entertainment from it, I don't find it the least bit entertaining, unlike you and Tom.

Posted by: I am Kazaam | May 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

of course you do kaz. you have said so numerous times that you find this entertaining. benghazi noise is entertaining. funny how you cite fox and beck yet i never watch fox or listen to beck and EVERY source I have cited is a traditional liberal source......including one of your favorites....The PuffingtonPost.

Hmm......another top administrator in the Obama administration doing the "I don't remember" line.

Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller said indicated he did not know who was responsible for the targeting of conservative groups by IRS agents. ”I don’t have that name, sir,” he told GOP congressman Dave Reichert in today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the scandal, which came to light last Friday.

Reichert persisted, “Did you ask anybody?”

“Yes,” Miller responded — he asked the senior technical adviser, Nancy Marks.

“And what did Nancy tell you, who’s responsible?” Reichert asked.

“That I don’t remember, to be honest with you,” Miller said.

hahahahahahahahahahaahahahaha...........

Most transparent administration in our history.....hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Don't care about Benghazi, wish politics didn't involve media manipulation but of course it does - for both teams. There's no scandal there, just business as usual with a magnifying glass on it for once.

IRS is another story, not sure why people are being allowed to resign over it.

It is entertainment media, period. Sensationalist and exploitative of people's natural inclinations to be outraged by the other team. Doesn't mean I find it entertaining.

Boys, by now you all show know that kaz is a closet liberal, he just won'y admit it..

By the way Kazy-Poh, I haven't called you an asswipe in a while so don't make me. (re: your 11:22am post)

OC, Never mind that I look like a circus clown space alien (dressed as a Ferengi) but did you see my hot girlfriend??..its called jealousy buddy.

and speaking of Obi, when do we impeach the bastard?

OK, here is a nice article on our young QB..

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/mike-freeman/22256316/ryan-tannehill-could-emerge-as-the-next-great-quarterback-star

and Woods-Ter, guess what this song this is..he,he

"turn off your mind relax and float down stream, it is not dying, it is not dying""


People should resign it's amazing anyone in that position would go along with something so clearly shady.

if Bush was in charge the facking liberal media (85% of the country) would be calling for his resignation but since Obi is the messiah and he is black he can't do no wrong...nothing will happen to him.

never mind he is incompetent as our first commander and a lying weasel...

Resignation implies they're not going to have to answer for what they did - and that idiot woman in charge of the IRS should be fired just for saying 'I'm not good at math'.

Liberals did call for Bush's impeachment for pretty much all of his second term. Don't think for a second they weren't 'entertained' by their disgust and outrage either.

You cannot fire an employee of the IRS. It takes two years + court battle.

This is why they are asked to resign.

...and not only is that "idiot" woman NOT going to be fired, she's getting promoted to head Obi-care. Isn't THAT special. I wonder (once in place) if a white, successful GOP will get approved for that life saving medical procedure over the poor, minority DEM. Hmm!

♬ ...that's entertainment...

Don't blame me I voted for Romney!

OC,

I think Obi should face the "Kabayashi Maru"...

The tax administration business has to be above reproach our system depends on the equitable administration of the tax code. Taxation is the most lethal weapon that the government wields. When employees of the internal revenue service take it upon themselves to play judge and jury with taxpayers heads should roll and I don't mean that these guys are allowed to resign. This is a wanton disregard of the most basic of American laws. These are criminal violations and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

That would seem difficult to prove while you may have circumstantial evidence or patterns of behavior finding criminal fault would likely be difficult.

Bull crap. There is an implied fiduciary responsibility that every single employee of the government has. In this case the simple fact that "they didn't know" that this was happening is not an excuse. The fact that employees made mistakes is one thing but the cover up is a completely different matter, especially when they apparently testified to the Ways and Means Committee that none of this was going on. At the very least they perjured themselves, at worst they were involved in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the government and the American tax payers.

...nice speech, Woody. But how do you keep a workforce of 106,000 (soon to add another 1,400 to administer Obi-care) honest and impartial, when 2/3 of them support folks who wish to grow government, while at the same time, waging war agains those who wish to see their own numbers shrink?

(D)EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE: "lame duck"

the phrase "lame duck" originally meant an elected official who lost a bid for re-election and had a portion of his/her term left; it certainly did not apply to cases such as obama, where he is prohibited from running for office by statute. what it has come to mean is not what the original intent was. as language evolves to meet how the common folks are using it is a reality, but for me not a pleasant one. i prefer the language to remain as it was originally intended-"where are you at?" is a lovely example of viewing the language as it shouldn't be, or stating that language morphs into how the people use it. like most things, gimme the "old school" ways. ending sentences with propositions is another example a changing language; the old line of "a preposition is a wonderful thing to end a sentence with" says it all.

changes everything, time does.

I am with you shadow I read it and wondered if they had changed the law to allow a three term president I almost chimed in it's not the correct use of the term.

Now saying that Rex Ryan is a lame duck coach would be a correct use of the term.

real dave,

hope you are feeling okay, and the post about the beachboys didn't give you a relapse of whatever you were ailing from (sentence ended with prepostion on porpoise). get well, stay well, be well- whatver applies.

Mr. Woodcock,

pretty much share your sentiments about the beatles; i'd give them their as songwriters but a rick and roll band they weren't. don't think we have ever posted from this bunch, but they were a great group, which of course means they had guitar player of note:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNg7sAsgBSQ

AND THAT WAS THE "B" SIDE!!! here is the flip side, a powerful and beautiful ditty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nace1xqUFDw

john sebastian was about to leave so they let the drummer sing (i think his name was joe butler; maybe he was the bassist.

Thanks I can always count on you to introduce me to "new" music.

Shadow,

Really dude?..Nashville Cats ?...see if you like this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skU-jBFzXl0

Psychedelic friday is here, at least in my mind it is...smoke'em if you gott'em boys !


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz1HOHzYeVQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHfB63ln1Ig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLC-y3r66Ys

By having the 107,400 (I don't know where you got this figure from) abide by the law.

Shadow, John Sebastian, really? You have to be kidding.

How do you spell lame duck? O B A M A

8-5 is such an idiot...

Shadow, isn't that John Sebastian guy the one who always wore that little corduroy hat and usually made noise like someone was shoving a telephone pole up his ass sideways?

I had never heard of Lovin Spoonful so that was new to me but are they more a rock band than the Beatles?

Beatles had a few rock songs if I recall.

The Beatles couldn't rock if they were sitting in a rocking chair during an earthquake.

Get Back and Helter Skelter pretty rocking tunes there are some others but to say that The Lovin Spoonful was more of a rock band not so sure about that.

BB,

Pay no attention to Woody, he's totally lost it..

The Loving Spoonful had just a couple of hits, nothing major while the fab-4 change the music world for the better..

Hey did you read the T-Hill article that I posted?

Changed the music world...

Yes but you know that I am on record as saying that he is going to be a star.

Didn't Wallace just say that he can be as good as or better than Big Ben?

Lofty praise but if Wallace can read talent than we are in for one great season.

Boy's you want Rock?
I mean Hardcore rock?
You Want GUNS???
Enjoy this one......

http://youtu.be/0c3d7QgZr7g

Yeah boy, Ted Nugent is the chit....great song.

Mouning guys...everyone have a nice and safe weekend...

thanks shadow.. i am in phoenix this weekend; i performed with jerry riopelle today; filmed for PBS and will be performing with him tomorrow night, (sat) in scottsdale.
funny how the IRS went after groups screaming about taxes..
i find all of it amusing, and none of it will stick.
ready for my dolphin prediction..
11-5

all of these "scandals" PALE in comparison to reagan circumventing congress and selling weapons to terrorists, bush sending colin powell to lie to the UN with props starting 2 wars in the process, and nixon running the most corrupt administration, (other than reagan's, which featured more indictments than ANY in history).
it's politics, and it's always dirty.
as for woodward, he's a liberal because he went after that huge story of the 1970's?
BERNSTEIN was the liberal, NOT woodward.
i suggest you look at his record over the last 30 plus years if you think he's a liberal..

Psychedelic Friday eh well I guess i will cast my delusive ego into the sun like a frisbee, with assist from Lucy and a sharp snap of my wrist...

What day is it? I'm on vacation so time has been disabled. Hell if it's psychedelic Saturday no matter...

I took my daughter and her friend to see Star Trek last night. I almost had to hit my balls with a ball peen hammer just to stay awake. My daughter and her friend loved it. Must have been the good looking kid that plays Kirk. Heavy snooze fest. I guess old Woodcock is getting too old to boldly go where no man has gone before. Although, this man has been there done that and I wish I could have stayed home and gotten a blow job instead of watching this blow job on the big screen for what seemed like an eternity.

Hoorah.

At least the director had enough sense not to roll some Beatles song during the rolling of the credits. Now, that would have killed me right there on the spot. "Daddy, what was your favorite part of the movie?" "Why, the end, pumpkin what else. You know I mean the sign not the last few minutes of the movie, right, Pumpkin?"

The next time that my daughter talks me into going with her to see another Star Trek movie I think I will boldly ask the fat short kid with the jam jar glasses taking the tickets at the door for a blankie and pillow to help me boldly go into dreamland....

To be the BEST you must beat the best, NY is NOT. The Pacers next, but the HEAT takes the Series without a doubt !

Sad O Meter is a dumb gimmick.

benghazi... drip.... irs..... drip..... wiretapping reporters ... drip ...... and the sewage keeps dripping out about the most corrupt and arrogant president since tricky dicky. the worst of the three..... tapping AP reporters. what an arrogantly dumb ffing move...pissing off your biggest fans and protectors ....

and the left says.........but bush did ..... HOW PATHETIC!

what's REALLY pathetic is your incessant and obsessive drivel on how "corrupt" this administration is.
it's why you lost in november, and why you'll never win another presidential election.
your completely CLUELESS.
we young people already recognize how dirty politics is. you right-wingers have no memory of the past.
we now have healthcare, (i, for one, could not get insured due to previous existing conditions, and now because of obamacare, i have insurance, as do many other people.)
but i'm supposed to listen to you idiots complain about it.
and about gay marriage. and about tea party groups being audited.
as if groups on the left, (like the NAACP during the bush years) didn't suffer the same fate.
you people are pathetic, and i'll be laughing all the way to 2014 at your "righteous indignation" of the, (gasp!), dirty mechanisms, (mostly started and perfected by the right), of politics.
go call glenn beck, hannity, or someone who gives a chit.. lol
you have ZERO solutions for what REALLY ails this country.
and you never will.. :)

watch it with the Bimbo references, your hitting close to home.

David !

My misguided liberal amigo, of course you know your "presidente" is a Buffon and a liar but you're blinded by his so called charm and magnetism...someday you'll see the truth.

Now let's talk basketball..Heat and Pacers..big physical team ..they are better than last year but so are we..Bosh is healthy plus we have Birdman, Allen and Cole is greatly improved , if I were Spo I would play Miller a bunch in this series...

David..On the Dolphins..I like your prediction of 11-5 ...we have a very tough early schedule but I think we'll be contenders for a wild card spot...my early,early prediction?..barring major injuries, 10-6


David,

You really wanna know what really ails this country?... Way too many people on welfare , blacks,whites , hispanics, you name it, the liberals have created a culture of non workers, people feel like its their right to live off of t he goverment.

We as a country need to change that way if thinking before is too late...take a look at what's happening in europe specially France and Greece.


Dapper, how's the recovery coming along? From the sound of your last post you must be starting to feel better. BTW, which bathroom have you been using on the road, the boys or the girls.......?


Dapper, you do know that that fish, Obama, can't stand the Beatles, right? It's the only thing that idiot is right about.

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