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July 01, 2013

Will Marlins keep Stanton? Poll. Vote!; plus Fernandezmania, Greg Oden, Ray Hudson, Serena, Cats draft, Trayvon poll verdict & more

1) It is WEDNESDAY, JULY 3. Welcome old friend Dan Sileo back on the air at 640 AM, the Home For Wayward Sons. 2) Back in his Lakers days in 1989, Pat Riley secured legal rights to the phrase "Three-Peat," so it may not be used without his permission. Damn! I think I owe Pat money. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Trayvon Martin trial, Heat up for ESPY awards, NBA Draft, Marlins not stinking.

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PFT's Dolphins Mount Rushmore gets 3 outta 4 right: Pro Football Talk, of NBC Sports, selected Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Larry Csonka to its Dolphins' Mount Rushmore. Our blog's own Dolphins/Rushmore poll, months earlier (your welcome), had Shula-Marino-Csonka 1-2-3 but the fourth was founding owner Joe Robbie. Then it was Bob Griese, then Taylor. Ours was better.

1aa1fernandezmaniaFernandezmania!: Marlins 20-year-old starter Jose Fernandez was dominant Monday night and leads the next wave of young Marlins who would make the future hopeful and bright if fans could trust they'll be kept long-term. I explore in Keep The Keepers, my latest column off last night's game.  

THE FUTURE OF GIANCARLO STANTON: The resurgent Marlins -- they are on a 17-11 run even with last night's loss in Atlanta -- seem very unlikely to deal 1aa1gstantonslugger Giancarlo Stanton before the July 31 trade deadline, but most experts continue to think it likely he'll be traded sometime before his contract expires at end of 2016 season. The reason isn't just the club's natural tendency to think low-payroll; the reason in this case is also a belief that Stanton would prefer to play on the West Coast. This poll seeks to gauge what fans think will happen. Now what they want to happen but what they honestly think will. Vote for the likeliest of the two possibilities and say why you think as you do.

HEAT'S FASCINATION WITH GREG ODEN: It sometimes seems like free agent Greg Oden has had more knee 1aa1godensurgeries than NBA games, but I get the ongoing interest in a man who last played on Christmas Day 2009. Oden is a 7-footer and still only 25. If healthy -- one of the biggest ifs in sports -- he'd be a low-cost, high-upside dice roll. The Spurs and Cavaliers are thought to be fronturnners for him, but Miami, the Celtics and Grizzlies also are hunting him. Heat offers him LeBron James and the best title shot. What the rest of y'all got? [Pictured: Oden, who looked 35 years old at 18 and now looks 48].

CALLING RAY HUDSON!: The NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the local pro team we don't talk about, fired longtime coach Daryl Shore and seek a replacement. Natural choice: Ray Hudson, the original 1aa1hudsonrStriker from way back in the day, later coach of the former MLS Miami Fusion and DC United, and currently a soccer analyst for the network beIN Sports. Hudson, pictured, has coaching experience but, as important, is an ambassador and salesman. If anyone could build excitement to better fill Lockhart Stadium and make this team relevant in a way it isn't, it's Hudson. I have my doubts he'd accept the job, but if it isn't offered they're nuts. [Update: Spoke today to Strikers president Tom Mulroy, who said, "I don't disagree! Ray was someone I thought about when I first took over the Strikers. However to the best of my knowledge he's in a great place with his current job."

SERENA BOUNCED FROM WIMBLEDON: No. 1-ranked five-time Wimbledon champ Serena Williams loses to somebody named Sabine Lisicki. Craziest fortnight I can recall. Now if we can get Novak Djokovic outta there it'll be complete mayhem.

NHL DRAFT: CATS SELECT EXPERIENCED VETERAN, 17: Only in the hockey draft might someone who 1aa1alekcan't legally sip a lager and who may not even shave yet be called a veteran, but that's the pitch on Aleksander (Sasha) Barkov, whom the Florida Panthers made the No. 2 overall pick Sunday. He is pictured 1aa1alek2right, at at left standing next to some other guy in front of a comically small car. Barkov is the coveted "big center" and at 17 -- I have socks older -- has already played two pro seasons in Finland and is said to be NHL-ready. That's good because Cats must sate their starving fans soon, not later. I also like that Florida eschewed defense for a more offense-minded pick. This kid alongside rookie-of-the-year left wing Jonathan Huberdeau is itself an exciting vision.

SOUTH KOREANS CONTINUE RUINATION OF AMERICAN WOMEN'S GOLF: Back in the day you didn't 1aa1inbeepfollow the LPGA just because it was boring. Now you don't follow the LPGA because you're sick of the South Korean takeover. Of course, by "you," I mean "me." South Korean Inbee Park won the U.S. Women's Open Sunday, her third straight major. In second and third place: I.K. Kim and So Yeon Ryu. I don't mind a healthy influx of foreign-born talent in any U.S. sport, but the LPGA is under seige. OK, I admit to being a jingoist; sue me. As for Inbee Park (pictured), I see more victories in her future, along with a possible NutriSysytem endorsement. WHOA! OUCH! Is that mean?

Poll results: Your call a Trayvon Martin a hung jury: I asked if, based on what you know of the case, you would find George Zimmerman guilty in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and "no" led with 47.9 percent, while 40.3% voted "yes" and 11.8% were undecided/not sure. It was very even at first, then sentiment for acquittal gradually gained traction.

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