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July 13, 2013

The Ultimate South Florida What's-Your-Favorite-Team Poll: Dolphins vs. Heat vs. Canes vs. [your choice]. Vote now!

Special note to the Blog Family: I will be away on vacation all week and thus not tending the blog much for a few days. We'll be in Alaska with friends while our two young-adult sons turn our home into a party-wracked frathouse take care of things in our stead. Follow me on Twitter (gregcote), Vine (Greg Cote) and Instagram (Upsetbird) because I'll be posting mini-videos and photos daily from the Great Northwest. Meantime, I hope the following is plenty to chew on while I'm away. Ciao for now!

SOUTH FLORIDA'S ULTIMATE AND DEFINITIVE FAVORITE-TEAM POLL: Most of us follow more than one sport or one team closely, I'm sure, but I also believe most of us are able to choose only one team as our favorite if we must. I didn't say it would be easy, but that is your challenge here. Pick one. By any criteria you choose, name your one favorite team. Because this is the Miami Herald, our poll emphasizes what I consider to be the seven most popular South Florida pro or college teams as a starting point. Don't fret, though. If you are mostly a fan of a team not specifically listed (Gators fans? Yankees fans?), there are three other categories in the poll with you in mind. The composite will be a picture of who our blog readers support the most. And because our polls indicate roughly half of all votes usually come from outside the state of Florida, we expect plenty of support in the "other" categories, too. Our big expectation is Heat vs. Dolphins vs. UM football for the heavyweight title, but I have been surprised before. Consider your favorite team if you could pick only one, then cast your vote and say why. Enjoy!

Check back often to monitor evolving results...

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Mouning people...

Really Cote?... You should know by now...alright, voted for the Dolphins..

Second place Canes football and third place the Heat..Marlins fall somewhere between Canes basketball and FIU track and field.

I wish I was adopted by aliens .

About yesterday's topic of greatest hitters, Pujols has to be there somewhere..forgot about him.


Alaska, ehh Greg?

Juneau that Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas, the next the largest state. Alaska is larger than the combined area of the 22 smallest U.S. states, yet the state is home to only 710,231 people, according to the 2010 Census. Juneau? Juneau?

FZ, if you were not adopted, you certainly were born to aliens. Fortunately for you they became legal sometime in the early 60s:)

won't consider Marlins until owner is gone, neither is anyone else!

I voted Hurricanes Football but I like the Miami Heat just as much. I just figured everyone would vote Miami Heat so I decided to give my Canes some love.

So true OC so true...I rather be adopted than abducted...but the thought of visiting another planet even as a guinea pig is kind of appealing...I mean as long as everything works as before when "they" send me back..

So since Cote is on a vacation we just make up our own chit to talk about?...cool

So the godfather ( Riley ) said he is looking to keep the team together even when facing a 33 mil tax bill at the end of the year...if They do that how can LeBron go to another team when he's got a commitment to win from the Heat's owner..

I don't see it

What I'm hoping they do ( James, Bosh and Wade ) is up-out and they each take less money to keep the team together, yeah I believe in Santa.

And Rob Artest says he wants to play B-Ball in china or play arena football..he should hang out with Byron Davis and his aliens

Hurricanes and Dolphins will be 1A and 1B, Heat will be behind them and ahead of everyone else.

All the rest of South Florida's teams and programs are awful, really should be a three team poll.

nbc preseason poll has our dolphins listed at # 23. No respect, no respect.

The city of Juneau cannot be reached by car there are no roads leading in or out of the city went there in 2000 on an Alaskan Cruise leaving from Vancouver.

Would recommend it to anyone Hubbard Glacier, Salmon fishing, incredible scenery.

The size of the country is amazing OC I would have liked to see Mt. McKinley but maybe someday.

In the meantime I must watch Alaska State Troopers.

No duke I didn't see Larry Csonka fly fishing when I was there.

BB..

The missus and I have Going to Alaska in our buckett list...hopefully we can get there soon.

"Mucho" rain falling in the 305 today...no complains from me we need it.

True Zonk story .....Once I was in line at a card show in downtown Miami to get autographs from a couple of the 72 Dolphins ( zonk included ) and just before the show started he came into the room, look straight at me and asked me where the mens room was...so the great Zonk had to take a piss and ask me where to go...hehe, how about that.

I bet the Dukes-ter is jealous....

Canes football has the lead? Really? Where are the Canes fans during their home games? I've seen bigger crowds at Marlin games.

Yup even being able to provide King Zonk with directions as to were he could relieve himself would have been a great experience FZ. Even more so than informing the Great Marino as to where he could relieve himself...

directionz to WHERE not were but whoze counting...

Hey Anti...while that girl looks very, very healthy and enticing ...I think I rather have that old Mustang on the right side of the picture.

I must be getting old..

Hope you get to go to Alaska someday FZ

Yes FZ, You are getting old...
Thought I'd share this for all the dog lovers out there....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u2SYb2pgB4&feature=share&list=PL1090A302CFC161C0

lol mediocre hurricanes love 3 to 1 against to back to back world champion miami heat.

you KNOW this is either rigged, or trolled.

The Dolphins are also 3 to 1 against back to back world champion Miami Heat.

People like football more than basketball.

This is and always will be a football town.

I picked Miami Dolphins Football.

My #2 would be UM Football.

#3 The Marlins

#4 The Panthers

#5 The Heat

I grew up watching Jordan, Then Shaq, Then T-Mac. I learned at an early age. In Basketball you like the player, not the team(Specially after I've seen the talent that went thru the Orlando magic). That is what they market in the NBA, players not teams. Was never a big fan of Riley. And I can't stand the current nitwit coaching the heat. They can play better than what their record states. Way Better.

Marino is still Baby Jesus in Sfla. And Don Shula is GOD.

Big Baby,

it was easy to accumulate "knowledge" glued to the TV and radio in a golden era of sports in LA in the 60s. three heismans (garrett, beban, and #32; won't count terry baker of oregon state in 62 who had a 99 yard TD run on a QB rollout in the liberty bowl), two football crowns for USC, UCLA basketball titles 64, 65,67,68,69, dodgers in 63 and 65, koufax,drysdale, west and baylor, deacon jones and merlin olson, and countless other notables. i try to tell it as it was, and have good reference books to back up the memory. and the announcers!! vin scully (not my personal favorite, but most everybody else's icon of the microphone) dick enberg doing the rams in the george allen years, chick hearn, and many others. there was nothing happening in the northeast except the celtics (college football was D-E-A-D in the east during the 60s).

mike1,

el tri looked better in game two and looked very much improved against martinique, who have been surprisingly tough. mexico is getting younger players experience in internationalplay and is looking for a good blend of youth and experience should they recover and make it to brasil next summer. #19 was especially impressive to me today.

My vote:

1) FIU

2) Heat

3) Dolphins

I voted for the Marlins.

The KC Chiefs if they are going to sign Branden Albert to a long term deal have to do so by tomorrow otherwise they are on the hook for his $10 million franchise tag. If there is going to be a trade it will be by tomorrow. I'm hoping Ireland does not make a mistake and take the Dolphins into next year without a real LT.

Zimmerman not guilty. Very predictable. The state prosecutors were the most incompetent attorneys they could have found. These guys were so bad you'd almost think they lost the case on purpose. No one is really that incompetent it had to be intentional.

When does training camp start?

NBA's Baron Davis: I was 'abducted by aliens' in desert two weeks ago

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/baron-davis-abducted-aliens-article-1.1397660#ixzz2Z4z0jBSc

Tom,

I recalled a couple of prosecuting attorneys that were worse, Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden..

We be fine at LT

Pouncey brothers?... Its called freedom of speech just like I have the right to called them asswipes ( from a safe distance of course ) ...

One week to training camp people !

Hey the Heatles summer rookie team is doing pretty good.

FIU..BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-OL, too funny! : )

Kaz interesting pic. Was that from Saturday Night Live skit or the real deal?

I guess we all underestimated the love our community has for FIU! Numbers don't lie.

DON'T BLAME ZIMMERMAN.

but do blame the state attorneys complete incompetence.

In my humble opinion Zimmerman should have been convicted on manslaughter charges but none of us really took into account the incompetence of some of these prosecuting attorneys..yikes.

brings back memories of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden..and who can forget Judge Ito..ah, the memories.

in the true sense of the law, Zimmerman was indeed fearing for his life and acted in self defense but he is still responsible for the kids death by showing poor judgment and getting out of the car and confronting him.

Florida law broadly says that you can use deadly force to defend yourself if it happened in another state the outcome may have been different but that's what it is and the jury agreed no blame game.

To hear the number of pro athletes protest the outcome is amazing to me they view it as a racial issue when in reality it comes down to the law.

It's sort of frustrating to hear that kind of thing but most athletes didn't go to class anyway so not surprising I guess.

FZB

Marcia Clark and Chris Darden get a bad and unfair rap. They put on enough evidence to convict OJ a million times over. The problem was that jury was seeking pay back. They were going to acquit OJ even if OJ got on that stand and admitted the crime. In the passing of time just about everyone now acknowledges that OJ was guilty (from the case presented by Clark and Darden).

Disagree Tom I've been over this with woodcock but there was enough reasonable doubt in the OJ case not to convict and blaming the prosecutors in that one is valid like FZB says.

Not saying he didn't do it but it's about reasonable doubt and there was a lot of it.

I still say that rogue cop Furman sank them for good.

Oh no Mike Pouncey wearing a free Hernandez hat is the ultimate in bad team pr and should be addressed immediately by the team.

He is a suspect in a gangland style murder Mike stop with the bs now and grow up.

Bullshit Big Baby. That was a classic case of jury nullification. They decided not to convict a brother. PERIOD! The rogue cop you speak of was a red herring. He did not touch every piece of evidence in that case. The theory of the defense was the police framed OJ. Seriously?

Reasonable doubt? Only if you are dead from the neck up.

Plenty of reasonable doubt Tom the glove didn't fit and Furman was portrayed accurately or inaccurately as a racist cop that spells doom in my eyes if he touched ANY of the evidence which he did.

The outcome of that case reflected very well how our Criminal Justice system is supposed to work despite a guilty man possibly going free.

Bullshit the glove didn't fit. Give me a glove that I wear every day and I guarantee you I can make it not fit. Also every weekend when I put on my yard gloves I have a tough time getting them on. They're snug. Why? I sweat and the gloves shrink and then expand after I put them on. The glove thing is absolute unadulterated bullshit. That was the only thing Clark and Darden did that I disagreed with. They never should have asked him to put that glove on.

The blood evidence in that case was OVERWHELMING. OVERFFINGWHELMING. Ignore everything else and there was NO way not to conclude OJ was guilty. The victims blood was on his close. In his car. In his house. On his glove. OJs blood was at the scene of the crime.

Sorry Big Baby. Like I said there is only reasonable doubt for those who don't care about evidence or are dead from the neck up.

sorry meant to say

"the victims blood was on his clothes" not close.

Reasonable doubt was introduced and it was apparently enough to get an acquittal questioning the jury and their motives smacks of a conspiracy theory to me and is an unlikely outcome.

FZB,

indeed, voluntary manslaughter based on the mitigating factor of "imperfect self-defense" seems to have been an attainable verdict, unless one thinks that because the defendant was beaten up and samford is in the deep south, the jurors weren't going to convict even if the civil burden- a "preponderance of the evidence" was in play. thankfully, there was no reaction like the rodney king or marquette frye (his mother basically started the riots in watts in 65). acquittal or not, there is still a little more litigation to be donem as a civil rights violation is semingly in the cards.

Tom - that was the brilliance of Cochran, he got the jury to disregard every shred of DNA evidence by calling into question how the samples had been handled.

When it came time to deliberate, there was no blood evidence considered.

There was no chance that jury was convicting Zimmerman of manslaughter after self defense was determined.

None.

Kaz

You're right there was no blood evidence considered because there was NO evidence considered by the jury. They deliberated 3 hours. Seriously? It took only 3 hours to go through the mountains of evidence in that case? Sorry Kaz but that jury did not care about the evidence. The notion that the police planted the evidence or that there was contamination of what wasn't planted as an explanation for the mountain of blood evidence requires the will suspension of disbelief.

It was pure and simple jury nullification.

http://www.fiugoldenpanthers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4820

Herald Favorite Team Poll

Come on, let's make sure FIU football wins one thing this year!
-- FIUPantherFan

STUFFING THE BALLOT BOX

I guess we all underestimated the love our community has for FIU! Numbers don't lie.

Posted by: starbucks morning | July 15, 2013 at 08:54 AM

yesterday mid afternoon results:

Hurricanes football 40%
Dolphins 35%
Heat 15%
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f-i-u-don't-matter 03%

LIARS LIE

I guess we all underestimated the love our community has for FIU! Numbers don't lie.

Posted by: starbucks morning | July 15, 2013 at 08:54 AM

http://hurricanesports.com/fls/28700/tickets/newsite/2013-FB-UF-Price-Map.jpg

It's becoming more likely by the minute that #Canes vs. #Gators game will SELLOUT before public single game on sale on Aug. 5.

And no single game tickets have been sold to Gator fans besides their game contact allotment (12,500).
-- @ChrisFreet

REAL NUMBERS

OJs life became nightmare even if he was aquitted. He became a paraiah(sp?) after trial and his life appears to have been on downward trajectory ever since. I wouldn't mind having his pension but I would not want his life ah especially at this juncture...

pariah? ehh

WHA UP GUYS !!!

hey, I always thought the OJ prosecutors lacked a little "pizzaz" as they say in sho-biz but Tom and Baby have made some good points on it..

OJ was guilty but the defense made such a brilliant case for evidence tampering that the jury forgot about the evidence and he got off scott free, shame because was and its still guilty.

Mike Pouncey needs to come clean also, that was stupid.

Why is our Justice Department questioning a decision that was made by an impartial jury in Florida.

If Holder doesn't like the law in Florida tell him to call the governor there and get it amended.

Until then just go away already dude stop playing the race card.

green, have you ever thought perhaps that FIU only got traction once its fan base was made aware of the vote via its fan base web forum? herald's fiu coverage is consistently mediocre and biased, and although it has improved with fiu's rise, it still isn't the place most fiu fans get their news from.

green, have you ever thought perhaps that FIU only got traction once its fan base was made aware of the vote via its fan base web forum?

Posted by: starbucks morning | July 15, 2013 at 02:32 PM

I believe a jealous f-i-u-don't-matter fan goosed the numbers somehow someway after seeing U way ahead ...

ORANGE & GREEN WITH ENVY

what's FIU???

Kazaam see green and starbucks posts as to why I think college football is mostly rah rah nonsense next they will start poisoning trees in Alabama.

herald's fiu coverage is consistently mediocre and biased, and although it has improved with fiu's rise, it still isn't the place most fiu fans get their news from.

Posted by: starbucks morning | July 15, 2013 at 02:32 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/30/sports/30colleges.html?_r=0

minor-league college athletics with a make-believe fan base subsidized by the strong-arm of an unsuspecting student body warrants scant coverage from a major-league metropolitan newspaper ...
you are what you is ...

BUSH

Hey guys,

maybe the Pouncey "hermanos" weren't showing support for their buddy (Hernandez) , maybe they were giving away "free Hernandez hat's"?

no?...

hey..it was a long shot anyways...

green, have you ever thought perhaps that FIU only got traction once its fan base was made aware of the vote via its fan base web forum

Posted by: starbucks morning | July 15, 2013 at 02:32 PM

to go from 0% to 20% when no one's looking ...

CRY FOUL

green, have you ever thought perhaps that FIU only got traction once its fan base was made aware of the vote via its fan base web forum

Posted by: starbucks morning | July 15, 2013 at 02:32 PM

http://www.fiugoldenpanthers.com/phpBB3/index.php

a fan base web forum with a grand total of 794 members ...

PARDON ME WHILE I BURP

green, have you ever thought perhaps that FIU only got traction once its fan base was made aware of the vote via its fan base web forum

Posted by: starbucks morning | July 15, 2013 at 02:32 PM

a fan base web forum with a grand total of 794 members ...

PARDON ME WHILE I BURP

Big Baby - and what goes on with that Dolphins blog is not rah rah nonsense?

FIU 302 votes and above the Heat?...BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-OL!!!
Can someone say "I smell some fraud taking place"?
There's a guy down there on calle ocho with a lot of time on his hand. (snicker)

If you have to commit murder, Weither it be a child( Casey Anthony)Murder or a Stalking a innocent kid murder(Zimmeman) Florida is the place to do it in...

"There was no chance that jury was convicting Zimmerman of manslaughter after self defense was determined.
None."

Correction; "There was no chance that jury was convicting (that murderer) Zimmerman of manslaughter (or any other offense) after" a jury consisting of 6 white women was chosen.
None.

First off to be called into a jury your IQ has to be below 90 which means your below average in intellegence...This is the truth, I read it on the Inter-net, so it must be true....LOL

It's actually more amazing that 6 women didn't convict him they are usually more sympathetic to victims in these cases do your homework bro.

Maybe Hernadez will be lucky enough to gt a couple Meatheads like the Pouncy brothers on his jury,They Fit the requirments for being on a Jury..

hey hey man,

Maurkizo Pouncey in on the Steeelllers..you can bash him but not our guy MIke..repent.

I don't think this was a race issue at all like some have implied..evidence was given and proved that there was a fight, Zimmerman was fearful of his life..now I think the guy should be guilty of manslaughter but what do I know..

I'm just glad no riots broke out anywhere..

Gona be away from technology for just a bit. Can anyone recommend a good political page turner?

Looks like the Pouncey brothers were at the back of the line when they passed out brains.

That's easy, FZB. The guy is French.

NJPF

Actually they were passed over when handing out brains.

The Manchurian Candidate?

Read that one years back. Something political or secret ops,

I like Jack Higgins or Clive Cussler most of their books are pretty good.

You could read that new one penned by JK Rowling under her alias Galbreath I think it might be political it received good acclaim.

thx, BB.

Dolphins, my one and only favorite Florida team.

Have Any Of You Been To Sanford?

In The Middle Of Nowhere And It Looks Like A Small Town From The 70s. Good Old Boy Country. Reminds Me More Of Alabama Than A City In Florida.

If You Have Been To Belle Glades. Nah, Belle Glades Is More Civilized.

Agreed With FZB. I Thought At Least A Manslaughter Charged. Specially After The Judge Made It Available.

OJ Didn't Do It. Hate To Break It To You Guys. The OJ From The 70's Wasn't The OJ From The 90s. Football Took To Big A Toll On His Body. Plus, It Is Said It Must've Took 2 People To Kill Them So Efficiently. Unless, OJ Was A Super soldier.

They Had Stab Wounds From 2 Different Knives. Unless, OJ Was Jackie Chan, Doubt He Could Get Away With It. Then Jump Over The Fence.

Goldman Was A Dope Dealer That Owed The Mob. Use Common Sense People.

They Had Zero Evidence Except The One Planted That OJ Did It.

They Know A.Hernandez Was There They Just Don't Know If He Pulled The Trigger. Well They Know They Just Can't Prove It. Without Witness Testimony.

G.Zimmerman Killed T.Martin. Self Defense Or No Self Defense.

Shoot Him In The Leg. That Is Self Defense. You Shoot In The Chest If You Want To Kill. That Is What They Teach You. Center Mass.

Shoot Him In The Arm. That Works Also.

Plus, Why Confront Someone If You Know That You Might Have To Shoot Him. That Is What Law Enforcement Is For. To Protect And Serve.

Again, This Is Real Simple. If Zimmerman Wouldn't Have Stepped Out His Car. Listened To Police. T.Martin Would've Still Been Alive. Real Simple.

Zimmerman Confronted Trayvon At Night With A Gun Showing On His Waist. What Would You Do?

Now If Martin Had The Gun And Zimmerman Wrestles It Away. Then That Is Self Defense.

In Other Words If T.Martin Killed Zimmerman. Then Yes, That Is Self-defense.

What Happened was He Was Fighting For His Life And The Guy Who Brought The Gun To The Fight Killed Him By Shooting Him In The Chest.

I have been to Sanford most of Florida is the deep South and your point?

An impartial jury acquitted Zimmerman save your fat boy old man comments for the other blog numdskull.

The Gun Was Visible. It Was In A Holster.

Meaning Zimmerman Knowingly Had To Take It Out The Holster. Load The Gun And Then Shoot.

Why Didn't He At Any Part In The Process Tell Him I Have A Gun. Don't Move.

Trust Me The First Thing A Person Does Is Freeze When You Point A Gun At Them.

I Don't Care How Much Of A Tough Guy You Think You Are. Someone Points A Gun At You The B'tch Comes Out.

He Could've Fired A Warning Shot. So T.Martin Sees That It Works. If The Aiming Won't Scare You The Gun Shot Will.

Ah Well, The Federal Charges Will Be Worst. And If Z-Man Gets Locked Up For Molesting His Young Cousin. Might As Well Off Himself. Cause They Are Definitely Taking It Out On Him When He Goes To Jail.

A Pedophile Murderer.

Federal charges haha a pipe dream the NAACP wants to impose civil rights charges lol!

Not Most Of Florida. Some Of Florida. Mostly Central Florida. Is The Deep South.

It's Numbskull, Birdbrain.

And On Your Impartial Jury. They Are Investigating Cause They Say Certain Jurors Got Paid. Along With Certain Witnesses. You Blowhard.

NJPF

One of our regulars was also passed over in that line along with the Pounceys.

Wonder who?

Dashi - the level of ignorance that is displayed with every post you make never ceases to amaze me.

Right Northern Florida and the panhandle aren't Deep South ever been Arcadia county in South Florida?

You're clueless and you were wrong about the case just zip it now clown commenter.

Look Up The Definition Of Blowhard. It Describes You To A Tee. You Big Baby.

I Could Care Less How You Feel About Me. But You Constantly Have To Run Your Mouth Like You Are Better Than Me. Give It A Break Fool. Move On. Get Over Yourself.

And That Whole He Who Shall Not Be Named Schtick Is Lame And Childish.

Dashi Doesn't Come Here To Insult Anybody. Just To Post My Opinion. Criticize My Opinion You Jockhuggers.

Notice, I Don't Go All Dashi Until After A Little Bit Of Antagonizing From The Fans.

Arcadia Is Central Florida.

Or You Are Going to Say That Is Sfla.

Yeah, And I Am The Idiot.

Sfla Is Considered The Tri-County.

SW Florida. Marco island To Sarasota.

Arcadia Is Above Both.

But You're Right And I Am Wrong.

minor-league college athletics with a make-believe fan base subsidized by the strong-arm of an unsuspecting student body warrants scant coverage from a major-league metropolitan newspaper ...
you are what you is ...

BUSH

Posted by: green | July 15, 2013 at 02:48 PM

Do you realize the athletic fee at FIU is only $20.00 per semester?

So Dashi, mi amigo....on the OJ thing...so it was a mob hit?...

The NAACP is just looking for a little publicity...they can't impose chit.

Been to many, many different parts of the state of florida...I don't think I ever got the impression of the deep south anywhere I've been, now I've also gone to Alibami, Louisiana and Georgia, by far Alabama is the worst..

Nicest people are in NO..LA

OC,

On your book thing...read the biography of the greatest innovator / inventor humanity has ever produced.

Leonardo Da Vinci

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