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August 11, 2013

Ultimate football question: NFL or college? Poll. Vote!; plus Abreu defects, Dufner, KC's "305 3," LeBron, Gaga bares all (w/ vid) & more

Radio change!: This week I'll be in-studio today instead of Tuesday at 3 p.m. with Le Batard and Stugotz on 790/104.3 The Ticket. Ears welcome.

1) It is MONDAY, AUGUST 12. Are we that surprised or impressed that Michael Jordan can still dunk at age 50? Really!? 2) Click on Random Evidence for my latest Sunday notes-column package. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins rout Jacksonville in PS2, Canes' 'Mo' Duke' offense, Sapp dancing & more. 4) Join us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird) and Vine (Greg Cote).

"Saw an item about a book the size of a ladybug that can only be read with a microscope. I believe the book contains all the names of people who still like A-Rod." --Greg Cote

TAKE A STAND, FOOTBALL FANS. COLLEGE OR PRO?: Most folks I know, me included, might answer "both," but I don't give that option in the poll below. That'd be no fun. Take a stand! This means to be 1aa1collnflmapa 1aa1collmapsport-wide question, not a favorite-team question. For example,  it isn't Dolphins or Hurricanes. It's whether, in general and overall, you prefer the NFL or college football. No disrespect meant to high-school football fans. As for any fans out there who prefer the Canadian league ... would they admit it? OK, poll is now open. Vote and say why.

1aa1abreuJOSE ABREU IS FREE ... AND EXPENSIVE: Baseball America reports today (read here) that Cuba's star first baseman Jose Abreu, 26, has defected from the island bound for MLB riches. He will be a free agent believed to merit a huge contract. Jose has been called "the Cuban barry Bonds," which we'll take to mean the talent, thank you, not the PEDs.

IT'S A HAPPY NEW MEANING TO "DUFNERING": Jason Dufner, who played golf three seasons at St. Thomas Aquinas, won 1aa1dufner 1aa1duffneringthe PGA Championship yesterday. For the late-blooming Dufner, 36, it's his third PGA Tour title (all since 2012) and first major. Took awhile, but local boy makes (very) good. By the way, Dufner's Sunday paycheck was was $1.445 million, so if the Aquinas golf team happens to need new equipment, now might be a good time to gently ply the gratitude and generosity of a certain prominent alum. Dufner previously was best known either for blowing the 2011 PGA Championship with a Sunday collapse, or for the photo at right. This spring at an appearance at a Texas elementary school he was caught slouching comically against a wall, giving rise to the brief phenomenon, "Dufnering."

1aa1kc3THE ROYALS' "305 3": Marlins start three-game series at Kansas City today. Royals have one South Florida player you should know: Eric Hosmer, born in Miami, played at American Heritage. But KC has another local connection you probably don't know, with three coaches from Miami. They are (pictured left to right): bench coach Chino Cadahia (from Miami Springs High), third base coach Eddie Rodriguez (Miami High) and batting coach Pedro Grifol (Columbus High). Grifol is a Miami native; the other two were born in Cuban. Thanks to reader Henry Vilar for the tip and photo.

LEBRON JAMES SPEAKS: LeBron speaks to ESPN about the charity event that has him back in his Akron hometown, about the improvement of the Brooklyn Nets, about the Heat's addition of Greg Oden ("We're not asking too much from him"), and about considering running for president of the NBA players association ("My voice could be huge"). But LeBron also said something about perhaps taking on the latter role that I found interesting, and cautionary: "I don't know if I have the time to do it," he said. Click on LeBron Speaks to see and hear the entire interview.

1aa1gaga2NFSW VIDEO: LADY GAGA SHEDS CLOTHES, EXPANDS MIND: Who am I say Lady Gaga should not attend a three-day retreat in upstate New York in which she chants atonally and gets naked? Who am I to say that the Marina Abramovic Institute, founded by a Serbian performance artist, was not a mind-bending, positive experience for a singer whose concerts are part performance-art? Click HERE for a 2:19 video that may be one of the stranger you've seen. WARNING: There is Gaga nudity about one minute in, of the type pictured at right and also more explicit. The apt-to-be-offended are advised to not watch.

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