1) It is WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4. Happy Rosh Hashanah to our Jewish friends. Pictured is a shofar. It's the best photo I've been able to find shofar. 2) Congratulations to Diana Nyad, 64, the Cuba-to-Key West swimmer. Funny how Courageous + Crazy so often = Great Accomplishment. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Football Week in Miami with Canes-Gators and Dolphins opener, grade-my-fantasy-team poll, Upset Bird Countdown & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird) and Vine (Greg Cote).
Canes bump up to 26th in big poll: This week's new Associated Press Top 25 shows Miami tops among teams "also receiving votes," tantamount to a No. 26 ranking. Florida State moves up 11 to 10, and Florida (despite a win) falls 10 to 12.
LEBRON PRODUCING NEW TV SHOW: Heat star LeBron James is executive producer of a planned new hour-half sitcom on Starz tentatively titled Survivor's Remorse. Set in north Philadelphia, it's about two men from the streets who achieve fame, one in the NBA, the other not, and how they deal with family, friends and changing attitudes about them. LeBron will not star in the show but clearly the premise is autobiographical. "I think the main thing for me is, making it out of a place where you're not supposed to. You're supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner city," James said. "When you make it out, everyone expects ... they automatically think that they made it out and it's very tough for a young African-American 18-year-old kid to now hold the responsibility of a whole city, of a whole community. I can relate to that." Click here for more details.
"STATE HEISMAN": FSU'S JAMEIS, CANES' DUKE 1-2 AS SOPY RACE KICKS OFF: Our blog begins its second season of State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, a weekly updated list of the most productive quarterbacks, running backs and receivers from the state's seven FBS schools: Miami, FSU and Florida, FIU and FAU, and South Florida and UCF. Canes QB Stephen Morris won the 2012 season award with 1,900.5 points, edging FSU QB E.J. Manuel. Our simple formula awards a half-point for every passing yard and one point for every rushing or receiving yard, with six points for every TD scored or thrown. Our 2013 kickoff is a two-man race as last night's big Monday show by FSU QB Jameis Winston (pictured) Duke Johnson's Friday explosion for UM. The initial 2013 Top 10 entering Week 2:
Rank Player, Team-pos. SOPY Pts. Week/Year
1 Jameis Winston, FSU-qb 233
2 Duke Johnson, Miami-rb 230
3 Marcus Shaw, USF-rb 198
4 Blake Bortles, UCF-qb 177
5 Rashad Greene, FSU-wr 132
6 Mack Brown, Florida-rb 120
7 Breshad Perriman, UCF-wr 119
8 Herb Waters, Miami-wr 118
9 Storm Johnson, UCF-rb 113
10t Jeff Driskel, Florida-qb 101.5
10t Bobby Eveld, USF-qb 101.5
Bubble: Kenny Shaw, FSU-wr, 94. Other team leaders: Lamarq Caldwell, FIU-rb, 92; and Jaquez Johnson, FAU-qb, 71.5.
Cote's State of the State rankings: 1. FSU (1-0); 2. Florida (1-0); 3. Miami (1-0); 4. UCF (1-0); 5. USF (0-1); 6. FAU (0-1); 7. FIU (0-1).
YOUR VERDICT ON MY FANTASY TEAM: I invited you in the previous blogpost to blind-vote which of eight teams in my fantasy league you liked best based on the top three selections. (You may still vote). One team dominated. Alas, it wasn't mine. The team you liked a lot was picked by my older nephew Joe, pictured right. (I'm guessing that's a former girlfriend with him, based on the cropping of the photo). My team did come in a not-so-bad third place. We'll let you know throughout the season how the league is going. Here are your results, and the team owner's relationship to me:
44.7%: Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, Matt Forte (Older nephew)
10.3%: Aaron Rodgers, LeSean McCoy, Alfred Morris (Younger nephew)
9.8%: Arian Foster, Dez Bryant, Tom Brady (That's me, Greg's Lobos)
9.6%: Doug Martin, Drew Brees, DeMaryius Thomas (Youngest son)
7.8%: C.J. Spiller, Calvin Johnson, Chris Johnson (Oldest son's girlfriend)
7.5%: Jamaal Charles, Trent Richardson, Brandon Marshall (Oldest son)
5.9%: Ray Rice, Jimmy Graham, Julio Jones (Wife)
4.4%: Marshawn Lynch, A.J. Green, Colin Kaepernick (Brother)
UPSET BIRD COUNTDOWN: 2 DAYS: The Upset Bird and I kick off our season of Friday NFL prediction pages this week, on Sept. 6, and we began a 10-day countdown honoring outstanding notable birds. Today, at 2 days, we spotlight the Phoenix, the great bird of Greek mythology that combusts itself into flames and rises from its own ashes. The Phoenix has become a metaphor for sports comebacks, and also is the name of a southwestern American city known for fast-food taco joints.
UPSET BIRD COUNTDOWN: 3 DAYS: The Upset Bird and I kick off our season of Friday NFL prediction pages this week, on Sept. 6, and we began a 10-day countdown honoring outstanding notable birds. Today, at 3 days, we spotlight Woodstock, the species-less yellow bird who is Snoopy's friend in Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. The bird occured whe noting the recent 44th anniversay of Woodstock, the music festival. Also, like the Upset Bird himself, Woodstock (from Peanuts) is an adept whistler.
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