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Marlins' Alvarez tosses season-ending no-hitter: Marlins end a 62-100 season today with a 1-0 win over a makeshift Tigers lineup on a wild pitch in the ninth, making a no-hit winner of Henderson Alaverez. Call that putting a cheery on top of a pile of s---.
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COLLBALL WEEK 5
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G4: Results are certified in the latest installment of the Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame polls, and they show a sesaon-high 97.6 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Saturday's 49-21 victory at South Florida putting the 15th-ranked Hurricanes' season record at 4-0. This is the fifth year for CSM polls in our blog. These are your invitation after every Hurricanes game to vote on your overall satisfaction with the team and season in a continuing weekly gauge of how UM football fans are feeling. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest you consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, the season as a whole, the program's direction, and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Polls never close (you may still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 8 a.m. today/Monday.
2013 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter
G1: 82.9 percent (19.9 very, 63.0 somewhat) following 34-6 victory vs. Florida Atlantic.
G2: 96.7 percent (71.2 very, 25.5 somewhat) following 21-16 victory vs. Florida.
G3: 95.7 percent (77.2 very, 18.5 somewhat) following 77-7 victory vs. Savannah State.
G4: 97.6 percent (67.9 very, 29.7 somewhat) following 49-21 victory at South Florida.
Next poll: Oct. 5 following game vs. Georgia Tech.
G4: No. 15 HURRICANES 49, SOUTH FLORIDA 21: Final: Miami rolled easily, as expected, but QB Stephen Morris left in the second quarter with (another) ankle injury. However it is not believed serious and he is expected to be ready for next week's ACC opener vs. Georgia Tech. Morris had ut up big numbers -- 11-for-16 for 222 yards and two TDs -- before departing. Duke Johnson had a decent day (84 yards rushing and one score) and had a kick-return TD negated by penalty. Original post: First, quickly, I must unburden myself of the continuing aggravation of the geographic abomination that is the University of "South Florida." The Bulls are based in Tampa. That's mid-state! A degree in cartography is not required! USF calling itself South
Florida makes about as much sense as a team called North Texas being situated near the Mexican border. The University of South Florida name should be shamed and boycotted along the lines of "Redskins," the crime here not against a people, but against common sense and a map. OK. I digress. To my larger point! This last non-conference tuneup for UM should not be in doubt because the Hurricanes are really good and the winless Bulls stink. They have lost 12 of 13 dating to last season. So it's time to pad the stats, Al Golden. Unabashedly, and voraciously. The Heisman Trophy hopes of your two reasonable (very) longshot candidates -- QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson -- are dead in the water after three games. The Duke barely has a pulse; Morris is totally off the grid. Neither appears among 12 players getting votes in ESPN's latest Heisman Watch (currently topped by Oregon QB Marcus Montana). Miami had a 77-7 win last week but Morris got hurt and The Duke was underutilized. This is bad. A team steaming toward the Top 10 should have somebody in the Heisman conversation. Nine of 14 teams ranked above UM and three ranked below have a man in the Heisman Watch. It is a wide open year. Tick-tock, Al. Name your score today. As important, let Morris (who should play despite ankle issues) or The Duke have a gigantic afternoon. Or both, if you're in a particularly good mood. My pick was: Miami, 34-16.
Other Week 5 state FBS games:
No. 12 South Carolina 28, UCF 25: The 3-0 Knights had a sellout crowd and an eye on crashing the Top 25 in what looked like the biggest home game in UCF history. All of this led to the homies being a very trendy upset pick here. But, sorry, I took sage Steve Spurrier coming off a bye week -- and was right, almost right down to the exact score. My pick was: South Carolina, 27-24.
No. 8 Florida State 48, Boston College 34: I had Noles' scoring almost down to the point, but underestimated the tough fight BC would put up (well, at east early). My pick was: FSU, 49-13.
No. 20 Florida 24, Kentucky 7: Gators last lost to Kentucky in 1986, 26 (now 27) games ago. Florida had won the pprevious five by 40.4 points on average. Still, I saw this one closer but figured UF's defense was the difference. My pick was: Florida, 23-17.
Rice 18, FAU 14: Rice is typically half-baked and beatable, but Owls on the road are seldom a risk worth taking. My pick was: Rice, 31-23.
Off this week:
FIU: The Panthers are 0-4 and have been outscored by 187-23. I think the bye week is favored.
Week 5 national Top 25 matchup:
No. 9 Georgia 44, No. 6 LSU 41: Despite the rankings and records I saw the Bulldogs as a slightly better team. That + home = win. I had to right, although defense had very little to do with anything in tis game. My pick was: Georgia, 28-24.
No. 1 Alabama 25, No. 21 Ole Miss 0: Nick Saban's offense has sputtered at times, but this was no place for Ole Miss to end a nine-game (now 10) series losing streak. My pick was: Alabama, 34-23.
No. 4 Ohio State 31, No. 23 Wisconsin 24: Buckeyes had padded in on a soft schedule and faced their first real test. I loved Wisconsin's ground game in this matchup, but misfired on the upset. My pick was: Upset. Wisconsin, 31-30.
My record: This week, 7-2; season, 28-7.
Poll result: Wade-Durant feud a fake ... or is it?: We asked, and 46.9 percent said they thought the Dwyane Wade-Kevin Durant social-media feud was a fake. But 40.7% thought it was real, and another 12.4% were undecided.