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September 24, 2013

Dolphins, Marlins slammed in ESPN franchise rankings; plus Heat, Canes' 1,000 Days of Hell, NFL Pix 'n Fantasy, SOPY rankings & more

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Yeah, mon! Heat in Bahamas: Champions announce they'll hold four-day training camp Oct. 1-4 at Atlantic Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas. Hmm. Will the Gatorade buckets be filled with pina coladas?

"You don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows." -- Bob Dylan

ESPN SAYS HEAT IS OK, BUT DOLPHINS, MARLINS NOT SO MUCH: ESPN The Magazine's new 11th annual overall Franchise Rankings rate the 122 NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL teams in order based on eight categories. They slot the Heat 25th overall, Panthers 82nd, Dolphins 97th and Marlins 120th, ahead of only the New York Jets and Sacramento Kings. That's a bad showing for Miami. Thought Heat would/should be higher based on back-to-back titles alone. Can't argue Cats' rank much, but Dolphins must be disappointed and Marlins should be simply embarrassed. I will say the credibility of the entire project is cast in question by the Memphis Grizzlies being ranked No. 1 overall. I mean, seriously? In 12 seasons they have won nothing, not even reaching the NBA Finals. Anyway, the eight categories are title track, ownership, coaching, players, fan relations, affordability, stadium experience and overall bang for the buck. Here is a synopsis on how our four teams fared. How do y'all feel about the order and the rankings?

1aa1heatlogoHeat: 25th (5th in NBA) -- Team ranked no higher than 14th overall in any one category, slotting there in three: fan relations, ownership and players. Low rank was 59th in affordability. But how could Heat be ranked only 20th in title track?

1aa1flapantherslogoPanthers: 82nd (24th in NHL) -- The skating Cats' highest rank was 45th in affordability. Low mark was 111th in overall bang for buck. Hmm. Anybody else think it's a bit weird to rate high in one but low in the other?

1aa1dolphinslogoDolphins: 97th (25th in NFL) -- Dolphins rated in the upper half of not a single category, with a high rank of 65th in bang for buck. Low grade was 109th in stadium experience. (See there, state legislature!?)

1aa1marlinslogoMarlins: 120th (30th in MLB) -- Team is highest, 51st, in title track, not a bad category to call your best. Low was 122nd -- dead last -- in ownership. No surprise (thanks, Jeffrey), but am surprised rank is only 103rd in stadium experience.

THE HURRICANES' "1,000 DAYS OF HELL": Canes football is unbeaten and 15th-ranked but the cloud is still there. I estimate we can put it at around 1,000 days now that Miami has been under 1aa1bjamesinvestigation by the NCAA -- since it first was contacted by Nevin Shapiro in late 2010 -- and still with no final verdict. The long delay has become almost as absurd as the NCAA's botched, corrupted investigation. I explore all of this and speak with UM athletic director Blake James (pictured) in my latest column. Click 1,000 Days to read, and thanks for making it the most-read thing in all of MiamiHerald.com/Sports.

NFL PIX 'N FANTASY / WEEK 3: Dismal marries Abysmal, they have a child named Crap. NFL predix: 1aa1fripix We were an awful 7-9 overall (good Lord!) and 6-9-1 against the spread (Titans pushed). Not much went right, although we did have Dolphins winning and had Colts-with-points over 49ers. Fantasy: Greg's Lobos fell to 1-2 with a 119-99 loss. Had seven players in double figures but never a good sign when your leading scorer has only 15 (Tom Brady). Did I mention that I sat Sidney "24 Points" Rice? Next week, please.

SOPY 'STATE HEISMAN' RANKINGS / WEEK 4: This is the second season of our blog-exclusive State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, a weekly updated list of the most productive 1aa1jaqjohnquarterbacks, running backs and receivers from the state's seven FBS schools: Miami, FSU and Florida, FIU and FAU, and South Florida and UCF. Because our rankings are cumulative players on a bye week take a temporary hit that evens out over course of season. Canes QB Stephen Morris won the 2012 season title with 1,900.5 points. UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is the current leader; second-place Jaquez Johnson of FAU is pictured. 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 standings entering Week 5:

Rk (LW)   Player, Team-pos.               SOPY Pts. Wk4=Year

1 (1)     Blake Bortles, UCF-qb               BYE = 485

2 (7)     Jaquez Johnson, FAU-qb          224.5 = 476      

3 (4)     Jamesis Winston, FSU-qb          97 = 463

4 (2)     Marcus Shaw, USF-rb                BYE = 451

5 (3)     Storm Johnson, UCF-rb             BYE = 392

6 (5)     Duke Johnson, Miami-rb            65 = 372

7 (--)     Devonta Freeman, FSU-rb        118 = 296

8 (6)     Jeff Driskel, Florida-qb              16.5 = 294.5

9 (9)     Kenny Shaw, FSU-wr                 89 = 283

10 (--)   Jonathan Wallace, FAU-rb         95 = 279

Bubble: Mack Brown, Florida-rb, 245. FIU leader: T.J. Lowder-wr, 175. Note: FAU and FIU have played four games, all others three.

Cote's State of the State rankings: 1. FSU (3-0); 2. Miami (3-0); 3. Florida (2-1); 4. UCF (3-0); 5. FAU (1-3); 6. USF (0-3); 7. FIU (0-4).

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