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September 03, 2013

LeBron's new TV show; plus UM's Duke 2nd as "State Heisman" kicks off; also, how you rated my fantasy team, Upset Bird Countdown (2 days) & more

1aa1shofar1) 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 1aa1lbjstarzmen 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 1aa1jwinstonproductive 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 1aa1joeweight 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)

1aa1phoenixUPSET BIRD COUNTDOWN: 2 DAYS: The Upset Bird and I kick off our season of Friday NFL prediction 1aa1birdupages 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.

1aa1peanutsbirdsUPSET BIRD COUNTDOWN: 3 DAYS: The Upset Bird and I kick off our season of Friday NFL prediction 1aa1birdupages 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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I looked at my fantasy team in the cold hard light of reality last night. After a rum filled 12 hours of heavy drugs and alcohol combined with massive quantities of deep fried junk interrupted unfortunately 16 times when I had to pick some sad sack for my fantasy team, I now have a roster that after Peyton Manning, whom I took with my third pick even the mothers and grandmothers of the rest of my squad couldn't tell you their names even if these stiffs had a little white card board sign with their names written on it during the Thanksgiving Day meal.

Oh the horror.

It's going to be a long year, boys.

In your league Woodcock anything is possible it seems ever since you told me Mike Wallace went for 50 fantasy points last year I still don't know what to think.

Canes have no chance against their 2 State big brothers. Duke and Morris can put up all the inflated stats they want against high school type teams like FAU but when they play the real deal in UF and FSU they will get shut down. Lucky for cane fan those are the only two real teams in their pathetic schedule.

Bite me.

BB, I was seduced by the dark side of The Force. I went in with a clear and simple strategy of drafting the best running backs available on the first two pics, followed by two wide receivers, and then a QB. Instead I took Megatron with the tenth pick, Jimmy Graham with the 15th pick, and Peyton with the 34th pick, after that it was toilet city.

Took Megatron myself at # 7 did the same thing a few years ago and he won the thing for me.

High pick for a TE there but it could pay off.

Manning should have a monster year.

There is no drafting formula the whole thing is random don't let anyone tell you differently.

But, Baby, I can't even spell the names of the other boys on my team.........trust me, this a train wreck waiting for the end of the tracks.

You should have autopicked...

Autopicked? Bro, you're not paying attention. Our draft is an old school affair with a white board on an easel and a black magic marker. We pick cards to see what the draft order is going to be, and in a serpentine fashion we pick 12 picks in each of 16 rounds. I had the tenth pick overall. Bro, after five or six rounds I'm already three sheets and spend more time trying to imitate Moby Dick in the pool than on my draft sheets. Not to mention that I always have a bottle of Jimmy next to me as my draft adviser. This year Jimmy had 20 friends from Heineken along for company and they brought a bag of spleef with them to keep it mellow. That and some other party favors from the rest of the other team owners and I was off to happy land early........And that BB is how Toilet City came to be.

You can do better than Jimmy.

Blasphemy! That's triple distilled, JIMMY, to you, son. Triple sherry cask aged 18 year old Jimmy, son. Unless your last name is O'Malley or Kelly you best hit the road, buddy. Who the fock are you to tell the Irish what to drink. Bro, they are professionals at it, what are you?

Woodcock, do you have GB's Alex Green as your rusher? He may be due, after having 0 TDs last year.

Ok that's different then you should be more descriptive.

Dan Carpenter is on his 4th team in 22 days.

No. I do have Eddie Lacy, who was my first running back picked with my fourth pick. Oh the horror. This boy better be the next coming or I'm going to be in the heavy chits for a long long long time, son.

More descriptive? Son, if I were more descriptive the Herald would have to start paying me more than they pay Fat Boy.

Jimmy implies straight up Jim Beam bro.

Woody and Baby,

I don't wanna see you two guys rooting against the Dolphins because of this stupid fantasy football, right?

Hey Reality, I'm guessing you're a Lizard or a stupid-nole, why don't you crawl back to trailer...

The way I look at it FZ is whatever is going to happen will happen anyway regardless of what I root for so what's the diff?

Plain and simple.

The Dolphins have to win all, or close to all of the games they're supposed to: @ Browns, Buccaneers, both against Jets, Bills, and Chargers, Panthers. They must win six of those.

They then have to find some way of beating two or three of those games where they will not be favored: @ Colts, Saints, Steelers, either of the Pat's, or the home games against Falcons, Ravens, Bengals.

Their best chance will probably be against the Bengals on a thursday night home game.

Bengals might be better than Pitt and Balt this season don't overestimate.

Saints gave up a billion yards last year they're beatable same for Colts who likely overachieved last year as well.

The flip side is that if they get off to a good start the first five games or so then the playoffs start to look more reachable.

Jim Beam? Son, I wouldn't use that slop to wash the salt air from my car. When I worked at Nick's Liquor Store in Inglewood, CA back in 1974, George, the owner, would use Ancient Age or Jim Bean to remove the graffiti from the walls.

I'll say it now if they go 3-2 over the first 5 they are a playoff lock.

the Wood's-Ter touched on this yesterday or so but what this lady Diana Nyad did is nothing short of spectacular, wow !!!

much props to her.

OC,

in every season every team will lose to another team or two they are not supposed to and also beat a team or two they are not supposed to, the reason I think the Dolphins will be 10-6 is because they will have a very good defense and for the looks of it very good special teams, couple that with a much improved offense (on paper anyways) and there is your formula.

I actually think they could beat the Saints and the Colts away and the Falcons at home, Steelers and Bengals is a toss up..Raven's ?..I don't think so.

the other thing is major injuries could be a factor here for all teams..let's hope the Dolphins are injury free.

Night games homers get an extra point or two in my book, which makes the Saints game almost impossible for them to attain an upset win. The same condition applies to the Bengals. It will be tough for them to win that game.

I think the Bengals game is here in Miami..

Those will be difficult games but nice to see them getting a little respect B. Barnwell just wrote that Miami will be worse than last year he's officially a moron in my book now.

Put me down for a workmanlike 8-8, OC.

Cincy road I believe.

Throw John Clayton in there too that putz.

BB, 3-2 means beating the Falcons, followed the following week by beating the Saints on Monday night football in N.O., then going against the Champs on a short week.

I don't think so. We better just hope that they pick up that first MUST win against the Browns this Sunday.

Oye, FZ, when I gave Nyad much props I was still in a draft induced haze. Now that I have sobered up and read what she did I take all the praise back. Hell, I thought she had jumped in and reached Key West in two days swimming by herself. I have since learned that she had shark divers, a relief boat, water and food, a freaking wet suit, etc. Please, there are at a minimum 10,000 people who swam to Miami from Cuba wearing nothing but 45 year old Fruit of the Looms. What I thought was impressive is that this broad made it here in two days, usually the Cubans take five to seven days, if they make it, fighting off the hammerheads and trying to drink water floating on their backs while it rains.

No I just checked, Bengals game is at home.

Woody picking the Dolphins 8-8 makes me feel a little better, he's rarely correct hehe

sorry Wood's-Ter !

Oye, vete pa' la pinga, que I have OC's ouija board that he couldn't fit in his car at home. I used it to predict the season and then I use it pa' espantar moscas when I'm sitting in the patio.

OC,

Yee of little faith...the Saints defense is in shambles and if Brees has an off night?..anything can happen..

Yup, that's what I meant by the best chance at winning a game against those we would be the underdog. Cinci would have to beat us at home on Halloween.

Kudos to Diana Nyad for even going into the water. Not me bub not since JAWS...

...a night game.

Woody,

everything I know about you or your lack of accuracy in your predictions comes from OC, you can blame him not me.lol

Well Greg it looks like your wife is a lock to win your fantasy football thing...

Oye, FZ, just re-read Woody's 2:04 post but place my name at the end of it.

The Ouija board says:

Browns W
@ Colts W
Falcons L
@ Saints L
Ravens L
Bills W
@ Patriots L
Bengals W
@ Buccaneers W
Chargers W
Panthers W
@ Jets W
@ Steelers L
Patriots L
@ Bills L
Jets W

We aren't getting swept by NE this year.

Steelers are a broken down bunch they're done.

WE ARE NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LOSING TO THE BUFFALO BILLS THIS SEASON.

My predictions for the weekend.

Florida 27
Miami 13

Cleveland 24
Miami 17

Playing Buffalo, at Buffalo in late December, has never been easy.

Will Al Golden limit Duke Johnson's carries? I mean we all know he isnt a 25-30 carry a game back. He is soft, fragile, small. In other words a little scat back. He got banged up against FAU--caught his leg up once and got a little dizzy on another. Hope he can last the game because I would hate to hear the excUses.

Duke definitely has durability issues.

Miami's WRs are a joke. It doesn't matter if you have Peyton Manning back there--those guys are terrible. Forgot to mention that Peyton couldn't beat the Gators once.

Enjoy the loss. Hurricanes always come with preseason hype and then a big THUD in Sept. The THUD and BOOM are coming!

Anyway, that's my stab at my 9-7. It will not play out exactly that way, but that's how I see it.

Bills and Jets are terrible whether it is in Sept or Dec. Cleveland will be much improved and will be a tough opening game.

Get ready to hear the name Demarcus Robinson. He is coming and will make several big plays for the Gators. Just an FYI. He can catch the ball unlike that Coley kid. His name fits him right because he catches like a girl.

lol Big Baby you are adamant we are not losing to the Bills this season...

say pimple..would U come back and eat a little "mierda" if the Lizards lay an egg on saturday?

all I can tell you is sure you could be right but the Canes have the advantage at the biggest position on the field, QB.

Miami beats Cleveland by at least a touchdown maybe more.

OC,

its only a hair's difference between 9-7 and 10-6, don't you think?

yeah a pubic hair lol

not sure what that means FZ but it did make dukey chuckle...

Yup just a shanked Dan Carpenter fg is the difference.

Dukito,

You're talking to yourself now?..cool.

The Cleveland game sets up everything. It's a must win. If the Fish lose to the Browns 1-7 at the half way point is a distinct possibility. Miami will be underdogs in 6 of next the 7 games after the opener (lone exception being the Bills at home).

Browns
@ Colts
Falcons
@ Saints
Ravens
Bills
@ Patriots
Bengals

OC I do think we can go 3-2 to start the year it's positivo Tuesday senor.

Don't doubt me muchacho.

Baby,

it look's like none of the guys are ready to be on the bandwagon, no matter, we know we are right...don't sweat it.

hey, where is Kazimiro?..he's been very "underground" lately...Maybe that Colombian girl he was dating dump his ass.

Kaz will be in serious hiding after his Canes lose this weekend at home. He is probably trying to give Duke some brain massages with guppy feces.

Fins got a tough schedule and think they lose this weekend. Trent Richardson will have 3 TDs. He is a load and a very good RB. Cleveland defensively is much improved.

BB 3-2? Very very very very very unlikely. But 2-3 is only unlikely. If Miami goes 2-3 to start the season I like their chances. In fact, if they get to the 2nd half of the season 3-5 I think they have a very good shot at the playoffs..........PLAYOFFS? Yes I said playoffs. The 2nd half of the season is loaded with teams Miami can beat (Bills, NYJ twice, Panthers, Charges and Steelers).

3-2 would be beyond awesome, but 2-3 would be damn good and it could happen. But then again so too could 0-5.

well at least Tom is semi-positivo...

I wouldn't call it that FZ Tom is a broken man he isn't believing anything until he sees it.

Big Baby- ESPN power rankings have the dolphins at #20. They all cant be stupid.

2-3 "damn good".

I don't think so.

They're all stupid Naples a bunch of robotic morons they are.

BB open your eyes. The first 5 games are tough. Coming out of that stretch 2-3 would be really good especially when you consider the FACT that 0-5 is a real possibility. Put that together with a relatively easy 2nd half schedule the Dolphins just need to survive the first half to have a chance. They do not have to do the impossible.

2-3 and "really good" just doesn't cut it with me even though it wouldn't be terrible and they would still have a chance at the postseason.

If Miami gets to 0-5 or even 1-4 I bet you're gonna be wishing for that "damn good" 2-3.

My ouija board tells me...first five.

@ Clev - win
@ Indy - win
H Atl - win
@ NO - loss
H Balt - loss

3-2...


Well if it all goes wrong on Sunday at least we have a chance Browns have signed K B.Cundiff.

FZ I have to talk to myself. No one else will put up with my crappola...

dukito the way you talk about the Dolphins makes me think your a f***ing narcotics agent...

Were friends wit' Debbie. I used to romp with her...

Just remeber Tony he who makes a beast of himself forgets the pain of being a man...

remember it too. yeah...

Some good news in the ESPN power rankings. Miami has 5 games against teams ranked #28 or worse. 2 of those games are against the lowest ranked team (#32 Jets) and another two against the third lowest ranked team (#30 Bills). On top of that Miami has another game against the #28 Browns. Talk about an easy schedule. Five give-me's.

Oh my bad news from the analysts at Fox Sports. They have Miami ranked #23 overall, even worse than ESPN. I think Jack is right, they all can't be wrong.

Nfl.com talking heads predict Dolphins go 5-11 and at best 7-9. Dolphins sign former 1st rd 2011 pick OL Danny Watkins, cut OL Samuda. What's the story on Watkins? Maybe a serviceable reclamation project like Incognito . Hopefully Watkins is an upgrade.

Jimbo,

I was listening to Peter King on a sports talk program this morning and he was calling attention to how with each recent year, the NFL is witnessing an ever-increasing number of offensive plays. Teams like Denver, Patriots seemingly going "no-huddle" at least once on any given set of downs.

Elsewhere I read that one of the things that Chip Kelly was installing into the "new look" Eagles, was a faster pace of play. Now, it's just speculation on my part, but I believe the Eagles coaching staff probably determined that Watkins was less than ideally suited for the kind of pace and speed they are trying to inject into the new offense.

...I'm winded, coach. Can we please slow down?

Jimbo and Tom,

Pay no attention to those so called experts. .those clowns have no clue..

OC

Peter King is right about the number of offensive plays. Seems to me the Dolphins are leading the league the past decade in offensive plays and not only on offense but on defense and special teams as well.

FZB "those clowns have no clue"? You talking about Ross and your son?

All right Canes fans...

In a few more days it will be Canes against the Convicts..hehe

Right pimple?


I say PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!

WATCHED FSU LAST NIGHT:

for a freshman, young fameis was accurate (the ole shadow and others thought the first of his incompletions should have been reviewed) and was working well within a very good florida state offense. he does not possess a cannon arm nor is he lightning fast or even very quick, but for a guy's first game- not much to rag about. FSU is not gonna be easy for anyone to beat, especially since their back-up QB is supposed to be pretty good also. also made a star out of jack nicklaus' grandson by tossing him 3 TD passes totalling under 40 yards.

MR. DUKE NOT DURABLE?

first, anybody's durability can be blown on one hit/tackle (ask bo jackson), and second they have to catch him to hurt him, Heaven forfend. the guy is the most exciting player since reggie bush, whose durability was not much of a question since he is a much stronger specimen than mr. duke and lendale white got a whole bunch of carries. mr. duke is healthy and will remain that way until further notice.

Thanks to the NCAA and Sh*tpiro, we'll be waiting another 3-5 years to have a really loaded Canes team. Golden is trying, but the negative recruiting will keep us beat down for several more seasons. Sucks, but it is what it is. We won't compete with FSU or UF until then for top recruits.

UF is pretending. Anyone's game. High scoring for sure.

Go Canes!

Dolphins lose and it will be a long season. Zero confidence in this team.

Gators are way overrated. Canes win this weekend in a relatively easy game.

I have the utmost confidence in GM Jeffey...

Just cuz he cumz off like a bit of an a**hole doesn't mean he can't get er done...

I don't effing know what to make of you Alf' so how am I supposed to know what to make of Jeffey the GM...

When did the Canes get a girl at the WR position? Her name is Stacy and she sure does catch like a female.

Duke is SOFT. Little dude, that already had concussion testing against weak FAU. Did you see the play where they hit him low and he was limping around too? If he is so durable why do they have to limit his carries? SOFT. We will see Mr. Durable on Saturday--he will be on the sideline being attended to by trainers.

Shut up,dingleberry...

mouning guys !!..

GATOR JOKE OF THE DAY..

You might be a Gator if:

Your idea of a great Christmas present is a gift certificate to the local bail bondsman

FZB That's all you got? That's it? This is Gators-Canes week and that is what we get? This isn't even a rivalry anymore. This is weak. I am so used to the Canes preseason HYPE machine and we got a bunch of timid, tame Canes fans. Even KAZ is MIA. I expected wildly outlandish predictions about "the Canes are back, and we are going undefeated this year, this is our year". Just very tame, "I think it could be possible if we play our A game and Florida plays their C game, we keep it close and maybe pull out a win on Saturday". Weak. Duke Johnson is the next Reggie Bush is funny and what I would expect but most of the rest is very tame. Very sad state of affairs down there. Did that FSU QB put you all in a depression? You got Stephen Morris--the next Peyton Manning. You got Reggie Bush. You got Thurston Armbrister the next Lawrence Taylor. You got Stacy Coley the next Jennie Finch. Just loaded, I tell ya. Loaded.

Rawpimple, you sound like one of those California or Nevada cowboys bragging about how tough they are and all the tough things they've done all this while the cowboy from Texas just stands there by the campfire quietly stirring the red hot coals with his dick.

Talk's cheap, buddy.

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