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October 14, 2013

NFL Pix 'n Fantasy results; plus LeBron revealed, happy anniversary Bartman, exhilaration and disgust, updated SOPY rankings, Philbin verdict & more

It's Radio Tuesday!: Somewhat to my surprise I'm back in-studio today at 3 p.m. with the Dan Le Batard Show on 790 and 104.3 the Ticket and (from 4-7) on ESPN national radio. Ears welcome.  

1aa1eid 1aa1columbusIt is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15. One day after Americans marked Columbus Day by making fun of Christopher's funny hat, our Muslim readers today celebrate Eid-Al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. All praise Ishmael; now let's go slaughter an animal! 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Joe Philbin poll, Canes crack Top 10, NFL Week 6 predix, baseball's Final Four, Panthers' Equality Night, Collball Week 7 & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird), Vine (Greg Cote) and Facebook (Greg Cote).

NFL PIX 'N FANTASY / WEEK 6: SMALL SIGNS OF LIFE: When we are alone, lost at sea and nearly out 1aa1fripixof hope, the smallest chunk of driftwood on which to grasp feels like a gift from heaven. NFL predix: After the worst three-week slump of our prognosticating career even a modest 9-6 record straight-up and 6-8-1 against the spread (Packers pushed) feels sort of OK. Which tells you how bad it's been. Fantasy: Yes, Greg's Lobos lost yet again, falling to 1-5. But this was 130-122 against a league power, and I'd have won had Dez Bryant done anything at all Sunday night. Ours was the highest losing score. Again, small signs of life. Sometimes, brave optimism is what's left to you, so you grab it.

LEBRON JAMES, REVEALED AND REVEALING: Heat megastar LeBron James has a revealing interview 1aa1espnlebronwith ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard in the new issue. Click HERE to read it. A few things I found interesting: "I know I still have room for improvement," he said. He said he'd be playing more in the low post; "I'm comfortable with it now." He said, "Without MJ [Michael Jordan], there's no me. He gave me hope." And he said of his improved image, "I've seen people's percetion change." The article conspicuously does not address what James might do in the summer of 2014, and void so obvious and glaring that not asking about it must have been a condition of the interview.

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY, STEVE BARTMAN, WHEREVER YOU ARE: Ten years ago yesterday, Oct. 14, 2003, Cubs fan Steve Bartman stitched himself into the sad quilt of that franchise's history in "the 1aa1bartmanBartman Game" vs. the Marlins. It was Game 6 of the NLCS, Chicago leading Miami (then Florida) by 3 games to 2 and by 3-0 in the eighth inning of that game. Chicago was five outs from its first trip to the World 1aa1bartman2Series since 1945. Then, Bartman happened. A Luis Castillo foul-ball fly down the line, left fielder Moises Alou angling in for the catch -- but Bartman interferes with the ball! Cubs pitching goes on to collapse, Marlins win the series, and everybody blames Bartman, who goes into deep hiding and still has never commented publicly at any length on his role in Cubs (and Marlins) history. His instant infamy and long seclusion make him one of the quirky-fascinating figures in sports history. He issued a brief statement following the episode but has otherwise laid low, althought I'd reccomend this story from ESPN.com on the somewhat successful search for Bartman. Meanwhile, 10 years in hiding is long enough, Steve. Come out, come out, wherever you are. Ditch Chicago. We happen to love you in South Florida, and our weather kicks Chicago's a--. You'd have safe haven here. We'd call you the Mayor of Marlins Park. You could even keep the Cubs hat.

EXHILARATION AND DISGUST ON A SPORTS SUNDAY: The exhilaration first, because that is what sports at its best should be about first. Has Boston ever had a better day for double-cheering than Sunday? First the 1aa1bstrong 1aa1injschaubPatriots beat the previously undefeated Saints 30-27 on a last-second TD pass by Tom Brady, then -- better, bigger -- the Red Sox erased a 5-0 deficit and beat Detroit 6-5 in Game 2 of the ALCS, led by a David Ortiz grand slam. (The lifelong Red Sox fan in me believes in miracles again. That's the magic and power of sports). The disgust occured in Houston, where Texans fans -- not most, but too many -- cheered as QB Matt Schaub injured his ankle and was helped off the field in a loss to St. Louis. Teammates were angry. That is the kind of display that could forever queer Schaub's relationship with that city and its fans. You bought the ticket, fans. Boo the interception if you wish. But cheering an injury crosses a line. It is classless. It embarrasses the city.

SOPY RANKINGS / WEEK 7: WINSTON STILL SMOKING THE COMPETITION: This is the second season of our blog-exclusive State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, a weekly updated list of the 1aa1sopymost 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. 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. FSU QB Jameis Winston is the current leader even ater a bye week. 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 8:

Rk (LW)   Player, Team-pos.               SOPY Pts. Wk6=Year

1 (1)     Jameis Winston, FSU-qb           BYE = 969.5

2 (3)     Jaquez Johnson, FAU-qb           183.5 = 932

3 (2)     Blake Bortles, UCF-qb               BYE = 762

4 (4)     Duke Johnson, Miami-rb            BYE = 673

5 (5)     Marcus Shaw, USF-rb                DNP = 611

6 (6)     Storm Johnson, UCF-rb             BYE = 604

7 (8)     Jonathan Wallace, FAU-rb         81 = 579

8 (7)     Stephen Morris, Miami-qb          BYE = 529

9 (--)    Tyler Murphy, Florida-qb            44.5 = 486.5

10 (9)   Kenny Shaw, FSU-wr                 BYE = 484

Bubble: Devonta Freeman, FSU-rb, 449. Other team leader: FIU--Jake Medlock-qb, 408.5. Note: FAU has played seven games; Florida, FIU and USF six each; and FSU, Miami and UCF five each.

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

Poll result: Philbin earns (modest) support: We asked about your take on Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in the previous blogpost, and a plurality of 47.7 percant answered "modest thumbs-up but not entirely sold." Slightly more answered "very impressed" (24.1%) than "not impressed" (21.8%). The other 6.4% were undecided or said it's too soon to say.

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Oye, OC, how many hits does your blog get everyday? He he.

Did you find out who Mack Brown is?

I live Chris. Without him I never would have found Jesus.

I love not live Chris. Damn iPhone I'm not used to them. I'm way better with smoke signals.

Woodcock, it's not the number of hits, it's the Google placement of my name. Every time I update it, put an entry into it, or make a Twitter comment, it elevates my Web presence to what I want it to display. Something I tried to get across to that idiot Pave, but Pave is even more close minded than you.

so far I got nothing to say...but its early in the day.

Here you go, FZB. I know you've said that you have a special place for this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8bm6XlxuCY

Google placement?

That's one of the 40 ways of eating shit.

Google placement...he he. Brother, in your case that's tantamount to taking a wiz in a dark pair of trousers. It might give you a warm feeling inside but no one notices. Nor cares.

well, not too many guys have a beautiful girl singing a song to them..right?

Woodcock, you're missing the point. If you don't control the message, the message will control you.

BB, it appears that the Celtics will wait until Rondo gets back to playing well. Showcase him, then proceed to trade him. Ainge has blown up the entire house, but for the one room. He's got to finish the job.

OC, your new Delta name is Don Quixote.

"Woodcock, you don't understand, "A man like me can't be made to look ridiculous...!"

He he.

Wow, what a nerd.

Oye Woods, I just ran into Mack Brown at the local barbecue joint across the practice field. Great place - Franklin. Anyway, I introduced myself and told him that I had a buddy who thought that you stole the game against Paul Rhoads' Cyclones, and that coach Rhoads should have choked you right there on the field. I gave him your cell number, so expect a call.

Are you making plans to see #9 at #13 this week? Best matchup by far. Go Bruins!

I think the best ever Delta name was flounder.

the second best Delta name was Otter.

Fock the Bruins. The game this week, Fish, is Clemson v. FSU.

Oye, FZ, if Flounder had not been used already that would have been the perfect Delta name for OC. He he.

the third best Delta name was Pinto.

Wood's,

don't forget the Canes play this thursday night at North Carolina...

the fourth's best Delta name was Bluto.

Woodcock, from now on, your Delta name is...Frogdick.

the fifth best Delta name was Boon.

and the sixth best Delta name was Stork...

Come on OC, be honest, you didn't know the difference between Mack Brown and a Mack truck until you googled his name after all the grief I've given you, right?

Oye Oc, no es por nada but I don't have as many "canas" as you..

BB your Delta Tau Chi name is Ostrich

FZB your Delta Tau Chi name is Ostrich2

david your Delta Tau Chi name is HeadUpYourAss.

Some thoughts from a 10,000 foot perspective. Miami's offense is ranked 28th in the league in yds per game at 316.6 yds. The defense is ranked 25th in the league in yds per game at 393 yds.

Seriously anyone who thinks this is a real playoff team has rocks in their head. Now Miami might do a 2008 and defy all odds, but the reality is if they keep giving up 77 yds a game more than they gain they are going to lose far more than they win.

FZB, that's probably true, but I can guarantee you that I would never be caught dead wearing any kind of Statue of Liberty head gear either in private or public.

...what were you thinking?! Oh wait. Was it meant to make you seem taller? Ouch!

Tom at 4:59 PM; LOL

Oye, FZ mandalo pa' la pinga, brother. You can't take that laying down.....

Alright now, small people have feelings too.

I thought I looked rather elegant..I mean statue of liberty head gear is in vogue you now, I'm going to have to post a more recent photo so you guys can see how sexy I look now.

Tommy son, Ostrich ? Too funny..

Oh oh , the Red Sox are in big trouble today...Verlander is on...

Oye Woody, what OC doesn't know is that I've made secret contact with the Mejicanos he's got renting his california crib and we're getting ready to trash the place, that will teach him to make fun of little people..lol

Ooopps, I was posting as Fernando...who is that guy anyways?

Hehe

FZ, No, don't get me wrong. I like little people. They bring me joy.

Are you in this?

Carlos Beltran needs to STFU. Yasiel Puig makes watching baseball fun again. Baseball needs more stars like Puig.

I somewhat agree with you, Tom. The thing is, pitchers have never, and will never allow anyone to show them up. Expect more than an average amount of pitches thrown right at him.

There goes another cubano making a mockery of beisbol...uh?

And no OC, I wasn't on the wizard of Oz ...nice try.

OC Dolphin,

in the lollipop presentation, the munchkin guy on the far right is the midget/dwarf who played "hans" in the great tod browning movie "freaks". what a movie!!! (freaks, not wizard of oz, which was also in the categor of what a movie). it is being re-circulated on the 75th anniversary of its release with a retoooled movie and superior sound. the color in WOO is incredibly vivid.

So far in the baseball playoffs the pitching by all the teams has been just outstanding.

shadow, I've seen just about every movie ever made, but I can't say I remember seeing Freaks. I'll have to check that out.

Oh, sure. Here he is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doll_Family

I'll make a plan to see that. Thanks.

OC

Puig didn't show anyone up. He displayed the emotion you would hope to see from every player who has done something special. I've watched more baseball this year than the past 5 years combined. Why? Yasiel Puig. I bought the MLB ticket to watch him play and I wasn't even a Dodgers fan. But I am now.

OC Dolphin,

"freaks" is a must-see!!!! camp to the max, but watching "torso man" light his cigarette is beyond words. brace yourself for an incredible experience!!! "gooble gobble, gooble gobble-one of us, one of us'!!!

FZB- The stupid remark is from some sewer rat who has to be a regular on armandos blog. They wander away from his nest every once in awhile.

before his RBI triple mr excitement Puig was 0-11 with 7 strikeouts. His was caught up in the moment when he closed his eyes, swung the bat & got lucky.

I agree with Tom And Jimbo , Puig didn't show anybody up and yes he got caught up in the moment, no big deal.

Boston wins !... Congrats to Baby.

Now lets go Cards...

Naples..sewer rat?.. Hehe, I like it and you're right.


OC,

So you've seen every movie ever made?... Hhhmm, how bout " let it ride" ..very good , very under rated movie..check it out.

As for old flicks, Shane (western) was underrated ..

And OC..keeping with the baseball theme..check out a 1949 baseball / comedy flick called " it happens every spring "

FZ, saw both of them. I really liked It Happens Every Spring, your other one, not so much. To this day, I think the makers of Brylcreem funded that movie.

Last movie I enjoyed on cable was Hyde Park On The Hudson. Out on the screen, Rush. Gravity was so-so, and Don Jon speaks volumes. Worthwhile. The Butler was okay until the Obama commercial, then it became a commercial for the asses, and Captain Philips was watchable. Lib Tom Hanks' three minute performance while in shock and being treated by the navy nurse was worth the price of sneaking in.

Damn. Cards just have great pitching. Dodgers are toast.

Captain Phillips is fiction. His heroism is made up. The real story...

http://nypost.com/2013/10/13/crew-members-deny-captain-phillips-heroism/

Sure, Tom, but Hanks' performance during those three minutes near the end of the movie were some of the best acting I've ever seen. I respect and like the actor, but like so many of his ilk, they literally live and spout off a fantasy-land postulate.

What day is it. Are the Fins losing today?

Hey ye'all ...

Dukito doesn't sleep, this I'm sure of...either that or there are two Dukitos on the blog.

Card's win again, almost there but there's still work to be done.

Armando is speculating the Dolphins are going to add an offensive lineman pretty soon, I hope is to take the place of fat John Jerry..He is the weak link.

So true OC. Sad thing is most of the people in our country, like our friend HeadUpYourAss, develop their view of history from the propaganda spewed by Hollywood. Oliver Stone's movie JFK has the majority of our country believing Kennedy was assassinated by some grand conspiracy that included the Cubans, CIA, mafia, Joint Chiefs of Staff, LBJ and Nixon. Seriously?

Oh well Captain Phillips will go down in history as a great hero, but some of us know the truth.

Who cares about Tom Hanks politics???

how about them Dodgers?

FZB,

"shane" is one of the all-time westerns- great acting (alan ladd, van heflin, jean arthur, little brandon de wilde, and the thoroughly evil jack palance playing jack wilson). the cinematography was great, evrything was great, right down to the ending -" come back shane, ma needs you". the fight in the bar was beautifully shot. a top ten western for sure- along with "stagecaoch", "the searchers", "my darling clemntine", "she wore a yellow ribbon", and "red river". please notice that duke wayne is in half the above-mentioned; pretty good for "a guy who couldn't act"!!!

mike1, (wherever you may be)

el tri has been crummy beyond belief, but the gringos got them into the playoff for the last spot against NZ. i have been suffering all during the qualifying with the play of mexico, but jurgen klinsmann saved mexico from (at least temporarily) a national trauma. methought that he was gonna make the USA into a respectable squad, and he sure has. if mexico gags against the kiwis i will be very despondent, but if they can't get past NZ they deserve to sit out brazil 2014. the irony is that mexico consistently gets out of the grou stages in the WC, only to have bad refs (argentina 2002) and a knack for drawing germnany in the knockout phase undo them.

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