It is WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6. Watch for new blogpost coming later today.2) Tough to see Duke Johnson's season-ending ankle injury; knew it was bad right away. Tough break for Canes, too. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): FSU routs Hurricanes, CSM poll, Collball Week 10 roundup & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird), Vine (Greg Cote) and Facebook (Greg Cote).
Click on Blame Football's Neanderthal Lockerroom Culture for my latest column, on the Dolphins' bullying scandal.
Profane, shirtless and raging in a bar: Heree's our boy Richie Incognito, video courtesy our pals at TMZ. Warning: Rough language and Richie's big belly. Click HERE.
ON THE DOLPHINS' EMBARRASSING BULLYING MESS: This is so silly yet so serious, an episode of macho lockerroom foolishness that has become a national embarrassment for the Dolphins. When it's on the Today show, you know it has made its way beyond sports. The Dolphins late last night suspended guard Richie Incognito for his role in the harrassment and bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin, the tackle who earlier had left the team under emotional duress. (Incognito and Martin are pictured, left to right). It has been reported the bullying include "threatening and racially charged" texts and voicemails from Incongnito to Martin, a lunchroom prank in which teammates all rose at once and left their table as Martin sat -- what is this, middle school? -- and also Incognito pressuring Martin to pay $15,000 to fund a few players' trip to Las Vegas. The indefinite suspension of Incognito is justified if everything I know is accurate, and I'd be shocked if he ever played for the team again. Martin's future with the team also is murky. The nightmare also speaks poorly of the team's culture and leadership -- things that start at the desk of coach Joe Philbin. Remember the good old days when a losing streak and giving up too many sacks were all Philbin had to worry about? What a holy embarrassment. What a mess. This poll invites you to parcel blame. Vote for one or two or all three answers -- as many as you think apply -- then say why you voted as you did, and check back to monitor evolving results.
Vote for 1 or 2 or all 3 options -- as many as you feel apply:
MARLINS MOVING ON RADIO: The Marlins' AM radio home has been 790 The Ticket. Starting in 2014 it will be 940-WINZ. A 790 executive sent a memo to staff this (Wednesday) morning calling the Marlins "A bad deal for our radio station" and "a drain on our ratings."
NFL PIX 'N FANTASY / WEEK 9: MORE MISERY: Stephen King wrote a book called Misery. I'm the living embodiment of it with my 2013 football season. NFL predix: Started off so well, nailing the Dolphins' Thursday upset of Cincy. Then, the crapper. Finished 6-7 overrall, 3-10 against the spread. Awful. And speaking of awful... Fantasy: Greg's Lobos continued as the Jacksonville Jaguars of my fantasy league, falling to 1-8 with a 111-97 loss. Tom Brady was Tom Brady for a change (35 points) and still my plunge continued.
SOPY RANKINGS: WEEK 10: 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 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 comfortably the current leader. 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 11:
Rk (LW) Player, Team-pos. SOPY Pts. Wk10=Year
1 (1) Jameis Winston, FSU-qb 195.5 = 1,566
2 (3) Jaquez Johnson, FSU-qb 179.5 = 1,242
3 (2) Blakes Bortles, UCF-qb BYE = 1,114
4 (4) Duke Johnson, Miami-rb 97 = 1,033
5 (6) Stephen Morris, Miami-qb 108 = 899.5
6 (8) Devonta Freeman, FSU-rb 194 = 878
7 (5) Storm Johnson, UCF-rb BYE = 860
8 (7) Rashad Greene, FSU-wr 83 = 821
9 (10) Marcus Shaw, USF-rb 40 = 651
10 (--) Kenny Shaw, FSU-wr 44 = 636
Bubble: Jonathan Wallace, FAU-rb, 634. Other team leaders: Florida--Tyler Murphy-qb, 608.5; FIU--Jake Medlock-qb, 467.5. Note: FAU has played nine games, UCF seven and all others eight each.
Cote's State of the State rankings: 1. FSU (8-0); 2. Miami (7-1); 3. UCF (6-1); 4. Florida (4-4); 5. FAU (3-6); 6. USF (2-6); 7. FIU (1-7).
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