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November 15, 2013

NFL Week 11 predix: Something good happens to Dolphins!; plus Martin talks (says nada), Incognito's gall, Brazil tops NASCAR, Uncle Neil & more

It is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15. I'm holed up today at Random Evidence Laboratories materializing the Sunday notes-column package. No solicitors, please, except Jehovah's Witnesses, who are always welcome. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins held hostage by Bullygate, Incognito files grievance, Brazil soccer vs. NASCAR poll, NFL Pix 'n Fantasy, Jameis Winston charge, LeBron speaks, SOPY rankings & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird), Vine (Greg Cote) and Facebook (Greg Cote).

UPSET BIRD DAY: WEEK 11 NFL PREDIX: SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENS TO DOLPHINS!: As Bullygate continues to hold hostage a team that also has lost five of its past six games, I nominate Miami as 1aa1fripixneeding a win more than any other NFL team entering Week 11. (OK, I admit Houston has a pretty strong argument there). In any case I like the Dolphins in a small upset over visiting San Diego. Sure, Philip Rivers is scary. But the Chargers' defense against both pass and run could be an elixir for beleaguered O-coordinator Mike Sherman. Click on Week 11 Gems for full prediction capsules on the Dolphins and all other games, including the Chiefs-Broncos Game of the Year. Click on Forty-Three Years for my Friday Page NFL column, on why that Kansas City-Denver game is so big, and interesting, on so many levels. My week got off to a mixed start last night. I picked Colts to win and cover a 3-point line at Titans. Colts won by exactly three, a push. (That's how tough it can be to pick against the spread. I had Indy winning by four; Indy won by three. It wasn't good enough).

MARTIN TALKS, SAYS REMARKABLY LITTLE: Estranged Dolphins bullying victim Jonathan Martin evidently said a lot today to NFL investigator Ted Wells. They spoke for seven hours in Manhattan. But Martin said little of usefulness in a statement afterward. This is it: "Today's meeting is consistent with my commitment to cooperate with the NFL's investigation into my experiences as a player on the Miami Dolphins. Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells and his team, I will not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time. I do, however, look forward to speaking directly with Stephen Ross, Tom Garfinkel and the Dolphins' organization at the appropriate time. This is the right way to handle this matter. Beyond that, I look forward to the process of resuming my career in the National Football League." OK. Thank you for that glorified no-comment, Jon! 

1aa1incogINCOGNITO REDEFINES THE WORD GALL: I have my doubts if Richie Incognito knows what the word "gall" means or could spell it, but he personifies it with his grievance against the Dolphins seeking some $1.2 million in lost wages. Dear Richie: You were suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the club for starring in the whole Bullygate mess against Jonathan Martin that has taken the team hostage. Now you want back pay? You a piece of work, dude. Seriously.

Poll result: Brazil soccer edges NASCAR: I asked in the last blogpost (you may still vote) which of this week's big Miami alt-sport events interests you more: Saturday's Brazil-Honduras soccer match at Dolphins stadium or Sunday's NASCAR championship finale at Homestead. Sorry, racing. Brazil had 24.3 percent of the vote to NASCAR's 20.4%, with another 5.1% saying both interested them. The bad news? The other 50.2% said neither interested them. Ouch.

REMEMBERING FONDLY WHEN I WAS "PUS ON TWO LEGS": The Twitter site @NeilRogersRadio in 1aa1neilrogershonor of the late, great local broadcasting legend linked Thursday to THIS YouTube tape of a 1999 show in which Neil took exception (in his usual understated way) to a column I'd written. Don't recall hearing it originally. Funny years later hearing Rogers refer to me on-air as "pus on two legs" and Greg "Kotex," a childhood derisive previously heard, I think, in junior high. I was a huge fan and admirer of Uncle Neil's wit and vulgarity, and privately took it as a treat on occasions when his scathing eye would fall upon me. Neil died in late 2010 at 68, way too soon. He truly was one of a kind, and is missed.

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