1) It is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28. Am driving this morning to Orlando, not for Mickey, but for bowling. 2) Condolences to Bobby Bowden and family on the death of his grandson in an auto accident. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Annual Christmas video from me to you, LeBron named AP athlete of year, NFL Pix 'n Fantasy, Heat-Lakers, Dolphins' playoff odds & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird), Vine (Greg Cote) and Facebook (Greg Cote).
Bowling with Canes, Louisville: Watch for our Miami-Louisville bowl post in the blog starting Saturday afternooon.
Four Dolphins make Pro Bowl: No surprises among C Mike Pouncey, DE Cam Wake, CB Brent Grimes and P Brandon Fields. Congrats to all.
YOU PICK THE 2013 NATIONAL SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR: The top 10 stories in our poll are from The Associated Press annual ranking, out today. However I have listed them alphabetically in the poll, not in 1-through-10 order, so your vote will be more independent and not influenced by The AP's rank. I am purposely not including a synopsis of each story, figuring that if you need an explanation, the story mustn't have been that big or important to you. VOTE FOR YOUR TOP THREE and check back to monitor evolving results. Ready? Let's go!:
Note: This is a national list, so please endeavor to consider the Heat championship in that broad context. Soon we'll bring you 2013's Greater Miami Top 10 Sports Stories, also with a poll.
UPSET BIRD DAY / WEEK 17 NFL PREDIX: STARS ALIGN, DOLPHINS END PLAYOFF DROUGHT!: It happens. It actually happens. The Dolphins will make the playoffs for the first time since 2008 in search of their first playoff victory since 2000. Must beat Jets Sunday here for that to be possible. Done. Then either the Ravens must lose or the Chargers must win. Done, done. All three will happen. Click on Week 17 Gems for all our full prediction capsules as the NFL regular season wraps up. Click on Dramatic Ending for my Friday Page column on how two winner-take-all games (Packers-Bears, Eagles-Cowboys) highlight a mad scramble among 10 teams seeking four available playoff spots.
LEBRON JAMES SUCKS AT GOLF: In a new Samsung commercial entitled "Golf Lesson," with comedian Kevin Hart, LeBron James displays a really awful golf swing. Maybe not quite Barkley-bad, but close. Click HERE for the vid.
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