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January 29, 2014

LeBron v. Durant. Poll. Vote!; plus Smirk II: D-list celebs rep Jersey at SB; also Dolphins/GM sing Kumbaya, J.Martin speaks, Marlins & more

1) It is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29. Dolphins have mutually parted with personnel guy Brian Gaine, who was passed over for GM job. No surprise. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Super Bowl With a Smirk debuts, Super Brrr poll, indoor football, Pete Seeger & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

Thunder spank Heat: LeBron James (34 points) and Kevin Durant (33) put on the show you expected tonight, but OKC's 112-05 win was sobering. Thunder is missing Russell Westbrook, remember. In the roller-coaster of a Heat fan's emotions, this had to indicate that the hurdle isn't just getting past Indiana in the East. The greater hurdle is beyond.

On new Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey: He brings peace and harmony and gets Miami's front-office back on that proverbial "same page." Now let's see if Hickey brings talent and winning. Click on Kumbaya, Now Win for my column off Tuesday's introduction of the new general manager. 

HEAT-THUNDER. LEBRON-DURANT. DELICIOUS!: People who keep saying there's nothing interesting about this Heat regular season (talking to you, Le Batard) might want to dial into tonight's visit by the 

1aa1alebdurOklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant at the bayside arena (won by OKC, 112-95). It was more than a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals won by Miami. It was personal. You'll recall how Durant dissed Dwyane Wade by saying James Harden, not Wade, should have been included in a Sports Illustrated 10-best-players list. A frosty Twitter exchange ensued. Now, though more unspoken, is the rivalry between Durant and LeBron for the mountain top. An ESPN poll just this week had it Durant over James in the MVP race by 72-28 percent. And LeBron edged Durant by only 53-47 on the question, "Who would you choose to start a franchise?" I put the question, though slightly diferent, to you in this poll. Considering everything including their ages -- James just turned 29; Durant is 25 1/2 -- who would you rather have on your team right now? (No, the results thus far do not surprise me. Yes, of course a Miami-based poll skews the outcome. Yes, for sure the result would be different out of OKC. Relax. It's just a blog poll!)

SMIRK II: NEW JERSEY TROTS OUT ITS BEST D-LIST CELEBS FOR SUPER BOWL MEDIA DAY: Today's 1aa1amozartsecond of five daily Super Bowl With a Smirk notes columns tries to figure out which was weirder about Media Day: The journalist dressed like Mozart, 1aa1aregisufcDeion Sanders' nonsensical questions, Regis Philbin with a UFC belt, or has-been celebs Dionne Warwick and Joe Piscopo greeting arriving media. Also included: DeMaryius Thomas' jailed family, Super Pope, an aging stripper, a dead camel and sacrificial cows. Click on Smirk II for the complete column. (Previously: Smirk ISB Top 10 Storylines).

British people explain Super Bowl, American football: Click here for a short, amusing video.

Poll result: Super Cold Bowl a bad idea: We asked in the last blogpost if you though playing a Super Bowl in freezing weather was great or ridiculous, and 83.1 percent said ridiculous.

JONATHAN MARTIN SPEAKS!: The most famous Bullying Victim in Dolphins history sang to priestly Tony 1aa1dungyjonDungy on NBC's Today Show, reiterating the "attacking nature" of taunts he endured. He said he "felt trapped, like I didn't have a way to make it right." The interview was not that illuminating, but I loved the mesmerizing backdrop of the set (pictured): A deep-hued, richly decorated den, almost a drawing room. I think Martin and Dungy should have done the interview wearing smoking jackets, a fine Montecristo in one hand, a snifter of Courvasier in the other.

JUDGING MARLINS' FARM SYSTEM: ESPN's annual ranks slots Miami 19th of 30 MLB farm systems in 1aa1amarlinsterms of rising available talent. But that's misleading because Marlins tend to call up young talent much sooner than most teams, with Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich prime examples. Miami has four guys among the top 100 prospects: LHP Andrew Heaney (34th), 3B Colin Moran (55th), CF Jake Marisnick (84th) and LHP Justin Nicolino (93rd).

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The fate of the franchise rests with this ass clown!



What a bizarre series of events media day has become. Piscopo was funny on SNL though. DeMaryius Thomas family story sad Ireland would have had a field day with him. Marshawn Lynch is one strange guy. Media Day is just one big as* kissing fest anyway not even the least bit newsworthy. I like that Hickey helped draft some impact players in Tampa (moved up to get a few) and it sure seems like we will be going after LaGarrette Blount at RB if he hits the market which I like. Andy Cohen today said that good fortune sometimes works in strange ways let's hope he's right. Martin story not really important until report comes out seems Dungy was careful not to ask too many probing questions though he must still be on the payroll.

"at least coach and GM are on the same page; THAT MUCH i am grateful for.
i think with the continued development of the young players we drafted the last couple years, our free agents being used the right way with play calling that makes sense, and ONE MORE draft and free agency signing this offseason, we will be in good shape next year."

Posted by: (the real) david in los angeles | January 29, 2014 at 01:58 AM

Gee, Dave, you must still be under the effects of the rapture that must have come all over your body when you recited your marital vows at the Grammys this Sunday.

The entire blog wishes you a wonderful and happy marriage. What does your husband do for a living, Dave?

Durant right now.

He's stressing that because Philbin and Ireland had a dysfunctional relationship that wasn't working. Sort of a bully comment no woodcock we know his orientation bad mood today?

Only I can call david the heathen that he truly is.

I like Dapper, and you're just upset because I found out that he had gotten married Sunday and beat you to the congratulatory post. It's OK, BB, maybe you were slow to act because you are still in a deep funk after making the mistake of watching that little "talk" that the current occupant at 1600 gave to congress yesterday. I didn't watch or listen but I knew when he started to speak because I was researching stocks last night and almost to the second when the boy opened his traps futures started to crater..............

Ok thought you were making fun of him misinterpreted comment. Did he really do it at the Grammy's? Nope didn't watch a word of the State Of The Union too depressing.

Yes, apparently Shadow was the only one on the blog to get an invite. I don't know if Shad attended the ceremony. Dapper and Shad, what does the Torah say about freaks getting married?

well, at least I didn't call her the back stabbing black widow...

Did anyone actually watch Buckwheat last night besides "Potato Face Cote?"

U guys really wanna know why I think Ross is a clueless idiot??..

Ross said that COMPATIBILITY WITH THE NEW COACH WAS THE most important element in his GM search without mentioning hiring the most competent GM candidate and best talent evaluator available, so his priority was protecting Philbin first over anything else.

the Dolphins had many issues this past year but Philbin and his staff have to get blame for many of them, from lack of in game adjustments, lack of player developments (which Ireland was frustraded with as any GM would be) bad game plans, bad play calling etc.

Ireland needed to go but protecting Philbin at the cost of limiting your GM search?..that my good friends was a disservice to every Dolphins fan, the end result was Ross made a substandard hire with this guy Hickey, is not very common for so many people to have turn down this position, from people refusing to interview to people being offered the job including minorities and saying thanks but no thanks..

I hope this guy makes all of us that are skeptical eat our words..

Are you kidding Woood? Cote is on his way back from DC on the Acela train right now he took the afternoon train down from NY yesterday to be there.

I didn't even know Buckwheat was talking last night..hehe

FZB you are absolutely amazing. Ross and Philbin are assclowns, Aponte is the BlackWidow but Ireland, easily the lamest of the group, is your "son". You must have an affinity for the retarded.

Anyone who reads this blog knows that Mr. Woodcock is a latent homo.

Ask your mom she knows the real truth Feel Free.

Feel free, your mommy says she'll call you right back as soon as she finishes blowing me.

hey Aponte had a hand in getting rid of two GM's in the NFL....the black widow name came from Cote..not me but it fits.

Philbin proved how bad of a coach he is the last two games of the year by not having his team ready to play.

Ireland needed to go, but he was not the only problem, our coaching was pretty bad last year, you are a blind to that because you think Philbin is the answer, he is not...I supported Ireland because of information that I know but he is gone and I don't care, I already stated this new guy needs 4 yrs to prove himself but according to some reports Ross only gave him a 2 yr contract, what does that tell you?

you seem to keep on harping on the same thing, I am not defending Ireland, I don't care he was fired, my biggest issue is with Ross for protecting Philbin to the point he cost us a better GM candidate.

Anti, is this the stuff you work with? I love astronomy, bro. The real stuff not that nonsense that OC looks at with his Ouija Board.

Wassup, OC!


Half-time should be a cage match between Jeffey Ireland from speedos red team and Jonathon Martin from speedos blue team...

OC, is my moon rising or falling today? Do I have enough "Planet Insurance" to get me through the month?

watch it Dukimoto...Tom is going to get upset with ya because of your three a** clowns comment..

you sir have been warned.

FZB you write in English but you must read in another language. You attribute to me things I never said. It must be an affliction common to the OSTRICH CREW. Please show me where I ever say definitively that Philbin is the answer. You won't find it. What I did say is we can't tell whether he's the answer or not. Same with Tannehill. But Philbin did some good things last year that suggest he may turn out to be a good coach. In any event, it is very unfair to fire a guy who had the dead weight of Ireland holding him back. Philbin deserves a fair chance and he should get it next year.

And I'm sticking with my prediction that Miami will be in the playoffs.....YES PLAYOFFS.....next year.

Playoffs ???????..I sure hope you are right.

ok, I'll give you that one, you want Philbin for another year, Me?..no I don't need to see anymore.

Come on Tommy, you have to stop paying attention to OC's tea leaves and his Ouija Board.


Following others is for the weak-minded Woody. We already have enough sheep on this blog. Armando said this or Dave said that or Cote said that (ok last one bad example). What horseshit. Bottom line is OC has zero influence on my thinking as I am sure I have zero on his. That is how it should be. OC has his own mind. If we agree, I guarantee we came there independently. When I was calling for Cam CamMoron to be fired early in 2007 season OC strongly disagreed until near the end of the season when it was apparent to even blind homers like FZB that the CamMoron had to go.


OC..BB..Tom..the three amigos...

FZ and Woodcock...Dumb and Dumber.

Mark it down, Mr. Woodcock's first ever reference to heterosexual sex.

and now, the joke of the day..

A young blonde girl in her late teens, wanting to earn some extra
> money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a "handy woman"
> and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood.
> She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if
> he had any odd jobs for her to do.
> "Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch" he said.
> "How much will you charge me?"
> Delighted, the girl quickly responded, "How about $50?" The man
> agreed and told her that the paint and brushes and everything she would
> need were in the garage.
> The man's wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, "Does
> she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around the house?" "That's
> a bit cynical, isn't it?" he responded. The wife replied, "You're
> right. I guess I'm starting to believe all those dumb blonde jokes."
> A few hours later the blonde came to the door to collect her money.
> "You're finished already??" the startled husband asked. "Yes," the
> blonde replied, "and I even had paint left over so I gave it two
> coats." Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50 and
> handed it to her along with a $10 tip.
> "Thank you," the blonde said, "And, by the way, it's not a Porch, it's
> a Lexus."

Nah I have heard him say that plenty of times.

oye Wood's..el tipo nos esta insultando..que tipo,WTF?

oye..here are the 3 amigos....


sorry guys..hehe

To men.

you're wasting time debating tom; what he knows about football you could fit on the head of woody's you-know-what.
ireland AND philbin both made good moves and bad moves. i am not a philbin fan, but he DID make some moves that speak in his favor. however, the collapse at the end of the season and the playcalling (i have criticized all year) is squarely on his shoulders.
ireland didn't "hold the coach back", tom.
once again, you are an idiot, and will be proven so when many of ireland's picks and signings become mainstays on this team.
wallace, gibson, clay, pouncey, tannehill, jordan and others aren't going anywhere.
sooner or later you will be crediting ireland for the players we have..

Manolo shoot that piece of chit FZB.

Hello Mel. There's an explanation for this? Maybe you, Ross & friends can handle yourselves a couple first class tickets to the resurrection...

David, you are so right brother, I'm not debating Tom anymore...no point in it.

oye Tony..why the hate meng, you're one of my heroes..anyone that porked Michelle Pfeifer is ok in my book ,U know meng?


OC your last post was right on the money except it should have read Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest.

FZ, what you talking crazy, that's the boss' lady...

Mr. Woodcock,

the Torah states that men are forbidden from having intercourse with other men and also forbids men from having intercourse in the "manner of women"- alluding to anal sex. i am not an expert on the subject but the overall concern seems to be the "wasting of semen"- maening "depositing" it anywhere where conception may not occur, but excluding having relations with infertile or uterus-deprived women. that is about the best i can do on the matter.

fellers, this from the street wall journal sports page!!!


they have incredible stuff in the WSJ on sports and music, and if you read far enough down to where the article discusses tannehill's hand size, maybe we have a clue on the inaccuracu of his deep throws!!

Feel, I don't like to brag but I had to turn on the light for your mother so that she would stop sucking on my elbow, bro. Make sure that she ices her lips when she gets home they were stretched out and quite red when we left the motel.

shadow old and new testaments do't sound so different on that ah.. particular point of interest...

How soon Dolphin fans forget some of my best moves

Signing Marc Colombo

Drafting Michael Egnew

Signing Mike Wallace to $60 million

Letting Jake Long, Reggie Bush Get Away

Invisible 2013 Draft Class

Trading Vontae Davis

Trading Brandon Marshall

Drafting Daniel Thomas

Replacing Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett with Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler

Drafting Jonathan Martin

Drafting a "project" with the 3rd overall pick in draft

With my record I'll be back in the NFL as a GM by next year.

shadow Wilsons hands are 10 1/4 inch span then Tannehills are still huge at 9 inches. Funny you brought that up I recall seeing a picture of Tannehills fingers this season. They are the longest things you have ever seen wonder why they didn't mention Mannings handspan width.

Jeff, I only wish you could have signed Wallace for an cooool $100,000,000. I guess he was the one that got away eh...

BB, Peyton has webbed fingers...

Cock, I do work with these types of Telescope's (The European Large array)Was down in Chile last summer as a matter of fact( I'd Advise anyone going there DONT)The Europeans are kicking our ass in this type of scientific study.
I send most of my observing at Mt. Laguna observatory, if your ever in San Diego you must come by....

Il take Durant right now. He scores with ease. Lebron scores with labor. Heat are in trouble. Chalmers is as consistent as a paper cup in the wind. Wade is only a shadow of himself. Right now only Lebron n Bosh are showing up.

So D Fish out scores Ray Allen. There's your difference.

Anti, you name the day and the place. Dinner and drinks are on me. I would love to do that.

Hard to get to the dance 4 years in a row shuladayz. The Dolphs found that out in Oakland going for 4 Superbowls in a row.

Magic vs. Bird. Somehow, Durant vs. James doesn't quite deliver the same drama. Pro basketball may be entering a period as exciting as when peach baskets were all the craze.

I'm sure when you and I were watching Magic v. Larry there was an old timer who said, "Wilt vs. Russel. Somehow, Magic vs. Bird doesn't quite deliver the same drama. Pro basketball may be entering a period as exciting as when peach baskets were all the craze."

Four or five years ago when the Lakers won two with Pau and Kobe you didn't have any problems with the NBA and they played the same teams and style of basketball that the Heat and the Thunder are playing now.

Is there any doubt left anywhere that you, OC, are the biggest homer in American sports history?

it's always great when baby or OC chimes in on the heat..
the thunder played great tonight. they hit every shot, we got out hustled on defense, and we turned the ball over way too many times.

talk to me in june, thanks.

it will be miami and san antonio again.. book it.

11-5. Book it Danno.

Hey guys...

I was listening to sports talk on my way home yesterday..big O and Dave Hyde were talking about Philbin and they dropped a little nugget on Michael Egnew, it turns out that Philbin was a big advocate of drafting Egnew, he was very vocal about it too and either convinced Ireland to draft him or was 100% behind it...its funny how everyone turned on Ireland for drafting a player that so far has not produced and never gave any thought of blaming Philbin also..

Just setting the record straight on my former adopted son... He needed to go, I agree but sometimes things are not like they appear to be...that is all.

On the Heat getting their arse whup last night...they are bored, they'll be fine..no worries.

#1 - I'm about the most contrarian person on earth, I'm sure as hell not 'going with the flow' on Ireland, I've hated him since the 2011 draft when he passed over all those qbs for an offensive lineman because he thought Chad Henne could still be a franchise quarterback.

#2 - I think you're full of sh*t because you DON'T ever give reasons for Ireland's moves, so it doesn't make much sense to say I would dismiss the reasons if you gave them.

As for 'ignoring the fact he was retained by the owner' - please. Stephen Ross is an idiot.

Posted by: I am Kazaam | September 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM


"Two years is not enough time to make a change ?"
Um, yes it is and Ireland has had three, he was basically calling all the shots in 2010.
Do you even follow the team ?
Did you see Parcells ONLY press conference where he claimed he would gradually hand over control of the team while making his exit.
Parcells was hardly even at the Dolphins facility in 2010.
So Jared Odrick and Koa Missing are on Ireland.
So was bringing in Bobby Carpenter (former Ireland first round bust in Dallas) who Ireland believed could play special teams until he reached his "upside", Ireland's favorite word for underachievers.
Well Carpenter never did reach his "upside".
However he did miss his blocks on three blocked kicks which embarrassed the Dolphins in their loss to the Patriots on Monday Night Football in 2010.
Marc Columbo was another dismal Ireland failure.
No team could reach the playoffs with that guy starting on their offensive line.
Maybe you missed it in Cote's blog.
But the Dolphins pi$$ poor WR corps is completely on Ireland.
Ireland doesn't even understand the concept of helping out a young quarterback by surrounding him with talent.
Ireland's incompetence is glaring.
His firable offenses are numerous.
At this point, the intelligence of any Ireland apologist has to be called into question.
Because only a stupid and ignorant person suffering from cognitive dissonance could defend Ireland.

Posted by: FZB HAS MENTAL PROBLEMS | September 08, 2012 at 04:09 PM

Some things never change.

So David In LA, Baby and me (FZB) are the only positivos of the blog?...

Posted by: FZB | August 31, 2012 at 05:03 PM

As guilty as anything?

The one, single, inarguable reason the Dolphins have been stuck in permanent mediocrity for two decades is that they haven't invested in a top quarterback prospect since Dan Marino. Tannehill's the first time they've tried since 1983.

That's the reason, so who's to blame? Everyone. All the GMs who didn't draft quarterbacks, all the coaches who asked the GMs not to draft quarterbacks, both the owners, who didn't fire people who didn't draft quarterbacks.

But the owner who's only been here a few years 'more so' than anyone else? Na.

He's the reason the franchise is a laughing stock nationally and has no credibility and the reason they have the worst game day experience in the league.

But the Dolphins haven't been crippled by a bad reputation, they've been crippled by band aid quarterbacks.

Posted by: I am Kazaam | August 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM

Who is the only Cuban in the whole world that has ever used the word "poppycock" in a sentence?

Rosso the puckered anus face clown runs the circus. Expect more of the same. Embrace the suck.

How do you do it, OC? How the hell do you save all this horseshit? You know where to find Kazaams freaking posts from 2011? You sir, need help. Seriously, did you ever ask yourself why you're a pack rat?

Memo to OC, "You can't take it with you, buddy." Hell, you could have had a giant weekend garage sale and moved out of the crib in two weeks!

He he.

Wow, what a nerd........

OC, I believe that the answer to your Poppycock question was "Jose Raul Capablanca in 1923 during his reign as wold champion, who when asked what he thought about Astrology, said, and I quote, "Astrology is poppycock. Only fools and imbeciles of low IQ dabble in such childish fantasies."

I watched a documentary of Stephen Hawking yesterday. Wow, what an incredible human being. Forget the intellect and the mind numbing theories, how in the world does someone continue to live a productive life while dealing with such a devastating disability. To say that the guy is an inspiration would be one of the biggest understatements ever uttered on the face of this planet.

Oye, mentecato, that wasn't me.

Sure, sure, OC. Then Kazaam is not sleeping with the fishes. Busted!

Either that, or your long lost brother Raul is not blogging on Cote's blog.....

"is NOW blogging on Cote's blog...."

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