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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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