1) It is MONDAY, JANUARY 27. Click on Random Evidence for our latest Sunday notes-column package leading with the onset of Super Bowl Week. 2) Can't Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus just get it over with, hook up, and start having Babies From Hell? 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins' bizarre GM search, Canes-'Cuse, Dwyane Wade health poll & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.
Super Bowl Top 10 storylines: Here is my annual Super Bowl Week lighthearted preview, in which an apparently self-loathing journalist pokes fun at the bombast of the Super Bowl and at the media that drives the excess. I think the word "Peyton" may be mentioned a few times. Click on SB Top 10 Storylines for the column.
DOLPHIN SETTLE ON HICKEY AS LONG, STRANGE GM SEARCH ENDS: A Dolphins general manager search that saw at least three preferred candidates rebuff Miami ended today with the hiring of Tampa Bay Bucs director pro player personnel Dennis Hickey. Interestingly, Tampa Bay also had a GM opening and did not even consider Hickey for the job. What do you think of Miami's hire? Obviously none of us can know for sure for awhile, but what best expresses your intiial reaction? Take a dip in our poll and say why.
HICKEY'S REACTION TO HIRING: Via the Dolphins: “Miami is a great franchise with a historic tradition and passionate fans. The opportunity to work with Stephen Ross, Joe Philbin and the entire Dolphins organization to build a team that wins on a consistent basis is exciting, “ Hickey said. “The Dolphins certainly have talented players and I am eager to hit the ground running with our personnel and coaching staffs. We will all work together to construct a team that will make our organization and fans proud.”
HEAT WHIP SPURS: Miami at home won 113-101 over San Antonio yesterday in an NBA Final rematch, with Dwyane Wade returning to action with limited effectiveness after four straight games out with knee soreness. Result had an order-restored feel, although Wednesday's visit by Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City should be a more heated test.
Poll result: Wide concern for Wade health issues: We asked in previous blogpost, and only 22.0 percent felt Wade's health (knee) issues were not a problem. Another 13.5% said the concern would decrease the likelihood LeBron James re-signs, 12.5% said it indicates Wade is past his prime, 6.7% said it hurts Heat's three-peat title chances -- and 45.2% said all three factors were real.
A FEW QUICK GRAMMY THOUGHTS: Is it an "Emporer's New Clothes" thing? Did no one close to the two guys have the nerve to tell Daft Punk they looked like idiots carrying their helmeted persona onstage last night? ("Get Lucky" is a great song, though). Was that walking cane a prop or is Madonna really that old? Anybody else really tired of the aggressively inoffensive LL Cool J? I think Lorde has talent but the song "Royals" was way overhyped. The only category I actually cared about was Best Americana Album, but Mavis Staples didn't win and it didn't get on TV anyway.
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