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January 30, 2014

Jonathan and Richie: Please just shut up and go away!; plus Smirk III: It's the dopest Super Bowl. Who you hope wins? Poll; vote!; also Heat about June & more

1) It is THURSDAY, JANUARY 30. I'm in the Dungeon today fashioning my Super Bowl prediction. It'll be online later today and in Friday's inky pulp editions. 2) Click on Kumbaya, Now Win for my column off this week's introduction of new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat-Thunder and LeBron vs. Durant poll, Smirk II and Jersey's D-list celebs, Jonathan Martin speaks, Marlins farm system & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

JONATHAN AND RICHIE: BOTH OF YOU PLEASE JUST SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!: The NFL/Ted Wells/Dolphins Bullygate report is coming out right after the Super Bowl, and that's probably why the prinicipals -- the supposedly bullied Jonathan Martin and alleged bully Richie Incognito -- have come out of hibernation this week. First Martin breaks silence with a sit-down interview with NBC's Tony Dungy and continues to portray himself the victim. Now it comes out that Incognito has hired a top PR firm, Sitrick & Co., to buff his image. Incognito's lawyer took the offensive today with information that Martin sent text messages to Incognito as rude and lewd as some Incognito sent. Oh, and Richie today started a Twitter campaign with #FREEINCOGNITO as a strike against Martin's latest interview-attacks. Here is my campaign: #WILLYOUPLEASEBOTHJUSTSHUTUPANDGOAWAY!? I mean, seriously. Is that too much to ask? Two things are self-evident by now. One is that Incognito was ringleader of an over-the-top lockerroom culture. The other is that the soft Martin was not built to man-up and stand up to it. So here we are. Both of them playing a sympathy card, and neither one of them sympathetic. Both of you, be gone!

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SMIRK III: POT! WEED! GANJA! WELCOME TO THE SUPER BONG!:
Today's third of five daily Super Bowl With a Smirk notes columns reports that the Marijuana Policy Project has paid to
1aa1billboards2erect several pro-pot billboards (one is pictured at right) all around the Super Bowl stadium. Which makes sense, since the Broncos and Seahawks come from the only two states (see left) to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Oy! Note: This item should not be construed as an endorsement of marijuana. Even if Dad offers to pass you his joint, don't do it, kids! Also included in today's new Smirk: Roman Numeral celebration, Chinese New Year, Cheerios, Lauren Tannehill's rifle and an old crone in Budapest. Click on Smirk III for the complete latest column. (Previously: Smirk IISmirk ISB Top 10 Storylines).

WHO DO YOU HOPE WINS THE SUPER BOWL?: We asked last week who you predicted would win (it was 72.4 percent Denver). This isn't about who you think will win or who you'd bet on. This is who you WANT to win. If you are not a fan of either the Broncos or Seahawks -- that would be about 95 percent of the country -- chances are you still have a rooting interest. Who? And why? Take a dip in our poll.

HEAT-THUNDER, LEBRON-DURANT: IT COUNTS LATER, NOT NOW: Oklahoma City Thunder won in Miami last night 112-105 and Kevin Durant (33 points) and LeBron James (34) put on the show you expected, and none of it really mattered. See, being a two-time defending champion means you are the only team in the NBA that can say the following and mean it, and suffer no rebuttal whatsoever: "It isn't about January. It's about June." Boo-ya!

Poll result: LeBron swamps Durant (of course): We asked in the last blogpost who you'd rather have on your team right now, and LeBron James beat Kevin Durant with 75.2 percent. (What else did you expect in a Miami-based poll?) 

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