1) It is SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22. That "secondary" NCAA violation involving UM line coach Art Kehoe glimpsing a voluntary workout strikes as beyond trivial. 2) I'll be on NBC Sports Radio today around 5:30. Thanks to ESPN's Outside The Lines and the great Bob Ley for having us back on earlier thi week. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Joe Philbin poll, 'Melo-to-Heat scenario, Nevin Shapiro & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.
Condolences: Our thoughts are with former Dolphins stalwart Kim Bokamper and family on the passing yesterday of his wife Colleen, 57, after a two-year bout with colon cancer.
LeBron reportedly to star in Space Jam 2: A sequel to the 1996 film Space Jam reportedly is in the works and could star LeBron James, according to Deadline Hollywood, an entertainment-oriented business news site. The original starred Michael Jordan (and Bugs Bunny, of course).
MEET GREG COTE, THE PRESIDENT AND APPARENTLY ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP OF THE JOE PHILBIN SUPPORT GROUP: It isn't that I find Dolphins' coach Joe Philbin faultless in Bullygate. It is as a response to the gross lynch-mob overreaction against Philbin by most fans (see poll result below) and media that led me to write my most recent column. (Click HERE to read in full). My entree into the column:
"I’m not sure what Joe Philbin’s time is in the 40-yard dash, but I can tell you it had better be fast to outrun all of these Dolphins fans and hysterical media chasing him with torches and pitchforks. One wonders if the lurching mob, upon catching him, would have Philbin fired or think a firing squad more fitting. Or perhaps the outraged masses might be mollified to merely parade him tarred and feathered through the streets of Miami, given that the public stoning has fallen out of fashion here in the States."
One more excerpt: "Those criticizing Philbin need to leave the naïve fantasy world where the NFL head coach knows everything about everything. They need to re-enter the real world, where coaches do not eavesdrop on players’ personal text messages, do not spy on guys at strip clubs, do not have mental telepathy and do not periodically ask during team meetings, 'Any of you guys in here being bullied? Show of hands, please?' More reality: A head coach is overburdened as is and does not have time to monitor and babysit the way his grownup players interrelate. Team chemistry and locker room policing are self-regulated phenomena and, sorry, but the head coach is not Dr. Phil."
And my conclusion: "You want to get on Philbin because his two Dolphins seasons have been 7-9 and 8-8? Fine. That’s fair. That’s on him: His record, his direct responsibility. And that is why next season could and perhaps should be playoffs-or-bust for him. Should Bullygate play any role in the judging of Philbin? Yes. Absolutely! Just not the role you might think. What he knew or when or why not — those things are all moot points and pointless. Why are we even still talking about that? Done with it. Past it. Judge Philbin’s Bullygate role from this point forward. Judge him on whether or not he leads the Dolphins to survive this, learn from it and move on stronger."
Poll result: Most do not support Philbin: We asked in the last blogpost how you feel about Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, and 58.4 percent said they do not support him, vs. 23.4% who said they do. Another 18.2% were undecided, an unusually high percentage of wafflers. The most positive spin for Philbin is that 41.6% percent either support him or are open to the idea.
LEBRON'S NOSE IS HURTING, BUT HIS HUMOR IS INTACT: Gotta love LeBron James. He leaves Thursday night's game at Oklahoma City with a bloodied nose after a hard whack by Serge Ibaka -- after scoring 33 points to guide an impressive Heat win -- and within hours LeBron is posting a photo on Instagram calling himself "Bane James," after the Batman character with the scary facial mask. X-rays found he has a broken nose and will be a game-time deision for Sunday's Heat game here vs. Chicago. If he does play it likely would be with an apparatus to protect his nose, though presumably not a Bane mask.
OLYMPIC NERD DANCING: I am not a big fan of the Sochi Olympics figure-skating spinoff called ice dancing. But if I were it would be because of images like this one of a German pair in which Nerd Man appears to be staring in rapt wonder at his partner's chest while she appears to be in the throes of, well, you know.
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