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The Olympics poll. Last day to vote!; plus Dolphins' draft, Marlins projection, Angela Means, approval for Beckham/MLS & more

1aa1ameoly1) It is SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8. Click on RANDOM EVIDENCE for today's latest Sunday notes-column, package, leading with the Winter Olympics. 2) U.S. contingent (right) during the Opening Ceremonies. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Confessions of a soccer fan: David Beckham/MLS and soccer-in-Miami poll, Chad 'n Brad lead UM recruiting class & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

"Heat lose at Utah. Mass though half-hearted panic sweeps Miami!" --Greg Cote

1aa1beatlesThe Beatles: Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' groundbreaking appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I'll offer a new blogpost Monday that will include a retrospective on what the Beatles meant to me, and why.

DELIVER YOUR VERDICT ON OLYMPICS IN GENERAL AS SOCHI GAMES BEGIN: The Winter Games in Sochi commenced officially with Opening Ceremonies including the parade of nations featuring a record 230-athlete U.S. 1aa1aolyscontingent, and now competition is fully underway. I'll admit to being a flag-waving jingoist, which probably drives my interest in the Olympics. Winter or summer, once every
1aa1aolyssochifour years I look forward to watching sports I'd otherwise have zero interest in -- bobsled! -- simply to cheer America vs. the world. But that's just me. You? Not asking here about Russia hosting these Games. This isn't a vote on Vladimir Putin. This is simply asking whether or not you're into the Olympics in general. Take a dip in our poll and say why.

Dueling ESPN draftniks Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay don't agree on much, including who'll go No. 1 overall to Houston in May's NFL Draft. Kiper says QB Johnny Manziel; McShay says DE Jadevon Clowney. But the warring nerds do agree in their latest mock drafts that that, Miami, at No. 19, will select Notre Dame OT Zack Martin (pictured). Seems logical. He's 6-4 and 308, it's a position of desperate need, and he's said to be pro-ready.

1aa1angelameansNEW CANES QB IS SON OF '90S ACTRESS: New Hurricanes QB recruit Brad Kaaya is the son of a minor 1990s actress, Angela Means, whose most notable roles (according to movie website IMDb) were in House Party 3 (1994), Friday (1995) and Cousin Skeeter (1998). It is not believed any of those performances resulted in an OScar, but we're still checking.   

Poll result: Soccer polarizes, but solid support for Beckham/MLS team here: A reminder that soccer tends to be a love it-or-hate it proposition. We asked in the last blogpost (you may still vote) about your interest in David Beckham bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami, and 46.9 percent said "very excited" but 33.8% said "not interested." The other 19.3% said "somewhat intrigued."

MARLINS: "WE'RE NO. 25!": Spring training is around the corner, and that means it's time to start wondering if the Marlins will be really bad again or movin' on up to mediocre. ESPN in its pre-spring rankings slots Miami 25th of 30 teams and projects a 73-89 record, but calls the Marlins a "deep sleeper" that could potentially win 85 and sneak into ther wild-card hunt.

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