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February 17, 2014

Tuesday p.m.: D-Wade's cool deed; plus Marino sacked, Dolphin non-leaders, SI swimsuits, FIU's error, Heat trade rumor, Gators, Mavis & more

It's Radio Tuesday!: I'm back in-studio today for my historic 12th national appearance on the Dan Le Batard Show. We go 4-7 p.m. on ESPN Radio, 3-7 locally on 790 and 104.3 The Ticket. Today I'd imagine we'll be talking a lot of women's hockey, curling and skeleton. Ears welcome.


1) It is TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18. CBS dumps Dan Marino from its NFL studio show. 2) Click on Random Evidence for our latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with Dolphins' Bullygate saga. 3) 
In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Bullygate report and poll, Heat in All-Star Game, NBA's Mount Rushmore, Olympic farting & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

Dolphins' leadership void allowed Bullygate to happen, and continue: Ted Wells had his 140-page finding. Mine covers two pages in the Miami Herald today. I find, in my latest column, that the team's lack of leadership across the board is why this happened here. Click on Nobody Stood Up to read.

New Olympic hockey, March Madness betting odds: Via our friends at Bovada... Olympic men's hockey: Sidney Crosby and Canada still a small favorite for gold at 7-4 over Team USA at 11-4. After that it's Russia 16-5 and Sweden 5-1. Men's March Madness: Florida Gators now co-favorites with Syracuse for NCAA national title, both at 6-1. Then it's Kansas 15-2, Michigan State 17-2 and Arizona/Duke both 9-1.

DWYANE WADE'S COOL GIFT TO HIGH-SCHOOL TEAM: The best use of celebrity (and its related access 1aa1awademakeoverand wealth) is surprising others with kindness, and understanding that small gestures might mean the world to those who look up to you. Heat star Dwyane Wade gets that. While in New Orleans for the NBA All-Star Game, along with sponsor Gatorade, he did an extreme makeover of the lockerroom of a New Orleans prep basketball team, Riverdale High, that was in the playoffs for the first time in 20 years, turning it from the classic metal-locker high-school room into something closer to NBA standard. Now, the cynic would justifiably note that it didn't cost Wade anything or that making a video of it casts it as easy, inexpensive publicity for Gatorade. Nevertheless, Wade showed up, the school and kids were thrilled, and so for me it's a cool thing all-round. Pictured is a still from the video. Click HERE to watch the 4-minute vid, and feel good.

1aa1asiswimSI'S 50th ANNIVERSARY SWIMSUIT ISSUE: OK I'm only writing about it to give me a cheap vehicle for the mildly naughty cover shot at right. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is patently sexist but yet sort of an American tradition I guess. I hear the 50th anniversary edition will include original models, now mostly in their early 70s, wearing nothing but body paint. Alright, I made that last part up.

A QUICK LESSON IN PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR FIU BASEBALL: Of all the people in the world, of all the former players, FIU baseball coach Turtle Thomas chose ex-pitcher Dennis Wiseman to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the team's season opener the other night. Unfortunately the honor went to a registered sex offender who'd been arrested years earlier on three counts of improper relations with a student while working at North Miami High. Does that mean Wiseman should forever be shunned by FIU as a persona non grata? Maybe not. But it does mean, Turtle, that you pick somebody else to represent your program with the honor of a first pitch at a season opener.

SPECULATION ON HEAT TRADE: The NBA trade deadline is this Thursday so the rumors and speculation are flying. Much of it amounts to the media hurling s--- at a wall to see 1aa1aevantwhat sticks, but this speculation from Sam Smith of Bulls.com caught my eye. The 76ers have hybrid 6-7 small forward/shooting guard Evan Turner (pictured) on the block, and Smith reports Miami could be interested, with some combination of Udonis Haslem, James Jones and a No. 1 draft pick available, and a third team possibly involved. (Bear in mind Miami's top pick will be near the end of round one, and Heat don't put much stock in the draft, anway). Acquiring Turner would be inetresting. He's only 25, averages 17.5 points this season, and would be a hedge against the lingering injury issue(s) of Dwyane Wade. Plenty of reasons why this might not happen (and I doubt it will), but still worth keeping an eye on the next couple days.

KILL THE NBA ALL-STAR GAME!: Of course by "kill" I pretty much mean "ignore." Why watch? The East beat the West Sunday night, 163-155, and it was like watching a Harlem Globetrotters-Washington Generals game in terms of competitiveness. Even as entertainment 1aa1alebasgit's lacking. There were an even 100 3-point shots taken, and 162 points were scored in the paint -- underlining the disinterest in defense or even the pretense of defense. The NBA dresses up the faux-game in hip-hop -- still love me some old-school Snoop Dogg, or Lion, or whatever -- but the whole affair remains pointless even as the scoring breaks records. (LeBron James scored 22 points, Dwyane Wade 10 and Chris Bosh five, by the way). Only because the NFL and NHL all-star games are such hot messes does the NBA's seem decent by comparison. MLB' s all-star game continues as the only one worth the slightest attention.

LeBron says nothing of value about his future!: LeBron, in an NBA TV interview last night, asked if he could picture himself playing anywhere else: "At this point, I can't, [but] we don't know what can happen from here to July."

Poll result: Dolfans embarrassed, but also sharply divided, by Bullygate: We asked in the last blogpost how serious you think the whole Bullygate controversy was, and 44.5 percent called it a "major embarrassment" but another 37.8% called it minor and "way overblown." Only 16.5% were in between, calling it "fairly serious," and a scant 1.1% were still undecided.

A RECOMMENDED BOOK: Just bought and finished I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom's Highway (Scribner, $26), by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot. Devoured 1aa1amavisthe 308 pages in two days because I've been a Staple Singers fan since college and currently write the independent Twitter site @mavis_staples -- but also because the story is so engaging. The family group enjoyed chart success in the first half of the '70s but their story starts in rural, deeply-segregated Mississippi and explores their unheralded role in the Civil Rights movement. They were favorites of Martin Luther King. Their music blurred lines between gospel, R&B, soul, funk and pop. Mavis continues to tour to this day, at 74, and as more than just a nostalgia act. Her two most recent albums (produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) both were Grammy-nominated for Best Americana album. Mavis is a national treasure, and the book is wonderful.

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Happy Presidents Day to you President Nixon sir...

I'll take an all Star game over a Lebron interview any day and twice on Tuesdays.

yes mi amigo BB but you wish he (LeBron that is) was wearing that putrid Celtics green jersey..

hey where is everyone today?

and yes happy president's day also to you presidente Nixon.

no I wish that LeBron would just go away and that suddenly ESPN and Greg Cote would stop talking about him non stop.

NBA All Star game is the only all star game that's fun to watch. Incredible basketball players displaying their wares for all to see. Only a moron would publicly state what Cote did on this blog. I don't think Cote and I agree on anything. What a douche.

yes Cote does seem to have a fascination with LeBron...and with the fool on the hill.

Feel the same way sometimes Woodcock isn't it strange we all congregate here regardless of that? I guess we will all be here until cote retires the blog. Seriously though scores in the 150's aren't new to the NBA All Star game I don't think that has been going on for awhile now. Cote does that sometimes thinks everything he thinks is all of a sudden new. That said I didn't watch the game no All star games are worth any amount of time any more really he's sort of right about that.

This year was only slightly more ridiculous than the previous 4 years.


2010 East 141, West 139 Cowboys Stadium Arlington, TX Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
2011 West 148, East 143 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2012 West 152, East 149 Amway Center Orlando, FL (2) Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
2013 West 143, East 138 Toyota Center Houston, TX Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
2014 East 163, West 155 Smoothie King Center New Orleans, LA Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Smoothie King Center. An arena that hosts a team known as the Pelicans. I don't know where to even begin on that one.

Fly pelicans. Shout out to President Carter who guarantee my f***ing human rights. Miami "Big Fat Pussy Just Waiting To Get Fucked" here I come.....

FZB did I read Big Baby right that he does NOT want Lebron playing for the Celtics? Is that really true BB? Seriously? Just checking.

Who cares what I want. LeBron can keep flopping in Miami.

Big Baby this is a mental health issue. Seriously. This is nothing to joke about. Now did I read that right that you do not want Lebron on the Celtics?

Did I read it right when you said that players on the Dolphins didn't bully Jonathan Martin into submission and cause him emotional harm? Seriously this is a mental health issue.

BB..I know you're kind of streessseeddd out with the C's having a down year but not wanting LeBron on your team?..
well that's a sign of a serious mental problem, you need to get checked out by a shrink and pronto.

listen to Tom..

I would rather sit and listen to a stutterer read through the 11,588,500 words of the Affordable Healthcare Plan, than watch ANY All Star game.

Big Baby=the stupidest person on the internet

It sure seems like NFL people and or the national media don't have a very high regard for Philbin...I guess just about everyone thinks this job is way too big for the guy except our clueless idiot incompetent asswipe owner that is..

Oh well...

poor baby.. still smarting over that comment a couple years ago that the miami heat were 1 and done.. lol..
and i'm terribly sorry to report that the miami heat, AND lebron james, are going nowhere away anytime soon..

If they did an investigation of every team in the NFL they would find the same nonsense that Wells noted in his report. This did not start with Richie Incognito.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/18/3942210/nate-garner-gives-perspective.html

Tom that Wells report was MUCH worse than people thought it would be there isn't any doubt about it. You may be right but the culture in the Dolphins locker room has people shaking their heads in disgust.

david LeBron will be gone bro he isn't winning anymore titles with d. Wade in the twilight of his career. LeBron knows this and will go where the titles take him. Miami has had a good run but it's over soon.

ALL STAR GAMES:

the only one that remotely is in the sphere of a regular season tussle is baseball's. basketball, football, and hockey all feature through the roof scoring because nobody plays any defense. they are all unwatchable to these eyes. i guess you could say hockey's all-star games are good and that is because they are played in the olympics and are highly, highly competitive. olympic basketball would be good if they left the USA out- when was the last time a team from the USA lost a basketball game?

The baseball all star game is my least favorite. It's bad enough to have to sit through a 4 hour baseball game that counts, trying to sit through one that doesn't is Chinese water torture.

So lets recap, Cote AND OC both hate the NBA All Star Game......nuff said.

I know.

Big Baby got some serious MENTAL issues! GET HELP BIG BABY

well according to that article Gardner was also being harassed in the locker room but the guy didn't "snap" or quit ..so yeah, Martin is a pussy.

sorry BB.

and Cote..if you wanna post about sexy girls in bikinis you gotta show a little more skin so to speak..

http://deadfix.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/nice-ass.jpg

BB

My point is if they did a similar investigation of every MLB, NBA, and NFL locker room they would discover the same stuff. This shit was not invented by Richie Incognito and the Dolphins. When I hear Bill Pollian and Charlie Casserly say things like this never happened on their teams I laugh uncontrollably out loud. What horse shit. Charles Barkley said it best, every pro locker room is abusive, racist, homophobic and sexist.

Singling out the Dolphins is bullchit. But you believe what you want to believe.

OMG FZB what a magnificent buttinski!

Every locker room Tom? No way this Miami mess took it to a whole new level now we find out there are other players involved and that it extends to harassing the training staff as well? I couldn't be more embarrassed about this situation as a fan of The Miami Dolphins the whole thing is sickening.

well I don't know if it happened in EVERY locker room but is safe to say this sort of behavior has been going on for a long time..in just about every sport.

in the end the NFL is going to adopt a "conduct code" in which every player will have to follow if not face a big fine or expulsion out of the league.

this is all part of the pussyfication of the NFL...all because Martin was a coward and didn't have the balls to stand up for himself.

Post of the day by Tom! So true, there wasn't anything in that BS report that you wouldn't find in any locker room! Incognito did NOTHING WRONG and was railroaded. Hope the Dolphins will do the right thing and bring him back, GOD KNOWS we could use him!!!

Of course this type of thing has been going on forever in pro sports...everyone knows this most basic and obvious fact...well,almost everyone...

I enjoyed the great post of Dwayne Wade visiting a high school team.The Miami Heat with their front Office,Coaches and Players are first class like the Dolphins were under Don Shula.First class and Shula go hand in hand just like Mavis Staples and first class.Thank you Greg for always mentioning this great Lady.

That Border Collie in FZB's pic certainly got "Best in Show."

sorry to see Danny Boy get canned from CBS, he'll land on his feet plus he should have a lot of dinero stash away anyways so he'll be fine.

Hire Marc Anthony as GM before it's too late...

wade is not injured, baby.
he is dealing with the procedure he had over the summer to strengthen his knee.
big difference.
wade has a few great years left, trust me.
lebron has never had it better; he plays for the best team, owner and GM. riley defines class, as does the entire miami heat organization. lebron is not going anywhere.. lol

LeBron wants to play with a top notch point guard he told me so.

I'm surprised CBS put up with Marino's dumb jock act as long as they did. No loss here.

Ever get tired about being wrong about everything david? Wade is injured and will be injured the rest of his career, his meniscus was removed and he's been grinding bone on bone his entire career. There is no cure, the procedure he had over the summer was for pain management.

holy chit !!!..we have an orthopedic doctor in the house !!

Marino is better than Esiason Dan will find a place to go my guess would be NFL network or ESPN. Shannon Sharpe can find work helping with coverage of horse racing on NBC.

yeah, Sharpe is not very Sharp.

and Cote..if you wanna post about sexy girls in bikinis you gotta show a little more skin so to speak..

http://deadfix.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/nice-ass.jpg

Posted by: FZB | February 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM
++++++++++++++++++
Funny, while reading down, I was HOPING someone would post a bout more skin.
we can always count on you, bud. Thanks.

hey fire spo?
your idiotic name just about says it all.
wade had Ossatron shockwave therapy on his knees to treat tendinitis; there is no bone damage you nitwit. just some tendonitis and bruising.
texhincally he's been "injured" his whole career. that isn't the issue.
he will be fine.
and lebron isn't going anywhere. his best chance to keep winning championships is to stay in miami with wade and bosh, and to have riley, the best gm, reload around him.
the organization defines class, and it's an easy sell getting players to come here.

What are you, just guessing? All this information is out there for you to read. Yes, his bones are rubbing together because his meniscus was removed. Yes bone bruises are the problem, they are the structural problem preventing the tendons from moving smoothly and causing tendonitis. No, Ossatron does not strengthen anything. All it does is reduce pain.

Listening to LeBron he does sound like a guy who wants to stay with the team but things can change quickly. He can opt out this summer or next summer my guess is he rides it out one more season and leaves in 2015. Unless they get a pg Bosh while a very good player isn't enough to win championships with alone. Interesting he said he doesn't care about his legacy no surprise he doesn't even seem to have a clue that he wears Bill Russell's old jersey number.

Defensive Player of the Year he wants to be awarded?

He only just recently became an adequate NBA defender. Seems he does care about his legacy after all. You know what that means. Chasing the rings.

BB..stop hating on LeBron...

for your information, he is one of the best defensive players in the NBA and has been for a while now, the guy can guard just about everyone on the other team, he is a freak of nature and it just now coming into his prime which is scary.


wade has another few years in him, period.
and baby?
"adequate defender"?
how does an "adequate defender" make the NBA's all defensive 1st team list 5 times?
ask derrick rose how adequate lebron's defense was in the eastern conference championship series 3 years ago, or ask paul george from last years..
your jealousy of lebron and miami's success is pretty funny.. and your opinions are woefully ignorant of reality..

Big Baby you are so naive.

LeBron James is a magnificent basketball player anyone not acknowledging this is dealing with heavy constipation issues.

LeBron is the best basketball player of this generation.

Spo is the joke.

If LeBron leaves Miami it is because the Heat never supplied him with a real coach.

The return of the Dashi-man!!!

What up bro?

um dashi?
spo is now an elite coach, and he's earned that with his performance since becoming head coach of the heat.
no one as competitive as riley would EVER leave his legacy in the hands of someone not able to handle it, and aside from some mistakes, spo has definitely come into his own as one of the top coaches in the NBA.
after all, he was groomed by the best..

D-Wade does something good-again. Remember a few years ago a florida family's home burned down, Wade bought them a home, furnishings, clothes, Christmas gifts. The guy is beyond good in my book.

Which unrestricted free agents (current fins) are the Dolphins going to sign? Let go?

Which unrestricted free agents (other teams) are the Dolphins going to sign?

Grimes? Soliai? Starks? Albert? Blount?

jimbo.. wade has almost surpassed marino in my list of favorite miami athletes ever.
the guy is an amazing athlete, a multiple champion winner and a good dude..

Anyone who denies LeBron's greatness is just jealous and/or delusional...it's as simple as that...

Bill Russell was absolutely amazing.LBJ is great.Can t even imagine the 2 going up against each other in their prime.Russell could jump 20 feet high to block or make shots.haha.Different kind of players but both incredible.

Jimbo

My guess is Grimes gets resigned unless another teams comes in with crazy money. Either Soliai or Starks gets resigned, but not both. Albert should have been acquired last year. From what I read, Philbin wanted Albert so my guess is we get him this year. An experienced high level LT is a must for this team. Blount would be a great addition but I wonder if Miami can offer him enough. Others will be interested as well.

Hickey will target Blount pretty certain of that he will end up in Miami. Good player not the fastest guy but strong tough running back he will be a nice addition. We will target Albert as well and draft a RT in the first round a good start to fixing the oline. Take a few guards in later rounds since Dallas Thomas appears to be a complete bust may even have to get a guard in free agency as well Garner may still be in the fold. Wheeler is the big question mark if he doesn't restructure I think they will release him Ellerbee may be close to being in that position but Wheeler more so. Grimes will be franchised. Agree Tom it's either or on Starks versus Solia not both. To me Chris Clemons is another big decision. Very Solid player but he will be expensive.

Nolan Carroll another big decision he really has improved and could start opposite Grimes but we can't sign everybody. New guy has lots of difficult decisions to make.

Dwyane Wade had a child he isn't going to raise and then wrote a book about what an amazing father he is.

FZB if I stopped hating on LeBron what fun would that be? I mean look what happens when I do he who shall not be named comes out of the woodwork to defend him priceless.

If you are referring to me,don't flatter yourself...I've been busy and rarely check this blog...just so happens that when I do you are saying something ridiculous as usual...of which many people other than myself have pointed out...priceless...

No not you but you're kind of like that guy. Yes Lebron is now Ron Artest on defense. Dwayne Wade isn't on the back 9. There was no bullying happening in the the Miami locker room. Everyone here makes perfect sense to me no other ridiculous posts to see here.

roid..I think he is referring to Dashi..

hey roid, baby just likes to play the contrarian. he's still upset the celtics have faded back to nothingness; he was positive they'd be around competing with miami, never realizing we'd beat them so bad they'd ship everyone off and start over..
i mean, what other type of guy would call the 5 years in a row all defensive 1st team player an "adequate defender"?
perhaps the same type of guy who is "shocked" to find "bullying" in the locker room, as well as gambling in this establishment..

as for wade, of course he is on the back 9; he's 32.
i'm just saying that even THIS YEAR, a year he's been hampered by his knees, he's averaging:

18.6 points 4.7 assists 4.7 rebounds at 33 min a game, AND, my favorite stat, he's shooting at almost 55% FROM THE FIELD.
SORRY HATERS.
he's still playing at an exceptionally high level, contributing greatly, and will continue to do so come play off time..

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