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February 14, 2014

Your final verdict: How serious was Bullygate? Last day to vote!; plus Heat in All-Star Game, NBA Mount Rushmore results, Olympic farting & more


1) It is SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16. Click on Random Evidence for today's latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with Dolphins' Bullygate fallout. 2) 
In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): NBA Mount Rushmore poll, lunch with Dennis Hickey, Sean Taylor's dad, more Richie, show dogs, Shaun White chokes & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

My Bullygate column: Click on Over, For Now for my column off the NFL/Ted Wells report.

NFL BULLYING REPORT IMPLICATES INCOGNITO, 2 TEAMMATES: The NFL independent Bullygate investigation led by lawyer Ted Wells concluded yesterday with the report revealed. Click on NFL Dolphins 1aa1abullyReport for the full, 140-page report, but be warned: Some of it is explicit in terms of vulgar language. The broadest conclusion: That Richie Incognito, along with fellow offensive linemen Mike Pouncey and John Jerry, "engaged in a pattern of harrassment" of not only Jonathan Martin but also an unnamed second young lineman and an assistant trainer. In effect, the report finds that Martin was telling the truth and that Incognito was the ringleader of workplace bullying. This conlcudes the Dolphins' three-month internal ordeal, except for possible repercussions to come from the club or the NFL. OK, we have Wells' long-awaited verdict. Now it's time for your's. How important did you find this entire controversy? Take a dip in our poll and say why.

THE LIST: HEAT ALL-STAR SCORING LEADERS: Entering tonight's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans that will feature LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, seven Miami players in franchise history have combined for 24 all-star appearances. The players (and number of ASGs for Heat) are: Wade (9), James, Bosh, Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning (3 each), Tim Hardaway (2) and Anthony Mason (1). The Top 10 ASG individual scoring performances by a Heat player:

1. James, 36 points, 2012

2. James, 29, 2011

3. Wade, 28, 2010

4. Wade, 24, 2012

5. Wade, 21, 2013

6. Wade, 20, 2006

7. James, 19, 2013

8. Wade, 18, 2009

9. O'Neal, 17, 2006

10. Mourning, 15, 2000

Note: Wade in 2010 was only Heat player to win All-Star MVP award.

ON NBA's ULTIMATE MOUNTAINTOP: JORDAN, MAGIC, BIRD AND LEBRON: More than 2,000 votes rolled in from 40 states and 21 countries for our NBA Mount Rushmore poll in the last blogpost, and making the mountain were Michael Jordan (23.2 percent), Magic Johnson (14.4%), Larry Bird (11.5%) and LeBron James (11.3%). The "second mountain" goes to Bill Russell (10.6%), Wilt Chamberlain (9.4%), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (8.4%) and Oscar Robertson (4.2%). The poll emanating from a Miami-based blog naturally boosted LeBron's cause, although I would note that 51% of the overall votes came from outside Florida, where the largest concentration of Heat fans might be expected. The BIg Four were the same in non-Florida voting as well.

FARTING: ALWAYS FUNNY: Ever wonder how it would be if an Olympic figure skater was audibly farting throughout his routine? (Who hasn't!) Well, the good folks at Ghost Cow Films have your answer. Click HERE for a funny 1-minute vid.

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