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February 25, 2014

Wednesday p.m.: The night Ali was born, 50 years ago later; plus the N-word, Marlins' projected win total, Team USA verdict, Hiassen/Pitts & more

1) It is WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26. In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Team USA Olympic poll, Dale Jr., LeBron's nose & more. 2) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO: CLAY BEATS LISTON IN MIAMI BEACH, AND MUHAMMAD ALI IS BORN: I spoke with Ferdie Pacheco, "The Fight Doctor," for yesterday's column on the golden anniversary 1aa1aclayliston1of a watershed event in American sports history, and arguably the biggest one we have hosted in greater Miami. Click on Ali Is Born for that column. Ferdie and I did not speak at length. He was tired. He 's 86 now, and he'd just done four hours with CBS Sports cameras in his Miami home for a 1aa1aclaylistonspecial. Being the last, best living link to those Clay-turning-Ali days makes Pacheco a treasure, living history. Ali himself, of course, is a shell in the terrible embrace of Parkinson's. It's as if Pacheco is his voice now, too. I was too young to know of that Feb. 25, 1964 fight, let alone to have attended, but the buzz about it helped kindle in me a fascination with boxing; more accurately, with Ali, the Greatest Of All Time. He was the first athlete of my generation, at the least the first on my radar, who transcended sports, and who brought politics, religion and outlandish (wonderful) braggadocio to our games. He was like nothing before, and there has been none like him since. It is fitting that the History Miami museum has an art and photo exhibit marking that event 50 years ago, and hosted a panel discussion last night. And it is fitting that The Fight Doctor was on that panel, the painter's brush strokes giving color to memories in black and white.

MARLINS' PROJECTED WIN TOTAL: It's 69.5 on the betting over/under, says Bovada. Good news: That's better than last season's 62 wins. Bad news: That's still tied for next to last in all of MLB, and last in the NL East, after Nationals 88.5, Braves 87.5, Phillies 76.5 and mets 73.5. Overall leader is Dodgers at 92.5.

Poll result: Mixed verdict on Team USA performance in Sochi: We asked in the previous blogpost and you all gave Team USA what amounts to silver or bronze at best. Most, 32.5 percent, rated the overall performance "good," 29.2% "fair" and 26.6% "disappointing." It was "a failure" to 6.5% and "excellent" to only 5.2%.

ON THE USE OF THE "N-WORD": First, yeah, I'm about as white as can be and yet here I am opining on the n-word. So what? No apologies. If I can speak up for gay rights even though I'm not gay, why can't I have an opinion on others using the n-word? I have not been hurt to have been called it in anger, 1aa1anwordderision or hatred like many older African-Americans (and some younger) may have, but I still am jarred by the sound of the word, no matter it's present-day connotation. I address its use not from a vantage of Civil Rights, but of civility, and Black History Month provides a natural vessel for discussion. I hear black friends and black athletes (though not all) defend using the word among themselves, but with an "-a" not an "-er" on the end. Rappers feel the same justification. Even some whites do, as if using the word includes them in some private club. That was an element of the Incognito/Martin dynamic in the Dolphins' Bullygate saga. I'm not audacious enough to tell anybody how they should speak among themselves, or in their art form, but I can suggest the continued use of the n-word, even ending in "a," feels self-defeating to me. It is clearly generational, as we saw in the recent ESPN Outside The Lines special on the word. It is significant to note most older blacks who actually were victims of segregation and racism abhor the word in all its forms. This, to me, is reason enough to erase the word in all its forms from our lexicon. That includes rap lyrics and collegial locker-room banter. It is a matter of respect, not so much respect for one's self as respect for generations past that suffered greatly, sometimes paying with their lives, when the n-word represented discrimination in its most violent, hateful form. I don't agree with the NFL considering making a penalty of the word, but only because not saying it should not require rules or legislation. Not saying it should spring from the conscience.

IN APPRECIATION OF HIASSEN, PITTS: Columnists Carl Hiaasen and Leonard Pitts Jr. make me proud of the Miami Herald, and honored to be a colleague over here on the sporting wing. The thought occured Sunday as I read the latest from each: Hiassen on the latitude and lunacy of Florida's Stand Your Ground gun law, and Pitts on gay rights and stubborn wrongs. Excellence. From them it almost always is.

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Go to a public high school in the inner city you will hear the word all day long Greg it isn't going away. That said it should but it won't ever be erased from that population even though liberal old white guys like you will continue to shout from the rooftops about it. Richie Incognito was an honorary black guy don't you know that they let him use the word.

Not surprised to hear that the so called franchise qb did not read the wells report because,GET THIS, the 140 pages was so overwhelming!!!! What does the guy do all day, play video games? And this is your leader.Even if it is true, is he that stupid to admit that.

Long snapper and team Union rep John Denney admitted that if Tannehill said that I didn't hear about it.

Cote is not gay?...ok then.

Naples and BB..Tannehill and Denny didn't need to read the report because they were both there and it was all bull-chit made up stuff by that pussy-coward Martin and the NFL clown..

and Tom and BB, on the Dolphins trading for Albert?

another thing, from the last blog, you two would have seriously traded for the guy (Albert) without checking him physically and then pay him a lot of "dinero" on top of that?..that was about as stupid a comment as I have read on this blog..but I still love U guys.

and BB, I don't have a fascination with Ireland, I just support what ever GM we have for 4 yrs no matter what.

I think Tannehill was on track to attend med school before going pro I think he could have handled it.

Why would he need to read some ass wipes version of what he and his teammates went though last year?

"Who am I to believe, my eyes or your lying mouth?"

Tannehill and Denny didn't need to read the report which was totally biased against Incognito and O'neill because they were both there...they know what's up which is Martin is a pussyano.

Mr. Ross could have saved himself some time and money and just given each member of the Dolphins organization a biography of Barron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement.

"The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

Barron Pierre de Coubertin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_de_Coubertin

Is it a surprise that Ryan TanneFAIL couldn't be bothered he's a bigger joke than the head coach of this pathetic franchise too funny. But next years the year for sure riiieeeeet?

hehe, TanneFail?..that's clever..

lets see now, Tanny-Boy was running for his life out there and had no running game and still showed improvement from the previous year and some of the so called Dolphin fans still rag on him..what ever.

See you in Clipperland so long Orlando!

Tannehill most yards by a Miami QB since Marino in 94 he's going to flourish under Lazor.

BB..Tannehill will flourish as long as he has adequate protection up front..

ps-Ross is still an asswipe.

Greg,

I know you're quite the epicurean and would appreciate this report. So I'm taking an early morning walk through the French Quarters, getting a bit of exercise and I see many of the proprietors hosing down the previous night's production of street vomit, and I guess it must have been delivery day, as through the side streets suppliers are delivering mainly kegs and cases of beer. I come across one establishment. A rather pricy restaurant off Royal street and low and behold, I see the delivery guy pile up four cases of Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup. Say WHAT!?

Sir, may I recommend the turtle soup. It is our own secret recipe using local snapping turtle.

One can of condensed Campbell's CN soup + food processor + sweat/sour sauce + dash of cayenne pepper = Voila! Turtle soup.

sopa de tortuga eh?

I certainly don't want Martin back with the team under ANY circumstances...no way.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/25/dolphins-want-martin-back-unless-they-dont/

Sweat - yuk,, sweet - better.

Forget it, FZ, Martin will be waved.

Oye, OC, is Casey Ford still on Canal Street near the I 10? If it is see if that 1973 Chevy Nova that I slept in for two days during the 1973 Mardi Gras is still for sale there.

Maybe it was a Torino. It's all coming back to me through the purple haze of the mass quantities consumed during five days of total debauchery.

My dad had a Torino when I was growing up right around that same time what a boat think that was the Starsky and Hutch car. OC turtle soup sounds gross reptiles aren't my first choice of foods tried gator tail bites once they tasted like sh*t. Ever seen a snapping turtle up close? I have while Bass fishing caught the damn thing and they are maybe the ugliest creatures I have ever laid two eyes on.

Thing was absolutely giant cut the line but have since returned to the same spot over the years the turtle still lives there and goes after our bait still besides being UGLY it must be old. I won't go fishing there anymore too bad it was a good spot.

the ONLY thing that gives me hope with tannehill is the fact his completion % was still quite high, even with all those attempts.
hopefully next year they won't throw every down and give this guy a chance to really shine..
the coaching staff almost killed this guy last year; one need look no further than philly's commitment to the running game last year to see how a real offense is supposed to flourish..

David..we are doomed already for next year since we have Philbin and the black widow in charge of the team with my adopted new son Hickey as their servant.

let's face it the guy only got a two year contract and the only reason he took it is because he was desperate for a job and needed the money...

FZB.,

I have jotted down 2/25/14 as a post from you stating that YOU think the team will suck due, if I may interpret correctly, "PhilbinBlackWidowRossPooPoo."

You best feel comfortable taking huge gas whenever the Dolphins win games, cause I'm going to be holding your feet to the fire come the new season.

OC, in a huge delusion feeling frisky after two nights of debauchery drinking Hurricanes on Bourbon Street.

Wassup, OC! He he.

Didn't you have us at 11-5 this past year, OC?

Si Oc..I stand by my statement...The Philbin/black widow combination will be lethal for our team now don't get me wrong here..I will never root for my Dolphins to lose and I hope they prove me wrong .

And yes I don't think much of Ross and his two minions...

Reports are that Miami offered an invitation for Martin to return and his agent or lawyer told Miami that he's ready to play football again but not for the Dolphins! I would wait to see what team, if any, drafts that kid Sams and offer to trade Martin to that team for a couple of pom poms, some ponds facial cream, and a girdle....

Sure maybe those two can hit it off..I mean one is already a flaming girly man while the other is still in the closet...but not for long.

AHHHHHH FZB, I've been a ANTI Ross guy since day 1, Welcome to the "Flock"............
knew he was going to be worse the H Wayne(Please rewind)Huizinga and I'am proven right so far...
A little warning my friend, It's gonna get worse before it gets better......

Hey, New "GODZILLA" Movie coming out.............

http://youtu.be/RiBtiBPRP-Q

I also blame Ross for this...
HEHEHEHE

Hopefully this will be the title song........

http://youtu.be/ZVJInwekSl4

A classic IMHO...

FZB, anti, and Woody

Get ready this is what's coming for you...

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc183/dbalge429/EatCrow.gif

I'll be wishing you bon appetit boys after the Fish make it to the playoffs.

What happened to boxing anyway? This 50 year anniversary to me is just a reminder of the sport being pretty much dead. Gone are the days of Hearns Leonard Holmes Hagler, Duran Holyfield Tyson L. Lewis haven't watched since Lewis retired. Big middleweight and heavyweight fights used to be must watch tv now it doesn't make a sound. I have never watched an MMA fight and may never will either too bad about boxing's demise.

De La Hoya had a great career and Floyd Mayweather Jr is really good I heard but I don't pay much attention anymore someone convince me that I should boxing to me started around 1980 but I have seen a lot of the old Ali fights on archives.

Once again MR. WOODCOCK has displayed all the tools to be a Dolphin fan. In other words be a moron. You are their poster child!

Gary, I have a special discount of Ponds facial cream just for losers like you. Now roll that poster and shove it up your ass.

all right guys..

on free agency, first let us all pray that Philbin and the black widow make some good choices there.

the Dolphins are supposed to be interested in either Albert or Monroe at LT but realistically only Albert may be available (Baltimore would be crazy to let Monroe go) and we are going to have competition for his services from a couple of other teams, we shall see.

why is our stupid owner going around "sponsoring" this sorry ass bullying report and not getting on a plane to go get Harbaugh?

so Martin doesn't wanna come back to Miami?..hey asswipe, the feeling is mutual...for your information not many NFL teams will want to deal with a coward and a pussy like you...I think you should just quit football all together and get on with the rest of your life...as an interior decorator.

not that there is anything wrong with it..hehe


a big yawn on boxing.

Anti..you are correct bro..I used to support Ross but after what he did with our GM search?..protecting a very average coach at the expense of not hiring the best GM candidate?

I will not set foot on that stadium for a Dolphins game as long as he owns the team..will still root for my team but from the comfort of my house..that asswipe will not get my money no-moe.

The bullying report is real just listen to what other NFL coaches have to say about it they are really surprised it got to the level it did. Philbin owns some of that and our former GM does too. Initially when I heard about the report I wanted both fired but one out of 2 will do for now. I like Joe Philbin for some reason and am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt but he was really lucky not to be implicated in the report and he knows it. Without Ireland and his interference Miami makes the playoffs last season this season the schedule looks harder Philbin really has his work in front of him now. FZB Ross isn't sponsoring anything he is supporting a bill in the legislature he hasn't publicly discussed the Ted Wells report directly at all and likely won't other than to say changes need to be made and he's right.

Great FZ just what we need more empty seats at Sun Life.

errscuze me BB..help introduce anti-bullying bill.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/26/3958941/nyu-study-puts-perspective-on.html

yup..less people at the stadium, I figure a couple of more won't make a difference.

Anti thanks for Godzlla trailer. It looks promising. A bit less campy and from flashes of creature it thankfully does not look like another giant iguana...

any chance that Ross gets eaten by Godzilla ?

OC, u in N'Awlins ?

Oh, guess who be your new neighbor? That's right OC, I just got notified today. Jumbo, wife & momason are relo'ng to Austin. Got 90 days to tie up many loose ends. 2 yrs in swamp, see yah

Jimbo..careful with the bats and the giant roaches in Austin..just saying.

Anti I noticed Bryan Cranston is in Godzilla flick. He is going to feed his "Baby Blue Meth" to the beast so that it will get hooked and need humanity to feed it's addiction. Hey Godzilla first one is free...

Crystal blue persuasion , mr duke

Greg: Just wanted to comment on the great article you did about the Clay/Liston fight. You are one hell of a writer, my friend. It made my wife cry. She remembers that day well when she picked up the rubbing tble. It is still in my house just a little token of what it was like at the 5t Street Gym. But never forgotten by me, it is still lives in my heart. Your pal,
Ferdie

For Canes fans, a sad day, with the passing of JoJo Nicholas. He was a solid young man, and a hard working Cane. RIP JJ.

On another note, the press fawns over the Wells report, and the Ray Rice issue is already yesterday's news. Why is it the PC writers are aghast at perceived bully-ing, but out and out violence perpetrated on women is on page 10?

IMAWriter, Remember High Plains Drifter. Clint drags nasty, insulting albeit attractive blonde to barn and has his way with her. When sheriff fails to address it she angrily shrieks, "Isn't forcible rape still a misdemeanor in this town?!" The lack of interest in Ray Rice incident may stem from that mentality...

Ray Rice off field incident affects one player bullying affects entire team.

GREG YU'RE BORING .

Now this women really gets Godzilla & Breaking Bad. A woman after my own heart...


http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57619569-1/new-godzilla-already-gets-my-roar-of-approval/

This boy, Samson, looks like the "Sweet Man From Fire Island!"

What is it about the current Miami pro team's affinity to hire limp wristed poofsters like this fish?

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/26/3961984/marlins-samson-first-to-go-on.html

there WAS no bullying, baby.. almost every player in that locker room says so.

and thanks tom, for finally admitting what baby, FZB and i have been saying:
that jeff ireland made some good moves.
you predicted the toilet last year for the phins, and NOW suddenly they're a playoff contender, (which i agree).
the thing is, one GM in his 1st year cannot be responsible for that, EVER. it means you think they will build on that talent and cap space that was already there.
anything short of cutting every player on the 53 man roster AND COMPLETELY STARTING OVER means you've contradicted yourself.
thanks for finally coming around, dummy.
you cannot have it both ways, (only in bed)..

bullygate,,
the B.S. is over, Martin & Incognito will be let go. This topic is news because there is no other NFL news. "We gotta change the culture" of the NFL locker room... hm, yep, good luck with that.

Offensive line overhaul. My recommendation is to keep your projected starting five together in practice & first 3 quarters during preseason games to build a solid-fluid unit. This mismatching-moving guys around without a set unit until week 1 of the regular season proves ineffective. Sparano & Philbin are both former line coaches & both fielded weak lines.

duke,
Clint Eastwood... great quotes from his movies. "You ever meet someone you shouldn't have f**ked with? That's me" - "vultures gotta eat, same as worms" - "Your a writer? What, letters and such" - "Mans got to know his limitations". "Make my day"

On the Fins free agent moves...well it all depends on what our incompetent HC wants and what the black widow is willing to pay...with my new adopted son Hickey relegated to serving the afternoon coffee for those two.

Listening this morning to the local sports radio station they were talking about the three people they would want to go away the most...here are my three.

1-Ross, for being such an incompetent clueless stubborn asswipe.
2-Jeffrey Loria for being a weasel and refusing to put a winning product on the field.
3-Obi-do I really need to say why?

On the draft...I would be really disappointed if they don't pick at least 3 offensive linemen .

BB you still pimping that bullygate bullychit? What unadulterated nonsense. Martin lost his job as the LT and melted down To save his contract his agents and lawyers had to come up with something. What we got was bullygate.

If you go back and read what I wrote the beginning of last season I said Miami was very close but I thought the OL would be our Achilles heal. It was. There is no one to blame for that other than Ireland. He had the cap space to address it, he should have addressed it, but he chose not to.

I predict the playoffs this year because the new GM can't possibly be that stupid. There is no way he will leave Tannehill as vulnerable this year as Ireland did last year. Thus, I expect some real pros on the OL this year. It's a shame Incognito is gone because he;s a quality guard. I also expect a real NFL quality RB from this GM. Letting Reggie go was another Ireland mistake. And I would not be surprised to see some help at WR in free agency. Ireland's problem was his arrogance. Everyone told him, including his own HC Joe Philbin, that he needed to address the OL, but he thought he was smarter than everyone else. Sounds like someone else we know who predicted 11-5 last year. OOPS!

People are getting fired left and right with possible suspensions being rumored but no there was no pattern of behavior that indicated a culture of bullying or intolerance the report is all made up. I've got some land to sell you in the Everglades Tom you and the other ostriches here will be right at home.

BB it's not made up. Like Denny said, it's overblown. This occurs in EVERY pro locker room. The only difference between Miami and all the other teams is they had the misfortune to have a weakling on their team. That's it!

No they had the misfortune of having Richie Incognito on their team who despite being a good player is bat sh*t crazy. Martin would have been fine he would have fit in normally on a team with any type of good leadership which Miami lacked. I can't believe all of the educated people on this blog just cover their eyes and refuse to see it that way amazing. You said you wanted evidence Tom it's out there if you choose to see it.

Incognito played for the Rams and this didn't happen. And from the report Pouncey and Jerry were involved. And also from the report there were so-called instances of "bullying" that pre-dated Incognito being on the team. Remember the text exchange with Jake Long? Seems Jake took part as well. Seriously BB do you really think this is all that unusual?

Rams knew Richie was a thug so they dumped him same goes for Buffalo. Lucky us we took him and now we are a national embarrassment. No Richie no bullygate it couldn't be more obvious. J. Martin will play for a team again my bet is the Colts a team that can likely provide a healthy locker room environment for him like 31 other teams provide.

Wow,how can one person be so wrong and so naïve on such a consistent basis? It boggles the mind...

I know you should really face reality sometimes.

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