1) It is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2. Hope y'all had a merry Happy April Fool's Day. I did not have a token prank in the blog. You're welcome. 2) Tiger Woods withdraws from The Masters with back issues. That's got to knock his chances of catching Jack Nicklaus for most majors by a good 10 percent I'd think. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): March Madness/Cinderell-O-Meter, Knowshon Moreno, NLRB ruling, Heat, Greatest Ralph results. 4) Follow on Twitter @gregcote.
Dolphins sign ex-Canes OL: Dolphins today signed offensive lineman Jason Fox, the former All-ACC Miami Hurricanes stalwart. Fox spent past four years with Detroit Lions. He opened last season starting at right tackle but would start only three other games.
The Grand Opening: Marlins opened season big Monday night with a 10-1 win that found Jose Fernandez striking out nine in six innings as his grandmother (pictured) watched him pitch here for the first time. That was my column; click Abuela to read. In Sunday's Marlins special preview section I wrote an upbeat column on the team, listing 10 reasons to like this team and feel good about this season. So I look prescient, for now. Click HERE to read.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE MARLINS?: I admit it. The Marlins are my toughest Miami team to read in terms of the fan base. How do they (you) feel? Upbeat and optimistic? Still hating Jeffrey Loria so much it colors your thinking? What? Well, Opening Night 2014 seems the perfect time to ask. Marlins certainly got off to a wonderful start last night by clobbering Colorado, 10-1. Jose Fernandez struck out nine in six innings, and the offense that wasn't there last season appeared with a vengeance. Oh, and the crowd was a Marlins Park-record 37,000-plus and festive and loud. Now the team is 2-0. But how will that translate for the long haul? Take a dip in our poll, vote what best describes your level of Fish fandom, and say why.
TOLD YA SO ON HEAT: I hate to brag, by which I mean I love to brag, so i'll remind you I told you in a blog item last week that the Heat -- then trailing Indiana by 3 games -- still had a great chance at the No. 1 conference playoff seed based on each team's remaining schedule. Apparently I was right. Miami is now narrowly ahead based on the loss column (51-22 to the Pacers' 52-23). Miami's nine games left include six at home and five against teams with current losing records. Indy's seven games left include three at home and four against losing teams. Most important: Teams' final meet on April 11 is here. Could be tantamount to a winner-take-all for that top seed. Delicious!
HOCHMAN DEBUTS ON WQAM: Longtime former 790 The Ticket personality Marc Hochman ended his contractually mandated time off and returned to the air yesterday (3-7 p.m.) on rival WQAM. I don't know how he'll do in the ratings but I've won already. Placed two sure bets in Vegas. One was that his debut show would include the requisite April Fool's Day prank. The other was that, within the first two segments, Hoch will introduce himself by way of an homage to 'QAM and growing up listening. For me to collect on the bet he had to refer reverentially to Hank Goldberg. Of course I wasn't listening because I was on some other air at the time. How'd Hoch do?
ME, CHARLESTON AND NEIL YOUNG: There is a Greg Cote who is not in the newspaper, online or on radio. He's probably pretty boring, but he would give you an occasional glimpse into that other life because it's his blog. I mean my blog. Wife and I spent a long weekend in Charleston, S.C., with our longtime friends Jake and Evelyn, from the D.C. area. The two couples started a tradition of meeting and mini-vacationing a couple of times a year at an agreed-upon location, just because. We'd been to San Antonio, Cleveland, Memphis and New Orleans before Charleston. No two cities are alike, except that, coincidentally, all serve alcohol. While in Charleston I finished my latest book, Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young's autobiography. Highly recommended to anyone who is into Young, via CSNY or Crazy Horse. He's a fascinating guy way beyond performing on stage. No spoiler alert needed, but three things to hopefully pique your interest: Pono, Lincvolt and Lionel trains.
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