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March 09, 2014

Mon am 3-10: Bright Side: New Dolphins poll invites your optimism. No, seriously! Vote here; plus Reed takes WGC/Doral, Heat lose 3rd in row & more

1) It is MONDAY, MARCH 10. Click on Random Evidence for yesterday's latest Random Evidence notes-column package, leading with Donald Trump's scary makeover of Doral's Blue Monster. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat Polls on Pacers chase and LeBron attending Ilgauskas ceremony, Tiger in hunt at WGC/Doral & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

Reeds wins WGC/Doral; Tiger fades to nine back: Patrick Reed held on to win the World Golf Championships at Doral by two strokes at 4-under on Sunday. Tiger Woods' bogey-littered, birdie-free final round had him +6 for the  day, +5 for the tourney and nine shots behind leader. Click Red On Blue for my column from Doral off the final round. I write about two red shirts and the day's biggest winner, Donald Trump.

GIVING DOLPHINS FANS A CHANCE TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: If your natural response to the preceding was, "What bright side!?", you are a typical Dolfan, which is to say you are wrapped in gloom and 1aa1asmiling dolphinpessimism. Which means this is the time of year that truly challenges you. Free agency begins in two days and the draft soon follows, so this is when new general manager Dennis Hickey will reshape the roster for the 2014 season. Everybody knows the problem areas -- starting with offensive line -- so we won't take a riding crop to that dead horse. Instead we present a poll that invites you to say what the team's strengths are entering free agency. Make that strengths, relatively speaking. Put another way, what are the areas that least need addressing in free agency or the draft? Take off your Gloom Hat, Dolfan, and smile like the dolphin pictured. Identify what isn't awful.  Vote and say why.

HEAT DROP 3RD STRAIGHT: Heat lost yesterday at Chicago 95-88, blowing a 12-point fourth quarter lead and then scoring only two in overtime. Joakim Noah is a Heat-killa. Miami now has lost three straight for only second time this season; other time was Jan. 9-15. LeBron scored only 17 on 8-for-23 shooting after flying in from attending the Big Z ceremony in Cleveland. Hmm. The King hasn't been great since that 61-point game. Still say he should-a skipped that Cleveland event.

Poll results: No. 1 seed very important for Heat, LeBron's Cleveland trip OK: We had double polls on Heat in last blogpost. We asked how important it was for Miami to surpass Indiana for No. 1 playoff seed in East, and 47.3 percent said "very," 41.3% "somewhat" and 11.4% "not." We asked if it LeBron James should attend the Saturday ceremony honoring Zydrunas Ilgauskas in Cleveland (he did), and 48.9 percent voted "yes," 37.8% "no" and 13.2% "not sure."

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