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April 08, 2014

Tue pm 4-8: Who'll be first QB taken in NFL Draft? New poll. Vote now!; plus Heat tries to cut down Nets, Bob Coy, Mickey Rooney & more

It's Radio Tuesday!: I'm back in-studio today with the Dan Le Batard Show for my 18th national appearance. Airs 3-7 p.m. on 790 & 104.3 The Ticket, 4-7 on ESPN Radio. Ears welcome.

1) It is TUESDAY, APRIL 8. Click on Random Evidence for our latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with a week of heaven for basketball junkies. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): UConn beats Kentucky, Zo talks Hall, Heat Drama Week, Ryan Williams injury & more. 3) Follow on Twitter @gregcote.

Betting odds for Tiger-less Masters: It's Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott co-faves at 10-1, then Phil Mickelson 12-1, Jason Day 14-1, Matt Kuchar 18-1 and Sergio Garcia 20-1. 

1aa1adraft14ONE MONTH FROM NFL DRAFT, WHICH QB GOES FIRST?: The first round of the NFL Draft is May 8, so let's start the one-month countdown with a poll 1aa1abig3qbquestion. Normally this would be Dolphins-related, like, what's the greatest need, but this year offensive line is such a no-brainer answer it's pointless to ask. The most interesting draft question, for me, is which of three 1R-stamped quarterbacks will be taken first, and when. Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater are pictured, left to right. There is great variance in the many mock drafts I've perused. Most but not all mocks have all three guys going in the top 10, and each has support as the likely first QB taken. What do you think? Take a dip in our poll (listing is alphabetical) and say why.

CUTTING DOWN THE (BROOKLYN) NETS: UConn just cut down the nets. Tonight it's the Heat's turn to cut 1aa1aheatnetsdown the Nets. Beating the Knicks Sunday got Miami's Drama Week off to a strong start, but this is a greater challenge. Brooklyn has been quite good (32-13) this calendar year, and is 3-0 this season against Miami. This also serves a preview of a possible-dare-say-likely second round playoff matchup. (Miami's supposed waltz into the Eastern finals may be tougher than many think). You know LeBron James and the Heat will bring their A-game tonight; question is whether they'll have their A-team available, especially Dwyane Wade, who could miss a seventh straight game with hamstring issues. I write about Wade's hobbled season in today's latest column; click Counting On Wade to read.

CUTTING DOWN THE (NCAA) NETS: I was happy last night the One & Done Kentucky Wildcats got their comeuppance and that the Won & Done UConn Huskies snipped nets after a 60-54 win. John Calipari runs an NBA factory, while Connecticut holds truer to what college sports are supposed to be about. Having said that, it was only a year ago that UConn was closer to You-Con, banned from the postseason for academic reasons. So it wasn't exactly a feel-good final. There was not a truly great team in it, and neither was there a classic Cinderella. Seventh-seed UConn was the highest seed to win it all since No. 8 Villanova in 1985, but both UConn and Kentucky had too much program pedigree to be true Cindys. Bottom line, the right result: Team 1, Individuals 0.

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R.I.P., MICKEY ROONEY:
Famed child star and entertainment legend Mickey Rooney passed away this week at 93, and here is a photo of Rooney taken on March 30, one week before he died. Rooney, seated, is flanked by fellow entertainment icons Dick Van Patten and Mel Brooks, at Santa Anita Park, the Los Angeles-area racetrack Rooney frequented. The picture is copyrighted by and courtesy of Benoit Photo.

ON BOB COY AND THE 'MEGACHURCH': Pastor Bob Coy (pictured) has resigned in disgrace from Fort Lauderdale's 1aa1abobcoyCalvary Chapel, a 20,000-member "megachurch," over a "moral failing" reported to include extramarital affairs. This reminds us that men of the clergy can be just as ethically bankrupt as the rest of us, and that anybody can throw on a robe and claim to speak for God. What interests me more about this story is the revelation that Calvary Chapel's assets are said to be around $135 million. Hmm. For me, the very idea of the "megachurch," the profiteering big business of of it, does more harm to the idea of religion than the occasional rogue infidel pastor. Of course, I may be wrong.

Poll result: You had NCAA final a razor's edge for Kentucky: We asked who'd win the NCAA Tournament men's championship and rarely have we had a closer blogpoll. It was 50.63 percent for Kentucky, 49.37% for Connecticut.

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A comeuppance for what? Running a good basketball program? Again not Calipari's fault. Looks like he's heading to the Lakers anyway you will have to find a new target. As far as Brooklyn goes I said they would be good and they are. Go PP and KG! Down with the Heat!

Manziel will go first followed by Bortles and Bridgewater. I could see Bridgewater falling into the second or third round.

Brace yourself, FZB, I'm about to pay you credit.

Nice job identifying the over/under wins at the beginning of the season at 50, for a combined Lakers and Celtics year. With four and five games left each (respectfully), and only two wins - best chance scenario against Utah and Philadelphia it looks like they will hit 50 exactly.

Of course, we had no way of knowing how devastating injuries would plague, particularly, the Lakers. Then again, maybe you secretly knew that Mike D'Antoni was the harbinger of injuries, but hey, you still get the credit.

Interesting bit of data: the Lakers currently have seven players who are out and injured, and eight who can play. Using salary as a measure to equate talent, $97 M sits on the bench or watches on TV, while $9 M is asked to play.

I'm sorry, I can't help this, but if Teddy Bridgewater happens to fall to the second or third round of the draft, it will just be so much water under the bridge.

Boston was in a lot of games this year couldn't finish. Danny must work some magic with his chest of draft picks for the team to be relevant again. If I recall I said the Celtics would win in the 20's this year. Lakers tanked on purpose a little I think too OC nothing wrong with that.

No team tanks as expertly as the Sixers though.

BB, how does one tank with a starting lineup comprised of Robert Sacre, Jordan Hill, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Kendall Marshall?

You just answered your own question.

Yeah, but playing anyone else available would mean playing the beer sales guy and the dude with the big round mop.

Didn't they give up 148 a few weeks ago? Tankapalooza.

Injured, can't play: Kobe, Pau, Nash, Chris Kaman, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry, Kent Bazemore.

Nash? Kaman? Farmar? old Kobe? Those other guys? That's a tank like team as well.

BB, if you, me, FZ, dukey-on-a-stump, and Tom fielded against any NBA team the score would be 7,489 to 0.

Trust me OC they are tanking and doing a good job.

If you really wish to see tanking look no further than in your own backyard. Eight losses in a row!? With five more to come?!!

Heck, at least you guys have Rondo playing. The Lakers have absolutely no one close to that talent playing.

As they should be winning games is meaningless this year. Best you can hope for is play hard and have some players show ability for the future. Trading Courtney Lee was a sign as well. Sullinger looks like the real deal. Coach is the real thing as well he seems to be taking the losses hard they have been in a lot of games despite bad record.

Great observation by James Walker from ESPN. Walker correctly points out just how badly Jeff Ireland whiffed in the second round of each draft. The obvious conclusion being that he was NOT a very good insulator of talent.

http://espn.go.com/blog/miami-dolphins/post/_/id/6677/dolphins-must-draft-better-in-second-round

Evaluator. Damn auto-correct spellcheck!

BB, your team will be miles ahead of mine, so long as that Buffon of a loser maintains controls the franchise.

Maybe but LA will always have the free agent advantage you know NBA players and those warm weather cities.

Cote, you're such a secular zealot. As the "disgraced" pastor had always commented during the many years where he has helped hundreds of thousands of humans (I'm sure that you have done far more for mankind by writing the crap that you do, and being as humorless as you are on radio), as he undeniably and verifiably has. He would, as the bible does, urge everyone to not follow or "believe" in him or any man, but in Jesus Christ and his teachings.

I'm sure you're as happy as a fat man behind a keyboard can be. But if you knew why the pastor was so popular, it wasn't because he was any better than anyone of us, but because he conveyed the word of God in a very real and uplifting way.

There was only 1 man who was perfect (Cote rolls his eyes), and Pastor Bob Coy was never thought or said to be him.

As a "reporter" do you even know what the assets of the church are utilized for? Do you even care to know? Charity, humanitarian missions, establishing other congregations throughout the country and the world maybe?

Your employer generally illustrates the horrors that is each day in the life that has or can befall on everyone of us. There is very little good news contained within its pages to ever speak of at all. But to read the almost giddy glee which you take and bestow on all of us from your very high horse is truly sickening.

The pastor was a good "man", not God, whose testimony including his transgressions, surely has outshone yours as evidenced in your writing.

Pray for him as he surely would pray for you.

TOM!

A) i never said that i had sex with your wife or daughter. i merely said they shouldn't come to one of my shows, lol..

B) according to omar kelly, (no doubt he's an idiot too, like every other journalist who covers the dolphins that contradicts you), the rishard matthews pick was a result of a trade involving the 3rd rounder from the marshall deal.

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-02-21/sports/sfl-a-look-at-the-miami-dolphins-2013-draft-picks-20130221_1_brandon-marshall-trade-chad-henne-hurricanes-tailback-lamar-miller

at any rate, time will tell how that deal, (and others), will pan out.
and in the spirit of forgiveness, i promise not to insult you any more.
the fact is, i have made that promise before, but hopefully you will hold your end of the bargain.

Omar is not bad, but he's wrong.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans have selected SMU tight end Taylor Thompson with the 145th pick overall after making their first trade this draft with Miami to move up 10 spots. Tennessee sent the Dolphins the 155th pick overall along with No. 227 in the seventh round to jump up and select the 6-foot-6, 287-pound Thompson.

He was first-team Conference USA as a junior at defensive end when he had 4.5 sacks. But Thompson was an All-State tight end in Texas in high school and went into the draft as a tight end.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/wires/04/28/2020.ap.fbn.draft.titans.thompson.0109/index.html#ixzz2yJokvQxC

The 227th pick was Rishard Matthews.

don't believe AP. try ESPN...

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/rounds/_/round/7/year/2012

Big Baby,

i am with you on johnny manziel: rocket arm, scrambles out of danger and into big plays, has incredibly great feet and is tough nail in the pocket. as has been stated here and by others, johnny manziel is a bigger, stronger, and faster than fran tarkenton, who was no slouch in both his tenures with minnesota and his one with the giants. his second go round with the vikings the arm was not very strong, and the offense was a 4-5 yard pass to chuck foreman and watch chuck put on some wicked moves for a, by the standards of the 70s, big man. the vikings won 4/5 receiving titles with thre different guys-foreman, ahmad rashad (bobby moore at oregon) twice, and rickey young, all on dinks and dunks.

OC

If you, me, FZB, BB, and dukey-on-a-SCOOTER

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2445/3986941621_4ceb8dcd26.jpg)

played against any NBA team we would not be shutout. we would run the ball at least 50% of the time which would guarantee we would not only score, but we'd probably win.

Is Rosie O'Donald a Down Syndrome baby...

Cote, you're such a secular zealot. As the "disgraced" pastor had always commented during the many years where he has helped hundreds of thousands of humans ...


Posted by: D-Rod | April 08, 2014 at 01:29 PM


Helping?? or Fleecing????


Are you F@ckomg Kidding me??
D-Rod Buy a CLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OC...OK I'll take the credit for my brilliant insight into how may games the C's and "Los Lagos" were going to win..

by the way..I'm also taking the credit for the Taylor Lewan story..I knew it even before Barry Jackson did, garoontteedo..

here's another one..the Dolphins are also in love with the TE from NC Ebron and will consider him at numero 1 and may move Misi to MLB and Ellerbe to OLB.

may=many

LMFAO @ the superstitious idiot defending shyster clergy!

Practice as I Preach, not as I do. For I am just another hypocrite, making millions off of you.

I also don't pay taxes

Pastor Bob you don't pay taxes? Welcome to my flock.

Tom+LA David- About time you 2 put down the hatchet. Lets hope this cease fire last longer then any agreement the jews and arabs have ever had.

Bortles should be the 1st qb to be drafted.

FZ, if you recall, Ebron was my early pick going back a couple of months ago, but if Mosley is still on the board come 19, that's who I pick.

I'm convinced, as never before, that the Dolphins would reach elite status as a team, by concentrating on their defense. A team needs more, obviously, but placing the priority on developing a strong defense first, would allow the offense to reach a good enough level to become a top team. ---------- NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND ---------

D ‡‡‡‡ D ‡‡‡‡. D ‡‡‡‡

ok then..let's draft another DT...

Third round, FZ, after Mosley in the first, then the best OT available in the second.

D Rod, at 1:29, Amen to you, brother!

The Dolphins suck.

You talk about vengance. Is vengance going to bring back Ireland or make Obama a good president? I forgo the vengance of past transgressions. But Coach Philbin is under attack because of this Ireland and Aponte business. So now I have to make arraingments to help him and clear him of all these false charges. But I'm a supersticious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should be shot in the head by a deranged musician, or if should hang himself in the locker room, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning... *then I'm going to blame someone on this blog... and that, I do not forgive. But, that aside, let say that I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.

it's usually the superstitious that are deranged, but it's ok..
as for philbin, he's under attack, (by me), because his team fell way short of it's potential.

because his team tanked the last few games that would've ensured a play off berth.

because he allowed a rogue coordinator to force a scheme that resulted in a record number of sacks, and a record fewer number of running plays.

because he didn't play his rookies last year.

because of his policy of keeping everything secret.

none of those criticisms warrant immediate dismissal after 2 years, (mostly because starting over AGAIN would be worse), but none of them have ANYTHING to do with the former GM.

as for obama, perhaps you should rethink your political leanings.
since he's ended 2 (expensive and republican) wars, continued republican bail outs, continued republican tax cuts, overseen record market highs, lower unemployment, a MARKET BASED REPUBLICAN INVENTED insurance mandate AND cut spending, he's been a decent rockefeller republican.
don't fret, though.. you'll miss him plenty in a couple of years when hillary is president..lol

Mr. Woodcock you took the words right out of my mouth. The Dolphins suck. Yup pretty much. Think about it won't you...

I also don't believe in drugs. For years I paid my people extra so they wouldn't do that kind of business. Somebody comes to them and says, "I have powders; if you put up three, four thousand dollar investment, we can make fifty thousand distributing." So they can't resist. I want to control it as a business, to keep it respectable.

I don't want it near schools! I don't want it sold to children! That's an infamia. In my city, we would keep the traffic in the dark people, the coloreds. They're animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.

Ah don Saluchi making friends regardless of race ah regardless of race...

Oye Tom...You don't really expect me to stop bashing clueless Joe and the back stabbing bitch do you?

And i'm including our clueless owner on this little troika...sort of speak.

I ended the war in Afghanistan? Why didn't someone tell me. I thought we still had 38,000 troops there and that our men were still dying. Someone needs to tell the family of Sgt. 1st Class Robert C. Skelt Jr. that he did not die in the war in Afghanistan last month because we have been informed the war has ended.

Had they listened to me and kept Obi in the dark areas we wouldn't be in the mess that we're in today.

You talk about vengance. Is vengance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me? I forgo the vengance of my son. But my youngest son had to leave this country because of this Sollozzo business. So now I have to make arraingments to bring him back safely cleared of all these false charges. But I'm a supersticious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should be shot in the head by a police officer, or if should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning... then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room*... and that, I do not forgive. But, that aside, let say that I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.

You're taking this very personal. Tom, this is business and this man is taking it very, very personal.

Go Sergio!

Dear Mr. Cote, It is truly sad when any man of the cloth falls especially because unlike most of us he or she is held to a much higher standard and will probably suffer more because of those standards. Being a Christian doesn't mean we are immune from mistakes but it does mean that we should face the mistakes honestly and not brush them under the rug.

As for D-rod, brother, being criticized is part of being a Christian. Accept it with humility. Those parts that aren't true need to be fought with the truth. These, and love, are our weapons; let the world use their own.

A president fails by having an affair with a 21 year old intern in the White House. This same president as governor of a state assaulted a government worker in a hotel room and raped another woman. Yet after all of this, he is still hailed as a hero. A cleric fails by having an affair(s) and he is condemned as the worst person in the world no doubt ruined forever.

Interesting how the political persuasion of those who fail is directly related to how the media portrays the failings.

heh Cote?

Is there anyone out there?

David, please expand on how this colossal failure called Affordable Care Act is the other party's brain child? We have doubled the amount of people on food stamps, gap between have's-have not's, nations debt has gone through the roof. Throw in an astonishing clueless foriegn policy, dominished world influence. wow, dude, wow, at least your predictable. The Dem's big battle cry this next election will be the Rep's "war on women". If the liberals had ANY stones & were serious about this issue,, why aren't they kicking some butt in the backward middles east muslim countries that are truly supressing women? Same reason the cool libs cry foul when a model/actress wears a genuine fur in public & ignores thousands of bikers that wear genuine leather jackets.

Highly revered & loved pastor took some a$$ thrown at him? Horrid? no, just shows the guy is human. Not God-like. Athiest, muslims, secularist get giddy everytime a christian leader gets caught doing something wrong. Broadcast loud & in bold letters.

Dolphins take the best player available in RD 1 & fill the team needs in RD 2-7? It's do-able. At 19, the best 18 are already gone & it's supposed to be a talent laden draft---particularly in O linemen. IMO you either fill your O line with the best you can, move Misi inside, Ellersby outside OR go MLB Mosley in RD 1 & go O line in rds 2-5. Either way works for me.

You can talk about the lack of run attempts or how Tannehill regressed the last 2 weeks of the season against Buffalo & Jets but that offensive line was terrible.

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