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May 22, 2014

Who's biggest Heat-hater in national media? Poll has Top 5. Vote now!; plus Landon Donovan, Mark Cuban, Dolphins rookie camp & more

1) It is FRIDAY, MAY 23. I'm up in Random Evidence Laboratories today summonging the newest Sunday notes-column package. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat-Pacers Game 2 with video, why Hoosiers hate me, benevolent umpires & more. 3) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Instagram and Vine.

1aa1asymonetteFacts That May Only Interest Me: There will be 119 officials working NFL games this coming season. The only one of the 119 who graduated from a Florida college is Tom Symonette, No. 100, line judge, 11-year veteran, ex-Gator.

Speaking of Heat haters...: Bill Simmons (among frontrunners in our Anti-Heat poll below) will be in-studio with the Dan Le Batard Show today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on 790 & 104.3 The Ticket.

WHO GRAND MARSHALS THE ANTI-HEAT PARADE?: It's always something. It's always someone. The national commentary that rubs Miami the wrong way and makes a Heat fan shake his or her head. The 1aa1akeephatinglatest is Charles Barkley this week saying, "Those fans in Miami are not real fans, those fans in Cleveland are real fans" -- in predicting and encouraging James to return to the Cavaliers. Before that, during the Heat's Game 2 win in Indiana, Bill Simmons surmised that LeBron's slow start in the game may have been because he'd heard Cleveland had just won the draft lottery. Oh, and don't get a Heat fan started on Skip Bayless! They're 1aa1aheatleseverywhere: National journalists or talking heads who never seem to give the Heat enough credit or can barely contain their delight in speculating LeBron will leave. In this poll I have listed alphabetically my Top 5 Anti-Heat guys, in either reality or perception (your choice). I could have listed others such as Michelle Beadle, Ric Bucher or Brian Windhorst. Maybe you'd include Stephen A. Smith? That's where the 'other' vote comes in. Have I left anybody out? Vote for who you consider to be the biggest Anti-Heat person in the national media and say why.

ON MARK CUBAN'S ADMISSION: Outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in a newly published article in Inc. magazine: "I know I'm prejudiced. I'm bigoted in a lot of ways. I mean, we're all prejudiced 1aa1amcubanin one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there's a guy that has tattoos all over his face -- white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere -- I'm walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. I try not to be hypocritical. I know that I'm not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it's not appropriate for me to throw stones." (Click here for the full interview. He made similar comments yesterday in a speech in Nashville). The comments are immediately controversial; them coming in the context of the NBA's Donald Sterling mess gives them added volume. Clearly Cuban, unlike Sterling, has no track record of racism. Still, Michael Wilbon today, for one, called Cuban's comments "awkward," called the reaction a "firestorm" and said the owner must explain himself further. Me? I think Cuban was speaking a human-nature truth that lives within most of us in terms of stereotyping. I give him credit for saying it aloud. But I also find "If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night..." to be especially troubling, because it is that exact stereotyping mindset that may have gotten Trayvon Martin killed.

SHH. THE DOLPHINS ARE PRACTICING: Dolphins have a rookie mini-camp today/Friday through the weekend 1aa1ajjamesand it flies largely undetected by local radar. It isn't just the overshadowing Heat playoff run. It's the lack of anybody -- anybody -- with star appeal. That can happen when your No. 1 draft pick is an offensive lineman (in this case Ja'Wuan James, pictured, from Tennessee). That can also happen when five of your eight picks are from North Dakota State, Liberty, Montana, Coastal Carolina and Marist. Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Michael Sam and others bring big noise to other NFL teams' rookie camps. Miami's incoming crop of eight draftees and some 20 undrafted free agents may prove bounteously successful. But, going in, may we admit it's on the Dull side of the Excitement scale?

ON THE LANDON DONOVAN EXCLUSION: Was surprised and disappointed by the news Landon Donovan had been left off the final 23-man USA roster for this summer's soccer World Cup. Bold call by coach 1aa1alandondJurgen Klinsmann. Donovan played in previous three World Cups and is all-time leading U.S. scorer in international goals with 57 (in 156 games). Here is the statement Donovan put out on Facebook: "It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the U.S. national team in three World Cups. I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with [Thursday's] decision. Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the U.S. in the years to come." Donovan, at 32, had lost a step, but I felt his World Cup experience and savvy would have been a stabilizer for the team. Klinsmann's decision is ripe for second-guessing.

WATCH WHERE YOU PARK: Are you an able-bodied person who has ever ignored a "handicapped 1aa1ahandiparking" sign and parked in a spot reserved for those with disabilities? Or seen somebody else do that? Click here and you may think twice. By the way, the old-fashioned "handicapped parking" logo we are used to is getting a makeover, being replaced by a more dynamic, forward-leaning figure as pictured. Me, I'd like to see an even more dynamic logo in which the stick figure in the wheelchair is a pointing a gun at someone parked in his spot.

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Charles Barkley says dumb nonsensical things in general, so it doesn't bother me when he says Miami doesn't have real fans. He has somewhat of a point, though. There are a lot of Miami fans who only became "fans" when the Heatles got together, and they'll be the first to jump ship when the Heatles are no more. Still, there are some fans, like myself, who have been here since the beginning rooting for the Heat. It just sucks all the fake Heat fans are the ones who can afford the lower level seats. They make no noise and just sit there... barely clapping after a made basket. Get up! Make some damn noise!

If I'm walking down the street, eating a slice of pizza, and I happen to see Greg Cote approaching, I immediately cross the street to where hoodie and tat guy are walking.

I think that there's truth to what Mark Cuban said..its just the way it is and it doesn't mean people in general all bigots or racist people..

funny OC..

on the Heat biggest hater?..probably Bill Simmons but there's quite a few put there..and its not really hate but jealousy.

Cote, well said. I agree with your opinion 100% on Mark Cuban's comments. I don't agree with you often but when you're right you're right.

After last night's beat down, the Heat are great value in Vegas to win it all, everyone and his brother are now jumping on the Spurs bandwagon.

OC, I hear that you installed four little Spurs flags on your rig last night.

Wood's, I wish I had your enthusiasm for the Heat, they have been wildly inconsistent this year and lost to quite a few bad teams along the way..I get it, this is the playoffs but one game they look great and the next game they play like crap plus Indiana is a tough team because of their size up front, I'm looking forward to saturday's game, should be a "barn-burner".

anywho..go Heat!


Woody,

Yup, I remember that Nicklaus classic. If that was not every bit -or more- Babe Ruth calling his shot before delivering, I don't know what else is. Don't feel too bad for Johnny. Ask Michael Cooper if he doesn't get more replay from this facial than from any of his other plays.

fellers,

got the laptop back today, so forewarned are you of my imminent return. who are all these newbies who have started posting? i guess i'll try to watch to watch a few minutes of tonight's game, (i assume there will be a heat game tonight) and see if the pacers can get a game back from miami. it only shows the magnificence of LBJ that he can by his own self (pretty much) defeat a team that has more good players than does his own.

No Heat game til Saturday...

Great comments on Cuban by you Greg and the Bloggers above this space.Mr Cuban is right that we all have prejudices and that we need to work on to try to diminish and I hope the PC people(there are some on the right too see Janet Jackson Super Bowl flap)don't blast Cuban for starting a honest conversation.Charles Barkley is the most anti Heat media person easily but there are many Heat haters in the media because they think anyone that does not come from New York,LA,Boston or Chicago are chicken feed.The San Antonio Spurs get almost as much grief as the Heat as the Spurs are boring with their prickly Coach Gregg Popovich so it may be more of a bias toward big market teams like the Bulls,Lakers,Celtics or Knicks than anything else.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-devil-ball-golf/here-is-an-old-video-of-jack-nicklaus-owning-johnny-miller-on-this-100-foot-putt-203700346.html

Posted by: Mr. Woodcock | May 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

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Woody, MANY thanks for that clip. WHY Jack won as he did was clearly displayed by the utter confidence. Unreal.

By the way,don't hand it all to Lebron...without Wade we lose game 2 and get really blown out of game 1...Norris Cole has been great and so has Birdman...everyone has contributed for the most part with the exception of Bosh,Chalmers and Ray...but I expect that to change...

Never count out Wade...only dummies do that...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YWYrjqfZqA8

Posted by: OC Dolphin | May 22, 2014 at 02:26 PM

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OC, I'm a 40+ year Lakers fan, and that shot still rings in my memory...not in a good way. LOL
As dynamic and athletic as Dr J was, for ME, there was nothing more beautiful in basketball than Kareem's baseline "Sky-hook."

The Doctor dunking, Cooper ducking. I'd have gotten outta there as well. LOL

I'm not a big golf guy but that Nicklaus video clip was incredible.

welcome back Shadow.


I reckon there's a lot of great conversation here. Mmmmmmhhhm

Don't mistake me for Don King again!

Rund, I guess it's just you, me, and Dapper Dave who have an unlimited amount of confidence in Dwayne Wade's ability to rise to the top when everything is on the line. And I mean STILL TODAY not ten years ago.

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

Mark Twain

Guy wearing a hoodie sees a cop, he walks to the other side. People are drawn to their own.

Guys...I have never doubted Flash's ability or his immence talent, I'm just worried about his knee's...but so far so good.

Now if we can just get Chalmer, Bosh and Ray Allen to contribute a little more we should be fine.

there's no bigger bandwagoners than the flakers. and about boston! ask Mike Bibby! and new yolk are also bandwagoners since they are always contending as well. every city has them. the way the media are always signaling out south florida, it is getting tiresome. like the righteous media are any better themselves.

FZB,

i know that you speak for all in welcoming the ole shadow "back home". three weeks w/o my TV and computer left me totally ignorant of what was/has been going on in sports and the world (excepting for the WSJ and "the week"). IMA tells me no game for the heat until saturday? 5 day break? the NBA coulda squeezed in games so that sat/sun would have had back to back games with one in reserve for monday's holiday.

LANDON DONOVAN OFF THE WC TEAM?

listen, i am no great admirer of his, but i really couldn't imagine his being left off the squad. something very peculiar with his taking a vacation from his career and then trying to whip himself into tournamet shape without playing in a "real" league (sorry MLS afficianados). unless the 19 year old they got from germany is the second coming of neymar (only klinsmann knows), the USA is gonna be minus one guy who has shown he can get the ball in the net. strange

Wow a ginrai appearance ..

Shadow...every USA soccer aficionado seems to be up in arms about L Donovan being left off the WC squad.. I know the guy has been a great player for us but I would think the coach would be in a better position than any of us to make this decision...and since I don't really follow USA soccer that much?...I'll trust the coach on this one.

Chances are they won't get past the first round anyways...chit they got Germany and Portugal to contend with.


Genuine Ginrai? Doubt it.

Welcome Back Shadow, Welcome back.

FZB,

besides germany and portugal they also have ghana, which has eliminated the americanos in the last two WCs; "the group of death" is an apt term for this foursome. still waiting for the lamp so that i can watch the TV- five weeks since they diagnosed a busted lamp and the thing is still 60" of no picture. i have been told that the part has been shipped, the equivalent of the check is in the mail. i have a 32" akai that works, but it isn't situated in front of the cushy couch and it doesn't have a sony picture, so i am not totally out of the loop. nitey nite all and good to be back, even if in the transition i have given up the blue ink for the black- should be my worst problem in life. see ya tomorrow.

zzzzzzzz

Trust completely in Klinsmann. The most experienced coach team USA has ever had.
Handicapped parkers with bogus handicapped stickers and hang tags should be shot on sight. And there are too many handicapped spaces to start with.

Barkley is a PIG.

He's just another African-American with TOTALLY DOUBLE STANDARDS...back in the 1990-s, he openly said "I HATE WHITE PEOPLE" - yet, when this whole thing with Sterling came out, he suddenly became Jesse Jackson and wanted justice.

YES, Sterling is a bigot and should be punished for what he said, and he will be...

However, when will Barkley be punished for his statements about hating white people? Again, double standard...just like it's OK for a "brother" to use the "N" word, but not for "WHITEY".

To me, blacks who use the "N" word as they do, as a term of endearment, are disrespecting their ancestors who fought so hard for equality and against segregation and prejudices.

As for Barkley, he's a NO-RING, NO-CHAMPIONSHIP grumpy old man...something like Larry Bird and Michael Jordan...great players in their time who have since turned into GRUMPY, OLD MEN !!

GO HEAT!

Buck Farkley!!

Miami had the most handicapped people I have ever seen...

I laugh every time I hear something negative about Miami sports fans. To me it's either ignorance or jealousy or both. There isn't a city in America with better sports fans than Miami. Yup, you heard it, not one. it might be true that no one shows up to see a slop team and why would they? But when there's something to see Miamians flock to the stadiums. And when a Miami team wins a championship, something that happens here with regularity, NO ONE BUT NO ONE CELEBRATES WITH MORE CLASS AND BEHAVES BETTER THAN THE MIAMI FANS!

"No brag just fact." I'll put our fans next to any fans anywhere in the world.

Miami, The Magic City, and rightfully so.

Good post,Woodcock...well stated...

Miami fans are terrible, not showing up for games when the team isn't good means that they're not real fans, just front running band wagoners.

Miami fans are terrible, not showing up for games when the team isn't good means that they're not real fans, just front running band wagoners.

say duh, let me ax-U a question?..do you go to Heat?..or Marlin's? or Canes? or Dolphin games?..

now if you do then I have no problems with you but if you don't then you have no business bashing anyone, I personally go to all the Canes games and go to a few games of the Dolphins, Heat and Marlins..I do support my teams but I won't bash anyone that doesn't..not everyone can afford it.

Miami has way more wealthy sports fans than most cities, but fewer fans go to games when the teams are losing. Sorry, that's because Miami sports fans are crappy disloyal bandwagon fans who only go when the team is winning. The rest of the country laughs at our crappu fanbase and they're right, the numbers don't lie.

Miami has way more wealthy sports fans than most cities, but fewer fans go to games when the teams are losing. Sorry, that's because Miami sports fans are crappy disloyal bandwagon fans who only go when the team is winning. The rest of the country laughs at our crappu fanbase and they're right, the numbers don't lie.

Miami has way more wealthy sports fans than most cities, but fewer fans go to games when the teams are losing. Sorry, that's because Miami sports fans are crappy disloyal bandwagon fans who only go when the team is winning. The rest of the country laughs at our crappu fanbase and they're right, the numbers don't lie.

Lets recap what this imbecile, DUH, just spouted.

"Miami fans are lousy because they are rich and don't go to the games when the teams are losing."

The reverse of that is, "Fans in other cities are dumasses for spending their hard earned money on a team like the Cubs."

Is that what you think being a good fan is? Paying top dollar to see a stinking turd on the field? Bro, the reason that Miami fans only go watch when the teams are good is for the very same reason that they go to a good restaurant and not a lousy one, because they go where they know they're going to get a good product.

DUH, now run along and go play in traffic.

Lets recap what this imbecile, DUH, just spouted.

"Miami fans are lousy because they are rich and don't go to the games when the teams are losing."

The reverse of that is, "Fans in other cities are dumasses for spending their hard earned money on a team like the Cubs."

Is that what you think being a good fan is? Paying top dollar to see a stinking turd on the field? Bro, the reason that Miami fans only go watch when the teams are good is for the very same reason that they go to a good restaurant and not a lousy one, because they go where they know they're going to get a good product.

DUH, now run along and go play in traffic.

Lets recap what this imbecile, DUH, just spouted.

"Miami fans are lousy because they are rich and don't go to the games when the teams are losing."

The reverse of that is, "Fans in other cities are dumasses for spending their hard earned money on a team like the Cubs."

Is that what you think being a good fan is? Paying top dollar to see a stinking turd on the field? Bro, the reason that Miami fans only go watch when the teams are good is for the very same reason that they go to a good restaurant and not a lousy one, because they go where they know they're going to get a good product.

DUH, now run along and go play in traffic.

Lets recap what this imbecile, DUH, just spouted.

"Miami fans are lousy because they are rich and don't go to the games when the teams are losing."

The reverse of that is, "Fans in other cities are dumasses for spending their hard earned money on a team like the Cubs."

Is that what you think being a good fan is? Paying top dollar to see a stinking turd on the field? Bro, the reason that Miami fans only go watch when the teams are good is for the very same reason that they go to a good restaurant and not a lousy one, because they go where they know they're going to get a good product.

DUH, now run along and go play in traffic.

Good fans are loyal to their teams, they follow them and support them and go to the games no matter what. Crappy disloyal bandwagon fans only follow their teams and go to the games if their team is winning.

ANY fan base would go to games if the team was winning, put LeBron, Wade, and Bosh on any team in the country and they would sell out every game. Minnesota, Charlotte, any team anywhere.

This is why America rightly believes Miami has a crappy fan base, their fans are not loyal and don't follow or support the teams if they're not winning.

That definitely makes them a crappy bandwagon fan base, even if the crappy bandwagon fans can't see it.

Good fans are loyal to their teams, they follow them and support them and go to the games no matter what. Crappy disloyal bandwagon fans only follow their teams and go to the games if their team is winning.

ANY fan base would go to games if the team was winning, put LeBron, Wade, and Bosh on any team in the country and they would sell out every game. Minnesota, Charlotte, any team anywhere.

This is why America rightly believes Miami has a crappy fan base, their fans are not loyal and don't follow or support the teams if they're not winning.

That definitely makes them a crappy bandwagon fan base, even if the crappy bandwagon fans can't see it through all their excuses.

Lets recap what this imbecile, DUH, just spouted.

"Miami fans are lousy because they are rich and don't go to the games when the teams are losing."

The reverse of that is, "Fans in other cities are dumasses for spending their hard earned money on a team like the Cubs."

Is that what you think being a good fan is? Paying top dollar to see a stinking turd on the field? Bro, the reason that Miami fans only go watch when the teams are good is for the very same reason that they go to a good restaurant and not a lousy one, because they go where they know they're going to get a good product.

DUH, now run along and go play in traffic.

I was wondering what had happened to OC lately.

Hang in there, OC, you're going to have to do a minimum of 3 days in the pokey before you make bail since Monday is Memorial Day.......

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/naked-man-arrested-front-white-house-n113391

Is there an echo on the blog today?


I still don't know what team (s) this guy duh is a fan of...he sounds like a lizard to me..just a guess.


I never understood the blind worship of a sports team. Miami fans just have other options. I for one attend games when time permits, leave early if the mood strikes, stay late if I'm in no hurry and grab a drink. PLUS DVR is a beautiful thing!

Let the haters drink an entire gallon of haterade tonight. GO HEAT!!!

All right kids...the long weekend is here, nothimg wrong with having a good time but stay safe out there.

A Heat victory tonight will put a lot of pressure on the Pacers to win the next game..I feel good about it.. LeBron has not gotten untracked yet and Chalmers, Allen and Bosh have been average at best yet they are tied 1-1...I I think Bosh and Allen will play better.

Chalmers is mediocre at best and wildly inconsistent..I don't trust him but he serves a purpose and let's hope Cole continues to excell as the back up PG and please Spoelstra don't forget about R Lewis or James Jones coming off the bench...

Later .

Fans are the same everywhere...when teams suck, FAR FEWER GO TO THE GAMES...when teams are on top, arenas and stadiums are full...the Cubs fans are STUPID in my opinion...IF ONE OF MY TEAMS GOES OVER 100 YEARS WITHOUT A CHAMPIONSHIP, in the age of FREE AGENCY, that team doesn't get ONE DIME OF MY MONEY until they build a championship team....Cubs fans are SUCKERS who are being taken advantage of by their rich owner...there is no reason for a team to go so long without a championship team - not when we've seen an expansion team like OUR MARLINS build, and WIN, TWO champions in our short history.
Miami fans always get to games late...there is no mass transit to and from games for the most part, and Miami fans have to fight maybe the worst traffic jams in the entire country...when Heat games start at 7 or 7:30 pm...hell, I've been stuck in traffic JUST TO GET HOME at that time, let alone drive downtown, find a place to park, etc...etc.....

Xacttly, Shuladayz. In Miami a sports team has to compete along with the many, many other entertainment opportunities available to the citizens of the Magic City. 1-15? Cam Cameron? Please, who the fock is going to spend their hard earn money and waste their time to go see that crap when they can be at the beach enjoying life watching beautiful girls walk by. Por favor, brother, this is Miami not Kansas.

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