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May 15, 2014

It's Heat-Pacers in Eastern finals!; plus the 4 candidates to replace Van Gundy on Le Batard, Dolphins '15 draft, hero cat & more

1aa1godzilla1) It is THURSDAY, MAY 15. Patriots continue to dominate AFC East. On the bright side, no Dolphins player is under indictment for three murders. That we know of. 2) Pictured right, for no good reason, the original Godzilla. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat-Nets Game 5 as Miami advances, NBA boycott talk, Van Gundy leaving Le Batard, Dolphins post-draft odds, Bob Dylan & more. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote.

IT'S HEAT-PACERS IN EASTERN FINALS: Indiana won at Washington tonight 93-80 to advance to meet Miami in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 1 will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Indianapolis.

Click on What Champions Do for my column off last night's series-clinching Heat victory.

Newly added below: Surveillance video of Jameis Winston crab leg heist.

News: Dolphins name Eric Stokes assistant general manager. He'd been Tampa Bay's director of college scouting past two seasons, working there with new Miami GM Dennis Hickey.

BLOG EXCLUSIVE: CANDIDATES TO REPLACE STAN VAN GUNDY ON LE BATARD SHOW: Four names being considered are basketball coach-turned-ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy, Stan's younger brother; actor Alan Thicke; 1aa1jvg



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1aa1izzoMichigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo; and former Dolphins great Jason Taylor. JVG and Thicke are pictured left and Izzo and Taylor right. It is not yet certain if one of them will be chosen as a regular once-a-week cohost or if there will be a rotation. The opening arose with SVG taking the Detroit Pistons job this week. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz airs weekdays 3-7 p.m. on 104.3 & 790 The Ticket and 4-7 on ESPN Radio. Van Gundy had been one of three once-a-week cohosts. The others are Bomani Jones and, inexplicably, me.

DEAR JOE JOHNSON...: After the Heat's series-clinching 96-94 win over Brooklyn last night the Nets' Joe Johnson noted, "There were some questionable calls down the stretch." Really, Joe? So it was the officiating? It wasn't that your team choked with a late 4:37 scoreless stretch that fostered Miami's miracle rally? It wasn't that your team missed nine of its last 10 field goal tries? It wasn't that you had the ball stripped on the last play and couldn't even get off a shot off? Geez, Joe.

Should Heat prefer Indiana or Washington?: Vote now!: Miami moves on next against the Indiana-Washington winner, with Pacers leading 3-2 entering tonight's Game 6 in D.C. The eventual machup presents an interesting dilemma for the Heat and for Heat fans. Who do you want? Do you want the more anticipated, sexier matchup and rival in Indiana? Or do you want the perceived softer matchup and easier path to the Finals in Washington? (I say that knowing the Heat was 3-1 vs. Indiana this season and 1-3 vs. Washington. I think Brooklyn just reminded us regular-season records don't matter much). Miami would have home-court advantage vs. the Wizards but not against the Pacers. Still, I sense Indiana is the foe we hope for. Not sure I'm right, though. Hence, this poll! Vote and say why.

DOLPHINS/NFL PROJECTIONS FOR '15 DRAFT. NO, SERIOUSLY: Todd McShay has this up on ESPN.com today, because nobody told him how ridiculous it was and to not do it. His overall No. 1 pick is Southern Cal 1aa1marioedefensive lineman Leonard Williams, and he has a Florida DE, Dante Fowler, going fourth. Six -- six! -- FSU Seminoles are projected as first-rounders: QB Jameis "Crab Legs" Winston, 5th, to the Stinkin' Jets; DE Mario Edwards Jr. (pictured), 9th, to the Dolphins; CB P.J. Williams, 13th; WR Rashad Greene, 14th; OT Cameron Erving, 17th; and OG Tre Jackson, 26th. Two observations: 1. The Dolphins are seen drafting 9th after a 7-9 season (sigh). 2. The Hurricanes' 1R drought continues. Next week: McShay projects the 2037 draft. Miami's first pick will be wideout who'll be conceived in July in a Port-a-Potty during a Phish concert in Saratoga.

Jameis Winston surveillance video: I just saw the Publix surveillance video that show FSU QB Jameis Winston heisting crab legs. You can too by clicking here. Video via Leon County Sheriffs Department and Tallahassee.com. 

HEROIC CAT RESCUES BOY FROM DOG ATTACK: You may have heard of this, If you haven'g seen it yet, you need to. This is the Feline of the Year!

 

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Anyone EXCEPT Charles Barkley :( He is back to his usual ways of belittling the Heat! Time to expose the real Heat Hater...again!

Van Gundy and Izzo won't do it, Thicke and Taylor are bores.

This is a lose-lose-lose-lose proposition...

testing, testing...I just wanna make sure I haven't been banned from posting on the blog..hehe

If someone told me last May that the Houston Texans would have the number one pick in the 2014 NFL draft I would ask them what crack pipe did you get from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.Todd McShay please take a vacation until November when it will be more clear of which teams and players position will be of the 2015 draft.I Hope the Wizards(longshot) beat the Pacers and play the Heat in the eastern conference finals.The Heat would have home court advantage vs the Wizards plus their quicker style will make for better basketball compared to the dirty gutter style the Pacers play.

Well said, Mayberd. Not to mention that we would get some fresh teams in the mix. That Pacers style is pure boredom.

its raining cats and dogs here in the 305 today..whew!

rooting for the Wizards to at least take the series to 7 games..

sorry bout the Bruins BB..no bueno.

none of you guys seem too worried that we just hired another guy from the Bucs to be our assistant GM.

"Y'all don't deserve Ray Ray a bigger traitor there never was."

spare me, baby. more celtic BS anti miami garbage.

he's a traitor because at age 36 he was tired of being the subject of trade rumors every year?

because he earned the right to finish his career on a team that really wanted him, and wasn't dangling him to suitors at every opportunity?

it will be EXTRA special to watch ray shoot miami into a 3 peat while you pray for the draft lottery.

oh how the mighty have fallen; both the celtics and the lakers relegated to historical status while miami marches on, owning the league and displaying the loyalty and savvy to keep lebron here winning for the next 5-7 years.
lol.. suckers.. 1 and done my A$%..

Right on Dapper, Heat in 5......, Maybe 6..

All right guys... The Heat better come out with their big boy pants on..the Pacers are not a push-over team...

david speaks the truth when it comes to the Heat.I came here to say the same thing.I can't wait for Sunday! Heat in 6!

So oohhmm now they're going to do a "reality show" about this homo-sexual and his girl-friend/boy- friend..I'm pretty sure the Rams are not to happy about this little development.


You sure seem fascinated by this story,FZB....anything you want to tell us?

Clippers melted down last night under the onslaught of what is just a better team. Durant and Westbrook, Batman and Robin, are relentless. They are going to give San Antonio all they want. Should be an excellent series. If Parker can't go the Spurs are toast.

Heat v. San Atone or OKC should be another classic.

After all the writing and crying the four teams that were the pre-season favorites all make it to the semi-finals. There are no pretenders here each team, even the Pacers, are loaded. The cream always rises to the top.

Le Batard should bring on Pat Sajak (wheel of fortune) as weekly guest cohost. He is hilarious every time he comes on the show.

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