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Heat lose at Philly after strong Opening Night: Dwyane Wade sat out tonight resting his knees (not a good sign) as Miami fell at awful Philly, 114-110. Are we panicking yet? Click on Curtain Lifts Well for my column off Tuesday's season-opening win over Bulls. Click on Enjoy The Ride for my Heat season-preview column.
BEARD POWER! RED SOX WIN SERIES!: Boston wins World Series 4 games to 2 over St. Louis tonight at Fenway Park, 6-1, Boston's first championship-clinching win at home since 1918. I was there in spirit as a proud infantryman in Red Sox Nation since 1967. As you can see by the photo taken yesterday at the 790 radio studios I have grown a full beard in homage to my bearded Bosox so that I too can look like a 19th Century U.S. President just like Mike Napoli. Let's go Sox!
ADVICE TO DOLPHINS ON HOW TO PLAY POUNCEY MESS: Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was served a grand jury subpoena in the Aaron Hernandez murder case, and neither he nor the club are saying anything. Bad strategy. You must get out front and out in the open on this. The case is toxic. A team on a four-game losing streak cannot afford this distraction, or any murky association with it -- and murky is what you allow it to be if you don't say anything. Is Pouncey (pictured) wanted simply as a witness because he knew Hernandez from their Florida Gators days? Or is he somehow implicated as suspect? The latter notion seems outlandish, but is allowed to fester in the lack of comment from the Dolphins. (Pouncey saying only yesterday, "I'm going to play a good football game" when asked about the controversy continued the club's PR misplay).
NFL PIX 'N FANTASY / WEEK 8: UPSWING AND TAILSPIN: First, the upswing. Then, the tailspin. NFL predix: Had Rams-with-points last night to cap a pretty solid week. We went 9-4 overrall, 7-6 vs. the spread. That's actually a good week both ways based on the year I'm having, which tells you a little something about the year I'm having. Fantasy: Greg's Lobos have become the Jacksonville Jaguars of my fantasy league, I say with shame. I fell to 1-7 with a 154-97 loss, Dez Bryant (22) my only player over 20 points. My playoffs hope are all but shot. The downward spiral of Tom Brady captains my personal Titanic.
SOPY RANKINGS: WEEK 9: CANES' DUKE CLIMBS TO 4TH: This is the second season of our blog-exclusive State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, a weekly updated list of the
most productive quarterbacks, running backs and receivers from the state's seven FBS schools: Miami, FSU and Florida, FIU and FAU, and South Florida and UCF. Because our rankings are cumulative players on a bye week take a temporary hit that evens out over course of season. Canes QB Stephen Morris won the 2012 season title with 1,900.5 points. FSU QB Jameis Winston is comfortably the current leader. Our simple formula awards a half-point for every passing yard and one point for every rushing or receiving yard, with six points for every TD scored or thrown. Our 2013 standings entering Week 10:
Rk (LW) Player, Team-pos. SOPY Pts. Wk9=Year
1 (1) Jameis Winston, FSU-qb 153 = 1,370.5
2 (3) Blakes Bortles, UCF-qb 199 = 1,114
3 (2) Jaquez Johnson, FAU-qb 130 = 1,062.5
4 (5) Duke Johnson, Miami-rb 180 = 936
5 (4) Storm Johnson, UCF-rb 56 = 860
6 (6) Stephen Morris, Miami-qb 101.5 = 791.5
7 (8) Rashad Greene, FSU-wr 143 = 738
8 (10) Devonta Freeman, FSU-rb 134 = 684
9 (9) Jonathan Wallace, FAU-rb 37 = 616
10 (7) Marcus Shaw, USF-rb DNP = 611
Bubble: Kenny Shaw, FSU-wr, 592. Other team leaders: Florida--Solomon Patton-wr, 506; FIU--Jake Medlock-qb, 467.5. Note: FAU has played eight games, all others seven each.
Cote's State of the State rankings: 1. FSU (7-0); 2. Miami (7-0); 3. UCF (6-1); 4. Florida (4-3); 5. FAU (2-6); 6. USF (2-5); 7. FIU (1-6).
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