RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
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HOW BETTING, ROOTING INTERESTS DIFFER WITH NFL'S FINAL EIGHT: With the NFL down to its final eight teams entering this weekend's playoffs, what team do you predict will win the Super Bowl? Now, what team do you hope wins it all? Odds are, those answers are different. Who you predict will win asks your dispassionate view, as if you were a nuetral observer laying a big bet. Who you hope will win purely asks your rooting interest. I'm interested in how different those two things might be. Hence, this poll. Top poll asks who you honestly think will win it all. Bottom poll asks who you'd most like to win. Vote in both and say why.
OUR NFL DIVISIONAL-ROUND PLAYOFF PICKS: With eight you get not eggroll (obscure, mathematically
challenged reference to 1968 movie), but rather the Divisional Round playoffs. Click on Divisional Gems for all of our latest, expanded prediction capsules. No upsets this weekend, but two teams won't cover. Click on Seven And One for my Friday NFL column. I detail why this is an excellent array of teams, why Dallas in it is money in the bank, and how Carolina is the lone outlier looking up at seven other franchises with championship heft.
SHULA, "BELI-CHEAT" AND THE TRUTH: Don Shula referred to Pats coach Bill Belichick as "Beli-cheat" in a recent Sun-Sentinel piece pegged on Shula's 85th birthday. The general reaction has been A) huffing and puffing that it is unbecoming of a Hall of Fame coach to name-call another coach, or B) amusement along the lines of, "When you're that age you get to say anything you want." I'm a little of both. Prudently, Shula probably shouldn't have gone there, but age and retirement do bring you some latitude. My main point in Shula's defense: Truth. Belichick did cheat, in the 2007 "Spygate" incident that brought Belichick a record $500,000 NFL fine and the Pats a forfeited first-round draft pick. If that's personal to Shula, even seven years later, it's because Belichick's '07 Pats nearly ,atched the Dolphins's '72 Perfect Season, and would have done so sullied by that controversy. You can say calling Belichick out was beneath Shula, but The Don wasn't lyin'.
CANES' BIG WIN UNDERLINES COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S PROBLEM: Katie Meier's UM women stunned No. 4 Notre Dame here last night, 78-63, led by 32 points from Adrienne Motley (pictured). It ended ND's 30-game road winning streak. It was the Canes' biggest win since beating No. 5 Duke in 2013. It makes UM 12-3 and will catapult the team into the next Top 25. (Miami's men are solid, too, at 10-4). Here's the problem, and it's sport-wide. College basketball's regular-season doesn't matter. What teams do now and rankings now are weightless. All that counts is what the two UM teams do in the ACC tournament and whether they get into the NCAA Tournament. Everything else is a preamble.
RELATIVES OF ATHLETES, PLEASE SHUT UP: Jameis Winston now says he is still seriously considering a
return to FSU, after his father (pictured) revealed he'd decided to turn pro. He likley will enter the NFL Draft, but the point is, why should Dad be announcing his son's intentions. We see this all across sports, from Duke Johnson's mother to Brent Grimes' wife to Derrick Rose's brother and more -- loved ones getting a little too mouthy on social media and putting their favorite athletes in squirmy situations. Dear parents, wives and other sycophant, spotlight-glomming relatives: It isn't about you. Shut up, please.
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