1) It is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30. No radio for me today; called in sick. 2) NFL blackout rule sacked by FCC; story here. 3) Click on Random Evidence for our latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with Dolphins. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins club Oakland, DSM poll, Hot Button Top 10 & more. 5) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook, Instagram and Vine.
Tannehill's task: Great is a bonus. Be good. Consistently: I write in today's latest column that the Dolphins will be playoff regulars when what Ryan Tannehill did Sunday in London becomes routine, not an aberration. Miami is 13-1 when Tannehill's passer rating is 90 or above, and 4-18 when it is below 90. They don't him to be great, just consistently good. Click on Tanny's Task to read the column in full.
BASEBALL PLAYOFFS BEGIN! (A MINUTE FOR THE NATIONAL PASTTIME, PLEASE?): MLB playoffs commence with AL wild-card game tonight and NL wildie Wednesday. Lots of familiarity, with eight of the 10 postseason teams having been in it in 2013 or '12. The Marlins of course are playoff bystanders for the 20th time in 22 franchise seasons. On the bright side, it was good of the Dolphins to have their bye week now so we might afford some attention to baseball nevertheless. With no Marlins or Red Sox I don't have an emotional dog in the hunt so my rooting interest in based solely on sympathy -- on who's waitest longest to be champion and whose fans are most starving. Thus, teams are rated by my rooting interest:
NATIONAL: Cards vs. Dodgers; Nats vs. Giants-Pirates WC winner
1. Nationals (57-year wait): Here's my math. The Washington Senators' last championship was 1924, They didn't win the next 47 years as that franchise, and haven't brought a title to D.C. as the Nats since 2005. Current odds: 11-2.
2. Pirates (35 years): "We Are Family." It was Willie Stargell's 1979. Current odds: 14-1.
3. Dodgers (26 years): Hard to believe but last WS title in 1988, though in playoffs seven times since. Current odds: 5-1.
4. Cardinals (3 years): Won it all in 2011. Current odds: 8-1.
5. Giants (2 years): Won in 2012. Rooting for St. Louis or San Fran is like hoping Donald Trump wins the Powerball. Current odds 12-1.
AMERICAN: Tigers vs. Orioles; Angels vs. A's-Royals WC winner
2. Tigers (30 years): It was George Orwell's 1984. Current odds: 6-1.
3. Royals (29 years): K.C. last won in 1985 but Royals in some ways are the biggest Cinderellaof all because they haven't even made the playoffs since then, while everybody else has postseasoned as recently as 2009. Current odds: 16-1.
4. A's (25 years): Charlie Finely's Athletics last reigned in '89. Current odds: 11-1.
5. Angels: (12 years): Last won it all in 2002. Current odds: 5-1.
OK so that's my rooting interest, quantified. It's Nats over O's for the good people of the District. Now it's your turn. Who would you most like to see win the World Series? Not who you think will win but who you want to win. Vote and say why.
NFL PIX 'N FANTASY: THE PRETTY GOOD AND REALLY BAD OF WEEK 4: We update you briefly every Tuesday on how we did the previous NFL weekend with our published predictions and with our fantasy-league team. Pix: Pretty good. We went 9-4 overall in Week 4 and 8-5 against the spread, nailing another Upset of the Week call ("Aawwk!") with Cowboys over Saints to make us 4-0 on Bird calls. Fantasy: Really bad. Greg's Lobos (team logo at left) fell to 1-3 with a third straight loss, 110-96. Got 27 points from Philip Rivers, 24 from Frank Gore and not enough help. Three key players with byes didn't help.
SOPY: CANES' JOHNSON, KAAYA NOW 1-2!: Canes Duke Johnson and Brad Kaaya are now 1-2 in our blog-exclusive State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings --"the State Heisman." Season-long
leader Marlon Mack falls to third place. This is a cumulative weekly list of the most productive quarterbacks, running backs and receivers from Florida's seven FBS college football teams: Miami, FSU and Florida, FIU and FAU, and South Florida and UCF. Our past two season SOPY winners have been FSU QB Jameis Winston (2013; 2,107 points) and Canes QB Stephen Morris (2012; 1,900.5 points). 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. The SOPY Top 10 entering Collball Week 6:
SOPY WEEK 5 TOP 10
Rk (LW) Player, team-pos. Wk5 Season
1 (3) Duke Johnson, Miami-rb 171 668
2 (2) Brad Kaaya, Miami-qb 123.5 649.5
3 (1) Marlon Mack, SoFla-rb 34 586
4 (8) Jacquez Johnson, FAU-qb 208.5 564.5
5 (5) Rashad Greene, FSU-rec 131 559
6 (10) Jameis Winston, FSU-qb 203.5 551.5
7 (--) Karlos Williams, FSU-rb 173 440
8 (4) Jeff Driskel, Florida-qb DNP 437
9 (--) Alex McGough, FIU-qb 127 424.5
10 (--) Jay Warren, FAU-rb 76 398
Bubble: DeMarcus Robinson, Florida-rec, 371. Other team leader: UCF--Justin Holman, qb, 364. Season's best week: Mack, SoFla-rb, 304 (Wk1). Note: UCF and Florida have played 3 games and FSU 4. The other four state FBS teams have played 5 each.
Cote's State of the State rank entering Collball Week 4: 1. FSU (4-0); 2. Florida (2-1); 3. Miami (3-2); 4. UCF (1-2); 5. SoFla (2-3); 6. FAU (2-3); 7. FIU (2-3).
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