Do you agree with Dolphins firing coach Joe Philbin? Poll. Vote now!; plus my column on the change, final Marlins 'Weighing The Fish' table, latest SOPY standings, NFL Pix 'n Greg's Lobos fantasy results & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
1) It is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6: See previous blogpost for results of latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter poll. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins lose in London and DSM poll, Hot Button Top 10, Hot List & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also on Facebook, Instagram, Vine and Periscope.
My new column on Dolphins change: Needed and well timed: Click on Joe Had His Chance, Time to Move On for my column on the Dolphins' firing of coach Joe Philbin.
DO YOU AGREE WITH DOLPHINS DECISION TO FIRE COACH JOE PHILBIN?: My column on Monday's big news (link just above) is out. Now it's your turn. What do Dolfans think? Do you agree with Miami making a coaching change at 1-3? Vote and say why you feel as you do.
WEIGHING THE FISH (FINAL): GORDON WINS MARLINS WTF TITLE: We throw an occasional bell 'n whistle into the blog, and this year we debuted a new Miami Marlins feature. "Weighing The Fish" -- WTF! -- was a once-every-10-games cumulative ranking of every Marlins batter who is averaging at least one at-bat per game. Ten qualify for our final season ranking. WTF factors six offensive categories, serving as an ongoing de facto team MVP race -- a race Gordon (pictured) won easily, although Stanton led comfortably before his extended injury absence. The numbers below might not mean much by themselves, but, relative to each other, it gives an idea who had the most impactful overall season. Here's the final 2015 WTF standings after 162 games (at 71-91):
Rank Player WTF# @150
1 DEE GORDON 549.3 1
2 Christian Yelich 407.7 4
3 Martin Prado 399.6 2
4 Justin Bour 391.9 6
5 Adeiny Hechevarria 366.5 3
6 Giancarlo Stanton 362.5 5
7 Jacob Realmuto 361.9 7
8 Marcell Ozuna 349.5 8
9 Ichiro Suzuki 255.9 9
10 Derek Dietrich 241.1 10
NFL PIX 'N GREG'S LOBOS FANTASY: WEEK 4: We update you briefly every Tuesday on how we did the previous NFL weekend with our published predictions and with our two Greg's Lobos fantasy teams. Pix: Another solid week: Went a strong 12-3 overall and an OK 8-7 against the spread. Bull's-eyed our Upset of the Week ("Aaawwwk!") with Giants over Bills. Also called Bears ' outright upset of Oakland, and had Jags with points at Indy. Greg's Lobos / family league: Big win: The original Lobos won 108-83 to level our season record at 2-2. Drew Brees' 23 points and Mike Wallace's 22 led a solid if unspectacular effort. Greg's Lobos / radio-show league: Another big win: The new Lobos defeated Stugotz 119.8-113.3 to even it up at 2-2. Most Valuable Lobo Devonta Freeman had a huge 37.9 points, and we also scored big by signing free-agent Philip Rivers (26.2 points) to replace Andrew Luck.
SOPY: NO CHANGE IN TOP FIVE THROUGH WEEK 5: The fourth season of our blog's SOPY rankings -- State Offensive Player of the Year -- find FIU quarterback Alex McGough maintaining his lead after Week 5. Our weekly cumulative rankings measure the most productive QBs, running backs and receivers for the state's seven FBS teams: Miami, Florida, Florida State, FIU, FAU, UCF and South Florida. 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. Because they are cumulative, players on a bye week take a temporary hit that evens out over the course of season. The 2015 SOPY Top 10 entering Week 6:
2015 SOPY TOP 10 / WEEK 5
Rk (LW) Player, team-pos. W5 Season
1 (1) Alex McGough, FIU-qb 76.5 763.5
2 (2) Will Grier, Florida-qb 151.5 675
3 (3) Dalvin Cook, FSU-rb 108 630
4 (4) Joseph Yearby, Miami-rb 120 565
5 (5) Brad Kaaya, Miami-qb 127 561.5
6 (7) Alex Gardner, FIU-rb 123 540
7 (8) Quinton Flowers, SoFla-qb 128.5 519.5
8 (--) Marlon Mack, SoFla-rb 124 437
9 (10) Kelvin Taylor, Florida-rb 98 434
10 (--) Everett Golson, FSU-qb 111 429
Bubble: Greg Howell, FAU-rb, 420. Other team leader: Tre'Quan Smith, UCF-wr, 260. Season's best week: Cook, FSU-rb, 284 (Wk2). Note: Florida, FIU and UCF have played five games each; all others four.
Cote's State of the State ranking: 1. Florida State (4-0); 2. Florida (5-0); 3. Miami (3-1); 4. FIU (2-3); 5. South Florida (1-3); 6. UCF (0-5); 7. FAU (1-3).
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