An open letter to Miko Grimes. And why aren't the Dolphins publicly repudiating what she has done?; plus Panthers clawing back to relevance, NFL Pix 'n Greg's Lobos results & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
1) It is TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29. No radio today for me. We'll be back in-studio with the Dan LeBatard Show as usual next Tuesday. 2) Thanks to ESPN News for having me on last evening to discuss the Dolphins/Miko Grimes controversy. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins lose to Colts with DSM poll, Hot Button Top 10 & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also on Facebook, Instagram, Vine and Periscope.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE DOLPHINS AND TO MIKO GRIMES: May I call you Miko? I'd like to call you some other things, as I'm sure the Dolphins organization would, but for the sake of decorum we'll stick with Miko. I wonder how it feels to be a wife who publicly embarrasses her prominent husband (cornerback Brent Grimes) and in doing so also embarrasses the employer who is paying said husband rather lavishly? Miko, you are the loose cannon in the Dolphins family. I'd liken you to the slightly deranged aunt who the rest of the family is afraid to invite to the reunion for fear of what she'll say or do. Your latest public affront was to slam quarterback Ryan Tannehill and also several local writers who cover the Dolphins fulltime. I would call what you did unprofessional, but that would suggest you are a professional or have a profession beyond shaming your husband and the Dolphins. Imagine, say, the wife of Goran Dragic going on Twitter to call Dwyane Wade a has-been. Or a Marlin's wife engaging in a social-media war and calling Jose Fernandez a punk. This is what you are doing in classlessly calling Tannehill a bum. If the Dolphins had an organizational spine, they would be repudiating what you have done, Miko, and in the strongest words possible. From owner Stephen Ross to personnel boss Mike Tannenbaum to interim coach Dan Campbell -- all should be blasting you for your outrageous impoliteness. So should Tannehill's teammates be standing up against you. And so should your husband be privately advising you to please cease and desist while publicly expressing his own apologies. Of course the one who should be apologizing is you, Miko, but we know that won't happen. That would require the class you have well-demonstrated that you lack.
BRING BACK THE RUBBER RATS! PANTHERS RETURN TO RELEVANCE: The Florida Panthers were also-rans on Thanskgiving and NHL darlings by Christmas, with six straight wins and 12 in the past 15 games entering tonight's big home skate against Montreal. It was enough to squeez a rare hockey column out of me; click on Surging Cats to read in full. My theme: the Panthers are seldom the biggest story in town in this crowded sports market, but right now they are the best story in town. The team has not been this good, relevant or interesting since the rubber rats-strewn run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. The reason has been a deftly mixed roster of rising young stars and veterans, the latter group led by goalie Roberto Luongo and ageless almost-44-year-old Jaromir Jagr (pictured), with whom I spoke for the column.
NFL PIX 'N GREG'S LOBOS FANTASY: WEEK 16 RESULTS: 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: Not good enough: We went an OK 10-6 overall but only 7-8-1 against the spread -- even though we bull's-eyed our Upset of the Week with Jets over Patriots ("Aawwk!") and had three other 'dogs-with-points in the Falcons, Ravens and Rams. Greg's Lobos / family league: Win in final consolation game: The original Lobos won 108-77 behind Drew Brees' 30 points in the consolation bracket to finish 7-9 including the postseason. Congrats to league champion Dolphins AllICanSayIsWow (my nephew Joe) on a 132-122 title game triumph over Crown Me the Champ (my son Christopher). Greg's Lobos / radio-show league: Season finished last week: Congrats again to Mike's Lobos for defeating Charlie's Lobos 279-255 for the inaugural Lobos Fantasy League championship. We are all Lobos! Literally.
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