1) It is MONDAY, MARCH 3. Click on Random Evidence for our latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with Miami's Mad March. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): LeBron vs. Marino poll, Tiger's withdrawal, Dolphins trade rumors, Richie's rehab, lovely mugshot & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.
Dolphins re-sign Grimes, send Fields overseas: Team came to terms to keep cornerback Brent Grimes today, not surprising but important because along with Cam Wake he's the steadiest hand on defense. Keeping Grimes the first win for new GM Dennis Hickey. Also today, Fins announced punter Brandon Fields would be one of three NFL players on a USO trip visiting troops in Middle East, along with 'Skins' Pierre Garcon and Saints' Jimmy Graham.
CHASING HISTORY, CHASING JACK: CAN TIGER DO IT?: Tiger Woods is the world's No. 1-ranked golfer again and coming off a big year. As I write in this column off yesterday's final round of the Honda Classic, Tiger is -- win, lose or withdraw -- stil the biggest thing on the PGA Tour. Which is why the back spasms that caused his withdrawal yesterday and make him questionable for the WGC event at Doral this week is such a big deal. Woods chases history as everyone else chases him. His majors total has been stuck at 14 still 2008. Five years ago it seemed certain he would surpass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors. Now, Tiger is 38 and the odds seem against him, although his continued high level of play and fierce drive make him tough to bet against. Nicklaus, it should be noted, won four majors when older than Tiger is right now, including his last at age 46. So, will Woods do it? This isn't asking whether you hope he will, but whether you think he will. Take a dip in our poll and say why.
KIM NOVAK'S FACE FRIGHTENS OSCARS, MILLIONS OF VIEWERS: My Oscars review: Gravity cleaned up even though the biggest awards went to 12 Years A Slave (picture), Matthew McConaughey from Dallas Buyers Club (actor) and Cate Blanchett from Blue Jasmine (actress). Host Ellen DeGeneres was good-not-great. But the night's memorable moment for me was the gruesomely startling appearance of actress Kim Novak, 81. As visual evidence here indicates, Kim is an old woman still in the desperate throes of trying to appear, what, 40? I believe this may be possible, from a distance of approximately 100 yards. I wish people like this -- the plastic-surgery/collagen/Botox crowd -- would explain their intent. Does Novak think this is a good look? Does she have no friends or loved ones to be truthful with her? I mean, a 600-pound man can wear vertical stripes because they're thinning, but he's still a 600-pound man.
MARINO EDGES LEBRON FOR MIAMI MOUNTAINTOP: We asked in the last blogpost in what we called the ultimate Miami sports poll, you responded, and 50.4 percent of you said Dan Marino is still our greatest all- time athlete. LeBron James drew 45.8% and the other 3.8% voted "someone else." (C'mon, people. Who else!) I respect the vote. I personally think LeBron has now surpassed Marino. James has accomplished more in his career and is a bigger national star than Marino ever was. But I also understand that Marino spent a long career here exclusively and we've only had James four seasons. Guessing James almost certanly would win this poll if he re-signs and does what's doing a while longer. For now, though, the lasting aura of Marino proves resilient to even the King's challenge.
PAT RILEY SPEAKS!: The Heat's 17th annual Family Festival on Sunday found club president Pat Riley -- pictured right rockin' the Sonny Bono look in his flower-power-era incarnation -- unsually chatty. Some nuggets: On his own happiness--"Six years ago when I was coaching I'd wake up at 5 a.m. and it was dark and I was depressed. Not anymore." On his team--"They are so fun to watch. They're on a mission. You've just got to keep in mind, we've got a long way to go. Everybody thinks it's right around the corner [but] a lot of stuff can happen. Stay on track with the defense and the rebounding and I think we'll be OK." On Greg Oden--"I root for him more than I ever rooted for anybody. I knock on wood and cross my fingers every day he stays healthy." On LeBron James--"He wants to win and that's all it's about. All the other stuff that's flying around like butterflies, they're just things. And he deals with it as well as anybody. I'm so proud of him and Chris [Bosh] and Dwyane [Wade], that they're able to subjugate. Look what it's brought them. And it can only get better." On Wade--"He's like a son to me."
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