It is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8. I'm locked in the Random Evidence Laboratories conjuring Sunday's notes-column package. Even more fodder than usual. (Thank you, Dolphins!) 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): More on Dolphins' bullying mess including poll result, Heat's stumbling start, UM hall inductees & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird), Vine (Greg Cote) and Facebook (Greg Cote).
DOLPHINS' BIG PROBLEM ISN'T JUST WHAT HAPPENED. IT'S WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: This Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin/bullying mess has swallowed the entire week and team (and to an extent this
blog) in a way the Dolphins haven't experienced since star running back Ricky Williams abruply quit in his prime on the eve of the 2004 season. The NFL independently investigates what happened that caused Incognito to be suspended from the team and Martin to take a leave under emotional duress, but what happened or why shouldn;t be the biggest issue concerning coach Joe Philbin right now. It's what happens next with the two principles in this scandal, and it's a no-win situation for the club. Players fervently want Incognito reinstated and have lobbied for that, but the herald alreday has reported he he "done" here, and to welcome him back might be a P.R. nightmare. Players do not want Martin back, but taking him back anyway might be likely if only from a legal/liability standpoint. What to do, what to do? Help the Dolphins decide. Vote in this new poll and say why.
UPSET BIRD DAY: WEEK 10 NFL PREDIX: DOLPHINS WOES CONTINUE IN TAMPA: After a chaotic, distracted week spent answering nonstop questions about (of all things) bullying, I see the Dolphins ripe for an upset loss at winless Tampa Bay. (Reminding you, Dear Reader, that this isn't me hoping that, but merely predicting it. Click on Week 10 Gems for all of our latest NFL picks, and on The Dolphins' Dilemma for my Friday Page column. It's on the club's no-win choice moving forward on what do do with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, which we discuss more fully (and ask you about in a poll) directly above in this blogpost. My week got off to a great start last night. I picked Vikings to beat Redskins in an outright upset, and the Purples came through for me.
CAT SACK FEVER: PANTHERS FIRE DINEEN: Coach Kevin Dineen and assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsey are unemployed as of this morning, fired by our NHL Panthers, who are 3-9-4 and on a seven-game losing streak. Three wins in 16 games is a terrible start, but the sacking feels a tad premature on the part of the new ownership and GM Dale Tallon. This is a youthful team and a season of low expectations. I thought both things might have bought Dineen a bit more leeway and time. The new man on at least an interim basis is Peter Horachek (pictured), who'd been coaching the club's AHL affilitae in San Antonio. Good luck, Pete; you'll need all you can get.
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