1) It is MONDAY, MAY 5. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Bulletin. Drinkers need an annual holiday like Miley Cyrus needs a reason to disrobe. 2) Click on Random Evidence for our latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with Heat/NBA playoffs/Donald Sterling. 3) Indications your career is falling like Teddy Bridgewater's draft stock: You are Joey Fatone, former member of 'N Sync, and you are the new host of the Food Network show, "Rewrapped." 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins draft poll and Hickey's take, Heat held hostage, Birdzilla, Stanton/Fernandez, Golden's call, Jameis-mocking, Rihanna's nipples, Keef reggae & more. 5) Join us Twitter @gregcote.
Seantrel's latest folly: Comes a report today that former Hurricanes tackle and draft prospect Seantrel Henderson tested positive for marijuana during the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Answer: Limitless, apparently. Question: How many ways can Seantrel screw up?
NBA final-eight title odds: Today, betting odds via Bovada: Heat favorites at 7-5, then Spurs 3-1, Thunder 9-2, Clippers 15-2, Pacers 12-1, Nets 16-1, and Trailblazers and Wizards both 25-1. However, ESPN sees it way differently in Miami and puts title chances thusly: Spurs 26.4 percent, Thunder 24.0, Clippers 16.1, Heat 13.7, Pacers 11.2, Trailblazers 4.8, Wizards 3.2 and Nets 0.6.
"How 'bout those Marlins! (C'mon. How often do we get to say that?)" --Greg Cote
NETS ESCAPE TO MEET HEAT IN SECOND ROUND; YOUR SERIES PREDICTION GOES HERE: Wow. Brookyn almost blows it but escapes Toronto 104-103 yesterday and it's Nets-Heat in NBA round-two playoffs starting Tuesday night in Miami. This by consensus and quantifiably has been the greatest first-round in the history of the NBA playoffs -- particularly notable
because the Donald Sterling mess was plopped into the middle of it. Five of the eight 1R series have gone the full seven games. There were never more than two Game 7s in any one of the 11 previous years since the first round went from best-of-five to seven. Today Brooklyn escapeed at Toronto for the right to face the Heat next, and San Antonio swamped visiting Dallas to face Portland next. The other matchups already set were L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City and Washington vs. Indiana. Brooklyn-Miami is the series you expected, and probably wanted. Nets were 4-0 vs. Heat in regular season, but with three one-point games and the other in double-overtime. Miami neverthless will be favored to advance despite that -- partly because of that. Here's a poll inviting your prediction in the series. Not what you want to happen, but what you honestly think will. Vote and say why.
LEBRON OVERLOAD -- THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT!: Samsung has introduced a "LeBron App" (logo shown) exclusive to Samsung Galaxy products. With it you can access his social updates, videos and photos; info on his shoes, breakfast choices and off-court clothing; and details on his charity work and family life. Sounds like one-stop shopping for stuff you can either find elsewhere (Instagram, et al) or don't really care about, although one can hardly blame Samsung for milking the cow while the udder is fattest.
COTE CREDITED AS LE BATARD SHOW TOPS 1 MILLION PODCASTS: The Dan Le Batard Show (weekdays 3-7 p.m. on 790 & 104.3 The Ticket and 4-7 on ESPN Radio) had 1,024,775 downloaded podcasts in April -- the first time topping the 1M mark. The show's upward podcast trend shows a particularly notable spike from December to January, which coincidentally is right around when Greg Cote joined the show as a weekly in-studio (usually Tuesdays) co-host. "There is no question that Cote, the 'Show Killa,' has been a huge boost to the show," an anonymous made-up industry source totally did not say.
Poll result: Dolfans holding out hope for Martin in first round: We asked who you most hope Miami will land in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft and from among seven listed candidates Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin led by with 39.97 percent. There also was strong support for Alabama LB C.J. Mosley (25.11%) and North Carolina TE Eric Ebron (22.68%). The four other players split the crumbs.
PEANUT SHELL ART: Ever heard what initially sounded like a ridiculous idea but then you give it a chance and you decide it's fantastic? That was me upon first hearing the phrase "peanut shell art." A talented guy from Cincinnati named Steve Casino, 48, makes tiny artwork of peanuts, meticulously painting them. Tiger Woods is pictured. Google this guy and check him out. I mean Casino, not Tiger. Perhaps this is inspiration borrowed from Planters' Mr. Peanut; no matter. It's a great idea masterfully executed.
CROCODILE CHOP: I love musical mashups. Sometimes they are absolute garbage. Sometimes they are inspired. Sometimes they are, like this one, confounding, incongruous and yet somehow interesting. Masher Neil Cicierega combines two acts that would not be caught on the same stage together, with Elton John's poppy "Crocodile Rock" and hard rocking System of a Down's "Chop Suey" becoming "Crocodile Chop." Enjoy (or, don't):
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