The new Hot Button Top 10: See what falls where among NBA, Marlins, UM baseball, Fins, NHL, Indy, French, soccer, OutGames, Sailing; plus my Sunday column, Gregg Allman, your most-wins verdict, HB Daily (Sun) & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
1) It is SUNDAY, May 28. R.I.P., Gregg Allman, pictured right, gone at 69. 2) Click BIMD: Senior Discounts to watch my latest Back In My Day video from this past week's LeBatard Show. 3) Know any Dolfans? Surprise and delight them with our book on club's first half-century, Fins At 50. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins vs. Canes most-wins poll, UM baseball reaches ACC semifinals, Fish vs. Trout, World OutGames Miami scandal & more. 5) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat.
New Sunday column: Golden State, LeBron on history's doorstep: For the Warriors as a team or LeBron James as a player, this NBA Finals is going to leave one of them looking a lot like the best there ever was. Click on History Calling Warriors, LeBron for my new Sunday column.
Hot Button Top 10 going on holiday: Because of vacation, this will be the last Hot Button Top 10 for a little while. We'll be off the next two Sundays and return June 18.
HOT BUTTON TOP 10 (MAY 28): WHAT SOUTH FLORIDA SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT: Our blog-exclusive every-Sunday feature, updated Mondays, is part week-in-review, part look-ahead. Hot Button means what's on our minds, locally and nationally, but from a Miami perspective, as the sports week just past pivots to the week ahead. This week's HB10:
1. NBA: Finally, it's on! The inevitable Warriors-Cavs Finals begins: It's the Golden State-Cleveland trilogy, LeBron-Steph III, and the rubber-match series begins Thursday night. Now all it has to be is the greatest Finals ever ending in a triple-overtime Game 7 to live up to expectations.
2. MARLINS: Can long homestand help fading Fish save season?: Miami hopes its current 10-game homestand, longest of the year (off to a 1-1 start), will help the Marlins start to turn around a sinking season. Then again, Fish thought that last time, too, just before the previous homestand in which they went 1-8.
3. UM BASEBALL: Did Canes do enough in ACCs for NCAA bid?: UM went 2-1 in ACC Tournament with Saturdays' 12-4 semifinal loss in Louisville to North Carolina. That should be enough, though, to earn an NCAA bid for 45th consecutive year in Monday's selection show. Perspective: UM's last time not in the NCAAs predated Dolphins' Perfect Season.
4. DOLPHINS: Another round of OTAs on deck: The next of the Fins' offseason “organized team activity” days are this Tuesday through Thursday. You know you're a football fan if you care about your team's no-pads, limited-hitting practices 3 ½ months before the season starts. otas wrap up june 5-8.
5. NHL: It's Nashville and Pittsburgh for the Stanley Cup: Puck drops on Game 1 Monday. Pittsburgh has won four Stanley Cups including last season. Nashville is going for its first ever. Unless you live in western Pennsylvania, if you aren't rooting for the Predators, something's wrong with you.
6. MOTORSPORTS: Indianapolis 500 goes vrooom: IndyCar racing owns the motorsport stage as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" goes off today for the 101st time, if expected rainstorms don't postpone it. We're about to find out if God is a NASCAR fan.
7. TENNIS: French Open gets underway in Paris: A tennis tradition since 1891, French Open finds Rafael Nadal the clear men's favorite, but the women's side wide open, especially with No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber losing in first round earlier today. With neither Serena Williams nor Maria Sharapova playing, no Roger Federer, either, and now Kerber out, this major has taken a major hit in starpower.
8. SOCCER: Arsenal wins FA Cup final: Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 Saturday to win England's FA Cup. Call it an international soccer appetizer for the June 3 UEFA Champions League final in Wales as Real Madrid defends its European crown vs. Juventus.
9. WORLD OUTGAMES: Miami LGBTQ sporting event mired in scandal: The World OutGames Miami, set to have begun with an Opening Ceremony last night, collapsed under a fraud investigation that canceled almost all athletic events. Was this thing being run by Fyre Festival promoters and Ja Rule or what!?
10. SAILING: America's Cup takes the water in Bermuda: Its Opening Ceremonies and first day of racing for the 35th America's Cup happening in Bermuda over the next month. Quick tip for helmsmen: Avoid the Triangle.
Missing the HB10 cut: FAU reached C-USA baseball semifinals before losing Saturday. That and an 18-12 season could sneak Owls into NCAA Tournament. Give a hoot! ..... NASL's Miami FC faces Tampa Bay Rowdies on Wednesday in next round of U.S. Open Cup. Am starting a GoFundMe campaign to buy Miami FC a nickname ..... Congrats, Canada! This makes it 23 straight seasons without a Stanley Cup ..... Sunrise arena will host WWE Summer Slam on June 9. Wonder who's scheduled to win? ..... Belmont Stakes coming up June 10, but, with no Triple Crown in play, not even Belmont cares ..... MLB Draft is set for June 12. Note to MLB: I know you're jealous that the NFL and NBA drafts get much more attention. Quick thought, baseball: Try having fewer than 4,687 rounds ..... R.I.P., Jim Bunning, workhorse pitcher from a day when starting pitchers actually completed games ..... Michael Vick wants a one-day contract to retire as a Falcon. And he should, doggone it!
POLL RESULT: UM FOOTBALL WILL OUT-WIN DOLPHINS IN 2017: We asked who is more likely to win the most games this coming season, and by not quote a 2-to-1 margin you had it 58.8 percent Hurricanes and 30.5% Dolphins. The other 10.7% answered, "Dead even. Got a coin?"
HOT BUTTON DAILY / SUN 5-28-17: Up to five events on today's sports calendar that interest SoFla most:
1. L.A. Angels at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.: Fish 'n Trout wrap up 3-game series to open 10-game homestand.
2. Indianapolis 500, 12:15 p.m.: But, uh oh, forecast of rain could disrupt race's 101st running.
3. French Open, noon: First-round matches get underway in Paris.
4. America's Cup, 2 p.m.: Day 2 of racing in Bermuda as 35th Cup unfurls.
[Note: NHL Finals begin Monday May 29 and NBA Finals start Thursday June 1].
THE LIST: DOLPHINS NO. 1 PICKS ON DEFENSE: When I wrote recently that the Dolphins hope Charles Harris is their best No. 1 draft choice on defense in more than 20 years, here is what I meant. Miami's 10 most recent first-round picks on D prior to Harris:
Year Player Results
(Results numbers are seasons, starts and Pro Bowls with Dolphins)
2013 Dion Jordan, DE 2-1-0
2010 Jared Odrick, DE 5-41-0
2009 Vontae Davis, DB 3-36-0*
2006 Jason Allen, DB 4-19-0
2001 Jamar Fletcher, DB 3-6-0
1996 Daryl Gardener, DT 6-77-0
1994 Tim Bowens, DT 11-155-2
1992 Troy Vincent, DB 4-55-0*
1988 Eric Kumerow, DE 3-0-0
1987 John Bosa, DE 3-21-0
*-Davis and Vincent both made Pro Bowls, but not until after leaving Dolphins.
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