Hutton's firing latest fan-angering, bonehead move by Marlins; plus Dolphins' latest All-50'ers, NFL Week 11 'n Greg's Lobos fantasy results, new SOPY standings show 2-man race & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
1) It is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22. See previous blogpost for results of latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter poll. Ugh. They're bad. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins fall to Dallas and DSM poll, NASCAR in Homestead, Hot Button Top 10 & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also on Facebook, Instagram, Vine and Periscope.
Dolphins' latest All-50'ers: Club is marking its 50th anniversary season by revealing its all-time 50 greatest players in random five-man groups. The latest five are A.J. Duhe, Bruce Hardy, Jim Kiick, Nat Moore and Ed Newman. No arguments from me. Moore is the most obvious choice. Hardy probably is the weakest, but tight end historically hasn't been a great positions for Fins.
OH, MARLINS. HUTTON FIRING CLUB'S LATEST MISSTEP: I won't pile on and say the Marlins eff-up at every turn. Credit where it's do. They have a wonderful new(ish) ballpark. They shocked everybody with that lucrative long-term deal for Giancarlo Stanton. They seemed to make a strong managerial hire this month in Don Mattingly. But that doesn't erase years of shake-your-head management and decisions -- the latest the out-of-the-blue firing last evening of popular TV analyst Tommy Hutton, the club's on-air voice for 19 years. No good reason was given. Hutton obviously was at times too honest for the Marlins in his criticism and commentary. We'll miss that passion from Hutton that occasionally erupted in volcanic rants. We'll miss his knowledge and credibility. We'll miss his candor. This is a wrong-headed, senseless, counter-productive decision by the Marlins ... just the latest move to shake the faith and trust of fans.
NFL PIX 'N GREG'S LOBOS FANTASY: WEEK 10: PIX UPTURN, FANTASY MISERY!: 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: A modest upturn: We went 8-6 overall and 7-6-1 vs. the spread (Patriots pushed), which, mediocre as that is, merits a party compared to the previous week. Nailed outright upsets picks with wins by Lions and Packers, and also had 'dog Colts and Bucs with the points. Greg's Lobos / family league: Yet another loss: The original Lobos lost 111-74 to fall to 4-7, now two games off even a playoff-pace tiebreaker with three left in our regular season. Had nobody better than Darren McFadden's 18 points. Greg's Lobos / radio-show league: No-bos. We're out: The LeBatard Show Lobos were eliminated by Billy, 194.5 to 129.9 in a two-week playoff. No MVL award; that's how badly we finished. When you barely get 10 combined points from Philip Rivers and Devonta Freeman, you're hurtin'. Onto the consolation-round playoffs. Oh, the indignity!
SOPY: IT'S TWO-MAN RACE FOR 'STATE HEISMAN' ENTERING FINAL WEEK: The fourth season of our blog's SOPY rankings --State Offensive Player of the Year -- pares to a two-man race for the title entering the final week of the season. It's South Florida QB Quinton Flowers or Florida State RB Dalvin Cook for the crown. Our weekly cumulative rankings measure the most productive QBs, running backs and receivers for the state's seven FBS teams: Miami, Florida, Florida State, FIU, FAU, UCF and South Florida. Our simple formula awards a half-point for every passing yard and one point for every rushing or receiving yard, with six points for every TD scored or thrown. The 2015 SOPY Top 10 entering Week 13:
2015 SOPY TOP 10 / WEEK 12
Rk (LW) Player, team-pos. W12 Season
1 (1) Quinton Flowers, SoFla-qb 155.5 1,872.5
2 (2) Dalvin Cook, FSU-rb 123 1,784
3 (3) Alex McGough, FIU-qb 50.5 1,594
4 (4) Brad Kaaya, Miami-qb 156 1,392.5
5 (5) Marlon Mack, SoFla-rb 118 1,324
6 (6) Alex Gardner, FIU-rb 95 1,262
7 (7) Joseph Yearby, Miami-rb 53 1,161
8 (9) Kelvin Taylor, Florida-rb 123 1,052
9 (8) Jacquez Johnson, FAU-qb 95 1,051
10 (10) Everett Golson, FSU-qb 31.5 921
Bubble: Treon Harris, Florida-qb, 862.5 Other team leader: UCF--Justin Holman, qb, 781. Season's best week: Mack, SoFla-rb, 290 (Wk11). Note: FIU has played 12 games and completed season; all others have played 11.
Cote's State of the State ranking: 1. Florida (10-1); 2. Florida State (9-2); 3. Miami (7-4); 4. South Florida (7-4); 5. FIU (5-7); 6. FAU (2-9); 7. UCF (0-11).
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