It's Radio Tuesday!: I'm back in-studio today with the Dan LeBatard Show for my 28th national appearance. We go 3-7 on 104.3 & 790 The Ticket, 4-7 on ESPN Radio. Ears welcome.
1) It is TUESDAY, JULY 29. In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Faith-in-Tannehill poll, Joe Philbin, Hot Button Top 10 & more. 2) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Vine and Instagram.
"The Dolphins signed rookie QB Seth Lobato from Northern Colorado. If he made the team and won the starting job, would that mean the offense had undergone a Lobatomy?" --Greg Cote
ON MICKY ARISON'S OPEN LETTER TO HEAT FANS: 'WE ARE NOT DONE': The Heat's owner linked to his upbeat message from his Twitter account. Back in the day, he'd have taken out a full page ad in the Miami Herald. (Why do I think of everything in the context of the Newspaper Deathbed?) Anyway, Arison didn't go all Dan Gilbert and rail against LeBron James for the way he left. He went high-road, extolling the franchise's great accomplishments and expressing optimism moving forward. The letter appeared beneath the photo shown here. The key points, to me: After spending the first half of the letter bragging up all the club has done, and won, he wrote, "I’m here to tell you something else: we are not done; not even close." And, "We are laser-focused on the present and the task at hand of defending our Eastern Conference championship ... while also positioning ourselves for maximum flexibility and maneuverability in the future." And, "Our roster is comprised of players capable of versatility and who are out to prove something to the rest of the league." Finally, a plea to fans: "Like Dwyane [Wade] said when he announced his return to the Heat, I am a #HeatLifer. That’s how I want you to feel about your role as a Miami Heat fan -- that you are a #HeatLifer –- 'all in' with us." I found it interesting that Arison neither mentioned LeBron's departure nor thanked him for his time here. The underlying tone was very much that losing LeBron is a hiccup that this championship-pedigree club will overcome.
MARLINS FANS: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?: You saw one last night here against rival Washington, with Miami turning a 6-0 deficit into a 7-6 walkoff win making it five victories in a row and eight in the past nine games. The Marlins have crept within six games of the NL East lead and, as important, within 4 1/2 games of wild-card contention. This is still the periphery of playoff contention, but Miami has put itself in the conversation, given itself a chance. The team should now be buyers, not sellers, as Thursday's MLB trade deadline looms. On my count, 1-2-3 ... "Everybody's doin' the Fish! Yeah yeah yeah!"
CANES CONFERENCE ODDS: ACC media recently voted Miami as the favorite to win the Coastal Division this season. Professional oddsmakers do not agree. New Bovada lines out today have North Carolina the Coastal pick at 8-5 odds, followed by UM and Virginia Tech at 3-1 each.
POLL RESULT: SUPPORT FOR TANNEHILL SHOWS MODEST RISE: "What will Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill be three years from now?" We asked the poll question during last season and again as this training camp opened to gauge any change in support, and we saw a modest rise in faith. The comparative results:
Poll Answer 2013 Now
A star 8.2 13.5
A solid starter 39.1 41.4
A marginal starter 30.4 21.8
A reserve 7.5 7.1
Gone 8.4 10.4
Too soon to say 6.4 5.8
In sum, Tannehill's plus-rating in the two most positive categories -- star or solid starter -- rose from 47.3 percent to 54.9%. Tannehill generally has rising support, but it isn't broad, and doubters remain.
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