1) It is THURSDAY, JANUARY 29. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill makes his SB prediction known Thursday at the NFL Experience in Phoenix. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Super Bowl With a Smirk II, best-Super Bowl-in-Miami poll, banned-puppy video, Marlins farm rank & more. 3) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also on Facebook, Instagram and Vine.
Heat's Wade out indefinitely: Dwyane Wade's hamstring injury will keep him out indefinitely, he said today. Speculation is at least three weeks. Makes hanging onto a playoff spot tougher. And only aggravates Wade's rep as a high-maintenance machine prone to breakdowns.
SUPER BOWL WITH A SMIRK III: NBC PREGAME SHOW. BECAUSE WHAT SAYS SEAHAWKS-PATRIOTS LIKE BRIAN WILLIAMS DRIVING A RACE CAR?: Today's third of our five daily Super Bowl With a Smirk notes columns leads with NBC on Wednesday having a major media conference call to tout its six-hour Sunday pregame show, which includes (of course) NBC anchorman Brian Williams as Mr. NASCAR on a racetrack, along with a bunch of other stuff not really related to the game such as a feature on "Super Bowl wives" and "flamboyant" ice skater Johnny Weir interviewing celebrities. (Weir is pictured lower left; Williams is above left, evidently practicing). This is what happens when you try to kill six hours. Click on Smirk III for the full column. Also included today: Tom
Brady's cold, security
measures, a pointless petition, Ecuador, Indians, Skittles, GoDaddy being mean to a puppy, a poor cow's ultimate sacrifice and more. [Previously: Smirk II, Smirk I].
SMIRK III POLL: NAME THAT VILLAIN: There is no Cinderella in this Super Bowl. There are two black hats. There is Darth Vader in a hoodie Bill Belichick and the cheating-marred Patriots on one side, and there is surly Marshawn Lynch, strutting Richard Sherman, preening Pete Carroll and the cocky Seahawks on the other. Which of the two hard-to-love teams do you find most unlikable? Which is better cast as the villain Sunday? Vote and say why.
Smirk II Poll result: Namath's guarantee, of course: We asked in the previous blogpost to name the best or most memorable of the 10 Super Bowls that have been played in Miami, and the Jets' 16-7 win over the Colts that Joe Namath guaranteed after the 1968 season won it with 40.9 percent. Also support for Steelers' 35-31 win over Dallas in 1978 (25.0%) and 49ers' 20-16 win over Cincy in 1988 (18.2%)
PLEASE, PEOPLE. WHATEVER YOU DO ... LEAVE YOUR DRONE AT HOME!:
HURRICANES' 2015 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: It's officially out today via the ACC and UM. Not many soft spots after the first two games Here it is, with kickoff times to be determined:
|2015 @CANESFOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|Sept. 5||BETHUNE-COOKMAN||Sun Life Stadium||UM leads, 2-0|
|Sept. 12||at FAU||Boca Raton, Fla.||UM leads, 1-0|
|Sept. 19||NEBRASKA||Sun Life Stadium||NU leads 6-5|
|Sept. 26||Bye Week|
|Oct. 1||at Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||UM leads, 11-1|
|Oct. 10||at Florida State*||Tallahassee, Fla.||UM leads, 31-28|
|Oct. 17||VIRGINIA TECH*||Sun Life Stadium||UM leads, 19-13|
|Oct. 24||CLEMSON*||Sun Life Stadium||UM leads, 6-3|
|Oct. 31||at Duke*||Durham, N.C.||UM leads, 10-2|
|Nov. 7||VIRGINIA*||Sun Life Stadium||Series tied, 6-6|
|Nov. 14||at North Carolina*||Chapel Hill, N.C.||UM leads, 9-8|
|Nov. 21||GEORGIA TECH*||Sun Life Stadium||GT leads, 11-9|
|Nov. 27||at Pittsburgh*||Pittsburgh, Pa.||UM leads, 23-10-1
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