Brandon Marshall to Dolphins? (with poll); plus which-opener-excites-you-most poll, flopping Marlins, Canes 26-1 for title, when you'll die & more
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BRANDON MARSHALL: YES, NO OR MAYBE: In a new column online now and shipping to Tuesday's paper (click here), I propose the Dolphins should be exploring interest in disgruntled Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall, who, for all his baggage, is a 25-year-old Pro Bowl guy with 206 catches the past two seasons. What if Miami could get him for a first-round pick? Take a dip in our poll and weigh in on why or why not.
[Blognote: The above poll, and the one below it in this post, are our 72nd and 73rd blogpolls to blast past 1,000 votes. Keep 'em coming! And thanks].
WHAT LOCAL FOOTBALL OPENER ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT: Getting close now. Like a locomotive that has rounded the bend and is in view. Getting bigger and bigger, louder and louder. FOOTBALL SEASON! FAU opens in five days and UM in seven and soon after that comes FIU and the Dolphins. Which opener (oddly, all four are away) are you most looking forward to? Take a dip in our poll and share why.
WIN OR BUST FOR MARLINS IN CRUCIAL STRETCH: Cue the theme from Rocky because the Marlins, against all odds, are about to pick themslves up off the canvas and start throwing leather. Or not. Alas, the "or not" is looking more and more likey, with two straight losses at home to begin the crucial four-game series with Atlanta. Click on Tres Fantastico! for my column off Sunday's win; it explores what a shame it would be if the superb seasons of Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson and Chris Coghlan are, in effect, wasted by a failed playoff run. Huge uphill climb now.
WILLIE WILLIAMS ARRESTED AGAIN: This story really saddens me. I wrote last year about Willie's latest second chance (with Union College) and he'd seemed to have a finally turned a corner. What a shame.
BODOG COLLEGE FOOTBALL ODDS: Gators favored at 2-1 to win the national title, with FSU at 21-1 (10th best) and UM at 26-1 (12th best). Over/under on Canes wins is 8, but Miami is picked only fourth in the ACC Coastal division at 7-2, after Virginia Tech (3-2), Georgia Tech (5-2) and North Carolina (3-1).
WHEN YOU'LL DIE: An interesting (if macabre and depressing) new website allows you to enter various information so that a computer can tell you'll when you die. Click on Grim Reaper for the site. I think most of us would be happy as long as the answer is, "After the Dolphins win another [bleepin'] Super Bowl!"
DOLPHINS SACK BOKAMPER: Duffy's Sports Grills have been named the official sports bars of the Dolphins. Take that, former Dolphin Kim Bokamper of Bokamper's. Slap!
PANTHERS FANS CHANT, "WE'RE NO. 28!": The moribund, playoff-drought-stricken Panthers franchise has spawned the 28th-ranked fans in the NHL, its says here.
BEES SWARM BORAS SUITE: A suite at Angel Stadium owned by baseball superagent Scott Boras was swarmed by bees Sunday. I can think of a couple of dozen team GMs who probably got a smile out of that.
HIP-HOP NEWS: The Brooklyn rapper Uncle Murda has changed his named to Uncle M in an attempt to broaden his appeal and not alienate people. He settled on Uncle M after being talked out of the more cumbersome Uncle Manslaughter.
GIANT COCKROACH: A burrowing cockroach found in Australia is thought to be the world's heaviest insect. The roach menacing an infant too infantile to be afraid. [This is for those who have been complaining the blog doesn't have enough stuff on giant insects].
FINDING A CURE FOR BUTT ODOR IN OUR LIFETIME: It's Aspray!
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