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Dream Team delivers home opener up to the hype; plus who owns this town -- Canes, Dolphins or Heat? (with poll) & NFL Week 8 picks (uh oh)

[Note: Thanks to ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' for having us on Friday to talk -- what else! -- Heat].

FANTASTIC HOME OPENER FOR DREAM-TEAM HEAT: Miami was predictably rusty in opening loss at Boston, rebounded with a nice win at Philadelphia, and seemed to really find its stride in a 96-70 home-opening rout of rival Orlando Friday night. Click on Grand Opening for my column off the game.

I'm curious what inroads the Heat will have with football fans the next few months. Does a Dolfan or 'Canes fan switch or share allegiances now? Take a dip in our poll and say why you voted as you did.

I'll be at the Bayside arena tonight and have rarely looked forward more to a non-playoff home game in any of our sports.

1aabosh1 1aabosh2 By the way, click Rise for LeBron James' new Nike commercial. It's brilliant. Alludes to his clumsy exit from Cleveland but unapologetically. Plus I love a shoe commercial that barely mentions shoes. [Pictured: The Heat's Big 3 (left) and (right) how the Heat's Big 3 might have looked had Pat Riley come up with the idea sooner].

WEEK 8 NFL PICKS: Be very concerned, Dolfans. I think Miami will win Sunday in a mild upset at Cincinnati, 28-27, and the way my picks are going this season, that could be the smooch of doom. Click on Week 8 Gems for all our latest picks.


GREG COTE: READ columns and blog in The Miami Herald and MiamiHerald.com, including general sports columns, Friday NFL predictions page and Sunday "Random Evidence" notes. FOLLOW on Twitter. WATCH for occasional appearances on ESPN's Outside the Lines and elsewhere. LISTEN on 790 The Ticket's weekly Dolphins pregame show and Tuesdays around 4:20 p.m. JOIN in live chat every Wednesday noon to 1 p.m. CONTACT at [email protected].