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Merry Christmas! Which of our Big 5 teams is inspiring the most optimism and closest to being really good? Pick the top 2. New poll. Vote now!; plus Reshad Jones' Pro Bowl snub, Dolphins/NFL Week 16 pix & more

GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.

Xmas1) It is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25. MERRY CHRISTMAS! 2) Click on Week 16 Gems  Thursday Gem for tonight's Chargers-Raiders pick. 3) IThe Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins lose in San Diego with DSM poll, Hot Button Top 10, your 2016 Cooperstown ballot & more. 4) ICYMI, click on The Miami 25 for my ranking of the 25 biggest current names in South Florida sports. 5) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also on Facebook, InstagramVine and Periscope.

Heat win holiday game: Heat today beat New Orleans 94-88 in OT at the bayside arena behind Chris Bosh's 30 points and Hassan Whiteside's 17 rebounds and four blocks.

OptimismWHICH OF OUR BIGGEST SPORTS TEAMS IS CLOSEST TO BEING REALLY GOOD?: Who is inspiring the most optimism right now among Greater Miami's Big 5 teams: Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Florida Panthers or Canes football? The timing is right to ask as 2015 segues to '16. Also, the Dolphins, Heat and Panthers are in-season, UM plays its bowl game on Saturday, and Marlins spring training will be here before you know it. Whose team's fans should be feeling the best, today, and about the near-term future. Take a dip in our poll, vote for your top two, and say why you voted as you did.

Vote for the top two:

ReshadjonesMIKE POUNCEY IN, BUT MOST-DESERVING-DOLPHIN RESHAD JONES SCREWED OUT OF PRO BOWL: Conference-less Pro Bowl "captains" and selectors Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin have some 'splainin' to do. Only center Mike Pouncey made the Pro Bowl foer the Dolphins in the announcement show tonight on NFL Network. He's marginally deserving. But strong safety Reshad Jones (pictured) is -- clearly -- the only Dolphin who should have been automatic. He got screwed. Point-blank. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and receiver/returner Jarvis Landry had a case. But Jones ... man. More than a hundred tackles, five interceptions (two returned for TDs), a couple of sacks. So much has gone wrong this Dolphins season. Jones has gone right. He should be Hawaii-bound. He could still make it as an alternate for somebody who is injured or fakes an injury to miss the game, but it won't be the same. Jones got passed over. And it feels wrong. It also feels like a guilt-by-association thing. Miami is lousy at 5-9; hence, one Pro Bowl pick. Carolina is unbeaten and has an astronomical 10 picks. Pro Bowl selections do not always fairly represent a team's talent level or popularity. Often they are a reflection of the team's season. Jones is a victim of that.

UPSET BIRD DAY: DOLPHINS/NFL WEEK 16 PICKS: Split start to our week Thursday night as we the Raiders won but failed to cover. Click on Week 16 Gems for all of our remaining latest picks and full prediction capsules. Highlights: Dolphins defeat visiting Saints; Arizona holds off Green Bay in Game of the Week; and Jets upend Patriots in our Upset of the Week ("Aawwk!"). Also, click on Dolphins in the Misery Index for our latest weekly Friday Page NFL notes column. It leads with our updated Fan Misery Index, quantifying -- and justifying -- why Dolfans probably feel so disappointed this holiday season.

NFL PIX 'N GREG'S LOBOS FANTASY: WEEK 15 RESULTS: We update you briefly every Tuesday on how we did the previous NFL weekend with our published predictions and with our two Greg's
FripixLobos fantasy teams: Pix: Good. Solid: We niftied a 12-4 mark overall and a solid 9-6-1 against the spread, with Houston-Indy off the board when we played it. Called Redskins' outright (mini) upset over Buffalo, and rightly had Giants-with-points over Carolina in our Upset of the Week ("Aawwk!"). Greg's Lobos / family league: Loss in consolation bracket. Ugh: The original Lobos lost 127-109 in our playoff's consolation round despite 27 points from Drew Brees. We're now 6-9 on the year including postseason. Greg's Lobos / radio-show league: Congrats to champion Mike's Lobos!: The LeBatard Show's Greg's Lobos walloped Dan 221-102 in our two-round consolation playoffs, but the big news was Mike's Lobos whipping Charlie's Lobos 279-255 for the inaugural Lobos Fantasy League championship. We are all Lobos! Literally. Bowl grand finale.

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