GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
1) It is WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21. Happy Summer Solstice, all! 2) Know any Dolfans? Surprise them with our book on club's first half-century. Learn more or order at Fins At 50. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Mayweather vs. McGregor with poll, Hot Button Top 10, your next-Miami-champion verdict & more. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat.
The new Back in My Day: Privileged Pets: Click on Privileged Pets for yesterday's LeBatard Show podcast and scroll to the 51:30 mark for the start of the new BIMD.
THE RETURN OF 'RANDOM EVIDENCE OF A CLUTTERED MIND' NOTES COLUMN: For many years ending in 2015 I penned a popular Sunday notes column called “Random Evidence of a Cluttered Mind” (from which the name of this blog derived). Tuesday, in a new form and on an occasional basis, Random returned after a two-year hiatus with a mixture of serious and fun across all sports. The inaugural topics:
* This week's Heat draft and why I disagree with most mocks.
* The Panthers' big gamble in exposing Jonathan Marchessault to expansion draft.
* The U.S. Open champion's notable girlfriend (Attack Of the 50-Foot Cheerleader).
* Marlins' home hotness reaches 11-2 run last night.
* Quantifying high hopes for UM football, men's basketball.
* And Quick Hits featuring Mayweather-McGregor fight, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jim Harbaugh, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Colin Kaepernick and Pete Rose.
Click on Random Evidence: The Shame of Margaret Court to read the comeback column in its entirety.
POLL RESULT: MOST SAY THEY WON'T WATCH MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR: We asked if you plan to watch the newly confirmed Aug. 26 Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, and it was 59.8 percent "no" to 40.2% "yes." The fight is expected to break records for pay-per-view revenue.
HOT BUTTON DAILY: WED 6-21-17: Today's sports events of most interest to SoFla fans:
1. Washington at Marlins, 12:10 p.m.: Rubber game of 3-game NL East series.
2. NHL announcement show, 8 p.m.: Award winners, Vegas expansion picks revealed.
3. College World Series, 7 p.m.: FSU in elimination game vs. LSU.
Select other recent columns: Make Fun of the Farce, But You'll Watch, from Sunday, on Mayweather vs. McGregor. No Parade In Sight: None of our Big 5 teams seems close to a championship. A Fall From Greatness And From Grace: Latest in Tiger Woods saga. Harris Vs. Fins' Draft Drought: High hopes for top pick Charles Harris. What's Next, Marlins?: Easy to say blow up the Fish, but harder (and not smart) to do. Big Risk For Big Upside: On chance Heat could land Harry Giles in NBA Draft. NFL's Moral Obligation: League must do more for brain-injury sufferers like Buoniconti and Kiick. The Dolphins' Eight Ifs: Explaining dichotomy of opinion on Fins. On The Team's Terms, Not His: What it would take for Heat/Dwyane Wade reunion. The Kid From Pampa: Why Dolphin draft's late rounds matter. Home Run For Miami: Bush/Jeter group as frontrunner to buy Marlins. The Jose Statue's Positive Purpose: Controversy over Marlins' planned Fernandez memorial. An American Tragedy: Suicide of Aaron Hernandez. History Breathes at UM Sports Hall: Tour of a little-known campus gem. Is There A Team Brave Enough for Kaepernick?: A curiously unemployed QB. Also: Thank You, Mae Riback, A Ghost Tour of Miami's Sports Past, The Miracle of Liberty City, Thank You, Edwin Pope.
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