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Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: 96.2%; plus unbeaten Fins, maestro Tannehill beat Oakland 28-20, with our postgame thoughts; also, latest Hot Button Top 10 (updated), The List & more

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

1) It's MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24. The latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll shows season-best results. To see them, scroll to the blogpost directly below or find them directly HERE. 2) Football's back! That makes this the perfect time to delight the Dolfans in your life with the surprise of our 'Fins At 50' book. Check it out here on Amazon. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hurricanes and Perry handle FIU with CSM poll, other state Collball, NFL Week 3 predix & more. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook and Instagram.

Personal update: As many know from following me on Twitter, I had recent thoracic surgery to remove a tumor from my chest and am in recovery mode. Pain meds, rest and no-drive orders led me to cut back on a bunch of stuff last week such as a temporary reduction in Herald workload and no LeBatard Show. Thanks for the understanding. I'm back at it starting Monday.

DsmDOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G3: 96.2%: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show a sky-high, season-high 96.2 percent overall approval -- the combination of "very" and "somewhat" satisfied votes -- in the wake of Sunday afternoon's 28-20 Dolphins home victory over the Oakland Raiders putting Miami's season record at 3-0. The DSM is a continuous weekly gauge of how Dolfans are feeling about the team and its direction. Right after each game I invite you to share your overall degree of satisfaction. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest fans consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, direction the club is heading and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 7 a.m. today/Tuesday. (The DSM also takes place on our Twitter site @gregcote. The vote there was 80%).

2018 DSM game-by-game results

G1: 86.8% following 27-20 victory vs. Tennessee.

G2: 93.4% following 20-12 victory at N.Y. Jets.

G3: 96.2% following 28-20 victory vs. Oakland.

Next poll: Sept. 30 following game at New England.

G3: DOLPHINS 28, OAKLAND 20: FINS' RALLY SECURES A RARE 3-0 ROLLOUTFinal: Dolphins, 28-20. Synopsis: Man, that was impressive! Miami 3-0 with a comeback home win saw a maestro performance from Ryan Tannehill, huge plays from Jakeem Grant, two picks by Xavien Howard and a no-quit attitude. Dolphins could not cover Jordy Nelson early, could not stop Marshawn Lynch  and could not run the ball throughout, but somehow found a way to win. Great victory ..... 3Q: Oakland, 17-7: Synopsis: Late shovel-pass TD from Tannehill to Jakeem Grant (all Grant) gives Miami new life. You get the feeling one big play or a turnover will shape this game in the fourth. Miami has never led so this would be a really nice one to steal ..... Half: Oakland, 10-7. Synopsis: Miami's defense is playing good enough overall, even with the early inability to cover Jordy Nelson. And Ryan Tannehill has been excellent. The missing link so far? No ground game for Miami, with Drake/Gore a combined 5 carries for 5 yards. Winning or losing may depend on Miami being able to establish some semblance of a run ..... 1Q: Oakland, 7-0. Synopsis: Miami seems like it should be trailing by much more, but a defensive goalline stand and an Xavien Howard pickoff have kept Fins in game. Nobody is covering Jordy Nelson, and Miami offense is doing very little thus far ..... I'll be semi-live blogging today's game, meaning I'll constantly update scoring and post quick thoughts after every quarter and at game's end, just before the postgame satisfaction poll appears ..... Original post: We stand at the door of rare stuff, knuckles poised to knock, with today's 1 p.m. visit by Oakland at The Rock. The Oakmialast three seasons the Dolphins started 3-0 were 2013, 2002 and 1998. I believe that door (creaky from lack of use) will swing open once again Sunday afternoon. The availability of safety Reshad Jones (shoulder) was one key -- coach Adam Gase said he thought he'd play and I bought it -- but Jones won't play. That hurts. Miami will need every remaining defensive component — including Minkah Fitzpatrick justifying that “FitzMagic” trademark — versus a quarterback, Derek Carr, capable of going 29 of 32 as he did last week. Carr can razor through you with quick hits much as Ryan Tannehill is doing so efficiently thus far. Tannehill, though, has better surrounding weapons, and is backed by a better defense — especially now that Jon Gruden determined Khalil Mack to be expendable. (Thanks, Chucky!) I like Kenyan Drake uncorking himself against the Raiders’ soft run defense more than I like Marshawn Lynch going anywhere versus Miami’s stout ground D -- although Jones' absence has to make Lynch's fantasy owners feel a bit better. Watch for great, effective balance in the Fins’ offensive attack. Oakland won in Miami 27-24 last November, so now we get another gauge of the Fins’ improvement and the impact of Tannehill’s return. Tannehill, by the way, is 9-1 in his past 10 starts. Still, wide and stubborn doubt remains about these Fins. Miami being favored at home by a bare-bones 3 points is the latest indication. Why is today's game especially important? This: The first three games on the Dolphins’ schedule are not daunting. The next two (at Patriots and at Bengals) are more so. This 3-0 start, there for the taking, would be a welcome and perhaps needed cushion if this season is to be one of playoff contention after all. My pick: Dolphins, 24-20.

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HOT BUTTON TOP 10 (SEPTEMBER 23): WHAT SOUTH FLORIDA SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT: Our blog-exclusive every-Sunday feature is part week-in-review, part look-ahead. Hot Button means what's on our minds, locally and nationally, from a Miami perspective, as the sports week just past pivots to the week ahead. This week's HB10:

Hotbutton1. DOLPHINS: Still-unbeaten Miami rallies past Gruden's Raiders: After beating Tennessee (in seven hours) and then winning at the Jets, Miami on Sunday fashioned only its fourth 3-0 start since 1998 with a 28-20 home rally past Oakland. Big plays galore and Ryan Tannehill, great again. "Happy days are here again!" ... at least pending the first loss or two.

2. HURRICANES: UM handles FIU as N'Kosi Perry stars: It was a brawl-free "Battle for the 305" as Miami burst to a 31-0 lead and then coasted to a comfy 31-17 win over crosstown rivals. N'Kosi Pery relieved Malik Rosier and was mostly excellent. With North Carolina looming Thursday in prime time, you got a decision to make, Mark Richt!

3. HEAT: D.Wade in for "last dance" as preseason nears: Dwyane Wade (finally) agreed to a 1-year contract and a final-season farewell tour of sorts, and now it starts in a flurry. Media Day on Monday begins a week's training camp, the first preseason game is next Sunday, then the season begins Oct. 17. Welcome to YOW (Year Of Wade).

4. GOLF: Tiger wins, ends long dry spell: Tiger Woods won Tour Championship event on Sunday to claim his first PGA Tour victory in five years. Or 1,876 days -- but who's counting!? Eldrick needed to close the bleepin' deal for proof he's back. And did.

5. MARLINS: Fish wrap up home schedule with win: Miami closed its home schedule Sunday afternoon  with a 6-0 win over the Reds and now end the season with seven straight on the road. The Fire Sale Fish rebuilding Marlins need win only one of their last seven games to avoid losing 100. Hey, it's a goal! 

6. PANTHERS: Cats' preseason underway, Barkov named captain: Florida is four games into its seven-game preseason, girding for the regular-season opening on Oct. 6. Meantime Aleksander (Sasha) Barkov was named Cats captain, the NHL's second-youngest C-man at 23. Hope are high in Panthersland. Clone the budding superstar Barkov and they'd be higher still.  

7. NFL: Browns win a game! Browns win a game!: Lots going on in King Sport. Le'Veon Bell's continued holdout. The Pats trading for Josh Gordon. But nothing made news this week more than the Cleveland Browns winning a game after going 635 consecutive days without. And now, a few words from Cleveland Mayor Baker Mayfield.

8. MLB: Not a lot of late drama in playoff chase: Eight of the 10 playoffs spots have been clinched or all-but entering the final week of the MLB regular season, with the ninth awaiting the NL West winner. Only intrigue is whether the NL West runnerup or Colorado will sneak off with the final postseason ticket.

9. NBA: Mavericks cited for workplace abuse: A seven-month investigation found incidents of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization over a period of more than 20 years -- most of it on the watch of current owner Mark Cuban. Cuban agreed to donate $10 million to women's causes, but escaped any NBA suspension or discipline. Hmm.

10. NASCAR: Dale Jr. is back! Sort of...: Dale Earnhardt Jr., the NASCAR fan favorite who retired after last season, was behind the wheel again Friday, leading for 96 laps and finishing fourth in an Xfinity Series race at Richmond. Dear Athletes: Look up the word "retirement." Then either do it, or don't.

Missing the HB10 cut: Hot Button Top 10 is happy to be back after a one week hiatus. Spent my time off getting a tumor removed from my chest. And how was your vacation? ..... Finally, at long last, they won! It had been forever. Oh you thought I meant the Browns? Well them, too. But I meant the Seminoles ..... The Heat place Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk and Justise Winslow on ESPN 's latest Top 100 NBA players list, but none higher than Dragic at 61st. The latest indication of a team not bad, but likely not much better than not bad ..... Forbes' latest annual NFL team-value ranking has Cowboys No. 1 at $5 billion. Miami is a mid-pack 17th at $2.58B, the league average. Stadium improvements boosted Dolphins' value. So might sustained winning, by the way ..... Spanish Football Federation is blocking attempts to play a Barcelona-Girona league match in Miami this January. Wait, you mean the federation outranks Messi!? ..... Canes men's basketball bounced guard Miles Wilson off the team for rules violations. Sadly, there's always a use for the  #DumbAthletes hashtag ..... Seattle throws a championship parade Sunday to celebrate the Storm's third WNBA title. It also is the third for star Sue Bird, now established as the second-best Bird ever to play basketball ..... Headlines I Never Imagined Reading (one in a series): 'Colorado Football Mascot Shoots Self In Groin With T-Shirt Cannon' ..... Update. Countdown now 2,829 days (give or take) until Miami hosts its first match in the 2026 World Cup.

THE LIST: BEST COMBINED NFL SEASONS IN-STATE: Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay are a combined 7-2 (.778) after three NFL weeks. We wondered what have been the best combined season records for the state's three NFL teams in the 23 years since Jacksonville joined. The answer? (It's been awhile...):

Year    Combined record

1999    34-14, .708 (3 POs)

2005    32-16, .667 (2 POs)

1997    30-18, .625 (3 POs)

1998    29-19, .604 (2 POs)

2000    28-20, .583 (2 POs)

Note: Golden '99 was Dan Marino's final season. The Bucs' and Jags' primary starting QBs were Trent Dilfer and Mark Brunell. The head coaches were Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungy and Tom Coughlin. At least one state team has made the playoffs in 13 of 23 seasons, although in only 5 of the past 15. The worst combined season record was 13-35 (.271) in 2014.

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