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Dolphins-Bears, other NFL Week 6 picks fresh out the oven!: plus Heat/Jimmy Butler poll. Last day to vote!; also, Panthers drop home-opener 5-4, the Tannehill column & more

1) It's FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12. Happy birthday yesterday to my brother. Love you, big bro! 2) Football's here and that means it's the perfect time to delight the Dolfans in your life with our 'Fins At 50' book. Check it out here on Amazon. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): The Ryan Tannehill column, Herald NFL QB rankings, Pix 'n Fantasy results, Cote's State of the State college rankings, latest Back In My Day video & more. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook and Instagram.

Our most recent columns: No More Excuses, Florida Panthers and Tannehill: Requiem For A Quarterback. Also: Kid QB Passes His Big TestWhatever Happened to Kenyan Drake? and With All D.Wade Has Meant, One Year to Say Goodbye Might Not Be Enough.

PicksIT'S UPSET BIRD DAY IN AMERICA!: DOLPHINS-BEARS AND ALL THE REST OF OUR NFL WEEK 6 PICKS: Consecutive bad, bad road losses make Sunday a well-timed home game for the Dolphins, but the hot Bears are hardly the right opponent. Ryan Tannehill and the Fins are going to find it another tough go against a very strong Chicago defense led by unstoppable Khalil Mack. Read the full predix capsule at the top of my latest NFL predictions. They include my Game of the Week, Upset of the Week ("Aawwk!") and all of the rest. Our 28th season of Friday NFL picks (online Thursdays) is off to a blazing start. We are a stout 53-23-2 overall (.697) and more importantly a strong 45-30-3 against the spread (.600) entering Week 6. (Sad to say our new week got off to a rocky start last night thanks to a misplaced gamble on the rotten Giants, who laid down like mangy, pathetic dogs at home Thursday. Not that I'm bitter). Dive into Week 6 Gems for all of my latest picks. (Included is a separate link to Thursday night's pick, unfortunately). 

JbutlerHOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH FOR HEAT TO GIVE UP FOR JIMMY BUTLER?: The Miami Heat really want Jimmy Butler (pictured), the Minnesota Timberwolves guard pushing to be traded. But at what cost? Some reports are that Miami has offered Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo and a 2019 first-round draft pick. That to me is too much (hate to part with Richardson especially), but it's a close call. Butler is a 6-8 swingman, a four-time all-star, a 20-to-24 points scorer who absolutely would make Miami better this season -- maybe a team fighting for a top-four seed instead of scrambling for a seventh or eighth. But he also is 29, and could become a free agent in July. If you were the Heat would you make the deal being speculated? Take a dip in our poll. Vote now:

Cats CatsPANTHERS OPEN 25TH HOME SEASON WITH 5-4 LOSS: For my column from the arena on tonight's loss, visit: No More Excuses, Florida Panthers. Original post: I'll be at the Sunrise arena for tonight's home launch of the Florida Panthers' 25th hockey season and second under coach Bob Boughner. It began inauspiciously Saturday with a 2-1 shootout loss at Tampa Bay. Worse, goaltender Robert Luongo left with a knee injury and will miss at least a couple of weeks. Not a great omen when your 39-year-old goalie can't get out of the first game. Still, hopes are high because the Cats finished so strong last season. On Jan. 25 they were 19-22-6 (or nine games under .500 on wins/losses). After that they were 28-8-2 -- or 15 games over .500. The big finish very narrowly missed a playoff spot. The returning nucleus of Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad and Aaron Ekblad forms much expectation. Will this be the season the Cats finally live up? Florida has made the playoffs only five times (last in 2016) and not won a playoff series since that stirring Year of the Rat run all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. It's time.

Other select columns: NFL 2018 Team RankingsDolphins? Heat? Nope. UM Football Owns This TownNFL Enters Year 3 Of Anthem-Protest QuagmireTo The Good-Guy Grinder In The ShadesTime to Flip the Old Narrative On Miami As a Sports TownCan Riley Rescue Heat From Purgatory? When 3 World Cup Legends Were Ours.

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