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Swept! Heat join Panthers in playoffs' early-exit bin. Column from Miami's Game 4 loss; also, latest Greg Cote Show podcast with interactive Mail Sack, my belly button on Le Batard Show & more

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

1) It's SATURDAY, MAY 29. Check out Tuesday's Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz podcasts for way too much of me, including (improbably) my belly button. 2) The Greg Cote Show podcast is now separately on Twitter and Instagram. Join us on both! 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hot Button Top 10, Heat and Panthers playoffs, new episode of Greg Cote Show podcast, Happy birthday Bob Dylan & more. 4) Join me on Twitter and Instagram

CoteshowMailGREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: INTERACTIVE MAIL SACK IN LATEST EPISODE OUT NOW!: Our 20th episode of 2021 and 62nd overall is out now. A new pod drops every Monday at 7 a.m. ET on Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon, Stitcher, Megaphone, iHeart -- wherever you pod, and of course at MiamiHerald.com. You can find all 62 HERE for free. Our latest episode features a fun, interactive Greg's Mail Sack in which listeners ask questions on the air. Also, Greg says don't count out Panthers, even down 3-1, and talks Heat. Some Phil and Tebow chatter, too. Thanks as always for the support, pod family. Please listen, rate, review and follow! (Our pod now simulcasts on Sirius XM, too, every Monday 5-6 p.m. ET on Channel 145).

PLAYOFFS IN SOUTH FLORIDA: CATS OUT, HEAT ALL BUT

HeatposHeat get swept in best-of-7 for only 2nd time ever -- Coming off a 34-point loss in Milwaukee in their NBA first round playoff series, the Heat returned home and lost by "only" 29 Thursday night. Miami was in deep trouble in a 3-0 series hole and needed today/Saturday to avoid being swept. They did not, in a 120-103 home loss. My column from the Game 4 loss: Swept! Heat, With No Answers, Lose Game 4 At Home To Bucks.

CatstbPanthers done and out with Game 6 loss in Tampa -- Florida fell 4-0 in Tampa on Wednesday night to exit the NH playoffs with a 4-2 series loss to the Lightning, in an unfortunately harsh first-round matchup for Florida. No Game 7 now, just an offseason to try to figure out how to get a good team great. My column off the game: Another Early Panthers Playoff Exit Ends An Encouraging Season Too Soon.

Other Heat/Panthers playoff run columns: Heat Fans Showed Up For Game 3. Their Team Did Not / Time For Heat Fans To Help Lift Their Team Back Into This Series / Heat Fall, Panthers Need Miracle On Ice As Both Lose On Big Day for Miami Sports / Panthers, Hopes Of Fans In Peril After Game 2 Loss, 2-0 Series Hole Chasing Respect, Florida Panthers' 5-4 Home Loss A Crushing Start to Playoffs / and This Looks Like Best Florida Panthers Team Ever. But The Proving Starts Now 

Other most recent columns: Hall of Fame Snubbed Chris Bosh Last year. Time To Make it Right /Aging Ex-Dolphins Reflect On Own Mortality One Year After Shula's DeathAaron Rodgers' Packers Drama Involves Miami (Of Course). But Here's Why It Won't Happen / and Grade-A Draft Feeds Momentum For Team-On-the-Rise Dolphins.

 

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Revisit this blog often because it updates regularly. The Associated Press Sports Editors writing awards ranked the blog's author a Top 10 national sports columnist in the major-outlet category. Greg is also a regular on the Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz. Finding Greg: TwitterInstagramFacebookColumnsPodcastPodcast on TwitterPodcast on InstagramLeBatard Show. Book: Fins At 50. Songs: Letting Go (audio only) and The Ballad Of 1440 (with video).

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