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NFL Week 5 picks out now!; plus Why it's way too soon and dumb to quit on Tua as Dolphins answer. Latest column; also Fins, Canes' woes make it year of reckoning for both, Greg Cote Show podcast, Week 4 results for Picks/Lobos/QB Rankings & more

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

1) It's SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9. Was back in with Le Batard Show this week and it was eventful to say the least. Be sure to check out Tuesday's show podcasts. 2) Join me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow the Greg Cote Show podcast separately on TwitterInstagram and now TikTok, too! 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hot Button Top 10, Dolphins' inept home loss to Colts, Shula 'Celebration of Life,' new Greg Cote Show podcast & more.

Coteshow SethbookGREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: SETH WICKERSHAM ON PATRIOTS BOOK, LE BATARD SHOW GOLF ON NEW EPISODE OUT NOW!: Our 38th episode of 2021 and 80th overall is out now! A new pod drops every Monday at 7 ET on Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon, Stitcher, Megaphone, iHeart -- wherever you pod, and of course at MiamiHerald.com. You can find all 80 we've done HERE, for free. In our new epsisode, ESPN senior writer Seth Wickersham (pcitured) joins in to chat up his new book on the Patriots dynasty and how it ended. Also: Greg & Stugotz vs. Chris & Mike Ryan in Le Batard Show golf, the return of Mount Gregmore, Hard Knocks/Greg's Lobos episode 3, high-school prom stories, funereal times for Dolphins and Canes and more! Thanks as always for the support, pod family. Please listen, rate, review and follow. (Our pod simulcasts on Sirius XM every Monday 5-6 p.m. ET).

PicksNFL Week 5 picks: Had a rough go last week but with one redeeming highlight: Our fourth straight bull's-eye for a perfect 4-0 mark on Upset of the Week picks. Now we turn to Week 5 and our picks for Dolphins-Bucs, Bills-Chiefs, Game of the Week, Upset of the Week and all the rest. Got off to a bad start Thursday night. Had home-'dog Seahawsk in an upset, but Rams took care of business. For all of our latest picks: NFL Week 5 Gems.

TuatMUTE THE NOISE! WHY IT'S TOO SOON, AND DUMB, TO QUIT ON TUA AS DOLPHINS' ANSWER: There might be harder things to defend in sports at the moment. Kyrie Irving, for example, putting his selfish, irrational antivaccine stance above his Brooklyn Nets teammates and all of their fans. Or Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, in an Ohio bar fraternizing with a woman not his wife, almost as if he thought it wouldn’t explode into a viral video. Well, I am here today to defend Tua Tagovailoa. Unlike Irving and Meyer, who brought all of this on themselves, Tagovailoa’s apparent crime, if I understand it correctly, is that he is not Justin Herbert. This biological fact has many Miami Dolphins fans (and media) throwing a ton of shade on Tagovailoa — even though he has missed the past two games injured. That is because blame exists to be placed, and it needs to go somewhere with the Fins facing a 1-4 start as they stare into the double barrel of Tom Brady and his defending champion Bucs this Sunday at Tampa Bay. For our full latest column visit Why It's Way Too Soon, And Dumb, To Quit On Tua As Dolphins' Answer.

MannyDOLPHINS, CANES' WOES MAKE IT YEAR OF RECKONING, WITH THESE 2 MEN MOST FIGHTING FOR THEIR FUTURES: A unexpected funereal air cloaks Miami football. The Dolphins, coming in buoyed off a 10-win season, stumble to a 1-3 start after a terrible home performance Sunday and stare at 1-4 with a visit to Tom Brady’s champion Tampa Bay Bucs on deck. The Hurricanes, ranked No. 14 in the preseason polls, stagger to a 2-3 start and face being an unthinkable 2-6, with their next three games as an underdog at North Carolina, home vs. a ranked North Carolina State and then at 4-1 Pitt. Lest we forget FIU, which is 1-4 and has now lost 11 of its past 12 games on coach Butch Davis’ increasingly tenuous watch. (The hot seat under Butch surely is such his trousers are smoldering. The upside: Nobody is paying much attention to FIU’s woes because of all the gnashing and hand-wringing over the Canes and Fins). When the sky is falling there is nowhere to run, and so this has quickly because a season of reckoning — and impatience — for our NFL franchise and two FBS-level college programs. Things will change, or somebody will pay. We will focus on the Dolphins and UM for this analysis that we will resist calling an autopsy. Both teams have enjoyed ever-distant glory days, setting the bar on expectations that both teams have spent most of the past 20 years failing to meet. The two fan bases are agitated, and should be. For our full recent column, visit Year Of Reckoning, And Impatience, For Slow-Starting Dolphins And Canes.

Our most recent other columns: With Ghosts Of Glory Days Watching, Dolphins Showed Inept Effort in Third Straight Loss / Dolphins Fans, Ex-Players Gather to Bid Emotional Farewell to Don Shula, Father of the Glory Days / Unlucky, But Heat on Manny Diaz Rises With Home Loss In ACC Opener / If Sports Had A Spine, Kyrie Irving & Other Anti-Vaxxers Wouldn't Be Playing / Kyle Lowry Must Channel 'Doctor Of Greatness' If Heat Is To Chase NBA Title / Fairy Tale With Wrong Ending: Remembering Jose Fernandez 5 Years Later / Also: Tua's Rib Injury In Keeping With Weird, Rocky Start to QB's Dolphins Career / and Hope And Hype Are Sky-High. Time For Florida Panthers To Finally Deliver.

NFL WEEK 4 RESULTS:

(*) OUR PICKS: OUCH. ROUGHEST WEEK YET: Went 9-7 overall and a wincing 6-10 against the spread -- despite rolling to 4-0 on the season on Upset of the Week picks with Seahawks winning in San Fran the latest. Also called Ravens' mini-upset win in Denver. Too many misfires though, including on Dolphins-Colts.

(*) GREG'S LOBOS: THIRD STRAIGHT WIN AND TIED FOR FIRST!: Lobos beat my brother Dick's Roughriders 113-102 for a third straight win and a tie for first at 3-1 in our famiy 'n friends PFPI Fantasy League. We placed seven starters in double-figure scoring led by 21 from game MVL Ezekiel Elliott.

(*) HERALD NFL QB RANKINGS: MAHOMES, MURRAY ATOP LATEST MARQUEE: Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes wins Week 4 and Arizona's Kyler Murray sies to No. 1 overall in our updated rankings. Details and Top 20 chart here: NFL Week 4 QB Rankings.

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Other most recent columns: Dolphins' Shutout Loss in Home Opener a New Low For Flores Era / Miami Hurricanes Aren't Very Good -- And Keep Proving It / The Big Question About Canes, Fins After Ugly Home Losses.Xavien Howard Deserved the Money and Respect He Wanted -- This Was Why / Canes' Offense Dangling Like a Cat And Needing Help / Tua's Burden as Dolphins Open at Pats? Lift a Team, a Franchise and a City. Now / Chasing Giants & Ghosts: Miami Hurricanes' 20-year search for return to glory / Miami Herald's 2021 NFL Team Rankings: You Won't Believe Where Dolphins are / Canes Can Shock the World and Beat Alabama. Here's How [Update: Oops!] / Belichick Must Be Smiling As Dolphins Deal With Rumors And Tua With Doubt / Fins' Faith In Tua Will Be A Lie If They Sell Soul, Spend Big For Watson / There Is Only One Way an ACC/Big Ten/Pac-12 Alliance Can Out-SEC the SEC / Time to Finally Start Believing in Tua, Flores and Miami Dolphins / Why Dolphins, Canes Should Be Taking Lead In Requiring Fans To Be COVID-Vaccinated / An Appreciation of Udonis Haslem As He Re-Ups For 19th Heat Season / Dolphins' 'Big Picture' Begins To Emerge With Unveiling Of Year 2ua / Unraveled: The Story Behind Who Aubrey Huff Became / and What Lionel Messi's Sudden, Stunning Move Means For Inter Miami

Bobby Bowden tribute column: College Football and FSU Lose a Treasure In Passing Of Bobby BowdenHall of Fame quartet: Biggest Victory Of Hall Of Famer Jimmy Johnson's Life Was Getting His Son Back / Hurricanes' Edgerrin James / Dillard High's Isaac Bruce / and Coral Springs High's Steve Hutchinson.

Select other columns: Xavien Howard Right To Feel Disrespected, And Dolphins Need To Fix This Mess / Biles' Withdrawal For Mental-Health Reasons Merits Empathy, Not Scorn / Top 10 NFL Storylines Entering Training Camp (Where's Tua?) / Where Dolphins Rank Among Teams With Longest Championship Droughts / Dolphins Owner Ross Unveils New $135 Million Training Site As Another Reason Team Must Win Now / It's Selfish, Me-First Athletes Who Are Refusing the COVID Vaccine / Hot Seat Scale: Ranking Miami's Biggest Coaches By Most to Least Job Security / Tokyo Olympics Should Be Delayed Again But It's Too Late. Why? Money / May Sha'Carri Richardson Be Last Victim Of Olympics' Archaic Marijuana Rules / 'I'm D'Eriq King For College Hunks Hauling Junk!' It's Strange New World in College Sports / Time For Sports To Quit Hiding, Stand Up And Lead The Pro-Vaccine Fight / Nassib Coming Out As Gay NFL Player A Milestone In Sports History / Exhibition Losses Give Team USA Wakeup Call It Needs Headed to Olympics / Better 2 Years Late Than Never, Panthers Get 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend / Fate Snatched Basketball From Chris Bosh. His new Book Is Part of His Journey Of Healing / Here's What Else Must Go Right (Besides Tua) For Dolphins To Continue Momentum / Where's Tua? Ranking Our Top 15 South Florida Pro Athletes 25 And Younger / As Teams Like Miami Pray For Right QB, Packers' Disrespect Of Rodgers Is Galling / Messi-to-Miami Is Shot of Hope David Beckham's Troubled Soccer Club Needs / Miami Heat, With No Answers, Put Out of Misery In Game 4 Loss To Milwaukee / Another Early Panthers Playoff Exit Ends An Encouraging Season Too Soon / Pythons, Peppers, Pirate Flag Raised. Inside Le Batard's 24-Hour Triumph / The Curious, Complicated Drama Of Naomi Osaka's French Open Withdrawal / 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 Death / Aaron Rodgers' Packers Drama Involves Miami (Of Course). But Here's Why It Won't Happen / Grade-A Draft Feeds Momentum For Team-On-the-Rise Dolphins / Le Batard Bet On Himself And His Audience -- And Won Big / Justice For George Floyd Helps Heal Our Shaken Faith, But Fight For Equality Goes On / What Would Jackie Robinson Think About Race In America Today? / It Won't Fix the World, But Matsuyama's Masters Win Lifts Japan In Time Of Anti-Asian Hate / Even After Playoffs In '20, Marlins Still 'Bottom Feeders' Fighting For Respect / Special Opening Day as Marlins Welcome Back Fans, Feeling Of Hope / In History And In Hearts, Howard Schnellenberger Will Matter For All Time / Beckham Keeps Name-Dropping Messi, Ronaldo For Inter Miami. Can He Deliver? / Women Keep Accusing Deshaun Watson of Sexual Misconduct. But Will It Matter to NFL Teams? / Phil Reflects on 25-Year Rivalry/Friendship With Tiger As Honda Classic Tees Off / Reality, Loss, Comeback: How Sports Has Been Guiding Light In America's Awful Past Year / Heat Should Parts Ways With Meyers Leonard Over Anti-Semitic Slur / Beckham's Resolve Tested By Tumult As Inter Miami Nears 2nd MLS Season / Time-Travelling To 1960s And Childhood, When The Baseball Card Was King / Quit Lecturing LeBron On Activism And His Own Conscience / Michael Jordan, Pitbull Signal Needed New Era as NASCAR Returns to Homestead / Doesn't Matter If Tiger Woods Never Wins Again. We Are Lucky He's Alive / Loss at Aussie Open Leaves Serena's Legacy Firm Yet Still Unfinished / Inter Miami's Beckham Risks Stepping Into Massive, Avoidable Mess / Put Brady In Sports' All-Time Pantheon. But He Has Company / Final Herald NFL 2020 QB Rankings / Marlins Hit History-Making Home Run With Kim NG Hire As GM / In a Pandemic-Battered Season For FIU, Butch Davis' Love Of Coaching Survives / Don Shula, 1930-2020, R.I.P. / and What Shula Meant to a Father & Son. The Boy Was Me.

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.

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