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Latest Hot Button Top 10 (updated): Fins stay hot (with column), Canes rout Duke (w/ column), Cats miss record, CFP shakeup. See who's No. 1 and what else falls where this week; plus new Greg Cote Show podcast drops Monday & more

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

1) It's TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30. Farewell, long Thanksgiving Weekend! 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): 50 years of gratitude: Our Thanksgiving column, NFL Week 12 picks, Greg Cote Show podcast, NFL Week 11 results for picks/Lobos/QB rankings & more.

Coteshow XmastreesGREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: JOY, AGONY OF CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPPING. NEW EPISODE OUT NOW!: Our 46th episode of 2021 and 88th overall is out now! 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. Find all 88 we've done HERE, free. In our newest episode: Greg on the horros of Christmas tree shopping and his nieghbors' one-upsmanship on getting their lights up first. Also, real trees vs. fake. Also in the new ep: Surging Dolphins and Jaylen's waddle; the case for another year for Manny Diaz; Dancing Swords; sitting to pee; seasonal depression among chickens; the return of Mount Gregmore; and an ominous Lobos update. Thanks as always for the support, pod family. Most podcasts were off this past week for the holiday. NOT US!!! Please listen, rate, review and follow. (Our pod simulcasts on Sirius XM every Monday 5-6 p.m. ET).

Our NFL Week 12 picks: Lousy start on our Thanksgiving Day picks. Went 1-2 overall (got Buffalo's win) and 1-2 against the spread (got Detroit's cover). But we've bounced back since! For all of this week's picks, visit NFL Week 12 Gems.

Out most recent columns:

Dolphins stay hot, beat Carolina: Fins, Tua Win Again. And If 5-7 Can Be Impressive -- This is.

Canes rout Duke to end regular season: At 7-5, Here Is Manny Diaz's Slim Path To Survival.

Thankgiving column: 50 Years At the Herald For Me -- And a Lifetime Of Gratitude.

HOT BUTTON TOP 10 (NOVEMBER 28-29): WHAT SOUTH FLORIDA SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUTOur blog-exclusive Sunday-into-Monday 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. The latest HB10:

HButton1. DOLPHINS: Fins, Tua rout Caroina for 4th straight win: Miami's win streak is at four games and the season record 5-7 after Sunday's 33-10 home rout of Carolina. Tua, great. Defense, dominant. Special teams, huge. Everything clicked. What the hell is going on here!?  

2. HURRICANES: UM routs Duke, ends 7-5. Now Diaz waits: Big loss: The news offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is leaving to become SMU head coach. Big win: 47-10 at Duke Saturday to end the regular season 7-5. Now Manny Diaz hits recruiting trail then prepares for bowl game -- not yet knowing he'll be back, or fired.

3. PANTHERS: Cats denied home-wins record in loss to Kraken: Florida aimed for an NHL-record 12th straight home win to start its season Saturday but fell flat vs. the Seattle Kraken -- and former goalie Chris Driedger -- in a 4-1 loss. Florida still is 14-4-3 and atop the East entering a Tuesday home date vs. Washington.

4. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: CFP shakeup due as Ohio State falls, 'Bama barely escapes: No. 5 Michigan is poised to replace No. 2 Ohio State in the College Football Playoff 's top-four ranking afger Saturday's 42-27 win. And will No. 3 Alabama fall after barely escaping in four OTs at unranked Auburn? The new top four: Georgia, Michigan, Cincy, 'Bama.   

5. HEAT: Big win in Chicago as Miami holds onto 2nd in East: MVP case: Miami is 13-7 and tie for second in East after last night's 107-104 win in Chicago. Next: Will the evil Jokic Brothers be in town as Miami hosts Denver on Monday? And will sidelined Markieff Morris even be ready to play for the Heat?

6. STATE COLLEGES (NON-UM): Gators beat FSU; Butch Davis era ends at FIU: Gators edged FSU to go 6-6 and limp into bowl eligibilty, while FIU's 37-17 loss to Southern Miss ended a 1-11 season and the Butch Davis era. Elsewhere in the state FBS/non-UM division: FAU fell short of a bowl in a loss to Middle Tennessee, and UCF edged South Florida.

7. MARLINS: Still waiting for that free-agency wallet to unhinge: They extended pitcher Sandy Alacantara long-term (smart), but no big splash yet in free agency for the Miami Marlins, who need big bats and should be making a run at, say, Nick Castellanos. Meantime rival Mets signed ex-Marlin Starling Marte for $78M over four years. Maybe (Miami should-a kept him?)

8. UM BASKETBALL: Canes men fall to Alabama in first big test: UM men are 4-3 men after losing their first big test, a rout-loss Sunday at No. 10 Alabama in the ESPN Events Invitational in Lake Buena Vista. Hurricanes women are 4-2 after a 53-51 loss to No. 4 Indiana. Katie Meier's squad will try to shock thre world this Thursday at No. 2 Maryland.

9. GOLF: Kopeka routs rival in the latest 'The Match': The match between bitter rivals Brooks Kopeka and Bryson DeChambeau wasn't close. Koepka won 4-and-3 Friday in the 12-hole charity match in Las Vegas. Koepka, four-time major winner, had four birdies to DeChambeau's none. "Not going to lie, I just wanted to spank you," said Koepka.

10. SOCCER: Three of four MLS conference finalists set: The MLS playoffs' conference finals foursome is three-fourths set. It''ll be Portland vs. Salt Lake in the West final Dec. 4. One day later, Philadelphia waits in the East final to play the winner of Tuesday's New England-New York City match.

Missing the HB10 cut: Is it just me, or is LeBron James sort of out of control? ..... Alexander Zverez defeated Daniil Medvedev to win the ATP Finals in tennis ..... The Greg Cote Show podcast is back with a new episode Monday at 7 a.m. ET ..... Update: Countdown now 1,674 days (give or take) until Miami hosts its first match in soccer's 2026 World Cup.

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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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