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Latest Hot Button Top 10 (updated): Canes land Cristobal, Fins beat Giants for 5th straight, CFP final four set. See who's No.1 and what else falls where; plus new Greg Cote show podcast drops Monday & more

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

1) It's MONDAY, DECEMBER 6. Join me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow the Greg Cote Show podcast separately on TwitterInstagram and now TikTok, too! 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): NFL Week 13 picks, Greg Cote Show podcast, NFL Week 12 results for picks/Lobos/QB rank & more.

Note to readers: I'm burning a bunch of unused vacation days in December so will have fewer columns out over the next few weeks. But will still be producing regular non-column staples such as the weekly NFL picks, the podcast and this blog.

Coteshow QuirksGREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: NEW EPISODE OUT NOW AND IT'S A QUIRK FEST!: Our 47th episode of 2021 and 89th 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 89 we've done HERE, free. In our latest episode: Quirk Fest! Listeners called into our show hotline to admit their strangest quirks, and we play the best. And Greg, Chris and Yeti's wives reveal their husbands' weirdest habits. Also, Greg on the Canes/Mario Cristobal drama, surging Dolphins and damned Nick Saban. 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).

Tua, Fins surge to 5th straight win. Newest column: Tua Keeps Showing Dolphins How Silly They Were To Doubt Him So Soon.

Out most recent other columns: Fins, Tua Win Again. And If 5-7 Can Be Impressive -- This is / At 7-5, Here Is Manny Diaz's Slim Path To Survival / and 50 Years At the Herald For Me -- And a Lifetime Of Gratitude.

OUR NFL WEEK 13 PICKS: DOLPHINS-GIANTS, 3 UPSETS, ALL THE REST: In a tough season overall I've been on a bit of a heater lately, including a four-game win streak on Upset of the Week picks. Will it continue? Time for our NFL Week 13 picks for Dolphins-Giants, our Patriots-Bills Game of the Week, our Upset of the Week -- three upsets in all -- and all of the rest. Got off to an uneven start Thursday. Correctly had Dallas winninig, but erred in thinking Saints would cover plus-4 1/2. For all of our latest picks, visit NFL Week 13 Gems.

HOT BUTTON TOP 10 (DECEMBER 5-6): WHAT SOUTH FLORIDA SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT: Our 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. HURRICANES: UM swings for fence, land Oregon's Cristobal: Miami was hotly pursuing Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich and Oregon football coach Mario Cristobal to fill those openings with the Canes -- and reportedly optimistic and very close to landing both. Radakovich worked at UM early in his career and Cristobal played for the Canes. Monday, Cristobal signed with The U. In lesser news, UM is headed to the Sun Bowl vs. Washington State after a 7-5 season under lame-duck Manny Diaz. And QB Tyler Van Dyke was named ACC rookie of the year.

2. DOLPHINS: Fins, hot Tua bag 5th straight win in defeat of Giants: Was I alone in being a bit nervous about this one? Miami's defense and Tua Tagovailoa had been pretty great in four straight wins. (Letdown due?) NYG has won three of past five with big uptick on defense. Well Miami did it again, with a 20-9 home win for a fifth in a row. [My column from game linked above].

3. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Alabama crushes No.1 Georgia to top Championship Saturday: The College Football Playoff's top four pairings are 1-Alabama vs. 4-Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl and 2-Michigan vs. 3-Georgia in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, the winners meeting January 10 in the national championship game in Indianapolis. 

4. HEAT: Bam injury, NBA penalty, losing = Tough week for Miami: Bam Adebayo could be sidelined at least a month by a thumb injury incurred the same week the NBA penalized Miami a future second-round pick (a slap on the wrist) for tampering related to the Kyle Lowry signing. "While we disagree, we accept the League's decision," said a Heat statement. Meantime Miami is 14-10 after five losses in past eight games entreing a Monday visit by Memphis.

5. PANTHERS: Cats stay hot sans injured d Barkov: Florida is 17-4-3, on a three-game win streak and still atop the NHL East after Saturday's 4-3 home shootout win over St. Louis. Meanwhile star Aleksander Barkov is week-to-week with a knee injury but will not require surgery.

6. MLB: Baseball imposes first player lockout in 27 years: MLB’s collective bargaining agreement with players expired at midnight Wednesday, With no extension in place, MLB instituted the ninth work stoppage in its history and the first since the 1994-95 players strike that caused cancellation of the World Series. The lockout also meant an immediate halt to free agency and all player movement.

7. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Major coaching moves rock landscape: Brian Kelly from Notre Dame to LSU and Lincoln Riley from Okalhoma to Southern Cal lee a wave of major coaching changes in college footoabll, incluind the Florida Gators moving from Dan Mullen to Billy Napier. Will Miami landing Oregon's Mario Cristobal be next?

8. MARLINS: Fish busy with medium deals, but no whale yet: Before the klockout froze free agency Miami was active with the acquisition of 3B Joey Wendle, catcher Jacob Stallings and OF Avisail Garcia. No big-splash whale like Nick Castellanos yet, though. Deals has lowered Miami's Wordl Series aodds from 80-to-1 to 66-1, still fourth in the NL East.

9. UM BASKETBALL: Canes men top Clemson in ACC opener: UM men are 6-3 after consecutive nice wins at Penn State in the BigTen/ACC Challenge and then Saturday at home in the ACC opener over Clemson, 80-75. Miami's women are 5-3, after three straight losses (two to highly ranked Indiana and Maryland) were ended by a Sunday home win over Tualne.

10. SOCCER: It's Portland-New York City in MLS Cup: Portland beat Salt Lake 2-nil Saturday in the West semifinal to reach next Saturday's MLS Cup championship match vs. New York City, which Sunday beat Philadelphia 2-1 in the East semifinal. NYC stunned New England, which dominated the MLS regualar season. 

Missing the HB10 cut: Pro Football Hall of Fame's 25 semifinalists for 2022 induction include former Dolphin Zach Thomas back for another try, and ex-Canes Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson and Devin Hester ..... Former Canes and NFL running back Frank Gore makes his pro boxing debut December 18 in Tampa on the undercard of the Jake Paul-Tommy Fury bout ..... The WTA suspended all tournaments in China over concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a doubles champion who accused a former Chinese government official of sexual assault ..... Tiger Woods spoke and revealed he's at peace, post-accident, with never being as good as he once was. Hmm. Is that, like, a big revelation? ..... And LeBron James' nightmare season chugs on ..... NBA trade window opens December 15 ..... Former Canes LB Dan Morgan (1997-2000) is one of 13 2021 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame ..... The Greg Cote Show podcast is back with a new episode Monday at 7 a.m. ET ..... Update: Countdown now 1,667 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.

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