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It's SATURDAY, JULY 9. Was back in-studio with Le Batard Show on Thursday (not Tuesday) this week. Check out that day's show podcasts. 2) Join me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hot button Top 10, Nobody wins and everybody lsees as NFL weighs Deshaun Watson punishment, An appreciation of Heat's Pat Riley, new Greg Cote Show podcast, updated Mount Gregmore of columns.

CotepodGREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: NEW EPISODE, HOLIDAY SPECIAL, OUT NOW!: Our 29th episode of 2022 and 120th overall is out now! A new episode drops every Monday at 7 a.m. ET on Apple, Spotify -- wherever else you pod and of course at MiamiHerald.com. Find all 120 we've done so far HERE, free. In the newest episode: It's a star-spangled Fourth of July holiday party on Fort Lauderdale Beach and you are invited! Also, a new Mount Gregmore, and the latest event in our Father-Son Olympics -- cornhole -- is the closest and most exciting yet. Hit up GCS2229 for full story on the latest ep, and watch our weekly YouTube preview. Thanks as always for the support, pod family. Please listen, review, follow, subscribe et cetera and so forth. We simulcast on Sirius XM, too, Mondays from 5-6 p.m. ET. And now, brand new: Our podcast has a website and merch store: Check it out at TheGregCoteShow.com and visit the merch store by clicking 'Shop'. New items! Also check out our podcast's new YouTube channel.


Jerryjones SandyaNEW! Cup Of AK-47 Coffee At Cowboys Games? Nuthin' Wrong With That, Huh Jerry? NEW!

NEW! Cy Young Alert: Marlins' Ace-On-Fire Sandy Alcantara Does It Again NEW! 

Nobody Wins, Everybody Loses, As NFL Weighs Deshaun Watson Punishment

The End Isn't Here, But It's Coming. Miami Sports Has Had Nobody Like Heat's Pat Riley

Title IX Empowered Women. The Supreme Court Has Done The Opposite

The Hilltop: The five columns before that: Florida Panthers Swap Coach Of Year Finalist For Guy No. 1 In Career Losses / 20 Cases Settled, But Deshaun Watson Won't Begin To Clear Name Without RemorseTua Will Handle Scrutiny & Pressure. Question Is If Rest of Miami Dolphins Can / 'Black Cloud' Over U.S. Open Amid Golf Civil War In Time Of Revolution In Sports / Curry's 4th NBA Title, 1st Finals MVP Opens Path To Michael/LeBron Best-Ever Talk

Dear America:

I love you.  I do not always like you.

There have been times, distant and present, when I hated what I was seeing in and of my country.

That began for me as far back as when the term Watergate was coined for the skullduggery of a sitting president, at a time when protests over the Vietnam war enflamed the nation. Many saw the protesters as anti-American. “Love It Or Leave It,” the bumper stickers of the day read. No. Love it or change it. Love it or make it better.

FourthfireworksAmerica was founded on ideals lofty, ideals still unfulfilled 246 years later. Equality. Liberty and justice for all. We are still reaching for that. (Aren’t we?)

I say to the country I love, keep reaching, please. Keep searching. Be better.

Today I hate so much of what I see and feel of my country.

I am troubled by a political divide that is the deepest in my lifetime.  A present day when we cannot always agree even on what is the truth.  I hate a gun culture so unyielding to protect even assault weapons that the ongoing mass killing of innocents does not seem too high a price to pay.  I am shamed by a Supreme Court that would betray women and the will of the people.  I cringe that snapshots of the storming of the U.S. Capitol and the march of domestic terrorist groups convey to the rest of the world that this is who we have become. It isn’t. (Is it?)

If it is, we have given up on democracy. We have given up on ourselves.

I stand for the national anthem because I am standing for that founding ideal so worth protecting.  It is an intensely personal choice and, because it is, I also respect those who in good conscience do not, because in their freedom to express their anger or disillusionment they need an outlet.  We all say or pray or plead or demand of our country, “Be better,” in our own way.

FourthbeachThere was much talk on social media in the wake of the dismantling of Roe v. Wade that America does not feel worth celebrating this Fourth of July. I get that.  It is not the first Fourth of July I have had such thoughts.

But I will celebrate this holiday, and this country, even with everything about it that saddens and disappoints me.  I will hang on to those founding ideals, and the desperate hope that we have not quit fighting to reach them, and never will.

At some point on this holiday I will see my smiling 4-year-old granddaughter, blissfully oblivious to all the wrong around her in America, and hope she grows up in a nation that quits fighting with itself but never quits fighting for its ideals.

I do not always like you, America.  But for all time and to the bone, I love you.  And is it with that love and a patriotic heart that I beseech you, and all of us: Be better.

Greg Cote, July 4, 2022

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Thank you!: Was honored to have again been named by Associated Press Sports Editors as national Top 10 columnist for 2021 in '22 judging. The four nominated columns that won: Inter Miami’s David Beckham and Qatar a budding, avoidable controversy / Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson knows biggest victory happened in own family / Scorned, but does he deserve empathy? Behind who Aubrey Huff became and Dolphins sabotaging Tua with interest in Watson

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Revisit this blog often because it updates regularly. The Associated Press Sports Editors 2021 writing awards again ranked the blog's author a Top 10 national sports columnist in '22 voting in the major-outlet category. Greg is also a regular on the Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz.

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