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NFL Week 18 picks: Dolphins-Jets and all the rest; plus Damar Hamlin's near death, Curse of Dolphins returns, latest Greg Cote Show settles Kornheiser bet (or does it?), NFL Week 17 results (Picks/Lobos/QB rank), Mount Gregmore of columns & more

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

1) It's SATURDAY, JANUARY 7. OK, time to start winding it up with he "Happy new year" wishes, no?. 2) Glad to be back on the Le Batard Show on Wednesday this week. Expect to be back in the regular Tuesday seat next week. 3) Join me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hot Button Top 10, NFL Week 17 picks, Greg Cote Show emergency year-end episode, Mount Gregmore of columns.

CoteshowTony KornheiserGREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: EMERGENCY NEW YEAR-END EPISODE OUT NOW! THE KORNHEISER BET IS ANSWERED!: Our 55th and last episode of 2022 and 146th overall is out now! New episodes drops every Monday at 7 a.m. ET on Apple, Spotify and wherever you pod, but this is an emergency Saturday drop. Find all 146 we've done so far HERE. Our newest episode is a 14-minute mini that solves the long-running show bet over whether we'd get ESPN star Tony Kornheiser on before the end of the year. Did we> Listen to find out. (And even then you might be sure?) Hit up GCS2255 for the full story on latest ep, and watch our weekly YouTube preview. Thanks as always for the support, pod family. Please listen, review and follow. We simulcast on Sirius XM, too, Mondays from 5-6 p.m. ET. Now our podcast has a website and merch store! Check it out at TheGregCoteShow.com and visit store by clicking 'Shop'. New items including Greg's Lobos T-shirts and hats -- and there's a holiday sale going on! Also check out our podcast's YouTube channel.

MepicksNFL WEEK 18 PICKS: DOLPHINS-JETS, 3 UPSETS, PLAYOFF FIELD SET: Miami will leave Sunday as a playoff team foe the first time since 2016 -- or leave its fans disappointed yet again. The Dolphins must win at home against the New York Jets and have New England lose at Buffalo to advance. Will it happen? Here are our picks for Dolphins-Jets. Pats-Bills, Lions-Packers and all the rest -- including three big upsets. Visit NFL Week 18 Gens for all of our latest picks as the regular season wraps up.

MOUNT GREGMORE OF COLUMNS: OUR LATEST FIVE:

Hamlin SkylarNEW! Nothing Stops The NFL? Damar Hamlin's Near Death Did NEW!

NEW! Curse Of The Miami Dolphins Is Real & Rearing Its Ugly Head NEW!

Out Of Control: Dolphins Lose Playoff Grip With 5th Straight Loss

Tennessee Routs Clemson in Orange Bowl As Canes Rebuild From 5-7

Pele', King Of The Beautiful Game, Touched The World ... & South Florida

Hilltop: The five columns before that: Tua Has Big Future With Dolphins ... But Will Concussions Allow It?Bah Humbug For Christmas Gift Not There As Dolphins Lose 4th Straight/Messi's World Cup Makes America Last Frontier To Conquer -- And Inter Miami Waits / Dolphins See Playoff Hopes In Peril With 3rd Straight Loss in Buffalo / Loss In L.A. Puts Pressure on Dolphins -- And Tua -- To Rise Up In Final Month. Note: Mount Gregmore includes opinion columns only. NFL picks, QB rankings and stories on newest podcast are not included.

NFL WEEK 17 RESULTS: HERALD PICKS X GREG'S LOBOS X QB RANKINGS:

Herald Picks: Great ... and not -- Great: We went 12-3 overall last week (not counting the since-canceled Bills-Bengals game). That's really, really good. Not so good: We went 5-10 against the spread. That was despite nailing two more outright upsets with Seahawks over Jets and Steelers beating Ravens Also had Raiders-with-points over Niners.

LobosGreg's Lobos: Ouch. Big loss in championship game! -- The defending PFPI Fantasy champion Lobos had a chance to become the first back-to-back champ in the league's 14-year history. Alas, the 'Bos fell hard to Chris' Crown Me The Champ team, 126-75, with only CeeDee Lamb (22 points) coming through. Bad end to a good season. "We. Are. The. Lobos!"

NFL QB Rankings: Brady wins wins, Mahomes homes in on season crown -- Bucs' Tom Brady wins Week 17 honors but Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes is in command to win the season championship entering the final week of the Miami Herald NFL Quarterback Rankings. For the full latest Top 25 and more, visit NFL Week 17 QB Rankings.

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ARCHIVES

Thank you!: Was honored this past year to again be named by Associated Press Sports Editors as a 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

Select other recent columns: Griner Freed, But Others Still Held, And WNBA Responsibility Remains / Reality-Check for Dolphins, Tua In San Fran -- But Don't Quit On Miami / Le Batard On New Mas Miami, First DocuSeries -- And Next Big Move / Miami Needs To Seal Deal On Messi Or It'll Be Fans Who Should Feel Jilted / Dolphins Rout Texans, but How Good Are Fins, Really? We're About To See / Miami Hurricanes End No-Bowl Season 5-7 With Home Rout-Loss To Pitt / Thanksgiving 2022: In Sports As In Life, Little Feeds Spirit Like Gratitude / Jimmy Johnson Had To Give Up Football To Get His Life Back / R.I.P. Chuck Carr: Remembering Marlins' Speedy First Star / Dare To Dream, Dolphins Fans. Why Miami Is a Legit Super Bowl Contender / Shula To Miami And 17-0 Should Not Have Happened. It Was Luck ... Or Fate / Kyrie Irving's Anti-Semitism Mess Bigger Than Him. It's Symptom Of What Ails America / Canes Are No-Shows in 45-3 Home Loss To FSU In Latest New Low For Cristobal / Pawns Chasing Saudi Blood Money Come To Doral As LIV Golf Ends 1st Season / Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat Disappoint In Season-Opening Home Loss / Csonka, ‘Heart’ Of Dolphins Glory Days, On Life Of Adventure — And Perfection / Five Years In, Miami Marlins Rebuild Isn't Working. Here Is The Solution / No. 1 Dolphins, Fans Bask in National Attention, Ditch 20 Years' Irrelevance / Gamble Of Inaction: 5 Answers Will Judge Heat's Quiet Offseason / Cristobal Honeymoon Ends With Thud As Canes Lose To Middle Tennessee / Zero To Perfect: How Glory Days Dolphins Put Miami on National Sports Map / Our 2022 NFL Team Ranking. Wait. Miami Dolphins Are WHERE!? / Why Hill & Waddle Are Dolphins' Best WR Duo Since Clayton/Duper / Serena's Week At U.S. Open One For Ages As Tennis' Queen GOAT Defies Time / Tribute: Community Was One Place Dolphins Won Big -- Because of Jason Jenkins / Watson Punishment Will Go Way Beyond HIs Extended NFL Suspension / Butch Davis On Retiring, His 50-Year Career -- & Canes Twice Almost Bringing Him Back / Miami Raised Mario Cristobal. Payback? Come Home & Make Canes Football Matter Again / Ross NFL Cheating Scandal A New Low For Owner Who Embarrasses Dolphins / 11 NBA Titles Not Where Bill Russell's Legacy Starts. Tribute To An  Epic Life / Ranking South Florida's Top 20 Biggest Sports Stars (2022 Edition) / If Miami Marlins Trading For Juan Soto Sounds Laughable -- That's The Problem / Dolphins' Tua: The Disrespected Underdog QB About To Prove Everybody Wrong / How Matthew Tkachuk Brings Needed Swagger, Bravado To Panthers / How Messi-to-Miami Became the Biggest, Longest Tease In Sports / Cy Young Alert: Marlins' Ace-On-Fire Sandy Alcantara Does It Again / 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 / Why'd World Cup pick Miami? Thank Dolphins Founder & Unlikely Soccer Visionary Joe Robbie / Whatever Happened To Don King? Famed Boxing Promoter Back At 90 For Last Bow in Miami / A Lesson In Sioux City: Sports And Real Life In Age Of Mass Shootings / ‘Centerpiece of futbol in world’: Dream is green-lit. Now can Inter Miami deliver? / Could Have Died. Nearly Lost a Leg. Tiger Playing Masters Means He's Already Won / Marlins Owner Sherman Said He'd Spend. Payroll Says It Hasn't Been Enough / Crushing End Short Of Final Four, But Miami Hurricanes' NCAA Run Was Exhilarating Milestone / Tyreek Hill Trade, Terron Armstead Signing A Win-Now Power Play By Dolphins / When Spoelstra Joined Heat's 'Inner Circle' And Became Riley's Next Coach / Why Brittney Griner Is Lost In Russia / Top 15 Figures (Non-Athletes) In Miami Sports History / Hall of Fame Keeps Saying No, But Zach Thomas Keeps Feeling Gratitude / McDaniel Overcame Much In Own Life, Now Must Overcome Dolphins' Turmoil And Win / An Inside Preview Of Le Batard Show's Upcoming Musical. Yes, Musical / Ross Should Be Done As Fins Owner if Flores Allegations Are True  / Dolphins Firing of Flores The Unjustified Travesty Of A Clown-Show Owner / Canes Land Grand Prize In Cristobal, So No Excuses Left. New Glory Days A Must / 50 Years At the Herald For Me -- And a Lifetime Of Gratitude / Dolphins Fans, Ex-Players Gather For Emotional Farewell to Don Shula, Father of the Glory Days / Fairy Tale With Wrong Ending: Remembering Jose Fernandez 5 Years Later / An Appreciation of Udonis Haslem As He Re-Ups For 19th Heat Season / College Football and FSU Lose a Treasure In Passing Of Bobby Bowden /  Biles' Withdrawal For Mental-Health Reasons Merits Empathy, Not Scorn / Where Dolphins Rank Among Teams With Longest Championship Droughts / Nassib Coming Out As Gay NFL Player A Milestone In Sports History / In History And In Hearts, Howard Schnellenberger Will Matter For All Time / Time-Travelling To 1960s And Childhood, When The Baseball Card Was King / Don Shula, 1930-2020, R.I.P. / What Shula Meant to a Father & Son. The Boy Was Me

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.

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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