NFL Wild-Card Weekend playoff picks: Dolphins-Bills and all the rest; plus Misery Index sets rooting interest for NFL postseason, Greg Cote Show podcast stars Magill, Spain and Kurkjian in 'The Verdict,' final Herald NFL QB Rankings & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND
1) It's SATURDAY, JANUARY 14. Hope all of you paraskavedekatriaphobes and/or friggatriskaidekaphobes survived Friday the 13th. 2) If you're still saying, "Happy new year" ... that's a $20 fine. " 3) Glad to be back on the Le Batard Show this week in my regular Tuesday seat. 4) Join me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. 5) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hot Button Top 10, new Greg Cote Show podcast (The Verdict), Dolphins end playoff drought at Buffalo, Mount Gregmore of columns.
NFL WILD-CARD WEEKEND PLAYOFF PICKS: DOLPHINS-BILLS, 5 OTHER GAMES -- AND 3 (!) UPSETS: As No. 1 seeds Kansas City and Philadelphia watch, six games across three days starting Saturday will pare the Super Bowl Tournament from 14 teams to eight. Miami is in it for the first time since 2016, but will it last. Dolphins are the first round's biggest underdog. Here are our picks for Dolphins at Bills on Sunday and the other five games -- with three (!) big upsets. (Will Miami author one of them?) Visit NFL Wild-Card Playoff Gems for all of our latest picks as the NFL postseason begins!
GREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: LATEST EPISODE -- MAGILL, SPAIN AND KURKJIAN STAR IN 'THE VERDICT' -- OUT NOW!: Our 1st episode of 2023 and 147th overall is out now! New episodes drops every Monday at 7 a.m. ET on Apple, Spotify and wherever you pod. Find all 147 we've done so far HERE. Our new episode settles -- once and for all -- the show's Tony Kornheiser/toenail bet with a verdict from an all-star three-person jury consisting for Sarah Spain, Ron Magill and Tim Kurkjian. Did Greg or Chris win? Hint: It was not unanimous. Also in the new ep, the guys discuss the Dolphins making the playoffs (!), whether Greg went cheap with Seinfeld tickets, Chris in the King Mango Strut parade and more. Hit up GCS2301 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 free-shipping promotion through this Thursday! Also check out our podcast's YouTube channel.
MOUNT GREGMORE OF COLUMNS: OUR LATEST FIVE:
Hilltop: The five columns before that: 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 / Tua Has Big Future With Dolphins, But Will Concussions Allow It? / Bah Humbug For Christmas Gift Not There As Dolphins Lose 4th Straight. Note: Mount Gregmore includes opinion columns only. NFL picks, QB rankings and stories on podcast are not included.
NFL WEEK 18 RESULTS: HERALD PICKS X FINAL QB RANKINGS X GREG'S LOBOS:
Herald Picks: An OK finish to rough regular season -- We went a decent 10-6 overall in Week 18 and 7-9 against the spread. There is no sugarcoating what was a rough 2022 regular season for us. Last week we nailed the Dolphins’ 5-point winning margin over the Jets and had a trio of dogs-with-points in covers by the Titans, Giants and Rams. Still, our final .459 season winning percentage against the spread was embarrassing as our track record is the right side of .500 across 32 seasons of NFL picks in the Herald. The late climb to .602 overall at least was a small silver lining. Time to end strong with a big playoff run!
NFL QB Rankings: King Patrick reigns for the second time -- The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes comfortably wins his second season championship in the 25th year of the Miami Herald NFL Quarterback Rankings, following his other in 2018. Mahomes’ 641.50-point season total enjoyed a 56-point margin over runner-up Justin Herbert of the Chargers. Third-place Joe Burrow of the Bengals lost out on one game because of the Damar Hamlin/canceled game situation. That likely cost him second place, but there is almost zero chance that extra game would have allowed him to surpass Mahomes. The Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa finished 13th. For our expanded final Top 40, visit Herald Final 2022 NFL QB Rankings.
Greg's Lobos: In championship game but denied 2nd straight title -- 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!"
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Thank you!: Was honored 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
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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.