Remembering Jose 5 years later, Tua injury fitting latest woe, Time for Panthers to finally live up to hype. 3 new columns!; plus tonight's Carolina-Houston pick, Week 2 results for NFL picks, Lobos, Herald QB rank; also, Greg Cote Show podcast & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND
1) It's THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. Was back in with Le Batard Show this week. Check out Tuesday's show podcasts for way too much of me. 2) Join me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow the Greg Cote Show podcast separately on Twitter, Instagram and now TikTok, too! 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hot Button Top 10, Lost weekend as Dolphins and Canes fall hard, new Greg Cote Show podcast & more.
Pick is in! Our Tonight's call on Panthers-Texans: See NFL Week 3 Thursday Gem for our Carolina-Houston pick.
GREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: NEW EPISODE OUT NOW!: Our 36th episode of 2021 and 78th overall is out now! A 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. You can find all 78 we've done HERE, for free. In our newest episode: Jason "Jax" Jackson is on with us to talk about his new role as Miami Heat play-by-play voice, and about the roast his foundation is putting on next month with Dan Le Batard as the roastee. Also: Season debut of Hard Knocks' behind the scenes look at Greg's Lobos, and the guys discuss the woeful weekend for the Dolphins and Canes, and an ode to Turd Ferguson. Thanks as always for the support, pod family. Please listen, rate, review and follow. (Our pod simulcasts on Sirius XM every Monday 5-6 p.m. ET).
A FAIRY TALE WITH WRONG ENDING: REMEMBERING JOSE FERNANDEZ 5 YEARS LATER: The phone in David Samson’s dark house rang about 5:30 that Sunday morning. Michael Hill, the Miami Marlins’ director of baseball operations, was on the line. “He sounded weird. Quiet and weird,” recalls Samson, then the team president. “Nothing good happens when he calls me at that hour. It means a player’s got arrested. I said, ‘Mike, what’s up? Are you OK?’ He said, ‘I have someone on the phone from Fish and Wildlife. There’s been an accident.’ ” A Florida Fish and Wildlife officer, at the scene, said there had been a boating accident overnight, a crash into the jetty rocks off Government Cut. Full column: Fairy Tale With Wrong Ending: Remembering Jose Fernandez 5 Years Later.
TUA'S RIB INJURY IN KEEPING WITH WEIRD, ROCKY START TO QB'S DOLPHINS CAREER: You heard the news Wednesday that Tua Tagovailoa will miss the Miami Dolphins game this Sunday at Las Vegas because his rib injury is worse than first thought, and, if you have followed this young man’s travails, the reaction had to be: Of course it is. What, exactly, has gone right for Tagovailoa in the year and a half since Miami drafted him in the first round out of Alabama? Anything?Some day he’s going to look back and laugh at his unimaginably weird entree into the NFL. We can only hope because that would mean this will have all worked out in the end — an eventuality presently unknowable and open to vigorous debate. Full column: Tua's Rib Injury In Keeping With Weird, Rocky Start to QB's Dolphins Career.
HOPE AND HYPE ARE SKY-HIGH AS FLORIDA PANTHERS OPEN CAMP. TIME TO FINALY DELIVER: There was none of this feeling in 1995. I was around. I know. The Florida Panthers were a third-year NHL expansion team with a new coach and a rag-tag roster of young prospects and others teams’ discards. As training camp opened there was zero expectation that this team, this team, might make it into the 1996 Stanley Cup Final with a shower of plastic and rubber rats for confetti. Fast-forward a quarter of a century and now the expectations are on this team. Big and heavy. Entering the franchise’s 28th season, and for the first time, Florida opens training camp Thursday with playoffs a must, a deep run in them expected, and the club’s first league championship a plausible dream. Full column: Hope And Hype Are Sky-High. Time For Florida Panthers To Finally Deliver.
The Lost Weekend: On Dolphins, Canes' crushing home losses: Dolphins' Shutout Loss in Home Opener a New Low For Flores Era / Miami Hurricanes Aren't Very Good -- And Keep Proving It / and The Big Question About Canes, Fins After Ugly Home Losses.
OUR RESULTS ON NFL WEEK 2 PICKS: BIG REBOUND OVERALL, SOLID VS. SPREAD: Bounced back from an 8-8 overall mark in upset-strewn Kickoff Weekend to card a nifty 12-4 mark in Week 2. Against the spread, we held steady and solid with a second straight 9-7. Highlights: Nailed two of three outright upset picks for the second straight week with Cowboys coming through against Chargers in our Upset of the Week and Panthers surprising Saints. Also had another trio of 'dogs-with-points in covers by the Giants, Vikings and Titans.
GREG'S LOBOS: BIG, BIIIG WEEK 2 WIN IN PFPI FANTASY: Lobos dropped their opener but surged back with a huge 153-94 Week 2 win over Christie (Chris' wife). Got 40 points (!) from Aaron Jones, 32 from Lamar Jackson and 24 from Mike Evans to lead the high-scoring affair. A week earlier we had only one player reach 20 points. We put a Lobos Mint under our pillow, dreamed big, and awoke to renewed championships hopes!
HERALD NFL WEEK 2 QB RANKINGS: CARR, MURRAY TAKE CENTER STAGE: Cardinals' Kyler Murray takes Week 2 honors while Raiders' Derek Carr surges into the overall season lead as we dig in to the Miami Herald's 24th season of NFL quarterback rankings. Story and updated Top 20 chart here: Dolphin Tua Tagovailoa is outside our initial Top 20. The good news? He outranks Aaron Rodgers! Story and chart here: NFL Week 2 QB Rankings.
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