Proposed Heat trade: Winslow, Deng to Knicks for 'Melo. Smart or dumb? New poll. Vote now!; plus separate studies suggest Dolphins fans are dumb but love sex, McShay's No. 1 pick for Fins, Star Wars fake spoiler alert & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
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And Dolphins' pick in McShay's Mock Draft 1.0 is...: Having a draft five months early isn't silly enough, so let's have one before the draft order is even determined. "OK!" said ESPN's Todd McShay today with his Mock 1.0. He has Ohio State (and St. Thomas Aquinas) DE Joey Bosa going No. 1 overall to Titans, and Miami selecting eighth overall and taking Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley. Quick reaction: Huh? Miami has so many needs, why would they spend a No. 1 on one of the few positions with solid starters?
HEAT TRADE WINSLOW AND DENG FOR 'MELO? ESPN WOULD DO IT. WOULD YOU?: The annual 'Melo-to-Miami rumor, reliable as a groundhog, has raised its head! ESPN Insider (and apparent wanna-be general manager) Chad Ford proposes this week that the Miami Heat get in a three-way trade with the New York Knicks and Sacramento. It's complicated but breaks down to this: Miami gets Carmelo Anthony, 31 but still a proven scorer, along with career backup guard Sasha Vujacic and young forward Cleathony Early. And the Knicks in return get Miami's No. 1 draft pick Justise Winslow, starting forward Luol Deng and also Birdman Andersen. Would you make that deal? I doubt I would give up Winslow's potential plus a starter for 'Melo at this point in the gunner's career. Plus, how is 'Melo going to get his shots on a team with guards who want the ball in Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic and a scoring power forward in Chris Bosh? I'd almost rather have center Hassan Whiteside on the market than Winslow. Two factors suggest Whiteside is a lame duck. First, Miami has proved to be better defensively with him off the floor, which is odd and a bad sign for a shot-blocker who is there first for his defense. Mostly, it will be very difficult for the Heat to re-sign Whiteside long-term after this season and still have the financial flexibility to move forward as a player in free agency. But back to the trade that likely will never happen but is fun to talk about. Would you essentially trade Winslow and Deng for 'Melo? Take a dip in our poll and say why you feel as you do.
SCHOOLED! MIAMI FANS, ESPECIALLY DOLFANS, FARE POORLY IN SPORTS GRAMMAR: Grammarly.com ranks the 42 American pro-sports cities (NFL, NBA and MLB) based on a sample of 100 fan posts per team on social media, and Miami ranks a lowly 30th with an average of 8.14 mistakes per 100 words. (Click here for full list). Miami's score breaks down to 5.51 mistakes for Heat fans, 7.00 for Marlins fans and 11.90 for Dolphins fans. That latter figure ranks 85th of 92 teams overall. Oy. Like the Dolphins needed one more thing they weren't good at!? Wait. Shouldn't that be, "...one more thing at which they weren't good"?
On the bright side, Dolphins fans are very randy: Dating site okcupid.com surveyed users who identify with an NFL team and, to the question, "Would you consider sleeping with someone on the first date?," Dolphins fans answered yes 51 percent more than fans of any other team. Woo hoo! Was the survey taken on South Beach at 3 a.m? We can't know. A possible explanation for Dolfans' general horniness? Seven straight years about of the playoffs leave one seeking diversions from misery.
FAKE SPOILER ALERT FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Stars Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens open in theaters to extremely high anticipation this Friday. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his supporters face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his Stormtroopers. Stop reading immediately if you want to be surprised because I am about to give away the movie's big ending. OK, here it is: The butler did it.
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