GREG COTE’S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND
1) It’s SUNDAY, JANUARY 15. 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 past week in my regular Tuesday seat. 4) Join me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. 5) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): NFL Wild-Card Weekend playoff picks, Greg Cote Show podcast (The Verdict), Misery Index ranks all 14 NFL playoff teams on rooting interest, Herald final NFL QB rankings, Mount Gregmore of columns.
NFL WILD-CARD WEEKEND PLAYOFF PICKS: DOLPHINS-BILLS, OTHER GAMES — AND WE’RE OFF TO 2-0/2-0 START: 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?) Had a perfect 2-0 / 2-0 start on Saturday, calling both San Fran’s cover vs. Seattle and the Jaguars’ upset of the Chargers. Visit NFL Wild-Card Playoff Gems for all of our latest picks as the NFL postseason begins!
GREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: NEW EPISODE DROPS MONDAY!: Our 2nd episode of 2023 and 148th overall is out Monday! 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 latest 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.
HOT BUTTON TOP 10 (JANUARY 15-16): WHAT SOUTH FLORIDA SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT: Our blog-exclusive Sunday-into-Monday feature — a top-seven mini this week — is part week-in-review, part look-ahead. Hot Button means what’s on our minds, locally and nationally, from a Miami perspective, as the sports week just past pivots to the week ahead. The latest HB10:
1. DOLPHINS: Wanted: Miami’s first playoff win in 22 years. (Please!?): Will the Dolphins’ first playoff appearance since 2016 also be the club’s first postseason victory since the 2000 season? Nobody thinks it’ll happen. Fins at Buffalo today are the biggest underdog of the NFL’s Wild-Card Playoffs, injury-wracked and down to rookie third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson again. “Do you believe in miracles?” Maybe? Not really? OK, then we’re screwed.
2. NFL: 49ers, Jags first to advance in Wild-Card Playoffs: Started with 14 playoffs teams. Six will be one-and-done in the first round and the six winners will advance to join waiting No. 1 seeds Kansas City and Philadelphia. San Francisco (easily) and Jacksonville (epically) advanced in Saturday’s doubleheader — the Jags erasing a 27-0 deficit and beating the Chargers 31-30. Three more games Sunday (including Dolphins at Bills) and one Monday night set the field for the Divisional Round.
3. HEAT: Miami heating up despite injury plague: Injury-wrought Miami is four games over .500 for the first time all season at 24-20 with Saturday’s win making it back-to-back over Giannis-less Milwaukee. Miami was again missing Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry as Heat have lost second-most man-games to injuries in NBA this season. Miami begins three-game roadie Monday in Atlanta. Meantime coach Erik Spoelstra, hearing the Spurs and Warriors were to play to an NBA-record crowd of about 68,000 Friday night, suggested the Heat lay an outdoor game before 100,000. Let’s go!
4. UM BASKETBALL: Canes men lose, women on a roll: The No. 12 Canes men are 14-3 (5-2 ACC) after Saturday’s overtime league loss at N.C. State. Jim Larranaga’s guys host Syracuse Monday. The Miami women are 11-6 (4-2) and receiving poll votes after consecutive wins over No. 22 North Carolina and No. 9 Virginia Tech amid a four-game win streak. Katie Meier’s team hosts Wake Forest today/Sunday.
5. PANTHERS: Can Cats get even before the break?: The Matthew Tkachuk trade has worked out well (he’s an all-star), and yet Florida is only 20-24 (20-20-4) even with Saturday’s 4-3 win over Vancouver as Florida has yet to cobble together even a three-game win streak. Panthers now hit the road again and have eight games left before hosting NHL All-Star Weekend on February 3-4. Result of a fan vote for remaining all-stars will be revealed on Tuesday.
6. MARLINS: Miami deals MIguel Rojas, still adding B-listers in low-watt offseason: Miami added infielder Jean Segura and righthander Johnny Cueto this offseason, and now has traded longtime Marlin and team leader Miguel Rojas to L.A. for Dodgers infield prospect Jacob Amaya. Each is a minor move relative to the huge spending by the Marlins’ NL East rivals.
7. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Georgians celebrate Dawgs with parade: Thousands attended a Georgia Bulldogs championship parade ending at the stadium Saturday to celebrate the 65-7 CFP title-game rout of TCU’s Horned Frogs for UG’s second straight national championship. Meanwhile Shaquille O’Neal lost a bet to Ernie Johnson over the result had to eat frog’s legs — as if that’s an awful thing, and not a delicacy in high-end French cuisine
HB10 cut: Arizona Cardinals request head-coach interview with ex-Dolphins boss Brian Flores ….. Departing Raiders QB Derek Carr wrote a nice thank-you on social media to fans, the vast majority of whom won’t miss him much ….. Old rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid meet Sunday in the final match of the Spanish Super Cup ….. California prep phenom Alyssa Thompson went No. 1 overall to Angel City (L.A.) in women’s soccer’s NWSL Draft ….. In an instance of comically sad, bizarre celebrity, LSU’s women’s gymnastics team had had to increase security around meets because one of its athletes, Olivia Dunne, is a “Tik-Tok influencer” with 6.7 million followers, some of whom are rabid enough fans to stalk her at events ….. The Greg Cote Show podcast drops a new episode at 7 a.m. ET Monday ….. Update: Countdown now 1,240 days (give or take) until Miami hosts its first match in soccer’s 2026 World Cup.
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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.