Monday, March 24, 2014


After a hiatus while we relocated our home base, the blog is back.

Don’t miss my fearless picks and predictions in Major League Baseball in the blog later this week.  

Basketball is in the news, with the NCAA tournament now down to the Sweet Sixteen.  My chance at claiming the $1 Billion prize went down the drain very quickly, but it is still a great event, regardless.  It is a lot of fun to watch these teams play for the name in front of the uniform.  The Southeast Conference is showing signs of life after a season of inconsistent play, sending three teams to the Sweet 16, with Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee all advancing.  My original selections for the Final Four are still in play, with Florida, Arizona, Michigan State, and Louisville still hanging around.  I still have Florida winning it all.

The battle to advance to the Elite Eight are this Thursday and Friday:

Florida vs UCLA Virginia vs Michigan State
Dayton vs Stanford Iowa State vs Connecticut
Wisconsin vs Baylor Tennessee vs Michigan
Arizona vs San Diego State Louisville vs Kentucky 

The winners of these games will play on Saturday to determine the Final Four.

In the NBA, the Heat are struggling through the dog days of the regular season, and they have lost seven out of their last eleven.  The team is struggling defensively, and they will be tested tonight at the AAA, when they face a very good Portland Trailblazers.  The last time these teams squared off was on December 28th, in Portland, when the Heat, playing without LeBron James, beat the Blazers 108-107 on last-second game-winning three-point shot by Chris Bosh, who finished the game with 37 points and 10 rebounds.  Tonight’s game tips off at 7:30 pm, and it will be telecast by Sun Sports, and will also be on NBA-TV nationwide.

After tonight’s game, the Heat will hit the road for three games, before returning to the AAA next Monday against the Toronto Raptors.

The Heat’s upcoming schedule:

Heat @ Pacers Wed   3/26     8:00 pm   Sun Sports, ESPN
Heat @ Pistons Fri      3/28      7:30 pm Sun Sports
Heat @ Bucks Sat     3/29 8:30 pm Sun Sports
Raptors @ Heat Mon    3/31      7:30 pm Sun Sports

Here is the Heat’s complete regular season schedule:

Let’s go to the Marlins and the rest of MLB:

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION:  Who is the first non-Yankee to win as many as three World Series since Jim Palmer of the Orioles won his third in 1983?  The answer comes later, alligator. 

Opening day in Major League Baseball is Sunday, March 30th, when the Los Angeles Dodgers meet the San Diego Padres on ESPN at 8:00 pm.  Of course, the Dodgers are already 2-0 this season, after opening up in the fake opening two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.  MY TAKE:  There is a drive to make MLB’s opening day a national holiday.  That’s all nice and good, but it can’t and won’t happen if all teams don’t open their season on the same day.   

Speaking of the Dodgers, they’re again worried about Yasiel Puig and his attitude, both on and off the field.

More from around the majors:

More from MLB:

What’s up from the gridiron?

Here’s the latest on the Miami Dolphins from Armando Salguero:

2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS Home schedule: Buffalo, New England, NY Jets, Kansas City, San Diego, Green Bay, Minnesota and Baltimore.

2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS Road schedule: Buffalo, New England, NY Jets, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland (in London), and Jacksonville.

Here is the 2014 draft order, according to ESPN.  The Houston Texans are on the clock.

The NFL Draft is just over a month away.  Mark your calendars for May 8th, at 8:00 pm.  Here are the latest mock drafts from the ESPN draft gurus, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay:

For the latest news from around the NFL, here is NFL NATION:

Of course, we can all continue to sleep at night, knowing full well that Aaron Hernandez remains in jail, where he belongs. 

Manny Navarro and Susan Miller Degnan have the latest from Coral Gables, and the University of Miami.

From FIU,  David J. Neal of the Herald has the latest in his blog:

Here’s the latest from Tallahassee and the Seminoles:

From Gainesville and the University of Florida:

We welcome the Central Florida Knights to the blog:

The Florida Panthers fell to the Anaheim Ducks last night, 6-2.  They return to the ice tomorrow, here at home, to face the Ottawa Senators.

Upcoming Panthers schedule:

Carolina  @ Panthers Thu Mar 27 7:30 pm FoxSports FLA
Montreal @ Panthers Sat Mar 29 7:00 pm FoxSports FLA
Panthers @ New Jersey Mon Mar 31 7:30 pm NBCSN
Panthers @ NY Islanders Tue Apr 1 7:00 pm FoxSports FLA


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THE ANSWER TO TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION:  Who is the first non-Yankee to win as many as three World Series since Jim Palmer of the Orioles won his third in 1983?    

David Ortiz, BIG PAPI, with the Boston Red Sox in 2004, 2007, and 2013.

Behave yourselves, and always remember that tomorrow will bring us a brand new day.