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Today: First-round quarterbacks. Dolphins-Colts potentially puts Andrew Luck vs. Ryan Tannehill on Sunday’s menu pending Tannehill’s injury status, as two of 147 QBs selected in the first round in the 75 NFL drafts. Here is the breakdown of most first-round QBs in one year:

No. Times (last) Quarterbacks
61 (1983)John Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Ken O’Brien, Dan Marino

51 (1999)Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith, Daunte Culpepper, Cade McNown

46 (2012)Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden

312 (2009)Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman

228 (2010)Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow

120 (2001)Michael Vick

Note: There have been no first-round quarterbacks only seven times, most recently in 1996.


What South Florida sports fans are talking about:

1. DOLPHINS

Fins takes three-game winning streak to Indianapolis: Although QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) was questionable to play, Miami is 4-3 and thinking playoffs as it faces the Colts — thanks to the Dolphins’ 30-9 rout of the Stinkin’ Jets last week. The loss put New York in last place in the AFC East. Help me out, Fireman Ed. Ready? “L-A-S-T, LAST!”

2. HEAT

Miami raises championship banner, opens new season: The defending champion Heat won its opener but then lost by 20 points. The star-studded and supposedly improved Lakers started 0-3. Let’s just say that highly anticipated Heat-Lakers dream NBA Finals has not left the starting blocks quite as smoothly as we might have imagined.

3. HURRICANES

UM whips Virginia Tech, eyes ACC title game: Canes handled Hokies 30-12 Thursday and now are one win (perhaps next Saturday at Virginia) from being bowl-eligible. However UM, under NCAA investigation, still has not decided whether to self-impose a bowl ban. Anybody else hope Nevin Shapiro is having a really bad day in prison?

4. MARLINS

Former catcher Mike Redmond hired as manager: As a player here, Redmond once famously took batting practice in the nude to loosen up his teammates in the midst of a slump, and it worked. Hey, don’t get any ideas, Jeffrey Loria. I know you like to save money wherever you can, but surely there are better ways to cut costs than to eliminate uniforms.

5. COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Five days till Canes, others open regular season: The road to March Madness unfurls Friday as Miami opens with a home doubleheader, men against Stetson, women against North Florida. Coach Jim Larranaga’s men are seen as NCAA Tournament-caliber. (So we’ll just go ahead and pretend that 69-67 exhibition loss to tiny Saint Leo never happened.)

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The Heat’s season could not have begun more intensely wrapped in emotion.

First it was opening night in Miami and the much-anticipated, championship-banner-raising ceremony prior to a victory over the hated rival Boston Celtics. The night was a mix of prideful joy and the kind of on-court vitriol personified by Kevin Garnett snubbing former teammate Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo’s flagrant, around-the-neck foul on Dwyane Wade.

Then it was on to New York’s famous Madison Square Garden, where a region hit hard by Hurricane Sandy celebrated a cathartic victory by the Knicks. Some thought the game should not even have been played, much as the New York City Marathon was canceled in respect to the thousands affected by the storm — a devastation that inspired Wade to donate his game paycheck (about $210,000) to relief efforts.

The emotion and intensity will ramp back up Wednesday when the renamed, revamped, and star-laden Brooklyn Nets visit Miami — perhaps accompanied by star part-owner Jay-Z.

So we needed the break that Saturday night brought with the game against Denver here, and the one that Monday’s game against Steve Nash-less Phoenix also will bring.

Thank you, faceless, star-less Nuggets and Suns, for being a brief sedative to help us calm down.

Tuesday is Election Day. Remember to vote, particularly if you support my candidate. I’m Greg Cote, and I approve this message.

• Baseball free agency is under way and the Marlins have signed pitcher Zack Greinke and slugger Josh Hamilton. (Hey, we can dream can’t we?)

• San Francisco still celebrating Giants’ sweep of Tigers, led by rotund Pablo Sandoval, World Series MVP. Cannot confirm Sandoval is news spokesman for the President’s Council on Physical Fatness.

• The NFL trade deadline passed with the Dolphins making no deals, although the media, with nothing better to do, had fun amusing itself with baseless rumors involving receiver Dwayne Bowe.

• The NHL canceled its Winter Classic, latest casualty of the ongoing lockout. Said the organizer of the Winter Classic: “It’s like losing the Super Bowl.” Said everyone else: “Um, no it isn’t.”

Countdown: 14 days till the NASCAR grand finale at Homestead, with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson now in the Chase for the Cup points lead and on the pole again Sunday. Looks like nothing will stop J.J.’s sixth crown short of forcing him to drive Hertz rental car.

• And in other news, the World Series of Posers ended. Oops, I meant World Series of Poker. Sorry, Freud.

•  Charles Barkley now says LeBron James could be better than Michael Jordan. The NBA has new rules against flopping, but I guess flip-flopping is still allowed.

• Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert now admits he regrets angrily guaranteeing that Cleveland would win an NBA title before LeBron’s Heat. It might be no coincidence that Gilbert got rich off a company call Fathead.

• The Minnesota Timberwolves are being criticized for having only five black players on their 15-man roster. The Minnesota Timberwhites.

• Update: It is now only 14 months until NBA commissioner David Stern’s

• Three Pitt football players played against Notre Dame on Saturday despite being charged with assault. Anybody seen Pitt coach Paul Chryst’s missing spine?

• South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said No. 1 Alabama could beat a couple of NFL teams. I think that’s ridiculous. Everybody knows the Jaguars and Chiefs are barely even real NFL teams.

• Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, a Heisman trophy candidate, said his first kiss came at the wedding altar this past July. Nobody believes him, but it’s still a cute story.

• The father of rapper Trick Daddy is suing ex-Cane Bryant McKinnie in Miami alleging that McKinnie owes him $375,000 borrowed to spend in strip clubs. I’d be inclined to shake my head if the money hadn’t gone to such a good cause.

• Toronto Maple Leafs player Tyler Bozak was criticized for wearing blackface as part of a Michael Jackson Halloween costume. The irony: Since when does an impersonation of M.J.’s complexion require blackface?

• Somebody check on the LPGA. Something is wrong. For two weeks in a row now, the tournament winner has not been a South Korean.

• Saw the headline, “Shark falls from sky onto golf course.” Turns out a large bird dropped a 2-foot leopard shark on a course near the ocean in California. Thank goodness. When I first saw the headline I worried that Greg Norman had been seriously hurt.

•  Jonathan Vilma and other Saints “Bountygate” players don’t want ex-commissioner Paul Tagliabue to hear their suspensions appeal. Who do they want, the mayor of New Orleans? Drew Brees, perhaps?

•  Peyton Manning

• The four-team United Football League announced it has postponed the second half of its season until the spring, surprising analysts who were unaware the UFL existed.

• A 20-year-old woman from Brazil auctioned off her virginity to a man willing to pay $750,000. What was I thinking!?

•  Parting thought: This is not a good sign. Mike Redmond has been the manager for four days now and the Marlins still have not won a game. Owner Jeffrey Loria is getting impatient.

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