The Perfect Season Dolphins will be honored by President Barack Obama on Tuesday with the White House ceremony they never got 41 years earlier.
I worry about all the acrimonious partisanship in Washington now, though. I hear Republican lawmakers, denied equal time Tuesday to counter the president, are planning a filibuster to argue the 72 Dolphins should not be honored. (I also hear members of the Tea Party now claim that seasons supposed 17-0 record is the biggest hoax since the moon landing.)
I just saw betting lines on the visit. Its 2-to-1 odds that Obama will quip how his winning back-to-back terms was not as impressive as Miami winning back-to-back Super Bowls. Its more likely even odds that Mercury Morris will snatch the microphone from Obama and start rapping.
Have not seen a line on this yet, but I think theres also a pretty good chance a daydreaming Don Shula will at some point channel the hard-nosed coach he was in 72 and force the president to run wind sprints.
• Dwyane Wade said this week he has no plans to leave in free agency after this coming season, while an ESPN survey called LeBron James an overwhelming favorite to be MVP again. The Heat are so good, they even dominate the offseason!
• Caleb Sturgis won the Dolphins placekicking job over incumbent Dan Carpenter, thus becoming the most prominent Caleb since Biblical times.
• John Offerdahl was revealed as the next member of the Dolphins Honor Roll. Offerdahl will be the first defender honored who made more bagels than tackles.
• The NFL has approved random testing for human growth hormone. Im glad its random, said the 640-pound tackle whose neck is wider than his ears.
• Linebacker James Harrison complained about HBOs Hard Knocks cameras being at Bengals camp, because Harrison is happiest when complaining.
• The Phillies fired Charlie Manuel, their longtime manager. Manuel was best known for appearing to be 100 years old as he labored up the dugout steps and ambled slowly to the mound.
• The Marlins Justin Ruggiano finally ended his near-record hitless streak. For 42 at-bats in a row, Justin had the same number of hits as your cat, Fluffster.
• MLB agreed to expand instant replay starting next year, including manager challenges. Great. The games arent long enough, right? The 2014 season is now projected to end in early 2016.
• Manny Ramirez, 41, was released from his Rangers minor-league contract. No more Manny Being Manny. Time for Manny Being Something Other Than a Ballplayer.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi addressed Nick Sabans champion Alabama team. I assume he passed along tips on how not to live up to high expectations.
• Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas grad Jason Dufner won the PGA Championship last week. (I dont have the heart to tell him its the major the other three majors make fun of.)
• The U.S. mens soccer team won its 12th consecutive international match, 4-3 over Bosnia-Herzegovina. In its next game, the United States hopes to pick on someone its own size.
• FIU mens basketball, after posting its first winning season in 13 years, is on a 10-day, three-game tour of Spain. They know how to reward success over there at FIU, dont they?