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Greg Cote: Dolphins’ reboot, Al Golden drama are South Florida fans’ hot topics

1. DOLPHINS

New coach. New culture. New results? We’ll see: Miami plays at Tennessee on Sunday in its first game since interim coach Dan Campbell replaced fired Joe Philbin. Campbell has tried to light a fire and change the culture, which is good. But not nearly as good as Ryan Tannehill and Ndamukong Suh playing better.

2. HURRICANES

UM hosts Virginia Tech in big conference game: With last week’s loss at Florida State and No. 5 Clemson visiting next week, the Canes needed to beat Virginia Tech on Saturday to realistically stay alive for an ACC division title. Which is pretty much Al Golden’s get-out-of-jail-free card in terms of keeping his job.

3. BASEBALL

Impartiality is overrated. Let’s go Cubs! Cubs-Mets and Blue Jays-Royals gives us NL and AL championship series in which the four finalists have not won a World Series in a combined 188 years. But we all know whose fans lead the league, and the world, in drought. So let’s go Cubbies!

4. PANTHERS

Ageless Jagr sparks Cats’ rare fast start: Florida was 3-1 entering Saturday’s game against Dallas, led by Jaromir Jagr’s four goals. It was only the third time since 1999 and the first time since 2011 the Cats opened an NHL season with three wins in the first four games. If only the playoffs were seeded now.

5. HEAT

Good news, bad news 10 days from opener: The bad news? Dwyane Wade is slotted only 46th, a career low and down 10 spots, in ESPN’s latest annual NBA Rank, below Chris Bosh and Goran Dragic. The good news? If Wade is your third-best player, your team is probably pretty good.

Read an updated, expanded Hot Button Top 10 every Sunday in Greg’s Random Evidence blog.

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