Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Hot Button topics: Richt, Fins, CFP, LeWho? and Bonds

1. HURRICANES

UM hires ex-Georgia coach Richt: Miami was celebrating the popular hiring of new football coach Mark Richt as UM awaited its bowl invitation. Response to landing Richt was overwhelmingly positive but for the few local Flat Earth Society members still holding out for Butch Davis.

2. DOLPHINS

Fins dump OC Lazor, host Ravens: The 4-7 Fins fired offensive chief Bill Lazor and host Baltimore on Sunday, then it’s on to 50th anniversary week, culminating with the all-time top 50 players being introduced Monday night. Dolfans hope remembering the past will help them forget the present.

3. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Big Saturday sets CFP final four, bowl invites: With No. 1 Clemson (vs. North Carolina) and No. 2 Alabama (vs. Florida) heavily favored Saturday and No. 3 Oklahoma idle, No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 5 Michigan State effectively was a play-in game for the final College Football Playoff ticket.

4. HEAT

Miami hosts Cleveland, overshadowed LeBron: Don’t you love it? Half of NBA fans are talking about Steph Curry’s unbeaten Warriors and the other half are talking about Kobe Bryant announcing his retirement. Meanwhile, the Heat on Saturday hosted the Cavaliers and ol’ what’s-his-name.

5. MARLINS

Fish sign Barry Bonds as hitting instructor: New manager Don Mattingly’s coaching staff was completed and it includes steroids-tainted home-run king Barry Bonds as hitting coach. Aside to Giancarlo Stanton: If Bonds casually suggests you try the “clear” or the “cream,” run like hell.

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

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