Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s hot topics of the week: Fins at 50, Heat, bowls, Fish, Cats

1. DOLPHINS

50th anniversary celebrated as Fins host Giants on Monday night: Dolphins’ 50 greatest all-time players will be introduced at halftime Monday as franchise celebrates 50 years of football. That breaks down to about 40 seasons worthy of actual celebration, then the last 10 or so.

2. HEAT

Still wondering at NBA’s quarter turn: How good is Miami? With the season one-fourth done, as the nation wondered whether Golden State would ever lose, Miami fans were still trying to decide how good the Heat is. Eastern finals? Playoffs? Stay tuned.

3. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Canes practice for bowl as city prepares to host CFP semifinal: UM readies for Sun Bowl as Miami prepares for Clemson-Oklahoma in Orange Bowl game. And if your biggest gripe is why the playoff semifinals are on New Year’s Eve, you lead a charmed life, friend.

4. MARLINS

Lots of Jose talk, but little action for Fish at winter meetings: The Marlins made headlines entertaining offers but not trading ace Jose Fernandez during MLB winter meetings in Nashville, but struck out on making any deals to bolster their starting rotation or bullpen.

5. PANTHERS

Government tax help approved to assure Cats’ local future: Broward committed $86 million in tourist tax dollars to keep Panthers in Sunrise at least for 13 more years. Now how about a little payback, Cats? Like an occasional playoff appearance, perhaps?

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

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