Greg Cote

Hot Button: Olympics, Hard Rock, reeling Marlins top this week’s list

1. OLYMPICS

Sublime to ridiculous, Rio Games end Sunday: Summer Olympics wrap up with U.S. winning overall and gold medal count, led by Michael Phelps and women’s gymnastics, with men’s basketball going for crown Sunday. As for the ridiculous? Gold to Ryan Lochte!

2. DOLPHINS

Fins, Canes’ home gets new name: Dolphins played their second fake game Friday in Dallas and have another Thursday, but overshadowing preseason is Fins’ and Hurricanes’ home rechristened as Hard Rock Stadium. Given Dolphins’ recent woes, call it Hard Luck Stadium.

3. MARLINS

Reeling Fish see playoff hopes slipping: Miami had lost three in a row and six of past eight entering weekend, and fallen  2 1/2 games off playoff pace. The emerging upside: The opportunity, which we’ve missed, to start blaming Jeffrey Loria for something again.

4. HEAT

Coach’s message to fans leaves somebody out: Erik Spoelstra’s video message to fans mentioned excitement over “core four” of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson. “Remember me!?” we imagined Chris Bosh thinking.

5. LITTLE LEAGUE

Youth baseball World Series under way: The Little League World Series pits 16 teams of kids 11 and 12 vying to reach next Sunday’s championship. Controversy already, though. Nine players suspended for performance-enhancing Happy Meals.

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