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The Monday Metro Zoo Madness!

Well, no more Armchair QB’s for a while.  This is your Monday blog.  I decided to take my nieces to the zoo today, and Kelly was OK with Kourtney skipping a half day of school to go with me.  McKenna and Kourtney were anticipating it for more than a week, so I hope their expectations were filled.  I doubt that it all lived up to the hype.  We didn’t get to see the chimps going nuts, which to me is the best part of the zoo.  The dog’gone monorail now costs $3 per person.  Now, nobody at all rides it (except me and the girls).  Also, the zoo added a section called the Amazon and Beyond, which was great.  The jaguar was in hiding, unfortunately.  I was really looking forward to seeing the jag.  We did get to see the tigers fed (11:00 AM they get a snack) and that was cool.  But the best part of the day for the girls was playing in the play areas.  Forget the animals, they love to slide, swing, climb, and run. Kourtney played in the water park area and loved getting soaked.  That’s so much better than some dumb gorillas or lions.  🙂

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Monday Armchair QB

Hey, it was a win! While a W by 2 is worth the same as a W by 20, Miami continues to flirt with disaster at the end of games. It really cost us against Houston, but against Seattle we got away with it. Fumbling the ball late in a game up by 2 (after dropping from a 14 point lead in the 3rd Q) is a good way to lose games, but somehow the defense came through. At 5-4, the Dolphins are looking more and more legit as a playoff contender.

The Canes are going to face a huge game this Thursday night against the Hokies of Virginia Tech. A win against Virginia means the possibility of an ACC title remains open. I don’t really have a prediction on this game, but if Miami can put their best foot forward on both sides of the ball for 4 quarters, Miami should win.

It looks like the top 4 teams in the LPC Fantasy Football league will win this week. With two studs (Boldin and Hightower) playing for me tonight and currently a 94-90 lead, I should finish with the week’s high score. The Turkey Buzzards lead by three going into tonight, but Jesse’s Fuser Heads who have been unmanned since week 1 has a bigtimer playing tonight.

The fantasy football report tomorrow will detail the standings which probably will not change from last week. Pastor Trav’s Big Doggs’ playoff hopes have taken a big step back, though he is still in the hunt. Right now, I believe there are 5 legit teams vying for 4 playoff positions. Ritz has been the biggest surprise by taking his freshman squad to the top of the standings tied with the equally surprising unmanned Fuser Heads.

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Sunday at Turkey Point

There are a few puffy white clouds floating across a mostly blue sky. I am sitting by the edge of Biscayne Bay and I can look right across to see the City of Miami skyline. It would be a great day to be out on the water fishing or diving. Most of all I would like to be at church for the kick off of our 3 services. The new message series looks very interesting as well. I love the promo video. Ol’ Atom Splitter will be guest writing the talk soup today. I look forward to that. Though I have to work today, I thank God that he has for His provision.

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The Streak at the U

Hurricane fans can sit back, take a deep breath and relax now. The University of Miami, aka NFL U, aka “The U” is notorious for it’s pipeline to the NFL. UM has the most players selected in the first round of a single year (6), the most first round selections in a 2 year period (11), and the most first round selections in a 3 year period (15). Since 1994 at least one player from the University of Miami has been selected in the first round of the NFL free agent draft. The streak now stands at 14 years with the selection of Kenny Phillips by the New York Giants.

They are called quarterback U, linebacker U, wide receiver U, running back U, tight end U, and so on because of the dominance of Miami at each of these positions over the past 25 years. It just became easier with that big orange and green U on the helmet to call Miami “The U”. Is there any question why they are called NFL U?

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NCAA Men’s Basketball 3/14/08 UM vs VT

Since January 1993’s Sugar Bowl match-up of the “unbeatable” Miami Hurricane’s against the lowly Crimson Tide of Alabama, I have become a pessimist. Anytime there is a marginally competitive opponent, I just assume the Canes will find a way to lose. That started to change in 1998 when The Edge ended UCLA’s title hopes, and 2000 against FSU and in the Sugar Bowl against UF, 2001 when we went undefeated and won the football championship. I had progressed back to a cocky Cane fan until Terry Porter infamously snatched the championship from us and handed it to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Since then, I just assume we will lose against marginally competitive teams, basketball or football, doesn’t really matter. Well, I was proven right today. The Canes were in the game, even had a second half lead against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Then, VT just decided to put us away. 63-49 was the final. The Canes this year are not bad, but they aren’t great either. We will probably get a 9 or 10 seed and be lucky to get past the first round of the tourney. It’s a good season on which to build the future, but not really that much to brag about.

There I go again, sounding like a pessimist in a season that is not even technically over yet.

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Saturday at the Seaquarium

Dolphin at the “Top Deck Dolphin Show” at the Miami Seaquarium.

I snapped this cool picture of a 41 year-old dolphin jumping through a hoop on the top deck dolphin show at the Seaquarium Saturday afternoon.

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