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Wednesday night tidbits: Michael Beasley, Dolphins, Hurricanes

 ### Talked to a Phoenix Suns person tonight who said two of Michael Beasley’s biggest problems last season were ones familiar to Heat fans: Hogging the ball at times (which frustrated teammates and his two head coaches) and deficient defense. He said teams often went to the player Beasley was defending to exploit that matchup.

### His efficiency and shooting percentage have either stayed the same or gone down every year. He shot 47.2 percent as a rookie, then 45, 45, 44.5 and 40.5 last season with Phoenix.

### He’s best from mid-range, shooting 46.1 percent from 10 to 16 feet last season, but just 30.6 percent from 3 to 10, and 34.9 from 16 feet to the three-point line. He shot just 31.3 percent on threes last season, 34.5 percent in his career.

### His metrics in games when he plays 20 minutes or fewer are much worse than games when he plays more --- which is largely the result of the fact that coaches will play him less if he gets off to a bad start. (In his Heat career, he shot 33 percent with 41 turnovers and 12 assists on nights he played fewer than 20 minutes.) But you wonder how he would do playing limited minutes, should it even reach that point here. He didn’t play well in Phoenix when his minutes were cut.

### If he simply makes the team but doesn’t grab a rotation spot, he essentially would be competing with James Jones and Rashard Lewis for the sporadic minutes that Mike Miller received. If he somehow becomes much closer to what everyone thought he would as the No. 2 overall pick out of Kansas State (and that seems highly unlikely at this stage), he could conceivably take some of Udonis Haslem’s minutes.

### At least last season he scored 32 points in 49 minutes against Chicago, 20 in 41 against Indiana!

### Beasley remains under investigation for sexual assault in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a January incident at his home. Phoenix released him after his arrest this summer for suspicion of drug possession. 

### Kudos to Yahoo’s exceptional NBA reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, for sniffing out this story over the weekend. When Woj reported Saturday that the Heat was considering signing Beasley, the team denied it to our newspaper, the Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post and the Associated Press, saying Miami had no interest in Beasley and prompting numerous reports to that effect.

Five days later, the Heat decided to sign him – despite last month’s marijuana arrest – after meeting with him, because the risk was so low (one-year, non-guaranteed deal at the $1 million minimum).

### Only $789,000 of Beasley’s salary would count against the salary cap, but keeping him all season would cost more than $2.5 million in luxury tax payments, in addition to his salary.

### Colts owner Jim Irsay, angry his team allowed four sacks against Oakland on Sunday, today tweeted: “I DEMAND better” pass protection Sunday against the Dolphins, who had six sacks against Cleveland. “The Fish CAN and WILL bring the heat,” Irsay tweeted. “We’ve got to man up and confront HEAT with NASA like Heat shield.”

OK then.

### Cameron Wake, on a conference call with Dolphins season-ticket holders tonight: “I feel like a kid in a candy store with all the new acquisitions.” He called Olivier Vernon “the most improved player we have.”… When a fan asked him what game he has circled on the schedule -– and ordered him not to say “one game at a time,” –- Wake said the two Jets games.

### Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson, also on that conference call, pointed to two keys to Sunday’s game: “getting explosive in the running game” and “chipping on” and giving extra attention to ace Colts pass-rusher Robert Mathis.

### Every Dolphins starting offensive linemen allowed a sack, except Mike Pouncey, in Week 1, and Jonathan Martin also gave up four hurries.

### With Mike Wallace not pleased about catching only one pass last week, will Ryan Tannehill target him more Sunday?

“I’m going to play the quarterback position the way the coaches install the plays,” he said today. “We’re going to try and get him the ball when he’s in the play, but we’re not going to force him the ball.” But he said Wallace is back to “his same old self, practicing hard, joking around. He’s great.”

### UM’s Al Golden continued a series of national interviews today, and ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd asked if he believes the program has turned the corner with Saturday’s win. “No,” he said, adding he told the team: “The biggest thing is we really haven’t achieved anything yet.”

But one thing has changed. “We [had] lost our way, what the University of Miami was about. What people lost in the translation is this” program, historically, “was one of the hardest working teams in America, one of the toughest teams in America. The practice was quite often harder than the game.” The program is returning to that mentality.

### Golden told Cowherd: “We felt we were going to win all week” last week. There has been no media access to players during this bye week, but Golden assures: “We’ve been practicing like crazy. We’re getting a lot of young guys better, working on things Florida exposed.”



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Soldy is dead ... R.I.P.

OK University Of Miami Hurricanes Fans, here's the deal ... U Won, made the plays, deserved to Win, are the better team and have been the better program over a 30 year period. The Florida Gators got hit right in their moufs. That may just be an opinion, but that's what the results on the playing field states. No excuses. We Gators n Canes have been going at it since the Summer of '08 on these blogs and it's been full insults ahead for over 1,800 straight days. It's been a constant back n forth of, U said, Gator said... Gator said, U said. U Suck, Gators Suck. Has it been interesting ? At times sure. Has it been ugly ? Mostly. Has it meant a damn thing on the field ? No. Now back in that Summer of '08 the Gators will say U came to their blog spouting pollution. And U will say that the Gators came to Ur blog doing the same thing. Ultimately and ending cycle of mostly senseless ridiculousness that just went round n round in a circle of insults and foolishness didn't mean a thing. So, having said that, It's over. I'm not asking for a truce, just saying it's over by virtue of the fact that our Football rivalry is no more. It's just in the past. Now U can say why U think it's over. And Ur entitled to that opinion. The Gators will have their reasons, and they are entitled to that opinion. Bottom line is this... Right now, Miami Football... Florida Football ... Florida State Football Programs are not "Back" Yet. But they are ALL rising. No debate that they are 3 of the Best Top to Bottom College Football Programs College Football has EVER seen and easily Top-5-10 over the last 20-30 years combined. Simply put, when the State of Florida BIG-3 are ALL doing well, College Football is far better as a result. It's a State of Florida thing that the other 49 States, as well as the World simply wouldn't understand, could never understand, will never get and certainly will never fathom.

Now I'm not here to call for some kind of truce. I think we all know, in totality, that's an impossibility. And really, I don't really think we need one. We as fans are passionate. Some more fanatical than others. But from this point forward I hope we can just be more civil to one another as Miamian-Hurricanian / Gainesvillian-Reptilian - Floridian Americans. I will. I also sincerely want to apologize for some of my disrespectful comments in the past Cane fans. But in my own defense, I must say that far more of my "nasty" and "hateful" posts were others impersonating me. And trying to explain that, during those times, was simply useless. As for the other Gators that post here, I ask you to drop n bury the axe. It's been too long, the winding road has run it's course. The Gator n Cane points and counter points are just moot now... Time to move on. The Canes have their destiny and the Gators have theirs. God willing, for the sake of College Football, they will meet again someday in the foreseeable future in the Post-Season. Which could only mean one thing... We Both Don't SUCK !

In closing, I think we Gators n Canes can certainly agree on one thing. There are ups n downs, trials n tribulations, ebbs n flows for every Program in College in all Sports as well as life... I do believe it's safe to say that The Miami Hurricane and Florida Gator Football Programs are both ascending no matter how we might personally feel about the past... Win or Lose, Victory or Defeat, Saturday September 7th from High Noon until the final gun was as compelling as College Football gets or ever gets (minus of course that Driskel left-handed pass with 8 seconds to go). Much respect to U and Urs ...

Good luck Cane Fans... Go get Ur Coastal and ACC Championship. When U do, the rest will fall into place...

Gators ... ditto ... Eastern ... SEC ... ???

See U down the line Mighty CANE FANS ... perhaps in Basketball or Baseball ... SALUTE.

No Mas from me.


A Miami born GATOR/CANE ... 9-11-13


C'est la vie Arty ... It's been real brother.


Crowburgers and humble pie go great with Gatorade.


Let us know when you want to play again.

Caneswillb back

He's right, the U and their former players, many hall of famer,s many succesful in teh NFL and in life, was consistently one of teh hardest if not the hardest working team in all of college football. Many coaches who came through here took that mentality elsewhere: Tuberville, Schiano, Erickson, Butch, etc etc, but players work hard on their own, in the off season- the sand pit in Miami was a dredful place to run. In the summer heat. But players did it on their own. To prepare for the upcoming season- word is, towards the end of Coker and continuing of Shannon players lost that... and felt that by simply wearing the U on their helmet that ships would come automatically. thats why the last 8 years (2005 being the last year, when all hope was gone), Miami HAS had 4 stars and 5 stars and potential- but thee players were selfish, entitled and lazy- jacorry Harris ( he weighed 190 as a senior!please!), Calais campbell, willie eilliams, Charlie Jones, Tyrone Moss, leggett, Ryan Moore, Kyle Wright... Aldarius Johnson, Streeter, etc etc.

Golden has cultivated a metality that you MUST bust your a55 if you want to bust someone elses a55.. or else your going to get your own a55 busted by someone else.

Players are faster, biger and hopefully with some work, smarter football players. It will be at that pointthat the U will compete for a ship

Keepin it real always

Sounds like something Reality Bites would NOW feel compelled to write about in the long-winded previous Gator/Miami post.Either you or he has remained comatose to identify yourselves clearly.Doesn t really matter now anyway as the series is on perpetual hold.I do agree that Florida has always been the No 1 hotbed of high school athletes and top notch recruiting ground in America.For about the past 40 years or so too if I do say so myself.That said Miami STILL would love,love,love to play the Gators or ND or Oregon or Alabama or LSU or Michigan or Stanford or USC or Texas and on and on.Miami simply wants to play the best because it understands that the top challenges is the only thing to make you a better team.Then...when and if you win.......it s meaningful and you feel like you ve reached the yop of the mountain.THAT is how the Miami Hurricanes have always looked at their competition.Good luck to all the Florida teams and glad to ses the Hurricanes..........on the rise again.GO CANES.

Keepin it real always

My previous post of course was in response to a Miami born GATOR /CANE.




Golden acknowledged that UM was somehow telegraphing what it was going to do on offense before the ball was snapped. He didn't say that, but that's what he meant about being exposed. UF's defense is very good, but not that good. When you know it will be a run or pass before the ball is snapped, it's much easier to play defense. That's why Duke couldn't get back to the line of scrimmage for most of 3 quarters. Coley has to take responsibility, along with Golden, for this fundamental mistake that should have been corrected very soon after it was discovered during the game. It's something that can't happen again and could easily have cost UM the UF game.

gators eat boogers and kiss Sebastian's butt

We are so lucky to have Al Golden.

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