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DOLPHINS, OTHER MIAMI TEAMS PREPARE FOR BLITZ BY GEORGES

The Miami Dolphins can handle the Steelers, Bills and Colts. But Georges is another issue altogether.

The franchise put its hurricane contingency plans into overdrive Wednesday as players, coaches and staff balanced storm preparations from a business and personal perspective.

Coach Jimmy Johnson canceled Friday's scheduled practice and cut this morning's workout by 20 percent. But Johnson only seemed to have his mind on how the hurricane could affect his team, not his personal possessions.

The coach was reluctant to talk about storm preparations for his house in the Keys, his residence on Williams Island or his yacht. "Just like everybody else, I check on the storm occasionally and see what happens," he said.

"You always have a concern and you do what you can do. Everything should be fine."

Johnson was asked if he will board up the house? "Nah," he responded.

All non-football personnel were allowed to go home early Wednesday and may not have to report to work today depending on weather conditions, club president Eddie Jones said.

The club has set up a phone number through the NFL office in New York so team employees can get updated information should the phone system at the team's Davie facility fail.

The facility, as well as Pro Player Stadium, will be open to players and staff who cannot or do not want to stay in their homes. And many players have decided to leave town after today's practice.

"I'm headed for Orlando," linebacker Robert Jones said. "I'm taking a little portable TV with me. If I see the hurricane starts heading for Orlando, I'm going on to Atlanta. And if it looks like it might hit up there, we just might head for Pennsylvania because my wife has family up there.

"I don't know whether we're going to fly or drive, but we're going. I've never been in a hurricane before, but I've seen what it can do on TV and I have no desire to go through that."

Quarterback Dan Marino is prepared for bad weather. He has storm shutters courtesy of Wrol-Up Shutters, the company for which he did commercials for several years.

Unfortunately the shutters Marino has at his Weston home aren't of the newest variety because Wrol-Up Shutters went out of business a couple of years ago.

"I'll be ready anyway," he said.

The Dolphins aren't the only sporting entity that might be affected by the storm.

The hurricane forced the postponement of tonight's Florida Marlins game against the Philadelphia Phillies, and Friday night's game is also in jeopardy.

Tonight's game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 4:05 p.m. If Friday's game is postponed, it will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday.

"That's the last thing we need," Marlins left fielder Cliff Floyd moaned. "We're not going to get anybody out to the games anyway. If the hurricane hits the way they say it's going to hit, who's going to come to a baseball game?"

College football's Miami Hurricanes are scheduled to play No. 3 UCLA on Saturday, and the final regular-season game of Major League Soccer's Miami Fusion is Sunday against Tampa Bay.

None of the games had been postponed as of late Wednesday. The latest forecast had Georges slicing through the Florida Keys by early Friday.

University of Miami officials canceled classes for today and Friday, but made no move toward postponing Saturday's noon game against UCLA.

The Bruins are to arrive in Miami this evening, not long before Georges is scheduled to hit South Florida.

"I know they'll (UCLA) be in contact with our administration prior to their departure to see if anything changed," Hurricanes spokesman Bob Burda said.

School officials expected a crowd of about 42,000 at the Orange Bowl. If the game is postponed, the only possible makeup date would be Dec. 5 after both teams have completed their seasons.

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