Saturday, March 08, 2014
And otherwise in the nearly 50 year history, their legacy has been mixed. The year before the undefeated season was really good, and they followed it up with another great one. But then came the period between 74-81 where not much happened. Yeah, they won more games than they lost, and played in the playoffs a few times.
And then you have the decade plus that started in 1999, where there really was no history of any note.
The organization is making a concerted effort to make our unique tradition and history a more meaningful complement to our current team and its fans, and my new responsibilities will entail developing major initiatives to continue that process. Having been a part of the Dolphin organization for 25 years, the institutional knowledge and relationships I built during that time will serve me well to head this initiative. I will concentrate on developing historical programs that will highlight our special heritage and enhance and expand our historical displays and commemorations; including an upcoming 50 year anniversary celebration.
None of that matters.
What does matter is this one stat: his jersey was #9 on the list of top-selling jerseys in the entire NFL. That makes him a marketable commodity and that is way more important than wins and losses.
So no way do the fins want to disrupt that trend in sales. In many ways a popularity contest wins.
It is about the multi million dollar NFL not paying taxes as a corporation and essentially using the not-for-profit status as a tax shelter.
You can read more here: http://sportsfans.org/2012/03/why-is-the-national-football-league-given-tax-exempt-status/
But there's also another piece to this as the NFL attempts to use it's clout as a not-for-profit in order to not pay taxes when there's an NFL event - such as league meetings and the Super Bowl. That is, avoiding taxes on rented facilities and hotels. More often than not it works, and in that sense they are shafting us - because they get a tax break AND we are the source of their income.
So it only makes sense that they have the same corporate obligation as any other company.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Congratulations Change Makers!
We have over 358,000 signatures on our petition requesting Congress revoke the tax-exempt status of the NFL, making http://www.change.org/NFLnonprofit?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_message the most signed sports petition in Change.org history! Because the tax giveaways for the most profitable sports league in the world have been so under the radar that only 13% of Americans are aware of them, we need to keep this going viral.
Perhaps nothing so illuminated the absurdity of the NFL's tax-exempt status as the recent announcement that Commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012. That's twice as much as the highest paid player in the sport and puts Goodell as likely the highest-paid leader of a nonprofit organization in the country. An enterprise so profitable that it can pay its head that kind of money does not need hard-working Americans picking up their tax bills.
BECAUSE YOU SPOKE OUT, PROGRESS IS BEING MADE
-> In November, Sports Fans Coalition started lobbying Congress for our cause. At that time, Senator Tom Coburn, author of the PRO Sports Act, which would bar sports leagues making over $10 million from claiming nonprofit status, was our lone champion. We can now announce that Senator Angus King has signed on as cosponsor of Coburn's bill, and Congressman Jason Chaffetz has agreed to present the companion bill in the House.
--> You were first to know about the launch of SackNFLTaxBreaks.org via our last petition update. On the eve of the Superbowl we were joined on a press call by Senator Tom Coburn, King of Sports Author Gregg Easterbrook, and Andrew Delaney of the National Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Their backing provided us ample gravitas as we presented the media with hard data and anecdotal evidence proving it is time for Congress to end tax-payer subsidization of the NFL.
---> Only days ago, Congressman Dave Camp, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, proposed a new tax reform plan that incorporates language from the bipartisan PRO Sports Act that would strip the NFL of it's nonprofit status. The fact that the #1 tax writer in the House has endorsed our issue makes clear that our elected officials are hearing us and we have an opportunity to effect change!
ACT NOW TO KEEP OUR MOMENTUM GOING
1) Keep sharing the petition. The more signatures it gets, the more weight it carries.
2) Join the http://www.SackNFLTaxBreaks.org Social Media Campaign.
3) Publicly thank the Champions of Our Cause. Feel free to use the sample tweets provided, or write your own!
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Thank you for including a provision to #SackNFLTaxBreaks in your Ways & Means Tax Reform Package, @RepDaveCamp. #PROSportsAct
Tom Coburn: https://twitter.com/TomCoburn
Thank you for working to #SackNFLTaxBreaks by authoring the #PROSportsAct, @TomCoburn.
Angus King: https://twitter.com/SenAngusKing
Thank you for signing on as cosponsor of the #PROSportsAct to #SackNFLTaxBreaks, @SenAngusKing.
Jason Chaffetz: https://twitter.com/jasoninthehouse
Thank you for working to #SackNFLTaxBreaks by sponsoring the House version of the #PROSportsAct, @jasoninthehouse.
Thanks again to YOU for signing the petition. I hope you will stay involved and help us bring home the WIN!
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The safety position opposite Reshad Jones is very much up in the air. I would be very surprised if Chris Clemons is back before the start of free agency. Miami wants to try to acquire a faster higher ceiling player at safety. What I would really like to see is for Miami to bring in a more physical safety. I know the league rules have changed a lot but you just don’t see Jones or Clemons coming up and hitting a running back like Louis Oliver used to do. I think Clemons also lacks the speed you want to see in your safeties. This means more zone defense and less ability to cheat safeties up because of the inability to recover into coverage. I don’t see Miami putting the money out for someone like Jairus Byrd. They have too many needs on the offensive line and other areas to burn a huge chunk on safety. Also, Kevin Coyle is very good at developing players in the secondary. So I would guess they are going to give him a player that is raw but high on talent to develop. So look for them to use a draft pick to bring a young safety into the mix and then sign a veteran later in free agency. That veteran may very well be Clemons but unless Clemons is willing to take another 1 year contract I don’t expect to see him return to the team.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
LACES OUT, DAN, LACES OUT!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
From Evelyn Robinson
Monday, February 17, 2014
The first major off-season event has arrived! Teams can begin the process of tagging a franchise player. I really don’t have any interest in the whole bully scandal. The whole thing is a joke, there are players in the NFL that have beaten their wives as well as been involved with shootings. All the media attention over the “scandal” will soon die down. What does matter to me is how the 2014 will shape up after this. It looks like there will not be any penalties for Philbin and I don’t think there will be any loss of draft picks to the team. I don’t have any interest in Incognito, Jerry or Martin. None of these guys will play for the Dolphins in 2014. I do think Mike Pouncey will play for the Dolphins in 2014, however, there is a chance he will get suspended, for sure he will get fined. I am concerned about his off the field pattern right now. His tie to Hernandez, mention of drugs in text, and now racial slurs in the locker room. I have a feeling Goodell is going to give him a Wyatt Earp “It all ends now” type wake up call. So we will have to watch what happens to him. If he does get suspended for a few games, I would think Nate Garner would be the logical answer until he is back. There are simply too many holes to use up precious draft picks or cap space on another center. Also, I am looking for Philbin to take control of his coaching staff this year. His inability to take play calling away from Sherman as well as Turner texting Johnathan Martin after he left the team, tells me Philbin has been unable to manage his coaches. This will have to change if the Dolphins are going to be able to succeed.
Now back to the tag. I
have mentioned in the past that players typically have 3 major contracts. The 3rd contract is something
Ireland always avoided. Giving a player in his early 30’s a big deal is a very
high risk to end up as dead money long term.
Dolphin’s players wanting a 3rd major contract are Paul Soliai,
Randy Starks, and Brent Grimes. All of these guys have performed at pro bowl
levels in their career and are in their early 30’s. Most people are always looking at the
upcoming year and want them back because they fill a hole very well on paper.
However, what these guys are looking for is money over 3-4 years. I would guess
they will be looking for 30-40 million over 3-4 years with at least 50% of it guaranteed.
Always pay attention to the guaranteed part. That part is spread over the
contract in some fashion and that total amount comes off the cap at some point
in time. Anytime you give guaranteed
money to a player it is risky. Players
that have had serious injuries or are advancing in age are much more risky. The
nightmare scenario is the player having a serious injury early in the contract.
Think of Jake Long. The Rams gave him a large contract and he is now seriously
hurt. I think it is unlikely Jake Long
will return to a top 15 tackle level. He has had multiple severe injuries the
last several years. However, you will
see him taking a chunk of the Rams cap for the next couple seasons. I don’t expect the Dolphins to tag Soliai or
Starks. Starks was tagged last year and is now 31. He would be a huge cap
expense to tag and I think he will move on. Was it the right move to not sign
him longer term last year? It is still too early to tell. He played last year
at a high level and I would expect he will do the same this year. However, I am
very skeptical he will be playing at that level when he is 33 or 34. I do know this, money does not get hurt, and
the Dolphins have cap space right now rather than Starks. They also have more
flexibility. Maybe the best way for Miami to improve is to sign a free agent O
Tackle and draft a D Tackle. If they had given Starks the big contract then they
would not have that option. They would have to draft the O Tackle. Soliai did not perform as well last year as
in the past. I know he had troubles with a knee and was playing too heavy.( a
problem he has had in the past). Miami
will offer him a reasonable contract. Which will probably have a low guarantee but
solid on the salary if he performs. Despite people assuming Miami is cap strapped,
they are actually in the top 10 in league in salary cap space. This means they
can sit back on 3rd contract players. After the first couple weeks
of free agency the money just won’t be there for guys like Soliai. He can sign
early to make sure he has a job or he has to sit and wait until after the draft
and maybe into training camp until someone gets hurt. At that point there will
only be 1 year prove it deals available as teams won’t have the cap space to
hand out large deals.
That leaves Brent Grimes…
He was probably the best player on the team last year. We have not had a corner
since Surtain or Madison who we could match up on the #1 wide out and feel good
about it. We have two young corners that we are hoping can fill into the nickel
and dime with Taylor and Davis. That means we have to have a solid veteran
corner. I don’t think it makes sense to use a high draft pick on one since we
have two young ones right now. Grimes is a risky 3rd contract
player. He is 30 and has had a severe injury in his career. This means it is
not that appealing to give him a large 3-4 year deal. I will say this, Brent seems to keep himself
in phenomenal shape and he just seems to be one of those guys that could play
at a high level into his mid 30’s. Finally, there is the need to win factor.
Miami has not had a playoff appearance in years and the whole scandal does not
help the image. Rolling the dice on a young unproven corner and letting Grimes
go is a great way to go 0-2 against the Patriots and 8-8 on the year. So if I
were the one making the call on Brent Grimes. I would offer him a reasonable 3
year deal. Something along the lines of 25-30 million with 11 million guaranteed
spread over those 3 years. If he will not take that deal, then I would use the
tag on him. Take the cap hit this year(about 11 million) and see how the young
corners develop this year. He would be getting paid like a solid corner if he can
continue to perform and hopefully he will be able to hold up in 2015 and 2016 to avoid a dead money hit. Either way I would make sure he is playing for Miami in 2014.
Part of their series highlighting the careers of many former NFL greats, these one hour specials are packed with comments from former players and the honoree as well.
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Dolfan since 12/25/1971