Monday, November 12, 2018

“Still alive at 5-5”

I noticed this morning the dolphins record is 5-5.

30 years ago, the Marino-led dolphins were muddling through a season. I was a subscriber to the Dolphins Digest at the time, and my title here was the headline as the team headed into week 11.

For whatever reason, it was a memorable headline (I assume because it was catchy) and it popped into my head this morning.

Of course that team went on to finish 6-10 but there was optimism in the moment.

Just doing a brain dump. Carry on. 

Monday, November 05, 2018

Cause For Celebration!!

Now that was an exciting 60th Birthday present the Dolphins and the Saints gave me on Sunday.

Any time we beat the Jets it's cause for celebration. Twice in one season is a chocolate double scooped and dipped ice cream cone!

Then, to cap off the day with a Ram loss is truly a birthday blessing.

Most of you know why. The '72 Dolphins are still the only "Perfect" team in NFL history.

I say "Perfect" because there were NFL championship teams who finished their seasons with no losses but had ties. They were undefeated but not perfect.

I say "history" because it hasn't just not been duplicated since 1972 but all the way back to  beginning of time as far as the NFL is concerned.

And that goes back to 1920.

We are the only "Perfect" team in close to 100 years. Think about that.

Here are some other tidbits about that season many of you may not know.

We had the number 1 ranked offense and the number 1 ranked defense.

Our starting QB, Bob Griese, broke his leg in game 5 vs San Diego and our back up, Earl Morrall, led the team until halftime of the AFC Championship game.

At that time in the NFL, teams were not seeded for the playoffs. The league determined before the season started which division champions would host which rounds of the playoffs which would start the following week after the season ended with 4 teams from each conference qualifying, 3 division champs and 1 wildcard.

As it would play out, we beat the wildcard Browns at home in the first week of the playoffs while the home standing Steelers beat the Raiders in what would come to be known as the Immaculate Reception game.

The following week, for the AFC Championship game, we traveled to Pittsburgh. That's not a typo, we traveled to Pittsburgh.

Earl Morrall struggled in the 1st half and Bob Griese replaced him for the 2nd half leading us to the Super Bowl vs the Redskins.

Now here is some ammo for you in case another team happens to go Perfect in your lifetime. We got no bye week off going into the playoffs which is a distinct advantage for your 1st playoff game and no home field advantage for the AFC Championship game which is another distinct advantage.

So don't let anyone in the future believe that their 16 game season meant more than our 14 game season. We played who was on our schedule and we beat them all.

Those above playoff obstacles should offset 2 extra games. Throw in the number 1 rankings and no one could be better.

I often wonder that if Franco Harris didn't grab that 4th down miracle rebounded pass, who would have hosted the AFC Championship game between us and the Raiders.

Back to the Jet game on Sunday. That was the most exciting game I have watched in years!

No I am not nuts. I have just been a football fan for 50 years and respect a good ole fashioned defensive battle.

I know living in a microwave era with fantasy football holding supreme, it's hard to appreciate a game were every single play could be the game winner.

Just one blown coverage, missed tackle or as it turned out, one interception for a TD made all the difference in the game.

I know it may seem abysmal to think no one scored a TD on offense in that game. But let's give credit to were it is due, to both defenses playing hard and not blowing assignments.

My heart was pounding every play because I had no idea, good or bad, what was going to happen and for me, that was exciting entertainment.

So cast aside fantasy and watch that game again if you can. I set the DVR. There was a lot happening, just not on the scoreboard.

So we roll to Green Bay and I got to say. I like our chances.

Any given Sunday Dol-Fans, any given Sunday.

Phins Up!!

Carl Leone
Dol-Fan since 12/25/1971

Monday, October 29, 2018

Theory in Question:

Depending on the position, mental state of mind, an unnoticeable type of play that appears balls out yet is 85-100% geared on remaining healthy/avoiding injury.
Making it closer than it has ever been for a player to ignore his age and continue his career well past the likeliest age his position normally requires retirement.
In essence you now see players playing past that "call it quits age" which enables them to play where they want.  Not in a guaranteed condition, but they do increase their odds of eventually making it to desired team or making it to a team with the greatest chances of winning them a ring for their finger.
They have realized they can take whole years, maybe even 2 off for injuries.  Rehab very strong, live an extremely healthy life with food & avoiding false chemicals that age a human body.  Again, there are many more practices that have been at the front of human understanding and an insatiable search for the fountain of youth.  Many think Ponce de Leone was at the heart of this desire, yet that seems to only be a myth.
It is far from a myth that millions & more are still searching for this fictitious gulp of liquid that halts aging by the human body.
However, it is possible to the slow the progression.  And this practice taking place by more each year has switched the power of the....struggle/competition/see who blinks first....between the players association and the Owners.
The Owners must come up with something to bring back the closest equableness by teams that still has exceptional fan loyalty & a competitive fieriness' for victory & a trip to the playoffs.
Right now the cream rising to the top each year has a very similar look. Same colors, names, cities, teams, etc...
The rollover/turnover of NFL teams is not happening as much as it used to.  Maybe the NFL has become so strong they needn't worry about fans of losing teams not showing up to home games. Or if they do, they are alone in 8 sections of emptiness & they wear a paper grocer bag on their head.
The gambling/fantasy aspect of the NFL has won out. Very similar to when Nixon allowed Insurance Companies to create another form of society that has it's own economic existence, & forces more members in each year.  Try see a doctor without being insured.  Say you are depressed, a condition you suffered previously and were cured or set back on track by taking Prozac for 2-3 months.
Go to a walk-in clinic and say your piece=want to see a Doc, depressed & it was cured before by using Prozac for 3 months.
They'll ask if you are insured. "No." Okay, that will cost you $300.00 to see the Doc, and most likely he/she won't prescribe an anti-depressant.  "What if I was insured?"  Well, that depends.  But ball park it will cost you $50.00 & you'll probably get what you want. 
You are favored with insurance and you are screwed without it no matter if you can afford it or not. 
The point of all this is the oldest story in the book.  The money rotates to those that have it.  Trickle down theory.  That was a blind fold creating belief among those oppressed; one of the greatest ever.  If you examine close enough, you will see the same business theory/program operates within the NFL.
Even though I enjoy the NFL sometimes.  I would love nothing more then to see a 5-8 year period of these FB players lose the league.  No paychecks for 8 years. Watch them wonder around penniless and then hear all of the old clichés about how N#$gg%^rs are discriminated against.            

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Wow! Now that's More Like It!!

That was good, & about time.  No more worrying about what the fans think by hanging in on games & then losing it.
Be your true self.  You suck Dolphins.  For all I know, you may be good enough to win.  You may be 1/2 234ing it, wanting to play elsewhere, not risking an injury, have a terrible coaching staff, I'm sure there is a great amount more.
I know you are good enough to win.  Every NFL team is.  The talent & coaching ability is peaked by the time the NFL is reached by all those that have used a single mindedness to reach their ultimate goal. Sure, other things involved along the way, but that incredible mental attitude, desire, concentration, eyes behind their head to see those untrusted leaches with unimaginable charisma, charm, velvety tones of music in place of words, a triton in one hand and a long pointed tail!!
Yes, whatever it is that has taken hold in S FL is not going to go away until someone grows a pair of BALLS!!!
It is beyond obvious this is an NFL agenda for some secret reason.  Me, it's a reflection of how society is viewed.
Go ahead and throw me your best crap.  I know this is the major reason, supported by the smaller stories at your 6-8-12% support.  Just like a political election with the elephants vs the donkeys, each with a major player and a few underneath sucking votes, and pushing competitors into a danger zone like a NASCAR Race.
The Reason: Miami has never recovered in America's eyes when Castro, I guess convinced the Peanut Farmer he would send several boats loaded with Cuba's best athletes, students, visionaries, many of Lenin's direct descendants called "Octobers Finland Station Revolution Group of Communist Comrades by Lenin for the Betterment of Women with Breast Cancer, or OFSRGCCLforBWBC"
Yes, the Great US of A still holds a grudge against that city for supposedly starting the Cocaine revolution of the 70's & 80's.
It's over!! The opioid crisis dwarfs what happened with coke.  Although it is difficult to line them up and compare damage. Difficult to designate a street drug price, influences that swing the price.  It's like the old question about why smoke was not & still is not legal in many places.  You can't price the absolute hi-end of marijuana.  The true, the folks looking for only truth from the extraction of.....somehow I....had an itch & I can't scratch it. Well, shoot. And there's my wife calling that dinner's ready.
By the way, this is a maid speaking! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

why have they waited so long??

I'm at the point where I don't care if Parker plays well for another team. He isn't going to do squat for the Dolphins. TRADE HIM. CUT LOSSES.
Let him walk away for no return, is that what we're trying?????

Monday, October 22, 2018


Was GREAT to see our new TE get targeted 3 times for 3 catches!! I think he can be a very special player.
Throwing the ball downfield will open up the middle for him & the runners. And vice-versa.

Liked some; Lions came to Play; Our defense did not.

Liked Some? Basically I liked seeing Osweiler throw the ball downfield. Who knows if he keeps it up-accuracy, but there is still many games to be played.
Defense needs to tighten!!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Difficult view

Other than a few good years most of us can imagine a failure this weekend.  I hope Brock remains confident; Gore & Drake chew up lots of time which will help the FL HEAT takes it toll on the Lions.
Above all! Offensive & Defensive LINES!!!! Win the battle at the line of scrimmage!!