Sunday, October 07, 2018

Gonna Be A Long Week In Dol-Fanville

Ugh. As in ugly.

Just when I thought I saw every way you could lose a game, we found another.

Who ordered the bonehead penalties with a side of freaky turnovers?

It's too tough to even recap it all.

A wasted outstanding effort by our special teams. Except for bonehead unsportsmanlike penalty.

A wasted good effort by our defense. Except for a bonehead contacting a defenseless receiver penalty.

Better off forgotten by the fans. This is a hard pill to swallow. This week will drag.

The pain will last. The fourth quarter will replay and replay in our mind's eye all week long.

The biggest issue right now is Tunsil and if he can get back in the line up.

Without him, we are toast.

With him, we are a bagel. Just one big hole in the middle of our O Line.

The "O" seems so symbolic right now.

I don't understand why with 14 seconds left and down by 10, you don't throw the Hail Mary.  It's the only chance to score, kick the onside and then score again on a final Hail Mary.

If your worried about getting Tannehill hurt, throw in the back up. But throw the Hail Mary. You may score with 5 seconds left. Then recover the onside with 2 seconds left. And try another Hail Mary.

At least give yourself a chance.

Anyway. Disappointed and dismayed.

Da Bears are next. Maybe we should sit Tannehill. Khalil Mack will rip his head off with the O Line we got.

Phins Up,
Carl Leone
Dol-Fan since 12/25/1971

Need anymore proof this team still sucks?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Super Slow Mo for NFL Control

S.O.D

7 rushing yards through 2 quarters. 24-0 ass whooping through half a game. Patriots get the ball first in the 2nd half. See what happens when they play a team that’s worth a shit? SAME OLD DOLPHINS!!! Hahahaha!!!!

Players And Fans Alike In Unfamiliar Territory

When was the last time we had this big a game?

It's been 2 years since we had to go into Buffalo to clinch a playoff birth.

It's been 10 years since we had to go into the Meadowlands with Chad Pennington and beat the Jets to win the AFC East.

Now's it's New England's turn.

By 4:30 today, we could have a strangle hold on the AFC East with multi game leads over our division foes.

This is a Bazzaro World moment.

It's usually the Patriots in our position and we in theirs.

But so early into this season the tides have turned and it's us with our foot on their throats.

Banged up or not, veteran experience or not, both team's haven't been in these positions other than Amendola.

How will they react? That is what underscores the drama in New England today.

As I have said in previous posts that Speed Kills.

And we have it. Can Ryan Tannehill take advantage of this and out play Tom Brady, the  G.O.A.T. as they claim.

Tannehill doesn't have to prove himself against Brady's entire carreer. Just today's 60 minutes.

That's it. 60 minutes to turn the tables on the premier franchise in the AFC East.

Wow. I was excited all week and here we are.

Game Day. BIG GAME DAY!

Come what may in a few hours, we will still be in 1st place in the Division no matter the outcome.

But I would love to be 3 games up plus the tie breaker against the Patriots. And at least 2 games up against the Bills and 2 games up with the tie breaker against the Jets.

If we pull off a big win today, the talk, all week long, will be about a changing of the guard in the AFC East.

This has become a national story. So much so, that the game will be nationally televised on CBS. As I live in New Jersey, the Jets were bumped to FOX.

I pray we win. Simple as that.

I pray that Tannehill plays a great game. Simple as that.

I pray we score enough to overcome our banged up defense.

Please join me if you can.

In New England, die hard Patriot fans are finally falling to their knees to do the same.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dol-Fan since 12/25/1971

Monday, September 24, 2018

Vegas, Experts Reconsidering Dolphins.



     Dolphins fans can be forgiven for being at something less than a full sprint with high fives here in the early going.  We all seem to feel that we have been here before. Carl even pointed out on this blog that the teams we have beaten are a combined 3-6.  But that has a tendency to be true when you are 3-0.
     In other words, our opponents are a league average 3-3 when not playing the Dolphins.  Additionally, the Jets and Titans have both shown the ability to win outright as underdogs, which is suggestive of the fact that the Dolphins, too, may be under-valued. Certainly anyone who bet the over on the Dolphins win total for the season is feeling pretty good right now (some books had set the Dolphins at 6.5 wins for the season.)
     New England is this week.  We will soon know where we stand at the quarter mark in the season. However, it may be worth mentioning that the Dolphins are one win away from holding a three games lead on the Patriots at that quarter-season mark.
     Maybe that is worth at least a jogging high-five?


Jay Lopez
   

Great game.

Enjoyed post Carl.
Great respect for mature attitude holding firm during odd calls and appearing unable to move the ball.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Dolphins Use Bottle Caps And Sticks To Go 3-0

"Ok Jakeem, you line up behind me and block for a second and then run down by the Volkswagon. I will give the ball to Frank, who will pitch it to Albert coming around from the left side and he will flip it out to you. If they bite, you should be wide open by the manhole cover."

Chicanery I tell you. It was pure and simple chicanery. Drawn up a thousand times on side streets across America.

No doubt even Adam Gase, as a freckled 10 year old, drew it up years ago on the back street or empty lot prior to calling for it again just a few hours ago.

Only this time it was for first place in the AFC East standings.

And guess what? That wasn't the only side street play called by Gase on Sunday.

"Ok Jakeem, Just come around from the left side and I will toss it to you about a foot in front of me. If you beat them to the Impala, just turn on the burners and get to the End Zone at the corner of the block."

That one worked first. So well in fact that let's see if Albert can do it too.

Only this time from the right side and Albert saw an opening by the mail box and cut it right up the field. TOUCHDOWN!!!

The lights came on the lamp post so "TWO MINUTE WARNING!!"

When 3 receivers and a running back all run under 4.5 second 40 yard dashes, you put all 4 on the field at the same time. Stills 4.45, Drake 4.45, Wilson 4.35 and Grant 4.35.

Good luck trying to cover all that.

You can have twice as much yardage, over twice as many points in twice as much time of possession and guess what?

It doesn't matter. Why?

Because SPEED KILLS!!

And you can't coach SPEED. Nope.

You can only sign it and draft it. Simple as that.

Then throw in a couple bottle caps and sticks and turn those cheetahs loose.

The Raiders seemed to dominate this game and yet flew home 8 point losers, up by 10 with 16 minutes left and suddenly down by 11 with 25 seconds left.

The key word there was 'suddenly".

Wow. 3-0 for a team that many thought might win only 2 games this year.

Here is a quick reality check. The 3 teams we beat are a combined 3-6.

We may only be the best of the worst but it sure feels good right now.

This coming Sunday will be a true test of who we are as we visit New England.

As I write this, the 1-1 Patriots are trailing the Lions by 10 with 1:58 left in the 3rd. The Pats will either be 1-2 or 2-1 in another hour.

Either way, we will get their best effort. Regardless of tonight's final score, they cannot lose next Sunday and wind up being at least 2.5 games back.

They will be in beast mode as the Raiders were today.

And hopefully next Sunday, the only one who will be able to catch Albert after he hits his stride will be Jakeem, who, blurry stride for blurry stride, will high five Albert all the way into the end zone.

Phins Up!!

Carl Leone
Dol-Fan since 12/25/1971

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dolphins vs Raiders

Good Luck Dolphins!!

#GetOutTheVote

From the Dolphins: 

The Miami Dolphins have partnered with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) on RISE to Vote and will hold a registration station at the Dolphins’ September 23rd home game against the Oakland Raiders. RISE to Vote is a nonpartisan effort to register athletes and their fans to vote. Stop by the North Plaza at Hard Rock Stadium and register to vote, take a photo to share, and help yourself and others become informed and engaged citizens.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

No More Politics from this Phin Fan

I try to learn from my mistakes.  Sometimes it takes 15-20 years, but I learn.  And I have no interest in the pregame crap, why it is, what it isn't, yada yada yada.  I like watching the Dolphins win!!
I LOVE watching the Dolphins play FB & keeping that little yellow napkin/hanky/flag out of their actions.  Opponents, you have permission to use the yellow napkin as you see fit!!
Sloppy game in the 2nd ha.....Sloppy game.  A win is a win.  This feeling I have right now is so enjoyable....I really had forgotten it.
And I'm not an idiot.....well.....I just know that there are 15 weeks remaining, and several changes of momentum, injuries, coaches using white powder with professional......hhhmmm.....professional....humans that are prettier than me, & ...me.
No critique.  Just gonna smell the flowers all week until Wed. or Thur. when I start considering Oakland.
Mr. Gore, I wish you had spent so much more of your career in your home town.  Regardless, you are here now, and you are a professional FB player & beyond!!  Before you are inducted you deserve a SB WIN!!  You know the way!!  Help us pace ourselves and make it happen!!

I don't know Ryan, I think that knee injury will not allow you to move well, or run for first downs.  You're gonna get stuck in the pocket and get sacked.  What else has the media said??  Great LEADERSHIP Tann, WELCOME BACK!!!!!
I would say something good about all of you but I bet Adam is tearing you up about what you didn't do.?.?.?
CONGRATULATIONS!!!  No idea if we'll win another game, but holding down the confidence on Darnold for the week was key!!
And the RUN DEFENSE!!! 
And an awesome PUNTING job!!

One thing. Mr. Kilgore. What do you call that special type of.....hand off/snap/.....please don't take offense to this, but did you know, or were you aware your right hand was resting on top of the game ball before that play started??  Hey man if you didn't know it's cool!  Future reference though, I'm almost positive that C is your position and your responsibility is to give Ryan the ball so he can do one of those X & O things that Adam creates.
When I was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, I was the C.  We didn't use the shot-gun.  I was forced to make sure Jim Hart got behind me & not one of our G's.  Mostly I tried to show him how to throw a spiral.  He never got it so we ended up giving the ball to Terry most of the time.  Or maybe not?

GREAT WIN DOLPHINS!!!  I swear it appears as if Adam did get the attitude change he was trying for.  And all those men that helped him!


2-0 Dolphins Heading Home

That was your typical Dolphins vs Jets game.

Lots of crazy bad offensive plays. Kind of like starring at car crash.

Two missed extra points with more turnovers than a bakery.

But we survived by making more critical plays when we had to. Starting with stopping them on the 1 inch line right before the half.

But none bigger than Frank Gore taking that dump off on the last drive of the game on a 3rd and 19 for 20 yards.

So many new faces contributed to this win. Gore, Quinn, Amendola, Fitzpatrick, Kilgore (despite the bad snap), Baker, McMillan (really a rookie) and Wilson.

Game balls to the front office.

Was I dreaming or did our OL not commit a false start or get called for holding?

Tannehill looked silly at times, good at others and brilliant running the ball for 3 critical 1st downs.

Got to love it! No matter how ugly a win this was.

Just Win Baby!! And bring on the Raiders.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dol-Fan since 12/25/1971

Saturday, September 15, 2018

OK, I'm Gonna Put it Beyond My Thinking

It's not really my fight.  Not that I do not care a great deal, and if asked to work in favor of a solution I would try my best. BUT:
1) I'm not a racist.  Not by any measure to the folks that let it control their actions.
2) I have ZERO control over ANYONE deciding to sit or stand for the anthem, or the flag or both.
Which leads me to how I try to solve many problems, but I forget about it because of who I am & the problems that exist in my life.  So for myself, & I know dang well millions of others out there, from now on when I allow this issue to bring out emotion in myself....emotion enough to get me ranting, I will use a prayer that millions of us try to practice but too often forget.
Now I'm sure there are many that think I have gone overboard.  But being a huge fan of the Miami Dolphins and having spent so much time & energy in my life to witness the events the NFL puts on,...or just not wanting to miss seeing one of JJ's areola's again?.?.?.  The result of me turning my back would leave such a void in my life I would need to change & fill many areas. Well, I'm going to give myself at least 3-5 years in hopes of positive change by the NFL.  So, with great respect for Reinhold Niebuhr, I am committing myself to use a version of the prayer longer than most use, I think?.?.?.
"God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it,
Trusting that you will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

Now, I am a master at placing not one, but two feet in my mouth......ya' know, to try and stay current let me say that I can very easily place a "qwerty," no matter which way or angle,......well shoot......whatever, in my mouth.  How else do you say it?  I have often put 2 keyboards on my hands?  I'm known for sticking a Logitech into my left ear, all the way in without it departing from my right ear? 
Would anyone say I have trouble staying on topic?  Would anyone ask, Hey, knucklehead, what in the #$%@ is the topic??  The topic is once again about standing or not for our National Anthem.  And I have 2 additional thoughts to add.
Okay, this is basically a black-white issue.  The Serenity Prayer, the title of that prayer I just typed, obviously is based on Christianity.  Christianity is largely a white & Hispanic religion.
I do not remember how many religions there are in this world?  I remember in one of my college courses something about 23 or 24 Core religions?.?.?.  If you knew ANYTHING about how I spent my time in college, you would not trust what I just wrote!  Because I studied so hard on so many topics that.......gonna stop, never been a good liar.
Anyway, the point of that 23-24 Core religion statement is this:  The course was .......Philosophy of Religion (recommended for those persons interested spending their lives working in Politics.  If you believe that, capitalism is not for you. After all religion is about faith, worship, and many would say trying to help others or do good, not evil. On the other hand, capitalism is a ....political/economical system controlled by private owners (as opposed to government/state) void of morality.  Why?  Because the idea is to make money, and to make money often means......GREED.) It kind of stinks because the closest happy medium for free market & communism is socialism. And many people think communism & socialism are the same. Even deeper, the more uneducated there are the more confusion about meaning.  The more educated, less confusion yet your lower class is going to increase because they do not understand what the educated see as simpler ways of living & they do not have the $ to learn the simpler ways, nor buy the products that make it simpler.
Give me a show of hands of how many people know what a snowball is!!  7??  There are only seven of you that know what a snowball is?  Well how many of you are reading this right now? Again, hands please?  4!!!  FOUR!!!!  Fine.  I'll finish this with how I actually feel instead of trying to get people to think I'm not insane.
The religion thing I wrote about:  23-24.  Well, line 'em up against one another as you would a sporting teams.  Throw 7-8 categories at the top and then percentile them.  I have an excellent recipe for chili.  What you find out about these religions is that they are very similar.  The most amazing(to me) is that each religion, all 24, had a story about a man swallowed by a big fish and then was spat out 3 days later on dry land. Now, that is complete BS!!!!  But, the common themes to each religion are so similar it widens your eyes.  A Basic 10 commandments/rules/orders...major prophets or an actual .....son of God, or last messenger of Allah. 
My point being, if you like the wording of the Serenity prayer, change a couple names to let it match your faith.  OH GOODNESS!!  "You Blasphemer!!"  And I'm the one overboard!!
Get over yourself you color haters.  You are being passed by!!  I've actually spoken with a few PEOPLE that seem to be enjoying their time on this planet and are interested in sticking around as long as their health is good.  They said they weren't interested in taking a boat to a small island in the S Pacific, shooting all that lived there, and then having 10-12 guys raise an American Flag as a sign of what........MINE!
I've ranted to long & I think my 2 points may have melded somewhere along the way.?.?.?  I also make a really good banana desert.  I'm wondering if I should leave my address for those wanting to send me money??  If you give me your address I'll drive over & pick it up!  With an autographed photo of my wife.  No, of me......ya' know I have a really good picture of my 4th grade class.  I'm in the last row & there's a guy elbowing me in the gut just as the picture is taken.  I can still remember:  finally, this bully was caught in the act!!
When the class pictures came out.  He became the most popular kid in the school.  Everyone was shaking his hand, teachers were hugging him, & the girls were going crazy over him.  I will never forget that kid.  One of these days I'll find him....yup, Urban Meyer was his name.  For all I know he's passed away.  I know he amounted to nothing because all he did in class was draw X's & V's on paper all day long.  There are 24 other letters in the alphabet & he just would practice almost the last letters.  Seldom used in words.  Talk about a dummy.
My BASIC POINT:  I'm gonna watch my team play.  You don't want to stand, obviously you have a very important belief or idea causing you to do something considered unpatriotic, brave, etc., etc., etc.  Okay.  I hope in some crazy way it can make blacks & whites understand each other better.  It's not violent so it is okay in my book.  We have brains & mouths.  Let's keep the violence out and work on a way to get along. I know it seems corny, but I always think of RKings words="Can we all just get along? Can we get along?"
If you're a Miami Dolphin, it's time to take the division back.  C'mon guys, don't let Broadway Darnold be the next great QB that has his own PSP setting.  OL, make it like the early 70's when there was a 3-headed monster in the backfield=Kick, Morris, & Csonka=Gore, Drake, & Ballage!!!!