Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dolphins top 50

As you may know, beginning today through Sept. 15 on, fans have an opportunity to help select an all-time team of the 50 best players in Dolphins history. Fans, along with alumni, South Florida media who regularly cover the team and a blue-ribbon panel, will each contribute input in the team's final composition. Those four groups will vote from a list of 100 players throughout the team's history compiled by the Dolphins organization. The 100 were selected based on a number of factors, with heavy emphasis on excellence (how well they played), longevity (how long they contributed to the team at a high level) and teamwork (how well they made the players around them better). 


The Top 50 players can be selected from any position group, and there is no limit to the number of players who can be picked from any one position. The 50 players with the highest vote totals will all make the team collectively and will not be ranked in any particular order. The team will be announced in blocks of five players throughout the course of the season, and will be honored collectively on Dec. 14.     

Here is the link to vote:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dolphins Cancer Challenge

From the dolphins. #CancerFighters

Today, we announced that we have rebranded the DCC to be the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. Sadly, cancer touches all of us in one form or another. As you know, we have dedicated our best team site award to the memory of Tom Eddie after his inspiring battle against this disease. It is in his memory and all those people in our lives who are cancer fighters that we ask you to help spread the word of the new DCC. Below is a link to the press release and video announcing the new DCC. I urge each of you to please watch the video. It is a wonderful testament to the courageous battle that our cancer fighters go though every day.



It is a battle that we must win! 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Why Kelley, WQAM & the Sun Sentinal should be ashamed of themselves

First and foremost, I refuse to follow Omar Kelley on Twitter because he is about as jaded a person as I have ever heard (or read) who follows and covers the Miami Dolphins.

Here are the two reasons why Kelley, The Sun Sentinal & WQAM should be ashamed of themselves:

As everyone has read, Miami has the worst fans according to a 3 year study by Mike Lewis and Manish Tripathi at Emory Sports Marketing.  Why do you think that is?   I agree part of it is the transplant population as described in the study.  However, in my opinion as a TRUE fan of over 30 years following my beloved Miami Dolphins, most of it is the media in South Florida.  Aside from John Congemi, Greg Likens (I realize these two work for the team), Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper, and Andy Cohen (as well as a few others), MOST of the news media coverage as it pertains to the Miami Dolphins is tainted by people who are bitter from years of covering a mediocre team.    I understand it to a point.  We were the highest winning percentage team from 1970 to 2000 of any franchise in professional sports.  We just expected (expect) to win.  I get that.  But to trash our team every single year before games are even played, it taints the perceptions of up and coming fans, the children of transplants, and the die-hard fans.   It is irresponsible to the market that depends on the Miami Dolphins.  And, it just plain stinks to the average fan to have to listen to you know-it-all trash talkers.  My son, who grew up as a fan refuses to listen to South Florida Media.  He says it is too depressing.  Your approach and message (for the most part) to Sports Media (entertainment - I might add) is depressing.  IT IS!  Kelley, and all the other naysayers are a cancer to South Florida, vultures of a sort to a proud heritage of a distinguished sports history.

Which brings me to another beef, the second reason Kelley and WQAM should be ashamed of the crap they aired last week in South Florida.  To call out Dan the Man as "an overrated QB" makes me sick.   It makes all of us fans sick to our stomachs...  Darrell Green, is a former DB,  who played for the Washington Redskins for 19 years.  He saw hundreds of QBs.   He is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive backs to ever play in the NFL. Green was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. The self-proclaimed "itty bitty guy," Green was nicknamed the "Ageless Wonder" by his peers and the general media for his remarkable ability to maintain a high level of play well into the twilight of his career. Green was also known for his speed and was one of the fastest players in the history of the NFL.     Frankly, I will take Mr. Green at his word.   He said Dan Marino was the hardest Quarterback to defend of all he ever played.  One of the best DBs in history, played 19 years, said Dan the Man was the Best he ever played against.   SHUT the HELL up Omar!  Dan is Royalty in South Florida.  You do not have permission to trash him for any reason. 

Your Loving and Devoted Miami Dolphins Fan - We believe in you.  This is your year.  This is the best talent we've assembled since the 1990s.  Shut these trash-talking haters up this year!  Go deep into the playoffs.  We support you!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sea of Hands Game

Wow. Watching that 1974 Divisional Playoff Game between the Dolphins and Raiders in Oakland on the NFL Network not only brought back so many fond memories of seasons past but also the bitterness of such a tough loss.

If you have never seen that game or would like to see it again then set your DVRs for Monday morning at 3 AM EST for the NFL Network's replay of this classic game.

There were so many big plays and so many Hall of Famers involved. The production is intertwined with commentary from the coaches and players that you come away with the knowledge of how big that game was to all those players involved and how it still effects them to this day.

I don't want to spoil anything for you so just watch it if you can and comment afterwards about how it made you feel then and now.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Ken Stabler

Yeah he played for the raiders. And yeah he's the guy who ended the Dolphins run.

But about 30 years ago (that would be a decade after he beat the fins), snake wrote a book called (shockingly) snake. And he was doing a book signing at a bookstore in Miami.

A friend and I decided to go and see him, buy a book, and have it signed.

He was gracious, and fun to talk with. My friend and I wound up hanging around the book signing for the better part of an hour listening to stories and asking questions.

I developed a respect for the guy because he didn't hate *my* team. He just wanted to win. And he knew a surprising amount about the fins, and other teams in the NFL.

It's funny how sometimes meeting someone can change your point of view and that meeting can stick with you.

RIP snake.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Orange seat sale

The dolphins are selling off some of the orange seats with proceeds to benefit the Miami Dolphins foundation. Details here:

Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Why the 2015 Miami Dolphins are Going to the Super Bowl.

Okay, I understand why you think the Title borders on Looney Toons.  But, here is my take on the AFC East, the AFC & the NFL.

Preface: Of course, like every year, we must stay relatively healthy.  I expect the new receiving corps to be superior to last year's model.   I expect Tannehill to be even better this year.   I believe our short yardage rushing attack will be improved.  I expect to sign Evan Mathis within 2 weeks making our rushing attack (in general) top notch.    And, if Miami can run the ball, the play-action (Tannehill's strength) will be unstoppable.   Miami will win at least 10 games.  I expect 11-5 to be our regular season record.

Number one:  The AFC East is now the premier Defensive Division in the NFL.  It could be argued that all four teams are Top 10 caliber and, it will not surprise me one bit if 3 of them are Top 5 at the end of the 2015 season.  When Baltimore and Pittsburg were top 5 defenses (for about a 10 to 12 year stretch), they both won Super Bowls.  Great Defenses beget solid playoff contenders.  Just look at Seattle the last few years.  ...Now the Lions are the exception to this rule, but that is another story.

Number two:  The AFC has 7 teams to worry about to get to the AFC Championship.  Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Chargers, Kansas City and Buffalo; four of which pose little threat to the Miami Dolphins making it to AFC Championship game.     Those are Buffalo - No consistent play by QB.  Kansas City - OL troubles, Secondary issues, WRs rank 3rd or 4th in their division (could change if Maclin and Smith get rolling), and Chargers - Miami always plays well against the Chargers (don't ask me why).  Which means, there are 2 of the 3 Teams remaining that could keep Miami out of the AFC Championship Game.  Frankly, I believe this is the year Miami overtakes New England.  Nobody is going to run on Miami this year, and if Miami makes teams one-dimensional, they win 8 of 10 times.  Denver is supposed to be good, but this is the year that the OL get's Manning to retire.  He is just not quick enough anymore (running or releasing).   My gut tells me they won't even make it to the playoffs.  Which leaves Indy...  I believe the AFC Championship game will be the Colts vs. the Phins, with Miami's Defense being the difference.  The Dolphins are going to the Super Bowl to play the Green Bay Packers.  And, of course Miami will win its 50th season's most prized trophy against the team for which it was named and memorialized, Vince Lombardi (head coach of the GB Packers).  I can see it as plain as day.  Miami wins the Super Bowl.

Number three:  Why not us?  We have the right attitude, the right players, the right coaches.  We are a Super Bowl contender.  Do not doubt this!

The Mad Phins Fan