Saturday, November 25, 2006

Jake Scott

There was a nice article over at the Sentinel's website about Jake Scott. I highly recommend it. Dave Hyde tracked him down and hung out with him for a while, and got inisde his head a bit.

Jake said he would attend the Georgia-Georgia Tech game this weekend. And sure enough, he was true to his word, and came out to see his alma mater.

That's a photo of the long-last Jake, in case you were wondering what he looks like these days.

Nothing whatsoever to do with the Dolphins

I shan't comment on this. I will only point you to World Cup for the Blind

Friday, November 24, 2006

Not bloody likely

Of course, we heard the news about Larry Coker being fired at UM. What surprised me was CBS reporting that one of the candidates was....Nick Saban.

Yeah, right, that's gonna happen.

Jason Allen

Jason continues to get more playing time in the defensive backfield. But once again, he had limited actual involvement in the game. On Thursday, he wound up with 1 tackle.

Counter that against the Lions Jamar Fletcher. He played as a reserve as well. He wound up with 5 tackles on the day, and one critical 'illegal use of the hands' penalty.

I think its safe to say that they're playing at about the same level over all...

Cheerleader of the year

Voting continues on the cheerleader of the to view the page and vote

Bibiana, Laci, Jamie, and Lilly move on from the first group...

What a performance

Playing after only 3 days off is hard. But, players enjoy it because it keeps the adrenalyne pumping, and they know they'll get 10 days off after the second effort.

Miami, though, came in flat. They seemed unprepared for Mike Martz' offense, and couldn't seem to get any cohesiveness on offense themselves. Now, maybe on defense it was because there were a couple of new starters in the backfield. And maybe Joey was a little jittery in his return to Detroit (I mean, after all, who wants to go back there?)

Detroit drove it right down the field and took an early 7-0 lead, and later extended it to 10-3. But, Miami hung in there, and finally started generating some offense. It didn't take too long for Miami to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Other than the slow start, pretty much everything went Miami's way. They rushed for over 150 yards, they got the passing game in synch. And, on defense, they had a few turnovers, and 8, yes, I said 8, sacks.

The only real problem was that a couple of guys went down with injuries. Most notable among them was Ronnie Brown. It appears as though he fractured his hand, and may miss some playing time.

But, for now, we celebrate the 4 game win streak, and the return from the edge of the cliff.

The way they are playing, they could, possibly, beat any team in the league.

Roy Williams v Chris Chambers

Roy Williams trash talked before the game and made some inane comments about how Miami couldn't cover him and he'd have a big day. It did start that way. He had 5 catches in the first quarter, and proved mostly unstoppable. But, after that, he only had 1 catch.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chambers, our purported "#1 receiver," had 2 catches for an astonishingly low 23 yards.

Uhhhh, I can't even begin to explain this.

Joey! Joey!

This was Joey's fifth time playing on thanksgiving. The local media was trying to whoop everyone into a frenzy to boo Joey Harrington. They did. But, then, they also booed the home team.

Joey's record wasn't so good, and he had never thrown a TD pass in a thanksgiving game. He looked pretty good on this day, and he threw a couple of TD passes (though his first one wasn't actually a TD, of course).

And in the end, I believe he was the game's MVP. Most Valuable Phin.

So, maybe it was all about the team and coaching in Detroit, and he actually is a pretty good QB.

He did win Phil Simms' "Iron Award" and got a bite of momma Simms' pie.

Miami is 5-1 all time in thanskgiving football

Dolphins 14, Cowboys 7 (1973)
Dolphins 55, Cardinals (1977)
Dolphins 16, Cowboys 14 (1993) a/k/a the Leon Lett game
Cowboys 20, Dolphins 0 (1999)
Dolphins 40, Cowboys 21 (2003)
Dolphins 27, Lions 10 (2006)

Thanksgiving...and the NFL broadcasts

I watched most of the Dolphins game, the second half of the Cowboys game, and the first half of the Chiefs game.

Interestingly, the losing team in each of the games scored exactly 10 points.

The interruption between the Dolphins and Cowboys games was, as one might expect, to eat.

I don't have the NFL Network, so I anticipated that I wouldn't be able to see any of the last game. But, I was over at a relative's house who does get it, so we watched part of the game. First, I have to say that the broadcast was "different" for this game. I can't put any specifics on it, but the quality wasn't the same as it is for the network broadcasts. Now that may be because it was the first game they did, and even with experienced people, it takes time to get the while thing together.

Second, I certainly won't see how it comes together. The NFL network is only carried by some cable companies, so not everyone has access to it. Mine does happen to carry it, but its only available on "digital plus" meaning that while I subscribe to something that costs me $40 / month, I would have to spend an additional $20 / month just to get this network (and a bunch of other stuff). Not gonna happen, even though I would like to have it. I can't justify it.

Third, there's this notion of the NFL owning its own content. Right now, the way the NFL broadcasting works is that the NFL owns the radio brodcasts. Each team hires the broadcasters, and negotiates with the station that will broadcast the games. It is broadcast locally on that station, and some affiliates in the broadcast area. But, otherwise, the broadcast is unavailable unless you have Sirius or subscribe to the NFL's Field Pass on their website. (back in the day, various networks would syndicate their broadcasts into other markets, and later you could listen to other market's broadcasts on the internet, for free; none of this is true anymore).

The TV deals are a little different. NBC and ESPN have the rights to one broadcast a week, each. NBC also has exclusive rights to hilights of other games until their game ends. CBS and FOX have the rights to the rest of the broadcasts. And all content here is a joint product of the NFL and that network. NBC broadcasts on free TV, ESPN on cable, so its already not available to some consumers. CBS and FOX broadcast over the air, but they have rules about how many games they can broadcast, and into which markets.

One of the two gets to air two games a week, while the other can air one. And, in markets in which there is a team (such as in Miami) and the team is at home, there can't be any competition on against the home team, so in effect, there are only two games on, and one is the local team. And there are all kinds of rules about switching games during the broadcast, which complicates this more.

If you want to see another game, you have to get the NFL Sunday ticket, which is only available on DirectTV, which, of course, not everyone has. And, oh by the way, you have to pay money for it, AND its the regular TV broadcast along with all the commercials.

The NFL network airing games makes this more vexing. Its another game that's not available to most consumers.

So, what gives? The NFL would clearly like to own all of its own content, and to not even have the networks doing broadcasts. They already control who can see their product. Oh, and by the way, there is a specific reason that you don't see video on this or any fan website. Yup, the NFL owns it and won't license it for publication.

But, this leaves some potential issues. For example, having DirectTV as the outlet for all broadcasts rankles some, and there was a (mostly grandstanding) investigation into whether this reasoable to consumers.

And then there's the anti-trust exemption the NFL currently enjoys. One of the details is that the broadcasts must be made freely available. Right now, with the network TV deals, it is. With a shift to more NFL owned broadcasts that are only available to some cable customers, not so much.

The NFL must tread lightly, and I believe will move toward having a national broadcast or two each week, having the local team broadcast, and otherwise everything will be theirs, and available on PPV. Heck, we're almost already there.

Everyone has team loyalties...

Near the end of the Bucs-Cowboys game, FOX was introducing the crew working the game. They had cameras point to the other cameramen, into the control room, etc.

They went into one of the production rooms and showed these two guys. I couldn't help but notice the Dolphins logo on the wall behind them. Gotta love it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

First name "Mister" Middle Name J. Last Name T.

Mister JT became the all-time leader in defensive touchdowns.  He has 7 on his career, which is more than anyone has had.  Ever.
Three words: wow.

Jaguars Game time change

Being an ambassador for the Phins does leave me with the responisbility to pass along to my readers that the game time for the Jaguars game (in 2 weeks) has been changed to 4:05.
If you plan to tailgate at the stadium, arriving at 10:30 may be a little intense for most people.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Dolphins win their 3rd straight

It was an interesting game.  One that was very much in doubt throughout the afternoon.  Given the nice weather, and the fans who were pleasant enough, it was a great day to watch a football game.
Miami got the football on the opening kickoff, and ran off 11 plays.  The first two were runs, and then we had 8 straight passes from a 5 wide-receiver set.  4 and a half minutes later, Miami faced first and goal at the one.  They hurried to the line, still showing 5 wide, and Minnesota had to burn a timeout.  Miami realigned, and ran a slow developing running play that saw Ronnie Brown lose the handle on the football.  Turnover, and the Vikings had a first and 10 from the 4. 
11 plays later, Minnesoat faced a first and goal at Miami's 1, and Chester Taylor dove in for the score.  Miami later got a TD to Justin Peele, and was leading 10-7 in the third.  That's when Harrington found Chris Chambers wide open up the seam, and he ran by everyone 58 yards for the score.  Except that Peele had been pushed to the ground while pass blocking, and he rolled into the defensive tackle, who was already being blocked.  So, Peele was called for a chop block, and the TD was negated.  At that point, it was game on.
Minnesota tied and then went ahead after a pick of Joey Harrington.  Miami struggled mightly after that.  They could not get a first down, and traded punts with the Vikings for a while.  This is the point at which Miami really needed a defensive takeaway, and presumably a score.  And with just over 9 1/2 minutes left, they got just that. 
Reynaldo Hill scooped up a fumble and rumbled 60 yards for a score.  But, it wasn't over yet.  Miami was trying to run some clock, but once again, couldn't seem to get a first down.  It was a nailbiter, as it seemed it would be a test of whether Miami could hold onto the lead, or whether Minnesota would get the break and score a TD.
And that's when JT took over the game.  He was in on every tackle.  He got a sack.  And, most imprortantly, he picked off Brad Johnson near midfield, and rumble into the endzone for a TD.  He was aided by two key blocks - the most telling of which was a Jason Allen thunk on Brad Johnson.
And Miami held off the Vikings 24-20 to steal the victory.  It was a nice way to end the day...

Odd sequence

Miami had just taken a 10-7 lead with 5 minutes left in the first half.  Minnesota started at their own 20, and on 3rd down, Brad Johnson threw a pass to Mewelde Moore at to the 29 yard line, and Moore was pushed out as he stretched forward.  So, the officials ruled it was 4th and 1.
Minnesota lined up to go for it, and then Childress threw the challenge flag to challenge the spot.  The play was upheld, and he lost a timeout. 

Then, Childress went for it on 4th down and 1.  They succeeded, and went four more plays before they had to punt it.  Because, this time, they faced 4th and 4 at their own 38.
So, they challenge, then go for it, then a few plays later punt it on 4th and short.  Very odd tactic, indeed.

And then there were none.

Congrats to the 72 Miami Dolphins perfectos.  With the Colts losing this weekend, Miami once again finds itself as the lone undefeated, untied team of all time.
And to those of you who think other teams might have been better and its time to move on, remember that Miami won the 14 games in the regular season, plus a few to end the season before, and a few in the next season.  And they went to three straight superbowls, winning 2 in row, convincingly. 

Loved this picture

Gotta love the expression on the cameraman's face.