Saturday, September 08, 2007

Cheerleader of the year

We had planned to make this a nice, interactive Flash deal, with some slick graphics and an interactive database....

But then, reality hit: that seems like work. So, instead we've simplified.

Anyway, here's the deal. There are 47 ladies listed on the Dolphins website. We're going to present them to you 5 at a time, and ask you to rate them. But, don't judge a book by its cover. We've included links to their page on the Dolphins website, and we encourage you to visit and learn more about them.

Each week, we'll bring out 5 new girls, and repeat the voting process. The 20 girls with the highest overall scores go on to the next round of the competition.

Easy enough, right?

So, lets get voting!!




Lyrics

Eugene, er, Merc said in his interview he'd provide the lyrics to his "poem" ...well, here they are:
DON SHULA
“I’M COACH DON SHULA AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.”

CHORUS
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES

TO GO AND WIN EVERY GAME

YOU GOT TO GO UNDEFEATED


AIN’T NEVER GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN

MERCURY MORRIS VERSE 1
PICTURE US LOSIN’ TO ANOTHER TEAM WE PLAYED

WAY BACK IN THE DAY YOU SAID THE RECORD WAS MADE

WE POSTED UNDEFEATED STATS THAT NOBODY COULD MATCH
GOT PEOPLE LOOKIN’ BACK AND SAYIN’, “MAN, HOW’D THEY DO THAT?’


WELL THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE IF YOU BUSTERS JUST DO THE MATH

EVERYBODY GOT BEAT EACH TIME THEY STEPPED IN OUR PATH

YOU MIGHT SAY IT’S A FLUKE THE DOLPHINS WON EVERY GAME

SOMEBODY SHOW ME THE TEAM YOU SAY WHO’S RECORD’S THE SAME

WHAT?


WHEN YOU FINALLY SEE THE LIGHT AND THE TRUTH IS A MUST

THERE’S NOT ANOTHER TEAM INSIDE THE PERFECT CIRCLE BUT US

SINCE WE RAN THE TABLE ON ‘EM IT AIN’T BEEN THE SAME

YOU WANNA GO UNDEFEATED YOU GOT WIN EVERY GAME


I KNOW YOU WONDER!

CHORUS
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO GO AND WIN EVERY GAME

YOU GOT TO GO UNDEFEATED


IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA HAPPEN

MERCURY MORRIS VERSE 2
I KNOW YOU WONDER WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LACE UP THE SHOES OF A

PLAYER STEPPIN’ ON THE FIELD WITHOUT A THING TO LOSE

THE BUSTERS POSIN’ UP THE VIEW ON ESPN, ASKIN’ ME THAT STUPID QUESTION,
“YOU THINK THEY’LL DO IT AGAIN?”


ONCE AGAIN I’M HOLDIN’ SCHOOL ABOUT THE THOUGHT OF DEFEAT

I GOT NO LOSSES ON MY TABLE SO YOU CAN’T TAKE MY SEAT

MY PERFECT HISTORY WILL TELL YOU THAT THE RECORD’S COMPLETE

STAND UP! YOU BUSTER’S PLAYIN’ IF YOU TASTED DEFEAT

EVERY YEAR THEY TRY TO BUST OUT TRYIN’ TO CAPTURE THE CROWN

I BEEN TRYIN’ TO TELL YOU BUSTERS, YOU CAN’T PLAY IN OUR TOWN

AND THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS STILL THE SAME

YOU WANNA GO UNDEFEATED YOU GOT TO WIN EVERY GAME


I KNOW YOU WONDER!

CHORUS
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO GO AND WIN EVERY GAME?

YOU GOT TO GO UNDEFEATED

OH, IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN!


HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO GO AND WIN EVERY GAME?

OH, YOU GOT TO GO UNDEFEATED

IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN!

MERCURY MORRIS VERSE 3
SO YOU CHALLENGE MY RECORD WITH A COMPUTER SCHEME?

USIN” NFL FILMS TO MAKE A FIELD OF DREAMS?

SO ON PAPER WE LOST TO ANOTHER TEAM?

BUT THAT WAS FANTASTY FOOTBALL, NOT THE REAL THING


OUR PARKIN’ SPOT IS IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY’S RECORD BOOK

IF YOUR MEMORY IS HAZY, GO BACK AND TAKE ANOTHER LOOK

AT THE STATS WE POSTED WHEN WE MADE THE CLIMB

TO THE TOP OF THE SPORTS WORLD, AND YOU CAN’T DENY

LOOK AT HOW MANY TIMES WE PUT UP THE CROWN

IT’S UP TO 35 YEARS AND WE’RE STILL AROUND

IT’S NOT A SECRET HOW WE DID IT, THE EQUATION’S THE SAME


YOU WANNA GO UNDEFEATED, YOU GOT TO WIN EVERY GAME


I KNOW YOU WONDER!


CHORUS
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO GO AND WIN EVERY GAME?

IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN!


HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO GO AND WIN EVERY GAME?

YOU GOT TO GO UNDEFEATED!

IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN!


MERCURY MORRIS VERSE 4
NOW I’M INVITIN’ ALL YOU BUSTERS TO A STATE OF PERFECTION

WHERE A LOSS IN A GAME IS AUTOMATIC REJECTION

YOU WANT TO COME DOWN AND JOIN US DOWN IN MIA?

JUST LIKE CHICAGO DID IN ’85, THEY CAME TO PLAY

BUT THEY FORGOT THE JINX WAS ON WHEN THEY STEPPED OFF IN THE ROOM

THAT’S WHEN DANNY DUMPED UP ON ‘EM IN THE TEMPLE OF DOOM

SHULA PSYCHED ‘EM OUT TO PLAY LIKE IT WAS ‘72

SO THE PERFECT SEASON STAYED WITH THE PERFECT CREW


HOW COINCIDENTAL IS IT THAT THE BEARS ONLY TEST

WOULD BE TO COME DOWN TO MIAMI TO GET THAT WEIGHT OFF THEIR CHEST?

YOU KNOW YOU THE PATH TO GOIN’ UNDEFEATED IS ALWAYS THE SAME

YOU WANNA GO UNDEFEATED, YOU BETTER REMEMBER MY NAME!


I KNOW YOU WONDER!

CHORUS
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO GO AND WIN EVERY GAME?

IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN!


HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO GO AND WIN EVERY GAME?

YOU GOT TO GO UNDEFEATED!

MERCURY MORRIS VERSE 5
NOW LET ME END THIS CONVERSATION WITH SOME FRIENDLY ADVICE

SOME THINGS THAT HAPPEN ONCE IN A LIFE, THEY WON’T HAPPEN TWICE

SO DON’T TRY TO RUN THE TABLE; CAUSE BY YOU, THAT CAN’T BE DONE

YOU SEE, THE 16 STRAIGHT IN ’72, WAS JUST TO PLAY IN ONE


HM-HM (CHUCKLE OF IRONY)

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, PLAYER, EXCEPT IN ‘72

CHORUS
IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN

MERCURY MORRIS VERSE 6
NOW GO ON ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS


COACH, FLIP THAT BAD BOY OVER SO THEY CAN GRADUATE


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Remember, you can order the song from http://www.mercurymorris22.com/index.html For $19.72

Friday, September 07, 2007

Mercury Morris



Mercury Morris stopped by Dolfansites.com and did an interview!!! It wasn't with me, but it is pretty cool.

Check it out.
Merc interview

To quote "Nelson" from the Simpsons...

"Ha Ha" was what came to mind when Olindo Mare doinked an early field goal in Thursday night's game.
 
It wasn't a game decider, and didn't matter in the final outcome, but it proved a point, didn't it?

I can only laugh

Nick Saban sent form letters to the players whom he coached last year.  Basically he said "good luck."  They were on Bama letterhead.

The question is: is this better or worse than text messaging his players as he was boarding the plan for Alabama?

Thursday, September 06, 2007

A couple of more comparisons

Throughout the season, we'll be looking at how each of the new head coaches does with their respective teams.

We'll also be exploring how well Ted Ginn, Jr is doing, compared with Devon Hester in Chicago. This oughta be fun.

NFL TV coverage

Here is the location for the viewing map for this NFL season:

http://www.the506.com/nflmaps/


As you can see, Miami's game will only be shown in a small number of markets.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Roster

There were 13 rookies who made the team (all 10 draft choices, plus 3 free agents), and 12 free agents. That means 25 players, or 48% of the roster, turned over.

Nealy 50% new faces. That's practically unheard of! Wow, talk about evolving the roster and making it your own! Cameron and Mueller certainly have done that.

By the way, late yesterday, Drew Mormino suddenly had a shoulder injury, and was placed on injured reserve. And Miami used the roster spot to pick up a free agent lineman from San Diego.

Incidentally, Miami has started filling their practice squad. They have one international player - a guy from Britain - who gets a red shirt season (and doesn't count against the limit) and presumably gets to learn about football and teach the entire country of England. Or maybe he's just the ambassador as Miami goes to London this season.

Anyway, we hope he doesn't become a wanker this season. So, behave!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Another game, another time.

I was trying to find a writeup about a game that took place between Miami and New Orleans way back from 1983. It was week #5 of the season.

Miami was trailing the Saints late in the game, and Don Shula elected to pull David Woodley for a rookie by the name of Dan Marino. Marino worked some magic, but the team came up short, and Miami ended up on the losing end.

It was the beginning of an era that lasted nearly two decades, and Marino started the following week.

Alas, I couldn't find such an article, but that's what I recall.

Football 101

Class is out this week, due to the holiday. Look for a new lesson next week!

QB comparison

I started a new flash to compare the various QBs. Check it out:







http://bitchindave.com/flash/qbs.swf

Coach wants to see you, and bring your play book

Yes, its that time of year again. The "turk" came to visit 22 players, as the Dolphins got down to the mandated 53 man roster.

As an aside, I don't understand that 53 man roster. You have a salary cap, why do you need to have a limit on the number of players? You could guard against teams potentially burying talent by being able to designate 53 or so players as yours, and anyone else can sign one of the other guys, much as they do with the practice squad.

There were no major surprises among the cuts. Except maybe for Corey Schlesinger who did not make the team as the beefy fullback. But, there's almost invariably one or two guys who you say "hunh" when you hear about it.

The two things I was surprised about were (1) that Derek Hagan stuck around. He showed nothing in the preseason, but Cam made a comment that he has a lot of untapped potential, so I guess I get it. And (2) that Jason Allen is going to be around for (at leat part of) another year.

I watched the game the other night, and paid some attention to him. His coverage was bad against some guys who will be working for UPS next week. He was out of position and got beat repeatedly. And on his interception, he was boneheaded. It was a third down play; the Saints were in that area out of field goal range. The ball came in to him around the 2. He made a nice adjustment to the ball, but he was down at the 2 and gave Miami bad field position. Had he caught it and turned into the endzone, it would have been better; or I would argue he should have simply knocked it down, and Miami could have taken their chances on 4th down. Yeah, its nice to see him make a play on a ball, but this was a tough spot.