Friday, January 25, 2008

Too funny...

There is also a story that greatly amused me: the kicker (Tynes) had already missed two, and had been yelled at a fair amount by the red-faced frost-bitten man. When it came to 4th down in OT, he simply ran onto the field. The coach hadn't yet decided what to do. He said afterward "I wanted to redeem myself and he was going to have to drag me off..." So, in a sense, the coach was a wanker for not paying attention. And the kicker could have been one had he missed again.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Souper Bowl

It was interesting to see how many former Dolphins players dotted rosters of playoff teams...heck in the NFC championship you had TE Donald Lee against DB Sam Madison. And in the AFC you had Chris Chambers against half of Miami of the north.

And the Dolphins can take some solace in the fact that they played (relatively) well against the two teams playing for the Lombardi trophy (okay the team that has already been awarded it against a team that thinks they have a shot). Sure, they lost twice to the Patriots by 21, but in the first game, it was a contest for much of the game. And they were oh-so-close to beating the Giants in London.

And don't think for a moment that the NFL doesn't love that. One of the Superbowl teams played in London. If that doesn't drive them to play more games overseas, nothing will.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Freakin' Patriots

They won again. You know what would have been funny? If the Chargers had simply pulled a "Gator Flop" and simply given up on the game...

I watched a small part of the game, but not that much of it. What I did see was the following: a few "homer" calls from the refs - some offensive holding that went unnoticed, some defensive questionable contacts that weren't called, and a play where Rivers was knocked down by Seymour after the play was over that wasn't called. Am I surprised? No. The NFL *wants* the Patriots to go for the record. What more hype could the NFL have than that?

Okay, maybe Rivers did some acting, and it was the right non-call. But, can you imagine if that had been Brady instead of Rivers? Undoubtedly, the crowd would have gone nuts, and there *would* have been a penile-ty, because you can't touch the golden child. And its possible the defender would have been ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct, just because of the reactions all around.

Oh and one more thing. I wondered why they had a 91 on the back of their helmets, but never really cared enough to look it up. Today I learned that its there because in their first game, on the first drive of the year, they drove 91 yards for a score. And in his usual nonsensical attempt to get the players to rally around him (OMG, he *is* Nick Saban) he put that on their helmets (hand me a tissue, I need to dab my eyes). But, here's the problem: the NFL has a rule that specifically prohibits players from having any numbers on their helmets other than their own number. Except in cases where they are paying tribute to a fallen player. This is clearly violating that rule. And that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.

Here's to hoping the Packers or Giants find a way to win just to put an end to the nonsense.

On the other hand, I have little doubt the Patriots will win. And I bet - as I've stated before - that Bill Bellicheat walks away from the game at the end of the season. I believe that was part of the deal with his scandal early in the year. And he's trying to rub it in everyone's face before he rolls out.

A personal look back

Some years ago, I got an email from some guy who had just completed his degree in landscape maintenance or some such, and he wanted to inquire about whether there were any opportunities at my stadium.

Now, I could only assume that he somehow thought I was connected with (then) Joe Robbie Stadium. But, of course, I'm just a guy running a website.

I responded "I am not connected with the NFL, the Dolphins, or the stadium, so I can't help you there. However, I am looking for a new lawn service at my house. If you're interested in cutting my grass, let me know."

Yeah, I still laugh at that.