Saturday, November 29, 2008

Maybe he's unclear on what his responsibilities actually are?

Given the fact that the Patriots always play to the whistle and - as Ayodele says - beyond it, and their propensity for cheating, you would think the dumbass commish would take a harder look at the team and enforce the rules more vigorously.
But no.  Instead, he handed down additional fines to Miami players this week based on the Patriots game.  Smiley got a $5,000 fine for a chop block, that if memory serves, wasn't flagged during the game.
And the kicker was a $7,500 fine to Joey Porter for "being verbally abusive with an opponent."  What does that mean, exactly?  He called the them the Cheatriots?  He called out someone's grandmother?  He told them they suck?  This is football and talking is a part of the game, and trash talking is a part of Joey's game.   He didn't hurt anyone (except maybe their feelings!) and he was in the moment of the game.
Are you telling me that none of the Patriots players bear responsibility in what happened down the stretch?  Puh-lease.
This is absurd, and it just shows how "in the pocket" the commish is when it comes to this team.  He didn't have any guts when it came to spygate, and now he shows no integrity in his actions here.
Pats supporters may say its just "sour grapes" but I believe you'd find that fans of every team - and even some players - will tell you that this is the appearance when it comes to that team.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Football 101 for Women

Hello! Dave,
I am holding another 'Football 101 for Women' seminar the Wednesday before the Dolphins - 49ers game (email below). Anything you could do to help me get the word out would be greatly appreciated.

- Pauline


Happy Thanksgiving, Ladies!!!

We have only one home game left in this 2008 regular season! The Miami Dolphins play the San Francisco 49ers at Dolphins Stadium on Sunday, December 14th. I am putting together another "Football 101 for Women" seminar on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 6:30p.m. It will be held at either Dolphins Stadium or at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility in Davie. Cost - $20.

The Dolphins Stadium Ticket Office is offering the following to participants of this "Football 101 for Women" class for the San Francisco 49ers game on 12/14/08:

· Special discounted ticket offer at $31
· Seating is located in the Upper East End Zone - based on availability
· Other discounted seating options are available, but this is the best/cheapest and these are also based on availability
· Special recognition in the Game Day Magazine
[The cutoff date for this offer is December 7th.]

Please contact me with any questions. Feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested in joining us.

RSVP via phone or email. I look forward to seeing you there!

Pauline Crowder

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wanna have some fun?

Here's your chance to own a piece of Super Bowl History - Je'Rod Cherry's 2001 New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI Ring!

Drawing Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008
Entry Deadline: 9:00 AM EST November 27, 2008

Enter the Je'Rod Cherry Super Bowl XXXVI Ring Raffle and join Je'Rod Cherry in his efforts to help children in need around the world.

$2.00 / ticket (minimum purchase of 5 tickets)
Bid on it.  Help some kids.  Maybe win and then melt it down for its intrinsic value - though of course you'd have to provide video to piss off Pats fans everywhere!!!

That's just not right

Both Channing Crowder and Matt Light were fined $15,000 for their "fight" on Sunday.
That's just not right.  As I stated previously, Crowder should get an apology.
While Light should have his ass suspended.  Then again, he did suffer the indignity of fighting like a little girl, didn't he?
Thanks commish, for nothing.  As usual.
...I wonder what he'll do when Michael Vick gets out of jail in a couple of months?

Reality check

It felt good to be 6-4, and be relevant, didn't it?  To feel the passion at this point in the season.  To actually be emotional - rather than apathetic - when the team lost. 
Yeah, it was the Pats, and it was painful.  But, remember, first that Miami hung in this game for 3 1/2 quarters (or 7/8ths of the game), before something bad happened. 
And second, this was a freakin' 1-15 team last year!  We had limited expectations heading into this season.  I think most people thought a 6 win season would be reasonable.  Anything better than that would be, well, fantastic.  And here they sit with 6 wins with 5 left to play.  Three of those are "easy" based on the nature of those teams.

Realistically, Miami could find themselves at 9-7 or better, but just miss the playoffs.  That would be a great season...

Granny's happy

The Onion reported this week ( thart Jimmie Johnson's car was put to stud.''
Not unlike Granny herself.  Now she'll at least have a championship car to drive while she looks for young head coaches to, ummm, mentor.

Should we be surprised?

The NFL has not ruled on the POS Matt Light's 4-year old behavior (hair pulling, and hitting; maybe he called Crowder names, too?), and by default Crowder's ejection from the game.  And they don't plan to do so anytime soon.  They still haven't gotten around to it.
Cue detective show music.
I liked what Brian at the PhinPhanatic had to say about it...the Patriots are the NFL "darling" and Goodell was slow in responding to the biggest charge against the Patriots (spygate, naturally), tried to sweep it under the rug, and then ultimately did, well, nothing about it other than to say "hey....whatever it was you were doing, please try not to do it again....if that suits you."
The Pats play the Steelers this week in a game that has some significance.  They couldn't possibly do the right thing quickly and suspend Light for the remainder of the season, because it might make the game less....fair to the Patriots?
Way to go Rog!  You are low on my list of people I admire and who work with integrity.  You just managed to remind me of that AGAIN.
BTW, how's that labor deal coming along?  Oh yeah, I forgot, you haven't even sat down to discuss it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

J Peasy apologizes

We hear that Joey Porter stood up in front of the team and coaches and apologized for his behavior - and not listening to the coaches - last weekend. 
We also hear that at the end of the apology, he said "...and Cam Cameron is still a wuss."

A trip back in time

Lets take a trip backward to April 24th, 2004.  Dave Wannstedt was Miami's head coach, and rick Spielman was the personnel guy.
Miami had gone 10-6 in 2003, losing the last couple of games to just miss the playoffs (thus beginning the ignominious run that continues today). 

Dave felt Miami had a solid defense, but needed help on the o-line.  "The Guy" that year was Robert Gallery, but he went to the Raiders #2 overall (and has had an up-and-down career).  It looks like the next-best guy Shawn Andrews may be avaialble to Miami when they pick #20.
But then Philly snuck in and traded for the #16 pick, and took Andrews.  Miami apparently had no idea that this might happen and was caught flat-footed a few picks before theirs.
What should they do?  Take the next best tackle (Vernon Carey), or the best available player?  That best available happened to be UM defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who may very well have been one of the top 2 or 3 players that year, and it was a gift to see him drop down to the twentieth spot...
We're at the 17th pick, and the Broncos take a linebacker.
Enter the Patriots.  They were set to make the 21st pick, and Bill Bellicheat started working the phones.  He wanted Wilfork, and knew that Miami, New Orleans (18th) or Minnesota (19th) might take him.   
The Patriots managed to create a buzz that they were going to trade into the 19th spot to take Vernon Carey ahead of Miami.  How the rouse got started is not well understood.  Maybe the Vikings were looking to pull a fast one on Miami, and maybe the Pats were behind it all.  In any event, that convinced Dave that he *had* to have Carey.

So, he traded up ONE SPOT to take a guy who was the third-best tackle, and a small reach at #19.  Now to be clear, Carey has turned out to be decent for Miami.  But - not spectacular.  And he may even be let go during free agency.
The Saints took and end.  The Vikings took the player they wanted.  And Bellicheat got Wilfork, that enormous DT you saw dominate Satele this past weekend.
This may have been one of the great draft-day BS jobs ever committed.  And every year (twice at that) we get to watch a guy who might be one of the best defensive tackles to play the game line up against our team, knowing that we gave up a draft pick to not get him.


Akin Ayodele had this to say:

"[you sometimes see it] but usually this only happens when you play the Patriots. I know every time I've been in games like that, it's mostly when you play those guys. When you get out there on the field, using certain words and saying some things, it's part of football.  When you start having malicious intent to end somebody's career and somebody's game, that's when you go overboard.''

What's he talking about?  Plays that happen "after the whistle."  He suggests you watch the broadcast of the game and see what happens after the whistle.

And several players thought the officials didn't take control of the game early enough, instead letting it get to that point.


Seems that coach Sparano will "talk with Joey, privately" about the incident during the game.  But, it also turns out that he was trying to take out Porter after the first 15 yard infraction.
What to do about Joey?  He's a character and suspending him may bring out the person who called out Cam "Cam" Cameron last year.  Not suspending him may also bring out that person.
Maybe they should fine him and have him call me.  He can personally apologize for his behavior somewhat publicly, I can report it, and we can move on.

Odd re - currence?

Last year, Ronnie Brown tore his ACL chasing down a Patriots player who had picked off an errant pass in Dolphins stadium.
This year, Greg Camarillo tore his ACL chasing down a Patriots player who had picked off an errant pass in Dolphins stadium.
Strange that is.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Intriguing Idea

NFL to take a look at 3-D broadcasts

by SARAH McBRIDE, The Wall Street Journal

Updated: November 24, 2008, 2:29 PM EST


With sports fans still getting used to their high-definition television sets, the National Football League is already thinking ahead to the next potential upgrade: 3-D.

Next week, a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders will be broadcast live in 3-D to theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. It is a preliminary step on what is likely a long road to any regular 3-D broadcasts of football games.

The idea is a "proof of concept," says Howard Katz, NFL senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations. "We want to demonstrate this and let people get excited about it and see what the future holds."

The several hundred guests at the three participating theaters Dec. 4 will include representatives from the NFL's broadcasting partners and from consumer-electronics companies. The event will be closed to the general public. Burbank, Calif.-based 3ality Digital LLC will shoot the game with special cameras and transmit it to a satellite. Thomson SA's Technicolor Digital Cinema is providing the satellite services and digital downlink to each theater, and Real D 3D Inc. will power the display in the theaters.

In the 2004 Super Bowl, 3ality tested its ability to film football in 3-D.

This isn't the first time the NFL has participated in a 3-D experiment. In 2004, a predecessor company to 3ality filmed the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers. When Sandy Climan, 3ality's chief executive officer, shows the footage, "people crouch down to catch the ball," he says. "It's as if the ball is coming into your arms."

Technology has advanced considerably since then, and now makes live transmission possible. Boxing in 3-D, Mr. Climan says, particularly "raises your blood pressure."

Real D, which has rolled out 3-D systems in 1,500 theaters around the world, has long advocated the transmission of live events to theaters in 3-D. "We look forward to giving fans of live events the opportunity to feel like they're in the front row," says Michael Lewis, Real D's CEO.

Some live events, including opera broadcasts and circus performances, already pop up on screens at theaters across the country.

Next week's demonstration will also include television displays, to show what might one day be available in homes. While 3-D television sets are already available in stores, mainly for the handful of DVDs available in 3-D, the industry is still working on technical standards for 3-D.

That process raises the possibility that 3-D TV sets purchased today might not be compatible with programs aired in a few years' time. Just as in theaters, home viewers must wear special 3-D glasses.

Nothing whatsoever to do with the Fins

I'm kind of wondering if the Lions can make it to 0-16?
They play Tennessee on Thanksgiving, then host Minnesota, are at Indy, host New Orleans, and are at Green Bay.
That's a tough road, and its not inconceivable...


In his Monday morning press conference Sparano was asked why the officials talked with him at the beginning of the 4th quarter.  He said, and I quote, "It was about the gippyness."
I admit I did not know what that word meant, or even that it existed.  So, I checked out the Urban Dictionary:
1. gippy
Something is shitty, crappy, dumb, ignorant, most skaters, snowboarders, punk kids, metal kids from Northern Michigan use this term when aggravated pissed off or just being negitorial towards something.
"My computer is being really gippy"
2. Gippy
originally used to describe those preps that acted metal to fit in. Usually acted very differently when not around Goth friends. Now was evolved into the poser scum of society.If some one is posing as two or more stereotypes they are Gippy. also see all in the Poser section and all related to posers
example 1
Paul- "Look at that girl over there looks like Hot Topic an American Eagle had a kid and that kid shit itself"

Josh- "yeah what a total gippy"

Paul- "I HATE gippies"

example 2
*inside a Ruby Tuesdays*

Renee`- "this place is too bright it could use more BLACK"

Josh- "shut up you gippy whore! you just bought $200 in Holister goods"
3. gippy
a gay hippie; a relaxed yet stylish homosexual who favors patchouli, smoking herb, and long baths and has ideals of peace, love, compassion and human fellowship.
also, gippie.
the gippy sat on the hillside, the teeming masses milling below, watched the world while enjoying a toke.

Too bad

Greg Camarillo's season is officially over.  He suffered a knee injury that was significant enough to warrant him going on IR.
Dolphins receiver Greg Camarillo out for season
Now the question is - can Ernest Willford use that to move onto the active roster?  Or is he even still on the roster?

Did I miss something

Randy Moss, as we all well know, is an ass.  But his comments after the game that "I think they disrespected me today by playing the single coverage and letting me do what I love to do, which is getting in the end zone," was a real enlightening moment. 
What in the world did he expect the Phins to do?  Oh that's right, cover him!

Lack of focus

Yesterday's game was odd for many reasons, but at least one of them was a lack of focus in the last 7 minutes.  The team must have all taken stupid pills or something, because there was no reason for them to implode like that.  A number of things happened, but they lost their composure, and later several players apologized for it.
But what galls me is that the coaching staff didn't do enough to counter it. 
Take the Joey Porter moment.  Joey had just gotten called for back-to-back fouls, and Sparano and Pasqualoni were yelling at him to get off the field.  Quite clearly, they were mouthing "Joey - get off the field" but he didn't listen.

And while Joey may be the guy who's the emotional leader of the team, and he's got a chance at the all-time sack record, he needs to be punished.  It would be a tough call, but I'd like to see Sparano suspend him for a game to send a clear message about who's in charge.  There are other penalties he could impose, but you can't let him get away with that.

This just in

Dateline Philadelphia.
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was asked if he thought he should be benched for this and future weeks based on his play against Baltimore.  He responded "No" but then added "I didn't even know that the starting QB could be benched."
This comes a week after McNabb said he did not know that a game could end in a tie.
[editor's note: of course part of this statement is not true, but its what Dave heard when Donovan opened his mouth to answer]


I've got a laundry list of 'em for this week.
Be sure and check out the wanker section to see them!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

So what did happen?

The defense could not get much - if any - pressure on Cassell, and the defensive backs couldn't cover Moss, Welker, and Gaffney. 

Though they did slow them down a little, they never stopped them.
The Pats possessions went:
One punt. Two turnovers.  They just took control of the game, and Miami's defense came up short.


Greg Camarillo left the game.
And Jake Long left as well.  Interestingly. when Long left Ndukwe came in at left tackle and some guy who was recently signed - Andy Alleman - played right guard.
When that happened my first reaction was "this isn't going to be good," but it actually turned out okay and that was NOT the reason Miami lost the game.

That's obnoxious

ESPN's headquarters is in Bristol, Connecticut, somewhat near Foxborough.  Many of the staffers of the NESP (new england sports programming) visit the Pats facility, and naturally there's some bias.  Particularly when the Pats were in pursuit of perfection last year.
As a case in point, did you hear the same breathless hype as the Titans made it to 10-0?  Nope, they mainly talked about how tough it would be to win.
CBS opened some sort of a sports-themed-interactive zone next to the stadium the Pats play in.  Hey whatever, but it sure seems to me like the network is overly nice to the Pats when the cover them, and only laud good play, and lament losses.  "but they've been so good for so long..." they gush. 
Its enough to make me want to hurl.  I do not enjoy Dan Dierdorf's commentary as he praises the team up and down...

Why the Pats won

As I see it, the Pats strategy of lobbing the ball down the field is not as dependent on the QB as we thought it was.  Sure, they've had to make a few adjustments for Cassell, but now that he "gets it," you can see that the attack is a quick throw down the field to a spot, and it makes the corners play good coverage.   Because the line can hold a block for a couple of seconds, and the Pats often go shotgun, the only recourse is to blitz, which makes this even more effective.
Anyway, the Pats are running the modern day version of the run-and-shoot, which few teams have the personnel or scheme to defend.  And now that Cassell is comfortable, some teams (like Miami) will struggle with it.

A totally "what just happened?" moment

On a PAT after a TD that put the game away, Channing Crowder was matched up against that turd Matt Light.  Now Light, as I've described in the past, is the epitomy of "over rated"...   He gets beaten often but everyone assumes he's great because he protects Brady's (and now Cassell's) blind side and they rarely get sacked.  Maybe that has to do with quick release, but I digress.
Light is blocking and gets ahold of the back of Crowder's helmet and pulls it off.  Crowder stands up and Light makes a move at him.  Crowder extends his arms in a self-defense type posture  Then, Light pulls Crowder's hair and takes at least 4 closed-fist swings.  Crowder laughs it off, which natirally makes me assume that he may have said something to Light (like "my mom knows football, and yours knows lacrosse"), we have no idea.
The net result was that both got ejected from the game.  And likely both will be fined, and there's a possibility of suspension.  But, I didn't see anything Crowder did to warrant ejection, or further action.  Light, on the other hand, should be fined and suspended for the remainder of the season.  Whatever might have been *said* was irrelevant.  The guy acted grossly unsportsmanlike and he should not be playing football as a result.

Key play

I would argue that the turning point in this game was the long pass to Welker.  It set the Pats up to extend the lead, and pretty much took Miami out of the game.  But what bugged me was the block he got that sprung him.
It was clear that the receiver was grabbing a handful of db Nathan Jones' jersey, so much so that he actually pulled it back to reveal his shoulder pads.  And yet there was no flag.  He engaged Jones at about the 40, so technically, the call should have been a 10 yard penalty from that spot.  New England might have had a first down, but the ball would be all the way back at the 30.
And meanwhile Dan the apologist Dierdorf (more on that later) was lauding it as a great block! the way, he also was trying to describe a defensive pass interference call against Miami on a TD by Moss.  He was saying that the db got his arm around Moss.  But, it was clear to me that Moss had a hold of the db and then pushed off to get separation.
The refs got that one wrong, too...

At least we can hold onto the past?

With the Titans losing, Perfectville remains at population 1.
When we interviewed Merc a few months ago, the unofficial spokesman gave us some advice on what we should do when the last team falls.

Saw that one coming

One of my neighbors is a *HUGE* Boston-sports-team fan.  I knew he was at the game today, and knew that somehow I'd wind up seeing him when he came home.  He didn't disappoint.  "What a great game!" he proclaimed for the world to hear. I have to wait from an email from another Boston guy who's a buddy of mine.  I got my shot in after week 3.  Now its his turn.

What the....?

How did it go from being a close contest where the Dolphins held a lead to being a complete and utter blowout?
...and while UM allowed nearly 500 yards rushing on Thursday night, the Dolphins allowed over 500 yards of offense, most of passing. 
That's just unbelieveable.
Hrmph.  I got a lot to say, but I think I need to take a break.