Saturday, January 31, 2009


As has become the custom for the last several years, Bob Keuchenberg was shutout of the Hall of Fame.  At this point, I think they'd even block his admission if he bought a ticket as a visitor.
And realistically, I think he will never get in.  If I'm not mistaken, he is no longer eligible as a "recent" player (because its been 20 years now), and must be considered as an old timer.  Yeah, whatever.  We still love you, Kooch.
For reference, here's what I said in 2006:
We here at Dave's feel bad for Bob Keuchenberg. Poor guy. He played for like 17 years in the league, at guard no less. He was part of what is arguably the best team in history. He was one of the linemen who contributed to the first combincation running backs to gain 1,000 yards.

And he gets no respect. Shut out of the hall for the umpteenth time.

I laugh at the hall because their voting is so, uhhh, ridiculuos. They're deciding from among 15 players who were all great. And for some reason, they set an arbitrary limit of 6 players for induction. What makes Rayfield Wright a better linemen than Kooch, anyway? I'm not saying that Kooch was better, only that there's no way to distinguish.

Let's see? Long tenure. Check. Never missed a game. Check. Played with a broken arm in a superbowl. Check. Retired because he was hit in the head one too many times and had blurred vision. Check. Played on the 17-0 Dolphins. Check. (oh forget that one, no one seems to care about that anymore). Led Morris and Csonka to both post 1,000 yard seasons in one year (never had been done before). Check. Protected Marino during his record setting year. Check.

Sounds like all the makings of a hall of famer to me.
And in 2007:
The Hall of Fame class of 2007 was announced yesterday.  6 guys made it.  I've been a football fan for a large part of my life, and I hadn't heard of some of these guys before.  They have been accomplished players and literally unheralded in their day, I suppose, but still...
Michael Irvin's career was good, but was it *that* good?  Ditto for Thurman Thomas.
And as for Thomas, do you think they'll misplace his helmet?  And do you think he'll be inducted as a Dolphin?
And in 2008:
Bob Keuchenberg was not elected to the HOF for the umpteenth year in a row (actually, I believe he became eligible in 1990, so it would be 18 years).

And here's my problem with that: the hall seems to be saying there's enough of the 1972 Dolphins in there, and we don't need anymore.

And isn't that what they've been saying about the Dolphins all along? Yeah, they were 17-0, but....they're just a bunch of grumpy old men...etc...etc...etc...

Miami has Buoniconti, Csonka, Griese, Langer, Little, and Warfield there now. That's 6 of the 30 or so regular contributors to the success.

Suppose the Patriots make it to 19-0 tomorrow. Think they'll stop at 6 and say that's enough? I doubt it.


In response to Donovan McNabb not knowing a game could end in a tie (or at least we hear that's the reason), Commissioner Pete, umm, Paul, err, Roger said the NFL would consider "tweaking" the rules by moving the kickoff further out or just having a team start at the 20.  Not mentioned was a rule change to actually make it fair.
But then, his statements were somewhat inaccurate.  Quoth he:
"Historically about 30 percent of the games in overtime are decided with the team who wins the coin flip scoring on the first possession. That number has risen to about 47 percent. That's significant, and I think it's something our [rules] committee has to look at. "
Except that he's wrong.  Between the time OT was instituted and the end of the '98 season, the team that won the coin toss actually won 48% of the time, the team that lost the coin toss won 48% of the time, and 4% of the time, the games ended in a tie.  Over the last 10 years, the trend has slightly favored the winners of the coin flip,  but not by enough to notice.
So 47% is close, but ITS ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY.
At least he's considering a change.
But, lest we remind you, there are still labor issues that are unresolved.

Friday, January 30, 2009

by the way

Dave Hyde broke down the value of the team, and the net that H Wayne took home. His calculations were in line with mine, except that he noted that H also took on some of the Robbie's debt when he acquired the team, and he still has to pay back the interest-free loan he got from the NFL for stadium improvements.

That amounted to about another $200 million against the total he nets...

too racy?

Wow, the people at NBC must be wankers!

Parcells is staying...

He made the pronouncement among the media frenzy - he will be staying with the Dolphins for at least one more year.

Good for the Phins.  Good for the fans.

A show I'll be watching

Dolphins cheerleaders on new season of Amazing Race
By Tom Jicha | South Florida Sun Sentinel 2:42 PM EST, January 27, 2009
Cara Rosenthal, 26, left, and Jaime Edmondson, 29, both of Boca Raton. (Sonja Flemming, AP / October 29, 2008)
Jaime Edmondson worked at getting people fired up for six years as a Dolphin cheerleader. The experience came in handy when she had to talk a cheerleader colleague into helping her pursue a dream, which could pay off big for both of them.
Edmonson, 29, and Cara Rosenthal, 26, were chosen as one of the 11 teams to participate in the next edition of The Amazing Race, which premieres Feb. 15. "I've been a fan of the show and I always wanted to do it," Edmondson, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, said.
Cara and Jaime
She needed a partner and targeted Rosenthal (who is traveling in Europe and was unavailable for comment). "She is the most competitive person I know," Edmondson said. "I sent her a text message, 'Do you want to be on The Amazing Race with me? I think we can win.'"
This was not an idle boast. Edmondson put a lot of thought into the effort. "I didn't want to do this with a family member or significant other. Those teams always get involved in their own issues instead of concentrating on the competition."
Edmondson must be convincing. Rosenthal came on board even though it meant putting off life plans of her own. "Cara deferred law school on blind faith," Edmondson said. "I don't think I could have looked her in the face if we hadn't been chosen."
There were long periods of doubt. They made the mandatory tape at the home of Rosenthal's parents in Boca Raton, where both women now live.
"Her parents were laughing at us," Edmondson said.
Weeks went by with no word. Then Rosenthal called. "You're going to get a phone call," she said. She had just gotten news that a talent scout liked their tape and was going to push them.
Weeks went by again. "I guess we didn't get picked," Edmondson thought. Then they were invited to final auditions in Los Angeles. More weeks of high anxiety followed.
Finally the call came Edmondson said seemed surreal. "We just want to let you know you're one of the teams."
They began to train without knowing what they were preparing for. "You can only do so much in South Florida," Edmondson said. "I figured we would be fine for the warm places but you can't prepare for cold here."
Little did they know one of the stops was going to be in Siberia.
No matter how much prepping they did, Edmondson said, there was no way to anticipate the physical, mental, social and emotional ordeals they would face. "It was the hardest thing I have ever done."
You'll have to watch to see whether it also was the most rewarding.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

"sometimes, sportswriters do not know what they are talking about"

Bob Costas once said that bloggers are just guys who sit around in their underwear in mom's basement expressing their opinions, but real journailsts are something more.
Well, here's an article about a blogger who duped a British sports writer, and then that story was repeated in many papers around the world.
So the guy in moms basement got the better of the "real journalist"'s that for irony, Bobby?