On Miami's lone possession in the 1st quarter, Brian Hartline made a terrific over-the-shoulder catch for a 39 yard gain...but it was negated because of the seldom-called offensive pass interference.
The rule is clear: if a receiver extends his arm in an effort to separate from the defender, it should be called [unless you are a premiere wideout or play for the Patriots a/k/a the "Randy Moss Exception"].
Hartline did extend his arm fully, so it was the correct call - even though it hurt to see them lose that first down.
It does show that Hartline has a lot of promise...
I found an app called "Free RSS reader" in the iTunes store and installed it.
You can add the RSS feed from this site, any of the other fan sites, the Herald, the Sentinel, or whatever you happen to like.
And if you want more control, you can first use one of the free available tools like the "Google Reader" to parse your feeds, and then simply use that to handle your feeds, rather than adding them indvidually on the iPhone app.
So....you can easily take all the Dolphins news you want with you!
Here's the thing: the Wildcat is here to stay. It makes teams spend time in practice preparing for it, and yet it has many facets. Or may not be used at all.
Clearly, Miami's blocking scheme has gotten more intricate to further confound defenses. And now with the addition of some new players, it may not be so obvious that they're running it with Ronnie in the shotgun.
But Saturday night, they opened up a few of the same plays they used last season, and this one - which employed a pitch back to Pennington for a pass.
In other words: look out NFL because its going to keep coming at you....or maybe not.
Earlier in the game, there was a punt that was muffed by the Panthers. The ball came down and the returner dropped the ball. It is clearly out of his possesion after he was hit by a Dolphin.
Then, Courtney Bryan fell on top of it.
A few players dove on him, but at the conclusion of the play, he stands up with the ball.
The officials - I'm guessing distracted by the cheerleaders - ruled that it was Carolina ball. Sparano threw the challenge flag. The officials conferred and announced that the play was not reviewable.
There was some lame explanation provided by the NFL to the broadcast crew. But the explanation is not correct. Here's why:
* All changes of possesion ARE reviewable. * There are a few exceptions to when replay may be used; punting is NOT an exception * Clearly the ball came out but all 7 officials missed that
The only logical conclusion I can come to is that the ref thought that a muff itself was not reviewable (though again there is no specific rule on that), and since they didn't see it, they couldn't review it.
Its preseason, so whatever, but I wouldn't want a game to be decided like that...
At this week's game, the had a visit by the guy who heads up the SuperBowl Host Committee.
Now let me start by saying the SuperBowl is a fine event, and brings a lot of money into the local economy and we're glad to have it.
But....(you knew there was a but)....
He was urging people to visit the website and sign up as volunteers to help make the SuperBowl a success. There was some rhetoric about how its the volunteers that really make the operation work.
And I have a problem with that. See, the SuperBowl generates hundreds of millions of dollars (I suppose its possible that a billion dollars changes hands through all the work that's done). Yet, they are looking for people to work FOR FREE for them. In other words, the NFL makes money, the city makes money, and various entities make money....off of your labor.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't volunteer, because there are certain aspects that can be fun. Just know what you're getting into - helping someone else get rich. Be sure you're getting something in return, if only the fun of being at the stadium or around town to watch people.
David J Neal of the Herald sent me a note earlier about my comment about the Dolphins fight song (as I said, I wasn't there and only heard about it).
You understand incorrectly. The T-Pain version of the fight song was played at some point before the game. The original version was played between the third and fourth quarters to such a rousing roar, I could hear it in the press box restroom. The contrast was Tweeted about by several writers and on Armando Salguero's Dolphins in Depth blog.