Saturday, November 28, 2009

Flipper says hi

Any guesses where I am today?

Friday, November 27, 2009

How is this possible?

Wannatache is having success at Pitt this season.

Little Nicky has his (ahem still at least half Mike Shulas) team undefated.

Cam has a good offense in Baltimore

And Rick Spielman has assembled a good team in Minnesota.

I guess in Daves case you could say he's better at relating to college players.

In Rick's case you could say his authority was limited in miami (he wanted Anquan Boldin instead of Eddie Moore).

Cam is undoubtedly a better oc than head coach.

And as for the waNICKer you could say his method has limited success in the short term at the college level.

But still......

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


The Dolphins made a series of roster moves yesterday, placing Jason Ferguson on IR, signing a bunch of who dats, and then releasing Matt Roth after he modeled a ball cap all preseason, went on the PUP, and then had 4 tackles in 4 games.

And what's curiouser is that they left his roster spot open, at least for a day.

We salute you

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fwd: Ricky Williams FedEx Ground Nomination

Vote early. Vote often

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 24, 2009 4:03:33 PM EST
To: "" <>
Subject: Ricky Williams FedEx Ground Nomination

Ricky Williams was nominated for the Week 11 FedEx Ground Player of the Week award. This is his first nomination of the season.
The FedEx Air & Ground awards are completely fan driven, so it's up to Dolphins fans to vote for Williams at If Williams receives the most fan votes, FedEx will make a $1,000 donation in his name to the local Safe Kids USA coalition in Miami to help fund child and pedestrian safety.  Depending on specific needs, the donation could go towards painting crosswalks, installing signs, landscaping near sidewalks and playgrounds, installing bike racks, and developing educational programs and events to teach kids about pedestrian safety. 
Voting ends at noon ET on Friday.
The full NFL press release is pasted below.  Let me know if you have questions or if you can get in a mention to help drive votes.
Dan Kurash
Fans To Vote For Winners On
FedEx Delivers Pedestrian Safety Improvements
On Behalf of Winning Players In Their Teams' Markets
Quarterbacks BRETT FAVRE of the Minnesota Vikings, BRADY QUINN of the Cleveland Browns and MATTHEW STAFFORD of the Detroit Lions are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 19 - 23, while running backs RYAN GRANT of the Green Bay Packers, CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans and RICKY WILLIAMS of the Miami Dolphins are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players' names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team's city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and street signage to traffic barriers and educational training.
For a second season, fans can tune into the "FedEx Air & Ground Lowdown" posted exclusively on starting Wednesday mornings. The show examines the nominees in the Air & Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and expert analysis. NFL Network's RICH EISEN and MARSHALL FAULK host the weekly five-minute show. 
A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:
  • Minnesota's BRETT FAVRE threw four touchdowns, completing 22 of 25 passes for 213 yards in the Vikings' 35 – 9 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Cleveland's BRADY QUINN threw four touchdowns completing 21 of 33 passes for 304 yards in the Browns' 38 – 37 loss to the Detroit Lions.
  • Detroit's MATTHEW STAFFORD threw five touchdowns with two interceptions, completing 26 of 43 yards for 422 yards in the Lions' 38 – 37 win over the Cleveland Browns.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
  • Green Bay's RYAN GRANT rushed 21 times for 129 yards and one touchdown in the Packers' 30 – 24 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Tennessee's CHRIS JOHNSON carried the ball 29 times for 151 yards in the Titans' 20-17 win over the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.
  • Miami's RICKY WILLIAMS ran in two touchdowns on 22 carries for 119 yards in the Dolphins' 24 – 17 win over the Carolina Panthers on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football.
As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground program to highlight superior on-field performance while delivering safe kids off the field. Because FedEx has thousands of delivery trucks out on the roads each day, the company is committed to funding pedestrian safety improvements through its 10-year partnership with Safe Kids USA.
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Let's see if I'm clear on this...

NBC bumped the Phins-Pats game out of the Sunday Night timeslot next week, in order to give us Minnesota - Arizona?
Minnesota is hot, and is probably one of the best teams right now.  Arizona is 7-3, and the defending NFC champs.  I guess I can kind of see the allure.
But the Patsies and Phins could shape up to be a good showdown, and when Miami wins that game by thumping Bellicheat and Brady....oh wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.
I'll tell you the real reason they moved it: Brett Favre.  The media *loves* this guy.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Web weekend (part 4)

Out onto the field.
Big Papa, Doug E Fresh, and Dobson hang out.
I still love the camera on the goalpost (though I'm not sure why)
They were painting the field while we watched.  I had a flashback to an old Snickers commerical
And though I didn't notice it at the time, I think they made a few mistakes...

why....this commercial....

web weekend (part 3)

In the locker room, we saw all the coaches polos hanging up.  I was particularly amused by Jeff Ireland's locker which only had a pair of binoculars hanging in it.  Those guys think of everything.  He doesn't even have to remember to bring his to the game.
As I noted on the podcast, I tried on Chad Henne's helmet [editor's legal note: he didn't, really] and it was indeed too small.
Igor was taking lots of pictures.  So if you stop by his site ( and see lots of pics, this is why.
Later, in the press box, Doug E Fresh tells us what he thinks of Ted Ginn, jr.

Quick now: is the picture of the coffee cans in a dorm room or the club level?
The signage is different here.  I'm not quite sure what to make of this sign.  Concourse?  Pardon our appearance?  Would you have any Grey Poupon?
In the Gallery of Legends, they have Dan Marino's locker *just as he left it* .... I noticed down in the bottom there's a dollar bill.  Hmmmm.  Does this mean he was the predecessor to Chad OchoCinco in attemtpting to bribe the refs?

web weekend (part 2)

Later, we went up into the (puf, puff) Ocean Drive Club.  I think I mentioned previously that this used to be the Marlins batting cage (and also made a joke about J Lo and dodging foul tips). 
Its nice and all that, but it looks something like a batting cage that's been turned into a club.  There are astroturf covered tables, and the obligatory white couches, VIP rooms, a buffet, and lots of TVs.  This is where the hoity toity come to get away from us common folk.
As we were leaving, I noticed there were two large cases that seemed about the right size for the SuperBowl trophies.  But the trophies were missing.  Where did they go?  Later, when we went into the Hall of Legends there was also space for the trophies - but they weren't there, either.  At one point, Shed Dawg Mike had on a large trenchcoat, which seemed odd for the weather we were having - but he does like adding to the shed collection of memoribilia.  I didn't think much of it at the time, but hmmmmm....
As we continued the tour, I couldn't help but notice that the World Series trophies which are normally in the Marlins part of the stadium were also missing.  But at least they left a note when they went out for a walk.
I sensed a conspiracy. 

Web Weekend (part 1)

Last Saturday, we started web weekend.  Always a blast.
We had a chance to walk the Orange Carpet.  You know, the one that Dan Marino said he wouldn't walk because "that's stupid."  Well, now that I've walked it, its not so stupid.  Dan woulda said "oh Dave walked it?  I'm in!"
As you can see, throngs of people turned out to see us as we walked.
And they clearly brought out housekeeping.  (yes, that's a cobweb at the entrance)
But....the orange carpet was not on the ground.  Where was it?

Dave (Finatics) was able to track down the carpet.  Here, he stakes his claim.  Captain Morgan like.
They had an "auxiliary carpet" off to the side.  Not sure what that was about.  Maybe so celebrities' feet don't have to touch bare concrete in the 4 feet between the end of the carpet and the doorway?
There was also an orange closet (it was more aqua, but who's counting?) that had other goods, suitable for orange carpet walking.
Of course, what's an orange carpet without orange velvet ropes?  So here they are.  They didn't set them up for us (darn!)
And finally, after the walk on the orange carpet, we got a chance to walk on orange linoleum!  What more could anyone ask for?  I think they should have made the carpet astroturf; then this would have been a complete experience.  In 1970s decor.