Friday, December 04, 2009

Dolphins 5th Down

From the Dolphins:

In addition to the big AFC East clash on the field, we’re also going to debut our all-new Dolphins Game Day Live - 5th Quarter Show on It’s a live postgame show hosted by Barry Buetel and Nat Moore and will feature live press conferences, player interviews and much more. We think this will be a great addition to our online game day line-up.

We’re so proud of the show that we’d like for your sites to help us expose it to as many Dol-Fans as possible.


Dolphins 5th Down Show

Dave says "Check it out. I'm sure it will be great, and a nice addition to the lineup of shows we already have, including, naturally, mine."

That's just stupid

JT got fined for his (alleged) hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick.
My question to the NFL: did you even look at the play?  Or did you just go from the word of the ref that it was a blow to the head?
Because, as we stated, he didn't actually hit Fitzpatrick.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Miami Dolphins Fan in the Running to Be the Next NFL "Director of Fandemonium"



, NFL Name 32 Finalists to Find the Next "Director of Fandemonium"


Fans to select next Director to win dream job with year-long access to the NFL


LOS ANGELES, CA – November 30,®, the leading global online career and recruitment resource and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:  MWW), together with the National Football League (NFL) today announced the list of 32 finalists and launched the voting phase in their search for the next "NFL Director of Fandemonium."  The finalists now begin to campaign for votes as they vie for the season-long role in which the winner will take home a $100,000 signing bonus as well as take part in the behind-the-scenes action at several marquee NFL events during the 2010 season. In addition, voting fans will be eligible to win a trip to Super Bowl XLIV.

"We designed the Director of Fandemonium promotion as an innovative way to showcase Monster's ability to help people improve their lives through work," said Ted Gilvar, executive vice president and chief global marketing officer, Monster.  "Fan response has been great during the entry period, and we're looking forward to seeing how our 32 finalists convince the voters they deserve this dream job."


Now that the 32 are determined, their profiles have been posted online at where fans can vote for their favorite contestant throughout the remainder of the 2009 NFL regular season, ultimately narrowing down the selection to eight finalists. Those finalists will go head-to-head and compete for votes until only two finalists remain.  The final head-to-head, one-on-one "showdown" will take place at the 2010 Pro Bowl weekend in South Florida in January 2010, after which the winner will be crowned by Monster as the next Director of Fandemonium on February 7, 2010, during the CBS pregame show live at Super Bowl XLIV. 


The 32 Director of Fandemonium finalists (one per NFL team) were randomly selected from nearly 200,000 applications.  The top eight of these finalists will travel to New York City this December for a two day competitive "job interview" to earn the opportunity of a lifetime for an NFL fan.


The Department of Fandemonium finalists are:

- Arizona Cardinals, Brad Totten

- Atlanta Falcons, Simon Sobo

- Baltimore Ravens, Joshua Hammett

- Buffalo Bills, Thomas Sanders

- Carolina Panthers, Tony Swegle

- Chicago Bears, Joseph Geurts

- Cincinnati Bengals, Mark Longbottom

- Cleveland Browns, Ronald Davis

- Dallas Cowboys, Romil Patel

- Denver Broncos, Timothy Love

- Detroit Lions, Daniel Zondervan

- Green Bay Packers, Aretina Trepczyk

- Houston Texans, Marc Anderson

- Indianapolis Colts, Nikki Gott

- Jacksonville Jaguars, Trung Nguyen

- Kansas City Chiefs, Sharon Dickmeyer

- Miami Dolphins, Ralph Lanier Jr.

- Minnesota Vikings, Shannan Drake

- New England Patriots, Lori Wyman

- New Orleans Saints, Kathy Scott

- New York Giants, John Rutherford

- New York Jets, Ayana Kone

- Oakland Raiders, Richard Scott

- Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Kelly

- Pittsburgh Steelers, Stephanie Galbraith

- San Diego Chargers, Amanda Cameron

- San Francisco 49ers, Jose Garcia

- Seattle Seahawks, Sean McKay

- St. Louis Rams, Julie Nettles

- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dave Austin

- Tennessee Titans, Ryan Dilbert

- Washington Redskins, Spencer Rhoda 


While in New York, these top eight finalists will compete in interactive challenges specifically designed to measure each finalist's NFL devotion and  knowledge, under the watch of retired NFL star and Jerome Bettis .  The second part the selection process will involve a formal interview with the official Director of Fandemonium Board of Directors, which include NFL and Monster executives as well as Bettis.


"We're looking for the best of the best from these fans," said Bettis. "In my mind, they not only have to prove their team passion, but their love for the game as well.  The winner has some pretty big shoes to fill in year two."


Last year's winner and current DOF, Rainier "Onyx" Herrera is living the dream of every NFL fan, having announced a pick at the 2009 NFL Draft, hung out with NFL legends and Grammy Award-winning artists at the at the NFL Kickoff, and more recently participated in pregame ceremonies at the International Game in London.  Onyx has been keeping fans updated on his adventures throughout the NFL season on Facebook at and on Twitter at  He is also writing a blog on where fans can interact and learn more about the DOF experience.


The behind-the-scenes access for the next Director of Fandemonium will include:  

  • NFL Draft:  Announce a pick at the 2010 NFL Draft (April 2010)
  • NFL Kickoff:  Act as backstage talent wrangler at the 2010 NFL Kickoff concert (Sept. 2010)
  • International Series:  Participate in on-field introductions at a game in London (Oct. 2010)
  • NFL Thanksgiving:  On-field broadcast liaison for NFL Network's Thanksgiving Game (Nov. 2010)
  • Wild Card Game: Monitor player uniforms on-field before a 2010 Wild Card Game (Jan. 2011)
  • Pro Bowl: Select a play from the sidelines during the 2011 Pro Bowl (Jan/Feb. 2011)
  • Super Bowl: Join the coin toss ceremony at Super Bowl XLV (Feb. 2011)


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JT and the cheatriots

JT turned down an offer to play for the Pats *this* season (did we know that? [yes -ed]), and came back "home" to the Dolphins.
Then, on a conference call with the New England media spoke about that, saying all the PC things about how it came down him coming home to his family and he's happy.  But then he added - to paraphrase - my contract is up at the end of this year, and you never know what might happen next year, I don't burn bridges.
So, you might go there and play next year?  Yikes.  You're a legend here, and your legacy is in Miami.  You still have a lot of the skills/tools that you had, but clearly you're not the dominating player you once were.  Going to *that* team would tarnish all that you had done, and move you from a Dolphin for life* to a Dolphin for a while.
* except for the year he played in DC


Matt Roth gets cut, signs with the Browns, and 4 days later has a 7-tackle, 1-sack performance for the Browns????
Again, WTF???

The Salahi's and my grandmother

I point you to this article about the party crasher and her "day as a Redskins cheerleader."
First, a couple of thoughts:
(1) you don't get paid, but have to pay alumni dues?
(b) the quote at the end  "It takes a lot of time and heart and practice to be a Redskins cheerleader. It's really a privilege to wear the burgundy and gold. So I'm resentful. . . . For her to get out there and think she can just shake her pompoms is upsetting."  is mondo amusing,
(iii) reality TV sometimes has to be re-shot?  Now there's a shocker.
Anyway, granny remembers a "Missy Holt" who crashed a team party back in the late 80s.  She (Missy) was hanging around and getting pictures with her favorite players.  But people had trouble believing her when she said she was Don Shula's wife and she was escorted out.
She also tried to crash the bash Granny threw for my 15th anniversary ( ... but she was thwarted when she said she was with Nick Saban - after all, Saban was rebuked at the door!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Tony Sparano is featured in this segment. C'mom Man, what were you thinking?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Ye gods

There are 7 minutes left.  Score is 14-14.  Miami has just a tremendous defensive effort against the Bills; the Bills punt goes to the 2.
What can Miami do?
Following the captures:
(1) First down - Miami lines up with receivers spread.  Maybe its a pass?
(2) It is a pass - to Ted Ginn, who can't catch a cold.  Look the db is right on him, there's no way for him to make a catch!  It could be there was interference on the play, but (of course) it wasn't called.
(3) On 2nd down, Ricky runs for 1.  But again, the play seemed obvious.  Ricky is gonna run up the middle, I thought.
(4) On 3rd down, Miami lined up in a multi-wide formation again.  It 3rd and 9, of course you're gonna pass.
(5) The pass got away from Henne a bit.  Maybe the wind took it a little, I'm not sure
(6) As you can see, it was intended for Hartline, but he hadn't made his break yet, and was surprised to see the pass go over his head.
Miami punted, and the Bills went on to kick a field goal on the next drive....and so it went for the rest of the afternoon....

What likely was the key play

You can say it was Ricky's interception.  You can say it was the endgame.  You can say it was the defense who let down the offense late.  You can say it was TO's TD.
But for me, the play of the day for the Bills was Fitzpatrick's TD scramble.  It was a perfectly executed play (as diagrammed by Steve Tasker) that drew the *entire* defense to one side of the field, while Fitzpatrick ran to the other.  Why didn't anyone cover the other side of the field - at all????

Toys For Tots

This Sunday, December 6th prior to our game against the Patriots, the Marines will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots at stadium entry gates.  

Remember to bring your toys!!!



Adventures in officiating

Not that this won or lost the game for Miami, but the officials in this game had a couple of moments.  The two I'd like to point out are (1) the push off by TO on his TD catch - which Vontae complained about after saying "I can't against the receivers and the refs" or something like that.  It seemed obvious to me then, and now...
And (2) is the foreram by JT on the QB on a supposed roughing the passer.  It appeared to me that JT never actually made contact, and his arm went up to try and *not* hit Fitzpatrick.  Fitzpatrick's head did move back, but I think it was out of instinct to protect himself from a possible hit.
Hey, like I said, it didn't win or lose the game, but it just struck me that Miami doesn't get many breaks...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Wow, this movie sounds like....

...a blogger....
A 35 year old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self
described "world's biggest New York Giants fan."  He lives at home with
his mother, spending his off hours calling in to local sports-radio station 760
The Zone, where he rants in support of his beloved team, often against his
mysterious on-air rival, Eagles fan Philadelphia Phil.  His family berates him
for doing nothing with his life, but they don't understand the depth of his
love of the Giants or the responsibility his fandom carries.  One night, Paul
and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas
station in their neighborhood.  They impulsively follow his limo into Manhattan,
to a strip club, where they hang in the background, agog at their hero.  Paul cautiously
decides to approach him, stepping into the rarefied air of football stardom
- and things to not go as planned.  
The fallout of this chance encounter brings Paul's world crashing down
around him as his family, the team, the media and the authorities engage
in a tug of war over Paul, testing his allegiances and calling into question
everything he believes in.  Meanwhile, the Giants march toward a late-season
showdown with the Eagles, unaware that sometimes the most brutal struggles take place far from the field of play.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

How did that happen?

Okay. I watched the suckfest, albeit in hyper fast forward mode. It was good at first got boring.

Then it all changed with 6 minutes left. 3 picks doomed Miami and TOs long td didn't help.

But this game was lost on the drive before that when Miami got away from the running game that had been successful to that point.

Yikes. Mandich was rightvwhen he said a stench of manure hovered over the game.

Miami just fell apart late...,,

Too bad for anyone who watched

I blew off todays game to go to the herald hunt. Looks like I made the right choice! Now I have to decide whether to sit through it on TiVo.

And next week I has made plans for the afternoon so I will miss that game as well. TiVo may be used. I can't say.

Does that make me a bad fan?