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This weekend with both the Don Shula Birthday Celebration and our game against the Steelers, we've got a number of online programming initiatives that we would like your help in promoting on your sites and through your message boards:
1. This Saturday night, we will be hosting a private 80th birthday party of the greatest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. We will be streaming live starting at 7 pm. You are welcome to post this link on your sites so as many fans as possible can watch the tribute. It is not being televised so this is the only place to watch it! The link is: http://www.miamidolphins.com/aquavision/video/don-shulas-80th-birthday-celebration
2. On Sunday starting at 11:00 AM is Dolphins Game Day Live – Pregame, which contains both the Tony Sparano Show and Dolphins Weekly. A logo for this show is attached. Please feel free to link to this show and get the word out! The link is: http://www.miamidolphins.com/aquavision/video/dolphins-gameday-live-pregame-1310
3. On Sunday starting at 1 pm, former Dolphins great Kim Bokamper will conduct a LIVE CHAT during the Dolphins-Steelers. A logo for this chat is attached. To participate in the chat, please direct everyone to: http://pwr.com/1FY
4. After the game, is the Dolphins Game Day Live - 5th Quarter Show on MiamiDolphins.com. As you know, it's a live postgame show hosted by Barry Buetel and Nat Moore and will features live press conferences, player interviews and much more. A logo for this show is attached. The link is: http://www.miamidolphins.com/aquavision/video/dolphins-gameday-live-5th-quarter-1310
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
his foot. The coach (I think its Bonemago) shown here is waving his
arms telling Bess to move away from it. Bess listens, and backs off.
Now I know there's a guy coming at him, but a fair catch her would
have netted about 10 yards from where the ball was downed; and its
possible he could have returned it for a few.
What was the coach thinking???
that bugged me, my biggest "concern" was at the end of the half.
Miami was down 27-0 and driving. You have a 1st down inside the 20,
and the drive bogs down. It gets to 4th down and you make a decision
to kick a field goal??!!!
I say in this situation you go for broke. Its 7 or its nothing. He
went for the 3 and got it.
I also need to remind everyone that when you're down by 10 and there's
little time left, you *need* to get the TD first, so you set yourself
up for a potential game tying FG....once again Miami didn't do that.
he's come in, he's run the option and goes with the flow of the play;
and often that's been left.
This time, they ran a counter play with a pulling guard, White deeked
left, but handed off to Hilliard who came right and got in for the
I thought it was well conceived and well executed.
to Ginn). When I saw it live, I was dubious. The evidence via the
broadcast doesn't help particularly, but I can kinda sorta see it,
though I don't think it was correct.
In the first image, Polite goes low for a block
In the second, you can see his momentum carried him into a roll, and
the defensive guy leaps over him
In the third, you kind of get the feeling that Polite lifted his leg
while rolling, either (a) because his momentum while falling carried
him over and his leg went up for balance, or (b) he was trying to slow
the defensive guy down.
In any case, that is not tripping. "Definition: Using a leg or foot to
trip another player is illegal." He didn't *trip* him, he blocked him
with his leg. The player didn't kind of fall over, but that's because
he was trying to dive over Polite.
The reality is that this is not the only play the ref messed up on.
He also blew the replay on the fumble recovery by Miami earlier in the
quarter. It was ruled incomplete, but it seemed clear the guy made a
catch and fumbled, and Miami recovered. Ref dude went under the hood
and then came back and told Sparano it wasn't reviewable. Hunh? Can
someone 'splain that to me?
Monday, December 28, 2009
He's adequate, but he makes way more mistakes than I think the team can handle, and he tries to do too much. Maybe a top-flight receiver would help, but I am beginning to realize that the team hasn't found a great QB in Henne.
Maybe I eat these words later, but I doubt it.
It was *THE* single worst first-half performance I have ever seen from the Dolphins, and it was totally disappointing. Reggie Torbor summed it up best when he said something like "we had front row seats to the performance, too bad we weren't playing."
You have the playoffs on the line, and with the outcomes of the other games Miami would be in the wildcard now and could retain it simply by winning next week. Instead, they lay an egg. And not just any egg. They were totally uninspired and looked like they simply were playing out the string, and had already made the arrangements for their winter trips for a week from today.
It was horrible and embarrassing.
Sure, their second half was "better" but that is at least partly because Houston backed off in the 2nd half and just let Miami run the clock all they wanted and let Miami gain short yardage on any play.
I'm not going to dwell on the specifics too much in this space. I will come back and make some comments during the week, but since I was at the game, I recorded my thoughts as the game moved along. I will be editing them into my weekly podcast, which will be available Wednesday morning.
I encourage you to check it out.