Saturday, January 23, 2010

To be fair

(but why?)

According to the NY times the other 3 conference finalists also are selling champion gear - though we couldn't find them online.

When asked about the jets selling gear Rex Ryan said. “You can’t buy a four-extra-large T-shirt anyway, so I don’t care about that stuff."

At least he's a caricature.

Friday, January 22, 2010

That's presumptuous!

The Jets are already selling AFC Champeenship gear.
What is up with that?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Final Four of "Director of Fandemonium" Competition

It's down to the final four for and the NFL's "Director of Fandemonium" search.  Here are links to videos featuring each of the finalists:


Miami: Ralph:

Indianapolis: Nikki:

New Orleans: Kathy:

San Diego: Amanda:

Final 4:


More videos can be found here: and the official site to vote (you are entered to win a trip to the Super Bowl if you vote!) is and NFL Narrow Down the Field for the Next "Director of Fandemonium"


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The current Department of Fandemonium finalists are:

- Green Bay, Aretina Trepczyk

- Indianapolis, Nikki Gott

- Miami, Ralph Lanier Jr.

- New Orleans, Kathy Scott

- Pittsburgh, Stephanie Galbraith

- San Diego, Amanda Cameron


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  • 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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No way!

Our buddy Israel Gutierrez at the Herald was asking Fins fans to join him in rooting for the Jets because it validates the Dolphins if they get to the SuperBowl.
Ummmm.  How long have you been following the Fins?  That's possibly the most nonsensical thing I've ever heard.  In fact its laughable (insert diabolical laugh).
The facts is that Miami is *already* validated because the Jets made it this far.  Miami beat them twice, and that's good enough!
And having played the Colts to the very end - what was it?  the last play where Teddy Ginn (junior) missed the pass - surely shows they have the moxy to win against anyone.  There's still work to be done, but that's a good stepping stone.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I watched the announcement about Joe Robbie/Dolphin/Dolphins/Pro Player/Landshark stadium becoming SunLife Stadium (payments for this ad may be made to me directly, thanks!).
In a word, it was lame.
Okay a Canada bank, with US headqaurters in Boston gets naming rights on a Florida stadium.
A couple of amusing notes:
* The spokesman for the bank said they didn't take a bailout.  Of course not.  They are not a US bank.
* They were looking for the naming rights, and this was "a fit"....I presume that's only because they couldn't get something done in Boston.
* They were referred to the Dolphins by the Fenway group; for which Mike Dee used to work.  That's using your connections.
* Mike Dee gave them a Dolphins jersey and said they had to wear it around Boston.
* There was a lot of lame corporate speak, and presentation-type things that you often see in corporate america.  And a lot of phony-baloney "Miami has a great history, like that No Name Defense thing I heard about."  
* Its clear this is a business venture, and nothing more.
* The KC & The Sunshine Band connection (there's a silly commercial involving them and SunLife) was a prominent theme, and in keeping with the 70s sort of nostalgia (see my No Name Defense comment), KC performed at the stadium.  KC even said "lets go back to 1978!"  Yikes!
Anyway, there ya go. 

New defensive coordinator

The Dolphins scheduled a few interviews and talked with a few guys about the DC job.  And reporters were blathering on about how some didn't accept the overture to be interviewed, while others took other jobs.  Just what was Miami going to do?  Booo hooo.  If they don't get somebody now, they might have to forfeit 2010!
Then, out of nowhere Miek Nolan is hired as the DC; Miami stole him from Denver, effectively.
That seems like a good fit to me.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

And relating it back to the Dolphins

Armando ran an article today that the Dolphins "need to drop the wildcat" and that they need to go high power, like the Saints.
Dude, you really don't have a clue, do you? 
As much as I hate to say it - look at the Jets.  They win by power rushing and are in the AFC champeenship.
And part ii, the fact that they have a rookie QB reminds us that Chad Henne is probably not Miami's answer at QB.  He's Jay Fiedler-esque and you can call him the "caretaker"....but he is not going to win you championships.

bizarro world, indeed

The Jets back into the playoffs by beating an Indy team that gave up the game, then beat a Cincy team that gave up the season.
Then they play Cincy in the playoffs and win...
Today, they went to San Diego and won again. 
How is that possible?
Sure they led the league in rushing and have a good defense.  But they have a horses ass for a head coach and a rookie QB...