Saturday, June 05, 2010

Survey - followup

My apologies for the survey. I was curious about my listeners, and in two words "chose poorly" when it came to the tool.

I am still curious about my listeners, so please feel free to post your thoughts or email me - dave@bitchindave.com

Friday, June 04, 2010

Survey

Okay, I'm trying to gauge my listeners. If you enjoy my podcast, could I get you to fill out a survey?

How about this - if you do, I promise to give you a shoutout in my next podcast!

Survey

Awards

Last night was the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Phins.
 
 
Ricky Williams was named the MVP.  I really have no beef here.  As you may recall our voting came down thusly:
 
MVP: Ronnie Brown led the way through midseason.  Ricky did well.  Randy Starks looked like he might take the award at some point, but dropped off.  Nate Garner deserved a nomination because he came on strong and played 4 of the 5 positions on the line.  But in the end, it was the 5th guy on that o-line, the only player to make the pro bowl, who quietly stole the show.  Our MVP is Jake Long.
 
 
The community service award (which we learned was NOT given to the guy who did the most community service based on his plea agreement with the law, imagine that!) was given to Lousaka Polite.  I have to admit that I didn't know much about his work in the community; he doesn't grab headlines the way some players do.
 
 
The team leadership award was a split decision between Yeremiah Bell and Jason Taylor.  I'm sorry?  Come again?  First off - a split decision?  And while Y-Bell was adequate last year, I didn't get the sense he was "leading" the team.  Hunh.  Maybe I missed that week.  And as for Jason Traitor, he was the only team captain that was going to meetings and was a fairly vocal leader.  And to reward him, the Dolphins let him get away....naturally he was not in attandance last night.
 
I am puzzled and perplexed by the leadership award....

Ah well, that's good anyway...

Johnny O didn't make it into the ring this year, in spite of my best
effort...we'll try again next year.

Instead, the Dolphins will induct Bill Stanfill (one helluva defensive
end) and Jake Scott into the ring.

In Scott's case, the reconciliation with Shula really has opened the door.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Man, am I confused

In addition to missing the couple of players, I had the date wrong.

The Cardinals game was played on 11/7, but I said it was on the 8th.
(I downloaded the files on the 8th, so that was the date on the file)

And I think that explains it all! I was in an empty stadium, and
that's why I didn't see those guys!!!!

On a completely unrelated note, I whiffed on this week's podcast. I
called the defensive co-ordinator Nolan Ryan, rather than Mike Nolan.
Wow, if it were Ryan, he could teach everyone how to throw a
curveball.

The 2004 comment

Thanks to those of you who pointed out that I missed two players.

First is Vernon Carey. He was drafted in 2004, and did play in 14
games that season. I'm supposing he was inactive that week (or
something) because he doesn't appear in any of the pics I have of the
o-line.

And Yeremiah Bell was also on the team that year. The game I went to
was late in the year, and he was already on IR with the broken leg.
Hence he was not in any pictures.

I guess we all make mistakes sometimes. Or no wait. It was a test,
and you passed.

#19 it is!



The NFL started selling Brandon Marshall #19 jerseys this week.  And
in fact, its already among the top sellers.

"As of this point, he's wearing No. 19," Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.

It didn't seem possible Marshall would settle on Ted Ginn Jr.'s old
Dolphins number. And he still may not — according to the NFL, players
can change their numbers, although they must go through a procedure to
do so.

Marshall had hoped to secure No. 15 – the number he wore for his
previous team, the Denver Broncos — but Dolphins teammate, wide
receiver Davone Bess, said he's not giving up No. 15. Bess reiterated
again Friday that the number isn't for sale and that he's made that
clear to Marshall without consequences.

"There were no problems from the get-go," Bess said. "He was a man
about the situation. I was a man about the situation. We sat there and
we had a talk. I know it would mean a lot to him. It means a lot to me
as well. We're teammates and we wanted to get past that stage and now
we can focus on football and help each other."

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

That's turnover!

Back on 11/8/2004, I was down on the field before a Dolphins game.  I took some pictures that I found earlier today....
 
As I flipped through them, it felt like I was in some weird time distortion: not a single player in those photos is with the team today.  Not one.  Ricky is really the only candidate who might have been around back then - except that was the year he was living in Australia.
 
So, over the course of 6 years, there has been 100% roster turnover.  That's whacked!

amusing

The Marlins made an unusual decision this week:
 
They started selling tickets to last Saturday's game. 
 
You see, at that game the opposing pitcher recorded a perfect game (for those of you who don't know baseball, this is rarity, having only occurred 20 times in over 100 years), and the Marlins thought they would capitalize by trying to sell it out.  And by out, we mean way out.  They made all 65,000 seats available, even though for baseball, its typically only 37,000 max capacity.
 
What a marketing campaign!  I think the Dolphins could jump on this bandwagon, and print season tickets to the undefeated 1972 season and sell them! 
 
I think they averaged around 79,000 for any home game that season, and the capacity was in the neighborhood of 80,000....but why let them stop them?  They could probably make the capacity 90,000, and figure that they only sold 50,000 season tickets or so.  That's 40,000 possible ticket holders!!!

Another podcast

This week, I look at the latest Dolphins news, including Zach's retirment. Plus I have a look at the NFL labor agreement - and a trip back to 1982. The Supreme Court finally ruled on the NFL's effort to gain anti-trust exemption. And, I have an interview with former Phin Hugh Green
 
 

The Tuna

He still hasn't said more than about 2 words to any local media person, fan, or anyone else *related to the Dolphins*....but he has appeared a couple of times with other types of media.....here's a recent one:
 

Interesting take

Alex Marvez was hot on the topic of the Triumverate.
 
I guess you can say he didn't drink the kool-aid
 
As for me, I'm merely sipping it these days.  I'm not totally aligned with Marvez, but I'm also not backing the Dolphins management.