Saturday, August 21, 2010

Would they miss him?

The story goes that Gibril Wilson might miss the season with a knee injury for the Bengals.  After watching him play here last year, I wonder if the Bengals would even notice if he's not out there?  I mean, we might have been better off playing 10 men last season.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Saturday's game chat

As I mentioned on my podcast, I will be jumping into a game chat this weekend.
I decided that rather than start my own, I would instead join the PhinPhanatic's chat....
So, you can look us up at gametime on Saturday at
Talk with you then!

There's an app for that

Okay so the cheerleader app was rejected. That's okay...I'm proud to announce that my website is available via an app. 

It's Daves bitchin look at the Miami dolphins in a mobile form. 

It only took *forever* for it to be approved.  

Please let's know what you think!

Ever wonder where kooch lives?

Just passing by....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mobile Cheerleader voting

I created an iPhone app to continue the voting on your mobile phone.  But, alas, it was rejected.  They won't let you vote on people.  Go figure.

But that's okay, I went ahead and created a mobile version of the voting, which you can use on ANY phone.

Check out which is optimized for use on a mobile device.

Also - be sure and look for Kimberly v Samantha (click 'show me another' if they don't come up randomly).  Their vote is too close to call, but they have a small number of votes.

Chris Leeuw, staff writer for PhinPhanatics

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Hey all,

I'm sorry for this Email but I was hoping you all could put something up on your sites about this.  You don't need to mention my site but if you could put the link up that I have provided to Caring Bridge that would be great.

Chris Leeuw is one of my staff writers and two weeks ago he broke his neck in an accident on a Sunday afternoon.  He is in rehab at the moment and for the most part is paralyzed from the shoulders down.  He has some movement in his wrists, buttocks, toes, and right leg but his recovery is far from certain.  Caring Bridge is a daily journal entry about his recovery and there is a place that visitors can leave Chris messages which are read to him daily.  As a Dolphins fan Chris is part of our fraternity and I think it would be really cool if our readers can send him well wishes.  I think it would really lift his spirits.

I know this isn't something we normally share here but I thought it was worth a shot to help his mental recovery.  Thanks.  If you decide to put something up please let your readers know that if they leave a message they do so saying they are fellow Dolphins fans.  I have been told by Chris' best friend that he has our sites read to him daily to keep up with Phins news.

Here is the article link:

Thanks everyone,

Brian Miller

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dolphins weekly show

Dave's Bitchin' Dolphin Recap for 8-15

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 02:00 PM PDT

In this week's show, I take you along on my (rather long) day out at the stadium. I was invited to participate in the filming of a commercial for fan vision, followed by the Dolphins-Bucs preseason game. I give you a sense of what it was like throughout the day.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

A followup comment

I posted a note under "last night's game" in response to another comment.

But, I wanted to add something.  Preseason game #1 is about playing as a team.  Individual play is (IMHO) irrelevant.  Many players have looked great in game one, only to fall off the roster.  The coaches shuffle players to look for the best combinations of players, and look to get the team into a groove.  You can't take much away from this game.

Games #2 and #3 are the barometers for the individuals, and we can start to assess where we are as a team.  So that's when we'll actually have a sense of great play from individuals and units. 

And then game #4 is to fill out the bottom of the roster.  Players between about 35-53 are vying for their place on the depth chart, or their very NFL future. 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Cheerleader voting rolls on!

The ultimate goal is to select a cheerleader of the year.

We had 40 eligible young ladies in the competition, and you voted on your favorites.  From the scores received, we have the top 32 of the group....

And this is where it gets fun.  I used the scores to rank each of the 32, and established a head-to-head double elimination tournament for them to compete in. 

For the first two weeks of the preseason, we'll look at the first grouping (8 cheer-offs; 16 cheerleaders), then in the second half, we'll look at the second grouping.  From there, we'll have the "winner's bracket" and "loser's bracket."

I'll post the full brackets and their standings soon, but for now, all you have to do is decide which of two cheerleaders you prefer and one of them will move on.

Vote as often as you like at:

Last night's game

What can one say about the first preseason game, played in the rain no less?

It was an ugly affair to watch, for both reasons.

Sure, we saw the return of Ronnie Brown, which gives some reason for optimism.  But, the offensive line was just that - not opening up much and getting called for three penalties early on.  Henne looked out of synch, which may be attributable to the rain.  And Brandon Marshall was a non factor with two drops.

On defense, we saw Josh Freeman running over and around the starting defenders.  He completed a couple of big passes over our "vaunted" secondary.  Koa Misi showed that he belonged.  And Jared Odrick showed flashes.  And I guess that's about all you can hope for at this point.

As a fan, it was pretty much unwatchable.  We missed a fair amount of the first quarter standing in the tunnel as it poured, and then were "treated to" a night of watching guys who will soon be playing in the arena league.

If there was one bright side, it was that the Bucs decided to go for it on a 4th and goal with about 6 1/2 minutes left.  A field goal would have probably meant overtime; at least the game could end in regulation.

And speaking of that, several people around me were wholly unaware that a preseason game could go to overtime - they assumed it would end in a tie.  It will go to OT, and I have to agree that makes NO SENSE.  Knowing that, most coaches will play for a win, which I appreciate.  Now why don't more of them do it in the regular season?

Anyway, to quote the Herald, it was not worth the wait.  This was a game that fell completely flat...

About the Fins Vision shots

We were asked to participate in a commercial for the device and then talk about it on our sites.

First, the shot of Brian with Mike DEE (sorry about the typo earlier) was an idea Brian (a/k/a the PhinPhantic) came up with that he pitched to the director.  He thought he should take Mike's device and walk off.  They loved it, and did about 8 takes.  I hope that winds up in the commercial.

The commercial shoot was nearly 6 hours, and it was a grind.  Lots of sitting around and waiting.  A little sitting around and pretending to talk, and very little actual talking.

They had a pre-recorded game on their for us to watch (thankfully not the 62-7 rout some years ago!), and not everything worked.

But overall I would say it was a "nice" device, and might be fun to use... once.  But I honestly didn't love it, and probably wouldn't use it.  Sure, its nice to have a replay, and the technology is cool.  Its just that I come to a football game to watch that game, not others, and not to look at fantasy stats.  I can deal with the giant scoreboards, but even they are distracting in large part....and really all they have led to is MORE ADVERTISING.  Which, at the end of the day, is part of the pitch for this device - a way to reach fans with specific ads.

Ah well, such is life.

About the stadium in Phoenix

I got asked several times "what was up with that?" 

And the answer is, I was waking up at like 4am local time, and was was looking for things to do.  I had once seen a show about the construction of that stadium, and as an engineer, I found it fascinating.  I really did want to see it for myself.  So, early one morning I drove out there. 

It is a remarkable structure, and I was totally impressed; I especially love how they roll the grass outside when its not gameday.  That allows them to have a natural grass field inside a domed stadium.

As I was looking at it, I realized "hey, that's where the Patriots lost!" and that made it even better, and I wanted to share with y'all.