Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
That's fine, and all, but just what is going over at Dolphins camp?
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
The Miami Dolphins have launched their official online photo store. For the first time in the team's history, fans may visit the store and purchase official photos for home wall art, gifts or office decorations. The official photo store of the offers more than 150 images captured by the Dolphins' official award-winning photographers. Photos including images of Dolphins players, game action, cheerleaders, special events and Sun Life Stadium are available. New photos will be added within an hour of the conclusion of each Dolphins game!
To celebrate the grand opening of the photo store, fans will receive a complimentary photo of their choice!
This is a most peculiar story from the 3-sentence press release to the timing to Harvey Greene assuring the media that "nothing changes" and telling everyone parcells was upstairs breaking down game film at that very moment.
And of course the news captured the national attention but they got the same blank look from the phins.
And there are already rumors about carl petersen swirling.
- Strength: With a new big-name free agent and a talented young quarterback, Miami has the potential to disappoint like never before
- Weakness: A common sleeper pick among analysts; few things spell your demise quite as surely as that
- Player To Watch: LeBron James should play his first game at tight end roughly halfway through the season
- Intangibles: Already boasting loads of beautiful women and the NBA's most talented assemblage of players, Miami needs only to win the Super Bowl to really send a f@%&$-you to the rest of the nation
MEDIA ALERT--DOWNTOWN BOCA IS FINSTOWN THIS SUNDAY, SEPT. 12th--AS IT HOSTS THE FIN'S SOUTH FLORIDA'S BIGGEST AWAY GAME PARTY AT MIZNER PARK
Dolphins AWAY Games Are No Longer Far From HOME As DOWNTOWN BOCA Becomes FINSTOWN THIS SUNDAY, SEPT. 12th
BEING HOST TO THE TEAM'S SOUTH FLORIDA BIGGEST AWAY GAME PARTY DURING DOLPHINS 2010 OFFICIAL SEASON OPENER AGAINST BUFFALO BILLS
Free Community Event To Feature Unique Fan Experiences, Including A Downtown Boca Dolphins Junior Training Camp
Coached By Dolphins and UM Alum Twan Russell, Pre-Game Pep Rally And Chances To Win Home Game Family Four Packs, Dolphins Jersey, Autographed Football and Helmet Plus More
WHAT: South Florida's Biggest Away Game Party Hosted By and In Downtown Boca For Dolphins Season Opener To Draw Finatics From Miami to Jensen Beach as fans of all ages and their families, friends and colleagues are invited to cheer on their South Florida home team during the first Dolphins game of the 2010 season against the Buffalo Bills. Serving as the official kick-off of Downtown Boca's new Super Sundays programming that will include a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, the Dolphins and Downtown Boca are teaming up to host free and open-to-the-public festivities, including meet-and-greets, autographs and photos with Dolphins alumni including Manny Fernandez, performances by Dolphins Cheerleaders, and plenty of music, entertainment, games, giveaways and game watching. The youngest fans can play at the Dolphins Bounce House and register to participate in the Downtown Boca Dolphins Gatorade Jr. Training Camp with Dolphin Alum Twan Russell, while both young and older can test their skills at the Dolphins Football Toss. Throughout the day, attendees will be entertained by stilt walkers and power skippers, plus get the chance to be photographed with a "live" bronze football player statue and view the game on TV screens in and about activity areas. Alumni, cheerleaders, and Fins Force will be sharing the Fins spirit as they make the rounds visiting shops and participating restaurants.
WHEN/WHERE: This Sunday, Sept. 12th Beginning at 12 Noon in Downtown Boca at Mizner Park's "50 yard line" (at Grand Center Fountain) with activity areas throughout Mizner Park.
• Pre-game Pep Rally is set to feature Dolphins alumni, cheerleaders, and Fins Force plus chances to win one of 15 home game Family Four Packs.
• Party Revs Up For Families As Dolphins and UM Alum TWAN RUSSELL Coaches 200 Youth In Downtown Boca Junior Training Camp Complete With Offensive and Defensive Drills-Boys and girls from second to fifth grade can register and participate in the on-site Downtown Boca Dolphins Gatorade Jr. Training Camp that will commence immediately following the pep rally festivities. Emphasizing education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment, the activities include both offensive and defensive drills including hurdles, knock-away dummies, ladders and halfback pads just like the Miami Dolphins players. Children can choose also to participate in a non-contact football obstacle course. To participate, a parent or guardian must register their child on www.downtownboca.org and print and fill out the online waiver and bring to the event.
• Plenty of trivia and interactive games with prizes, including "Win It In A Minute" type activities, and contests will be held throughout the afternoon during which participants can win a variety of prizes. These include Dolphins home game tickets, an autographed Jersey, autographed helmet and football, year-long subscription to Dolphin Digest, etc.
FOR MORE INFO: Visit www.downtownboca.org where visitors can also sign up for Facebook and Twitter to receive all Downtown Boca news.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
So the guy wallows under 3 coaches - including this one - but suddenly he's ready?
Call me skeptical.
I wonder what's in the water in Davie these days.....
I can only think of two possibilities:
(1) they are trying to contain costs, and this came down from Stephen Ross. I find this unlikely based on Parcell's stance that he wants to buy the groceries.
(2) they have decided that they need to build for the future. And if that's the case, I have a problem with that.
This is year three of - what? - a 6 year plan? That's not good enough. I want results *NOW* not in another 3 years from now. We're in year 3 with this regime. If the tem struggles and winds up below 8-8 (or is headed in that direction), I will be the first to call for Parcells' resignation. I'm not happy with him as it is (remember he hasn't won bupkis in 20 years), and this just strikes me as a slap in the face to the fans....
Monday, September 06, 2010
Right now, let's take a look back at the drafts dating back to 2005, to see how those players have fared to today:
We start with Saban's 1st draft, where 67% of the players are no longer on the roster:
Ronnie Brown - the incumbent
Matt Roth DE - cut
Channing Crowder OLB - solid contributor
Travis Daniels CB - long gone
Anthony Alabi T - longer gone
Kevin Vickerson DT - longest gone
Saban's second draft: (85% gone)
Jason Allen DB - special teams contributor, may start
Derek Hagan WR - gone
Joseph Toledo T - gone
Fred Evans DT -gone
Rodrique Wright DT - gone
Devin Aromashodu WR - gone
Overall, that means that 75% of Saban's draft picks are no longer with team
Of course, Cam only had one draft, and 80% of his players are gone
Ted Ginn Jr. WR -gone
John Beck QB - gone
Samson Satele C - gone
Lorenzo Booker RB - gone
Paul Soliai DT - solid contributor
Reagan Mauia FB - gone
Drew Mormino C - gone
Kelvin Smith LB - gone
Brandon Fields P - solid punter
Abraham Wright LB - gone
And now for the Triumverate:
Ireland's first: ([edit: 55%] gone or on IR)
Jake Long T - probably the team MVP
Phillip Merling DE - on IR
Chad Henne QB - the starter
Kendall Langford DE - solid contributor
Shawn Murphy G - gone
Jalen Parmele RB - gone
Donald Thomas G - gone
Lex Hilliard RB - decent reserve
Lionel Dotson DE - gone
Ireland's second: (44% gone)
Vontae Davis DB - solid starter
Pat White QB - gone
Sean Smith DB - decent player, may start
Patrick Turner WR - gone
Brian Hartline WR - starter
John Nalbone TE - made team
Chris Clemons DB - starter
Andrew Gardner T - gone
J.D. Folsom LB - gone
This year's draft: (38% did not make team, or are on IR)
Jared Odrick DT - likely starter
Koa Misi DE - made team
John Jerry OT - likely starter
A.J. Edds LB - on IR
Nolan Carroll CB - made team
Reshad Jones SS - made team
Chris McCoy DL - gone
Austin Spitler LB - gone
And that means that Ireland overall has 46% of his draftees who are no longer on the team. That's not spectacular, either, but is fairly consistent with the NFL (okay, its on the lower end, but its typical)
Guy with the best name: Nate Ness. I kept thinking of the Loch Ness montser whenever I heard about him. And I couldn't help but imaging Nessie out there playing football!
The Yatil Green award (as exemplified by Will Poole) - for the person who gets injured early in training camp: Phillip Merling was in trouble with the law, and then went down with an injury before camp even started. There were several other guys vying for the award, but he gets the nod for doing it first.
The Thurman Thomas award - for losing one's helmet during the preseason: it wasn't a helmet, but it was on his head...Kendall Langford's loss of a $50,000 earring during a late practice I think qualifies. So congrats to him.
Best cheerleader moment: There weren't any memorable moments, but I wanted an excuse to include a picture from tryouts.
And our preseason MVP: wow, with the performances we had, I guess it goes to field goal kicker Dan Carpenter who at least was consistent and hit a long one.
It would seem the Dolphins went totally with youth. They now have 1 11-year player (Pennington), 1 10-year vet (Ricky), 6 guys with 7 years, 5 with 6 years, and everyone else is 5 or under. To me, that is very, very peculiar.
And add to that the fact that David Martin was gobbled up by the Bills, Patrick Turner went to the Jets, and no fewer than 8 teams made a claim on Nate Ness (and he ultimately went to the Seahawks), and you have to wonder if they made the "right" choices.
I guess we'll see on Sunday...
Call it a pudding pie chart.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
A day after formulating their 53-man roster the Dolphins cut veteran
defensive linemen Marques Douglas and Charles Grant, offensive linemen
Cory Procter, and placed cornerback Will Allen on injured reserve.
Why did they abandon all four players, who served as insurance plans
for 2010? Because they poached four linemen off the waiver wire and
needed to make room for them.
The Dolphins landed defensive ends Clifton Geathers, a sixth-round
pick who was cut by the Browns, and Robert Rose, an undrafted free
agent from Ohio State who spent camp with the Seahawks, and offensive
linemen Joe Reitz and Jermey Parnell.
We're continuing with the first grouping in the loser's bracket:
(optimized for your mobile phone!)
Check out the standings at http://bitchindave.com/cheer/stand.asp