Friday, September 17, 2010

to all the haters...

For those of you who are new to Dave's work, I'd like to quote from my bio...

Once upon a time, there was a guy named Dave was born the same year as the Dolphins in the same city as the Dolphins. So, naturally, he had to be a fan of the team. Like many fans, he had an opinion about how things were going, and would tell his friends that opinion - first by mouth, and later by email.

He wanted to express himself, so he had the bright idea of making a website devoted to the team. It was an outlet for him; a means to express his opinion. But Dave has a warped sense of humor. So, naturally, it had to be something other than a straight-laced "normal" website.

He also needed a name. "Dave" just didn't cut it. He needed to make it catchy. Back in 1990, he read an article by Comedy Magician Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) wrote for PC Computing. The article was called "Trash It" (with the catchy subhead of "Go Ahead. Dominate Your Pristine PC"). Basically, Penn noted that most people left their PCs exactly as they came out of the box, and had no "personalization." Dave took that to heart, and put a skull and crossbones decal on his mointor, and later hacked Windows to call the computer "Dave's Bitchin' PC." It has carried on over the years, through various endeavors.

But more importantly, a moniker was born, and it was recognizable! He became "Bitchin' Dave." It does have a catchiness, doesn't it? That doesn't mean he bitches about the team, generally, but he just *has* to sometimes.

And one more thing about the Bitchin' one. Sometimes you'll hear him say something about his grandmother. That goes way back to the mid 1980s when he and his friend Alan started a funny little diatribe about how the New York Jets couldn't beat the Dolphins. And not only that, they couldn't even beat Dave's grandmother. With one arm tied behind her back. And in recent years, he will talk about how the Dolphins can't beat his grandmother.

Bitchin' Dave is owner and operator of "Dave's Bitchin Look at the Miami Dolphins" (sometimes called "Daves Warped Look at the Miami Dolphins" for family reasons) http://miamidolphins.bitchindave.com

It was *among* the first to Dolphins web sites, starting about the same time as Curt (http://phins.com) back in 1995. The basic nature of the site is to provide a more humorous bent on the Dolphins than most "traditional" sites. He enjoys creating amusing commentaries about what he see, but he is a football fan and understands the game.

In addition, Dave does a podcast in conjunction with Phins.com.

He knows a good bit about football, but his acumen in selecting players falls short, much to the delight of the other owners in his fantasy leagues. He's been playing fantasy football for a few years, and once in a great while, he actually manages to win a game. But, he keeps coming back for more.

Ask him about his favorite team and he'll tell you "The Dolphins....and whoever is playing the Patriots!"

And by the way, his other great passion in life (other than his family) is Disney World.

As they might say in Hawai'i "Mahalo, from the bitchin' one."


My tongue is firmly planted in my cheek when it comes to this team.  The site is *supposed to be* humorous.  If that bothers you, feel free to stop visiting. 

But if you do visit, and want to comment on my posts, that's fine by me.  Even if you want to resort to mis-spellings, and name calling.

Jets-Patriots

Typically, I root for a 0-0 tie that goes to OT, and is won on some wild snap by either team; but the snap results in a safety for a 2-0 win.

But this year, I am (gulp! can't believe I'm saying this!) rooting for the Patriots to wallop the Jets. 42-0 would be fine by me. And Randy Moss scoring 3-4 TDs over Revis would be about perfect.

The Dolphins are going to the Superbowl**

Yeah!!!

And now for the ** fine print:

The Dolphins minority owners are going to perform in the Superbowl halftime show.

Yes, the Black Eyed Peas will be the half time entertainment at the Superbowl in Big D.  And lead singer Fergie is a minority owner of the team.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Koa Misi & Brett Favre

Think about this as you watch Misi sack Favre this weekend: Misi was 5 years old when Favre was drafted by the Falcons.

I suppose it's possible that he - or really any of the younger players - may have listed Favre as a favorite player in grade school!

Heck even miami's longest tenured player (Pennington) was in high school (as a sophomore) when Favre entered the NFL.

Why doesn't anyone tell me these things?


I knew that Jimmy's Johnson was on survivor this season.

But I was unaware that former Phins cheerleader (and a favorite of the Dolphins Ranter!) Brenda Lowe was also a contestant.

You can see more pictures of Brenda here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

another roster move

Late today, the phins re-signed Erik Walden, and released - really?  released?  that's what it says here - Micah Johnson, who had been a standout throughout training camp.  And just the other day Sparano was singing his praises.

Weird.

That's my dog


Friend-to-Dave's-podcast Pauline Crowder sent me a link to the attached picture with the comment "That's my dog!"

I thought I'd share.

More comings and goings

Jared Odrick has a hairline fracture of his fibula. He needs to sit out for somewhere around 4 weeks.

So the phins brought back Lionel Dotson to help with depth. They released another scrub to make room for him.

They have also looked at signing a couple of other players like Tony McDaniel or Adalius Thomas.

Also there is talk of moving Channing Crowder to IR.

Reporter flap

Say what you will about what happened with the azteca tv reporter who visited the jets locker room last week.

IMHO too much is being made of that story, and not enough is being made of another story involving the jets.

Namely, that Rex and a few other coaches attended the workouts of a group of jets players in California during the offseason.

If true it may violate the workout rules which is more of a problem for the team.

I want to hear more about that.

Though I wouldn't mind seeing more pictures of the reporter.

Dolphins-Bills 1983 Gamebook

In my latest podcast, I introduce a new segment about greatest Marino moments.

In this installment, I talk about his first start, and reference the Gamebook (click to see a PDF of it) for the game.

Its an interesting artifact of a much different time...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

J-E-S-T

Dolphins fans had to love the jets-ravens game last night. The jets are 0-1.

And the pompous, arrogant, self proclaimed chumps had some great moments:
-They had more yards in penalties than offense
-Cromartie had more penalties than children
-Edwards got called for running into the kicker; he should have been called for "the pull and shoot" for the way he used his teammate for leverage when jumping
-JT was a total non-factor
-Sanchez had like 60 yards passing
-Revis island? Where's that?
-Rex had a couple of moments like when he punted deep in Baltimore territory
-the tight end ran out of bounds a yard short on NYs last play
-the team managed 9 points in their first game in the new stadium

Ahhh yes. It was a fun game to watch.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quick stats

Brown and WIlliams said they'd both like to get to 1,000 this season.  Brown had 65, Williams 62.  You need to average about 62 yards a game to get to 1,000, so good start.
 
Stephen Ross referred to Henne as the next Marino, the Palm Beach Post expected him to be more like Fiedler.  His 182 yards passing with no TDs and no picks seems more "caretaker" like than "worldbeater" like to me.
 
CJ Spiller was held in check, with 7 carries for 6 yards.
 
Dansby, Misi, and Wh came up with big sacks.

My own prognostication

I assumed this game would be close.  I had it figured in maybe the 24-21 range, and thoght it would come down to the wire, maybe a last second field goal would win it, I thought.
 
But.
 
I assumed Miami would come out on the losing end, and even picked *against* them in my selection pool.  I told people in the pool that I was either crazy or clairevoyant.  I suppose it was "crazy"
 
But if it helps, I will galdly pick against Miami EVERY week assuming that they'll prove me wrong!!!

A few gaffes

Its not that Miami didn't have the opportunities to win this game outright, its just that - as in the preseason - the Phins looked like they weren't quite ready and made a few gaffes that might have turned this into a one-sided affair.
 
* Benny Sapp dropped a pick that likely would have gone for a pick 6 
* Henne missed an open Brandon Marshall on a deep pattern, where Marshall had gotten behind the defense
* Jason Allen dropped a pick 6 at about the 4 after his downing of the punt.
 
And of course there were more, but you get the point.

Jason Allen downs the ball

When Allen first covered the ball in the last two minutes to pin the Bills at their own 1, I thought that the officials were going to call it a touchback, and place the ball at the 20.  Why?  Because Allen was clearly in the endzone before the touched the ball (see the first pic).
 
But I was wrong, because he "established his feet in the field of play" before he touched the ball.  The rule on this one is sometimes mis-applied and mis-understood.  It basically allows for a players to step into the endzone, and step back out - but he has to get both feet down outside of the endzone, and make a move; and no part of his body can be in the endzone.
 
He did just that, as you can see in the second shot - and the official happens to be right there watching the play, and its his responsibility to ensure that Allen did establish himself before touching the ball.
 
And as you can see in shot 3, it is clear that Allen is the first one to touch it.  So kudos to the ofificals for getting this one right - it would have been easier to simply say it was a touchback.

Preseason game #5: the one that counts

The Phins and Bills collided in what can best be described as in the headline.  Miami wasn't looking so hot after the actual preseason, and Buffalo, well, they're pretty bad with a new coach and a ton of new players.  And Trent Edwards hasn't looked great in his career thus far.  And, to top it off, the game was not a scinitllating affair by any stretch. 
 
Miami has lost 4 out of the last 5 in Buffalo, and has gone 0-2 under Sparano to open seasons, so I had my doubts about their ability to start off on the right foot.
 
The Phins got in two good drives in the first half leading to both of their scores, and otherwise didn't do much.  The Bills never mounted much of a drive, but did get a couple of scores.  Miami later tacked on another figgie, and you're looking at a 13-10 game.  But a nice downing of the ball by Jason Allen at the 1 left Buffalo in a tough spot.
 
They wound up taking an intentional safety, and were - I think - going to try the long odds, next-to-impossible-to-pull-off on side safety punt.  They got one setup, but Sparano called timeout, and they instead kicked it away, since they had shown their hand.

So Miami wins it 15-10, having opened their playbook a little more.
 
But, I can understand why they didn't because this is preseason and these are the Bills; you don't want to show too much to your regular season opponents.
 
At least they're 1-0 to start this season!