Saturday, November 06, 2010

That was awkward...

I had recorded NFL Primetime from Monday, and finally got around to watching it last night.

I generally like it, as they look back at all the NFL games.  But this week was kind of weird.  They spent *a lot* of time talking about Randy Moss (including Teddy Bruschi being an apologist for the Patriots) that lasted something like 12 minutes.  Then, they did hilights of the Patriots-Vikings game for like 5 minutes, and about 15 minutes on the Colts-Texans (essentially snooze-fest).  They covered off the Cowboys and their troubles, the Redskins (okay McNabb), the Sunday night game, and they were at a point where they had 10 minutes left to cover the rest of them.

They hilighted a few games, but left off about 4 of them, including the Dolphins game.

I have to ask: was the release of one player bigger news than 4 entire games?  Sure some of them weren't spectacular, but at the point the show aired, he hadn't even been technically released.  And couldn't they have cut something from the Colts-Texans hilights that was really nothing more than self-promotion?

Weird, I'd say...

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The waiver wire

There were 3 players on the waiver wire this week in whom the Dolphins were reportedly interested.  First was Randy Moss, who they didn't make a claim for, second was Shawn Merriman who they did make a claim for (but so did Buffalo, and because they are the worst team, they got him), so too bad on those two, but they did make a claim for Nate Ness, and got him!  

So all is right in Dolphins land, right?

In Moss' case, many fans and pretty much all the reporters will tell you that Miami whiffed on that one and made a mistake.  I am going to be the dissenting vote on this one.  I have a couple of reasons: first, there's a reason two teams let him go (and we assume its his attitude), and there is a history of poor choices - except for a couple of years in New England where Bellicheat kept him on a short leash) - throughout his career.  And second is that this Miami offense is either afraid to attack the field or has no trust in Henne, and in either case Moss provides no upgrade over what we have.  Frankly, Hartline is faster than Moss, and *could* stretch the field if they let him.

Then, there's Merriman, who is a bit of a prima donna in his own right.  And he's been suspended for substance abuse in the past - but not because he inadvertedly took a banned substance.  He also had a much publicized incident with his then-girlfriend Tila Tequila.  And he's older.  I don't really see the upside there, when the team released most of its veteran depth.  On the other hand, he and JT are not friends and have sparred through the media in the past, and it might have been fun to see him come here and wear #99 to say "in your face" to JT. 

Ness is a reserve safety who has been in Miami several times over the last couple of years.  He was decent, and I'm glad to see him back in a general sense, but I can't get too excited about that one.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Cheerleader voting rolls on!

I have been remiss.  Shame on me!

But cheerleader voting does continue:

And if you want to know where we are, and how these ladies are faring, visit:

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Wanker of the week

Rick Scott is a candidate for governor. He is nothing more than carpetbagger .

And how, might you ask, do I tie *that* back to the Dolphins? His running mate is the mother of Dolphins reserve Nolan Carroll.

I have no respect for the man and urge everyone to vote against him.

One key point from me: His education "plan" is to expand the school voucher program, which was already deemed unconstitutional.

You can read more about him by visiting these links:
crooks and liars

[edited on 11/2]

Dolphins win...woohoo!

I was away over the weekend, and haven't been able to post. But, I did watch the game.

The Dolphins were on the road, so, naturally, I expected that they would find a way to win. And they did.

It started off as a bad day - Cinicinnatti was able to go no huddle and get down the field quickly on their first drive en route to a 7-0 lead. I was thinking that didn't bode well. But Miami followed that with two field goals, and was looking relatively strong.

Then, a while later, Miami was driving, and things were really looking up. Then Henne threw a pass toward Hartline that was errant, and intercepted. The Bengals did something that the Dolphins never, ever do after a turnover (and which I pointed out last week has a high percentage of success because teams are down after a turnover): they tried to score on that first play after the turnover.

Now how do I capture this moment? The ball was well played by Clemons, only he didn't make the catch. He got both hands on the ball, and it appeared to hit him on the numbers. But it bounced up, and there was TO to grab it and run in for the score.

It 14-6. And there about 3 minutes to go in the half. Miami generates another drive, but it stalls at the 6, so Miami gets another field goal. There's less than a minute left, and Cincinnatti goes 3 and out, and suddenly is punting with 28 seconds to go. Its a short punt, and Bess does a nice job of getting the ball out to midfield.

A couple of plays later, Carpenter hits his career long of 54 yards as time expires. And its 14-12, and Miami gets the ball to start the second half.

The second half starts, and a nice completion to Bess is called back for a hold, and the Fins go 3 and out, and I started thinking they were in trouble...

Except for the fact that their opponent is sometimes caleld "the Bungles" and they found new and unique ways to be inept throughout the second half. People will tell you Miami's defense played great. I respectfully disagree. They played well enough, but their opponent was playing so poorly, they could have made my grandmother and 6 friends look good. They did nothing right, after the break.

And Miami's offense finally got a TD, which was nice to see (guys - see that colored area at the end of the field? that's where you should score!), but just one? They had several 4th and short opportunities (again!) deep in the opponent's territory and settled for a field goal.

And at one point it was 3rd and 9 at the 20, and strageness ensued: Roberto Wallace went out of bounds and came back in bounds to try and make a catch. He couldn't cone down with it, and because he was the first one to touch the ball, the touch was illegal and a penalty was called. The Bengals declined, so it was 4th and 9 at the 20, and Miami took the 3. It shouldn't have come to that, and that's probably why we didn't see Wallace again on the day.

But this nonsense of taking field goals all the time has to stop. Yes, there is a sense that when you are in the early stages of the game, you should simply take the 3, because you're trying to amass points for the endgame. But, you also have to take some chances, and at least try for the endzone here and there. What I'm seeing too much of is being in 3rd and short and going to the shotgun, and there being an incompletion near the line of scrimmage. Why not take a shot at the endzone, or simply power rush for a first? And then not put yourself in that 4th and short situation....

And that leads me back around first to Brandon Marshall. Why did we bring him here if we're not going to use him? He had 5 catches; 4 of them were very quiet. One was a great play on the ball that got a nice first down. And second, to Chad Henne. There was some improvement this week in his game, but he's still checking down too much for my taste. I still expect more from him.

But, hey, this is the NFL and a wins a win. And the Jets lost, so its a decent weekend.


So, the Vikings trade for Moss about a month ago, and give up a draft pick for him. Then, the coach decides to release him because he's underperforming, and the owner is mad because he wanted Moss on the team...fantastic.

I've heard several local reporters suggest that maybe he could come to Miami. To that I say...please no. We don't need that guy here. What role would he play? The threat that Marshall isn't? A repalcement for Bess?

No thanks. Besides his attitude probably isn't the right fit. And that means the Dolphins probably want him! Ha ha!

I just hope he ends up on a team like the Bills, so he can be the first player to ever face a team (the Jets) 3 times in a season while playing for different teams.