Friday, April 01, 2011

Whatever

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told hundreds of business executives that he has had to learn "to be very careful what you say" because he gets "misconstrued." He said "when I had some conversations with a coach in California [Jim Harbaugh], I felt like Santa Claus being tracked around the country with every one of my moves."

This appeared in the Herald this morning.  Dude. Really?  You own one of 32 franchises in the most popular sport, and the ONLY one that is talked about year-long here.  And you're surprised?

Way to go, Cap'n Izzy Firepants.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

And that pretty much will end his career

Chad Pennington tore his ACL today playing basketball.  It already looked like a comeback was a long shot, now its a near-impossibility.


And that means the Dolphins "plan" of keeping him around as a backup are pretty much done as well.


As for Pennington, you have to feel kind of bad for the guy.  That's a shame. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A couple of thoughts

A group of retired players filed suit against the NFL because, quite simply, this labor deal may impact them, too. After one year without a CBA, all of their benefits get terminated. They make a pretty good living out of the pot of money that the NFL grosses each year. They're worried.

On another note, there's some growing concern about the upcoming draft. The NFL says it will go on, and apparently a few prospect players have chosen to appear at the draft and glad hand with their future employers. But. Remember that the draft is governed by the CBA, and there's no guarantee that the prospects will simply agree to go along with it; nor is there a guarantee that the owners will behave according to the "rules" they have laid out.

Plus, there's this April 6th court date that may throw a wrench into everything.

And finally, there are the players themselves. Now the trade association (not the union) will have to decide how to handle the fact that the players will undoubtedly be out of shape when they do report, that the rookies and players who have been on the street for some time will have had no or little game experience at this speed and intensity. And as a result, there will be more injuries. It will be interesting to see if that gets them to consider an expanded roster - beyond what they previously asked for.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Workouts

Chad Henne and Jake Long are trying to organize an informal workout with their teammates.


But it looks like only handful of players will show up and the word workout is probably overstating it


There are two problems: many players went back to their hometowns or took a vacation. And agents are reminding players that they are uninsured in these workouts and are on their own if they get hurt.