Saturday, October 22, 2011

You BET your sweet bippy

I saw the article in the Herald this morning about Stephen Ross angling to get a casino (assuming the state approves them) on a site across from Joe Robbie Stadium, and I had a couple of immediate thoughts:
(1) Mr. Ross continues to call attention away from what should be important: winning football games.  He said in a statement he wanted to make the stadium a "destination"....a casino, frankly, is just embarassing.
(2) The NFL makes it clear that the team can have no ties to gambling.  But, in the article, its pointed out that Ross could create shell companies to distance the team
(3) they say he has all this land?  The bulk of it is the stadium and its parking lot.  20 acres are set aside for the water park (which I am starting to think is not really going to happen).  And a lot of the land is Indian burial ground, and it took a big effort just to get the stadium there in the first place
(4) there are those who think he's just out to "distract" - I don't know what that means, but since he still is angling for stadium improvements, I have no doubt that's part of it.
(5) And isn't the team a form of gambling anyway?  The house always wins, financially, and the dolphins always lose.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oh no he didn't!!

Did Karlos Dansby really say of the remaining 11 games "we can win them out" ???

Wow. I'm sure as a player he might believe it, but how about, I dunno, winning one of them?

As for Luck

John Clayton was on a local show this morning talking about Luck. Basically he thought it was a certainty Luck would come out.

But, he added, Luck can use the extra year of eligibility to "manipulate" the system to pick from among the bad teams and go to the one he'd prefer.

Sparano comments

I heard him say it. "We are still a proud football team." And so the unravelling begins. I told you when hear them starting to talk about playing for pride, it's over.

(well there's also a comment from someone close to the team who told me he's already list the locker room)

Also once again fans got under Tonys skin when he was asked about "suck for Luck". He responded that made him angry.

(and you wouldn't like him when he's angry!!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I wonder if...

Brandon Marshall actually said "I'm gonna play like a bust" because that is exactly what he did.

Oh so that's what that is

It's an oldie bit it's still relevant (thanks to the ranter!)

ESPN NEWS, SunLife Stadium: The Miami Dolphins football practice was delayed today for nearly 2hrs after 1 of the players happened to glance down and notice a suspicious looking, powdery white substance on the practice field. Tony Sparano immediately suspended practice while authorities were called in to investigate. After a complete analysis, FBI forensics determined that the white substance previously unknown to Dolphin offensive players was the goal line. Practice resumed when the FBI decided that the team would not be likely to encounter the substance again this week. 

Piling on

Time to throw together some random thoughts:

1) Tony Sparano gave up on the team before the half; they responded in kind by quitting on him in the second half.

2) Brandon Marshall saying he was going to get kicked out should have come with an asterisk: by the coaches for being inept

3) I think Mr. Ross should go ahead and clean house.  Fire all the coaches and the personnel department.  Replace them with a high school coaching staff.  Or let the players coach themselves.  Who cares about personnel moves?

4) How long before we hear the players say "we're playing for pride" - or worse when one of them gets into it with a coach in a team setting?

5) The Raiders traded for Carson Palmer today.  In your face, Dolphins fans!  Maybe they gave up too much, but at least they're attempting to remain competitive.

6) How exactly did the Lions become the Dolphins, and the Dolphins the Lions?

7) Its a good thing that the lockout forced the Dolphins to hire replacement players.  If this was the "real team" man would I be pissed!

8) Why not go ahead and simply release a host of players, from Brandon, to JT, to about a half dozen guys who are a total waste - since its obvious that you would never trade them (and didn't before the deadline, and couldn't get anything for them)

9) We hear that Mr. Ross took a piece of advice and hired at least one football guy to give him some advice.  That guy?  Eric Man-genius.  Hopefully, he's got more people we haven't heard about?

10) I ask the same question I asked last week: which team is worse, the 2007 team under Cam?  Or this one?

Dolphins jets parting thoughts

New video:

Monday, October 17, 2011


The Dolphins stunk up the meadowlands.

But the obvious question is who's the wanker of the week?

And to me its a no-brainer.  Brandon "I'm gonna talk about doing something but totally underperform" Marshall is the guy.  He wasn't a monster.  He didn't get thrown out.  Darelle Revis owned him.  He had several drops.  He ran bad routes.  And on Revis' return, Marshall was so busy trying to get into Revis that he forgot to actually play the game - he was falling away and was a non-factor.

The word - other than wanker - that comes to mind is: dumbass.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dear Mr. Ross

I read another "open letter to Mr. Ross" and it prompted me - I want to add a few thoughts.

Look, I call you Cap'n Izzy Firepants, because I'm poking a little fun at the decisions you're making - particularly when you chose to pursue another head coach when you already (or still) had one; or when you decide to focus on having celebrity owners, or trying to get fans in seats (even if they don't give a hoot about the Dolphins).

But there's something more serious here.  Bill Parcells was a total waste of your money.  And you chose to simply let him walk away without a word.  As a fan, that sucked.  And he left behind his two "proteges" who have not done much thus far.  Tony is a decent guy. I would think he'd be a helluva coach.  But we haven't seen it much.  He's run first, and the mindset doesn't work in today's in NFL.

Meanwhile Jeff, IMHO, Jeff has had more misses than hits.  Where are the players make an impact?  Among draft picks we're at the league average of about 50% hit rate, but I think its inflated by the "youth movement" we've seen.  The free agents haven't hit or haven't stuck, so they keep more younger players.  And as I just said the vets just don't work out here.  Maybe we're targeting the wrong ones?

One thing I've noticed: whenever it comes down to selecting a player, Jeff will ALWAYS go back to a player the Cowboys organization studied/drafted/etc.  And that tells me that he's trusting the judgement of the Cowboys personnel group with old info, rather than his own/this personnel staff's judgement.  Which tells me that he is having issues with his judgement.

And so we have a team with no rudder, and poor judgement.

I've been a fan all my life, and live in town.  I have been trying to get my kids interested in the Fins, but they have told me "why would I root for them?  They suck!."  One became a Colts fan, the other enjoys watching good games and players that are on his fantasy roster.  I've asked their friends, and there are relatively few Dolphins fans among them.  And that means - quite simply - that the next generation is not being brought up as fans.  

So, Mr. Ross, you need to figure out how to get these kids engaged, because in a few years, they'll be the prime audience you'll be trying to attract.

Charging $50 a ticket and $25 for parking, plus concessions that are, frankly, a rip-off, is NOT the answer when the team is bad.  Charging $250 to go into the nightclub is also NOT the answer.  So what is?  I'm not even sure that winning is the answer after a decade of being mediocre in a city with so many things to do.  But it wouldn't hurt. 

But I'd start here: stop being so freakin' secretive!  The "one voice" nonsense, when you have the loudest mouth in the NFL in NY, is silly.  And the whole filming of a practice flap that happened during training camp didn't help matters.  Just get past that.  We have a new world, with social networking, twitter, and other opportunities to be vocal.  And everything is so one-dimensional.  When players do talk, they're boring!  Let them be themselves.  Football is supposed to be about fun, isn't it?

Well, that's my two cents for now.

Do I want them to win?

I had an interesting quandry this morning.  Yes, its the Jets.  And yes, in a general sense, the Dolphins can go 2-14 this season as long as the 2 are against the Jets.

But this game, this team really, is so irrelevant that I honestly don't care if they win. And because I want a new coach to start clean and fresh and get the maximum value for the draft, I'd almost rather the Fins finish poorly.

Look, I don't subscribe in the suck for Luck campaign.  I think that serves no real purpose.  But my biggest fear is that somehow, some way, the Fins wind up up 6-10 or so, and are competitive in most games.

And that Cap'n Izzy decides that we're still on the right path, and retains Sparano and Ireland for another year.  Because we're mysteriously "so close"...

At 6-10, we'd be out of the hunt for any of the top QBs, so it would be pointless.

That would suck.