Saturday, January 07, 2012
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
- I got an email from someone at the Dolphins - before they started their own site - telling me how much they loved my site, To paraphrase, It's witty and we enjoy reading it
- The invite to the first "web weekend" (hosted by THE Miami Dolphins) was special, and the experience was great
- I got a chance to interview Larry Csonka. I enjoyed that thoroughly.
- Mike and I had a 90 minute interview with John Offerdahl that was so much fun.
- I got to meet and build a relationship a number of people who are associated with the Fins, including some former players
- Deadspin once did a review of blog sites for the NFL and called me "quite obviously insane"
- The dolphins have gone from good, to mediocre, to bad, to mediocre again.
- It seems clear that this team has a curse on it of sorts. Different owners, different leadership, different players. And still no success.
- We saw teams fall apart (anyone remember the December swoons?), some monster victories, and the agony of defeat - a lot (62-7 anyone? How about 1-15?)
- The passion died along the way for a lot of reasons (not the least of which was the performance ON the field); today this feels more like work
- The team takes itself too seriously, and I get the sense that the fans are in tune with that - when I say anything that strays from the positive outlook (even when its RIGHT, people react, rather than laugh)
- I have trouble even watching the games these days. The dolphins just don't matter to me the way they once did.
- The Dolphins have taken many of my (and other sites') good ideas and incorporated them into their website, so the uniqueness is lessened. (but then imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?)
- There are a number of good fan sites out there now, and even a few humorous ones
- And though records are made to be broken, Dan Marino's passing record falling made me realize just how elusive greatness is.
- DolphinBlog.BitchinDave.com (where this is posted) will continue to exist - a few other fans expressed an interest in posting comments, or "guest blogging." Rather than letting the blog simply disappear, we'll try that and see how that goes. But this is *my* last entry. Any further content will be from the new bloggers, and they are responsible for whatever appears. You'll see their names on the entry. I'll "moderate" it, so if there are issues, please let me know. Also, if you're interested in writing, drop me a line. I'll be glad to give you a chance.
- MiamiDolphins.BitchinDave.com is no more. I redirect automatically to the blog. But the "good" content has migrated to links on the blog. Want to listen to old podcasts, read about my grandmother, check out the entrants in the wanker hall, or ogle cheerleader pics from the past? Be my guest!
- Twitter and Facebook will remain as they are for now - any blog posts will be repeated there. I'll decide what to do with them later.
- As for me - about the time I stopped doing a Dolphins podcast, I shifted my podcast focus - I am currently producing a podcast about Disney World that I feel passionate about, and take pride in. If you're a Disney fan, you might enjoy it. Feel free to check it out at http://disneypodcast.net
- App development will continue for me. Please check out my iPhone apps at http://bitchindave.com/apps.
- And yes, I like oatmeal cookies
Monday, January 02, 2012
Chad henne wants to come back to Miami. Says he'll be around until they kick him out. Only he hasn't actually been around in 6-7 weeks - he is in California rehabbing. Which in itself is weird if you think about it.
Jeff Ireland apparently is safe. Or maybe not? Miami reached out to cowher and he declined to be interviewed, and reportedly he was miffed about the Ireland situation. (among other factors)
Carl petersen had dinner with John gruden and offered him the job (per Ross' request). Gave him full control over personnel. Gruden declined.
They're on to fisher who expressed reservations about coming to Miami but accepted an interview.
Ireland, for his part, released a statement that sounded odd and contained several words used incorrectly. Gotta love that someone took the time to review it.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
What a tease this team was. Looked moderately good on paper and started off poorly only to play well down the stretch.
And a tease in the game today: espn reported on their mobile site that carpenter hit a 65 yard field goal at the end of the half. Wow that would have been cool. A record setting kick. Only it was 58 yards, 3rd longest in team history.
Later, it appeared JT went out on high note with a fumble return for a TD. How awesome. Only the receiver was down by contact.
And that's the kind of day - and season - it was for Miami.