Wednesday, October 23, 2013

We're Gonna Need Some Breaks Come Sunday

Yes, I know, you make your own breaks.  I know, the harder your work, the easier it is.

But the pendulum swings right and then it swings left.

Last week, we shot ourselves in the foot so often, that we couldn't help but gift wrap that game to Buffalo.  We put a big red bow on top too!

Not to dwell on the past, but Tannehill opens with a pick six.  Ooops.

The next series, Fields punts a boomer for 70+ yards and our idiot cover team has 3 guys down there and two eligible players watch as the ineligible teammate downs the ball.  Flag. 5 yards, repeat the down and the rekick is now returned to our 46 yard line. So instead of Buffalo starting from the shadow of their goal posts they are on our side of the 50. Ooops.

Sturgis lines up a 51 yarder.  Gets a good leg into it.  It looks good....drifting right....clank!!! Off the upright and bounces out.  No Good.  Ooops.    

A missed block after a poor decision to pass with a 1 point lead leads to the fatal fumble.  Ooops.

After a great kick off return, we set up shop on our 46 with 25 seconds left to get 20 yards.  Incomplete, incomplete, then on 3rd down, with 13 seconds left, Tannehill steps up and sees an open Hartline racing down the left sideline.  He is open by 2 yards, this is the game winner, soon to be known as the "MIRACLE IN MIAMI"!

Over thrown, over whelmed, just plain over.  Ooops.

We couldn't catch a break or we didn't make our breaks.  Either way, we lost.

Sunday, we are faced with a monumental task.  Oh no, New England isn't that good. No.

We face ourselves on Sunday.  We face the same people we have seen in the mirror since birth.  The same person our loved ones call brother, father, son and friend.  Ourselves.

We are loved and yet even loothed by our own misgivings.  We are appreciated and doubted.  All in one sentence.

But we do have gifts.  God given abilities to run fast, throw far, think ahead of our counter parts, out muscle others.  We do have these attributes.

The only question remaining is whether or not we can use them wisely and often.  We are at a cross roads for this season.  3 losses in a row.  1 division loss out of 1 division game.

Can we believe in the face in the mirror?  Can we?

Because if we can, then that would be the biggest break we can get this Sunday going up to New England.

Just believing we can go into their backyard and beat a team who is beatable. 

If we can play with confidence, then I believe, we won't be ooopsing away another game.

I believe we can fight the good fight and make our own breaks. 

And if a clank or two goes our way, we'll take it! 

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
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Man I love the Dolphins like life, have done since the early 80s. It is getting harder and harder to watch these games! It almost would've been better (definitely for my wife anyway!) if we got blown out on Sunday than to go down to a bad Bills team, come blazing back and then destroy ourselves again in the fourth quarter.

It seems to get harder and harder to get over these games. Hardly slept Sunday night. When I was sleeping I was dreaming about 2 runs (instead of a pass, strip-sack, fumble) and punting back to the Bills with 2 mins left and no timeouts and the Def closing out the win. When I was awake I was still steaming - at the idiotic play call at the end, at Don Jones for the illegal touch, at Clabo for sucking so bad then back to Sherman and Philbin for the pass call.

I'll be watching the Pats game (with hope in the back of my mind again) and I will never be "changing teams" like my wife suggests. But, man oh man, can we STOP shooting ourselves in the foot? What an AMAZING win it would be if we could pull off a victory in Foxboro!!

Fins Up!!!


I love them too Mark. After a while you almost become numb to the losing and just figure eventually we will break through.
This year, everyone was so fired up for the season to start. We open up with 3 wins and it looked like we were on our way.
If we win on Sunday, all those feelings of promise will return. New England is beatable. We just need to play a near perfect game already.
Glad you are not changing teams. We will eventually be in tears as they hold up the Lombardi Trophy.