Friday, October 04, 2013

NFL Season: Dolphins fans rank fourth in the league for setting out some kind of team memorabilia for good luck.

Though I don't usually like to promote products on the blog, I thought this merited a little attention.   Its interesting and slightly amusing...and if you believe in that superstition thing, then you might enjoy reading all about it.  :)

Did you know Dolphins fans are 13th in team superstition ranking? And that they're Dolphins fans rank second in the league (32%) for wearing a hat or other non-clothing accessory for the win. 

This is all according to a survey that Bud Light – the official beer of the NFL – conducted to celebrate the 2013 season. More than 50 questions were asked and, out of that, an "NFL Fan Superstition Index" formed, with the Dolphins finishing as the 13th most superstitious NFL team overall.


Andie – for Bud Light



Bud Light Puts the Focus on the Fan with NFL Superstition Survey
Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints Fans Rank as the Most Superstitious

To celebrate the 2013 NFL season and the fan rituals that are just as much a part of the game as blocking and tackling, Bud Light, the official beer sponsor of the National Football League, has released the results of its NFL Fan Superstition Survey. This survey, which gathered opinions from nearly 10,000 adult NFL fans over the summer, took an in-depth look at the fan bases of each of the 32 NFL teams and how their superstitions and rituals impact their enjoyment of the game. According to the survey, the top-5 most superstitious fan bases in the NFL are:


1.       Baltimore Ravens fans

2.       Arizona Cardinals fans

3.       New Orleans Saints fans

4.       Oakland Raiders fans

5.       Philadelphia Eagles fans


The survey also provided a glimpse inside the minds of NFL fans who will do whatever it takes for the win and revealed which fans are least likely to "take one for the team." Among the results:

·         Arizona Cardinals fans are the most likely to wear an unwashed jersey in order to support their team.

·         New York Jets fans are the most likely to sit in the same lucky seat every game.

·         Detroit Lions fans might be a bit secretive: they're the most likely to engage in superstitious activities alone.

·         More than any other fan base in the NFL, Buffalo Bills fans are most likely to set out some kind of team memorabilia and then touch, kiss, rub or hold it for the win.

·         New Orleans Saints fans are most likely to engage in their superstitious activity every single game.

Bud Light partnered with KRC Research to conduct the national, online quantitative survey with NFL fans ages 21 and older. More than 50 questions were asked and, out of that, an "NFL Fan Superstition Index" formed. The index calculates the superstition level of each NFL fan base by each fan's game-day habits – everything from wearing dirty jerseys, chanting and kissing team trinkets to superstition consistency and true belief levels – and aggregates those into a score from 0 to 100.

For more complete details on the survey results, including team-by-team breakdowns, visit more information on Bud Light's NFL sponsorship throughout the season, visit or


About Bud Light

Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States.  Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice.  The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment.  For more information, visit




To Catch A Phrase Or Two At The Quarter Post

You Are Only As Good As Your Last Sunday:
Wow, that doesn't sound so good right now. Does it??  But getting schooled by an undefeated team led by Drew Brees at their place on a Monday night isn't as bad as, say, getting hammered at home by the 0-4 Jaguars.  Let's keep things in perspective.   Bad games come and nobody goes undefeated. Well, let's hope so.

You Are What Your Record Says You Are:
Lest we forget, as the press bashes away at Tannehill, we are 3-1.  That's pretty damn good folks. We have the 6th best record in the league right now and we played three of those four games on the road.  No too shabby!  Call up Roethlisberger or Eli Manning and ask them how they feel right now.

It Is A Marathon Not A Sprint:
Yes a 16 game season over 17 weeks isn't decided in the course of one month but at least we got out of the gate well.  We are positioned right now to make a good run for the playoffs and who wouldn't take that.  We are a much better team than recent memory and we will get better as the season progresses.

Stats Are For Losers:
Thank God for that! For total yards, our Offense is ranked 24th in the league and our Defense is ranked 27th.  Do we really think that trend will continue?  I don't.   For scoring, our Defense is ranked 16th and our Offense is ranked 18th.  Don't forget we have a lot of new faces in key positions this year on both sides of the ball so I do believe both units will get much better week by week.

Just Win Baby!:
We are heading home again into what should be a very boisterous stadium lending a lot of support to our weary travelers.    We are gonna play much better than we did Monday night.  Count on it.  Our players have more talent than what was on display against NO and more importantly, they know it too. So count on an emotionally charged team defending their turf and taking a well deserved 4-1 record going into the bye.

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Thursday, October 03, 2013

I bumped into Omar Kelly at the airport after the MNF game.

I chatted with Omar Kelly for a few minutes after the game (more precisely the following morning at the airport).  It was a little strange for me, because as most everyone who has read me knows - Omar does crap for ratings that I believe actually hurts our (the SoFLA and Phins nation) community.   I have said this many times.  And frankly, his arrogance is unwarranted.  He was actually pretty civil and down to earth when we spoke.  

- Anyway, during our chat, Omar did say something that all Dolphins fans have seen in the first few games.  The fumbles are becoming more of a trend than an occasional miscue.   Mr. Tannehill, please take better care of the football.  You have done a much better job of reading down field, now fix this problem.... NOW!  If you get rid of the ball sooner - THROW IT AWAY sometimes, you won't be tackled so violently and you will avoid the fumbles.   

- Mike Sherman, during the game - you called another sweep inside the 15 Yard line - WITH INCHES TO GO!!!  Did that work in preseason? NO!  Stop calling asinine plays or hand the reigns of play- calling to Coach Philbin.

- Overall, I am okay with the game.   I really enjoyed New Orleans.  My girlfriend and I had a very nice time.  The food and music were very good.  The crazy people were out in force - on the streets and at the game.   And, IT WAS LOUD!   Omar said that it was the loudest game he had ever attended.  He did mention that the Minnesota game (I am assuming he meant the 2010 meeting) was also very loud.   I completely agree.  I've seen hundreds of live games from Peewee, to HS, to College and Pros - That was by far the loudest arena I have ever been in - it didn't help that we kept giving away the football.

-  I will not trash my Dolphins.  I am still very excited.   The team needs to get better, no doubt.  But, I believe the weaknesses we saw against NO have more to do with coaching and play-calling, than they have to do with the group of guys we have playing this year.   You had to love the running game.  I know I did.   You should have heard the cussing when Miller would break one off!!!  It was hysterical. 

- I believe we will beat Baltimore.   I am predicting a 31-24 Miami Dolphins victory.  I know that Cameron Wake will make a huge difference in that game.

- That reminds me.   Paul Soliai looked good in that game against New Orleans.    I am glad he is back.

- That also reminds me!  Ellerbe lose some weight.  You look fat.   You never played this heavy in Baltimore.   Please get serious.  I know you got the fat contract....  try not to match it.

Go Phins!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

How Much Fun Is This

It has been a while, hasn't it?  Been a while since we have become this competitive.

And we are not doing it with mirrors or Wildcats or luck for that matter. Just good sound football.

Surprisingly, we are 3-0 without any one player listed in the Top Ten of passing, rushing or receiving yards.

When the schedule was released, everyone looked at our first 5 games and felt if we got to the bye at 2-3 we would take it.  Surprisingly, we are 3-0!

We have witnessed the maturization of Ryan Tannehill. He now statistically leads all those other 2012 first round QBs.  Tannehill's improvement is the biggest reason we are 3-0.

Our Red Zone defense is a big reason we are 3-0.

Our special teams are a big reason we are 3-0.

As we head into the Superdome to face the 3-0 Saints on Monday night, we are now 6 1/2 point underdogs after the line opened at 5 1/2.  For the line to move a point, a whole point, lots of money has to be on one team. So much more than the other team that they need to entice bettors to take the other team by moving the odds so the house can offset the bets.

70% of the bettors gotta be laying money on the Saints. Who could blame them?

The Saints have Drew Brees. They have their head coach, Sean Payton, back. They have a much improved defense, under Rob Ryan, currently ranked #5. They are home in what will be an emotionally charged stadium.

Who realistically gives us a chance?

What most football fans across the nation, those who don't follow our Dolphins, fail to realize is that we are 3-0 because we play as a team at the most critical times of the game.

And that makes us tough!  That makes us a team to be reckoned with.

That alone has made the start of this season so much fun.  When we needed someone, anyone, to make a play, to turn the tide, someone least expected has stepped up.

It has been an incredible ride so far. Will we win Monday night?  The odds makers say no.  The bettors say no. The analysts say no.

Too bad for the Saints they won't be playing those guys.

Nope.  The Saints will be facing a TEAM.  A playing tough, playing loose, letting it go group of guys who pull together when it matters most.

The Saints are facing a team that is literally playing with house money.  3-0 is more than anyone has expected.

And that has made this start to this season so much fun and so memorable.

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971