Friday, July 10, 2015

Sea of Hands Game

Wow. Watching that 1974 Divisional Playoff Game between the Dolphins and Raiders in Oakland on the NFL Network not only brought back so many fond memories of seasons past but also the bitterness of such a tough loss.

If you have never seen that game or would like to see it again then set your DVRs for Monday morning at 3 AM EST for the NFL Network's replay of this classic game.

There were so many big plays and so many Hall of Famers involved. The production is intertwined with commentary from the coaches and players that you come away with the knowledge of how big that game was to all those players involved and how it still effects them to this day.

I don't want to spoil anything for you so just watch it if you can and comment afterwards about how it made you feel then and now.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Ken Stabler

Yeah he played for the raiders. And yeah he's the guy who ended the Dolphins run.

But about 30 years ago (that would be a decade after he beat the fins), snake wrote a book called (shockingly) snake. And he was doing a book signing at a bookstore in Miami.

A friend and I decided to go and see him, buy a book, and have it signed.

He was gracious, and fun to talk with. My friend and I wound up hanging around the book signing for the better part of an hour listening to stories and asking questions.

I developed a respect for the guy because he didn't hate *my* team. He just wanted to win. And he knew a surprising amount about the fins, and other teams in the NFL.

It's funny how sometimes meeting someone can change your point of view and that meeting can stick with you.

RIP snake.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Orange seat sale

The dolphins are selling off some of the orange seats with proceeds to benefit the Miami Dolphins foundation. Details here:

Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Why the 2015 Miami Dolphins are Going to the Super Bowl.

Okay, I understand why you think the Title borders on Looney Toons.  But, here is my take on the AFC East, the AFC & the NFL.

Preface: Of course, like every year, we must stay relatively healthy.  I expect the new receiving corps to be superior to last year's model.   I expect Tannehill to be even better this year.   I believe our short yardage rushing attack will be improved.  I expect to sign Evan Mathis within 2 weeks making our rushing attack (in general) top notch.    And, if Miami can run the ball, the play-action (Tannehill's strength) will be unstoppable.   Miami will win at least 10 games.  I expect 11-5 to be our regular season record.

Number one:  The AFC East is now the premier Defensive Division in the NFL.  It could be argued that all four teams are Top 10 caliber and, it will not surprise me one bit if 3 of them are Top 5 at the end of the 2015 season.  When Baltimore and Pittsburg were top 5 defenses (for about a 10 to 12 year stretch), they both won Super Bowls.  Great Defenses beget solid playoff contenders.  Just look at Seattle the last few years.  ...Now the Lions are the exception to this rule, but that is another story.

Number two:  The AFC has 7 teams to worry about to get to the AFC Championship.  Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Chargers, Kansas City and Buffalo; four of which pose little threat to the Miami Dolphins making it to AFC Championship game.     Those are Buffalo - No consistent play by QB.  Kansas City - OL troubles, Secondary issues, WRs rank 3rd or 4th in their division (could change if Maclin and Smith get rolling), and Chargers - Miami always plays well against the Chargers (don't ask me why).  Which means, there are 2 of the 3 Teams remaining that could keep Miami out of the AFC Championship Game.  Frankly, I believe this is the year Miami overtakes New England.  Nobody is going to run on Miami this year, and if Miami makes teams one-dimensional, they win 8 of 10 times.  Denver is supposed to be good, but this is the year that the OL get's Manning to retire.  He is just not quick enough anymore (running or releasing).   My gut tells me they won't even make it to the playoffs.  Which leaves Indy...  I believe the AFC Championship game will be the Colts vs. the Phins, with Miami's Defense being the difference.  The Dolphins are going to the Super Bowl to play the Green Bay Packers.  And, of course Miami will win its 50th season's most prized trophy against the team for which it was named and memorialized, Vince Lombardi (head coach of the GB Packers).  I can see it as plain as day.  Miami wins the Super Bowl.

Number three:  Why not us?  We have the right attitude, the right players, the right coaches.  We are a Super Bowl contender.  Do not doubt this!

The Mad Phins Fan