Usually by this time of year, almost mid-June, I have taken in the positive draft class articles, & compared them with the negative draft class articles, coming up with my ALWAYS OPTEMISTIC "glass half full" opinion of how the 'Phins will fare this year(slipped my mind; minus the years Mr. Excitement Joe Philbin was our coach & seemed to have a major issue about playing rookies. Or his opinion of the players was....not worth elaborating).
I have never taken a lot out of the minicamps other than always wanting to hear our QB is doing well. So in years past, right around this time, I would more often than not have frustrating/aggravating evenings that closed with ESPN SC informing me the Cubs had slipped another whole game behind the Cardinals, or the Phillies, the Mets, maybe even the Expos.
That's some time gone by though! MLB has tried, like the NFL, to....I'll say it, make more money with an increase in teams, divisions, hence playoff games. Who knows if the game time(length of a game in hours & minutes) will ever be a problem that can be solved? With me, I believe the entire issue has fallen handicap to our way of life. So many different angles to attack; how about there are not enough hours in a day? For me, the worst is the awful situation of when a person allows greed to take over their entire focus of life. I know too much about this subject because it has happened to me.
When we say greed, most often people think of money. But it is not only money. It becomes a selfish lifestyle where a person is concerned first & foremost about satisfying his/her need, and in affect having the helpfulness of others shrink and shrink until so many forget about it at all! Helping others! I know I came to this in an odd way, or some might think a "holier than thou" way. You'll have to trust me on that one, it's not possible.
Anyway, if you can believe this, my point was/is an attempt...or rather a hope about our starting OL. Because really, what group on a football team so often receives SO little of the credit for "HELPING OTHERS!?" Protecting the QB; opening the holes for RBs; holding back the exact right amount of time, and then releasing to pass the LoS to run down the field blocking for the WR, or RB on a well designed punt.....or is that a screen play??
I read the article about Wilderness Man Josh Sitton shaving his beard. Thinking was/is he played up north for his career, and now down here in 90 degree weather and humidity so comfortable....uncomfortable, a change of clothes at mid-day is nothing for many workers. But that was a required write, and a good topic to come up with when a boss is expecting something different, well written, & what the competition does not have, EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WORK WEEK!! No idea how they do it, but my hat's of.....no, I think I'll keep my hat on and think of some other gesture of respect at my age.
Whatever Josh decides about his beard and maybe even long hair as well, I hope that it is a spark, or a joke, or anything that makes those men feel special. Five shaved heads? Well, that might not be good for hits?.?.?.
I know many have said the key to this season is if Tann picks up right where he left off in a rainy, ugly game-day against the Cardinals. I agree in part about that. But the majority of my noggin believes in 1 of 2 things that puts champions in convertibles cruising slow with paper snow raining down.
1) A defense that all the opposing coaches know how to beat, but still, can't do it because our players are too good!!
2) An Offensive Line. Nothing Need Be Said. An Offensive Line!!!