A picture is worth a thousand words…   …Or in this case, a picture is worth 31 unanswered points.Read More →

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Which is worse?  Matt Ryan making three costly mistakes on the same play, or Kyle Shanahan not knowing basic arithmetic? Despite a couple of decent games earlier this season Matt Ryan had a long history of choking in playoff games, when his team needed him most.  On Sunday, he worsened his reputation.   How much of that falls on his own shoulders is debatable.   The only solace Ryan can take is that very few people are blaming him.   Most analysts, myself included, are piling the blame on that ridiculous idiot Kyle Shanhan, who called the worst plays in Super Bowl history. And ofRead More →

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When Pete Carroll handed a free Super Bowl to the Patriots a few years ago, Dan Quinn was standing right next to him.   Of all the people on earth who would learn from Carroll’s mistake, you’d think it would be Dan Quinn.  Wrong. From that fateful moment, you would think that Dan Quinn’s over-riding motivation in life would be, “If I ever get a chance to win a Super Bowl, I vow to never make the same horrendous mistake as Pete Carroll.”    Quinn not only made the same mistake once.  He made it twice.   In the 4th quarter, no less. He had aRead More →

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With about 8 minutes to go and a 16-point lead, the Atlanta Falcons faced a third and inches from their own 36 yard line.    If Atlanta rushes the ball–first down or not–the clock keeps running.  Worst case scenario, they punt it deep and NE begins a drive in its own territory, with a 16-point deficit and with only 7 minutes left.   It leads to an Atlanta win. If Atlanta picks up the first down, they can knock a couple of minutes off the clock, and–again, worse case scenario only–they punt back to New England, who would still face a 16-point deficit, this timeRead More →

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Let’s go, Falcons! Let’s keep it fair, refs.Read More →

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RISE is Stephen Ross’s Initiative in Sports for Equality.   It may have something to do with Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas disrespecting their country every week, but I’m not here to research what RISE’s goals are. Instead, I’m here to point out, yet again, that this is Stephen Ross doing something other than helping the Miami Dolphins.  Yet ANOTHER non-Dolphin venture to take his time and money away from where they should be spent. My regular readers know the routine by now.   There’s a lengthy list of things that Mr. Ross gets involved in that don’t help the Dolphins.  For some quick examples:  anti-bullying campaigns, bringing soccer toRead More →

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When people in Boston wake up Sunday, will they realize how the entire non-Boston world hates the Patriots? Will a single Patriot fan admit that Tom Brady got caught red-handed cheating? Will they admit that if not for an archaic and unknown technicality known as the tuck rule, then no one would have heard of  Tom Brady? Will they admit that spying on your opponents during practice gives you a decided and unfair advantage? Will they admit that Pete Carroll handed them  free gift in the Super Bowl a few years ago? Will they admit that 17-0 is perfect, and that 18-1 is not? WeRead More →

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The only good thing about the Pro Bowl was seeing All Pro guard Richie Incognito team up once again with his friends Cameron Wake and Jarvis Landry. You remember Richie, right?   The All pro guard who the Dolphins threw away because he teased his friend. Imagine if the Dolphins simply benched him for a series, or even a game or tow, instead of over-reacting and feeding into this false bullying culture.   We’d still have a perennial All Pro lineman on our team and one of the best lines in the league.   Instead, we kept Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner, and Mike Pouncey.  Wonderful.Read More →

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Edwin Pope was among the few Dolphins writers who, most of the time, told it like it is.   The current beat writers still walk on eggshells when it’s time to critique Adam Gase and Clueless Joey Philbin.   Pope was a little more outspoken, and a lot more brave.   He even questioned the great Don Shula, a man 10 times more powerful than Gase and Philbin put together. Here’s a link to Pope’s coverage of the last Dolphins’ Super Bowl, a blowout loss to the 49ers.  I admire him for bringing up the hard questions.   http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/super-bowl/article129557229.html You’ll note that his writing style wasRead More →

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I used to like the Pro Bowl more than most people.   But the past few years, even I have changed my tune and now think like the rest of you…that it’s a boring, tedious affair. Making matters worse is the NFL’s insistence on using tired old retirees to act as team captains and select players.   But WORSE, is allowing guys like Ray Lewis and Michael Irvin to still be involved. How many arrests does it take before the NFL turn its back on these thugs? What do you guys think of the Pro Bowl??Read More →

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Pittsburgh had third and short twice already, and BOTH times, they called a long bomb.  Both incomplete.  Horrendous play calling and NOT the way to eat away at New England. Apparently, Adam Gase is the play caller today, because he too refuses to rush for a first down.  Ever.Read More →

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Right off the bat, let me state that I don’t know Matt Burke personally.   I also don’t know much about his body of work and accomplishments, mostly because he’s never had a prominent role that can be assessed.    But just because we know so little about the man and what he brings to the table, doesn’t mean we can’t question certain aspects of his hiring. My first concern is the hiring process.  I’m a huge believer in taking your time and hiring the very best person available.  Not just the best person on your 30th-ranked defensive staff, but the best person in theRead More →

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I have a good friend who’s a lifelong Steeler fan and blogger, and in talking to him over the weekend, you really get a sense of what the Steelers are all about and how their fans buy into it. He said that Bud Dupree is going to hit Tom Brady harder than he hit Matt Moore.   I said, Oh you mean that illegal hit.  He said Yup, he loves that stuff. Now we all talk shit about opponents and it’s part of being a sports fan, but Steeler and Patriot fans have this blind obsession that goes beyond being a basic fan.   AndRead More →

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Rooting for a team in the New England-Pittsburgh game is like rooting for someone in a Hitler vs. Bin Laden matchup.   BOTH teams are easy to despise, with their cheating, dirty play, whining, and overall way they each get all the calls.   Roger Goodell might have to flip a coin on which of his two favorite teams he tells the refs to favor next week. The Chiefs committed a lot of bad penalties on Sunday night, but it was the same penalties that Pitt was committing and that weren’t called.   And don’t get me started on the way the Patriots abused theRead More →

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After watching Little Julie Edelmann push off twice on the same “catch” and then watching the referees literally turn their heads away from the play, I turned off the TV because we already know the outcome. This was already after I suffered through watching Brady throw up high-arching, non-spiraling, lame ducks for the entire first half.   The Texan DBs have about 10 full seconds of the ball up in the air to make a play, but instead they decide to trip on those pesky blades of fake grass.  Not to mention the brilliance of the Texan special teamers.   Talk about handing the gameRead More →

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With Vance Jospeh gone now, it’s time for Adam Gase to focus on hiring a strong defensive coordinator.  It appears likely that Gase will give the job to current LB coach Matt Burke. No one disputes that the Dolphins 2016 defense was inadequate.   But there are debates as to who bears the most of the blame.    And there’s a lot of blame to go around. Aside from a few stars, almost every one of the starting 11 was an average player.  We had no beasts.  That blame falls on the front office.   They’ve missed the boat in the recent past, and draftedRead More →

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A belated thanks to the Denver Broncos for tanking on Christmas night to vault us into the playoffs. A new thanks to the Denver Broncos for taking Vance Joseph off our hands.   The Dolphins defense was miserable this season, and Vance Joseph had no answers.  Why on earth would a team want him to be the leader is beyond me, but I’m glad it happened. And now we can look forward with some optimism to a new DC coming in.   Word is that current LB coach Matt Burke will get the job.  Hope he’s smart enough to give Mike Hull and Trevor ReillyRead More →

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