Posted on: December 23, 2008 4:28 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2008 4:39 pm

All I want for Christmas ...

... is a Miami Dolphins victory over the stinkin' Jets.

(Well, that and the Dark Knight DVD)

As a Dolphins fan, there is no team I despise more than the Jets.Victory would be so sweet, not only because it would come against the Jests, but because it would make the Dolphins AFC East champions. Not many people thought the team could make such a turnaround after last year's 1-15 season.

Once Miami landed Chad Pennington, I actually thought they could challenge for a playoff spot. Last year's Dolphins were a 5-11, 6-10 team in a 1-15 team's clothing. There were several close games along the way, but cruddy coaching and a boat-load of injuries led them down the path to a 1-15 season.

So while there is no mistaking that the Dolphins were bad in 2007, I didn't think they were 1-15 bad. I thought with the addition of Jake Long, a healthy duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in the backfield, and a QB in Pennington who knew how to protect the ball, the offense was going to be improved.

On top of that was the last-place schedule the Dolphins drew. I was somewhat concerned that they had to end the season with four of their final five games on the road, but so far they've handled that stretch quite well.

With all of that, before the season I honestly predicted a 10-6 season -- with the caveat that they stayed healthy (which they have) because they're not particularly deep -- with a shot at a wild-card (believe it or not, last season I predicted a 1-13-2 season, so I know my team).

Tom Brady's injury and a Jets choke job have opened the door for an AFC East title, so come on Santa Claus (or should I say Brian Vickers), make it happen!!!

What's that you say? Brian Vickers? Santa Claus? What are you talking about De Los Santos?

Well, I have discovered evidence that NASCAR's Brian Vickers is Santa Claus (or Kris Kringle). Apparently, NASCAR racing helps fill the void.

Behold ...

Brian Vickers is Santa Claus!!!


I've actually been saving this for about six months. When I first saw Vickers with his beard, I knew he reminded me of somebody, but I couldn't quite figure out who. Then in the middle of summer it just hit me one day, Santa Claus from Santa Claus is Coming to Town!!!

And, of course, Red Bull gives you wings so he probably gives the reindeer a little bit of the sponsor juice and -- boom! -- he's airborn delivering toys to all the good boys and girls of the world.

And with that I would like to thank everybody -- all 10 of you -- who manage to find their way to this little spec of the World Wide Web.

Have a healthy, happy holiday and I'll see you in the New Year.

(Oh, and if you haven't already, be sure to vote for the best specialty paint scheme)

Posted on: February 8, 2008 11:39 am

Crossing the line

I don't get it.

I have my favorite teams, but I've never felt the need to do harm or deride somebody simply because they have an allegiance dissimilar to mine.

Last night at the Illinois game, Illini fans were shouting all types of derogatory remarks toward Indiana's Eric Gordon, all because he reneged on his commitment to the school.

Toward the end of the 2OT game, some unruly fans began throwing things. A cup of water struck his mother. So sad.


Umm, he's a teenageer people. He changed his mind. Get over it. Simply ridiculous that  that much vitriol would be directed toward the kid. Would the Illini be better with Gordon? Sure, but in the big scheme of things what difference does it really make. Whether your team wins or loses shouldn't alter your life.

I've been a diehard Dolphins fan for more than 20 years. None of those seasons have ended in a championship. But I've seen the rival Bills go to four straight Super Bowls and the hated Pats go to five Super Bowls, winning thrice. Strangely enough, even when the Pats won their first Super Bowl, my life went on the next day. I rooted for the Giants in this past Super Bowl as if they were the Dolphins themselves. I wanted the Dolphins to remain alone in NFL lore as the lone unbeaten team. The Giants won and I was happy. Good for me.

And if the Pats had won? I'd have shrugged my shoulders and gone about business as usual, just as I did after Giants won, just a bit happier.

I'm still hoping that one day one of my cruddy teams will win a championship. Obviously winning feels better than losing. But you know what? It's not going to change my life one bit. I'll be extra happy for a day or two and then life's trials and tribulations will set in again. I'll have bragging rights among my friends, perhaps I'll even get a shirt that says champion on it -- but that's about the extent of it.

A few year's back, I went to a Cubs-Marlins game at Dolphins Stadium. Some jerk started throwing peanut shells at me and my wife -- and why? Because I had the gall to where a Cubs jersey to the game. Really? I wasn't doing anything in particular to draw attention to myself, cheering when the Cubs managed to do something good in the game. Isn't that what a fan is supposed to do. But this jerk had to go ahead and ruin things.

So here's a little advice. It's a GAME. It's ENTERTAINMENT. There's nothing that's going to happen in any game that's personally going to change your life. Just sit back and try to enjoy. Certainly try to get into the spirit of the game, but don't be so angry about every little thing. 

To paraphrase the wise and all-knowing Yoda:

“Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”


Posted on: February 1, 2008 11:43 am

Go G-men!

As promised, here are the Super Bowl XLII predictions from the CBSSports.com production team.

Booms: Pats 59, Giants 21 – Randy Moss
EB: Giants 31, Pats 28 – Michael Strahan
JDD: Pats 34, Giants 24 – Tom Brady
RD: Pats 31, Giants 28 – Laurence Maroney
AG: Pats 35, Giants 17 – Tom Brady & Randy Moss
RL: Giants 35, Pats 31 – Eli Manning
BR: Giants 42, Pats 3 – Jeff Feagles
MB: Pats 31, Giants 14 – Wes Welker
And finally, yours truly
DLS: Giants 41, Pats 0 – Ahmad Bradshaw

As you can see, we have a few Patriots haters in the group. Three of the four people who picked the Giants are Dolphins fans, including me, so aside from being division rivals, we have the 1972 perfect season to think of.

So yes, those Giants picks are a bit biased, but we can hope can't we?

Yes, it's true, I don't really believe the Giants will win 41-0, it's more like my wish pick. If I had to make a really for real honest pick, say somebody gave me a million dollars and told me I had to make a bet on one team and I could only keep the money if I won the bet, the pick would be the Pats. It's the smart bet.

But I think the Giants have a chance, at least that's what I keep telling myself. The first key is getting pressure on Brady, plain and simple. Throughout history, the only proven way to beat a great QB is with pressure. You can't let him pick you apart like Jacksonville did. What a horrible game plan that was. Fortunately putting pressure on the QB is something at which the Giants excel.

In their Week 17 meeting the Giants had only 1 sack.  If they can't improve the pass rush Sunday, probably will need at least 4 sacks, then they're toast.

And offensively, I gotta believe they have to run the ball. I know Eli has been playing mistake free, but you can't count on him alone. I'd like to see somwhere in the range of 120 yards rushing.

Enjoy the Giants' victory everyone.

Posted on: January 18, 2008 9:27 am

Father duct tapes jersey on son

OK, so how many of you have seen the story about the father in Wisconsin who duct taped a Favre jersey to his son because the son had refused to put it on?


I'm a father of three, my oldest being 3 1/2 years at the moment and he's not really into sports at the moment. As a Dolphins fan -- I know, quite sad -- we've bought him various states of Dolphins clothing -- jerseys, hats -- of course he doesn't know the significance of it. It's just clothing.

Eventually, I imagine, he's going understand sports and jump on the bandwagon, though I'm not about to force anything upon him. If he wants to be a Dolphins fan, then great. If not, I'll get over it. As long as he doesn't become a Jets fan. That will result in immediate expulsion from the premisis.

My parents grew up in the Chicago area, so my father and uncles are Bears fans. But I grew up in Florida and at the time I really glommed onto sports in the mid-80s, the Dolphins were among the elite with Dan Marino having just arrived on the scene. The first game I can really remember watching was the championship game when the Dolphins spanked the Steelers en route to Super Bowl XIX. I was hooked. And fortunately, the Dolphins were the top sports draw with the local newspaper, so I got all the Dolphins news my heart desired.

Today though, because of the internet, news about all teams are so easily accessible. My kids may eventually just choose their favorite teams based on a player or the team colors. Who really knows. It'll be interesting to find out. But however it turns out, I won't be taping an old-school Marino jersey to my kids. I will, however, burn any Jets gears that makes it into the house.


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