Posts Tagged ‘Miami Dolphins’

Professional Football is Imploding in Florida

November 4, 2013


It was bad enough that Jacksonville refused to take the locally charmed Tim Tebow and thus earn the complete distrust and disgust of their fans by producing a less-than-lackluster team, now the remainder of Florida has joined in the “Peninsular curse”.

But I don’t really think we can blame Tebow for any of this… can we? Unless the scriptures somewhere tell us that “the peninsula will be lost if one turns their back on the Man of God” or something like that.

Anyway, after Jacksonville buckled to the curse, Tampa Bay was beset with a scourge of virus and bacterial infestation… somewhat less than seven plagues, but you get the drift.

Some of their team have gotten very ill from the microbes and their coach (some say who has a brain the size of a microbe) is acting fairly odd in his decision making.

This mess might be entirely overlooked if either team had one win between them but they are – strangely enough – the ONLY two teams in the NFL without a win this season! This has Biblical connotations all over it!!

Still, there was one bright spot in this fiasco: Miami is sitting at .500 (4 wins, 4 losses) and are not the bearers of the golden goose egg shared by the other two Florida franchises but now it seems they have a mess the size of Texas. And maybe a bigger mess than the other two teams combined.

It seems Jonathan Martin (no relation to Trayvon) has gone AWOL from the team amid swirling rumors of hazing, practical jokes, and other good-natured football camaraderie. Perhaps the fellow just has thin skin.

Today, the story took a turn to the South and it seems that one player named Ricky (whose name will remain Incognito) has been badgering the fellow for some time now (like since last year) and has been using racial slurs, threats, innuendo, and half a dozen other nuanced behaviors that I thought were beyond the mental capacity of the one-who-shall-remain-Incognito.

It is a sad day for for Miami, a sadder day for Florida, and an even bigger dark day for the NFL.

Oh, did I mention Jonathan Martin is black? (That might frame the story in a different light.)

So, what looked like a simple case of an emotionally frail young man not being able to take some friendly ribbing, it now seems his teammate has been involved in criminal behavior of a very bad sort.

And the rest of the team seems to have known something of this and did nothing about it.

Sure, New England had Hernandez and the murder-thing – so very easy to see that sort of thing and handle it – but this does not bode well for anyone.

If the league cannot get this sort of behavior under control (and there were shades of the same sort of thing going on in Tampa just a couple of weeks ago, i.e. Freeman’s departure) they are going to wish their only problems were a few concussion cases, illegal tackle fines, and the racial slur contained in the names of their teams.

Maybe everyone in Florida should take a moment and do a little Tebowing?

And perhaps Tim could bring some salvation.

Or at least a little salve.

I’m Just Sayin’…

January 16, 2013

While it is a truism that no good deed goes unpunished, and equally true that sometimes you’ve only got one shot…

It is also true that a man is greater than the sum of his parts.

The new GM for the Jacksonville Jaguars – the team everyone assumed Tebow would next play for – has announced they really have no place in their organization for the man.

Most people have said that Tebow did miserably while at the Jets… but when was he given the chance? They used him sparingly over the season. The “brilliant” (a self-proclaimed moniker, I believe) coach Ryan would rather lose with Sanchez.

Tebow’s brother tweeted his side of the argument but he has no say in the matter. (If you missed that, he basically reminded everyone that the last playoff win in Denver was by none other than his brother, Tim.)

Analysts all claim that both Denver and New York have said he is a “terrible” QB.

If Tebow was such a bad QB, how could he take Denver on such a wild ride into the playoffs? Probably, had he gone all the way to the Super Bowl, they would still have said the same thing.


Because in practice, Tebow looks lousy.

Therefore he cannot play good enough for the NFL, right?

But practice is not the same as the game and some people are simply better when put in the right conditions.

A fine example of that is Kaepernick, the young QB who rallied the 49ers to beat the Packers, and that’s after he threw a pick-six on the opening drive.

Picking talent is a seemingly rare talent. There are too many stories about the “draft busts” over the years. Choices made by people supposedly good at judging talent.

Yet, as many people know, it is not always the quality of the stars that means the most. I remember a certain team out of Miami that was not full of the greatest stars in the NFL but they seem to have gone undefeated. Later greats like Dan Marino could not surround himself with a team like that.

What is that indefinable thing that causes some people to form into a great team, and for the individual parts to become better than they otherwise might have been?

Joe Montana was picked in the third round because they said he did not have arm strength that was NFL caliber. They said he couldn’t compete in the NFL.

Tom Brady was chosen in the sixth round because he looked positively horrible at the Combine. They said he couldn’t compete in the NFL.

And that shows you what their statistics and miles of “practice” footage will get you.

Tebow deserves a shot because he has already shown he can do the job.

But I don’t think anyone in the NFL is smart enough to know it. Or to look back at that footage.

The Greatest Season

January 12, 2012

The team had gone 13 and 0 on the season with three games remaining. And the remainder of their schedule was what you would consider “soft”. After they had pulled two touchdowns ahead, in the middle of the third quarter, the coach pulled the starting quarterback, deciding that the playoffs were more important than the remaining three games.

The coach would say that the owners had spoken with him and they decided the Super Bowl win was most important. As one of the bigwigs put it: Getting in the record books was the most important thing.

What in the world was that #&$%#&@ thinking?!?

Most fans could not tell you off the top of their head who won Super Bowl XVII or even Super Bowl XXXIII. But any fan could tell you who went completely undefeated ALL season to win the Super Bowl: the Miami Dolphins.

Zip! No one else. Bingo!

Now, what silly record book was this guy thinking about??

So, which was most important? One look at Peyton Manning’s face as he stood on the sideline and watched his team lose the lead in the fourteenth game of the season told it all.

What should have happened at that point was that the coach should have woken up and put Manning back in.

I believe they would have gone 14-0, then 15-0, 16-0, and would have been riding so high that I think they could have coasted through the playoffs to win the Super Bowl. Seeing them go undefeated after the Giants had snuffed out New England’s dream of that honor a couple of years before, would have been monumental.

And that would truly have been one for the record books.

As it was, they finished the season 14-2 and got creamed in the big game.

The owners and the coaches forgot the importance of momentum, inertia, passion.

And without passion, how can one player ever hope to elevate the game to something more?

In this season, when we have no Peyton Manning to watch, I wonder if that season ever comes to his mind. Hopefully not. The really great ones rarely look back with regrets. They remain focused on the future.

Leaving such minuscule conundrums to the fans who can only enjoy the glory through a more passive role. And dream of the Greatest Season that never happened but was once so close, so very much a possibility. But stolen by a group of suits that seem a little distant from what the game is really all about.

And I understand that too well because I am a Redskins fan.