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Tues. evening practice report with a twist

Let's start with the news first: As I first reported on my twitter, which I hope you begin following,  WR Brennan Marion has a torn ACL and is out for the season. The Dolphins are attempting to sign a replacement.

They worked out a couple of receivers Tuesday -- one of them being former Ravens practice squad player Edward Williams, who fits Miami's receiver mold at 6-4 and 215 pounds.

As far as practice is concerned, yes, I'm going to give you the typical blow-by-blow that you're going to get elsewhere. But, frankly, I assume even the hardcore readers can grow a little weary of reading that Will Billingsley struggles day after day. So I'm going to occasionally give you something different to chew on during training camp.

As I've covered this team since the dawn of time, certainly longer than anyone else, I'm going to share some classic training camp moments with you from time to time. Today's moment dates back to 1996 when the Tampa Bay Bucs were invited to the Dolphins practice facility for dual workouts.

So the Bucs show up and are warming up on the field before the practice when defensive tackle Warren Sapp apparently decides he needs to take a whiz. He unbuckles his pants and simply relieves himself at the base of the stanchion that holds up the video platform.

At that precise moment, the Dolphins stream onto their field, led by new coach Jimmy Johnson, who is feeling pretty enthusiastic about his new team. Johnson eagerly trots out, immediately spots Sapp, runs over and extends his had to shake with the former UM player.

Before the handshake, Sapp quickly buckles his pants and extends the same hand that he was using to hold his  ... well, you get the picture. The coach and player shake hands and talk for a while, and the entire time, I'm standing there with WQAM radio host Orlando Alzugaray, just cracking up that Miami's new coach doesn't know as much as he thinks he does.

OK, let me know if you want more of these classic training camp moments from time to time or if this features stinks in your opinion.

As for Tuesday's evening practice inside the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble (NSMB):

Tony McDaniels got some reps with the first-team defensive line as Phillip Merling was back with the second-teamers. It's a competition, people, and no one is assured of any spot and everyone will get a fair chance. I love that about this coaching staff.

Brian Hartline was the most active of any previous practice, catching three passes in one-on-one drills vs. the defensive backs. Fellow rookie Patrick Turner also continues to impress indoors. He beat Will Allen twice in the one-on-ones and one of those went for a TD on a deep pass.

Vontae Davis has been providing good coverage in recent days but more than once the completions seems to still get made as receivers make plays or the pass is simply perfect. It happened again in the one-on-ones and DB coach Todd Bowles encouraged Davis to "finish," and "play through the ball."

It seemed to work as Davis intercepted Chad Henne on the sideline during the team (11 on 11) period. Henne was inconsistent as he missed an open David Martin down the seam on another play, choosing instead to check down to Ronnie Brown.

Brandon London was crafting a good practice until he had a pass bounce out of his hands and LB William Kershaw snatched the ball out of the air for a turnover. Another turnover during the practice happened when Patrick Cobbs fumbled during a running play.

Punter Brandon Fields tested the sturdiness of the NSMB roof by hitting the thing at least half a dozen times on punts. He did muff one punt snap and then shanked the attempt after hurrying to get the punt off. But the kid is not easily fazed. He pounded the roof four consecutive times after the shank.

Finally, the guys are starting to get a little cranky and there was some pushing and shoving after a couple of plays. Channing Crowder and Shawn Murphy got into it momentarily. Tearrius George and Nate Garner also exchanged unpleasantries.

Boys will be boys.


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No more injuries. Love the iPhone app Mando.

george terarrius?

I like the inside info stuff. keep it coming.

The masses will never follow Twitter, and if I gotta take a leak, I will.

Yes bring the occassional Training Camp Trivia (TCT).
Mike W

Can you tell us the one about when Nick Saban got the stinkpalm from William "the Refrigerator" Perry?

That would be Tearius George right Mando? Wow...we have the best beat writers.


The Warren Sapp story is hillarious. Thanks for the flashback.


Cool story on Sapp. Typical Warren Sapp

Good story mando, keep them coming!



JUST KEEP em coming and real. Don't make shi= up but with your time around the team I'm sure you have plenty of good ones.

George Tearrius = LOL

Tearrius George (like the others have told you already)

Justin. I just left you a meesage on the previus blog. Read it , get back to me.

My bad on Tearrius George. Fixed.

And it looks like the classic training camp moments is a hit. If the reaction continues to be positive, I'll provide one every once in a while.

I like the classic training camp moments(CTCM), keep them coming! The updates have been excellent! Thanks.

He might not have to touch his shi+.

But I can't keep going because my lady said she's drawing the line talking about a 335 pound man whipping out his shi+.


I for one love the stories Mando so my vote is to keep em' coming. I know it's only the third day of camp but Hennes inconsistency is a bit troubling. Hopefully he will get into the flow of things soon. I'm hearing about a lot of overthown passes and that's usually a sign of a QB being too fired up and not relaxing enough. It usually happens to the best of them in the beginning of a big game. And Henne fighting for a starting position is definitely big so the two are comparable. Relax Chad! And finally, about twitter, how much does this cost and if I don't buy am I wasting my time coming to this site because I'm not getting ALL of the info? Anyone?

One thing bothered me about the story. Warren Sapp pissed on the Dolphins field and no one is bothered by this nor did anyone do anything about it at the time?! REALLY?!

yes please keep those training camp moments coming. would love to hear some good marino stories too!

The dolphins are going to have a scrimmage on sat with antwhere from 95-120 plays. That should be fun , can't wait. Justin. did you get my message on the previous blog yet.Get back to me.

Im wondering why no one kicked Sapps A$$ for pissing on Dolphin turf???

Like the offbeat, trivia type stories---also want to hear you or someone bash RosenFraud for this GroinGate mystery--is this a holdout or hangover disguised as a debacle?

There were more positive reports coming out of Dolphins camp about David Woodley as an unknown rookie QB prospect than there has been about Chad Henne...


turner sounds like he's doing O.K.
WILFORD must move like a rock.
davis is tring to make his way,
while WILL ALLEN got his side on lock.

Pat's in for the WILDCAT,
it will be better for a fact.
and this guy might be POLITE
but he put LINEBACKERS on their backs.

CHAD will start while CHAD will back up.
and just thinking
about that makes my goofy @ss crack up.

RONNIE and RICKY will both have GEE
GINN will to you, just sit wait and see.

For some reason it feels like that time.
For that trophy to be held by



WOW , that was terrible, LMFAO ! don't give up your day job. LOL !

Great, now your kicking our butts with current news and inside stuff from 1996.


that was great AFC EAST, don't listen to the only pink belt holder NJ PHIN .

I also like the flashback stories - thanks Mando.

You asked.Like 98.9% of the articles you are dumb enough to take credit for this one stinks. Have you not noticed: the Dolphins are in training camp... This is the most fascinating camp for fifteen years...there are a lot of Herald readers who want to know what is happening, not what you were thinking about during the twenty minutes you spent admiring yourself in the mirror this morning. I have come to believe you know nothing about football and care less. Do you write this self adoring crap yourself or does Cote help you.

hey that is funny. Maybe Sapp didn't feel like he pissed on his hand so it was ok. Now I hope JJ didn't wipe his mouth. that would be a bj by proxy.


"bj by proxy". LMAO

NJ, you handled it with class.

what about the diesel? I'm in shape and ready to start!


I am glad I made you laugh. You need me as the devil, you want me to be the devil therefore I am.

Ace. always a pleasure to chat with you. Were you talking about my post to justin from the previous blog ? If so thanks. Justin still hasn't responded. BELIEVE ME when i tell you , he will thank me the minute he gets a look at me when i walk through the door.

NJ, gotta ask.
What style do you practice? How long?

NJ, yes it was in the previous blog.


Stroke your zucchini, but don't stroke so fast,
If your mouth ain't big enough you can stick up you @ss

i have really go now to plant my new zucchini plant and two cucumbers .

No no CUBANo I love you. I mean the devil loves you.

ace, why you got so mad and evil in your last post using bad words.

Ace, after my college football career was over , i still maintained the power lifting aspect we used for football. The competition still burned in me so i went into bodybuilding. Then opened a gym followed by another to train people/ahletes in power lifting/bodybuilding along with performance ( such as improving speed ,strength , endurance and most important nutrition) for athletes in high school and college. that's my main field. The taekwondo was for me and taught to me. I don't teach it. I have people at the gym that do. I've been doing this for 20 years.

good night and good luck all of you still around


You like the feel of the zucchini and cucumbers? You might want to stick with the cucumbers. Aloco told me that the zucchinis break apart too easily inside of him.


What degree in taekwondo?

Lmao!@ace and the zucchini comeback at Cuban menace.

How does Pennington's arm strength look?

Ace. Red/black belt on my way to black. Not there yet. I haven't been doing it as long as weight training. Give me some time.

Arm strength is over rated.... look at Joe Montana, no arm strength but 4 rings to show for.... what you need is kick ass receivers, running back and a good defense.

Classic, funny stuff. Keep it coming Mando. You are the best. By the way, when does Fins Unfiltered start back up?

790 kind of sucks these days, but at least when you're on, its entertaining and informative.

After I stopped LMAO I started thinking that it's an insult that jagoff Sapp peed on our field. No wonder JJ didn't get it done.

Ace. one last thing about me. if i had my choice of being a bodybuilding champion , gold medal winner in taekwondo or being drafted and played( even for a few years )by the dolphins , it wouldn't even be close . Dolphins hands down.


You are so right. Lot of people in Tampa did not care for that jagoff either.


I would pick the Dolphins too in your example. In baseball though I would pick the Yankees.

Ace, if you follow baseball as much as you do football , then yeah it's a tough choice between the 2 teams with that much tradition. The yankees have more. I don't have the problem being a met fan . LOL

I was the first person drafted straight out of highschool.
I played with with the SAINTS but I was only 17 so I had to wait my mother wouldn't sign the permission slip.
But after hearing about how fast I was CLINTON asked me to do some special missions and I was cool with it any thing for my country.
SO I TRAINED with some monks in the art of CAR-RAZY and they asked me to stay with them because the student was now the teacher.
I refused because I wanted to do other things in life.
So I trained to become even faster than I was.
So in the middle of training this guy wanted to fight me. I'm not sure of his name but he said he was a boxer and he had this crazy Tat on his face. So after I whipped him I helped him to his feet and he looked me in the eyes and said "yo, you good".I said no I'm the BEST.

So after that I wanted to be the first man to have a threesome in outer space.I called JENNIFER LOPEZ but she said NO so I settled for PAULA and JANET.
JANET had a REAL famous brother at the time and PAULA is now on this show where people sing.
ANYWAY they had a fight because they both wanted to be first.
Then I was the 2nd one to ever walk on water and now with nothing else to do I BLOG.
THINKING about running across the globe next year.

Twitter is gay.

Get over yourself and just report the news. Geez...

I love this blog! Armando, I come here at least once a day, usually in the morning when I get to work (haha), and you rarely fail to entertain and inform me. Sometimes you make me angry. Sometimes I agree with you. But you always make me think.

I join the legions on here that want you to continue sharing from your past experiences of camp.

By the way, you are right, Will Billingsley sucks.

Read this post and I'm still smiling five minutes later.

YES, Bring more flashback stories!!!

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