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Live blog here to celebrate season ticket milestone

The Dolphins tonight celebrate their most important preseason game of 2010 and already they have good news on the horizon: The team will soon announce that it has surpassed the 50,000 season-ticket mark for the first time in the Bill Parcells era and the first time since 2007.

Although the club has not yet made it official, I'm told by several sources there is a sense of pride at the fact the local fans have seen fit to invest in season-tickets at a rate not seen in several years despite the tough economic times that plagues the nation and South Florida.

There is much work to do, however, for the Dolphins business side. While there has been a steady increase in the sale of tickets since they fell off the table following Nick Saban's departure, 50,000 to ,51,000 is not the goal. The club would like to be closer to 2006 levels and be in the 60,000s season tickets sold.

One supposes the success the team will have this year will go far toward determining that.

To that end, I present to you tonight's game.

Things to look for:

The secondary: Um, they've been pretty bad this preseason and now they're facing the best quarterback (Matt Ryan) they've seen so far and for a much longer period of time. The expectation is the Ryan will go at least one half tonight as will Miami's starting DBs.

[Update: Jason Allen is slated to start ahead of Sean Smith at RCB. Smith has been on notice all preseason that his job is at stake. Count this another strongly worded message that he needs to pull up and play better or he'll find himself coming off the bench when the season begins.]

To blitz or not to blitz: I've shared with you what the Dolphins' defense is going to be this year in previous posts. Attacking is the operative word. But this preseason the Dolphins have shown no blitzes with their first-team defense. Do they unwrap some of that package tonight? I do not know. But I'll be watching with interest to see how effetive Koa Misi and Jared Odrick can be when three or four of their teammates are also trying to bust down the offensive line wall along with them.

No injuries, please: That is a key goal. The coaching staff hasn't babied this team, but it has been cautious to avoid the physical, emotional, and psychological distress that a season-ending or other signifcant injury can have upon a team. Today the St. Louis Rams are sick at the loss of receiver Donnie Avery for the season. Teams that come out the third preseason game relatively healthy usually go into the regular season that way because the final preseason game is usually a passing excersize on the field. If Miami can escape this contest unscathed, that will bode wll for the opener.

Last minute news: Will Allen and Nate Garner are the only scratches for the Dolphins. That is interesting because it suggests Channing Crowder is dressed ... but he will not start. Tim Dobbins is starting for Crowder tonight. Jake Grove is starting at center.

So meet me at kickoff in the comments section for the live blog. It should be a hoot. 

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this link also works fellas.

Reality Check:

The Fins look like they've regressed. The O-line and secondary haven't improved at all. Maybe the excuse is it's just the preseason.

See? i said to fire him, if we did he wouldn't have missed the block.
However, he didn't have to, since the o-line sucks so bad, especially long, we should get rid of them as well.

i kinda wish Dan Henning liked the shotgun more than he does. that under center no-back formation is too gimmicky for my tastes.

Yeesh.. That wasn't a great series for the line..

Bierman is a stud. Mentioned earlier this week he would be a handful

poor blitz pick up....i am glad atlanta is throwing everything at us..... we will learn from any mistakes now rather then in game 1....i am glad we are not showing anything on D ... teams will have to learn when it counts againts us!!

wow that was bad. ouch

Well, Koa Misi lost the edge on that last run by Turner.

What Is The Score, And How Do We Look?

armando just wanted to say im a big fan, i read ur blog everyday on my iphone, keep up the good work!

Misi fell down

Misi didnt keep edge containment

Why Are None Of My Comnents Posted?

Fire dansby And Misi, right now
And sparano.

This is ridiculous; we're either giving them 3rd and short or we're not making the stops on 3rd and long. Go figure!

Finally a play by vontae!

just gave up a first?
wth..
Fire mike nolan, why do all our coaches suck so badly?
They should hire me to HC.. I can OC and DC as well, and i'll fix special teams.

ODRICK will not start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vontae can keep his job..

For now.......

That should have been picked off by clemons.

Both Misi and Odrick have been yanked! WOW!

Thank you, JJ!

Vontae is looking good...

NASTY doublteteam split by mcdaniel

Looked more like a bad throw more than good coverage.

Davis looking good

why isnt odrick starting?

seeing more out of mcdaniels and grant for sure

Good stop.

Go Vontae

Does This Lag 25 Min Behind On Everyones Phone?

Marshall and Hartline out of the game, Fason and Polite lined up tight and they want to throw?

No thank you.

when do we EVER run an empty set, i like how were opening up our offense

good pressure with a 4 man rush.... WE WILL NOT BLITZ AT ALL THIS GAME...if we didnt on 3 and 9 we will not the whole game... davis is playing great!!

henne shouldn't have checked down, even if it got us a fist, fire him, and fire ronnie brown for not dropping the pass in disgust

jeeze o-line...how much are these guys making?

Misi and Odrick were playing like rookies. Thats why both have been yanked!

Henning loves being cute.

Jake Long called for holding.

Good mommentum killer!!!

Terrible throw by Henne!

told you long sucks, he couldn't carry my jock

not that i wear one

Bad call on Long

that reposition of the umpire really wasnt a good idea for the game

henne was going to get sacked

he had to throw it

floating turd from Henne.

ST is pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! damn wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shitty call

WOW an imposter test

get the hell out...

Henne is too antsy. He needs to learn how to be more patient. Marshall was wide open.

Why No Updares?

what was that henne????

We look like an 8-8 team at best right now.

What is going on? i wanna see more henne-marshall action

wow, you guys are all so optimistic

What a total lack of effort for Bmarsh.
the ball landed next to him
he should have adjusted

can we get our two picks back from denver?

henne was about to get sacked...

he had no more time...

Test u must be blind, lol!

the refs are killing us..... our gunner got clipped and held by both atl guys and no call... WTF!!

Henne had enough time to throw, he just heard some footsteps.

Henne should have had Marshall...Darn.

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