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Dolphins vs. Steelers: A football game, a fight

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a tough team. They are physical. They are eager to use that asset. And they have a well-deserved reputation for being the baddest dudes on the block going back to the days of the Steel Curtain.

The Dolphins, in case you have not heard, also fancy themselves a physical team. And so when these two lovers of violent football get together ...

"I think anytime you play against the Steelers you know it’s going to be a physical contest," coach Tony Sparano said. "They make no bones about it. I think that from our end we feel like we’re a physical football team, so it’s going to be a physical game.”

Believe it or not, that is the politically correct way to portray it. Running back Ronnie Brown has another way. He sees the Steelers as a bully. And he thinks there's only one way to deal with bullies.

"When you have bully on the school yard, he thinks he's the baddest," Brown said. "Therefore he's going to carry himself like he's the baddest. He feels that way, so therefore he's going to act like he's the baddest. That's how it is with the Pittsburgh defense. They think that way, they act that way. That's how it is until someone proves them differently. That's how it is."

And just because Brown plays running back and it is part of his job description to take blows, that doesn't mean Brown intends to let Pittsburgh bully him.

"You have to accept that challenge," he said. "As an offensive player, I come in with a defensive mentality. Just because I'm a running back doesn't mean I can't be an aggressor with the football.

"Until you stand up to the bully he's going to keep picking on you and if he feels he's found a weak spot, you're going to have to deal with that every day. If you show up and show him you're not scared, then it goes away. But until you do that, you're going to get the same result. So why not attack it full head on?"

The last time these two teams played -- in the 2009 regular-season finale -- the Dolphins didn't stand up to well against the bully. Quarterback Chad Henne had to leave the game with vision problems. Backup quarterback Pat White came in and lasted less than one quarter before he literally got knocked out.

"Last year you know it took us three quarterbacks to get through the game and hopefully that won’t happen this game," Henne said. "But, we’re going to have to protect, we’re going to have to keep it balanced, we’re going to have to run the football, and protect me in the passing game.”

Like Brown, Henne says he's not afraid, concerned, or sweating the physical nature of the Steelers, particularly on defense.

 “No, I mean I’m just going to go out there and play my game and I’m not going to let anything affect me," he said. "I’m not going to stare at the rush a little bit more. I’m just going to go through my progressions, know what I’m doing what I’m doing back there and you know if I get hit I get hit. That’s part of the game.”

Talking to several Dolphins players, one gets the idea the Dolphins have a little to prove to the Steelers. One gets the idea they intend on standing toe-to-toe with their Pittsburgh counterparts.

"They're going to keep grinding and you have to match that intensity," Brown said. "Coming into the game week, your whole mental process has to be ready for that. That's the good part of this game. they're going to present challenges. And you have to take advantage of that. You have to take each blow when they get their chance. And when you get your chance your have to take your shot.

"I'm not going to say they go out and try to hurt people. But they do try to strike some kind of fear. And if you buy into that, it is what it is. But if you don't and you go out and fight, that's what it's going to be. It'll be a fight."

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love your twitter updates Mando.....

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano says Jared Odrick is "done for a long time." But says his injury is foot and it's other leg. Mando twitter

if your not following him on twitter u should be.

See you over there Marc. These guys can hang out with Aloco and Home, both great contributors. Deuces

Believe It Or Not:

Say my 7 scoring drives total theory when both opponents are playing a well played is correct. Both opponents have 3 scoring drives apiece. The one maximizing thier 3 scoring drive most is leading.

What possibly plays most in who gains that 4th and possibly critically deciding last scoring possession? My answer: Special teams play.

In a well played game by both sides whoever wins the special teams battle may more often than not position themselves to have the 4th and possibly deciding 4th scoring drive edge. Best special teams puts thier team in the best position to win the game.

Special teams must play with a swagger Sunday. They owe the Miami fans this after the last home performance. Be on the lookout for our st's to bid for redemption in front of home fans after the last dreadful performance.

I'm expecting shock and awe, possibly the best st's showing since the Ireland Sparano era. Im looking for them to make a HUGE statement of redemption. They know they owe the home fans that after that unpatriotic Patriots debacle.

list latest post first n it would b great if there was a filter to just show armondos posts

Posted by: krut | October 21, 2010 at 03:10 PM

it would be great to be able to turn off these posters:

tortured and the rest of the clowns like him.

latest comments first

Channings full comments I found on espn... NFL. He is as bright as midnight on a cloudy day.

Darryl Dunphy,

One of the statements Crowder made that had me lmao was, "If I have the opportunity to knock someone out. I'm going to knock his a.. out!"

You may as well leave it like it is. After page 2 most of the morons come out with stupid one liners. I don't participate much anymore especially when stock buying, politics and sexual orientation come in to play. Some of the posts are humorous but when the one liners start, I stop reading.



Keep comments as is...

clean-up forum--remove tortured!!!

Crowder also said:

"They have us wearing pink for breast cancer awareness month. Now they may as well continue to have us wear pink even if its not breast cancer awareness month."

During Live Blog: last comment first/reverse chron

Why should Armando ban Tortured when he's always good for at least 5-10 more hits once he makes a stupid degrading response.

If we stop responding to it creating even more hits. Then Armando may see more of a legitimate reason to banning him.

By responding you guys are the ones helping put more food on Armando's table. Dont you get it?

Also if you guys stop responding to all of the socalled idiots. Sooner or later they'll go away. Nothing offends an idiot more than recieving no attention.

That's why theyre here. You guys make it a perfect feeding ground.

Hate to say it but some on here have very little to offer at all unless its attacking attackers.

So if I were Armando and the success of my blogs depends upon hits. I wouldnt ban idiots either if they help produce an additional 50 hits or more per blog.

You guys do math, stop responding to them. Even biaching about them creates a mass amount of hits. Seems the idiots are doing a very nice job and we help. LOL


I don't want Armando to go hungry now.

TORTURED! Where you at?

Even in biaching about idiots you guys are asking Armando to remove food from his own table. Hmm..... I wonder why Armando has yet to comply. LOL

latest comment first!!!!!!!

Mando...Latest First, Please.

Steelers have the advantage of having a "tough" name in a tough town.

Dolphins are more cute and Miami is a neon-party town.

So, yes...the Steelers do bring some intimidation with thir name...but once the bullets start flying its the same game to everyone.
I expect a close game with Carpenter pulling out another victory again.

Sometimes I love to post then at times I know its wise to take a break. I love buying Armando and his family a nice steak dinner on me at times.

Also Armando, I think youve been doing a very nice job with the blog as of late. Now having 2 media outlets(radio show) to exorcise your negatve demons seems to have tempered your negativity here to a great degree.

Great job on both ends Man!!!



Take your most loyal bloggers opinions to heart.
The part timers here just like to check in every once in awhile. So for them it's easier to have the last post first.

Don't cater to the fair weather fans Armando. We don't want you to go hungry so keep it the same for your LOYAL Bread and Butter fans.

Chad Henne.....hahahaha.

You will NEVER get anywhere with that guy.

Fish better have a running attack because Henne will be getting hit like a woman that doesnt listen.

I think this game will be a good test for Dolphins' D. I wouldn't be surprise if Steelers put extra attention on Wake (possibly double up on him). If so, then Misi or someone else will have to step up. I'm hoping Nolan will unwrap some new blitz packages.

Also Ben is notorious for holding the ball too long. This could be an advantage for Wake since he's so relentless. (Remember his last sack on Rogers when he was on his back?)

But still, Ben has been known to find plays even when he's chased out of the pocket. Too many times have I seen safeties and LBs chase after him out of the pocket only to leave a receiver open. Our D will have to stay sharp and watch for traps.

DYING...this is very true about the demons thing ,i notice of late he's more relaxed .may be b/c he never stop talking on the radio not giving that amigo a chance even to breath .

latest comments first please

I finally got to see the game last night on NFL Rewind...thank you NFL Network!

We looked great....minus the bonehead play by Vonte Davis, we out-played the Packers.

Henne to Marshall is almost unstoppable!
He is the BEST free agent pick up EVER!

I truly feel that we can win every game...it may be ugly, but we are good enough on both sides of the ball to win almost every time.

Oh yea....special teams looked good, so that New England fiasco was a one-game meltdown.

odin, if we fake names and vote to keep the blog as is will it count ?

Pitt thinks they are bad and everyone is picking them. Its time for the phins to man up and stick to them. They can be beat. Run the ball down their throats!!!

Go Phins


Keep the blog the same.

If it's possible, make the live blog last post first.

Jim Bibby

What do you tell a Jim Bibby with two black eyes?

Nothing, she's already been told twice!


Is Kendall Langford quietly becoming a stud or what?
He's my early favorite for most improved player of the year!

Odin- Very well said!

Dying Breed- Wow the first comment Crowder made wasn't too bad. The comment about wearing pink makes Crowder come off as a complete chucklehead. I could see where it would be in his best interest to keep quiet.

we shouldn't go in try and pass against the steelers. henne can not throw interceptions and expect to win the game. We have to run the ball but be very tricky with our throwing. maybe more play action on first and second down.

latest comments first please..

Mando....more details on the Odrick SNAFU please!

"getting hit like a woman who doesn't listen"
Like my dad used to do when mom came home with guys loads dripping off her chin

i see multiple penalties on Pitt relating to hits giving us key firstdowns and field position.

we win the game but again no one gives us credit and say we won due to the penalties.


It's worth a try.

Keep it the same!!!!

PS: Armando, Geronimo wants you to keep it the same also!!!!

Hey Aloco & Odinseye...why don't you two get a room?

please keep it the same .

Maybe you can invite Home and he can hold the video camera while you two.....

Most recent comments 1st please.

most recient first please

Yea, Home wants smiley faces and winks

Because Home is a man's man

Dick slurping Home-O


it would be nice if it stays the same format .

Oh boy, NHFINSFAN, you are about to help Mando reach a new hits plateau ...

change to latest to oldest order

Interesting, Home Suckscock, I used to work with a girl named Angela Tancock. Know her?

Is it possible to have the choice of chronological or latest first instead of being forced into either option.

For the live blog it is handy to have latest first but generally I like to read the oldest first.

latest first

Armando, keep the blog the way it's .

newest last .

First last

Last First

first last

I think the posts should alternate. Every 3rd post should be last in order of viewing and every 2nd post should first in order of viewing. The first post of the day should have it's own place at the very top of the blog right above your picture and the very last post of the day should be dragged out back, shot and buried in peat moss.

Bmarsh on Rome next ESPN


I don't trust home behind me, camera or not.

Your kids know how to film real good. Just ask your wife.

While you're at it, ask her if she wants Jaeger or Rum next time.

time for my meatball sub .

to be or not to be .

How to beat the Steelers? STs play at least average. O and D play like their hair is on fire. Henning not lapsing in to a coma...no cutesy plays, no WC. Trust Henne, sink or swim.

Mando, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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