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Ricky Williams cross free agency bridge, then burns it

Ricky Williams is a lot of things. He's a solid, old running back. He's not very well rooted. He's an articulate man. He's a classic me-guy. And he's a hypocrite.

He's also pretty much done with the Miami Dolphins and I believe the feeling is mutual. And so with his Miami career pretty much over, a bridge Williams knew he would cross eventually, the running back went about burning that bridge on Monday Joey Porter style.

In his weekly radio radio show on WQAM, Ricky criticized coach Tony Sparano, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and took a subtle swipe at QB Chad Henne. He said, among other things, he is a closet New York Jets fan.

The comments you'll hear that seem most damning is that Ricky criticized coach Tony Sparano, saying among other things that the coach had lost his locker room toward the end of the season and the attention span of the players throughout the year.

“Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things it takes to win football games,” Ricky said. “Not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring touchdowns in the red zone. He spends a lot of time saying, ‘If you do these things, you win.’ And sometimes I feel personally that he does a little bit too much. My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that you guys are going to win, then all that other stuff takes care of itself."

Ziiiing.

Interesting that Ricky didn't mention that during the season at any point. He refused to speak with the local media unless they paid him, which local radio station WQAM did in giving him a show. And even during those paid weekly appearances, Ricky never before complained about the coach asking the team to convert on third downs and score TDs in the red zone.

It wasn't until Ricky was clear of the season and felt he had cover that he made his point about Sparano's approach. Interesting. Maybe it might have been more productive had he brought the issue up with one of the captains to take to the coach. Maybe, as the longest tenured Dolphin, he might have brought the issue up to Sparano himself in private.

Nope.

“Coach [Nick] Saban had a saying, ‘We’re worried about mouse manure, when we have elephant [crap] all over the place,’” Williams added. “I want to really start focusing on what I want to accomplish and what it is I want to achieve, but not micromanaging this or that and focusing on the little things. It’s keeping my eye on the prize and putting myself in a supporting environment and going to work every day with a smile on my face.”

That quote in a nutshell is Ricky: I, I, I, my, myself, my.

I guess it could have been more accurate if Ricky had included a couple of "me" references.

Ricky is very self-aware. And that self awareness guided him to reach this conclusion last week as Miami was preparing for the season finale:

“I had," Williams said, "a little bit of a sense during the week of practice that we weren’t maybe as focused or preparing as well as we needed to.”

Did he tell anyone? Nope.

He surely didn't tell anyone that could have changed the course of the preparation, that's for sure.

Ricky, by the way, is not a big fan of some of his teammates that he shares a huddle with, we now discover. Marshall, Miami's leading receiver and perhaps the most vocal and open critic of what was happening during the season, is Ricky's prime target.

“Being around Brandon a lot – I like the guy, I think the world of him – but as a teammate, sometimes he makes it difficult to like him and support him,” Ricky said. “It’s not necessarily what he says, it’s when he says it and the way he says it. But for the most part the things that he says are things that everyone else wants to say, but no one has the courage, or the balls. And some of it is intelligence – they’re smart enough not to say those things, because they don’t want to burn bridges. But when you have $50 million, then you can get away with whatever you want.”

Let me get this straight, so Marshall is speaking truth. And Marshall is saying these things while there is still time to correct course. But that makes him difficult to support?

And the guys not saying anything are doing so because they're more intelligent than Marshall?

Oh, and by the way, having courage is a bad thing?

Ricky said the biggest difference between the Patriots and the Dolphins is, "they have a quarterback," and with that he threw Henne under the bus. Nothing wrong with that, but throughout the season on the very same show, Ricky often talked about how much he supported Henne and how much he was progressing.

Cough-hypocrite-cough.

Now the season is over and so it's OK to do an about-face and pile on the guy when he's down and everyone knows he's going to be replaced?

The best part of the interview to me was when Williams spoke in glowing terms about Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas and the New York Jets.

Taylor and Thomas both hated Ricky when he quit on the team in 2004, weeks before the season was to begin. Ricky, you'll recall, said he wanted a break from football to go discover himself. Then he changed that story when it was learned he had failed his, like, fourth drug test and was en route to a suspension anyway.

Taylor's disgust with Ricky was most obvious when he showed up at the annual team Halloween party in a Ricky costume, complete with dreadlocks. Well, this year, Ricky showed up to the Halloween party in a JT costume, including a giant JT shaven head.

Taylor had little taste for Ricky and Ricky knew it. And Ricky took his revenge in his typical passive aggressive style.

But now Ricky is a huge JT fan: "... When I got here, playing with guys like Jason and Zach, it was awesome. Just their professionalism, and the way they played the game, it was incredible.”

Ricky also thinks LaDainian Tomlinson is incredible. In fact he thinks what LT and the Jets are doing if pretty cool.

“I like watching the Jets play,” he said. “Because of LT. I’m an LT fan. And I like the fact that the Jets run the ball.”

Dolphins fans might have liked Ricky to run the ball against the Jets. He 62 yards on 17 carries in two games against New York this season -- a 3.6 yard per carry average.

Ricky is a free agent in 2011. I think he realizes that. Otherwise you would not have heard him say any of this stuff.

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Armando, you can rip Ricky Williams if you want but the Miami Dolphins are slow, big and very tense when the pressure is on. Rarely coming through in big games or in front of the home crowd. This is a sign of a micro managed team. The Sanfrancisco 49'rs were also micro managed by their recently fired coach.

First? as we used to love to hear...
BYE BYE RICKY!!

In other words, out with the OLD and in with....we need lots of help...next year can be worse than this year if there is a bad start and suprano is still the HC...it will spiral downward quickly....need to cut ties and get harbaugh....

First! I hate Ricky felt he had to go out that way, but I'm appreciative for his time with the dolphins (other than the retirement blunder)

Ding-Dong, Dingy-Ding-Ding-Ding-Dong...
Has the bell in your head gone off ringing yet? It just proves from an inside source that Tony and his Staff are incapable of winning like we want to be winning here in beautiful Miami! Another clear silent sign by Ross that he is going to fire Tony, Jeff, Henning, before he gets a chance to retire, and the QB's Coach.

And I guarantee you guys that either the Patty's or ole T-Rex will bag Ricky and have him rushing for over 1K yards...he knows he and ronnie cannot get in a groove with our terrible playcalls..henning you suck!!!

It makes me sick to think of where Ricky will go, guaranteed afc east...they will magically turn him into platinum as they seem to have the nack for doing to just that to just about any player...

Typical, not really shocked

Maybe he and nick satan can be butt buddies.

I see nothing wrong with what Ricky said yesterday or did not say during thr regular season. The Coach & QB are just not very good and Brandon is more selfish then Rick is or ever will be.

I think your column is supporting Sporano blindly. I think everything Ricky said makes sense and explains a lot. After a season where there are so many questions left unanswered, Ricky's comments make sense. Maybe this is why our team has struggled.

He spoke his mind....thats not a bad thing......keeping this staff is whats disrespectful

A guy venting about his job and co-workers when things go bad is nothing new in the real world. Come on Mando get a grip!

Oh yeah, don't get me wrong...I find nothing wrong with him saying that...I'm impressed he held his lips for so long. It's better that someone did say something like this because espn will air it all day and you know Ross will get wind of it as soon as he wakes up this morning.. Time for heads to roll Ross!

And....Shomer Shabbas!

Regardless of how painful it is, it is always good to hear what a player really thinks of the current status of the team and the locker room politics. It's obvious that the present regime loss control of this team in the end and could not figure a way out. My only complaint with the coach is that he could never effectively manage a game and time. Good coach, terrible game management.

Even if what he said is true and his honest opinions there was a better way and time of stating this as Armando said. Why not voice your opinion while there was still time for it to matter! This organization has done too much for him to deserve that treatment. Ricky WAS my favorite player on the team because I felt like he had redeemed himself but now... not so much. Good riddance.

sad to hear he is going out with no class

I'm not bagging on what he said, it's his choice. The true Ricky always shows his colors though. No matter, he will always be the guy who bailed on his team just before the season started. No honor roll for Ricky, EVER.

I agree with you Armando, in that if this is truly how he felt it could have been handled in a different manner. Be a man about it Ricky and say it to their face. Personally, I feel your best years are behind you.

In my opinion, keeping Sparano and Ireland one more year is in the best interests of the team. If they can't do it next year, then they have to go. Just my .02 worth.

And another thing, I believe he took what Saban said in regard to the manure out of context and applied it wrong in this case. One thing I remember Saban saying was that it's about the process and everything else will take care of itself. In other words if you do all those little things during the process it will amount to success.

I used to really enjoy your columns Armando, but with the silly Rex Ryan compared to Tony Sparano holier than thou entry and now this, I'm starting to lose interest.

I completely understand what Ricky is saying. It kinda explains Sparano's over-reaction every time we score a field goal.

When he spoke about Brandon, it seems that he was just speaking about a difference in their characters.

Maybe I missed something but your assumption that he didn't raise his concerns with any captains or coaches seems like supposition, and in that case we have to apply the same supposition to the rest of the roster (Brandon Marshall excluded who has been fairly vocal with his criticisms).

Every Dolphin will have publicly supported Chad Henne over the course of the season whilst inwardly holding reservations, supporting teammates to help them improve is normal.

Ricky has given a lot to this regime and has been very productive, he never complained to the media this year wehen he really appeared to be the most effective back, but was the secondary choice.

Finally, I guess you saying he's practically a Jets fan is tongue in cheek. He clearly says that he loves watching LT and therefore the Jets because tehy run the ball, maybe I'm missing something but the quote you use nowhere does he say he wants the Jets to win. I like watching the Jets too. It gives me a pantomime baddy and someone to cheer against in an otherwise meaningless game. Doesn't make me a Jets fan.

I don't think his comments can be compared to Joey's, which were a bit nasty.

I agree with every doggone word that Ricky Williams just said. Tony Sparano coaches to stifle the growth of his players with his micromanaging style. The Funny thing is that his micromanaging still shows obvious flaws because he doesnt see the little things and correct them ie. Chad Henne does a worse play action fake than Dan Marino did. The differnce is that Marino was a legitimate QB with pinpoint accuracy. Chad Henne hasnt done a damn thing to be so lazy and aloof with his arrogant attitude and non-chalant post game analysis in which he tells the world he had a productive game when he threw 3 damn interceptions. Sparano is a mindless fool!
2. BRANDON MARSHALL IS A TEAM CANCER AND RICKY SHOWS MORE RESPECT FOR THE TEAM TO KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT AND BE A TEAMMATE DURING THE SEASON INSTEAD OF BEING A DOGGONE DISTRACTION AS MARSHALL HAS BEEN SINCE DAY 1. REMEMBER HIM KICKING BALLS IN TRAINING CAMP TOO? WHAT WAS TONY'S REACTION THEN??? "OH BRANDON'S AN EMOTIONAL PLAYER AND I DONT CARE IF HE DOES THAT IN PRACTICE!"...What a way to nip it in the bud there Sparano (AKA PUPPET CHEERLEADER). You have lost my respect as a leader when you allow one player to mouth off and disrespect your team with personal fouls and a penchant for harassing your QB for the ball in the huddle. I wish Henne would just sock that loud mouth punk in the huddle and tell him to stick it where the sun dont shine. I wouldnt be suprised if YOUR LITTLE WONDER BOY MARSHALL BEATS SOMEONE UP AGAIN THIS OFFSEASON BECAUSE HE IS A HOT HEAD AND TODAYS AND TOMORROWS HEADACHE. YOU WOULD THINK THE IDIOTS IN OUR FRONT OFFICE WOULD HAVE SEEN THE WRITING ON THE WALL BY THE FACT THAT HIS PAST BEHAVIORS GOT HIS TAIL RAN OUT OF DENVER.

As for you Armando (probably a former pink tights wearing ice skater)you say the word "Hate" with such recklessness. You really think JT and Zach hated Ricky. You are a frieken fool man and the idiots at the Miami Herald that allow your high school gossip column to be displayed is a discrace to the journalism profession. You have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to team dynamics and chemistry. You would rather have the loud mouth cancer than a guy that works his tail off like ricky and does his job like a man and a good teammate. Armando, I bet you are a loud mouth, overzealous, uninformed primadonna in your organization as well. You and Marshall can have each other.

Finally, THE DOLPHINS SUCK BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO HEART! A FAN OF 35 YEARS

I like what Ricky said and when he said it. No need for team controversy during the season. He let everyone do his job and spoke his mind when he knew that it would not affect anyone.

I agree that Sparano says a lot without saying anything. Reading the quotes this year from TS showed he is really saying play football. But instead he bores the team with minutiae week after week, month after month and maybe year after year. What would turn a qb into a robot? Henne needs a brain dump.

And he did not throw Henne under a bus. Henne is not Tom Brady. There are 3 classes of qbs in the league. Tom Brady being the only one in the first class. Henne is somewhere in the middle of the bottom class. Brain dump and he is in tier 2.

BM does have a big mouth. 50 million dollars doesn't mean you can demean your team.

RICKY TALKS PROVE FEW POINTS;

1- HE'S NOT THANKFUL FOR THE TEAM STICKING BY HIM ALL THESE YEARS.
2-HE WANTS THE DOLPHIN TO SIGN HIM AGAIN AND FORGET ABOUT ALL THESE FUMBLES.

3-WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT MARSHALL HE TALKS FOR MOST PLAYERS .
4- HE WANTS THE DOLPHIN TRAINING FACILITY TO TURN TO A MEDICAL FACILITY TO CARE FOR HIM WHEN HE REACHES 40'S.

Armando,

I must say it always sounds like you have a major chip on your shoulder towards Ricky. Also, I really don't understand your attitude with this article.

1. You knock Ricky for his attitude towards the press, yet the press, and YOU, ridiculed him for years, took cheap shots at him endlessly. Of course he would have an attitude with the press. Ricky drew tons of animosity for quitting several years back, when in fact he'd have been suspsended, ok, big deal, he toked some weed, but its fine for the rest of society to have 3 martinis at happy hour and then drive home in rush hour traffic. Besides, in the real world, its employment at will, people quit and companies layoff (or trade in the nfl) good people daily, there IS NO LOYALTY ANYWHERE.
2.. Why would he rip the team or the coach during the season and create issues, had he done that you'd have slammed him for being a cancer.
3. My take on his quotes is not anywhere nearly as abrasive as you are making them out to, I thought he was speaking honestly and somewhat diplomatic. I didn't find him ME ME ME at all. He described Brandon perfectly, the coach perfectly.
4. As I said, you have had a blatant bias against Ricky for years, but lets not forget Ricky probably put more heart and soul in this team than anyone else during his time here. Do you remember how Wanny ran the hell out of him, abused him really, and every coach in his 4 regimes here praised the way he practiced. Even JT himself said once he was a jet that Ricky was a great teammate and a model in the locker room.
5. LAST BUT NOT LEAST...you my friend are the biggest hypocrite here. On American holidays you praise our freedom of speech, yet you censor your own blog!!!! Wake up, dude....maybe its yourself that you are really upset with.

THERE'S NO HONESTY IN RICKY TALKS WHEN HE SPEAKS OF THE COACH, IF THE THE TEAM WOULD GIVE HOM A CONTRACT ,SParano would be a wonderfull,great coach....it's money talk w/bitterness .

if the team would give him

Can a Bro Get A Break !?

Home was up @ 4:00 AM bringing this news to the Miami Herald bloggers only to get stomped out later by Armando

No Kidding Here Is Home`s post on previous blog @ 4:20 AM - U Pirate Armando, lol !

Here is a little something from Home:

An angry, reflective Ricky Williams says he’s likely done with the Dolphins, doesn’t hold back on criticism of Tony Sparano and teammates

An admittedly angry Ricky Williams took to the radio airwaves Monday night, a day after the Dolphins finished a frustrating 2010 season with a 38-7 loss to New England, and he didn’t hold back his true feelings about head coach Tony Sparano, his teammates and the Dolphins’ current culture.

Williams, speaking on his weekly radio spot with WQAM-560’s Sid Rosenberg, criticized Sparano on several fronts – questioning his philosophies, criticizing his “micromanaging” coaching style, accusing the Dolphins of being ill-prepared for their game against the Patriots and saying that Sparano lost the locker room at the end of the season, despite repeated votes of confidence from the players.
Ricky Williams enjoyed his eight years in Miami, but he's frustrated with his coach and his role and is ready to put the Dolphins in his rear-view mirror / Allen Eyestone, Post staff

Ricky Williams enjoyed his eight years in Miami, but he's frustrated with his coach and his role and is ready to put the Dolphins in his rear-view mirror / Allen Eyestone, Post staff

“Usually when players are talking and saying the right things, it means that they’re full of s***,” Williams said.

Williams, 33, also said that he has almost certainly played his last game with the Dolphins, after nine roller-coaster years associated with the team. Williams, who rushed just 159 times in 16 games for 673 yards and two touchdowns, said he wants to “have a chance to play a lot and be a part of something big next year.”

Williams expressed frustration that he didn’t have a big enough role – “this whole season I haven’t taken one Advil,” he said – and that ideally he would play for a team that is “changing things around.” He said the Dolphins were in that phase in 2008, when Sparano, Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells first came to town to turn around a 1-15 team, but no longer.

“It seems like now is time to move on,” Williams said. “I was drafted in 1999, and this is the first time I’ve been a free agent. I’m excited to see what happens.”

Williams did not exactly give a ringing endorsement for Sparano, whose job is on the line after his team finished its second consecutive 7-9 season.

He said playing for the Dolphins under Sparano is “not a great fit for me.”

“It was an experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself and I got better as a football player, but at the same time, I didn’t enjoy it,” he said. “For me it’s about playing football, it’s about having a good time and it’s about working hard.”

Williams admitted that several players in the locker room are unhappy with Sparano and his intense coaching style, though he added that the players “unequivocally” have “tons of respect for Tony.” Williams declined to speak to local reporters about football matters throughout the season, choosing instead to fulfill his media obligations via his weekly radio show.

“You can’t go 7-9 and say everyone loves what we’re doing,” Williams said. “And I think any time you don’t have success and you’re not winning, people are going to be unhappy, and they’re not going to love what they’re doing and they’re not going to buy into it and believe it.”

Williams said the players are having a hard time believing Sparano’s message after two straight losing seasons, and said he can be too repetitive and nitpicky.

“Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things it takes to win football games,” Williams said. “Not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring in the Red Zone. He spends a lot of time saying, ‘If you do these things, you win.’ And sometimes I feel personally that he does a little bit too much. My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that you guys are going to win, then all that other stuff takes care of itself.”

“Coach (Nick) Saban had a saying – he said, ‘We’re worried about mouse manure, when we have elephant s*** all over the place,’” Williams added. “I want to really start focusing on what I want to accomplish and what it is I want to achieve, but not micromanaging this or that and focusing on the little things. It’s keeping my eye on the prize and putting myself in a supporting environment and going to work every day with a smile on my face.”

After these remarks, Rosenberg told Williams that he looks angry and pissed.

“You’re very observant,” Williams said. “Luckily I’ve noticed it, and I’m not taking it out on my wife.”

Williams criticized the team’s preparation for Sunday’s shellacking in New England. They were officially eliminated from the playoffs after a Week 15 loss to Buffalo, and lost the two games thereafeter.

“It’s like we weren’t prepared, we didn’t show up,” he said. “I had a little bit of a sense during the week of practice that we weren’t maybe as focused or preparing as well as we needed to.”

Williams said he is still angry about the way the 2010 season ended, with the Dolphins going 1-7 at home and losing their final three games of the regular season. Losing to the Patriots, who finished 14-2 and could win their fourth Super Bowl in 10 years, made Williams angrier about his situation in Miami.

“Usually after a rough season there’s a sense of relief when it’s over with, but I didn’t feel like that,” he said. “It’s the contrast with what they have going on in New England and what we have going on here, and it’s a very stark contrast.”
We've watched Ricky run for 8 years, but he says Tony Sparano's micromanaging style is 'not a great fit for me' / Allen Eyestone, Post staff

We've watched Ricky run for 8 years, but he says Tony Sparano's micromanaging style is 'not a great fit for me' / Allen Eyestone, Post staff

“They had less to play for than we did … and they played harder than any team we played all year, and I just expect that from my team,” Williams said. He added, “I’m not angry at my teammates. I’m angry at the situation. That’s the coaches, myself, teammates, that’s everyone. That’s the whole environment that we have there, and I’m just frustrated that it’s not better.”

Williams gave the example of Rob Ninkovich, whom Sparano and the Dolphins cut in 2008, as a player who thrived in a more positive environment. Ninkovich had three sacks and two interceptions against the Dolphins this year as the Patriots’ starting outside linebacker.

“It’s not based on him necessarily making plays, it’s just based on him buying into a winning tradition,” Williams said.

Williams didn’t save his criticisms for just Sparano, however.

When asked about the main difference between the Patriots and Dolphins, he replied, “They have a quarterback.” Chad Henne finished the season with 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions and was benched twice.

And he was critical of Brandon Marshall for the way he spoke and acted negatively toward Henne in recent weeks.

“Being around Brandon a lot – I like the guy, I think the world of him – but as a teammate, sometimes he makes it difficult to like him and support him,” Williams said. “It’s not necessarily what he says, it’s when he says it and the way he says it. But for the most part the things that he says are things that everyone else wants to say, but no one has the courage, or the balls. And some of it is intelligence – they’re smart enough not to say those things, because they don’t want to burn bridges. But when you have $50 million, then you can get away with whatever you want.”

Williams, who surpassed Larry Csonka on Sunday as the Dolphins’ all-time leader in rushing attempts (1,509), reflected on the chaos of his eight seasons in Miami, which included a franchise-record 1,853 rushing yards, a sudden retirement in 2004, a year-long drug suspension, extended trips to Canada and Australia, one playoff appearance and a re-birth under the current regime, setting an NFL record in 2009 for most years between 1,000-yard rushing seasons (six).

He even managed to throw another backhanded comment while saying that playing for the Dolphins has somewhat fulfilled a childhood fantasy. Williams, who grew up in San Diego, said he always enjoyed watching Chargers-Dolphins games as a child.

“Just the fact that the Dolphins were always good, you know, and there was a tradition that was built,” he said. “And the tradition is gone, or it’s on hiatus right now. But when I got here, playing with guys like Jason (Taylor) and Zach (Thomas), it was awesome. Just their professionalism, and the way they played the game, it was incredible.”

Williams said he plans on traveling a lot this off season – his big trip will be to Machu Pichu in Peru this March – and lately he has been studying Hebrew and observing the Jewish Sabbath. He spends the 24 hours from Friday night to Saturday night relaxing at home and reading books.

Finally, when asked if he will watch the NFL playoffs, Williams dropped one more dagger on the Dolphins.

“I like watching the Jets play,” he said. “Because of LT. I’m an LT fan. And I like the fact that the Jets run the ball.”

Posted by: Home | January 04, 2011 at 04:20 AM

How bout that Ricky Williams?

have a HAARPy day!

Posted by: Home | January 04, 2011 at 04:25 AM

Ricky Williams will be a Jet or Patriot next year

Oh Yeah!

The Dolphins Suck
Period

Posted by: Home | January 04, 2011 at 04:26 AM

That`s right, Home`s blogging material here 1st!

Ricky did the right thing by being supportive and NOT being a cancer during the season. If he had said these things during the season we would have been treated to even more needless drama ... although we may have like hearing them since VERY FEW of us actually support the bozo coaching this team.

Ricky was a pro ... he quietly did his job ... do you SERIOUSLY think that if he would have talked to this INANE COACHING STAFF that they would have said: "By God, Ricky is right! We need to change the way we're managing this team!" We're talking about the same idiots that run the ball on 3 and long inside the red zone!

I love your work Armando ... but I think you're not thinking right on your view of Ricky here.

like it or not ricky spoke how he felt. i also believe sparano lost the team near the end of the year the last 2 seasons. he was outcoached weekly during the season. the "team" never came together;most guys wont say it.

i love it when blogger ask for a change and sign new players when every time a fumbler released ,they say , (( no, keep him to fumble some more ))

Aloco, Armando hates Ricky and will never forgive him for toking weed. Its that simple. Don't let Armandos print influence your mind so easily. Ricky has gotten a bum rap from the press. Read my post right above yours.

Armando is a Pirate!

Home brought this material here 1st @ 4:20 AM on previous blog


Armando is a Pirate!
Now Click your heels together & Say It 3 Times:

There is No One Like Home

There is No One Like Home

There is No One Like Home

Lots of truth in what Ricky says:

1) Sparano is not a good coach
2) Marshall has a big mouth
3) the Jets were obviously more fun to watch than the Dolphins
4) JT & Zach are great pros

PREDICTION: THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WILL SIGN EITHER RICKY WILLIAMS AND OR RONNIE BROWN THIS OFF SEASON AND ONE OR BOTH OF THOSE PLAYERS WILL KICK OUR TAILS FOR THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS. OUR CASTOFFS ARE ANOTHER TEAMS DIAMONDS. LET ME NAME A FEW OF THE PAST PLAYERS: WELKER, NINKOVICH,SEAU,HEATH EVANS, BYARS, PARMALEE

0X80,

I NEVER GET INFLUNCED BY ANY WRITING, NOTICE I AGREED WITH RICKY ON MARSHALL BUT NOT SIGNING HIM TO FUMBLE SOME MORE .THE DOLPHIN TEAM HAVE TO MOVE IN A DIFFERENT ROAD,YOUNGER ,FASTER FOR THE FUTURE .

Armando

I'm not usually critical of your articles as a whole, but this one I am.

I for one totally understand where Ricky is coming from and am glad he's finally getting it out there.

Of coarse he's not going to complain to the press during the season - only the moron players do that and put there job in jeopardy.

He's speaking his mind and I hope Ross hears this.


I believe Ricky was one bright spot this year and it shows with his per carry average and our sub par O-Line.

This article sounds like a "I hate Ricky" campaign.

If you read ESPN's article it is less hatefull than yours for sure and more to the point.

Cowkilla & ALoco
Both responded to Ricky story on previous , broke here 1st by Home on previous blog


Armando owes Home another $1000.00 for bring the news here 1st

ThanX Armando, U Pirate! lol

Love
Home

0X80,

THERE'S LOYLTY IN PRO SPORT TO A POINT,I LOVE THE LOVE FEAST HE SHOWS TOWARD JETS AND JT ..IT'S SOUND BITTER AND ANNOYING .

old slow and cant hold on to the ball, let him go to the jets or pats we will smash him in the mouth and take the ball back. go sit on the side line ricky and learn to hold on to the ball.

NHDolphan

Agree w u on abridged, slanted Armando version article hating on Ricky

Go with Home`s full length article

U know Home

The blogger that 1st brought the story here to the Miami Herald on previous blog @ 4:20 AM
and reposted above

Get the real story posted above from Home

Nice Try Armando, U bandito, U Pirate

Now Go Get Your Shine Box!

Besides U ruined the article by pissing all over it with you opinions and hate towards Ricky Williams

Sincerely
Home (the Miami Dolphin Superfan & news breaker)

HOME, IT'S TRUE YOU BROUGHT THE STORY FIRST .

P.S...IT'S SHAMEFUL WHEN A PLAYER GETS RELEASED AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN HE PRAISE THE OTHER TEAM TO GET SIGNED BY THEM .

First off "so what "? I don't read anything that damning...
I guess to be fair, it would have been better if Ricky said what he should have done as a senior player to guide the team in the right direction.

Good angle ALoco
Ricky does have a lot of kids to feed and huge child support payments

Cannot blame him, however at this juncture in his career to want to join a playoff team, not so much the stinkin Jets, but any sane player would love to be part of the now best team ever in football,
The New England Patriots!

have a HAARPy day! :(

Aloco, there is no loyalty in business anywhere, in fact, only suckers remain loyal, because suckers get used. You only owe your employer a good job while you are there, and once its time to move on for something better, you take care of yourself, because nobody else would, not even your boss will be loyal when a better opportunity comes along.

sad, but very true 0 80

Have brought in tremendous buckets of money for 3 previous employers
All 3 were skimming(stealing my commissions)

and they will replace u if they can on the drop of a hat if u dont continue or exceed yesterdays numbers

or find two or three bodies to replace u for the same price

Or the blogging author will just steal your thunder and regurgitate his version,
Never once saying ThanX or Good Job

... sad

Home is it really so important to be first? I mean does that make you feel superior or something? Who cares, its a simple story...not like Ross called you and gave you the lowdown, and even if he did, so what LOL.

THOSE are the comments that make Ricky a "Jets fan??" That he simply admires a couple of their players?

Wow, Armando.

Ricky is not a good loser!!!
Brandon is not a good loser!!!
Henne is a good loser****
Sparano is a good loser*****
Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser...

I don't know why I still read your columns. You're suck a freaking AHole.

Yes, actually it is important if u broke a story or brought it here 1st, blogger known as "geez"

Otherwise this place would be full of worthless manure

U dont like getting or reading news 1st and would rather wait for some other regurgitated version later,
Than I believe u sir, r in the minority

As 4 me
Want all the news 1st
As Home is a news hound and enjoys reading between the lines of propaganda and decipher said news himseld

Good Day Sir!

It is critical to know South Florida's HISTORY.

Did you know that COONTIE STARCH production was an economic mainstay in pioneer South Florida?

WELL IT WAS!

The roots of the Coontie Plant were mashed and boiled and the resulting starch was used in the laundry business.

I do not know if there are still COONTIE PLANTS in South Florida as I am unsure what they look like. I shall endeavor to find out today if they still exist.

Would Love to See Ricky Williams on the Patriots and
Ricky win Super Bowl on the last carry of the game with a Touchdown

As a fan of all of the NFL
Home loves the Dolphins 1st, but C`mon Man

the product kinda sucks and

The Dolphins Suck
Period
... Just Saying

There are pictures of pioneer women in South Florida boiling Coontie roots to make starch.

You should look them up to learn about this.

I forgot to add:

It was the development of cheaper synthetic starches that ended COONTIE PLANT use and cultivation.

One imagines this was a sad day for those who had spent years lovingly tending their boiling Coontie pots.

I'm probably in the minority here, but I think this is nothing more than Ricky throwing his boy Ronnie a bone. The Dolphins are more than likely to get rid of one or the other and it's most likely that Ricky (who is on record as being BFF w/ Ronnie B) was the more likely of the two to get resigined. However, he has decided to call it quits and go be a weirdo for the rest of his life. By burning bridges with the Fins, he makes the decision to resign Ronnie (who has all but been begging for a new contract) all the easier. Makes sense to me, but its also 6 am and Im going on 3 hours of sleep, lol

I broke the news. Home is the news breaker. I am the wind breaker, the anus buster.
You know it!!
I want credit.

Even on Julia Tuttle's estate, she had indentured servants who made Coontie starch every day under a broiling sun.

Apparently, it was a very fine starch but more expensive than synthetic starches.

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