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Dolphins to honor Jim Mandich on draft day

The flags at Sun Life Stadium flew at half staff today.

Fittingly.

The sign of respect and mourning was for Jim Mandich, the former tight end on the 1972 perfect team who passed on Tuesday night. Jim, 62, passed after a 14-month battle with cancer. The local radio show host and color analyst on Dolphins game broadcasts the past couple of decades was an icon in South Florida.

His signature, "Alllllrrriiightttt, Miami!" is a part of team lore now.

Jim was undoubtedly the team voice. And that voice is silent now. He cannot be replaced.

The Dolphins will do all they can to commemorate Jim's life on Thursday, Friday and Saturday even as they celebrate the addition of new players at their draft parties at the stadium and other venues. It's fiting. Jim lived hard and died young. And the Dolphins will, in part, be celebrating that zest for life.

The club will straddle the line between celebration and mourning at that draft party. I trust it will be just fine because Jim always approved of having a good time.  

Tomorrow night, I am expecting general manager Jeff Ireland to pause before he begins talking about the team's newest player acquisition -- the first round draft selection -- and talk first about Jim. It is just another deserving sign of respect that will neither suffice nor be the last thing the Dolphins do to remember Jim.

Much respect, Jim. Rest in peace. Hope I see you again someday.

 

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we all come and go. Hopefully, you leave are good, and leave a mark that others may alude to.

RIP my brother!

They asked.....and you delivered....

NICE ARMANDO!!!! and nicely written.....

No sacrcasm intended......

Rest in peace, enjoy the best seats in the house next year,and God bless you and your family. You will be missed.

I will miss hearing AwwwRiiight Miami for sure.

However, I won't be mourning the loss of a Mad Dog.

I'll be celebrating the Memory of a TRUE WARRIOR!

ValHalla My Brother!!!!

Aloco....by they....I mean thr poster's on this site...I have seen many loyal fans request such a blog topic be posted.....

ODIN,

SINCE YOU KNOW AND REMEMBER THE 1972-1973........TELL US A GOOD STORY ABOUT THOSE DAYS .THE DAYS OF THE POLYSTER .

in his memory ireland will draft a dead tight end.

KRIS, THANKS....

JUDGE NELSON DENIES THE NFL REQUEST FOR STAY ON THE RULING ......


NOW THE OWNERS SHOULD GO PLAY IN THE MUD .

SOURCE.......PFT

MAYOCK MOCK DRAFT IS ON PFT .....HAS FINS TALKING ......POUNCY

HE HAS PATS TALKING LOCKER AT 28...

Because I dont live in the immediate Miami area. Mandich doesnt have as sentimental impact on me as he may have on those of the Greater Miami area.

Still, as a former championship era Dolphin, my sicerest condolences go out to he and his loved ones.

To them I say:

"It isnt our losses that define us as human beings. It is how we define those losses, that gives us ability to carry on.

Then it is in our ability to carry on do we find strength to cheerfully carry them within our cheerful hearts. For as long as we ourselves shall live."

AMEN.

Jim Mandich was a bit before my time and I don't live in the Miami area, so I'm not that familiar with his work. However, he must have been a great guy because I've read a great outpouring of nice comments from the fans over the last day or so. My condolensces to his family at this time.

A very classy guy!! A great DOLPHIN!!!

Aloco,

The seventies, ah yes, those were the days.

Our guitarist worked in a liquor store. I got arrested coming out with some liquor he sold me even though I was way under age.

The ROOKIE cop didn't handcuff me, he just locked me in the backseat and went in the store to see who sold the stuff to me.

Unfortunately for him, he left the police car running and the slider window open between the front and back seats.

I promptly climbed into the front seat. Just for a second, as I sat behind the wheel, I thought: What a story I could tell my Grand Kids if I take off with this Police car right now.

As drunk as I was, better sense prevailed this particular time. I jumped out and locked the doors behind me. I ran into the apartment building next door where my sister lived. I could see the stores parking lot from her bathroom window.

Back in those days they didn't have the shoulder radios, nor spare keys apparently. Because my sister and I stood in her bathtub laughing and watching the other policeman show up to tease this rookie cop relentlessly and let him back into his patrol car.

Then again, we could have been laughing because of the ACID Man! I mean it WAS the seventies.

Yeah, those were the days!

I know its not a great time to bring it up. But Im sure even Mandich himself wouldnt mind. IMO, Howard Twilley was the better TE of the two. Seems Griese targeted Twilley in that era more so than Mandich.

I think as the story goes, it was Mandich who found the $20 bill in the endzone during SBVII and 14-7 undefeated season. It was either he or Twilley. LOL..........

DB,

I think Mandich is having a coldie at the warriors table right now laughing at you.

Howard Twilley was a WR.

Back to the draft:

I'm somewhat uncomfortable with Pouncey being picked at 15. He's not as good as his brother and he'll likely never make it as a good centre in the NFL. For that reason, I don't want us to pick a guard at 15, even though he would be a great tandem with Long.

I honestly believe Ireland will be successful trading down. Whether it will be with San Diego or New Orleans or someone else remains to be seen. The choices will be whether to draft Ingram before New England at 28 or whether to draft a guy like Dalton in the first and a guy like Leshoure or Williams in the second. I have the second scenario in my mock but it could go the other way too and that would be fine. To draft Ingram in the twenties, a guy like Greg Little in the second and someone like Kaepernick or Stanzi in the thrid would be a sweet start to the draft.

CraigM,

The more I think of it, the more the Bears tradeback screnario makes sense to me. Not only do we gain a 2nd rd pick, but possibly a 4th rd pick(havent checked the value chart) and we can still target a high need area with very good talent.

Marv Flemming was the second TE and Punter Larry Seiple third.

Mandich was head and shoulders better than Flemming in my honest opinion.

PS: I got you Back JIM! Have another Coldie at the Warriors table for me! WHOOP! WHOOP!

ValHalla!!!!

A Bears tradeback scenario offers so much flexibility while still adequately getting the job done for us. Just hope Ireland has looked into this too.

#15 is great for the Bears Looking to grab one of the premium LT's. If not they could end up with another Cutler playoff catastrophe on thier hands. That is a great selling point to them.

The Draft is not the same without the "Mad Dog" this was a classic guy, the Fins Nation will miss you.

DB,

I'm fine with the Bears tradeback scenario but if Ingram is the guy we're targeting we can pretty much forget about him because I'm pretty sure the Pats will take him at 28. It's not my ideal tradeback but I wouldn't be upset if it worked out that way.

To the great Jim Mandich I will have a green lizard on you! Rest in peace Mad Dog!

ODINSEYE,

YOU FORGET ALL ABOUT HOWARD TWILLEY. TWILLEY WAS DRAFTED OUT OF TULSA. SEIPLE MAY HAVE BEEN AN EMERGENCY TE, BUT FOR AS LONG AS I WAS A DOLPHAN(1971) SEIPLE CAUGHT NOT ONE PASS.

AT LEAST BY THEN ALL SIEPLE DID WAS PUNT THE FOOTBALL. MY FAVORITE SEIPLE PUNT WAS THE FAKE ONE AGAINST THE STEELERS THAT LED TO OUR 21-17 VICTORY LAUNCHING US INTO OUR 17-0 SB VICTORY OVER THE REDSKINS.

DB,

If heard you say a few times 'one of the premium LT's in the draft'. Who are you referring to? I don't see a 'premium LT' in this draft. There's a few guys who can play LT but I don't see a 'premium' LT at this point in time. Maybe some guys would can play RT but LT, not a great draft for that.

CraigM,

Here's My Mock After Bears Tradeback scenario:

1. Ryan Mallet #29(Bears)
2. Daniel Thomas #62(Bears)
3. Taiwan Jones #79
4a Virgil Green #111
4b Mario Harvey #127(Bears) ILB
5. Steven Burton #146 WR
6. Ricardo Lockett #179 WR
7a Noel Devine #217 All Purpose
7b Greg McElroy #219 QB

With this mock you could take Ryan Williams or Leshore at #29 1st rd. Especially if reports Mallet could fall to top of 3rd rd. Then we could take Mallet #62 2nd rd. Two slots before the 3rd rd begins.

This mock is flexible and it addresses everything except oline. Oline can be manipulated in 2011 moving certain guys around.

Anyway, we get 2qb's, a power and speed rb, a seam threat TE with very high upside. Then Crowder's replacement "Mario Harvey". He's big, faster than Crowder, a run stuffer, and known as a great blitzer in the middle.

I even added 2 speed wr's because you never know if Marshall's wife stabs him again before season's end. What more could ask for with this mock?

DB,

YOU MUST HAVE MISSED MY POST AT 10:23.

HOWARD TWILLEY WAS A WR!!!!

Doh!

Marv Flemming was the only other TE besides Seiple who was our emergencey/3rd TE.

Mandich was way better than Flemming.

CraigM,

See, the best LT in the draft a "top 15" pick.

Tyron Smith, OT, USC - Scouting Report
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.02.
Combine 40 Time: DNP.
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.93.
Benchx225: 31. Arm: 36 3/8.
Projected Round (2011): Top 15 Pick.

Ive even seen some mocks having coming off the board slightly later. If he doesnt come off the board before #15, Bears could be ringing us off the hook on draft day to make sure they get him. LOL..........

odin,

Been a long time. You could be correct.

DB,

We don't see eye to eye in your mock. I'm not a fan of Mallett, as you know, and I also don't like Daneil Thomas or Taiwan Jones. Virgil Green I like and I also like Lockett and Devine. I'd be very happy if we walk away with Ingram, Williams or Leshoure last first/early second but I also like Denmaro Murray too. Any of those guys would be good for this team.

DB,

I like Tyron Smith. He has the 'potential' to be a very good LT. At this point I see him more of a RT but you're right, the Bears may look at him as their long term answer at LT. I like the kid's athleticism and if he develops he'll be good.

odin,

We got Flemming in trade with Green Bay. He was a former Packers championship era and all pro. We got him at the back end of his career when the all pro days were done with.

But he was still a wiley old vet! LOL.........

CraigM,

I didnt post the mock for you to agree or disagree. Just wanted to show it has flexibilty. Hey you can even fill your own guy in spots where you dont like mine.

That Bears tradeback scenario just really works. No matter who you would like to fill in the spots! LOL...........

Don't know how this will look, but I just found these stats from 1972

Receiving

No. Yards Avg. Long TDs

Warfield 29 606 20.9 47 3

Kiick 21 147 7.0 15 1

Twilley 20 364 18.2 44 3

Briscoe 16 279 17.4 51 4

Morris 15 168 11.2 34 0

Stowe 13 276 21.2 49 2

Fleming 13 156 12.0 31 1

Mandich 11 168 15.3 39 3

Csonka 5 48 9.6 14 0

Den Herder 1 24 24.0 24 0

Ginn 1 23 23.0 23 0

Team 145 2259 15.6 51 17

Flemming and Mandich were a lot closer than I thought stat wise. They must not have passed as much back then. The only guy with more TD passes than Mandich was WR Marlin Briscoe.

PS: Look! Ginn sucked way back then too. Only 1 catch for 23 yards-LOL!

I bought the NFL pass just to hear the passion that Mad Dog brought to the table.

September will never be the same... I am sad

Mad DoG maad dog mad dog!!!!!

odinseye,

You just presented the evidence early 70's Dolphins werent just about 3 yards and a cloud of dust. Look at the ypc on the recievers. Then consider Mercury Morris' speed ripping of long run.

I have been preaching to the masses for years the early 70's fin offense wasnt about 3 yards and a cloud of dust.

IT WAS THUNDER AND LIGHTNING. ONE OF THE MOST BALANCED OFFENSES IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. FINISHED RANKED #1 OVERALL IN THE ENTIRE NFL IN 1972.

tHE GREAT FALLACY IS WE WERE 3 YARDS AND A CLOUD OF DUST. lol.........

ODINSEYE,

AS A MATTER OF FACT. THATS THE SAME EXACT KIND OF OFFENSE WE NEED RIGHT NOW! LOL................

OMG!

What happened to Fin4life????

DB you check the hospitals.

Craig check the county lockup.

I'll go check the Tittie Bars up in Taquamenom!

READY! BREAK!

LOL@ Odin

Odin,

He's over at "slum sentinel". I read thier articles but never post there. Ive seen Fin4life's posts there.

HE DEFECTED TO THE SLUM SENTINEL! LOL............

Odin....LOL....too funny!!


The draft is almost upon us fellas and I think FA is right around the corner....exciting times!!

DB,

Did Mark from Toronto go over there too? I haven't seen him on here for a while.

san Antonio Spurs about to go down to the Memhis Grizzlies! 95-94, 2.2 secs remaining and the Grizz get the ball.

Spurs lose series 4 games to 1. WOW!

That's OK, both the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks are still alive and the prospect of me winning my playoff pool is still very much alive...I've got 1200 good reasons to be cheering for those guys.

I'd like to know which guy would be MOST disappointed in if we picked him. Everyone knows my answer, so I would answer but I'm curious to hear what guys say. Thoughts?....

Thanks Jim. Thanks for all your contributions to the Fins during and after football. Thanks for always being a standup guy and the fighter you always were.

Many, many people will miss you.

Cheers,

CraigM,

I dont know. I dont sift thru the posts. I noticed Fin4life because it was right at bottom when I finished reading the article.

I never even read what any of those guys there post. The lunacy there is far worse than here! Each and everyone of us are geniuses compared to them.

If you were to say over there: Take me to your leader. NJ PhinFan would be sitting on the throne. They worship him over there. LOL.........

I spoke to soon. Spurs have tied the game up and its going into overtime! LOL...........

You're kidding!!....he must be loving that!

I only go to the slum sentinel to read the articles. They almost always have more fin related news than the herald. But the posters there are complete neanderthals.

I think they use some of the slum sentinel posters to do the Geico commercials.

CraigM,

If NJ doesnt like you over at the slum sentinel, Chris the moderator, bans you. I think he's polishing NJ off or vice versa. LOL.........

I take that back. The neanderthals on the geico commercials are FAR more intelligent than slum sentinel posters!

here's my original mock from sunday:

1. justin houston
2. danny watkins
3. greg little
3. ricky stanzi
4. bilal powell
5. derek newton
5. dion lewis
6. ricardo lockette
7. johnny white
7. keith darbut
7. ryan bartholomew


here it is modified for current developments:

1. mikel leshoure
2. greg little
3. will rackley
3. ricky stanzi
4. virgil green
5. derek newton
5. dion lewis
6. ricardo lockette
7. mario fannin
7. keith darbut
7. ryan bartholomew

that's it. i'm worn out. can't wait for it to be over already so my family will talk to me.

dm1,

That's the best mock I've seen yet. It's better than mine. YOu are obviously still a Henne fan and there's nothing wrong with that. I don't know Will Rackley, what can you tell me about him. Rally like Virgil Green. I think he's going to be good.

DB,

Quit insulting the Geico Cavemen-LOL!

Craig M,

The guy I would be most disappointed with is RB Ingram (especially 1st round).

He gets all the hype as this big, rough, tough guy that is a 3 down back...yet he is coming off injury in college? His speed leaves more than a tad bit to be desired for a legit 1st round prospect.

The NFL is de-emphasizing RBs and going to two and three man rotations and he his not fast enough to be a dual threat type so he is one dimensional that way. I believe the in vogue term is "pass first league" now. With the crazy tick tack fouls downfield and not being able to touch offensive guys past 5 yards I am buying the pass league mantra. The NFL is just short of rolling out some red carpet for offenses.

So what you end up with is a guy that is 215 pounds that is suppose to "run over" people in the NFL...don't hold your breath on that. Yet he is not fast enough to beat secondaries and the NFL LBs he will face consistantly?? He has no crazy wiggle to shake guys so the my money is on the NFL defenders to track him and drop him, behind the line of scrimmage depending on his OL.

He can catch but that is a bit of an adventure as he does fight the ball some.

In the end is a 1st round pick worth it for a probable 15-18 carry RB? He is definitley no Payton Hillis imo.

Maybe not what you wanted to hear but you did ask.

Cheers,

Lockette's a big question mark.

Supposedly drops passes and has the dreaded "Off field issues" thing.

I'd still take the chance in the 6th or 7th with his size/speed/talent ratio.

He could be the guy that slips under everybodys radar like laGarette Blont did last year.

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