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Dolphins get it done on interview front today

I don't know about football, but the Dolphins are in midseason interview form.

As you know the Dolphins are taking it on the bottlenose from national pundits saying the team is basically a big pile of poo. Sports Illustrated picked them to finish last in the AFC East. No one at the four-letter monolith picked them to get to the playoffs. ProFootballtalk.com slated them the 29th rated team in the NFL.

The Fins don't seem to care much about those opinions.

"A lot of people are doubting us and they better get ready," linebacker Koa Misi said. "Because we're ready for the challenge."

Said Jake Long: "We're not listening to anybody out there questioning us. We know what we can or can't do. And we know what we're going to do. We're working real hard and coming together as a team and doing a good job."

The Dolphins open the season with a primetime game against New England on Monday night at Sun Life Stadium. They come back the following Sunday with a 4:15 game against Houston at Sun Life Stadium.

Back-to-back home games to open the season. Advantage, no?

No.

Coach Tony Sparano believes this game isn't quite the advantage it should be or could be, if say, some billionaire and marketing folks weren't screwing stuff up for the football side of this organization.

"Yeah, it should be an advantage, it's probably more [of an advantage] at 1 o'clock in the afternoon," Sparano said. "It should be an advantage. Playing a game at 7 o'clock at night, it'll be hot for both teams. But it won't be 1 o'clock hot."

Zing!

Anyone who has followed this team knows one reason the Dolphins are lately not playing as many (or any) 1 p.m. home game early in the season is because club owner Stephen Ross actually asked the NFL to schedule the home games later in the afternoon or at night.

By the way, Ross also authored the infrequent use of the team's old fight song -- you know, Miami has the Dolphins, the great football team, we're in the air ...

Ross dislikes the song. It used to play after every score. Now it plays only at the start of the fourth quarter. There have been grumblings it would be brought back, but so far ... nothing.

I reported in the previous post that the Dolphins piped in crowd noise today during their practice. This is a routine thing during weeks a team is going to travel. But this week the Dolphins host the Patriots. And, yet, they have to get their offense ready for loud visiting fans.

I asked Sparano if he'd ever seen a team pipe in crowd noise for practice on a home-game week while he was coaching anywhere else in his career.

"No, never did it before," Sparano admitted. "One of the reasons we do it here is we are in South Florida and the New England teams and New York teams, there's a a lot of fans out here. They have a good fan base themselves. Somehow they make their way into our stadium.

"That being said, you have to prepare for it. The way you prepare for it is two-fold -- in other words, our people being loud when we're on defense, because those guys do a lot of things at the line of scrimmage. We want our fans loud. And then I imagine however many fans they have here, that will be the case, too.

"I want no surprises for our football team when we walked out there. So that's what we did."

The realities of being a South Florida team that doesn't sell out.

Running back Reggie Bush addressed that very topic during his interview session. He sees himself as a conduit for helping the area get re-energized about football.

"We want to bring passion back to Miami," Bush said.

On a football note: Long has been practicing at his typical left tackle spot for several weeks now despite the fact he didn't play a down in the preseason. Yet Sparano said he's not worried about Long being ready for the season.

"The guy's played about 5,000 plays in three years. I'm pretty confident I know what's going to happen and pretty confident I know what it's going to take him to get ready to play. Going into today he had close to 200 snaps [in practice] and going into the game he'll probably have close to 350 plays, which to be honest is a couple of hundred away from where the rest of the guys are."

What does Long have to say about the matter? Watch. Listen. Learn.

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#1

Starting to think yeah! is actually Mando having a little fun at our expense!

Armando,

Do you really think 1:00PM games were that great of an advantage for Fins teams years past? I dont, guarantee you at least 90% of our victories because we were the better team that day period!

Great teams dont make excuses thier games werent at 1:00PM, therefore we lost our winning edge(the heat). When fins lost 1:00PM games it was because they werent the best team on the field that day.

NO more dumbass excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL...

I really hope we silence the critics and the rest of the league with a big win on MNF!!!

We've got the use the advantage of NE not being able to prep for Daboll's new scheme... Hope we give them some things they never saw coming. I feel like we'll need at least 3 TDs and hopefully our defense takes care of Brady and Co...

DB

Sparano wasn't making any excuses. He was only saying that the team would have more of an advantage at home in earlier games.

You total idiots rapping FLA as idiotville need only reconsiders yourselves and your dummerville states..


Posted by: DyingBreed | September 07, 2011 at 04:50 PM

Facts are facts. The northeastern states have always been rated among the highest in public education and Florida has always been rated among the lowest. As someone who was raised in New Jersey that moved to SoFla in high school, I could see they were years behind. 11th grade in Ft Lauderdale was like 7th grade in NJ, it was that bad. Seriously.

I'm getting pumped for the game! I live in CT and I would love to go to work Tuesday talking smack to all the Patsy fans.

I see DyingBreed is back to spend his day calling everybody idiots.

Only an idiot would spend his time with people he thinks are idiots.


Do you really think 1:00PM games were that great of an advantage for Fins teams years past? I dont, guarantee you at least 90% of our victories because we were the better team that day period!

Great teams dont make excuses thier games werent at 1:00PM, therefore we lost our winning edge(the heat). When fins lost 1:00PM games it was because they werent the best team on the field that day.

NO more dumbass excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL...

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 07, 2011 at 05:01 PM


I'm laughing at you boy.

Keysman,

Show me a poll that determines how many out of state educators are from the state of FLA? Being from the State of Fla, I do realize an overwhelming number of educators from grade school to college are not from the state of FLA. Hmm.... It also suggest to me a reason for an overwhelming number of dumbass FLA teachers.

You idiots are not from here so you have zero tangible evidence illiteracy level points directly at being FLA native. You show your own illiteracy level by making such dumbass non factual statements.

Are you too looking for a job in the FLA education profession? It will ensure FLA residents learn absolutely nothing! LOL...

"Somehow they make their way into our stadium".

Is the game even sold out?

Boardwalk,

I wasnt refering to Tony Sparano, it was Armando. This isnt the first crybaby we moved our home games from 1:00PM blog he's created. LOL...

I don't care how you ant to interpret it.

I've lived and worked in Florida. When you've acclimated yourself to that weather and an outsider comes in, YOU HAVE THE ADVANTAGE.

I don't care if you're baking cookies or chasing Hotties down the beach. It's an advantage and should be exploited to the fullest.

Just off the top of my head, Mr. Ross giving away the MAIN COMPONENT of our home field advantage is inexcusable!

To you FLA hating idiots:

Anyone can do research to substantiate one's own biased views. Research is rarely a reflection of the truth, its a manipulation of the truth.

The research of Hitler and his thugs resulted in the death of over 6 million Jews alone. Dumbasses, dont believe everything you hear or read just because the author of it told you is based on "THIER" research! LOL...

Odin,

If you employment has you work outside then you have no choice. However, if you lived here then you know for fact a Floridian's true ally is inside an air conditioned car or building during heat of day!

BTW, Im sitting in AC as I post to you! LOL...

Its really amazing how pathetic this teams fan base is.

As for Ross...all he did was make it more comfortable for the opposing teams fans and make it more accessible to attend games.

Well done.

Our Tony is right, of course! The owner of the team should never be pleading with the NFL to lose any home field advantage.

O.K., that hoary old fight song really is horrible. Terrible. Even children don't much care for it.

Show me a poll that determines how many out of state educators are from the state of FLA?

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 07, 2011 at 05:14 PM

A poll? Golly gee, a poll. Yeah that is factual.

My father has over 30 years experience working for the Depts of Educations in NJ and FL.

Since you were such a great student feel free to do your own research.

PATRIOTS 38
MIAMI 13

And that's being generous...

DB,

I believe there is an advantage for teams in extreme weather Cities.

In 05 under Saban we started the 1st two games at home Vs. Denver and Carolina those teams melted in the 2nd half of both those games and were better Football teams than us, especially Carolina. I remember that Season more than others because in that 05 Sept. there was a brutal HEATWAVE that must have put the temp. on the field in pads at well over 100 degrees. I was in the Stadium for both games and I tell you it felt like you could have fried an egg on your head must have been brutal in pads on the field. There have been many like it but that one comes to mind off the top of my head.

On the flip side you going to tell me the Dolphins are a good Cold weather team or for that matter the Bucs, Chargers or Raiders?? Alot of People think that the 1981 div. playoff game between us and the Chargers which we lost is the best game ever played but with regard to the S.B. that year I`ve never given that game a 2nd thought. I remember the following week S.D. had to go to Cinncinati and play the AFC Championship in the coldest game on record were the wind chill was 22 below zero and they basically folded with Cinncinati playing like it wasn`t anything, Miami would have been steam rolled as well.

How about the 01,02 Bucs having to go to the Linc up in Philly in the playoffs and getting bounced handily in the weather. There elite D getting pushed around all over the place and do you really think the 01 Pats hold Gruden`s top flight Raider O to 14 points in the tuck game if not for the brutal snow storm in Foxboro that afternoon were the weather just kept getting worse?? If that game were played in Oakland I got money that says the Raiders would have run a still very green Brady and the Pats out of the stadium. You got to have a team that can play I`ll give you that but the weather and the elements are part of the game of Football for sure, by the way don`t ever get the Cowboy faithful going on the Ice Bowl game either.

IF Reggie Bush goes down, the season is OVER.
Miami has no running back depth. Should have kept Ricky or Ronnie as insurance. Nice job Ireland!

Repeat after me:
IRELAND SUCKS!
IRELAND SUCKS!
IRELAND SUCKS!

(Breathe in)
(Breathe out)

Start over.

Born and raised in South Florida (Miami) and now transplanted to the Northeast (Jersey burbs).

Just my experience, but I've seen ZERO evidence people here are any better educated, cosmopolitan, or literate.

As a matter of fact, I've heard FAR more staggeringly ignorant, racist crap here in the Northeast than I ever did in Florida---along with a fair share of the "dumb musclehead" mentality that infects a lot of the male population in these parts.

I used to believe people here were better educated, too. Moving here quickly dashed that notion!

To you FLA hating idiots:

Anyone can do research to substantiate one's own biased views. Research is rarely a reflection of the truth, its a manipulation of the truth.

The research of Hitler and his thugs resulted in the death of over 6 million Jews alone. Dumbasses, dont believe everything you hear or read just because the author of it told you is based on "THIER" research! LOL...

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 07, 2011 at 05:21 PM

You're the same idiot who was trying to slam jax for living in north Florida. You can't have it both ways dumbass idiot LOL...

In alot of games throughout Dolphins history we were the best team on the field-PERIOD.

We were also the best conditioned team on the field period. However, how many of those close games did we win in the third and fourth quarters because of the weather COMBINED with our superior conditioning? A LOT!

MOST other teams just can't simulate conditioning for the South Florida heat. We have a built in mechanism for gaining an edge! There's no excuse for not exploiting it.

Not only are we not exploiting it, the team owner made moves to guarantee it was minimized!

I believe Ross's reasoning was for fan comfort? Simply despicable!

If you listen carefully, you'll hear Lombardi giggling like a school girl.................


WHAT ARE THE FOODS OF SCANDINAVAN THAT ARE ANY GOOD?,. I CAN'T THINK OF ANY AT ALL JUST OILY FISH AND OLD BREAD. WHY DOES ODIN ALLWAYS TALK ABOUT THEM AS IF THEY ARE ANY THING. PEOPLE IN OTHER LANDS WOULD NEVER EAT THERE DISGUSTING FOOD.

fin4,

If one team is markedly better than the other weather isnt going to change that. I think the greatest edge, even greater than 1:00PM games, under Shula we were consistently the least penalized teams and had the fewest turnover ratio.

AKA...... We rarely beat ourselves. 1:00PM wont change those two facts.

fin4life

I don't buy the climate argument. Here's why. 98% of the players in the NFL have grown up and played football in cold climates. Not only that, about 90% of the country is just as hot and humid as Miami is during the summer, during training camps. So all these players are really exposed to all climates.

You know what I have to say about that SD Cincy game in 81? After that Miami duel, they were spent, plus another game on the road. Neither team would have won the following week after a match like that one.

Let's get one thing straight: Yes, the educational system is below par here in Florida but why?

Very fu&cking simple. The hordes of northerners that come here. They bring they're below average brats and overwhelm the infrastucure. the illegals don't help but it's the northerners that come here looking for paradise.

I hope that Sparano is posting all the garbage that the media is saying about the Dolphins on a big board in the lockeroom!
Nothing like a little negative press to fire up a team! Keep on saying those kinda things about them and you may just inspire this team to go to the playoffs!
GO FINS!!! Pats 13. Miami 27.

DB,

Most of the time in Florida I was playing music in doors or outside in th evenings.

I did do a lot of work outside there rough framing houses and apartment buildings. Also a lot of roofing, especially after storms and hurricanes.

Working outdoors in South Florida is brutal, even when you're a young guy!


WHAT ARE THE FOODS OF SCANDINAVAN THAT ARE ANY GOOD?,. I CAN'T THINK OF ANY AT ALL JUST OILY FISH AND OLD BREAD. WHY DOES ODIN ALLWAYS TALK ABOUT THEM AS IF THEY ARE ANY THING. PEOPLE IN OTHER LANDS WOULD NEVER EAT THERE DISGUSTING FOOD.

Posted by: ALoco | September 07, 2011 at 05:36 PM


They way you swallow for MARI-O, I'd have thunk you'd love the "SALTY" taste of oily fish.


Go figure...............

odinseye + aloco = great minds LOL...

Odin,

By September, in the state of FLA the summer blaze begins to subside. It's really only maybe a 2-3 game advantage at best.

By the last week of Sept, first week of Oct, Florida temps are down around to liek 84 degrees avg. Im not an outside worker and even I can stand 84 degree avg temps. Hell I even turn of the air conditioner come October.

So, 1:00PM games would only be a slight 2 game advantage at best when you consider in the month of September having 2 home games and 2 road games that month. So where's the great issue? LOL...

Brady will wish he'd stayed home.

IM IN CENTRAL FLA RIGHT NOW. THE TEMP RIGHT NOW IS 82 DEGREES. GOOGLE IT IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME. LOL...

One more thing: If you think that acclimatizing to the heat is all that simple, I got news for you. It ain't.

If you're not born here, it takes a couple of years. Much different from stepping off a plane.

Funny how people keep boasting about education in their own states. When if you just stop and really focus on the problem you figure that top notch education is becoming more elitist. You have to pay to have a better education and I'm not talking about College. On the other side education is what you make of it right? How about you tell that to inner city schools, a la Liberty City or Overtown, and see where that gets you (probably shot).

Stephen Ross is a complete idiot.

And the Media will have egg on their faces after we beat the Pats.

Oh really Steve. What part of Florida are you from?

BTW, being inside with the AC blowing doesn't count

STEVE, COCOAJOE,

I LIVED IN OHIO FOR A LITTLE OVER A YEAR. i DIDNT GET ACCLIMATED TO THE COLD BUT FOUND THE EFF4ECTS OF IT COULD BE LESSONED JUST BY BEING PROPERLY DRESSED WHEN STEPPING OUT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, BORN AND RAISED IN FLA, I ALSO FOUND EVEN WORKING OUTSIDE YOU NEVER GET ACCLIMATED TO THE HEAT YOU JUST BECOME A LITTLE MORE TOLERABLE OF IT. THE TIME I EVER DID HAVE A JOB WORKING OUTSIDE. AS SOON AS I GOT OFF THE FIRST THING I SOUGHT WAS AC. LOL...

DB,

Not saying it's necessarily a great issue.

Just as it starts to cool down in Florida it cools down everywhere.

I'm just saying I'm the type that will sniff out any and every possible edge and exploit it to it's fullest. I love the Shula/air conditioner story. You think Shula thought it was an issue?

If it only helps us win the first 2 or 3 games of the season, great then we're 2 or 3 and 0.

I don't care what tactic it is, if it increases the chances of winning, if the ends justifies the means, I'm all in.

Christ, look at Bellicheat, he stooped to filming opposing teams sidelines!


cocoajoe,

I dont have much problem with Steve saying he likes cold better than heat even being from FLA.

Science has proven some people have genetics more geared for heat over cold or vice versus. It isnt just a fact of where one's located.

Case in point:

If one has a certain propensity to develop skin cancer. Being born in the state of florida will only increase, not decrease his or hers propensity to develop skin cancer.

Speaking of Ross..... did Jlo ever get divorced? Will she still be attending the games? How many times has she been divorced anyway?

We won't need a heat advantage to win this game, all we need is to make more/better plays than New England.


"Acclimation?" Hey, I'm a Florida boy who LOVES northern winters while all my neighbors are moaning and groaning about it. Acclimation is a bunch of nonsense, too.

Posted by: steve | September 07, 2011 at 05:51 PM

Steve, I agree with a lot of what your saying to an extent. Good post.

However, acclimation to extreme weathers conditions can be and has been established scientifically.

odin,

Shula was a very high believer in conditioning. He had players doing 2 sometimes 3 a days. It was his immense beilieving in conditoning not 1:00PM games itself that gave his team and edge.

Shula just refused to be 2nd best when it came to thoroughly conditioning his team. Remember, with even 2 adays now eliminated, what advantage does 1:00PM games give us when the opponent is just as conditioned as us because everyone now do 1 a days?

Shula was doing 2 and 3 a days when other teams were doing 1 and 2 a days. Hence the 1:00PM advantage went to Don Shula having the more conditioned teams.

Body temperature is 98.6. Humans are warm blooded, not cold blooded fish that acclimate to the water temp.

You can play tennis every day for 19 years in 95 degree weather and you will sweat your asss off every single time. You can go outside with no jacket every day for 19 years in freezing weather and you will freeze your asss off every time.


Well, "extremes" I could see. Not talking about the Sahara versus Antarctica, though!

Posted by: steve | September 07, 2011 at 06:08 PM


ROTFLMAO! Good one!

Ok, completely offtopic, but a couple guys commented on the education level of SoFLA vs the NE specifically and I'm here to tell you different. I was born and raised in South Florida and Central Florida through elementary and middle school and moved to the northeast (specifically Maryland and Pennsylvania) during most of my high school years and they were WAY behind the Florida schools. They actually said my transcripts must be wrong and that I could not have completed some of the classes I had at the age I did and that they would never have put a child that young in those classes in their school system. I retook about 6 courses in your "advanced" NE school system in high school that I had already completed with A's and B's in middle school in Florida. The same courses in the NE were also easier to complete by far there than in Florida. The other glaring difference was that Florida schools that I attended concentrated more on the world outside the county, state and country I lived in. In both Maryland and Pennsylvania I was forced to take local history courses for example instead of national or world history and politics course offered instead at a Florida school.

Back on topic, Henne and the rest of the offense are going to surprise a lot of you haters that have nothing better to do than gripe and moan about someone not doing a good enough job at something you could never hope to do half as well at on their worst and your best days. Yes, Bush has injury issues. Yes, Thomas is unproven. But this team has steadily moved in the right direction. Were there a couple questionable draft choices and roster moves? Of course. But compare our roster to the high and mighty Pats or Wets and see which team has more productive players from the last 3 draft classes on their rosters at the moment. Think about how many games were won or lost by just one or two big plays last season. Our D is as good if not better, we have an exciting new system that fits our players and I have absolute faith that this will be a successful year for the Phins and Sparano and Co. will be back for another season or two. So get used to it.

Marshall, Bush and Bess represent the offense, while Wake, Dansby and Davis comprise the catalysts for defense. Does Daboll know Belichek well enough to beat him?

DB,

Your preaching to the choir when it comes to Shula and his notorious conditioning program. I'm a firm believer in this tactic as well.

I took this lesson from Shula and applied it to my coaching "Career".

Needless to say, the kids hated me during practices-LOL!

Just ^%$#@! WIN....

I grew up playing Football (JV & H.S.) not in the Cold but in the Heat in S.Fla. and can tell you I remember the humidity being what gets you the most. In the 1st couple of weeks your fighting dehydration and cramps more than anything while your body acclimates and that`s with having grown up in Miami my whole life and playing as a kid not in my late 20`s or 30`s carrying 300 plus pounds on my body. It`s one thing to run around in shorts but quite another to put on Football pads in the Summer. All things being equal I personally do think it makes a difference.

I go skying alot in the winter and can also say from personal experience that falling down in extreme cold weather hurts like a B itch and must wear on guys during the course of a brutal full contact Football game. I gave a few examples of it in my earier post and Simon says that S.D. was spent from playing Miami when they lost the 81 AFC Champ. to Cinncinati and I wonder if he saw the game because I did and can tell everybody Fouts couldn`t grip the ball fluttering ducks all over the place, the WR`s John Jefferson and Charlie Jyner couldn`t get off the jams, they looked lathargic in that 22 below weather and I happen to think the cold played a huge factor. The tuck game which I also mentioned was brutal didn`t seem to have the Pats spent in their AFC Champ. game Vs. Pitt. the following week that year though, I guess it`s a matter of opinion and that`s mine.

Jerry Biggs,

Im beginning to gather that northeastners are bringing thier dumb kids to FLA and they cant cut the curriculum. So nationalist are just assumming FLA kids are illetrate when its the northeastern kids who cant cut the Florida educational dept learning curriculum.

Oh yeah, Im born and raised in FLA, I shouldnt be using words like curriculum. It could really confuse some northeasterners. LOL...

I'm not drinking the koolaid yet. Talk is cheap. We heard the same stuff last year. Lets wait after game 1 before we see what type of team we have this year.

Jerry Biggs,

Also when I was in Ohio for over a year. Wow! The people I met there made the people I thought were idiots in FLA seem like pure geniouses. I kid you not! LOL...


Think about how many games were won or lost by just one or two big plays last season. Our D is as good if not better, we have an exciting new system that fits our players and I have absolute faith that this will be a successful year for the Phins and Sparano and Co. will be back for another season or two. So get used to it.

Posted by: Jerry Biggs | September 07, 2011 at 06:11 PM


Biggs don't leave out the fact that we were straight up Road Warriors last year!

Tel it like it is!!!!

Dolphins may have little teeth, but we sure do have a lot of them. Look for Brady to be wearing a crimson necklace (not hickeys) Monday Night.

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