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Hazing will be thing of the past for Dolphins

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today will meet with the braintrust of the NFL Players Association, including new president Eric Winston, executive director DeMaurice Smith and other members of the recently elected executive committee, and one major topic on the table will be workplace conduct.

The meeting, part of Goodell's attention to fostering respect and good conduct in the workplace, is a direct result of the Dolphins 2013 harassment scandal.

And out of this and other meetings may come tangible conduct guidelines from the NFL on how players (and others) should interact in the workplace -- which includes the locker room, the practice field, and practice facility as well as the football field every game day.

(Sad it has come to this, but grown men are about to be told how to act because a handful of guys on the Dolphins and elsewhere crossed the line.)

Anyway, one area that is most definitely in the crosshairs on a league and local level with the Dolphins is the subject of rookie hazing.

The idea of older, more established players wielding power over younger, newer players is not new to the NFL. It's been going on forever. And much of the time it has been innocuous.

The idea of rookies bringing breakfast to camp every morning, or meals for veterans to team flights, or singing their alma mater in front of a team meeting hasn't really bothered too many people before -- except Tim Bowens once upon a time. (More on that later).

But when you have an annual practice, which rookie hazing is, and you have no guidelines for it and thus no limits, and then some folks get out of control, the practice often is assigned governing parameters.

Look for rookie hazing on a league-wide level to soon be governed under some parameters. And do not be surprised if those parameters include prohibiting much if not all rookie hazing altogether.

And even if rookie hazing league-wide is not severly limited, look for the Dolphins to do so going forward.

Why?

Well, the NFL believes the players should operate in a workplace environment of respect and professionalism. And hazing -- which includes practices such as  players giving other players embarrassing haircuts and forcing them to do sophomoric things -- does not outwardly portray a strong sense of respect and professionalism.

You may recall during the past two preseasons Dolphins veterans have cut and dyed the hair of rookies in all sorts of unfashionable ways. In 2012 Jonathan Martin was made to look like a monk, with his hair shaven on top and allowed to grow out on the side.

Josh Samuda's hair was sculpted in such a way as to resemble a penis. And although Samuda tried to wear a hat to cover the carving, it was nonetheless uncovered during a team meeting ... on Hard Knocks.

You'll recall the scene on national television of coach Joe Philbin smiling uncomfortably as he saw the hairstyle unveiled. And you'll recall him joking about how classy that made the Dolphins organization look.

Well, Philbin last year got a taste of what can happen when playful rookie hazing grows up, gets angry, and is put in the hands of exactly the wrong people -- people who have no barriers holding power over people who have no ability to stand up for themselves.

Philbin obviously doesn't want a repeat of veteran players forcing younger players to do things they don't want -- such as pay for trips to Las Vegas, the strip club or expensive dinners -- which were some of the allegations of what was going on within the Dolphins.

So Philbin is going to draw a line on hazing in the coming training camp even if the NFL does not.

(Peanut gallery: But Mando, rookie hazing serves a purpose. It draws the players closer. It is a rite of passage. It brings the rookie outsiders into the fold. It is a team-building exercise).

Thank you, peanut gallery for making the argument used throughout time to defend the practice.

In truth, many NFL coaches past and present would not allow hazing at all and had close teams and, indeed, successful teams without it.

Bill Walsh, who won four Super Bowls for the San Francisco 49ers, would not allow rookie hazing. Pete Carroll, whose Seattle Seahawks just won the Super Bowl, does not condone rookie hazing.

"The way Bill saw it, if you hazed rookies you might get them so scared they couldn't focus on the game," running back Roger Craig said in the book 100 things 49ers fans should know and do before they die.

"You might destroy their confidence. So Bill didn't allow that. After all they were there to help us win more Super Bowls."

The Dolphins have had rookie hazing since, well, perhaps 1966 when the team was founded. Don Shula allowed it. But Shula's pragmatism always took precedence over tradition. Yes, the Dolphins had a tradition of hazing, but Shula believed more in the idea of winning.

And when tradition threatened winning, tradition lost.

In 1994, first-round pick Tim Bowens was ordered by veterans to sing in front of the team in keeping with the hazing tradition. Bowens refused and actually started packing his bags to leave the team and head home to Mississippi.

Shula stepped in.

Bowens didn't have to sing. He didn't have to be hazed.

All he had to do was play well and help the team win. 

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P78, you know it ...

So her the pcture of Charlie when he shite his pants at Niagara Falls!

2 watt

should Home take his meds now or wait 1/2 hr
I'd ask the others
Butt
Most are clueless out of touch out of towners

Except for Mark, he told me he's dating Gisele Bundchen

Wallace was on his way to the HOF until he met T-Puke!!

But Ssshhh!! Don't tell him anything because he is "Winning".

Posted by: Yelü Dashi | April 08, 2014 at 03:22 PM
-----------------------------------------------

Here is what you don't get dashi....it's not about winning....its about EXPOSING your lying @SS.....

and you SIR...are giving the blog the FULL MONTE......

Mark,
When did the mailman knock up your wife?

Congrats

lol

P78,

No problem.

I don't even know what Rambo is thinking.

Have him in the cross-hairs.

I could care less about "Kris".

But if he wants to be treated like a Troll and get smacked down like one, I am more than happy to oblige.

I already took one glove off. He(Kris) doesn't want me to take the other one off.

I know he holds a GRUDGE to the Death. But this will be quick and painless.

Mark,
Due to ur genetics

Perhaps u should think of getting the little fella one of those penis stretching machines

hate to see him go through life like u, little pecker head

LMAO!

Yes Home-O the mailman knocked up my wife...

sheesh, feel better about yourself now?

Seriously you the most fragile sense of self I've ever come across. Only feel good when putting others down...

Poor fella...

He says I'm 300 lbs, fat, white, a copy boy, live in squallor... it makes him happy although none of it is true or changes my reality ... bizarre fellow indeed...

Yeah Mark, the same stuff he used to say under the name YG4EVER and all of the rest of his names. It's so repetitive and boring. And that's why I find it hilarious, he thinks he's fooling everyone but his themes never change. He uses the same phrasing and put downs all of the time because he doesn't have the mental capacity to change his personalities with his name changes.

The whole shtick with putting the Dolphins players down is tired. He wants people to argue and debate with him over the same chit he's been arguing and debating over for years. The guy is a mental train wreck.

Mark,
Will u teach ur son how to bend over for the boss and take one for team too ?!

Home, why don't you ask me for a semi nude selfie of myself like you did the other day...

unlike all of the things you write me taht you pull out of your arse ... the pic thing actually did happen here.

Dolphins in Depth ... where Home-O goes to fetch his masturbation fodder....

I knew it Mark! Great 90's movie, Mike Myers as the Scottish dad was hilarious.

Dooshy, tell us again how M Egnew was a good draft pick!! LMAO!!!!

Yes he was P78, local boy, his boyhood home is actually about 10 mins from where I live. Apparently the Scottish thing was real world to him which is why he does it so well.. supposed to be based on his grandpapa...

So Mark,

Will the baby be black like the mailman or rubbish collecting engineer?

U do indeed remind Home of Jim Carey w the 3 black sons

Maybe Home can send the lil toddler some ribs to gnaw on

Dashi....

KEEP SPINNING....and keep POSTING.....and PRAY for Armando to put up another blog.....QUICK.....

"Most are clueless out of touch out of towners"

This is what I was talking about. Same tired lines he was using last time I was here and for years now.

His 2watt character uses this all of the time, as well as a number of his other characters.

I guarantee you he has all of these characters written down on his desk, with descriptions of their personalities and writing styles so he can keep them straight. But he doesn't write down the phrases he uses because he crosses them over constantly. I so wish I had that much time on my hands, you can bet your a#@ I wouldn't be spending it in here trying to fool people and argue. Yikes, so sad! lol

Hope ur wife isn't still boozing it up, Mark

not good w the lil one

U should drug test her once a week, Mark
make sure no heroin or opiates

Imagine,
she could think it was possibly ur baby and that would be upsetting to her

"I could care less about "Kris"."

We went over this. You mean you COULDN'T care less about Kris. If you could care less it means you care about him right now and have room to care less. You are trying to say you don't care at all which is I couldn't care less.

Sorry, major pet peeve of mine!

Posted by: Phins78 | April 08, 2014 at 03:36 PM

The fact he spends so much time on it shows he's a shut in of some sort.

78
u aint a Sherlock


.
lol

Home is not 2 watt

2 watt knows the expression from years ago on the SS

and he recently has been using it to bait Home into a lil fun

That's awesome Mark, I've always been a huge Mike Myers fan. Yes, I guess he has Scottish blood from one of his relatives which is where he pulls those characters from.

"If it's not Scottish,,,,IT'S CRAP!"

No he aint

Is he 2 watt

lol

They all think they know

smh

Yeah, the out of towners are relatively clueless but no less opinionated. Makes em look stupid.

How do you know I'm not black, Home?

Scottish people r cheap pricks too
just like Canadians

u out of touch
out of towners
should watch a phinz
game on tv
4 1nce
instead of reading
the box scores the next day as usual
.
lol

What's Up Phools?

Home followed ur internet footprint, Mark

and that's why u might want to get a DNA test b4 paying for that baby and painting the room blue

P78, my favourite part of this loser's posts is when he types LOL at the end like a 14 year old girl ... like he's telling you it's supposed to be funny in case you forget.

Please laugh along with Home-o although nobody does and nobody cares what he comes here to write about.


How do you know I'm not black, Home?

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 08, 2014 at 03:41 PM

Didnt u say u work?

Okay Home but either way the saying is stupid.

It infers that because a fan doesn't live in Florida they can't possibly know as much about the Dolphins as people from the area.

You have to be intelligent enough to see what a load of crap that is right? Twitter, The team pages, bleacher report, local papers on the net, ESPN RADIO, ESPN THE MAGAZINE, ESPN. The saying is ridiculous and makes anyone using it look like a time traveler from the 70's

Phins 78.....

We have disagreed...fought...and argued....especially as of late (last 6 months) over the bullying thing.....

The only thing I can truly say is that I believe you and a few other REAL (no name changing) posters actually have a bit of integrity......even on the net.....
Its those posters that I truly respect....Mark in Toronto....DC.....Rdubs....Darkoak....Rob in OC....Daryl D.........Texas Dolfan....NH....and countless other real POSTERS who I csan disagree with....but don't STALK my post because we have a different view of what Tanne is...and isn't.....

and tht's all this really is.....one boy's obsession with our current QB's success (or lack thereof.....has turned in to a unhealthy sadistic infatuation with my post.....

there you have it....in the NUT's shell....

"the box scores the next day as usual"

Perfect example, time traveler from the 70's.

Thanks 2watt

Still trying to find those selfies, Home-O?

faag

P78,

Correct, my bad. You know I always do that.

It sounds like a double negative but you are right. The right term is couldn't.

Mark,

It's ok for ur wife to make love to many dif men and get knocked up
As long as she make u a morning protein shake and let's u live in ur vicarious world of American football scouting, super duper finance wiz, self employed, strongest man in Canada and full time blogger during working hours as biz tanks

lol

U Go Marky!

lol

No one is exposing anyone
No one is smacking anyone
No one is pulling anyone's strings
You all look childish and like dysfunctional fathers and brothers and sons

Hahha, isn't that one great P78? Loser has never left his trailer park in Immokalee.

"They have cable tv outside of FLOOREEDA?!!"

LOL A Mark and his mailman's baby

LOL

78
tmz and the view
won't have phinz
box scores
.
lol

No Mark,
have the naked pics of ur wife w Dat Leroy Washington dude
Can't believe he hit that!

lol

u out of touch
out of towners
should watch a phinz
game on tv
4 1nce
instead of reading
the box scores the next day as usual
.
lol
Posted by: 2 watt | April 08, 2014 at 03:42 PM

Bwooook
Tannepuke
Bwooook!

Out of towner
bwooook!

Lol

Yes Home, my business is tanking...

What else would you like to believe that would make you feel better about yourself?

It can all be true if you wish hard enough...

@ 3:48....the 1st one....

its got YOU glued to your computer screen......

must be doing something for you....

You even felt compelled to comment.....

Mark
Do u want to go to Disney world w Home and
ride round n round on Dumbo Magic Elephant ride

call if possible

Well Kris, I don't know why people stand up for Tannehill so much but I have an idea.

It's hope versus opinion based on results.

And no one ever sees it, people argue about the subject but are coming from two different places.

Dashi hopes Tannehill will get better so he gives him a long leash.

You feel he won't improve and he's shown who he is so you give him a short leash.

In reality you're probably right, Tannehill was inconsistent in college too. He's had years to correct it and hasn't. We've all seen flashes of what he could be but he doesn't keep building on it.

But no need to debate any longer because this is his make or break year. He has a running back and will have an improved oline. Along with a very good OC who got Foles to play way past his level.

No excuses this season, Dolphins make the playoffs or Tannehill should be gone or at least made the back up.

MIT,

It was kind of weird that he wanted a Selfie of you working out.

Mark,
U said b4
U dont sodomize or cornhole ur wife

Yet in these photos w Leroy
She seems not to object
rather enjoy

what gives?

OK FINFANS

READY FOR THE POLL OF THE DAY?


WHO IS THE DUMBEST POSTER?

A) Mark in Toronto

B) Dashi

C) Its a tie

Foles has always been good

Tannehill not so much

period

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | April 08, 2014 at 03:53 PM

Lol nobody is going to be offended no matter how low you sink here Home. You're just making it more obvious to the casual observer what a tool you are.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | April 08, 2014 at 03:48 PM

lol!

Dashi no need to apologize , I wasn't trying to be a jerk I was just joking a bit. People say it both ways and as it does drive me nuts it's no biggy. I just have fun busting your chops over it ;)

Kris it was good talking to you and I hope things are going well for you over seas!

2watt and all of your other characters good to see you're still having fun!

Have to go guys, I'll talk to you all later. Peace

But in Kris's own words that isn't why Dashi wants him to eat crow.

I want him to eat crow for the 8-8. And other silly things.

It isn't for all the trash he talked that T-Hill is a failure and that he will never succeed.

And P78.

Tannehill has improved based on statistics. It is your opinion that he has reached his potential.

bye 78
.
lol

Phins 78....

Even if you had went the other way on Tanne...I would have respected your opinion and points....and then attempted to make some counter-points of my own.....and even concede points that I don't believe can be countered....

like this one....There is NO NEED to argue about Tanne....if he doesn't perform this year...Hickey is getting his replacement....not really much to argue there.....if we go to the playoffs....Tanne probably gets another 2 years unchallenged....

Reasonable people can acknowledge these things others only want you to agree with them....or they stalk you.....

Home is going w "C"

skid mark or "Dashi" got nothing but thinks its something

Mark Stuck Up ...in Toronto
got something but its really nothing (esp when u do ur own homework)

so "c"

def 'c"

Isn't it Dashi, I mean who needs to know something about someone here that bad that they ask for a semi nude selfie of another man or for him to post videos of himself working out so he can watch them all day? And remembers every personal tidbit you ever write about yourself or what I do with my wife like @ 3:53...

This guy is obsessed and wants me to get on top of him and start beating him like that Matthew McConaughey character in the movie The Paperboy. Guy used to like having buffed up black men beat on his - turned him on sexually...

This guy is perverse...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Paperboy_%282012_film%29

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