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Free Thoughts

-Thursday is the day I post my thoughts. It’s pretty simple, I just type whatever pops in my head.

-The shooting at Wal Mart yesterday was all the talk yesterday at work. Apparently an angry boyfriend walked into the garden center and shot his former girlfriend who had just taken out a restraining order against him. He then fled to his home where he shot himself.

-The stock market doesn’t seem to like the US move toward socialism. Our economy was sick under President Bush, Obama apparently wants to finish it off.

-Hurricane season is just around the corner. I think I am going to start getting my supplies together now. Be prepared!

-Only 2 months since football season has ended, and I am having withdrawals. I hate football offseason. The Dolphins and Canes have a lot to look forward to this year.

-We are going to be even more organized in this year’s fantasy football season.

-The major football related news right now is the boat with the NFL players and agent whose 21 foot boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico in up to 15 foot seas. Friends of mine suggested that probably they plowed the nose of the boat into a large wave going too fast while rushing to get in, or they got sideways and were flipped by a big wave.

-Max had his little bit of masculinity removed this past Friday. It’s not bad enough that everybody mistakes him for a her, now he has been altered. Poor fella.

-My vacation cruise is exactly one month away from today. Snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing here we come.

-Marcela really hooked me up on Sunday. She made some excellent paella mixta with chicken, chorizo, octopus, little necks, muscles, shrimp, and scallops.

-I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I cannot wait for the TSP Anthems CD to be available.

-The work that Trav, the guys from TSP and the People for Care and Learning are doing for the people of Cambodia is God’s work. I’m so proud of them.

-I will see some of you this Sunday at the theater as we come together to worship, enjoy and learn from each other, be inspired, and be the church.

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Saturday Top 5: Super Bowl Era Teams

Honorable Mention:

1988 San Francisco 49ers

1976 Oakland Raiders

And now the Top 5…

#5 1992 Dallas Cowboys – Jimmy Johnson assembled one of the greatest teams, talent wise, in NFL history. Aikman, E. Smith, “Moose” Johnson, Haley, Lett, Jay Novacek, Irvin and Harper formed a team that mowed just about everyone over. They totally destroyed the Bills in the Super Bowl in historic fashion, even with Leon Lett’s blunder running toward the endzone.

#4 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steel Curtain’s second Super Bowl Championship came in 75, with such greats as Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw, and Lynn Swann. They lost two games all year, one of which was an inconsequential game at the end of the season and all but two games were won by two or more touchdowns. This was truly a great team. This team also did what rarely happens in pro sports, that is to repeat as champions. Another piece of interesting trivia was that the 75 Steelers started the great tradition of “The Terrible Towel”. It’s just a yellow dish towel, but it is twirled in menacing fashion.

#3 1984 San Fracisco 49ers – This incredibly talented team became the first in NFL history to send the entire defensive backfield to the pro bowl. They also were led by Joe Montana, who is considered by many as the greatest QB in NFL history. Oh yea, they destroyed Dan Marino’s Dolphins in the Super Bowl.

#2. 1985 Chicago Bears – Notorious not only for what many consider the most dominating defense in league history, but also for the “Super Bowl Shuffle”. It was the cheesiest rap, but it started a revolution in sports and entertainment where athletes did so much more than just play ball. Also, William “The Fridge” Perry provided plenty of good times for fans of trick plays when he would become the NFL’s largest running back on the goal line. This team lost one game all year, a late season loss to the Miami Dolphins (protecting the only undefeated season in NFL history). Gault, Singletary, Payton, Hampton, Perry, Dent, Wilson and Gentry were just of the few greats that really made this team the beast that it was.

#1. 1972 Miami Dolphins – The only perfect team in NFL history was the 1972 Dolphins.  While there were only 14 regular season games, the 72 Fins remain the only team to win all regular season and post season games. Shula, the greatest NFL coach, grabbed his first Super Bowl win with Griese, Csonka, Kick, Fernandez, Yepremian, Warfield, Morris, Buonticonti, Morrall and Fernandez who were some of the most notable names on this the greatest NFL team of all time.

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Monday Armchair QB

Kudos to the Miami Dolphins for an incredible season. They say that the season is a failure unless you win the championship. I don’t believe that we Dolphin fans feel that way this year. We succeeded by exceeding everyone’s expectations this year.

As for the game, here are some things to take away.

-The Dolphins turned the ball over only 13 times all year, an NFL record, but managed 5 turnovers yesterday.

-Pennington (2nd in MVP voting) threw 4 interceptions yesterday which is a Dolphins record. He only had 7 interceptions all year.

-Cam Cameron is the offensive coordinator for the Ravens. As of yesterday’s win, he now has more wins in Dolphins Stadium in one game than he did all last year as head coach of the Dolphins.

-Future Hall of Fame Free Safety Ed Reed of the U was a one man wrecking crew. He had one heck of an interception return for a TD, and a second interception in the red zone when Miami was making a furious effort to come from behind. Ed “Greedy” Reed is maybe the best free safety to play the game.

-The wildcat was tamed yesterday. It gained 7 yards on two plays. We had a feeling that would happen against the Ravens.

-I will be pulling for the Ravens to go all the way this year. The U is well represented in Baltimore with Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, and Willis McGahee.

The Ravens and the Eagles won yesterday. Sunday was the day of the favorites. The Chargers beat the favored Colts in a bigtime surprise game, and the Falcons lost at the Cardinals in a mild upset. That means Saturday was the day of the upset.

The big game to watch for this year is in the NFC Championship with a potential matchup of the Panthers and the Giants. The league appears to be wide open this year with no huge favorite. We know that favorites don’t exactly meet expectations anyway, don we Patriot fans?

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They’re in the air, they’re on the ground, they’re always in control!

OK, pause the corny touchdown music. Well, it’s been a few years since we have consistently heard that tune. We haven’t been able to proudly play it because: #1 We only play that song when we score and we haven’t been scoring. #2 We haven’t even been in a Super Bowl in about 25 years and we haven’t won a Super Bowl in more than 35 years, so “When you say Miami, you’re (not) talking Super Bowl”. Will we win a Super Bowl? No, not this year. But, this team is heading in the right direction both offensively and defensively. If the loose ends on OL, LB, special teams etc get tied up, we are looking at a contender. This team could have won 13 this year though admittedly there were a few close games that could have gone the other way as well. 11 wins ain’t no joke! Win or lose today, this has been a great season.

We had the greatest turnaround in NFL history from 1 win to 11, the 2nd place MVP (Pennington), the Ronnie and Ricky show, likely Coach of the Year, the NFL season sack leader, and the Tuna (who should get the credit for turning this thing around) looking to buy the squad from H Wayne Huizenga. This team and the fans have a lot to be proud of, win or lose today. Unfortunately, I am at work so I will have to listen to the game on the radio, but that’s better than nothing.

During the game I hope I get to hear plenty of music…”Yes we’re the Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins #1. We’re the Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins #1!”

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New Thoughts

-The old man known as 2008 has breathed his last breath and the little baby 2009 has been born. Little 2009 is in diapers, yet it is projected to be a monster. We shall see.

-Pet Peeve: It’s “Happy New Year” or “Happy New Year’s Day”, not “Happy New Years”. There is only one New Year at a time.

-The Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavs to make it two wins over the two best teams in each conference (Lakers were the other) over the last couple of weeks. They have already surpassed last year’s win total. That’s two Miami sports franchises turning it around from dismal records last season.

-With my work day starting as early as it does, I knew I had to go to sleep early. I tried, but every time I started to drift to sleep, someone shot a fire cracker and Max barked.

-Last night was going to be my first night in my memory in which I missed seeing in the New Year. Due to my little buddy Max, I ended up going to sleep at 12:30 AM. I did get to kiss Marcela at midnight, though.

-I finally beat Marcela in bowling on the Wii. She nearly came back to beat me, but she came up 5 pins short after I built a huge lead.

-Marcela stayed up until about 11:30 cooking her “chilis rellenos”. I ate the first one, it was most excellent!

-My sis-in-law is going camping this weekend. So I broke out my tent and some camping gear. It’s been about 3 years since I used it. While doing an inventory of the tent parts, Vivi discovered a gecko egg with a baby gecko inside. By “discovered” I mean she accidentally crushed it. NASTY!

-Go Dolphins! I am still in shock that they have made the playoffs and won 11 games.

-Marcela’s new camera I gave her for Christmas has been great. Yesterday we went to the Everglades and she took some wonderful pictures. I will be sure to load them on flckr and post the link. In the mean time, check out my twitter account to see some of the pics I have uploaded.

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Sunday Armchair QB

  1. The Dolphins have done what I did not actually believe they would do.  They won 11 games, won the division, and made the playoffs as the 4 seed.  They will host a playoff game against Baltimore, one of the few teams that whipped Miami earlier in the year.  Miami has matured a bit since then and may actually be favored to win this one.  As for my expectations, I will keep it  to myself and just say that no matter what happens the Dolphins have had an amazing season.  Especially nice was how Pennington avenged his dismissal from the Jets by (probably) ending Favre’s career by beating him in NY.  The Jets sent Pennington packing and replaced him with Favre.  The Jets missed the playoffs, the Dolphins and Pennington made the playoffs, and as of next year the Jets will have to find a QB.  This is indeed a rare situation for Miami who is usually at the losing side of such free agent and waiver acquisitions to teams like the Patriots with Welker and the Jets with Brian Cox and others.
  2. The Hurricanes took a dive against the oh-so-powerful Cal Golden Bears.  It wasn’t actually so disappointing that we lost, but that we looked so unprepared all through the first quarter and the final drive of the game.  Harris looked good, but with 2:40 to play in the game and down by a TD, he didn’t have a clue how to manage the team.  That has to rest on the shoulder of the coaches Shannon and Nix.  Nix will possibly get canned for his inconsistency this year.  How do you have as much time as the Canes had between the end of the season and the bowl game and yet the QB had no idea how to run a 2 minute offense?  He literally looked like he was totally lost.  It took 40 seconds to go 6 yards, and with a time out that was finally called while the clock was stopped.  To top it off, it was Shannon who ended up having to call the time out.  With less than 30 seconds to play, the team called a run play.  What gives?
  3. Back to the NFL, there were some huge stories this year.  The Dolphins made the playoffs with 11 wins after winning 1 game the entire previous year.  The Falcons with no head coach and no starting QB at the beginning of the year made the playoffs after being projected to finish last in the division with 3 or 4 wins, and they did it with a rookie head coach and QB.  The patriots miss the playoffs altogether with 11 wins after losing only one game the entire previous season.  The Chargers exact revenge on the Broncos who beat them earlier in the year on a totally bogus call that cost them the game.  Their win put them in the playoffs and the Broncos out.  The Cowboys who were projected by nearly everyone to win the NFC and maybe the Super Bowl did not even make the playoffs and got trounced in one of the worst blow outs in team history to finish the season.  The Jets choked in 5 of their last 6 games to miss the playoffs while Favre’s career will likely end, and they were eliminated AT HOME by the QB they let go to make room for Favre.  The Detroit Lions finished the season with the worst record (0-16) in the history of the NFL.  Tampa Bay choked away their chance at a playoff birth by losing to one of the worst teams in the NFL giving up 17 straight points to finish the game.  An 8-8 team made the playoffs winning their last 4 games while an 11 win team missed the playoffs.  Green Bay dumped Favre to go with Rodgers, and won only 6 games which was a huge disappointment considering they only lost 3 games the previous season with Favre.  What a crazy year!
  4. I will provide a final fantasy football report tomorrow with awards for Manager of the Year, comeback team of the year, trash talker of the year, etc.  See you tomorrow!

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Monday Armchair QB

The Dolphins continue to win as do the Patriots. What does that mean? With the Ravens at 10-5, Dolphins at 10-5, and Patriots at 10-5, there will definitely be a team with at least 10, maybe even 11 wins that does not make the playoffs. Unfortunately, due to NFL tie breaking rules, Baltimore owns the tie breaker over Miami and NE, and if I understand correctly, Miami owns the tie-breaker over NE if we both win. I believe the Jets have the tie breaker over both Miami and NE if the Jets and Patriots win. Bottom line is that if Miami loses, they do not make the playoffs, and if they win, they’re in. Meanwhile, out west a team with 8 or 9 wins will make the playoffs by virtue of winning that joke of a division. This stinks.

Miami’s division (AFC East) in my opinion has been the superior division in the AFC all year. If we had a couple of cupcakes we could have padded our record and clinched a spot already. Either way, this has been a great year for the Dolphins and they deserve much kudos for turning it around from 1 win to double digit wins and a shot at the AFC east.

In the LPC fantasy football league, the championship game is on the line tonight! Matt Forte and Mason Crosby need to make up a 24 point deficit for Ritz against Mark’s Dead Skins. That’s not an impossible task by any means. As for me, I am waiting for a tie-breaker to determine my game in the 3rd place consolation round against the ghost Fuserheads. Jesse should have easily won the league if he would have just managed his QB this year. I am taking my third crack at him as I have lost the two previous games. One of the games was a one point decision and this one comes down to tie-breakers in the highest scoring game of the week, 107-107.

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Well, it was another great week of triumph for the Miami Dolphins.  The unprobable season is two weeks from completion.  After a one win season, Miami has become the third team in NFL history to win at least 9 games following a season with only one win.  This win came with the formula for a loss.  Miami’s goal was to run the ball well, control the time of possession, not turn the ball over, and play good defense.  Only one of those four components came together.  Miami did not turn over the ball.  As a matter of fact, Miami has only had 10 turnovers all year.  The stat line yesterday from yardage to time of possession pointed to a dominating win by San Fran.  Thankfully, Miami decided to lock down the defense in the red zone leaving San Fran with no TD’s and 3 fieldgoals.  For the third straight game, Miami did not allow a TD.  Miami did have a chance to increase the lead to 8 points with a little more than 2 minutes but the 49 yard fieldgoal bounced off the crossbar.  San Fran proceeded to drive the ball down the field as they had all game, but a Joey Porter sack on 4th down with San Fran in the red zone threatening to take the lead and win the game with a TD sealed the deal for Miami.

The Jets squeaked out a lucky win against Buffaloe.  Miami could have really used that extra game in the standings.  With less than 2 minutes to play and a 3 point lead, the Bills freaked out and attempted to pass the ball.  The result was a fumble and TD for the Jets, game over, Jets win 31-27.  As of today, there is a 3-way tie for first place in the division.  Miami finishes with KC (no easy game since it will be cold @ KC) and then the Jets.  Miami must win that game to win the division, regardless of what the Jets do since the Jets have already beaten Miami and will own the tie breaker.

Tebow was not able to repeat as the Heisman winner, but was part of a three man race in one of the most competitive Heisman selections I’ve seen.  Sam Bradford of Oklahoma won the trophy with some absolutely sick statistics.  Colt McCoy of the Texas Longhorns was second and Tebow third.  The margin of points was about 150 from first to third with less than 100 seperating 1st and 2nd.  The drop off from 3rd to 4th was huge; Graham Harrell of Texas Tech only received 213 points, about 1360 points fewer than Tebow in 3rd.

In Fantasy Football, this was a rough week for me.  My season is now over.  Joseph Adai was ruled out for the game sometime just before it started.  I had picked up Dominick Rhodes who had a great game in anticipation of Adai’s absence, so he scored a ton of points for me on my bench.  If you combine that with Boldin and Owens absolutely disappearing yesterday, and the fact that Ritz picked up Bush’s replacement and squeezed 25 points out of him, the result is an absolutely embarrassing playoff defeat to a rook.  Tomorrow you will get the full results of all the game including the season’s first tie.  The finals will be Ritz vs Mark’s Dead Skins.  Pastor Trav will not finish in last, so that’s a positive.

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This was a big week! The Miami Dolphins at this point last year were 0-13. With three games to play this year, the Dolphins are guaranteed not to finish with a losing record. The record stands at 8-5 and the Dolphins are in a 3 way tie for first place. Miami plays two surging teams in KC and San Fran, and finish against the Jets in what could very well be a defacto playoff game. Who’da thunk it?

The Hurricanes finished the season 4-4 in the conference and 7-5 overall. They have been extended a bid to play the Cal Bears in San Francisco in the Emerald Bowl.

The Orange Bowl game here in Miami to determine the national championship will host the SEC champion Florida Gators who defeated Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide of Alabama vs the Big 12 champion Sooners who set the NCAA record for points in a season scoring 5 straight games of at least 60 points. This will be a great matchup. I still can’t say which team I expect to win, but I will certainly enjoy watching.

In fantasy football, I am going to lose to Jesse’s Fuserheads for the second time, which will lock up his playoff spot despite not even adjusting his roster all year. Ritz is behind the 8 ball, however. If he loses, he will miss the playoffs since Bachrach has beaten the Dead Skins this week. Ritz has Carolina’s Steve Smith tonight while the Buzzards have Dunn and Tampa’s Defense. The matchup is very even with the Buzzards leading by 1 point going into the game.

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We had a mixed bag this weekend in South Florida for football.  The idea of the Canes winning an ACC title came to a smashing halt, while the Dolphins playoff chances advanced.

The Canes were whipped by the Wolfpack of NC State.  The game looked more than competitive early in the second quarter when Baby James scored a TD to put Miami up 14-7, and still looked good in the 3rd quarter when James did it again to put Miami up 21-20.  It was over when Miami fell behind 38-21 late in the 4th.  We added a meaningless TD with less than a minute to play.  That leaves VT with the division championship by virtue of their head-to-head win vs Ga Tech.  Tech would have probably been the coastal champ had we won due to their strong win over UGA and superior overall rank and record.  You are welcome, VT.

In the NFL, the Dolphins did what they needed to do even though it wasn’t very pretty.  Pennington was effective, Ronnie and Ricky did their thing, but it was the defense that deserves the accolades.  The Dolphin D held the potent St. Louis attack in check in scoring position.  With numerous scoring opportunities, the Rams could only muster 4 fieldgoals, no TDs, and Miami won the turnover battle 3-1.  It was also interesting that Miami just could not generate the same pressure on the QB that they normally do.  That meant zero sacks yesterday.  Miami was the only AFC East team to win yesterday.  We gained a full game on everyone in the division.  Miami’s record stands at 7-5 with a game remaining against the Jets.  We are 1 game back of the division lead, and one game back of the wildcard.  It is not exactly likely that we will make the playoffs, but it is not out of the question.

Two teams will clinch playoff spots this week in our LPC FFL.  I will beat Paul unless Owen Daniels gets negative 4, and the Dead Skins will clinch by beating Ritz like a rented mule.  The big news is that Bachrach is going to beat Jesse’s Fuserheads.  That leaves Jesse and Ritz vulnerable.  If Bachrach wins next week, and either of those two lose, they will miss the playoffs due to points.  Bachrach has the league’s highest point total.

In the second chance, I gained points on first place.  I am only 4 total points back even though I had a bad week.  That is what happens when only 2 teams win at home.  It makes for bad results in pickem.

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