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July 27, 2011

Dolphins land Reggie Bush, still in play for Kyle Orton?: Grade the acquisition and the what-if (with polls); plus FIU hires Rick Sanchez, Butch Davis, Misery Index, MagicJack, cellos & more

[Back tonight/Sunday from a few days' holiday. Look for a new blogpost on Monday. Channing Crowder's Dolphins career epitaph: 'He was a better quote than a player'. Join us at Twitter.com/gregcote].

DOLPHINS ACQUIRE BUSH, QB MATT MOORE: Training camp opened Friday with the Dolphins acquiring free agent quarterback Matt Moore, erstwhile of Carolina. This is not an excitring hire. He has spot-1aa1bush2 started 13 ganmes across four season anbd last year had a poor 5-10 TDs/INTs ratio. The question now is how much this damages Miami's shot at getting Kyle Orton, a true QB challenger for Chad Henne. Meanwhile Dolfans are still (mostly) celebrating the acquisition of New Orleans free agent running back/returner Reggie Bush. He's a major or at least big signing. Orton would be, too. Moore is not. Orton, 28, would arrive with a chance to unseat Henne and be "the guy" for the next several years. Bush, though not a durable, featured-back type, figures to add value and pop as a third-down guy and returner, seemingly a nice complement to rookie Donald Thomas. Miami was being smart in its quarterback shopping to not think of an older, one-season stopgap. To not try replicate the lightning it lucked to catch in a bottle with Chad Pennington in 2008. To me, Orton or Vince Young were the best available answers. Ther signing of Moore makes you wonder. At RB, would have preferred DeAngelo Williams or Ahmad Bradshaw, but Bush can be a playmaker. Getting Bush also provides ample media fodder, between his USC controversies tainting his Heisman and his Kardashian-esque proclivities vis a vis proximity to South Beach. The player is pictured here during The Kardashian Era. Bush brings the drama, a national celebrity/notoriety that exceeds what he has accomplished on the field. An ESPN SportsNation poll Thursday finds 49 percent of fans calling Bush a bust, and a plurality of 47% saying they most associate him weith the USC scandal. Yet Bush immediately joins Brandon Marshall as the Dolphins' biggest star in terms of Q rating. Miami might have overspent for Bush (two years, almost $10 million), but if healthy he makes this team harder to defend. We invite you to grade the Bush signing and the Orton deal that might happen. (Sorry, Moore does not rate a poll spot). Assuming Orton joins Bush, how much will each help the Dolphins? How excited does each make you? Vote now on both players.

 

FIU HIRES RICK SANCHEZ. NO, SERIOUSLY: FIU is bringing sh--canned former CNN host Rick Sanchez back to Miami to call its football games on radio this fall. Though it is ludicrous enough to be making up, it is true. Sanchez -- known for squatting on world maps, for over-the-top melodrama and for one notorious DUI mishap (Google it) -- was fired from his CNN dream job after a tirade in which he suggested Jews run the media and are not an oppressed minority. CNN to FIU football. Oh my. What a truly, truly bizarre hire. One is first inclined to wonder why Sanchez would want this job, only to realize the far better question is why FIU would want Rick Sanchez.

BUTCH DAVIS FIRED: Ex-Hurricanes coach is out at North Carolina amid NCAA investigation. Story here. I wish Butch well. He'll turn up again in college coaching, but -- like Randy Shannon -- it may be as a defensive coordinator at the major level.

1aa1misery THE MISERY INDEX: Today, online and in the pulp editions, I attempt to put the Dolphins' franchise woes in perspective with a formula I created called The Misery Index. It analyzes the 122 franchises in the big-four sports and ranks which team's fans have the most right to feel miserable. No 1: Chicago Cubs. Dolphins: A surprisingly low 22nd overall. Click on The Misery Index for the column, which includes the top-25 in my Misery Index and top-10s in the five categories. (Included is a full explanation of our formula). Also see the bottom of this blogpost for lists of the top-10 most miserable teams/fans in each sport.

ABBY WAMBACH AND HOPE SOLO'S HARD LANDING: A couple of weeks ago Abby Wambach and Hope Solo were the scoring and goalkeeping stars of the U.S. team in the Women's World Cup -- briefly two of the most prominent athletes in the world. Today they have returned to their team in the Women's 1aa1borislow Professional Soccer (WPS) league, which happens to be the Boca Raton-based (and ridiculously named) MagicJack, which also happens to be maybe the most dysfunctional club in sports. The team was the Washington Freedom until owner Dan Borislow (pictured) abruptly relocated it to South Florida and named it after his telecommunications gadget. Wambach is the newly appointed player-coach because Borislow had taken it upon himself to coach the team himself, though unqualified to do so, until the league stepped in on July 14 and barred the owner from his own sideline. Meantime, the MagicJack does not have a media relations person and makes little apparent effort to capitalize on the fact six U.S. World Cup players including the two biggest stars are on the team. Tonight, scantly publicized, the MagicJack returns to WPS play at its humble little stadium at FAU. With planning and promotion, they could have played this game at, say, 20,000-seat Lockhart Stadium and filled the place, creating an event. The U.S. World Cup women deserve better than the MagicJack (dis)organization and its oddball owner. So does WPS, and women's sports in general.

JUSTIN BIEBER DOES GOOD: I poke fun a bit at Justin Bieber (and celebrity in general), but must give him credit after reading this story. This is a great use of celebrity.

1aa1cellos CELLOS! YES I SAID CELLOS!: Always eager for new sounds, I have happened upon a musical duo called 2Cellos (pictured), who make fierce pop music with instruments normally associated with a symphony, chamber music or the Baroque style. The integration of orchestral instruments into pop is not new (think "Eleanor Rigby") but has become a bit of a trend; it's one reason I enjoy Florence & the Machine. Click here for a YouTube vid of 2Cellos performing Guns n' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle." You're welcome.

THE LIST: THE MISERY INDEX TOP 10 BY SPORT: Number indicates Misery Index, a combination of the number of seasons since a team's most recent championship, championship game/series, playoff appearance, playoff win and winning season:

NFL: 1. Detroit Lions 146; 2. Cleveland Browns 118; 3. Kansas City Chiefs 99; 4. Buffalo Bills 94; 5. Minnesota Vikings 87; 6. Cincinnati Bengals 87; 7. New York Jets 84; 8. MIAMI DOLPHINS 77; 9. San Diego Chargers 66; 10. Atlanta Falcons 64.

NBA: 1. Milwaukee Bucks 89; 2. Atlanta Hawks 86; 3. Golden State Warriors 83; 4. Denver Nuggets 81; 5. Washington Wizards 77; 6. Los Angeles Clippers 69; 7. Sacramento Kings 69; 8. Phoenix Suns 64; 9. Portland Trailblazers 64; 10. Minnesota Timberwolves 64.

NHL: 1. Toronto Maple Leafs 104; 2. St. Louis Blues 99; 3. New York Islanders 80; 4. Los Angeles Kings 69; 5. FLORIDA PANTHERS 65; 6. Buffalo Sabres 55; 7. Washington Capitals 48; 8. Phoenix Coyotes 42; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets 42; 10. Edmonton Oilers 41.

MLB: 1. Chicago Cubs 177; 2. Pittsburgh Pirates 116; 3. Kansas City Royals 107; 4. Milwaukee Brewers 101; 5. Baltimore Orioles 93; 6. Seattle Mariners 87; 7. Cleveland Indians 84; 8. San Diego Padres 70; 9. Toronto Blue Jays 68; 10. Houston Astros 65.

Note: Overall, of the 122 pro franchises, Dolphins rank 22nd on Misery Index, Panthers 31st, Marlins 78th and Heat 108th.

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how can the marlins not make the misery list; are we "in the now" or reliving 97 and 03

Esteemed Greg,

The misery list seems reasonable, but Vikings at #5 ahead of Los Delfines seems a bit silly. Silly enough to not delve further into your formula. Is that okay?

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Orton Hears a Woo from the Dolphins

Greg, that's your headline for tomorrow - ink it!

There's no way that Ireland lets him slip away to another team. Not when you the receiver you paid big bucks for caught for him, receiving over 100 passes and 11 TD's.

Henne best start looking over his shoulder by sunset.

Did FIU really score Rick Sanchez for play by play?

WQAM should get him to do UM's play by play instead of that no talent schmuck.

I'll take "Dodo Birds" for 100, Alex...

Answer: This 71 year old geezer and popular game show host snapped his achilles tendon as he raced after a burglar.

Question: Who is Alex Trebek?


I'm not in misery over our NHL, NBA or MLB teams since I don't care about those sports.

Dolphins..I can stay content as long as we still have the 72 Phins record to fall back on. As soon as that is beaten, and we still have nothing in modern times, it'll be a different story.

Shadow, I think the misery list is based on overall history. For those who care, they should be quite content to have had 2 World Series winner .especially considering you new the franchise was. Compare to say the Cubs or Astros.

Still in need of filler til NFL kicks off?

The world is loaded with activity. World Football Challenge... World Cup 2014 qualifiers....Europa League qualifiers....Champions League qualifiers....CONCACAF Champions League..

Select Wednesday, Thursday and Friday..to see the full slate

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/scores?date=20110726&league=all&cc=5901


..AND...

U-20 World Cup begins on Thursday..

..AND..tonight,

MLS All Star Game .. MLS All Stars vs Manchester United

Kazaam would love all this if he were here. Can't get enough.

Rick Sanchez? And FIU wants credibility? Oh my!
I was hoping that we had seen the last of that arrogant anal sphincter, but he's like a bad penny that keeps showing up.

I'll never forget the scene after Hurricane Andrew struck, and there in his brand-spanking-new safari bush jacket with all the pockets was Rick Sanchez pontificating for Channel 7 in his unforgettable (believe me, I've tried), over-the-top-filled-with-melodrama voice, "This IS RICK SANCHEZ".

I was thrilled when he left Miami, but now, like the Jack Nicholsen's character from "The Shining"........he's back! Thank God I don't listen to FIU football broadcasts.

I love FIU, but that school continues to give me reasons to denounce them. WHY SANCHEZ??? He is a racist, premadonna who has no credibility and was a big baby with the whole Jon Stewart fiasco. He was fired from CNN b/c he is a joke. Yes Rick, that is the reason you were fired, no one takes you seriously! I will be watching FIU football at the stadium or on the internet, BUT I WILL NOT LISTEN TO THEIR RADIO BROADCAST.

Go after Orton. There isn't any other available QB of his quality.
Getting Delware's Devlin was a good move 2. Resigning McDaniel was solid.

NFL channel claiming Fins are going to offer new contract to Ronnie Brown AFTER a possible deal with prefered RB Ahmad Bradshaw should fail.

Jets were smart to resign WR Holmes and let pretty boy & wanna be actor WR Bray Edwards go somewhere else to be overpaid & underproductive.

Plaxico is going to get a job with Clint Eastwood's remake of Bronco Billy. IQ 2 Plax is gonna shoot of this Johnson while holstering his 40cal.

Has any of my astute friends (all 2 of ya) noticed that Ireland looks to be a much better GM without grumpy Gramps Bill "Tuna blubber" Parcells jawing around and leaving candy wrappers on the practice field.

Sink or swim Tony "Two Potato's" Sparano. You lose, your fired. Don't win a playoff game, your fired. Say Hello to Coach Bill Cowher before you leave the stadium Tony.

Greg don't hate on Rick Sanchez because he's a millionaire and you're a furloughed bitch.

Very happy for Ricardito at FIU.
It's international and he'll enjoy a bigger audience than he had on basic cable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laptaCg0BHA

GC,
appreciate your comments regarding Rick Sanchez, especially as it concerns his apparent anti-Semitism.

Clearly the Dolphins have lost confidence in Henne. All the talk about how a new system was going to cure his problems was bs. Bottom line...Another failed 2nd rounder.

Fins are chasing after and close to 2 big deals to boost the Offense. QB Orton & RB Bush. Both will cost future draft picks. Henne's implosition during the second half of the season is a dire indication that he probably won't "get it" any time soon. Orton could a viable & pretty decent starter for 5+ yrs as he's currently 28.

Hold down the fort guys, I'm going to climb a 14'er today. I'll B on top of Pikes Peak in about 6 hrs.

Wow, glad I don't follow FIU football

Hey, considering the abysmally low ratings at CNN, Rick Sanchez is much better off broadcasting at FIU. Go team!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVC28oemocA

Greg don't hate on Rick Sanchez because he's a millionaire and you're a furloughed bitch.

men,

reggie bush is a great addition; he will be more than a just third down back and will pop some amazing runs and catches flying into the end zone. a lot of gas left in his tank. scatback deluxe acquired, it says here.

I do feel bad that Hope Solo and Abby Wambach have to play for the MagicJack in Boca. They deserve a lot better; and it may come after they get thru this season.

Bush looks to be onboard, and along with 2nd round pick Daniel Thomas seem to be the new tandem. The Dolphins might chose to re-up either Ricky or Ronnie, but not both. Whoever comes cheap.

shadow,

Agree that Bush is a great addition. I've always maintained that you've done yourself well if you manage to land a Heisman runner (even one stripped one). My only issue with Reggie is in regards to his durability. You've got to surround him with a couple of other runners to lighten the load. I don't think he's capable of being "the" featured runner.

Latest on the Kyle Orton deal:

http://www.PhinNation.com/

We're trying to catch the Patriots and Jets and our answer is Kyle Orton/Reggie Bush??? *hangs head* It is going to be a long time before the Dolphins are vying for Super Bowl appearances.

If we assume there's other teams looking for players we could even rate adding Bush as "an A."

Shadow I hope your right about Bush but I doubt it.....He may have gas left in the tank, but with a bad wheel, that car aint goin very far.....Besides I think the key question should be... HOW LONG WILL HE LAST B4 HE GETS HURT.....He has the track record of a potato chip, stick him in the dip and he may break!!!

BTW all this talk about getting a QB, and nobody has mentioned the best available....

BRANDON MARSHALL'S WIFE.......SHE SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN HIT HIM IN THE CHEST !!!!!

2010 Side by Side Stats:

Cat-- Henne vs Orton

RK-- #18 vs #15
ATT-- 490 vs 498
COMP-- 301 vs 293
PCT-- 61.4 vs 58.8
YDS-- 3301 vs 3653
YDS/A-- 6.74 vs 7.34
LONG-- 57 vs 71
TD-- 15 vs 20
INT-- 19 vs 9
SACK-- 30 vs 34
RATE-- 75.4 vs 87.5
YDS/G-- 220 vs 281

The two QB's are somewhat similar. However, the numbers seem to suggest that Henne processes information a bit slower than does Orton. "Note sack and interception numbers."

Ortonspeak: "I'm going to take the sack rather than throw it into coverage."

Hennespeak: "Damn, I running out of time here, I best throw it away."

BTW....HEY CHUMP CHUMP....HERE'S A GREAT GAY-TURD READ..

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/03/24/uf-nonconference-road-games/

Mentions how the gayturds have not had a decent non-conference away game out of Fla. in the last 20 yrs !! ...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!

Love the way you call your team the Best, when they only play the worst !!!

When was the last time you guys went to Ohio St. or to Oklahoma......NEVER !!!

JUST A BUNCH OF PANSIES !!!!

AQThere is only one sane and logical plan for the upcoming season for the Miami Dolphins. Loose every game and draft Andrew Luck next year. Period. Oh, and if we are going to wish upon a star, lets hope that The Tarsier (Dolphin's owner Stephen M. Ross) either loses the team in a poker game or is eaten by a Lion at the Metro Zoo.

http://www.google.com/search?q=tarsiers&hl=en&biw=1680&bih=959&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=n6cxTpzzNqrmiAKhg4HECA&sqi=2&ved=0CDYQs

Hey ORB4EVER... as long as the Gators play in the toughest and most talented conference in all of college football, they can schedule as many non conference cupcakes they'd like. With the exception of FSU, SEC's mediocre teams are better than ACC's best. And you know I'm not alone thinking like that...

Besides, you guys love scheduling games against DIV2 talent as well with FAMU and Bethune Cookman.

Rick Sanchez to FIU: Well, cuban Sanchez, cuban President, need say more?

The Jets at top ten? after two championship appearances in a row? No way.

what did we give up for Bush?

Hey roy, FIU has a Jewish President Rosenberg...way to show your ignorance.

Great hire. The more Cote hates something, the more I like it. LOL!

Tom,

The Saints get safety Jonathon Amaya from Miami. I think he played some ten games or so as a backup. This was a salary play by the Saints. They could ill afford giving Bush the nearly $12M due this year.

Reggie Bush, the big rookie back Thomas, Long, Pouncey, and Carey the big bodies on the line, Marshall, and Bess...Offense is starting to shape up. I like it.

It now looks as if there is a poker game on. Denver wants a 2nd and 3rd for Orton and Miami will not likely give up their 2nd. Miami may be okay offering their 3rd and something else, but not their 2nd. If I were a betting guy I'd say Denver keeps Orton and Miami takes a flyer with Vince Young.

Orton sucks. He will make Jay Fiedler look like John Elway. Save the stash and go with the stiff we have until we can get Andrew Luck next year. The only thing that Reggie Bush was good at was getting in Kim's bush. And now he can't even do that. Did anyone see the picture of that PR loser that tried to punch out a pilot on the front page. That piece of garbage is lucky that they pulled the pilot off his sorry carcass or he would have closed both eyes. Hopefully security tuned him and his brother up good on the way to the paddy wagon.

OC, that makes a lot more sense than going after this fish Orton. Miami could get Vince for nothing and if he sucks or snorts the entire sideline thinking it's blow so what. We would be in a can't lose situation. If by a miracle this guy can play great, if he's just as bad as he's been it gets us that closer to getting Luck and we wont have to give up anything to get him. By the way, anyone who bitch slaps USC on national television is alright with me. Go Canes.

OC Dolphin,

If we'll be experimenting with "excitement" on offense, why not double down and try for Vince Young?

Nik,

That's kinda what I'm suggesting. If you look at Vince's numbers what stands out most is that the guy doesn't get sacked much. Runs around buying time or just runs for gains. No one is making a serious run on the guy so he should come cheap.

What I don't like about Orton is his arm strength which has been compared to challenging that of Pennington's. He may not be as vulnerable to injury as Chad P, but we've seen that movie before. I'd like to see more of an open, and aggressive offense.

Damn! Ochocinco to the freaking Pats. Bad enough they land Hanesworth, not this!!

Quit you crying Dolphins fans. Your looking strong in the trenches and you got a new RB backfield with pop & speed. Now your looking at a pretty good QB who can win 2 X more games then Chad Henne.
Who is this woodcock character? Stick to badmitten you old fool, football ain't your expertise. See a Cialis or Smilen Bob commercial before you post on here.
Oh yeah, Chad Henne sucks too.
Quit crying about the Pats & Jets, Fins got the same salary cap they do.

There's an impostor using my name.

Oh by the way, f Tony the Clown. The Dolphins could sign Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson and The Clown would turn them into John Beck and Sammie Smith clones over nite.

Gawd help us, we're Miami Dolphin fans.

LMFAO La Trene. You don't know jack, but that was funny.

I never liked Rick Sanchez, but is it fair to send somebody to the shxx house for telling the truth? Tell me jews don't control the media and tell me they are an opressed minority. Rick's big mistake was to think that he was protected by the First Ammendment when he spoke about "god's chosen people". Can't do in their second "promissed land".

I'll reserve judgement til I see him play. There have been so many times the fans of the teams players leave from laugh at us ..whole bunch of Vikings fans picked on us for taking Culpepper, as one example. Lot of Saints fans wanted to see Bush go. A fan tends to know his players. ..just as we enjoyed dumping Ginn and grieved over losing Welker.

U20's WC opens up today!

Reggie Bush is another total waste of time and money by the Dolphins. We would have been better off signing Kim Kardashian to walk around at half time eating a banana than to pay this loser any money. We would have been better off signing Braylon Edwards than this half pint Reggie Bush. By the way, "La Tiene Floja," if I used what Smiling Bob is selling I would only be able to have sex at the Metro Zoo with the Elephant bitches.

Reggie Bush, Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaa. God, and we wonder why we are a laughing stock all over the league.

Front page says they are bringing in another QB to challenge Henne....
And now I heard we signed Mat Moore !!!!

...WOW.... LET THE ANDREW LUCK SWEEPSTAKES BEGIN....

Season hasn't even begun and most of us Dolphin "fans" are already waiting for next year......(Cowher,Luck,The Tooth Fairy...)

ROSS IS THE ONE HE NEEDS TO GO!!!!!

"From now on your new name is Flounder"

Reggie, from now on your new Dolphin name is Reggie Gin.

Blutto

Reggie Bush to Miami. Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahhahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

The season hasn't even started and we're already in full basement mode.

Reggie Bush, oh man, this clown is the most over rated bum ever to come into the NFL and we just freeking signed him for two years.

Ahaahahahahahahahahahahhahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

This ass hole's only claim to fame was laying the wood to Kim Kardashian. The Dolphs would have been one billion times better off if they paid Kim to walk around in a negligee at half time eating bananas than signing this bum..

Reggie Bush, oh the horror.

See NFL.com, the dolphins are about to sign QB Matt Moore. What a dumb move!

Mr.Woodcock- Have to agree with you about Bush. The little midget cant stay on the field. Between him, and now Matt Moore, this should send shock waves throughout Foxboro, and Jets country!!!!!

We finally got Klinnsman to coach the US!!! Bradley could never solve the defensive problem.

sorry..Klinsmann. I spelled it wrong above.

mike1,

Good luck to Klinnsman (and us!). Bradley's problem was that he only ever had a handful of outstanding players. He might have overachieved.

Are you talking about soccer, Mike1? Is that a soccer post that you just put up here? Are you serious? Son, that soccer stuff is just not a very manly thing to do. This is the US of A son, we don't do that soccer stuff here. The only guys playing soccer in those little girly shorts here in the good ol' USA are them boys that rhyme with steers in Texas!

The Dolphins just cut Channing Crowder.

Better check the non Latin channel World Cup TV ratings last year, for mid-workday time period; attendance at the Gold Cup and the on-going World Football Challenge games; the home attendances and enthusiasm for the non-ethnic fan based teams in Seattle, Portland, Philly, etc. and my personal experience at sports bars during the WC games last year. ... day time streaming while people are working.. ..and see if there is no place for it in US of A. That's just old-timer, traditionalist thinking.

If soccer players play in girly shorts, what do baseball players play in..pajamas. You can't see what football players look like with all the gear on.

Nik,

Whatever the reason was, Bradley's team could not play defense going back to the WC 2010 qualifying campaign. They prevailed because the offense scored enough goals; but opposition in CONCACAF isn't that strong overall.

Either they can't hold a lead or they give up goals consistently too early. It was never solved. Whether it's because we don't have the players ..something new has to be tried.

Bradley's line up was questionable in the WC. Buddle should've been playing all along instead of Findley or Altidore. Feilbaher should've been a starter as well.

The World Cup draw occurs tomorrow. There already have been some preliminaries to bring the field down from 203 teams. 824 games to enjoy. More member nations than in the United Nations.

“There will be 166 countries participating in Saturday’s draw, and their pot allocation will be based on the latest FIFA world rankings. FIFA said that it will not draw together Azerbaijan and Armenia nor Russia and Georgia because of political conflicts which could lead to fan violence during qualifying matches.”

“The qualifiers began on June 15 and will end Nov. 19, 2013, after 824 matches.
The total of 203 teams vying for a World Cup spot surpasses the 200 that participated four years ago. The only associations not to have signed up to compete this time around are Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Guam and Mauritania.”

I'm glad the Phins are trying to make something happen. There's no telling how it will pan out. Saints fans are glad to be rid of Bush, so that may tell you something.

The Patriots, I hear, are getting Ochocinco.
if we could get rid of our celebrity owners and get some credibility back, that would be cool.

Mike1, you should look in the mirror I bet that you're from Texas and you don't have any horns.

Soccer is not even a sport, at best it's a game played by grade school children akin to playing kick ball with that big red bouncy ball.

Please do not make any more soccer references on this blog or your account will be frozen.

Crowder was the biggest stiff on the Dolphins practice facility until Reggie Ginn showed up today.

Dolphins p/u Kevin Burnett from the Chargers to replace Crowder. Here's how they compare:

Category: Crowder, Burnett

in NFL: 6yrs, 6yrs
size: 6-2, 6-3
weight: 250, 240
total tckl: 469, 307
assisted tckl: 126, 63
individual tckl: 343, 244
sacks: 2.5, 12.5

Bottom line: Crowder makes more tackles, Burnett gets more sacks.

Are you serious Mike1, I just read that the USA just hired a "KRAUT" as the head coach for the soccer team. This is the worst news I've ever heard. We have 350 million Americans and we have to go to Germany to hire a coach. There should be an investigation of this entire program by congress. We have a 10% unemployment rate and we just hired a freaking foreigner to coach our team. Are you guys out of your rabbit ass mind! Can you imagine if that schmuck Stephen Ross turned to Argentina to hire an Argie to come on up here and Coach the Dolphins. No that would never happen, we have a red blooded American coaching our teams. If you have to hire a foreigner you could at least go out and hire and Irishman or a Limmie but a freaking Kraut. And you slugs wonder why soccer gets lower ratings in America than roller derby.

I got your Tea Party right here, OC!

Mike1,

You know I'm not a big soccer guy, but don't get baited into Woody's diatribe. I've know this guy since the Fifth Dimension was at the top of the charts with Stoned Soul Picnic. Which by coincidence, is how and where my friends and I typically find him - stoned soul out of it and somewhere in the fifth dimension.

Blow me Woody!

He he he. I'm on a roll today OC. No hard feelings Mike1. Although you have to admit it's pretty lame to hire a Kraut to coach our team. I know you can't be happy to have the Kaiser coaching the squad instead of someone named Jack Armstrong. Unless of course, your last name is Zigfeld.

You've got nothing, OC. The tea baggers can blow me down!

The Dolphins franchise died with Joe Robbie....

Damn OC you and Woodcock really are intimate friends......"blow me"? Wow.

Keep the good shit coming Woodcock. You're an asshole, but you're our asshole....the best kind!

mike1 the soccer talk makes me reach for the duct tape to wrap my head and keep it from exploding.

Andrew Luck will be ours. ha ha ha ha

Ireland better not let Ronnie go to NE. He'll regret it.

Ireland, ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. That boy couldn't get laid in Vegas with a train full of gold coins. Look around, Tom. Ever since this clown came in here look at the decisions that he's made. The worst will be the Reggie Ginn signing but don't hold your breath if he brings in Orton that will top it. Last year at our fantasy draft neither Reggie nor Orton were picked in the first 5 rounds. Even 10 drunk football fans know more than Ireland.

Rick Sanchez and FIU are made for each other, since both are irrelevant! Maybe that's what the I in FIU stands for, my guess is Forever Inferior to the U!

Soccer and Football are the two #1 sports in the world in my book. A deadheat. Soccer has the most beautiful scoring and the liveliest, colorful atmosphere and international flavour. Football has the drama/suspense...and overabundance of statistics. Though we've just witnessed numerous last minute games in the last two months of tournaments and MLS.

Woodcock, the ratings aren't bad. The WC ratings last year were outstanding despite being shown in the middle of workday. People in either streaming or leaving work to go watch in packed clubs.

Tonight, 82,000 just attended an exhibition between Manchester United and FC Barcelona in Washington DC.

Seattle Sounders continue to sell out their games at 36,000. The fans are not ethnic.

In soccer, national teams are often coached by foreigners. One very talented coach from the former Yugoslavia, took 5 different countries to World Cups, including the US.

England had a Swedish coach for a while. Poland had a Dutch one. It's a pretty common thing.

Juergen Klinnsman was a great player and a great coach. The US has become stagnant nder Arena and then Bradley. They each accomplished something. But Bradley cannot solve the defensive problem. Good thing USA has an offense. Foreigners who were in the midst of where the best soccer is played can sometimes bring a lot of fresh ideas.

The World Cup draw was held today for the 166 remaining countries of 203. US has a bye in the next round, but will hae Jamaica in the 2nd round group.. and likely Guatemala and Haiti. In order to advance to the Final round, they will need to come in the top 2...which will not be easy with those opponents.


Back to Football --

why do we waste all this time every year in a fruitless effort hoping the Phins will do well.

I just watched a great Lingerie Football League game between East and West, which went down to the last minute. 24 - 18 win. They play well. But mostly... no matter who wins, we ALL win just getting to watch.

Ok, sure, something is lost when you don't have a team to root for. No nail biters. But it's still fun to watch.

Mikey, this will be my last comment on soccer.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I'd rather watch paint dry.

This was one of many gripping sentences in one of the most unforgettable press conferences you will ever see, regardless of reason. When Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall(notes) took to the microphone to talk with the media on Sunday, the subject was the brilliant article written by Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel and published the day before. In that article, Marshall admitted to having a form of BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder).

Just say it aint so!

And it just continues to get worse and worse for the Fish.

Mr. Woodcock,

methinks jurgen klinsman has been a citizen of the US for a few years and is twenty times the coach that bradley is; now we will see how long bradley junior, robotic midfielder, stays on the team.

it now being august, it won't be lomg before the NFL season starts and we see what reggie bush contributes, so i am holding off on the arguing; you will however eat crow on this one.

I would prefer filet mignon medium rare.

Is that another soccer reference? Do we have another misguided blog soul? Have you no sense of decency sir!

It's hard enough to sit here and see the comedy of errors coming out of Boca Raton without having to hear inane comments about a game which thankfully in this country is slightly ahead of root canals in popularity.

Folks, Kyle Orton ain't that good. He has never won anything anywhere. Competition for Henne? Henne is too busy trying to get out of his own way. The only reason he is the starter in Miami is because it was given to him. He is not that good either. The Dolphins need to lose out and get Andrew Luck (lol).

fellers,

new backfield, veteran pascatchers- it says here that even with chad henne's spotted career he ought to be the QB as a complete changeover of every spot in the backfield is not what any team would want. kyle orton? PUHLEASE NO!!!!!!!! beaten out in chicago and denver doesn't seem like the savior type for the dolphins. henne has a better arm, and GULP, a better brain, which ain't saying much.

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