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August 27, 2011

PS3: Tampa Bay 17, Dolphins 13 (Final): Chad Henne shines in loss; plus overall No. 1 fantasy draft pick should be...? (with poll), Killer Food, black Le Batard & more

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PS3: TAMPA 17, DOLPHINS 14: WE'RE ON OUR HENNE-MOON!: Do we love Chad Henne yet? I think maybe we do. "Hen-ne, Hen-ne, Hen-ne!" The formerly maligned QB had his second straight solid game tonight, going 10-for-13 for 175 yards in a 17-10 loss at Tampa Bay putting Miami 2-1 in the preseason. Included: A SportsCenter-quality 60-yard scoring toss to Brandon Marshall. The negative? The offensive line struggled and Miami was only 18 carries for 17 yards rushing. The loss doesn't matter much. The apparent solidifying of Henne does. Original post: Miami 2-0 in fake games entering tonight's in Tampa against the should-be-but-really-aren't rival Buccaneers. Starters figure to play into the third quarter so this will be an even better test and gauge than the first two games. Tonight also marks first action for newly acquired RB Larry Johnson, and an opportunity for QB Chad Henne to demonstrate consistency after last week's strong showing vs. Carolina. Your thoughts before, during and of course after tonight's Faux Game III are invited.

FANTASY FOOTBALL: NO CONSENSUS NO. 1 PICK ... OR IS THERE?: This strikes me as the murkiest 1aa1fantasy1 year of the past several in terms of a consensus overall No. 1 fantasy draft pick. So I'm putting it to you with the poll just below. I'm limiting myself to one fantasy league this year, a little six-team friends and family joint meaning all the teams should be pretty-well loaded. Culled through ESPN.com's Top 300 fantasy list to find eight Dolphins but none higher than Brandon Marshall, 66th overall. Others: Daniel Thomas 72nd, Reggie Bush 119th, Davone Bess 139th, Chad Henne 206th, Dan Carpenter 284th, Anthony Fasano 288th and the defense 298th. Interesting to me that Thomas out-ranks Bush. It's draft time! You have the overall No. 1 pick in your league. What you gonna do, hotshot? For poll purposes I took ESPN's top 10 and list them here alphabetically. Vote for your No. 1 and say why.

NFL BETTING ODDS FOR MVP, ROOKIES: Bodog.com has Aaron Rodgers the preseason MVP favorite at 11-2, followed by Tom Brady 13-2, Michael Vick 17-2, Philip Rivers 9-1, and Drew Brees and Peyton Manning both 10-1. Offensive rookie pick is Julio Jones at 5-1, with Miami's Thomas fifth at 8-1. Defensive rookie inside rail to Von Miller at 11-2.

1aa1danblack THE BLACK LE BATARD: My friend, Herald colleague and 790 The Ticket star Dan Le Batard, gets kidded a lot (often justifiably, quite frankly) for seeing a race angle in much of what he writes and talks about. So I am pleased to pass along to you a conception of Le Batard as black. Enjoy.

DEAR FOOD NETWORK...: The other night I saw a new show, "Killer Food," and wondered, WTF!? Seriously. Really? A show that aggrandizes the killing of animals? I mean, I love a cheeseburger, but I don't want to see the cow slaughtered. You get me? I never liked snakes and alligators ... until I saw them murdered on the Food Network. This is such an outlandish show I wish I'd TiVO'd the episode just for posterity, or for proof this actually got on the air. The Food Network has lowered itself over time by becoming less a cooking channel than a game show, but that's fine. This is not. Don't get me wrong. I'm not an animal-rights nut. Think much of the PETA agenda is ridiculous. It takes a lot to offend me. This managed.

Click back. Adding more stuff to this latest blogpost later, and we'll top it with tonight's Dolphins-Bucs exhibition by around late afternoon...

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LeBatard looks more Libyan than anything else. Vive La Revolution!

My first yr of fantasy football. I would go with:
1. Adrian Peterson
2. Arian Foster
3. Aaron Rodgers
IMO anyone taking Vick is a chump.

Cote defended a black athlete today. This is more shocking than earthquakes and hurricanes in New York.

Dolphins made a mistake of signing Larry Johnson. They should have given Lex Hilliard new rookie Daniel Thomas more preseason carries. The NFL will require teams to trim down their rosters to 53 prior to regular season. You can count on a younger & better athlete to pick for backup RB.

Arian Foster is not even top 3 for me. The way Ben Tate has been running, plus add in the fact he was the starter last year mean he will see a drop off in carriers and not many players’ repeat high stat years. AP is the man to pick an off year by his standards with a better QB to take the safety out the box. Hat that they lost sindeny rice but AP is also dependable he’s number 1 with J. Charles and A. Rogers tied for second

Come on now, really? Does that guy really look black? Colored, yes, like middle-eastern looking. But certainly not black. Being black is not just about the skin color. There are other physical features associated with it.
Kind of an offensive pic as well...

Hey Lebitard, since you is black now, I encourage you to learn the Hood lingo, now I only know a couple of words but I call on my blog brothers to chime In and give you some pointers..I'll start.

say things like, what's up my niga! or let me ax you something...etc....or child please !...

Jimbo, L Johnson may not even make the team, chill man.

Coach Nolan can't be too pleased with Will Allen. He accounted for at least three critical mistakes in first half: trying to punch out the ball away, instead of tackling Tampa's stud back as he ran for a huge gain, and two penalty charges resulting in new sets of downs.

Our O-Line is losing the battle as evidenced by Bush running for just a smidgen.

uhh Tom Brady

Catching up on some prior blogs:

Response to Cote's birthday tribute to Carl Yastrzemski


He represents the positives I liked about the sport back then and have good memories of the 1970 All Star game and a real superstar in 1967, including the series. (which I read and saw video). I don't think he ever caused any salary issues either. He practiced on his batting in the off-season.

Yaz was my fave. He loved the game, not the money. And I have no affiliation with Boston.

Best Irene.

I agree on Granny, although I saw a real nice Irene on the weather channel just now being interviwed in New Jersey as the hurricane hits.

However, the true #1 has to be Irena Sendler of Poland who saved 2500 of Jewish children in WWII. Arrested and tortured for the effort. Received the Audrey Hepburn humanitarian award.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler


If anyone watched the Olympics in the 60's and 70's they'd know that honorable mention needs to go to Irena Kirzenstein Szewinska. Russian born, Jewish sprinter who represented Poland. She was amazing to watch in the 20 and 400 m. dominating the field across two decades.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Szewi%C5%84ska

Didn't really expect Miami to win ALL their pre-season games, did ya?

Henne looked good. But any QB does on a given day; consistency is what we're looking for.

Phins currently are ranked super low. Let's hope they surprise.

Read that Welker had a neck injury; hope it's not serious. Don't like seeing anyone get that kind of injury.

Barcelona over Porto today in the European Super Cup.

Seattle Sounders gave their 36k sellout some thrills with a 6-2 win over Columbus.

High as a kite after seeing the Dolphins manhandle Carolina last week, and low as our economy after teeing it up against a quality team like Tampa Bay.

I think I was touting something like an 11 and 5 last week, or was it 12 wins? Anyway, after seeing our five runners take 17 carries for 22 yards!!! for a whopping 1.3 AVERAGE!!!! phew...

Do I hear 8 &8?

WTF?

brandon marshall is good at football.

jake long needs to have a transformative effect on that line.

chad henne molests collies.

If I heard the game's talking heads correctly, T B was rated 28th against the run last year. They either made significant improvements or our running ability has slid, or both.

...you've got a Larry Johnson being more productive than your Boardwalk and Park Place and just after showing up some six days ago! Not good.

We need to sign this guy up to run the ball for us:

http://www.godzillatemple.com/photos/godzilla78.jpg

Actually entertained the notion that we would win the first regular season game against N E.

In the immortal words of Dean Wormer, our current chances are..."Zero-point-zero."

Jimbo,

One rare occasion that I disagree with you but Lex Hilliard is as effective as Lex Luthor. He ain't no superman. The rook is a rook, and one that started as a QB! (translation: not known for driving through flame engulfed Hades). Also, our new Bush is more like a tumbleweed -- light and airy. Johnson is going to make the team and Lex will be moving on.

Here's hoping that Larry is up to his 006 days...Yeah, good luck with dat!

Hey Cote, why don't you stop talking out your ass on this UM story, it's getting ridiculous.

Had you gone to Canefest, you would know that the atmosphere was electric - there was more support from the public and more fans packed in there than I have ever seen at that event.

Is tampa really a quality team????

BTW - you forgot to add your unfunny quip to one of your uncluttered mind lines and it wound up being even funnier because it just says "the Raiders claimed Ohio State's Terrell Pryor" - enough said, that's comedy gold!

Henne lead Fins will go 4-12. Dolphins owner picks up two new co-owners Micky Rourke & Charlie Sheen.

Micheal Vick out for the season after being mauled by two large male Presa Canarios in heat.

Alright so I'm officially pissed now about this "honoring of the Gators when Tebow comes to town" horse crap. Only the Dolphin PR would have their heads so far up their asses to allow this to take place. $$$. I swear it's pathetic. This wouldn't happen in any other sports city. What has Tim Tebow ever done for the Dolphins? What has he ever done for the city of Miami? Seriously? That is your OPPONENT on gameday. It's just god awful pathetic. I will be giving my tickets away that game. Want to know why we haven't won a super bowl in nearly 40 years? Cake made moves like this. Focus on making moves with the team. And last time I checked, this is the Hurricanes town. Yeah, the same team that's brought this town 5 rings and helped the local community. What do they get? This is the 10 year anniversary of the 2001 team. It's time for the Canes to step up. At least counter back. Hell I would sabotage their fun. I mean guys like Reed, Andre Johnson, Vilma, Shockey, Wilfork, etc. are going to probably all be suited up that week playing. I'd have maybe Clinton Portis (since he looks like he aint playing this year) walk to midfield looking swagged out holding the 01 national championship trophy for an UNDEFEATED SEASON. And maybe Ken Dorsey joining him wearing a crown. Who's with me? Something needs to happen Miami. This town is losing its balls. Step it up.

Only the DULLFINS would celebrate a 3rd string Quarterback from the OPPOSING team at their home game!! I guess if you can't evaluate, draft and coach yourself into being a good team to fill the stadium you resort to these type of stunts. I think even Bill Veeck is rolling in his grave at this stunt. Luckily the Cowboys game is in Dallas or Dirk and the Mavericks would be invited to celebrate NBA tittle in Miami too. If they would field a competitive team they would fill the stadium !!!! What a JOKE this franchise has become!!!

Hey Vick is pregnant after being mauled and raped by two large male Presa Canarios in heat. Congratulations Mr. Vick. Cigars all around!

I know, I know he's REFORMED now. Greg write an article on all the reasons Miami should go after Vick besides a losey QB in Henne and a losey front office. I tell you things will be different once Micky Rourke & Charlie Sheen take their box seats...

Oh yeah fantasy pick. I'll take George Atkinson & Jack Tatum in their prime to knock some heads off starting with..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chad_Henne_Jets-Dolphin_game,_Nov_2009_-_049.jpg

OC, that is pretty cool.

http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=Dr Strangelove&order=9&offset=48#/d3aq9eo
I love art.

http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=Dr Strangelove&order=9&offset=48#/d3aq9eo

Art I say!

Huh. f*** it.

Thank you Carlos! Next thing you know Steven Ross and the rest of these ass hats running the Dolphins will add Tom Brady, Curtis Martin, and Bill Belichick to the ring of honor. Everyone in that front office is a nutless clown that would be better suited managing a girl's slow pitch softball league.

Well put Alex in Boca

mike1,

anybody named irene besides granny that is not jewish? we know another jewish irene who visits her daughter in florida; i guess it is like the name "barry" was-according to lenny bruce all kids named "barry" were jewish, even goldwater had a jewish grandparent!!

"GETTING TATTOOED":

offensive linemen think by inking those arms up that they look tough; how about the majority of OLmen showing that they are tough by knocking their opponent on his ass. watching the dolphins trying to push their opponents to the ground was laughable saturday night- WHEN WILL THEY THROW A BLOCK? DELIVER A BLOW (not the george takei kind)? these guys are big fat slobs; anthony munoz came into the league at about 280 pounds but was 6'6" and a pitcher for USC also. he drove his opponents to the turf with regularity in college and for the bengals. jake long couldn't run block to save his life, same for incognito, vernon carey, and especially the overmatched rookie center, drafted at what, #15? it will be a long season if this bunch doesn't get it together, and they didn't have much time to and don't have much time left. NE couldn't run against detroit and got brady pulverized. no running, no winning.

MANCHESTER UNITED 8, ARSENAL 2

mike1, i thought there weren't supposed to be enough goals in futbol? yesterday was outrageous- how many free kicks did the red devils score? four? arsene wenger got arsenal into the groop stage of the UEFA cup, but they were calling for his head long before yesterday's unreal result and it seems as if he will be history, despite his team having unloaded two premium players and leaving him with a skeleton of his side of last year. man u and man city atop the table- great for the manchester derby!!

Sure hope we at least end up grabbing Andrew Luck, after where this season appears to be headed.... The Toilet !

Did Reggie Bush disappear Saturday night? or am I just imagining things?

Shadow,

Yeah, Irena Sendler.

Surprising blowout by Man U. Those kind of things can happen on a given day. How many times do you see a good football get smoked in one particular game?

mike1,

getting smoked is a little easy on arsenal which gave up 8 and lost by 6!! their dumping of fabregas and nasri (?) has left them with a shall of the team that was near the top lasy season. and this with man u playing a whole bunch of fresh faces. i thought that porto/barca was a one game affair and don'tsee any listing of a game today.

FIUFan,

nobody in my lifetime execpt for barry sanders could get yardage running behind the current dolphin offensive line. they stand up and push, when run blockers are supposed to stay low and drive their opponents back; trying to push them to the ground is losing "the battle in the trenches", as it was once called. anytime i hear/read about today's players being bigger, stronger,faster makes me laugh, because they are not playing the game correctly. try checking out the old films of the 70s dolphins line, pittsburgh line, or cowboys line and you will see offensive line play as it was supposed to be. today's players better than the steel curtain of pittsburgh or dallas' doomsday defense? ridiculous!! anybody think that the current dolphin offensive line could handle manny fernandez or bill stanfill? if you do, and are you are entitled to believe so, you are very much mistaken. very few teams run with precision and ferocity- baltimore and the steelers are exceptions- and are basically playing street football: pass, pass, pass and passon third and one or two. doesn't it tell you something when teams don't run for a yard or two on third down?

duke,

That success clip started to make me feel a bit like Alex here:
http://worldsstrongestlibrarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/A-Clockwork-Orange-1971.jpg

IF YOU BUY THIS< I'VE GOT A BRIDGE IN BROOKLYN FOR YOU:

chad henne is saying that he is NOW being the opportunity to call audibles and this is a reason for his improved performances. well, any QB who must run the plays from the headset instructions is not much of a QB at all, and second, once the season starts and he starts seeing "real" defensive schemes he'll be looking at the sidelines and caling timeouts per his usual manner. as mike1 will tell you, it said a whole lot about the declinining years of #13 when jimmy johnson wouldn't let a veteran siganl caller change plays at the line of scrimmage. with a few exceptions, today's QBs are robots who can only do what they have programmed into them and can't think on the field or recognize a weakness in a defense- as eli manning showed us last night. brady, p. manning, rivers, rodgers, and drew brees- that is about it as far as guys who understand the game and can switch into the proper play to be run against the defensive alignment that they see. i might be missing one or two.

Shadow,

1978 NASL conference semi-finals, the always dominant NY Cosmos at (24 - 6, no ties back then) were beaten by the (17 - 13) Minnesota Kicks 9-2.

Yes, 9-2. In game #1. The game #2, the Cosmos won 4 -0 and then won in the tiebreaker. There was no aggregate rule.

And went on to beat Tampa Bay 3-1 in the Soccer Bowl.

(Note: Tampa had beaten Ft Lauderdale 2-3, 3-1 and 1-0 in the tiebreaker. I was at Ft Laud's 3-2 nationally televised sellout ..which can be seen on youtube..

How could Franz Beckenbaur led Cosmos defense, full of major World Cup stars give up 9 goals? I need to see if I can find the lineup that day.

Shadow,

One of the most awful audible's in Marino's career .. 1990's playoffs vs San Diego.

We are almost in FG range for a game winning kick.

Instead of sticking with a plan to get a few more yards to make the kick closer, Marino throws into the end zone. Incomplete.

FG from I think 47 or 49 is missed. And we lose.

Probably a good thing, as we would've gotten destroyed later on.

How 'bout in honor of this current Brand of Dolphins team, Goodnight Irene! Where O where has are 17 & O season gone.

Hmm OUR not are and NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!

Mike1 Marino's two shining moments. AFC Championship against Steelers 45-28(?) and beating the Bears in Orange Bowl the year the Bears would have otherwise been likely undefeated.

OC, my little droogie. Lets go get some Moloko Plus. That will sharpen us up for a bit for the old ultra-violence. This Dolphin team could probably learn something about the old ultra-violence from Alex, Pete, Georgie and Dim...

shadow, as I recall that was one of your all-time favorite Kubrick movies...

Hmmm. "of" not "for" the old ultra-violence. Sad really sad.

mike1,

the chargers were destroyed by steve young and the 49ers in that year's super bowl. i was living in the holy land and listened to "the voice of america" for what was going on in the game-one AM middle east start time- and at first mention of the score the niners had 21 points. steve young was miles better than joe montana but his teams were not as strong as the teams that montana took to the trophy. it was a shame that rodger craig fumbled away a chance for steve young to play in the SB against the bills when montana got hurt; he came into the NFC title game completely cold and threw a dart for a crucial first down; on the next play came the craig fumble. #8 my favorite QB, #28 of the colts/rams my favorite halfback since i saw his debut for SDSU against pacific- faulk came in the game during the middle of the first quarter and had 180+ yards by halftime.

R Duke,

Marino had a LOT of shining moments early on. (not counting the 1985 AFC championship game vs NE). The Bears win, in my mind was the most significant one as it preserved the 72 Phins. Bears would've won if Marino didn't pile up score early and take them away from their Payton running game.

But in latter years, his poorer moments eventually equalled or outdid his better moments.

mike1,

we are among the very few on this blog that saw the decline of marino clearly and without the yolk of being in his fan club. the dolphins before #13 were a powerful defensive team that should have beaten washington except for a horrible non-tackle that allowed riggins forty cheap yards to the end zone. when marino arrived the whole nature of don shula football was junked and the dolphins became pass-crazy and because they couldn't run the ball they couldn't stop the other tean from running. during what should have been marino's prime years the bills were going to one super bowl after another, and when jimmy johnson (no great bargain without the stars accumulated from the herschel walker trade) arrived, he knew what he had at QB- a physical wreck who couldn't "manage a game" despite 10 years in the league. "his impossible to break records" now belong to- UGH- bret favre.

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