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August 20, 2012

Tannehill era begins: Rookie named starting QB (with new video); plus Dolphins playoff odds, Hank Jr., Upset Bird (15), Giancarlo, Augusta & more

1aa1me14[1) It is THURSDAY, AUGUST 23. New blogpost coming later this morning. 2) TANNEHILL NAMED STARTER: LATEST VIDEO! Watch our "The View From Miami" mini-commentaries on our new video channel at YouTube/TheGregCote. Latest is on rookie Ryan Tannehill being named Dolphins starting QB, a TVFM record-setter for most views. (Thank you). (I say in the vid that Miami's last Super Bowl win was 1972. Oops. Of course I know it was '73). 3) Showtime pulled the plug a week early on "The Franchise" reality show starring the Marlins. Finale episode aired last night, not Aug. 29 as first planned. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

1aa1mepick 1aa1cparkerUPSET BIRD COUNTDOWN: 15 DAYS: The Upset Bird and I kick off our season of Friday NFL prediction pages Sept. 7, and began a 21-day countdown that each day is honoring notable birds. Following the NBA great Larry Bird, today we welcome the influential jazz saxophonist who died in 1955, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

1aa1rtRYAN TANNEHILL NAMED DOLPHINS STARTING QB: It begins. The Ryan Tannehill era in Miami. The rookie takes over as starting quarterback beginning this Friday night in preseason game No. 3 vs. Atlanta and will open the season as the starter. It was announced mid-afternoon yesterday by coach Joe Philbin, and it is welcome news -- the right decision. Also it is a decision [Brag Alert!] that I have been advocating since the first day of training camp, the first and one of few in the media to do so. Click on The Right Decision for my new column, now online and in today's/Tuesday's pulp editions. Click HERE to listen to Philbin's press conference explaining the choice. 

DOLPHINS HAVE 8TH-LONGEST ODDS TO MAKE PLAYOFFS: Bovada issues odds for each NFL team making the playoffs and the Dolphins -- at yes/plus-350 -- are tied with Arizona for the eighth-longest odds. The most likely playoff teams are seen as the Patriots at yes/minus-900 and the Packers and Texans both at yes/minus-600. The seven teams given even longer odds than Miami are the Redskins +450, Buccaneers +500, Rams +600, Colts and Jaguars both +700, Vikings +800 and Browns +1,000.

AN OPEN LETTER TO HANK WILLIAMS JR.: "Dear Bocephus: You lost me, hoss. I have been a huge fan of your music since the '70s. I still think Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound is one of the great country songs of all time. You didn't lose me because of your music. You lost me because of the man you've become. Because of the hatred. You shouted to a crowd at the Iowa State Fair: "We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!" One of the lyrics on your lates album is, "Hey Barack, pack your bags, head to Chicago, take your teleprompter with you so you'll know where to go." Almost forgot. Last year you compared Obama to Hitler. Enough. This is hate-mongering, inciteful, and by my view un-American. Most of all, perhaps, it is just so damned disrespectful. You have every right to think it, and say it. I have every right to consider myself a disappointed former fan."

AUGUSTA NATIONAL DESERVES NO CONGRATULATIONS: The venerable home course of The Masters golf tournament has (finally) been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, admitting its first female members, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina banking executive Darla Moore. Years of public pressure and protests led to Augusta to at last act. Some might say congratulations are in order and heap the club and its directors with profound credit. I'd leave it at, "It's about damned time," and move on.

GIANCARLO STANTON: THE REASON TO STILL WATCH: The 2012 Marlins are almost unbearably sad. 1aa1giaThe dubious fight to catch up to .500 seems lost. The season cannot end soon enough, but for one reason: Giancarlo Stanton's at-bats. Despite missing a chunk of season injured Stanton (pictured) has become the 32nd Marlin in 20 seasons to hit 24 or more home runs -- he hit his 25th and 26th Monday night -- and among those we present the top five HR-per-at bat ratios, updated through Monday's game. Conclusion: Call Mike Jacobs an aberration. Stanton ranks second for now only to Gary Sheffield among the most dangerous home run hitters in club history: 

11.93   Gary Sheffield, 1994 (27/322)

12.36   Sheffield, 1996 (42/519)

12.81   Giancarlo Stanton, 2012 (26/333)

14.91   Mike Jacobs, 2008 (32/477)

15.18   Stanton, 2011 (34/516)

ON MELKY CABRERA: Cabrera, of course, is the San Francisco Giant suspended 50 games for a failed 1aa1cabmdrug test in the stretch run of a possible NL MVP season for him. It is a sad reminder MLB is not yet fully past its steroids era, and that stars are still liable to be swept up in the net. Cabrera's shame is compounded by the news he cooked up a bizzare alibi for himself, creating a fake website selling fake cream that he supposedly bought and used unaware of its illegal contents.That's rich! Here's what else should happen to Melky: 1) The All-Star Game MVP he recently won should be vacated and the trophy ordered returned. 2) He should be ineligible for league MVP votes. 3) He should be ineligible to win the NL batting title for which he currently stands second.

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I think Melky is one AB shy of qualifying for the batting title and won't be eligible anyway.

Let the Tannehill era begin indeed wow that Texans game can't get here soon enough!

Got 0-16?

How many weeks before he is either replaced or hurt?
I will be bragging, like Cote, sometime during the year. At least we will be able to get a high draft pick next year.

Cote, what's wrong amigo?..we have been talking about T-Hill for the past hour already..you're late.

I'm looking forward to seeying him play but you all need to remember HE IS a rookie and he will make plenty of mistakes, everybody needs to calm down and not pounce on the kid when he struggles.

Melky Cabrera is not too bright.

Baby, I thought the Marlins were the worst team in baseball but the Red Sox have changed my mind, what a circus they have up there.

Yes a circus is what you get when your team has a high payroll and finishes out of the playoffs for 3 straight years.

Especially in Boston where baseball is sort of um let's just say it's very important.

STARTING ROOKIE QBS FROM THE START OF THE SEASON:

granted if a guy has a lights out pre-season or looks like andrew luck did yesterday a rookie might be starting from game 1, but throwing this guy into the fire from the nget-go seems a little rushed and is a device to get people into the seats ASAP. the dolphins have played a couple of midling teams and tannehill's production has been midling to match. i am not sure about 0-16, bur i see rawpimple's vision of hurt/replaced when the rookie is playing behind a lousy line which can't run or pass block and will make quite a target out of him. hope not, but we'll see.

Shadow - plenty of examples of quarterbacks playing right away and succeeding, plenty of examples of quarterbacks struggling and going on to have Hall of Fame careers, plenty of examples of quarterbacks playing so-so and going on to have so-so careers.

Everyone takes it as gospel that a great young quarterback could be mentally ruined by playing right away - where are the examples of that happening? When the final verdict was made on guys like Jamarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, and Kyle Boller, no one ever said they failed because they were shell shocked from playing right away.

I'm convinced it just doesn't happen and the Dolphins have nothing to risk by playing Tannehill this year.

the injury to Garrard changed the equation, I believe he would have been the starter if he hadn't gotten hurt, having said that promoting Tannehill was the right thing to do on many levels, he clearly was the second best choice so naming him was a no brainer.

I think Moore was a disappointment, he was named the team's MVP last year and some thought the favorite going into training camp and now he may not even make the team, I think he does because he has value but we'll see.

that O Line better come together or this kid is going to get kill.

Philbin and Ireland made a tough choice and they did it thinking of the team's best long term interest at hand instead of winning now, most people that don't like Ireland won't even give him credit for it just like they won't give him prop's if Tannehill turns out to be a stud like we all hope he is.

looking forward to see him against Atlanta, let's see if the team rallies around him and the team comes together.

Garrard and Moore would both win more games than Tannehill, there's not much difference between the two.

Drafting a quarterback in the first round was a bold move forced on a weak GM.

Likewise for starting a rookie quarterback, though if this were a functioning franchise that would be Philbin's sole decision and not the GM or owners'.

These guys have no idea what they're doing, we can only hope they luck out and Tannehill saves the franchise.

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

Posted by: FZB | August 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM

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I realize you're a supporter of Ireland, but when Daniel Thomas gets cut next year, and Gates cut THIS year, will you at least CONSIDER that Ireland deserves NO credit for drafting Tannehill?
It's THE FANS and their Dolphin $$$'s that predicated that decision. Besides, Coach Jo0e probably watched game film of Moore and the wounded ducks over 30 yards and begged for a QB. Peyton said no. Flynn he already knew, so Tanny was the get.
So PLEASE, don't make a case for ireland on that.
YOU would have drafted Tanny.

sorry, meant "coach Joe (Philbin."

Posted by: I am Kazaam | August 20, 2012 at 09:15 PM

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Kaazam, the circus came to town the day H. Wayne sold this here team.
BTW FZB, I mean no disrespect, just an honest disagreement regarding Ireland's true worth to this franchise.
NO legitimate all pro's under his watch. a replacement for a replacement, maybe.

Greg,

The fins last won a SB in 73 not 72 as you stated in your youtube post.

Acyually happy with the decision to start T-hill, didn't have high expectations this year anyway. It should at least be fun watching the new coaching staff and team develope together. For the first time in years there may actually be a glimps of hope for the future, let's just hope that all works out well.

Ireland may turn out to be the wrong GM but not one of you guys can truly say that he has been horrible with his draft picks and free agent pick ups the last two years which is the time frame he should be judged on.

you guys know damn well it takes three years for a draft choice or a draft class to be judged, you say Daniel Thomas will be cut next year, sure but he also may break out this year or next, the same for Clyde Gates (I must admit he is more on thin ice) but you also failed to mention that he picked Charles Clay in the sixth round and Jimmy Wilson in the seventh round.

here's something else, do you know the percentage of success for a 4ht rounder (Clyde Gates) to be on an NFL team at the end of the third year?...29% league wide, look at every team's draft record and you'll realize is a crap shoot but to continually single out Ireland for his draft philosophy and failures without praising him for he's good picks/choices shows your total lack of football knowledge.

check out Beli-cheat's draft record for the last decade, is one of the worst in the league but he gets a pass because he wins with the veterans he gets on free agency and he has Brady.

the difference between me and you guys (Kaz /IMAWriter) is that I'm not blinded by what I hear from the media and other fans and I know it takes time to build a team and undo the mistakes of other's (Parcells) but I also realize that Ireland may indeed be the wrong GM and he may yet be fired but to not give him the benefit of the doubt and not give him the time to make it or fail on his own is counter productive to the team, you can't just start the process over and over again, look at the great teams and how they stay great, they have stability at the top and it took years to accomplish it, Ross made the decision to retain Ireland, he made that decision based on facts, time will tell if it was the right choice but is wise to see it thru.

Stability at the top with good people, not with an ass clown and a carbon copy protege of the guy who failed before him.

IMAWriter,

the decline of the dolphins began when jimmy johnson started ragging on shula from the TV booth because he wanted his job. the johnson years followed by the lunacy of picking his successor in wannstedt put the team in the current hole from which it has emerged once in 2008, owing to a fortunate schedule and a healthy pennington. the misery was prolonged by a year when owner wayne decided to keep the moustached one after a miserable season that ended with beating the jets here, because they shared the same religion, as wayne h told the press. kippy brown, offensive co-ordinator, was all you have to know about the offenses of jimmy johnson, who was a sound defnsive coach and lucked into drafting jason taylor and zach thomas. johnson couldn't find a decent offensive player in his career here, but stayed in the hunt with good-very good defensive teams while his star QB was eroding quickly and fan sentiment wouldn't allow for getting rid of #13.

Very insightful open letter by our host to Hank Williams Jr.

I guess it's hard for folks walking around with two "left" feet to comprehend what a "right" foot feels like.

Meanwhile, public discourse by the likes of Joe Biden are never called out as "hate-mongerers," - Y'all, just the opposite, they are accepted without the slightest indignation by anyone wearing two left shoes.

If I based my liking of music on what political choices artists made my playlist would be pretty short, almost non existent.

Good thing I have enough sense not to bothered with these things unlike Greg.

I fail to see anything Hank Williams, Jr., said that is incorrect. Obama IS un-American. He IS a socialist. He IS a traitor. He and his entire administration have been committing high treason, one act after another, for three-and-a-half years. He is not just a failure as a president, but he is a failure -- and a disgrace -- as an American and as a human being. This is fact. Sadly, President Romney won't have the balls to bring Obama, Clinton (both of them -- hell, all three of them, toss Chelsea in there too before she gets a chance to lib up this country) -- and the rest of this illegal junta to trial. Paul Ryan does, but, unfortunately, he's on the wrong half of the ticket. Romney is no great shakes, either. But he's still infinitely better than the last three-and-a-half years of this Godless communism/socialism blend.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go deliver some OxyContin to my favorite person in the world, my reason for living and the molder of every thought I've ever had. He's a radio talk show host. You've probably heard of him. We're having lunch at Chik-Fil-A and we're going to be blasting the music of Hank Williams, Jr. and Ted Nugent at anyone who is anti-American and anti-God enough to be the slightest bit different than us.

Real talk -- Melky Cabrera (after actually receiving media praise for confessing his steroid sins) attempted to obstruct justice with this phony website. That should be grounds for a long prison term. And, if not that, then a permanent expulsion from the sport. If Selig really wants to make a stand, he should revoke the National League's home field advantage for the World Series. Loria and Samson will sign him this offseason, though. For big bucks. No doubts. That'll be their way of trying to mask the stench of the impending Giancarlo Stanton trade.

OC - odd comment from you, according to your worldview there's no room for people with two different feet.

Big Baby,

i believe that the batting title is (or used to be) based not on at-bats, but on plate appearances, which include walks and sacrifices. whatever the criteria, putiing up a fake website in an effort to deceive baseball is grounds for expulsion from the game. whatever the other cheaters did, none of them tried to do what ole melky did on the internet. isn't this some form of violation of the good ole (rotten to the core) patriot act? back to the caribbean, as rick sutycliffe suggested, might be in order. internet fraud is a pretty seriouys issue i have been led to believe.

That's right. Nature systematically weeds them out into extinction.

Kind of ironic to see Cote's glowing praise of Stanton's long bombs directly above a self righteous post about the 'shame' of Melky Cabrera.

'Not yet fully past' the steroids era is the understatement of the century.

Ever heard the phrase 'hybrid vigor'?

Whichever criteria it is shadow I think he's exactly one short.

He has 501 and you need 502 to qualify for the batting title.

Big Baby,

502 plate appearances needed, melky at 501-too, too bad.

Awesome movie!

The question now is, do you cut moore, or an injury prone Garrard? I think the Dolphins are really taking a chance with Garrard. Starting Tannah. is a no brainer. After watching Luck, its like day and night between these two guys. Maybe the Colts were not so dumb for tanking the season. RG3 came back to earth against the Bears, but has a lot of upside. You guys have a lot of holes on offense to help this guy out.The game against the Texans I think, might be a blowout, so all the regulars on Armandos blog will be looking to fire everybody. no matter how the year goes, starting Tannah. is the right move.

you guys should all know by now that Cote looks at the world through liberal colored glasses...he's not changing, he is a total douche.

we are still in trouble on the O Line, here's my solution to this problem, start our rookie free agent John Samuda at center ( I hear he's doing very good ) and move Pouncey to RG.

I would not cut Garrard but the injuries are a big concern, we may be able to get a couple of six rounders for Moore but that's not a guarantee, I think is ok to start the season with T-Hill, Garrard and Devlin.

I know they want to keep Devlin because he will be the back up next year if Garrard wants to move on so I don't think they want to put him on waivers and risk losing him to another team.

on our receivers since we are going with Tannehill then why not go to a full youth movement and only keep Best and Hartline as the vets and fill out the rest with young receivers, we have plenty of those in camp.

His name is Davone Bess and the Dolphins are keeping him and Hartline and young receivers by default - that's all they have on the roster.

Garrard will be 'moving on' to the retirement home, he's 34 years old coming off season ending back surgery and he can't even watch his kid swim in the pool without needing knee surgery.

Keep all of them if we can handle the cap hit.

Come trading deadline teams will pay a lot more for a QB especially since there are guaranteed to be injured and/ or ineffective QB's by then.

Teams will be more desperate for a good experienced QB.

34 is old?

Tom Brady turned 35 this month.

Big Baby - teams with a hurt starting quarterback are going to be desperate and trade more than a sixth rounder for Matt Moore or David Garrard in the middle of the season?

That never happens, it's not happening.

thanks for the correction Kaz, I don't even want to see Legedu Naanee make the team now, keep the young guys and let them play..

four spots between R Wallace, J Pruitt, M Moore, C Hogan, C Gates, J Fuller, R Matthews and BJ Cunningham

QB's have been dropping like flies lately.

I don't know what the compensation would be, only that it would be higher than what it is right now.

Yea but quarterbacks just aren't traded mid-season, if they pull the trigger now maybe Arizona would be interested in Moore.

But I like him as a backup, I'd keep him and forego the pick.

agree Baby, Moore has not looked that good but he does have some value, no sense in giving him away for nothing, we don't have a six rounder in next year's draft (because of the trade for Lamar Miller) maybe we can get it back.

KAZ, QB's always get hurt, they'll be a market for Moore or Garrard.


Yes Moore is maybe the best backup in the league right now.

Arizona will sink with the Kolb/ Skelton mess.

That is their destiny.

Baby, with all due respect I think the team with the best back up this year is Dallas, Kyle Orton.

FZB - who was the last quarterback that a team traded for mid-season because their starter got hurt?

That doesn't happen.

Dude he absolutely sucks.

Did you watch him last year?

Just brutal.

Moore had a 87 QB rating don't make me look up Orton's.

Haha, it was 87.5.

Wrong it was 77.8 but good try.

3-5 record 9 td's 9 int's.

Totally sucky like I said.

That was last year, when he was waived mid season after Tim Tebow took over.

Last full season was 87.5, his career QB rating is higher than Johnny U and about 10 Hall of Famers.

QB rating is a worthless stat.

His career QB rating of 79.4 sucks too.

Ireland was smart not to give up anything for that scrub.

Kaz, QB's that have been traded in mid-season?..

of the top of my head none recently that I can recalled, I think the best time to trade him will be the in the final week of the pre season as teams are trying to finalize their rosters or teams with an injury concern.

The Eagle's come to mind, Vick usually doesn't last the year and they have no one behind him.

What FZB did you hear Gruden last night he thinks Foles is going to the Hall Of Fame.

carson Palmer was traded after the season had started but that was a special case, the guy was on the beach in So Ca and wasn't even on the team.

Moore's is 80.1.

Quarterback ratings are dumb.

Baby, Gruden is a trip, everyone he talks about is a pro bowler or hall of fame Material, too funny.

Kazaam look up Unitas career stats.

They aren't good.

He had a few good years and that's it.

Very overrated QB.

'When people ask me if I've seen his numbers, I tell them I don't bother. I saw him play. Case closed.'

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/clark-judge/19065863/top-10-all-time-qbs-all-hail-johnny-unitas

Carson Palmer is a good recent example FZB of a team desperate for a QB and willing to pay.

Kazaam I have always said anything over 80 is ok not great but ok.

Unitas is no where near the top 10 all time.

Not even close.

That list is terrible by the way Bradshaw's numbers were awful too very overrated.

Baby,

Johnny U was one of the best..no question

You also said David Garrard could be a 'solution' for the Dolphins and that Johnny Unitas 'had a few good years and that's it'.

A top 10 list without Marino?

Get real.

Plenty of quarterbacks better than Marino according to ratings.

You know, Philip Rivers, Matt Schaub, Chad Pennington, Daunte Culpepper, Matt Ryan, Jeff Garcia...

shadow & anyone else...
Starting a rookie QB vs sitting him the first year is an argument to kick around till T-hill retires. Dalton & other rooks have played fairly well if the talent is there. Ryan will learn much quicker by playing. One positive about starting him is HIS attitude. He wants to start. Let him.

Ross & Ireland have known all along this is a rebuilding year.
New Coaches, New Defense, New Offense, many New Players

5-11 fellas

Augusta begging for a bear attack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfboOt1bJcA

Big Baby. U got to put Terry Bradshaw in the top 20 all time NFL QB's. Pitt won 3 SB games riding his arm.

continued from above...
Stillers won 4 with Bradshaw. First one was all D & Franco Harris. Other 3 Bradshaw lit it up. Better performer in SB's then Marino, Elway

Jimbo - the Tridumbverate had no clue this was a rebuilding year, Ross and Ireland still deny it.

How many QB records do those guys you listed have Kazaam?

Marino doesn't have many left but he held many for a long time that those guys likely won't get near.

Kazaam,

excellent top 10 list: unitas, the overlooked otto graham, and staubach included.

i second the ability to say "i saw him play"; even though johnny u was in the second half of his career when i was football cognizant, he was still awesome.

Bradshaw 212 td's 210 int's career.

Enough said.

Bradshaw had natural talent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfw8acB7TVk

Kazaam he's not bad I thought he only did Smokey and The Bandit movies.

Cote & the other libs:

Hank Williams JR speaks his mind. He is no different then the 100's of lefty loudmouths like Bill Maher, Sean Penn & large media outside Fox running their pie holes in the other direction.

Moment of truth,, this Prez wasn't/is what he was hyped up to be.

Big Baby,

any top ten list of QBs would be suspect with #13 in it; passers yes, QBs-NO!! see endless posts by mike1 illustrating the issue.

nobody but nobody had the arm that bradshaw did; he threw the ball downfield with ease that arrived about a yard off the ground so that only swann or stallworth had a chance to get it. no team in my football lifetime had the running/passing balance of excellence that pittsburgh had. their defense got the credit, and they were incredible, but without the offense of bradshaw, swann, stallworth, harris, and bleier they wold have been a one dimensional team like the saints of the 80s. without question the greatest "dynasty" in modern football. bradshaw was a little slow upstairs at first, but he improved his football acumen with time (and after being benched for others) and ranks with the best.

Kazaam
Ross & Ireland would never publically admit this is rebuilding. Tickets, $$, jersey's, $$, advertising, $$, parking & concessions, $$.

Dolphins brass getting team on HBO Hard Knocks was to drum up interest without winning.

shadow any Top 10 QB list without Dan Marino on it deserves any ridicule it gets because it is a list made by a clown.

Cannonball run too - one of Dom Deluise's best, right after Mel Brooks' 'twelve chairs'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMr-SgytPvs

Got to watch Unitas play as a kid. The guy was great. Great clutch player. One of the top 4-5 all time greats. Sometimes stats get in the way, when you talk about great players. If you went by stats only, there would be no busts in the draft.

Jimbo - yea, that's true, but they were completely willing to play David Garrard and try to make a run, no doubt in my mind all three honestly thought that could happen.

Solid Deluising at 42 minutes above.

Do any of you guys remember when Cote posted that open letter to Rev. Wright complaining about his anti white sermons when our president was sitting in church? If you do, let me know. Typical moonbat response, when none is needed.How about when crazy loon Alec Baldwin was going to move to Canada?

Big Baby,

bradshaw was -35 on the TD/INT ratio after 5 seasons; also played in the toughest division in football with the bengals and oilers that had good defenses.

as far as lists without marino, put me in your clown car; as stated a great passer, but not a great enough QB to be in the top 10 of mike1, Kazaam, the ole shadow and quite a few others. i hated unitas' guts as ram fan and because of his incredible arrogance, but don't deny his greatness, and he was great; pretty much the originator or perfector of what has become the two-minute drill, a staple of football that has seemingly taken over the other 58 minutes of the game in today's NFL.

Guys wearing leather helmets don't belong in the same class with Marino.

Neither do guys with 70 career QB ratings.

Listen up guys, greatness is greatness Marino was ONE OF THE BEST of ALL TIME..period.

On Hank Williams Jr. - "This is hate-mongering, inciteful, and by my view un-American. Most of all, perhaps, it is just so damned disrespectful."

I have to say, I think the whole Muslim thing is ridiculous. Even if he was, what sect are we talking about? I assume Williams is inferring Obama is a terrorist because, as we all know, all Muslims MUST be terrorsts...

But I digress, my point is that I don't really say how you can call it un-American. That's kind of the point of America. We're supposed to question our leaders and we have the right to do so. We are being un-American if we blindly support a candidate or party regardless of their performance or actions.

Yes you have the right to disagree and to even call someone un-American. But I completely disagree that criticizing the President is un-American or really even disrespectful, even if it's ignorant or misguided.

I don't think that he's inferring that he's a terrorist I think that he's inferring that he's not being completely honest about his religious practices.

Probably true.

Canes_5rings,

soooo what are you really saying?..That is OK to agree to disagree?..

Obama has never really "come clean" on a number of issues, he's a master at it, just like slick Willie was.

talks a lot but says very little...

FZB,

It absolutely is! But what I'm really saying is that we have an obligation as citizens to question authority. It is our responsibility as voters to weed out the ones we don't like. And if Hank Williams wants to try to weed out Obama, go for it dude. If someone else wants to weed out Romney, have at it!

Hank Williams is a disgrace, him and his trashy fans are as dumb as they come.

You must be Carlos Santana known liberal lobbyist.

Good guitar player though.

why Carlos because he exercised his right to freedom of speech?...Get a grip man.

Yup Jimbo, Bradshaw was big time player in biggest games. Marino was not. For all his records he was no Mr. December nor Mr January...

Big Baby,

the NFL or college rating system of QBs is incomprehensible-at least to me. i would rather stick to "tangible statistics. such as completion %age, TD/INT ratio, yards per attempt,... than some convoluted number that you (and everyone else) cannot explain.

i wonder if Carlos would have gotten the defense he did had he signed his name Charles!! all kidding aside, we wouldn't have much of a beloved blogsite if opinions posted were limited to one end of the political spectrum. i believe that we are all grateful for being Americans, and even though some of the adjectives thrown at our current president are a little overboard for my tastes, i respect the right of anyone to use any language they choose concerning anybody who throws him/herself into the public eye.

Jimbo,

it is too bad that the buffoonery that bradshaw exhibits on television these days detract from the improvement he showed between the ears from his early days. he audibled the steelers into the right play many times, and many times at the expense of my team of favor, the bengals. prime example being the pass to stallworth that sealed the rams' fate in the SB- caught eddie brown creeping up and connected for the game clinching TD. he wasn't always the sharpest tool in the shed, but he definitely developed substantially over the years.

And I was an Oilers fan my first and most favorite team as a child.

Pastorini, Bum Earl and company could never get over the hump because of Pittsburgh and I hated them for that.

shadow,,, amen. We watched every single game Bradshaw played as a Steeler growing up in Pitt area. Early Bradshaw was bad, poor playcalling (back then the QB called most plays) & INT's. Second half of Terry's career was much better. Used to walk to Pitt stadium & watched a young Dan Marino play also. Seeing Marino throw strike after strike, I knew he'd make a pro team. Much to my surprise & delight Miami took Marino and the rest is history.

Steelers were juggernaut. Beat two excellent Cowboy teams in SB and an underrated Ram team. Unfortunately Vikings were snake bit. Didn't realize they were steroid kings though...

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