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August 13, 2012

Hard Knocks and Chad Johnson knockout (w/ poll); plus UM/FIU football odds, my latest video, LeBron's gold, D-Wade news, Romney/Ryan & more

1aa1mechadLATEST VIDEO! ON DOLPHINS CUTTING CHAD JOHNSON: Click on YouTube/TheGregCote for my channel of frequent mini-commentaries, including the newest on the departure of receiver Chad Johnson. Click Chad Johnson's Out Pattern for today's latest column by me. I say the Dolphins were right to cut Johnson. Have your say in the poll below. 

[1) It is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15. Marlins lost a third straight game by shutout last night. OK the plastic-bat experiment is not working. Back to the wood. 2) Thanks again for ESPN's Outside The Lines for having us as a guest for a LeBron James/Tiger Woods-related segment. Lots of face-time for me. Ratings must have been plummeting! 3) Thanks, too, to old friend Dan Le Batard for having us on 790 The Ticket for his entire show yesterday. Fun. Maybe we'll do it again, who knows? 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

On the Latest Hard Knocks: Most notable from Tuesday night's Dolphins/Hard Knocks on HBO: 1) Coach Joe Philbin is shown telling Chad Johnson he's done. Chad: "I let you down a little. A lot. " Joe: "I don't see the mesh right now." 2) The news that QB David Garrard injured his knee not on the field but at home watching his kids in the pool. 3) Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's blistering talk to his unit, including telling rookie TE Michael Egnew, "Get your head out of your ass!" 4) QB Ryan Tannehill, made to sing as all rookies must, serenading the team with the perhaps prescient "Lean On Me." 5) GM Jeff Ireland on his wide receivers: "We got 4's, 5s and 6s. We gotta find who the 1s, 2s and 3s are." Honorable mention: Sherman's Bobby Bowden-esque expletive, "Gosh-daggit!" 

DOLPHINS CUTTING CHAD JOHNSON: RIGHT OR WRONG?: The Dolphins cut receiver Chad Johnson 1aa1chadjSunday night in the wake of his dropping the only pass thrown to him Friday night and then his arrest a day later for head-butting his wife in a domestic incident. Monday morning, Dolphins defensive leader Karlos Dansby blasted the team for not giving Johnson a second chance. Coach Joe Philbin later took a mild swipe at Dansby ("I'm of the opinion you should keep things in-house") and explained Johnson was released based on an "overall body of evidence" that Johnson and the Dolphins were not a "good fit." I support the Dolphins' decision on Johnson. Maybe you side with Dansby. Vote and say why.

Poll result: Dear Hanley: Boooo!: We asked in the previous blogpost how Marlins fans should react to Hanley Ramirez in his first return as a Dodger (you can still vote) and booing led with 44.2 percent. Another 27.2 voted for silence and 24.1 for cheering, with 4.5 not sure.

HURRICANES FOURTH-RANKED TO WIN ACC: Bovada's preseason college football coneference odds find Miami a surprisingly high fourth at 9-1 to win the ACC, after Florida State (an even 1-1), Virginia Tech (3-1) and Clemson (5-1). FIU is the Sun Belt favorite at 5-2, with FAU next to last at 30-1. The power-packed SEC is topped by Alabama 2-1 and LSU 5-2, with Florida sixth at 12-1. Other major-league faves are USC in the Pac-12 at a prohibitive 5-9; UCF topping Conference USA at 11-4; Oklahoma an even 1-1 in the Big 12; Louisville 2-1 to take the Big East with South Florida next at 7-2; and the Big Ten co-led by Michigan and Wisconsin at 9-5.

NFL INDIVIDUAL AWARDS ODDS: Also from Bovada, Packer Aaron Rodgers is MVP favorite at 11-2, followed by Patriot Tom Brady at 13-2, then a dropoff to Saint Drew Brees at 9-1 and Eagle Michael Vick and Bronco Peyton Manning both 10-1. Offensive rookie pick is Colt Andrew Luck at 5-2, then Redskin Robert Griffin III at 9-2. Defensive rookie pick is Panther Luke Kuechly at 4-1. Passing yards fave is Brees at 9-2, rushing yards Texan Arian Foster 9-2, and receiving yards Lion Calvin Johnson 7-2. The only Dolphin appearing in any category is Ryan Tannehill, sixth for offensive rookie at 10-1.    

BASKING IN THE GLOW OF GOLD: Ghurka, manufacturer of upscale leather goods, is coming out in 1aa1olychampsSeptember with a line of "man bags" called the Ghurka Cavalier series inspired by LeBron James and partly designed by LeBron' personal stylsit, Rachel Johnson. (Who knew LeBron had a personal stylist?) The three sizes will range in price from $695 to $1,495. I'm guessing the biggest of the three bags will be large enough to hold an NBA championship trophy, an Olympic gold medal and the adulation of millions. At left: One of the he-purses in LeBron's collection. Above: LeBron (lower left) and his Team USA mates exalt as well they should in Sunday's gold-medal triumph over Spain.

D-Wade's fantasy camp: Men, would you spend big bucks to hear Dwyane Wade pretend that he is truly impressed by your mad skills on a basketball court? Read on! Wade's second annual fantasy camp for men 35 and older is this Thursday through Sunday, August 16-19 at Loews Miami Beach. And it's only $12,500! But at least the list of coaches is seriously impressive, including Wade, Erik Spoelstra, Tim Hardaway, Rick Barry, Frank Martin and Jim Larranaga. Visit dwyanewadefantasycamp.com to register or for more info.

OLYMPIC WRAP-UP: I guess I'm the only soul on Earth who was disappointed with Sunday night's Closing Ceremonies from London, a very disjointed music-themed extravaganza. There were rumors of a big closing number by the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Paul McCartney, which might have redeemed the whole show. Never happened. Rule of thumb: When your show's most talked-about aspect is a Spice Girls reunion, you're in trouble. Pertinent final medals leaders.

United States 46G - 29S - 29B -- 104

China 38 - 27- 23 -- 88

Russia 24 - 26 - 32 -- 82

Great Britain 29 - 17 - 19 -- 65

Germany 11 - 19 - 14 -- 44

Cote d'Ivoire 0 - 0 - 0 -- 0

Cote, the Official National Team of This Blog, disappointed with nary a single medal. You let us down, d'Ivores. You did not do my name proud. Sincerely yours, Greg d'Ivoire, The Miami Herald.  

UH-OH. HERE COMES A POLITICAL ITEM: ("What the--this is supposed to be a bleepin' sports blog you 1aa1rr 1aa1rr1moron!") Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate is interesting. Ryan looks like Romney's son. At left, Romney relays a story about that time Paul broke curfew as a teen and Dad took away the keys to the yacht for an entire week. A movie about this campaign could be called WHITE & WHITER. The Republicans fight the perception they are for the rich in terms of tax breaks. Given that, I'm not sure if I think the Romney/Ryan campaign logo (right) is a smart idea. Cannot confirm rumors that, if this ticket is elected, the presidential residence would henceforth be called The Whitest House. (Note: Since the preceding item will be seen as pro-Democrat, let me balance that by pointing out that Barack Obama has comically big ears, leading directly to America's staggering 8.3 percent unemployment rate).

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Gotta be Crazy Nuts to almost pay $13K to "play hoops" with a bunch of rich guys......

This world has truly lost its sense of values......

Im of the opinion that the overrated Dansby play upto his contract and worry about his own play before opining on cutting Johnson.

Dolphins should pick up Plaxico Burress.

8 touchdown receptions last season.

I'm already starting to like Philbin more since he showed Johnson the door. Wax on wax off Johnson.

Kazaam, what makes you think Burress would want to play for the Dolphins?

voted in favor of the Dolphins dropping Chad 8-5, the right thing to do.

Kaz, you don't like fans that have "blind homerism"?

Dukes-ter, 1969 has to rank up there with one of the greatest years ever, woodstock, the beginnings of Led Zep and the Floyd, man I had a lot of fun.

LeBron had a heck of a year, maybe the Hater's can go away now.

Philbin is a coward, anyone who seen hard knocks can tell you that. Dude wasnt even man enough to look Chad in the eyes when he was telling him to hold back on coursing. He may or may not be good coach thats still to be determined; but man to man I dont respect him.

I would certainly look at Branch just because I'm familiar with him maybe Stallworth too. Could teach younger guys provide some stability at that position and give Tannehill seasoned pro that has been part of winning organization. Maybe in Branch you get a Nat Moore in his elder statesman years. Yea FZB, 69 looked to be great year on a number of fronts.

At one time, indulge me Cote, the Dolphins didn't think in terms of "I wonder if they would be interested..." or "I wonder if we could land so and so..." Why BECAUSE FINS WERE a WINNING FRANCHISE! Ok so now, hopefully it's a HUNGRY franchise.

I hate to be part of a mind to pull employment rug from under anyone. However based on Chad's longstanding history & poor performance with something you would consider "routine" for most part(handling 3rd down pass that hits you perfectly)it doesn't look like good fit. Fins aren't in position to waste roster spots on guys that may straighten out...

Oh yes if Chad plays his cards right he could probably cash on that big mouth and attiude at least for a while. If able to bring a bit more to the table he could conceivably do other football related tasks... Bottomline Chad you may want to work on being more grounded balanced so you don't totally self-destruct. Do some work here while you aren't locked up and you may avoid prison time altogether & have nice life for yourself...

so my sister called me friday and told me she just got two tickets for the Dolphin game and they were really good seat's...it turns out we were right on the filed !

in your face Kaz !....this is FZB and sister

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Desktop\fzb and sister.JPG

this is FZB's future girl-friends.

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Desktop\fzb future girlfriends.JPG

FZB and body guards

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Desktop\fzb and posse.JPG

FZB's future maid.

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Desktop\fzb's future maid.JPG

FZB's future wife.

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Desktop\fzb future's wife.JPG

FZB and long time buddy JT.

C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Desktop\fzb and long time friend JT.JPG

we were right on the field, mingling with all kinds of people, inside we had free food, A/C and booze, didn't pay too much attention to the game, I had a great time.

there you go guys...

Sorry meant"cash in on...." in the above

FZB I can't click on any of those addresses. Do you have to go to facebook or what...

I'm trying to worket it out dukester...all this technical stuff is a little complicated..he he

fellers,

the 2012 basketball team was oozing talent, but in my unhumble opinion was not close to the 92 bunch. a championship game in which the opponents were within one at the end of the third quarter and within 10 at game's end attests to the difference between the two. way too many layups right down the middle of the key for spain would not have happened with ewing/robinson/barkley defending the rim. the USA was allowed uncontested 3 pointers, one after the other, by spain which couldn't match-up with the USA, but it says here that the spaniards playing so much zone was an invitation which the US gladly accepted and took those "22 foot layups" at will. very happy that kevin love proved hisself at this level as both a rebounder and scorer. if the USA goes back to college kids and U-23s the americans would not have an easy time winning unless a walton or ewing comes along in an olympic year.

shadow - agreed.......

Robinson & Ewing would have set up a camp similar to Guantanamo & punished these fellers....

Lebron hawking man purses?

Any truth to the rumor that they were fashioned after this guy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnXEPXdB3-w

Hi Y'all. Been busy, busy, but wow! So many new developments in the sports world that it's hard to know where to begin.

1. Over the moon in the way the Lakers are being set for next season. Can't wait to see them in the finals against Miami.

2. Tiger Woods fails (again) to raise his game during the final day of a Major, and as Fuzzy might say..."he is NOT putting well, NOT hitting it straight, so when he gets in here, just tell him to serve up some of stone crabs, or whatever it is they $&%#@...

3. Chad Ocho f**k-ups is seven too many. We're better off without that media whore.

4. Old school Dream Team (in their prime) would have whooped the New school team. Last time I checked, this was still a tall man's game.

5. Darrius may just have to continue to cry over the Dolphins.

I'm going to try again later from my home computer..

I don't think I'll ever spend more than $15.00 for a man purse (in my case a wallet)...over $600.00 ?..no.

Karlos Dansby is a dufus...he just needs to shup up and play, he hasn't been that good anyways.

I don't know who Paul Ryan is but he can't be more stupid than our current VP, I know that much.

Greg,

If I were advising the new administration, I would strongly urge the new president that just come day 1, they call in Orkin and completely tarp-cover the White House. A more symbolic gesture could not be more appropriate.

Hi Ya OC,

finished the census on the bats?...

Soo now you like Howard?..not too long ago you said you didn't want him coming to the Laker's.

you're going to get Baby upset with you, you automatically assumed Lakers and Heat in the finals?
I think the Heat will be there but what about the Thunder, they're pretty good.

what you think of Tannehill so far, the kid is looking good.

i personally don't understand why so many people hate on chad johnson. i guess its because he exercises the right to use his 1st amendmant law. IJS...... but my opinion i'm not surprised the dolphins let him go i think philbin jumped the gun a little because of his old fashion mindset and personal vandetta towards chad's character. i dont think he ever wanted chad here anyway thats why it was so easy for him to say cut him loose. BS if you ask me the NFL is a business conduct it like one.

Chad has to be accountable for his actions but i still feel without a thorough investigation it was overkill to cut him. suspend him i'd get but cutting someone with his resume is a bit much especially with the fins going into the 5th or 6th year without a legitimate number 1 receiver behind him on the roster.

If you don't know who Paul Ryan is you probably shouldn't have opinions about the GOP or politics in general.

We're not the only ones who cut Chad today.

http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/thebuzz/2012/08/chad_johnson.html

Not a good day for him.

Good thing he stole money from NE right NaplesJack he's going to need it hehe.

I think what FZB is trying to say Kazaam is that he's voting Republican regardless of VP choice so what does it matter anyway knowing about him.

I like that line of thinking.

Not only does Chad excercise his 1st amendment right but has not backed it up with consistent quality play. If he ecercised his Right To Free Speech and was clearly worth keeping based on established upside and Fins saw it in camp & on field they likely would have gtiven him another chance...

Not only does Chad excercise his 1st amendment right but has not backed it up with consistent quality play. If he ecercised his Right To Free Speech and was clearly worth keeping based on established upside and Fins saw it in camp & on field they likely would have given him another chance...

Wow posted twice at 4:21PM. Not sure what that's about...

Yes duke if he was still very talented and had displayed a good attitude they would have kept him.

Risk outweighed reward in this case.

figure of speech Kaz, figure of speech..Paul Ryan is a good choice for the GOP I would have preferred Marco Rubio but I understand why he wasn't picked.

he is not too far to the right, he is more like a moderate but is a good family man and he will be well received by both the tea party and the regular GOP, he is a good solid choice, I'm happy with it.

and Baby you are also correct, any GOP choice would be better over any liberal choice eight days a week.

so now he is out of a job with the Dolphins and now his show just got cancelled, not a good day for him indeed.

I hope his wife still has some of that money she got out Antoine Walker...

Nope Antoine lost it at the tables...

I think we lead the league in troubled players over the last decade the hits just keep on coming why us?

is amazing to me how a lot of athletes just blow all their money, they have no common sense at all, A Walker I think made over 100 mil in his career and has nothing left, that's just one example.

we can probably come up with a list of more than 100 players, is sad if you think about it.

I completely approve of a woman abuser being cut. It's always unacceptable, but when you're a professional athlete and that much bigger than someone, it's just plain embarrassing on top of that.

As for the First Amendment argument... huh?!? I assume you're talking about the muzzle Philbin put on him with the press... well, you're totally wrong. The First Amendment protects citizens from prosecution by the government. It doesn't protect an employee who acts unprofessionally.

And Philbin was clear up front about his expectations so Johnson couldn't have been surprised by that either way.

You gents are peas in a pod. I doubt either of you followed the massive role Paul Ryan had been playing in congress this past year, doubt that either of you know what Marco Rubio's most recent congressional experience would bring to the table that Ryan and Romney are missing either (hint: it's not Hispanics or Florida).

FZB, your answer was incorrect, Ryan isn't on there because he's a nice family man and a moderate. He isn't a moderate and everyone else is a nice family man too.

Big Baby, your answer is at least honest, 'what does it matter knowing about him'. It doesn't, because you're as informed and brainwashed as these guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ZjWFHjO4Y

Sign Shockey and Plaxico.

In the world according to Dashi, you just cut your #2 wr, who was good for 50 catches and 8-9 tds. Ahhh, another subject that the young man who likes to refer to himself in the 3rd person, knows nothing about.

I wasn't speaking for myself Kazaam.

I am with FZB though Rubio would have been my choice for exectly the reasons that you mentioned.

Fzb- I hate to lay the blame of this Chad blunder at the feet of Ireland, but he really struck out with this signing. When Belichick cuts a veteran he likes in May, take it to the bank, the guy is washed up. Like I said when Miami signed him, it will be Chad 24-7, and a freak show.

Albert Haynesworth.

FZB, BB,

It's not so much that, as a Laker fan, I didn't want Howard. Just that his charity stripe numbers are Shaq-o-rific. Heat fans had Shaq for just a spell. Imagine how Laker fan felt after years and years of bricks. Bynum can make his throws.

Anyway, my views somewhat changed with the added Nash entry. Once he came on board, it became obvious that Howard would be the better recipient of all those easy assists.

Nash a bit long in the tooth OC and Howard still has no post up move but maybe you can ask Kareem to teach him one.

This is just a guess, but I think Romney decided on Paul Ryan over Rubio based on who, from an image and substance standpoint, who had the stronger spouse.

It's hard to argue that Marco's wife increases the strength of the ticket.

BB,

Did Nash not lead the assist record this last year while feeding to a bunch of lightweights?

Just watch the number of passes and easy baskets that will triangulate between Howard, Pau and Nash. Nash, while indeed "long on the tooth" will probably have even higher assist totals this coming year.

Is anyone intrerested to know what I think about Chad Johnson?

FZB,

Haven't had a chance to see Tannehill play. Although Woodcock mentioned to me that you went over to see them scrimage. Wouldn't want to make an observation before actually watching the youngster play.

I don't like Ryan, I think his fiscal policies are too radical. Medicare and Social Security are not something you take a meat cleaver to. I also totally disagree with the pledge that the Republicans took not to increase taxes. As a moderate Republican I'm an endangered species.

"I think Romney decided on Paul Ryan over Rubio based on who, from an image and substance standpoint, who had the stronger spouse.

It's hard to argue that Marco's wife increases the strength of the ticket."

WTF is that? Dude, you need to get out of the sun. Ryan's wife? Unless she's stacked and looks like a million no one gives a rat's ass about a candidate's wife. Wow, WTF is wrong with you. Big mistake not picking Marco Rubio, even with the Dems putting up Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum it's going to be difficult to carry Florida with Ryan on the ticket. You just can't take on SS and Medicare in a State with the largest number of SS and Medicare recipients in the country and think that Ryan is going to help you here. Why would you name a candidate who is at the far right of the party in fiscal policy when you are the minority party in the U.S.? All he's doing is preaching to the choir. Not the way to bring in moderates or independents. I never thought that Obama had a chance in a million years but so far in the last two elections all the Dems have had to do was give us the rope and we're happy to hang ourselves with it.

Woodcock - Marco Rubio would have been seen as the same kind of demographically inspired splash pick that sank John McCain. He does have a little bit of foreign policy experience (mostly generic pro-Israel speeches) but besides that he only brings demographics to the table, and ONLY in south Florida, he's not winning over many Mexicans or south Americans.

Ryan solidifies the Romney ticket as 100% about the economy and gives him much more credibility than Rubio would have.

I'm halfway with you on the Ryan plan, in order to get out of a $16 TRILLION ($16,000,000,000,000, each tax payer owes $140,000) hole, there have to be cuts and tax increases.

I'm not in favor of entitlement programs and there is no way that social security and medicare survive the next 20 years without massive reform, so I like the cuts.

But it makes absolutely no sense to lower the income tax on the highest bracket by 7%, we don't need it. I'm all for tax breaks directed specifically at small business owners but across the board 'trickle down economics' doesn't work. Any marginal cases where someone gets hired doesn't make up for the huge losses at the top end.

As a hard core Dolphins fan it might seem like the Dolphins will be OK after the offseason when they're bringing in free agents and draft picks and have a great training camp - but as soon as you put them against other teams who have also been bringing in players and training reality hits home.

Same way with people who only watch one political team - Romney never had a chance in this election, he is the embodiment of the 1%, he's out of touch not only with middle America but with planet Earth. The mainstream media is going to leave him in absolute shatters come election day.

Vote for Ron Paul.

Big Baby- When Haynsworth was cut guess what, he was done. Bucs picked him up, and they lost 5 games straight. Out of the NFL today.

Kazaam, I supposed you will be the one to tell me (us) what is good or bad about Paul Ryan, there is a reason he was picked the guy has good credentials, you are right about most voters voting along party lines but I at least try to stay informed about the issues.

I think the reason Rubio wasn't picked is because of his inexperience which paul Ryan has plenty, time will tell I guess.

Naples Jack, signing Chad 8-5 a blunder by Ireland?..child please, the guy had never been in trouble with the law and the dolphins gave him a non guarantee contract for the veteran minimum, no the biggest blunder was made by Beli-cheat for paying him a cool 5 mil just to sit around.

Shockey and Plaxico both suck, why sign them?..let the young guys play to see if they develop, we're not going to the SB anyways, give those spots to young players that have a better future in the league.

OC, I have seen Tannehill twice in person and I can tell you the kid looks like a QB, has a cannon and great mobility, I'm not going to predict greatness but I think we finally may have found our QB.

By the way Kaz, Obama is also out of touch with the american public, he looks good on TV and has charisma but he talks an awful lot of shit...kind of reminds me of Clinton.


you think any of these brain surgeons know anything about politics?..yet they all voted for Obama..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm1KOBMg1Y8&feature=related

Plaxico had 8 touchdowns last season, twice as many as Bess and Hartline combined.

He and Shockey don't need to be young and fast to help a shotgun-inside-20 offense, they need to be big and catch touchdowns.

yes I know Kaz but wouldn't it be better to play our rookie TE Egnew and the other young receivers to get them experience?

you have said many times the Dolphins suck and will be going nowhere this year, well, I rather they give those spots to young players with potential, what's the difference anyways right?

If Garrard is our starter then I'm on board but what if he doesn't come back when is is supposed to come back and Tannehill starts?..you gotta go with the young guys.

Dolphins are hot garbage because they have a clown owner, Parcells-clone GM, career OL coach, no quarterback, and no receivers or safeties.

The clown owner, Parcells-clone GM, career OL coach, and lack of receivers and safeties don't matter if Ryan Tannehill is a franchise quarterback.

If he's starting they should give him every chance to succeed. Otherwise flush this turd down the drain.

This election is about a few battleground states of which Florida is the biggest price. I think Rubio would have helped him more in this state than Ryan does. Obama has the least Jewish support of any president in my lifetime. Social Security and especially Medicare is huge in the Kosher canyons of Dade and Broward, the election in Florida is going to be won by a razor's margin, I think that Rubio would help Romney much more in this state than Ryan will.

Just amazing. Who's running Romney's campaign Bozo the Clown? How do you chose El Palacio de Frutas instead of Versailles where the owner of the Palacio is a convicted drug dealer? Are you freaking kidding me?

"Host for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer"

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/13/2950315/host-for-romney-event-is-a-convicted.html#storylink=cpy

No problem cutting Chad J. Agree with whomever said let Dansby (and the rest for that matter) play up to their salaries before telling the brass how to run things.
Dansby's public comments are no better than were Philbin's on the HBO thing, calling out Johnson publicly.
The difference is, players are EMPLOYEES.

BTW, my beef is with the FO moron deciding Johnson was better than Braylon Edwards, who made a circus TD catch last weekend.

Woodcock, respectfully, this is no time to be a moderate republican, as there is no such thing these days as a moderate Democrats. They are ruled by the SEIU, their tools Harry Reid, Pelosi, and company.
Even a guy like Lieberman was unceremoniously kicked out 2 years ago.

I find Romney's choice of venue no more an egregeous error than Obama
s people giving Apple toys to the Queen and her party, the rub being they were meant for US usage (110-120 volt).
Ignorance goes both ways.

IMA, I want Obama out of there as much as the next guy. Since 1976 I have cast every single vote in a presidential election for the Republican candidate. I am speaking about winning the election. In my opinion Florida is the key. I don't see how Ryan helps him here. Period.

BTW, IMA, saw some of your posts on Armando's blog during the Dolphs preseason game and I thought you were right on the money with your comments about the team. Agree with you about Braylon big time. Last year he had some personal (not problems) family issues which is why the niners released him. I would never have taken a chance with Johnson.

Last time I checked ... GW Bush practically drove the US financial system over a cliff ...And we are STILL paying for that GIFT from Florida in 2000... This is what Obama INHERITED from 8 years of GW screw-ups ...INCLUDING ALLOWING US to be HIT on 911.

Collective amnesia is obviously a harsh side effect of that horrid Florida Humidity... Sure go ahead and vote GOP again... then you can honestly say that you HAPPILY shot YOURSELF in your own D#%K...Against YOUR OWN SELF INTERESTS ...

WOW Greg, are you always this stupid or are you making a special effort today ?

you wrote-'GW Bush practically drove the US financial system over a cliff'...How old are you?..like four? Bill Clington signed/passed the law to deregulate the banking/mortgage industry, also, a certain young senator from Illinois threatened to go to the courts if the bill didn't passed because like he said at the time 'everyone had a right at the american dream to own a house', now in fairness I will say the majority in the senate at the time was controlled by the GOP so in essence both parties were to blame, but the ring leaders were Clinton and Barney Franks.

you wrote-'we are still paying for that gift from Florida in 2000, are you referring to the hangin chad's?, all those votes were counted properly, the GOP won florida fair and square, your just a miserable loser, an ignorant too.

you wrote-'Including allowing us to be hit on 911'..of all your statements this one takes the cake, how is 911 GW Bush's fault?...as I reacalled, Bill Clinton had the chance to take Bin Laden down and didn't do it, he got cold feet, slick Willie was and still is a coward, he was sweet on TV had a little bit of charisma but he didn't do shit for this country.

you can still carry on with life being the ignorant fool that you are or you can do a little research and confirm what I just told you but to make random stupid remarks like you just did is both ignorant and stupid and makes you look like a retard, if you want to debate me on politics bring it on but state facts not make up lies.

you must have gotten your education form gainsville, either that or you never finished elementary school.

@CANES_5RINGS
WHEN I SAID HIM EXERCISING HIS FIRST AMENDMAENT RIGHT I WASN'T TALKING ABOUT HIM USING IT TO PROTECT HIS JOB, AND WAS REFERING TO PEOPLE HATING ON HIM BECAUSE HE SAYS WHAT HE WANTS AND WHEN HE WANTS. THIS ISN'T THE COURT OF LAW SIR ITS JUST A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE RECENT EVENTS. NO ONE ASKED YOU TO DEFINE WHAT THE 1ST AMENDMENT IS THANK YOU. I'M SURE YOUR NOT THE ONLY PERSON ON THIS DISCUSSION BOARD WITH A GED SMH.

AND FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW DO SOME RESEARCH FROM THE TIME CHAD DID THE BULK OF HIS TRASH TALK THERE WEREN'T MANY RECEIVERS WITH BETTER NUMBERS IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS. 9 OR 10 SEASONS WITH 1,000 THE ONE SEASON HE DIDNT HE WAS HURT SO IF THATS NOT BACKING UP YOUR MOUTH IDK WHAT IS.

OC Rondo led the league in assists last year not Nash but it was close.

I meant he had a higher avg per game 11.7 for Rondo to 10.7 for Nash.

Nash had more total (played in more games) but also led in turnovers.

The only two in the league to top 600.

thanks for nothing for not putting south korea in the medals standings. they had the 5th most golds. golds are what matters, not the overall numbers that can be inflated by silver and bronze.

also, the olympics official body said that every single country that participated earned at least one medal, so not sure why you are saying cote de ivory had zero since they didnt even participate in the olympics

Looks like Matt Moore might be starting the season this year.

I am ok with that unless Tannehill continues to show rapid improvement, it's his job to lose.

quis305, I'm talking about his time with NE and short stint with Fins. The guy appears to be on a downward trajectory in his personal. Hopefully he will be able to right himself before any major catastrophe results from his self-destructive behaviors.

addendum. Meant to say Chad appears on downward trajectory in his professional & personal life.

Thankfully, after Hardknocks tonight we can all move on from Chad and start focusing on football.

By the way I don't hate Chad. Why would I?

no need to explain anything dukes-ter, you're OK in my book.

Baby is right, we just need to talk football, 8-5 is gone..next man up !

I really think that two out of the following players will emerge at the WR position, Wallace, Pruitt, M Moore, Clyde Gates, Fuller or our two sever rounders.

I still have a concern about our O Line, our RG position is still a little suspect.

Tannehill should start friday, looking foward to it and I will also be ok with Moore starting against the Texans.

those of you that wanted to throw in the towel on the Dolphins after just one pre season game should pay attention to what's going on with the rest of the league, you see scores like 3-0, 7-6, 10-7...its the first game, you guys need to relax here.

also, if they need to add a veteran receiver they will be a bunch available when teams make their cuts..

FZB I think Matty will start Friday especially if they have him pencilled in to start the season which I think they do.

Is it just me or did Philbin have a serious "Freudian-slip" yesterday when he called the Dolphins "The Program"......

I thought this was Pro Football...its called The Franchise buddy.....

This guy is not ready to be a PRO head coach......

Although you're not very good at it, stick to sports. Your politics are going to put the Herald the rest of the way out of business. I just enjoyed a delicious chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A.

Orange Bowl, I don't supposed you have ever made a mistake or said something that sounded dumb at anytime in your life...right?

I mean, you're just a perfect human being for what I can tell.

Beatles rule !

Robert Thornton an all sports blog sounds kind of boring to me.

FZB - proofread your posts before calling someone 'ignorant', 'no elementary school', etc.

It's not a great look.

FZB- The mistake Ireland made was thinking this freak show had anything left in the tank. Now you have that no talent stiff Dansby up in arms, SAY WHAT!!! The bum should start making some stops on defense, then he can have some say in matters. Agree with Kazaam, you would of been better off signing Edwards instead of wasting time on Chad. I hear Chad was not picking up the Miami plays to well. Where have we heard that before.

Whoa Naples Haynesworth was a known slug with a rap sheet from here to Haines City and they brought his dead ass in and then signed him.

Dansby is a very good linebacker (better than anyone NE has) just defending his teammate.

And we paid him NOTHING.

It doesn't always work out with some players as you well know.

Let's all stop pretending that Braylon Edwards doesn't have baggage either.

Bring back the line item veto!!! Pres has very little 'real' power..

the reason I don't agree with the Dolphins signing Edwards either is because I want the young guys to play, I thought if Garrard played we have a good chance at 8-10 win season and be in contention for the playoffs but with Garrard out there is no chance of that.

He may still come back and be our starter but I'm for letting the young guys developed to see if we can find a play maker or two from what we have now..If they can't then that would be a priority in next year's draft.

again Naples, the signing of 8-5 was very low risk, non guarantee vet's minimum, he has been in camp one month and played one exibition game, the Dolphins didn't like what they saw and cut him, you guys on the other hand took a 5 mil dollar hit..ouch.

who looks smarter on that one Ireland or your Guy?

No chance of playoffs with Matt Moore FZB really with our schedule?

Of course there is a chance.

Not a great one but a chance.

Dolphins have the worst receiving corps in the league, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, and no one else.

If they're going to start Tannehill instead of completely wasting the 2012 season they need to bring him some help.

Good QB's make WR's what they are mostly.

A good QB can lead a team with subpar receivers to wins.

We just have to start working on the good QB part.

Baby, I supposed that with Moore at QB we still have a chance but I rather have Garrard as our starter...

Let's hope he can come back healthy and ready to go, I don't really wanna see Tannehill against that Texas defense....And good QB's do make receivers better, look at Brady, he made Welker, if he was in any other system he wouldn't be the same receiver.

Much rather have Garrard but when they say 2-4 weeks it usually means 4-8 weeks.

Maybe we will get lucky and Moore or Tannehill will win some games to keep us in it until he's ready.

Or one of those guys wins the job outright and we have no Garrard discussion.

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