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September 21, 2012

Why the Jets are the Stinkin' Jets to me; plus 1 Dolphin and 3 Jets on most-overpaid list, Beinfest, Melky, secret life of Ed Hochuli & more

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DOLPHINS TO UPSET STINKIN' JETS: The Dolphins will upset the visiting Jets, 20-17, Sunday. Click on Week 3 Gems for all our latest picks, and on Attention Misdirection for my Friday Page NFL column. But I'm not here to restate why Miami will win. I'm here to explain why the Jets, to me, are the Stinkin' Jets. 1) It is good-natured hatred, if that's possible. Part of it is simply to tweak and antagonize in the spirit of civic sparring, I'll admit. This is a great 1aa1firemanedrivalry, Miami's best, fueled by the many transplants among us. Those same New Yorkers/Jets fan must constantly be reminded of the irony that they think New York is so damned wonderful and yet they choose to live in South Florida. Hmm. Actions and words, baby. 2) Jets fans have a spectacularly unearned arrogance about them. This is not a blanket criticism of New York fans. Yankees fans should be arrogant; their team's history justifies it. But Jets fans!? The Jets won their only Super Bowl following the 1968 season. A touch of humility would serve them well. Especially the ubquitous fat guy in the stretched-out Gastineau jersey. 3) Jets superfan "Fireman Ed" (pictured). Because nobody better personifies the aforementioned attitude of the NYJ fan-breed. 4) Coach Rex Ryan. Who better to represent and speak for Jets fans than an unapologetic blowhard? How are all those Super Bowl guarantees workin' out for ya, Rex? 5) Quarterback Mark Sanchez. I think Mark leads the NFL in GQ covers. He has the right media market and the right appearance to be a big star. If only there was any evidence of commensurate talent. So this is why the Jets are the Stinkin' Jets to me. I could go on but I gotta run. FedEx Office just called to say my order is ready. But now I'm concerned. Will 10,000 "We Want Tebow!" placards fit in a car trunk?

Poll result: Call Jeff Ireland Mr. Unpopularity: In the previous blogpost we asked your impression of Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland and 70.9 percent voted unfavorable vs. only 12.0% favorable. The other 17.1% said too-soon-to-say. Timing is everything in polls, and this one came on the heel of the controversy in which Ireland called a fan an "asshole." Then again, balancing that, it also came in the wake of a big home-opening victory. In any case, suffice to say Mr. Ireland could use an image makeover.

KARLOS DANSBY, 3 JETS ON 'MOST OVERPAID' LIST: Call Jets-Dolphins the Overpaid Bowl. Forbes 1aa1dansbyk(which loves lists) has a new one for NFL's Top 10 most-overpaid players of 2012, and 1-2 are Jets linebacker David Harris and Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby (pictured). List also includes Jets WR Santonio Holmes and CB Antonio Cromartie fifth and seventh. It's based on a look at the 169 players making at least $5 million this season, and their salary vs. productivity. Click on Easy Money for the Forbes piece. Dansby is a productive player. But I must admit life is good when one can make $10.7 million this season after having never made a single Pro Bowl.

GOOD FOR MELKY: Melky Cabrera, the San Francisco Giant suspended 50 games for PEDs, did a good, smart and unexpected thing today in withdrawing himself from consideration for the NL batting title -- which he was eligible to win despite his suspension. It is tactically smart, a way of fully admitting his wrongdoing and moving on. So many others have not been as smart.  

LORIA'S NON-DENIAL OF BEINFEST REPORT: USA Today reports Marlins president of baseball ops Larry Beinfest will be replaced and club owner Jeffrey Loria responds by saying he won't comment on a "ridiculous" rumor that has been "fabricated." Hmm. He could have simply said, "It isn't true." Instead he huffed and puffed over a report he'd have preferred not to have been published, but did not specifically deny said report. Beinfest will be a scapegoat for this awful season. He spent most of a decade making the best of shoestring player payrolls but won't survive the one year he had money but couldn't buy a winner.

1aa1edhTHE OTHER LIFE OF ED HOCHULI: The ongoing labor dispute that has the NFL using replacement officials has robbed us of seeing in action the league's best-known referee, Ed "Guns" Hochuli. So we bring you Ed in his other life, as a defense attorney. He is pictured here (in white jacket), alongside a lawyer friend of mine, Brad McCormick, at a conference this week in Phoenix. Given the impasse keeping him off football fields, you'll find ironic the title of the talk Ed presented, as per my friend: "Ethical Considerations In Mediations And Negotiations." Kid you not.

THE LADY AT THE CHEVRON: Filled up at the local station yesterday and about to drive away when I hear a rap on my window. An elderly lady is asking if I would pump her gas for her. Of course I would, and did. She was visibly distraught. I asked if everything was OK and she said she was 86, had just lost her husband of 61 years three months earlier and was so depressed. I mentioned my own mother was about her age and we'd lost my father and that things do get better -- realizing even as the words came out that everybody says that. Anyway, I told her to have faith in better days, she thanked me and I drove off. Later I had regrets. I wished I had asked if she had family in town. I wished I had given her a business card with my cell phone number and invited her to call me for any reason. I had learned a lesson. Sometimes it isn't enough to do a good deed. Sometimes you have to do a little more.

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I can't see Hochuli's guns when he's wearing a long cream colored jacket.

Greg Sanchez has been to two AFC Title Games I would say there is evidence of commensurate talent with Sanchez just not consistency.

THE KISS OF DEATH !!!!

Well now that Cote just picked the Dolphins to win I can assure you guys that doom and gloom will surely fall on the Dolphins on sunday, thanks a lot Cote.

Karlos Dansby is an OK LB but he is not worth the money he is making and before any of you guys says that's an Ireland decision I will tell you for a fact that was Parcells call all the way, Parcells had a man crush on Dansby since he was at Dallas.

and speaking of Ireland, no need to explain the results of the poll Cote, most fans just have blinders on and have a hard time thinking for themselves, they just follow along and believe anything and everything the media puts out there, sorry guys..

the story of you and the old lady was nice, and I do agree with you that too many times we feel that is not our business to help someone else even do we want to do it, I will take it to heart and try to do a little more from now on.

Agreed FZB Dansby isn't worth 10 mil per year but he's on our team all we can do is hope that he has a good year which he is doing so far.

Wonder if he takes the hometown discount next year if not we will need a LB desperately.

I attended a focus group yesterday with a woman who works as an usher at Marlins games.She commented that more people seem to be coming to games to see the park rather than to see the Marlins. My own view is that Marlins owners run the team as a "puppy farm", where they bring in young players and then "sell them" before local fans have time to get attached to a favorite player. The Marlins owners are at fault for the team's lack of success. The Miami Heat are my example of a well run team--and they have the productivity to prove it.

Thanks Greg for the picture and story about Ed. I didn't know he was a defense attorney. Nice. It's amazing all the ways that people make a living in this great country of ours.

FZB i thought you said this was Dansby's last year here?

This from wikipedia:

On March 5, 2010, Dansby signed with the Miami Dolphins to a five-year, $43 million contract with $22 million guaranteed, which made it the richest contract for an inside linebacker in NFL history until Patrick Willis signed a five-year, $50 million contract.

Looks like we have him through 2014.

Baby,

QB's take time to mature and become consistent, M Ryan, J Flacco, M Sanchez even C Newton etc, I remember Eli Manning first couple of years the fans in NY wanted to get rid of the guy but look at him now.

I wanna remind you guys that Tannehill will be facing a talented defense on sunday, if the kid struggles is not because he's a bust, its just part of the process for him...havind said that I think the key to the game will be our offensive line, if they show up and we get get a running game going the game will be even, that will be the key.

I sure hope Cote doesn't put the whammy on us with his prediction, lol

Baby,

I thought I had read somewhere that Dansby was going to be a free agent but according to what you posted he'll be back next year, well, even if he comes back we'll still have about 60 mil available to sign our own free agents so I guess we won't have to worry about a middle LB which is a plus, he is solid but a little bit over paid.

woodcock,

Is OC reimbursing you for gas money???

did you see his last post?..he was a little hot under the collar with me because I called him out on my son Ireland, he he..

Woodcock if anyone disagrees with Ed at trial he just flexes and then they give in.

Bravo! You heart felt description of the senior lady at the gas station gives me reason to believe that there are still many nice people in this world. Thank You for sharing the real world and not just sports! It was a very nice gesture!
PS - Dont want to offend you by the compliments!!!!!!!

FZ, had to drive all the way to Long Beach to pick up the Golden Boy and the Stiffer of the Week. Then I had to drive them to Mission Viejo which is 56 miles from Manhattan Beach. Then I had to drive all the way back and to make matters worse they closed the freeway and I didn't get home until 11:30. Now for the kicker. Young OC who has been basically poontanging all summer at OC's pad training for when the real poontanging begins in earnest at the co-ed UCLA dorm next week, DID NOT HAVE ANY COLD BREWSKIES AT OC'S PAD WHEN I FINALLY GOT THERE! Come on man, I know that he has other things on his mind but a well stocked fridge brimming with 12 packs is a requirement for any self respecting kid that wins the lotto when his parents leave him alone with the keys to the pad when they hightail it to tumbleweeds.

Baby, you know that Ed's a classic and almost a cartoon character. Not too many refs are known by the fans like Ed is. Nice to know that in his "real job" he's a member of the bar. Impressive.

Speaking of refs what is your opinion of this thing?

I am not positive but it's about pension benefits I believe.

Are they receiving them now and if so why are they complaining?

I don't know of any part time employees in any sector that receive a pension/ 401 k for part time employment.

I have a cousing going to the Canes game tomorrow, he lives in Atlanta, told him to get drunk tonight so he can fell no pain tomorrow.

I think is going to be a long afternoon for by boys in orange and green, I hope I'm wrong.

I think you are right Baby, it has to do with pension benefits and I hope they can come to an agreement soon.

here is my prediction, I'm going to be a homer and say

Dolphins 19 and the Jets 13

we rush for over 100 yards, our offense plays it close to the vest and golden boy T-Hill has a solid game.

Miami 24

NY Jests 14

Just don't call him T-Sizzle FZB.

Cote, that story of the lady at the chevron station, trumps all the sports stories in todays blog. Kudos to you. Your parents did it right in bringing you up.

The liberal slant thing though that's all him.

Had not read the gas station story until now. Props to you Greg. Don't feel bad you did the best you could at the time and that's all anyone can do. I would like to think that everyone that reads this blog would have done the same thing that you did. I take care of my 87 year old mother and it's the most rewarding job that I do. You did the right thing, buddy.

THE EARTH IS NOT FLAT, IT IS ROUND, THAT'S A TRUE FACT.

Uglyaqua, See I'm learning to be a pragmatic, I'm learning to deal with facts and not fiction, you should be proud of me.

Baby,

Don't worry, I won't call our boy T-Sizzle, that's Dashi's deal..lol

ANOTHER LOCAL MAKES IT PAST THE DOLPHINS:

this guy is grounded and if he made the redskins as a wideout, odds are he would have made the dolphins:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/redskins-rookie-alfred-morris-still-driving-1991-mazda-212015811--nfl.html

Mr. Woodcock,

stanford already, oregon and UCLA (smarting after 50-0 last year, a really stupid lane kiffin move piling it on in a rivalry match) probables, and here looks like a possibility for anothet USC loss:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--castigated-at-michigan--rich-rodriguez-is-finding-redemption-at-arizona.html

USC may implode this year. as the alumnus predicted, 2-3 conference losses and never a sniff at the game for the vase. hate lane, despise monte and if they do have a crummy (3 loss season), time to look to boise state for the next head coach. a shame that the ir kickers cost them two undefeated regualer seasons, or kellen moore would probably acclaimed the greatest college QB ever, and he just might be despite boise being relegated to las vegas bowls due to injuries and horrible place-kicking. watching him with doug moore and the two wideouts now in the NFL scoring under two minute touchdowns was a thing of beauty to this fan who likes running and defense.

KAZAAM, JUST FOR YOU FROM SI's "SPEED ISSUE":

re: jeff saturday, center of the colts and now of the packers:

"once considered too small for the NFL, saturday has proved the value of leverage and quickness over brute power".

""he's got exceptional quickness because he was a wrestler. and he gets lower than the other guy"

article notes saturday "tipped over" the very good vince wilfork on the joseph addai TD that sent the ccolts to the SB.

the ole shadow has been harping about quickness, leverage, intelligence and getting under the opponent for years on this blog.

you can have all the big fat slobs of today and i'll still take the dolphins offensive line of 72-74. don't care that they would be "outsized" by the fatsos of today; the fatsos would just be easier to "tip over".

Mr.Woodcock,

UM+14 versus ga tech? i am taking the canes. am 1-0 in the colleges after syracuse came close to the unraveling trojans. why i am taking UM and the points:

1. ga tech is not a "juggernaut" this season as in seasons past (yet) having given many players to the NFL.their QB stinks, to put it mildly.

2. methinks that UM is not that much younger/inexperienced than ga tech for the above stated reason.

3. al groh has them playing good defense, at least against va tech, but there is no defense against mr. duke johnson "specials", whether on kick-offs or runs from scrimmage or his overlooked pass-catching ability.

and so,on record i go as taking UM and the points, all 14 of them.

From your mouth to God's ear. Happy Rosh Hashanah to you and Dapper Dave in LA.

Mazel Tov.

Shadow,

Your taking the points but not the Canes to win, dummy you are not.

Woodcock, I started drinking already, I wanna be numb by the time the game rolls around @ 3 pm tomorrow..

its funny because you guys all know me as mr. positivo around here but I just don't see my Canes pulling this one off, I think Kazaam and uglyaqua are rubbing off on me, I need a "despojo".

Baseball people all know the truth...The "FISH" rot from the head down...it is easily the worst organization in baseball...there are some good baseball people within the organization who simply can't do their job because of the Loria and his side kick Mutley...
I bought season tickets...i haven't been to a game since June...and I won't be back, except when I want to go watch a real team...

THE KISS OF DEATH !!!!

Well now that Cote just picked the Dolphins to win I can assure you guys that doom and gloom will surely fall on the Dolphins on sunday, thanks a lot Cote.

Posted by: FZB | September 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Agree Mr.FZB
I'll bet my money on the JETS,JETS,JETS this sunday knowing Cote is Truely the..
KISS OF DEATH
THE FOUNTAIN OF MISSINFORMATION
THE GURU OF "OPPS"
He is like Homer Simpson(But not as funny)
Thanks Alot COTE..

Did I hear right hat the Dolphins are blacked out locally? Against the facing Jets? Seriously? Gawd Dolphin fans suck!

The Dolphins’ 111-game regular-season streak of avoiding TV blackouts will survive another week.

Granted a 24-hour extension by the NFL, the Dolphins sold the 51,000 tickets required to lift the blackout for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Under a new NFL rule, the Dolphins must sell only 85 percent of non-premium seats for the game to be televised. The team said “good tickets” remain for the game.

Nope.

Tom,

we are all going to be watching the Dolphins dismantle the stinkin Jets (hopefully)...

Anti- you better do your thing to insure the Dolphins win, you know maybe a little vudo ceremony or something, nothing major...

Cote,
Had an experience such as yours, different specifics, same regrets.
I'd like to think we're both better for it now.
You'll get another opportunity. I did.

I add my Happy New Year good wishes to Woody's good wishes for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

On another subject, watching tape of the Jets v Steelers, the Steelers tight man to man (they have the man power) was deadly to the Jets.
IO just wish we could do the same, instead of the 5 yards of the receivers approach we have. Keller will kill us if we play that way.

don't know what to expect tomorrow; feel like the season is a wash. sunday though, i think we are beating the jets.
nice touch with the last story on the blog, greg. you're a good dude.
thanks woody for the new years greeting. l'shana tova shadow.
and baby? calling cote a liberal after that post, which was ANYTHING but political? you're a pathetic douche bag who still doesn't know squat about the NBA..

I don't think that old lady should be driving a car.

New Years? What New Years in August? Ahhh, Polish New Years.

the U vs GaTech should be a fun matchup.

Dolphins 61 Jets 13

Was watching Miami beat Oakland Sunday. Noticed Soliai creating havoc despite Raiders attempted double teams on the big DT. Randy Starks did an excellent job of holding his own at the line.
Offensive linemen Pouncey & Incognito are playing great and were the key at creating a seam for Bush getting consistant positive yards. John Jerry started slow in the offseason to the tune of getting cut because of his weight. Jerry has been highlighed or lowlighted on HBO's hard knocks as fat & overwhelmed puking on camera during practice. Jerry has Manned Up and lost some weight and improved with each preseason game & first 2 season games. Martin played better week 2 against Oakland and coaches say he is constantly improving. Jake Long had some dominating play and some terrible whiffs. He reminds me an old, fat Babe Ruth swinging for the fences every at bat. Babe got some ugly strikeouts and some monstrous home runs. Long DOESN'T PLAY to the best of his ability.

Nice of you to help a lady suffering from dementia. She excaped from an Alltimers ward stealing her caretakers car. You helped facilitate her running over 6 people in a mall parking lot before Mall Cop got her. Observe & Report.

I like Jeff Ireland. I don't have a man crush on him like FZB does. FZB has a picture of Ireland next to lotion & box of kleenex tissue on night stand.

Que hijo de puta, Manny. Still laughing.

Oye Kaz, make sure you put some super glue on your hands when you go rock climbing. I wouldn't want you to get hurt. Can I ask you a question Kaz, wtf would you climb up some rock instead of walking up the stairs? Better yet, why don't you just take the freaking elevator. "There's old bulls and young bulls."

The other day when they were doing the obits on Neil Armstrong there was an anecdote of a young lady who came up to Armstrong and told him that she was a skydiver and had jumped out of an airplane six times. "On purpose? I don't know why anyone would want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane."

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