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November 26, 2012

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: 81.3%

[1) It is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26. Find our main Dolphins-Seahawks game post directly below in the blog. 2) See results of our season-final Canesfan Satisfaction Meter poll two posts below this in the blog. 3) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

Dolphins' Amaya arrested: TMZ first reported Dolphins backup safety Jonathon Amaya was arrested around 4:30 a.m. today on Miami Beach for allegedly trying to choke a cab driver. Based on his amount of playing time, he's barely a Dolphin. And might not be for much longer, after this.

DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G11: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter, and they show 81.3 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 24-21 victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks putting Miami's season record at 5-6. That is the highest total since Game 7. The DSM, in its fifth year, is continuous weekly gauge of how fans are feeling about the Dolphins and their direction. Right after each game I invite you to share your overall degree of satisfaction. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest fans consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, the season as a whole, the direction the club is heading and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Polls never close (you may still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Tuesday.

2012 Dolfan Satisfaction Meter

G1: 17.2% (4.4-v, 12.8-s) following 30-10 loss at Houston.

G2: 90.6% (47.1-v, 43.5-s) following 35-13 victory vs. Oakland.

G3: 43.8% (7.2-v, 36.6-s) following 23-20 loss (OT) vs. N.Y. Jets.

G4: 67.4% (18.3-v, 49.1-s) following 24-21 loss (OT) at Arizona.

G5: 93.1% (43.9-v, 49.2-s) following 17-13 victory at Cincinnati.

G6: 96.7% (52.2-v, 44.5-s) following 17-14 victory vs. St. Louis.

G7: 98.3% (80.9-v, 17.4-s) following 30-9 victory at N.Y. Jets.  

G8: 66.9% (21.3-v, 45.6-s) following 23-20 loss at Indianapolis.

G9: 17.3% (3.4-v, 13.9-s) following 37-3 loss vs. Tennessee.

G10: 12.0% (4.2-v, 7.8-s) following 19-14 loss at Buffalo.

G12: 81.3% (25.5-v, 55.8-s) following 24-21 victory vs. Seattle.

Next poll: Dec. 2 following game vs. New England.

Previous final season results for overall satisfaction:

2011: 34.9%

2010: 3.8%

2009: 31.2%

2008: 96.9%

G11: Dolphins 24, Seattle 21 (Final): Miami wins as Dan Carpenter celebrates birthday with 42-yard FG as time expires!

[1) It is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25. Voting continues in season-finale Canesfan Satisfaction Meter poll in blogpost directly below this. Vote now! 2) Notre Dame coming to BCS national-championship game in Miami. This is not a bad thing. Love or hate the Irish, they'll be huge for interest (local and national) and TV ratings. 3) Join us on Twitter@gregcote]

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: New poll starting today at 4:30: Watch for the latest DSM in a separate blogpost beginning today at 4:30 p.m. sharp!

G11: SEATTLE @ DOLPHINS: Final: Big second half by Tannehill, who finishes with 253 yards passing and leads winning drive. Team rushes for 189 yards. Big day by Davone Bess. Just enough defense. Nice win, perhaps rekindling playoff hopes, however faint. ..... 4Q: Dolphins win 24-21 on Dan Carpenter 24-yard FG as time expires. Happy birthday, Dan. This isn't one you'll forget. ... Game tied 21-21 on 80-yard Miami scoring drive capped by 29-yard Ryan Tannehill TD strike to Charles Clay. ... Bang! Dolfans not even done celebrating tying TD when SEA's Leon Washington returns kickoff 98 yards for TD and Dolphins down 21-14 with 7:54 to play. ... Huge luck for Miami! Tied 14-14 on Daniel Thomas 3-yard TD run with 8 minutes left after a Tannehill INT in end-zone is negated by a roughing-passer penalty. Tannehill has never been happier to be roughed. ... The big question isn't who'll win. It's how many sports writers will be able to avoid writing sprinklers-come-on jokes. ..... 3Q: Oy! Sprinklers come on during game, interupting play and soaking field for about 30 seconds. Not sure whose, but I hear somebody's head rolling. ... Seattle with its first lead, 14-7, on Russell Wilson 4-yard scoring toss to a wide-open Michael Robinson. ..... Half: Miami 89 yards rushing in first half but a mere 68 passing. ..... 2Q: SEA ties it 7-7 in final minute on 3-yard scoring pass from Russell Wilson to Anthony McCoy, after Jared Odrick misses a shoulda-been sack. ... Reggie Bush awakens crowd with artful 21-yard scoring run and a 7-0 Dolphins lead, capping 94-yard drive. ... Am about to take up a collection in the press box to pay one onf these teams to score. ... 1Q: First quarter a puntfest, snoozy even by scoreless-game standards. ... Ryan Tannehill intercepted on MIA's second series, his sixth pick in past nine quarters. ..... Pregame: As promised on the radio, the parade of popcorn has begun! ... Club just announced that $2.2 million was raised for cancer research through the Dolphins Cycling Challenge. Michael Mandich, your father Jim would be proud of you, and if this community. ..... Original post: The playoffs are running away from Miami. Fast. At 4-6 after three straight losses, the Dolphins now are a home underdog vs. visiting Seattle today, then host New England and play at 1aa1dolseaSan Francisco. In other words the record could tumble to 4-9 real quick if today slips away. So it is time to think of this season not in terms of any unlikely playoff run but in terms of what we learn this year moving forward. And that starts with rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. He seems to have regressed a bit lately and today he faces a fellow rookie arm in the Seahawks' Russell Wilson. For those reason, as I wrote Friday in this column, Sunday would be a very good day for Tannehill to be very good. Won-lost record aside, Dolfans are hungry for reasons to be believe, and that starts with the quarterback. Win or lose today, we are looking for signs -- affirmation -- that Tannehill is the right guy long term. My pick: Seattle, 23-17.

Live blog Q&A-chat No. 10 has ended; next chat Dec. 3

Live blog chat No. 10 has ended: Thanks to all who made today another jam-packed hour. Click into 'Comments' section below for a transcript. See ya'll right back here next Monday at 1.

Canesfan Satisfaction Meter (Final 2012): 80.9%

Monday live blog chat: We do it again today 1-2 p.m. Please do NOT post chat questions here. wait for separate live-chat post beginning around 12:45. Thanks.

[1) It is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26. Find our main Collball Week 13 post, featuring UM-Duke and Florida's win over FSU, two spots below in the blog. Directly below: Our latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter poll. 2) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G12 / SEASON FINAL: Results are certified in the latest and final Canesfan Satisfaction Meter, and they show 80.9 percent overall satisfaction for the season in the wake of Saturday's 52-45 victory at Duke. That put UM's final 2012 1aa1csm12record at 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the ACC with a share of the conference's Coastal Division title. The overall plus rating is the highest -- by a lot --in our four years of CSM polls in the blog, indicating, to me, a strong affirmation of coach Al Golden and what he is doing. Our CSM polls are your invitation after every Hurricanes game to vote on your overall satisfaction with the team and season in a continuing weekly gauge of how UM football fans are feeling. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest you consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, program's direction, and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Special emphasis in this final poll should be given to the season as a whole, with no penalty to the team (we'd suggest) for the university electing to self-impose a postseason ban. Polls never close (you may still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 11 a.m. today/Monday. Thanks to the thousands of fans who participated in our 2012 CSM polls, and we'll see you again next season.

2012 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter

G1: 93.9% (40.9-v, 53.0-s) following 41-32 victory at Boston College.

G2: 14.7% (7.0-v, 7.7-s) following 52-13 loss at Kansas State.

G3: 50.2% (7.5-v, 42.7-s) following 38-10 victory vs. Bethune-Cookman.

G4: 95.9% (61.0-v, 33.9-s) following 42-36 OT victory at Georgia Tech.

G5: 95.2% (49.6-v, 45.6-s) following 44-37 victory vs. North Carolina St.

G6: 29.4% (9.1-v, 20.3-s) following 41-3 loss vs. Notre Dame in Chicago.

G7: 17.0% (5.3-v, 11.7-s) following 18-14 loss vs. North Carolina.

G8: 39.4% (8.3-v, 31.1-s) following 33-20 loss vs. Florida State.

G9: 85.1% (30.3-v, 54.8-s) following 30-12 victory vs. Virginia Tech.

G10: 15.5% (5.2-v, 10.3-s) following 41-40 loss at Virginia.

G11: 73.5% (24.6-, 48.9-s) following 40-9 victory vs. South Florida.

G12/Season Final: 80.9% (24.4-v, 56.5-s) following 52-45 victory at Duke. 

Final season results:

2012: 80.9% overall satisfaction (following 7-5 season)

2011: 22.1% overall satisfaction (following 6-6 season)

2010: 4.2% overall satisfaction (following 7-6 season)

2009: 41.7% overall satisfaction (following 9-4 season)