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Jimmie Johnson wins sixth NASCAR title at Homestead: NASCAR's Championship Sunday was vroooming about an hour southwest of Dolphins stadium Sunday, with points leader Jimmie Johnson getting a sixth Sprint Cup season title. Click on Becoming The Best for my column on Johnson's triumphant day.
Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: See the (sad, season-low) results of latest CSM poll in blogpost directly below this one.
Dolphins investigator Ted Wells speaks!: NFL-appointed Bullygate investigator Ted Wells this morning issued the following statement: "We look forward to meeting with Dolphins players, coaches and staff in order to get the facts and prepare a thorough and fair report. The Dolphins organization has been very helpful in arranging the interviews and urging their personnel to cooperate with the investigation." Wells has asked all Dolphins personnel to not comment on the investigation.
DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G10: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 42.4 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 20-16 victory vs. San Diego putting the Dolphins' season record at 5-5. The DSM, in its sixth season, is a 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, season as a whole, 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 9:30 a.m. today/Tuesday.
2013 DSM Results
G1: 86.5% (20.3-v, 66.2-s) following 23-10 victory at Cleveland.
G2: 98.8% (71.9-v, 26.9-s) following 24-20 victory at Indianapolis.
G3: 99.0% (78.2-v, 20.8-s) following 27-23 victory vs. Atlanta.
G4: 58.2% (18.8-v, 39.4-s) following 38-17 loss at New Orleans.
G5: 33.5% (4.3-v, 29.2-s) following 26-23 loss vs. Baltimore.
G6: 6.5% (3.8-v, 2.7-s) following 23-21 loss to Buffalo.
G7: 4.7% (3.0-v, 1.7-s) following 27-17 loss at New England.
G8: 50.3% (8.2-v, 42.1-s) following 22-20 OT victory vs. Cincinnati.
G9: 4.7% (3.6-v, 1.1-s) following 22-19 loss at Tampa Bay.
G10: 42.4% (7.2-v, 35.2-s) following 20-16 victory vs. San Diego.
Next poll: Nov. 24 following game vs. Carolina.
G10: SAN DIEGO @ DOLPHINS: Final: A huge, huge win for Miami today. It was that in the playoff chase and, as much, it was that for a team, a lockerroom that was dealing not only with five losses in the previous six games but with the Bullygate scandal. Ryan Tannehill was good enough today, with 268 yards and a TD, the running game picked up (104 yards, 5.5. per), Charles Clay caught six passes for 90 yards and a score, and the defense was good enough. A great team effort, and a proper finish. ..... Halftime: Dolphins defense playing reasonably well and tattered, makeshift O-line allowed only two sacks, a manageable number. Tannehill fairly sharp but for the one pickoff. Win within reach. They'd better close the deal a hell of a lot better than they did six days ago in Tampa. ..... Original post: There are reasons tangible and intangible why today is so crucial to the Dolphins. Tangibly, Miami and San Diego both are 4-5 and angling for that sixth and final AFC East playoff spot. With a win today and two games left against the Stinkin' Jets -- who lost 37-14 at Buffalo today to fall to 5-5 -- the Dolphins would be
closer to in control if they come out of this at .500. Come out of this 4-6 and you're a longshot again. This is the thing lost in the ongoing brouhaha that is Bullygate, with ESPN saying offensive line coach Jim Turner is part of the NFL investigtation and people calling for Tony Dungy to come in and clean house: The Dolphins still have a real shot at the playoffs by winning today. Intangibly, this beleaguered franchise and its frazzled fans desperately need something good to happen after two weeks of Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin hell and five losses in the past six games. The news that center Mike Pouncey is out today with kidney and gall bladder issues is just the latest wave of woe as an already depleted offensive line takes another huge hit. The line was bad even with Pouncey, Incognito and Martin. Now it's a fire drill for Ryan Tannehill and the running game. Despite it all, I like home-'dog Miami in a slight upset in today's 4:05 start. Part of it just the plain hunch that the Dolphins are due for someting good to happen. But some of it is X's and O's stuff. The Chargers defense allows the highest opponent passer rating in the NFL, and the Bolts' run-D allows 4.8 yards per carry. There is a big opportunity today for Tannehill, Mike Wallace, Lamar Miller and the rest if the rag-tag line can give Tanny sufficient time. The young QB was asked this week what he'd say to frustrated Dolfans inundated with the embarrassment of Bullyagte. "Hang in there," he said. Well, make it easier fot them to do that, Ryan. Win today. Winning doesn't cure tall. But it's the essential start. My pick was: Upset. Miami, 24-21.
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