It is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12. Hope all our military personnel get and feel the respect they deserve every day, not just on Veterans Day. 2) Congrats to Marlins' Jose Fernandez for winning NL rookie of the year. Deserved. 3) Click on Random Evidence for my latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with the Dolphins' Hell Week. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphin bullying scandal's affect on Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland, related poll, Incognito states his side of it & more. 5) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird), Vine (Greg Cote) and Facebook (Greg Cote).
Richie Incognito on Rodeo Drive: Click HERE for the TMZ video. (Worst job in America: Paparazzi).
DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G9: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 4.7 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Monday night's 22-19 loss at Tampa Bay putting the Dolphins' season record at 4- 5. That ties the season low set after a recent fourth straight loss. 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 a.m. today/Wednesday.
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.
Next poll: Nov. 17 following game vs. San Diego.
G9: DOLPHINS @ TAMPA BAY: MIAMI FAILS TO TURN DISTRACTION INTO VICTORY: Final: Much will be made of the negative impact of Bullygate on this game. That's the easy storyline. But that's also too easy an excuse for Miami. Dolphins started horribly and yet scrapped to a 19-15 lead. Where was the Bullygate distraction when the Dolphs had all the momentum then? Here is why they lost: Miami ran the ball 14 times for 2 yards. That is the worst running game in franchise history. (Repeat that last sentence). "It's hard to win in the NFL when you don't have any kind of balance," said coach Joe Philbin afterward. Meanwhile MIA's defense allowed the Bucs to run for 151 yards. That was the difference, not Bullygate. Don't get me wrong. This distraction did negatively impact the team, yes. But they came back to take the late lead. That sort of knocks the Bullygate crutch out from under you. ..... 4Q: Darrelle Revis picks off a Tanny bomb, and that's it. ... Tanny uni fairly clean tonight but that was awfully timed sack. ... A fair catch at the 5? Seriously? ... Dumb! Awful roughing-passer penalty against Phillip Wheeler on helmet hit. ... MIA's 19 unanswered points end with Bucs TD and 22-19 lead early in fourth Q. Bobby Rainey 1-yard run. ..... 3Q: Jimmy Wilson INT for Miami has Dolphs inside Bucs 10, but MIA settles for FG and 19-15 lead as quarter ebbs. ... Miami's first lead at 16-15 after Tanny to Matthews 19-ayrd TD pass and then failed 2-point throw to Mike (Invisble) Wallace. What up with Matthews tonight!? Eleven catches, two TDs for Rishard. ... Fins within 15-10, all mo' with MIA. Sagging Bucs reminding why they're winless. ... His name is Mr. Thigpen. ... His name is Brandon Fields. ..... Halftime: One great, late drive and Miami is right back in it. Tanny a sharp 15-19 but need a ground game. Dolphins have seven carries for zero yards. ..... 2Q: MIA finally does something. Ryan Tannehill 6-yard TD pass to Rishard Matthews and Dolphs within 15-7 late in half. Tanny 12 straight completions. ... "Everybody's havin' fun tonight for Tampa." --Jon Gruden. ... And it's 15-0. Dolphins falling flat. ... "Miami does not look ready to play." --Jon Gruden. ... Embarrassing. Daniel Thomas tackled in end zone for safety and 12-0 hole. ... Chris Clemons drops INT, then Bucs punt downed at MIA 2. That kind of night so far. ...... 1Q: Iffy interference call, but Brent Grimes giving up so much height to Vincent Jackson. ... "Miami better wake up." --Jon Guden. ... Bucs at 10-0 are gouging MIA's run defense right up the middle. ... T-Bay 7-0 when big fat tackle Donald Penn catches 1-yard TD pass from Mike Glennon. ... Bucs RB Mike James, ex-Cane, off in a cart in first series. Hard to say, but great news for Dolphins. ..... Original post: Have the Dolphins ever played a game under more bizarre circumstances? Can't quantify that, and it's rhetorical, but I'd say the answer would be no. Bullygate, starring aggressor Richie Incognito (suspended) and victim Jonathan Martin (on leave), has dominated the entire past week and served up a major distraction for the team. It's a scandalous national story with legs. It's about the sociology of football lockerroom culture. It's about race. It takes bullying out of the schoolyard to a whole new place. It could affect the futures of coach Joe Philbin and GM Jeff Ireland. This story is all of that and more, it isn't soon going away, and it's sure to get the Major Rehash tonight on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Almost forgot: there 's a game, too! And that's weird on its own, because Miami hardly is the only team surrounded by chaos tonight. The Bucs are 0-8, they've had a staph infection sweep through the lockerroom, and coach Greg Schiano is unpopular and fighting for his job. It's a perfectly delicious, so-awful-it's-great matchup! Weeks like the Dolphins have had can have a rallying affect on a team, and that's very possible tonight. But it's also impossible to predict. That's why this game has an anything-can-happen feel even more than most. Wouldn't surprise me if it was lopsided either way, a blowout by ... somebody. Having said that, Tampa Bay is home, has a decent defense, and rookie QB Mike Glennon has played well lately. Hey, Jacksonville won. Cows can fly. Hell Week continues. My pick was: Upset. Tampa Bay, 23-17.
OWNER ROSS SPEAKS, CALLS BULLYGATE A "NIGHTMARE": "We couldn't be going through a worse nightmare," Dolphins owner Stpehen Ross told the media this evening in Tampa in a pregame news conference. Other bullet points: Ross has appointed a committe that includes Don Shula, Tony Dungy, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin to investigate and develop a team code of conduct. He says racist slurs, bullying and harrassment will not be tolerated. He says he will meet with Jonathan Martin on Wednesday and was "appalled" when he first saw Incognito's text that included the N-word. Ross said, "Right now I have total confidence in my staff." The phrase right now" is interesting. So is the fact Ross specified support for coach Joe Philbin, but not for GM Jeff Ireland.
Poll result: Most think bullying scandal should cost Philbin or Ireland his job: We asked in the previous blogpost (you may still vote) if you thought the Dolphins bullying mess should cost coach Joe Philbin or GM Jeff Ireland their jobs, and I was surprised that most, 54.5 percent, answered "yes, no matter what." It was 15.1% for "yes, if team fails to make playoffs," 19.7% for a flat "no," and 10.7% for "maybe or undecided." That's strong support from only 1 in 5 fans. Ouch.
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