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March 05, 2014

Thu pm 3-6: Two reasons LeBron should avoid Cleveland event; plus WGC/Doral update, Luongo trade, Herald, SI's pimping & more

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Darkness ends incomplete first round at WGC/Doral: Severe weather this afternoon including a tornado warning suspended play at 2:22 p.m. in the World Golf Championship event at Doral, but it play resumed at 4:46 p.m. before darkness ended the round just before 6. Only six of 69 golfers completed the first round. Five golfers will be tied for the lead at 3-under when play resumes Friday morning. Tiger Woods was 2-over, five strokes off the pace.

WHY LEBRON SHOULD AVOID SATURDAY'S EVENT IN CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers are retiring Zydrunas Ilkgauskas' No. 11 jersey Saturday night in Cleveland, and his longtime teammate and good friend 

1aa1alebronbigzLeBron James is pondering whether to attend. He'd like to be there. (The Heat, on the road, are off Friday and Saturday but play in nearby Chicago Sunday). There is zero doubt in mind that LeBron wants to be there for all the right reasons: simply to honor and respect his friend. They're pictured in their one shared season in Miami after seven as teammates in Cleveland. Now here are two reasons LeBron should avoid that event: 1) It would make the night about LeBron and totally take attention away from Ilkgauskas. That's reality. The fan reaction and media coverage would be all about LeBron. 2) It would send the message, whether intended or not, of another olive branch from LeBron to Cavs fans. It would become the latest circumstantial evidence in what will be the increasing debate over whether James might leave Miami in free agency after this season, and where he might go. My solution: Take the day off Friday to quietly visit your friend in Cleveland, LeBron. Have lunch. See a movie. Go through old scrapbooks. Then, on Saturday night, let Ilkgauskas have his spotlight while you're with your team getting rest and preparing for the Bulls.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: PANTHERS' SMART TRADE FOR LUONGO: [Update: Panthers yesterday traded goalie Tim Thomas, 39, to Dallas, a day after Luongo's acquisition made Thomas imminently expendable]. Reacquiring goaltender Roberto Luongo, a Panthers fixture in 2002-06, no doubt is popular with fans, and it's smart -- even though it 1aa1aluongomight not appear to be at a casual glance. At a glance you might wonder why a team out of the playoff race and supposedly forward-thinking would make a trade for a 34-year-old goalie and in turn trade away a goalie, Jacob Markstrom, who just turned 24 and supposedly was your netminder of the future? Here's the answer: Luongo wanted to return here (his wife is local), is playing very well and has several years left. And it had become obvious Markstrom would not be the long-term solution they'd hoped. The Cats stil need to develop that long-term answer, but in the short term they'll have much better goaltending to augment a nuclues of young, rising stars including Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Dmitry Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson.

SHAMELESS SHILLING I: MIAMI HERALD SPORTS SCORES IN APSE AWARDS: The annual Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 1aa1aheraldsportsnational awards announced this week are like the Oscars for sports journalism, and l'm pleased to say the Miami Herald for 2013 was named Top 10 in Daily and Special sections and honorable mention in Sunday sections. No other South Florida paper scored in any of those big-three categories. The Orlando Sentinel (Special sections) was the only other state paper to go Top-10 in any of the three. I'm honored to work on a staff of (mostly) great people led by our executive sports editor, Jorge Rojas.

1aa1aproseSHAMELESS SHILLING II: SI DEVOTES COVER TO PIMPING ITS OWN BOOK: Sports Illustrated's latest cover is on Pete Rose, on the 25th anniversay of his banishment from baseball. OK, fine. Slow news week. (Aside to SI: LeBron had a 61-point game). Not so fine? That the cover is a shameless pimp-job for a new book, "Pete Rose: An American Dilemma," coming out March 11. The author: SI assistant managing editor Kostya Kennedy. Tthe publisher: SI Books.

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Good morning from The Sea of Tranquility. For those of you too young to be familiar with the Sea of Tranquility it is a reference to three broken bones in dukey's ankle and plenty of Percocet. Not quite Qaauludes but when in pain beggars can't be choosey...

that sounds painful Dukito, get well soon my brother.

ps-don't forget about Jack Daniels, he can ease your pain also.

on Pete Rose...NO QUESTION that he belongs in the hall of fame...

Yeah but Jack Daniels can also cause another break...

draft talk...

I've looking a some "mock drafts" the last couple of days ( yeah I know I have no life) and most experts think the Dolphins will draft Zack Martin from ND.

I talked to my NFL amigo about him and he gave the pick a big, huge tums up, said the guy is just a terrific football player and can play any position on the O Line, said some teams have him rated as a great center prospect also.

also, apparently there will be some good choices on the O Line all the way down to the 5th round which is good news.

I saw where Ireland would be selecting Joey Buttafuoco and try to convert him into a muffinfuoco where he still working for the Dolphins.

"Dapper Dave, I'm going to get the runs if I read another sentence from you about runs.

We get the point son, you'd like Miami to hire Barry Switzer and install the wishbone."

you DON'T get the point woody, as evidenced by that comment.
a balanced attack would have been just fine; and would have resulted in a play off berth.

well at least you guys can't be blaming Ireland any more, it all falls on the black widow now..

hey, where is everybody?

Woody you got the point. The real problem his is the pointee is pointless which he doesn't get.

FZB

You blamed Parcells after he left. Why the inconsistency?

I doubt the Dolphins go OL with the first pick. My guess is they deal with the OL in free agency. As we learned last year, first round OTs don't necessarily work out the first year. And we are all aware that Philbin has one year. He really can't wait for rookie OLs to develop. Too bad you know who didn't address this glaring deficiency last year.

tom?
i've said it countless times.
my criticism of the coaches and playcalling have been echoed by beat writers, national journalists, formoer players, GM's, and current ones as well.
there is nothing pointless about it, and you are alone in that opinion, (save for a few fans you have here).
looks like there's way more weight to the folks agreeing with ME than YOU.
ireland made mistakes; the coaches made bigger ones, and those are the ones responsible for our 8-8 record.

winning teams have a balanced attack, PERIOD.
the only other teams that threw as much as we did had losing records, get it?

Davone Bess out in Cleveland

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10554577/davone-bess-released-cleveland-browns

Pretty sad what has happened to Davone.

Miami threw the ball 594 times.

Denver 675. 61% of plays were passing plays.
New Orleans 651. 62.5% of plays were passing plays
New England 628. 58% of plays passing plays

The empirical evidence just does not support your blanket assertion.

Tom, your the figures you've cited point to how the most efficient offenses run their teams. Balance is always good, but frankly, the elite have moved on. Seattle has proven that one could have the most explosive offense known to man and a rock-em-soc-em defense would make them look like an 0 & 16 team.

Greg what you and others are missing is that LeBron James may have political aspirations as he's been quoted more then once on the subject. He can only achieve what he wants politically in Ohio and that should give you more direction in your opinions.

LeBron James barely has a high school education, has no political aspirations, and has never said he had politics aspirations.

FZB, you've got a music library on your phone, don't you? Which artists and songs clock in -currently - on your device as the most played?

The questions apply to all.

As for my iPhone:

Silversun Pickups, Lazy Eye, Panic Switch, Substitution
Kings of Leon, Closer ( my ringtone), Sex on Fire
Robert Plant, Big Log
David Bowie, China Girl
Duran Duran, Come Undone
Phantogram, Mouth Full of Diamonds
Metallica, Nothing Else Matters

Greg Cote, if Lebron were a good friend of yours, don't ask Lebron to come your retirement party even if he wanted to and could, because it might take away from the event.

nice try, tom.
why didn't you include OUR pass percentage like you did for new orleans, new england and denver?
i know why.
because OUR percentage was 65.2%.
higher than new england, denver, and new orleans.
that means those genius coaches felt we should be passing more than manning, brees and brady.
kind of what i've been complaining about since week 5.
thanks for proving my point!
the ONLY TWO TEAMS with a higher passing percentage were atlanta and cleveland.

here's your "empirical evidence" that ABSOLUTELY proves my assertion.
http://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/passing-play-pct

i'll give you ONE GUESS as to who lead the league with the lowest passing percentage.
yep. seattle.
once again, i'm glad you see things my way, finally.
bill polian, nick, manny and everyone else are happy you've come around

Ohhmmm OC..

I'm happy to report I still don't own an I-Phone or any other of those "fancy" do all so called "phones" which are nothing more than annoying little computers and no, I have no "musica" at all on it...chit I don't even receive text messages..hehe

HOWEVER....I'm actually thinking of getting my first in june since my contract is up and I'm eligible for a free update...

On your music library..of your list the only one's that tickle my toes are Robert Plant, Duran Duran and Mettalica...

And Tom..you mention the Broncos, NE and the Saints pass more than 60%?.. Yup, those three teams also happen to have three hall of famer's ...Brady, Manning and Brees..those guys are phenomenal..running the football is an essential part of a successful offense.

math is not your strong suit I see. We passed 594 times. we ran 349 times for a total of 943 plays. That means we passed 63% of our plays. Almost identical to New Orleans and Denver. Your point dap is not a valid one. There are good teams that throw more than Miami and throw an almost equal percentage of plays.

Let's take Denver and New Orleans. What is different about their teams from Miami? Denver scored 13 pts a game more than their opponents (16 in the 13 games they won). New Orleand outscored their opponents 7 point a game (15 in the 11 games they won). Miami was OUTSCORED by their opponents by 1 point per game. And in the games they won they won by only 7 points a game.

The point of all of this is almost every Miami game was competitive to the very end. On the other hand Denver and New Orleans blew out a lot of their opponents. What do teams that are way ahead do in the late 3rd and 4th qtrs? Come on new you now the answer, you can say it. Come on now you can admit it...THEY RUN. Their base offense when the games are competitive is about 2/3rds 1/3rd pass to run.

So admit it to all of us that passing teams can win. It's ok. Acknowledgment is the first step to overcoming your bias.

what manny said did not refer to the current coaching staff. it couldn't have. what he said was players leave miami and play better at their new teams. who left miami after philbin's first year and played better elsewhere? I can't think of any. manny's comments were directed at recent Dolphin coaches generally and not to philbin directly. couldn't have been since there is not one player who left Miami after Philbin's first year that played better this past year.

Here's what Buoniconti said.

“As a team, they don’t play with pride and passion,” he said this week. “If you are going to get beat, get beat scratching and clawing. They embarrassed themselves [the final two weeks of the season]. It doesn’t look like they care.”

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/02/20/#storylink=cpy

Seems more directed at the players than Philbin.

More recently Don Shula (you do know him, don't you?) said

“I like him (Philbin) a lot,” Shula said. “He’s a heck of a guy. He comes from a great program (Green Bay) so he’s been with a winner. You can see the imprint on what’s happening here and the people he’s hiring and the way they’re playing. I think he’s the right man for the job.”

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-12-29/sports/sfl-dolphins-great-don-shula-likes-what-he-sees-from-coach-joe-philbin-qb-ryan-tannehill-20131229_1_don-shula-joe-philbin-ryan-tannehill

Being uninformed is no way to go through life. You have to start reading more than headlines.

Could Tom and David exchange emails and save us this repetitive garbage please and thank you.

Tom,

really sad situation for davone bess. he gets one more year at 3 mil from the browns over this season and then the paychecks of NFL proportions stop. it'll be the arenba league or maybe canada, but his days in the NFL are done it seems. was a nice story until the dolphins decided they didn't ned him and with brandon gibson they were probably right (on that one, at least).

Shadow, did you get a chance to read my response in the previous thread?

FZB, don't delay on getting one. I'm very happy with my iPhone. Once you get one you'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner.

Greg, behave yourself!

Police: Man urinated on people near Florida campus

"The victims told police they were standing with their backs turned to the man when they felt themselves being urinated upon."

Anyone who wants to be bored to death should visit this blog regularly.Tom and David locked in a steel cage match circle jerk.Who can repeat the same thing over and over and over before one of them gets pinned?Stay for the unexciting conclusion...if you can manage to stay awake.

Fire Philbin and Dawn.

canefan..U need a hug?

well Armando is reporting that it looks like Monroe is going to hit free agency and the Dolphins are very,very,very very interested in him..

now if we can get a LT AND a guard that would go a long way in fixing our O Line..

Darrell Issa is my new favorite politician. The "slash" move that he gave that imbecile yesterday was classic. The only thing better of course would have been if he had smashed the gavel over his head but hope springs eternal that it could still happen in future hearings.

http://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/passing-play-pct

it's all there.
and if you think, as FZB said, that we should be passing as much as manning and bress and brady, then you shouldn't have a problem.
I DO.
winning teams give their backs more than 10 carries a game.
they also don't tank the last 3 games of the season.
and, as you say, "The point of all of this is almost every Miami game was competitive to the very end" well tom, that would mean they had the personnel, right?
STOP BLAMING IRELAND.
if we were competitive "to the very end", then it wasn't the personnel, BUT THE COACHING!
thanks for playing..

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

kids..since the dawn of time teams that have a balance between running and passing win more often than not..that is a fact.

and if the black widow and her boy friend don't fix our O Line we are in for a Loooooonnnnngggg year...that is also a fact.

ok so the Heatle's , the Pacers and the Thunder all have 15 losses, rooting for the Heat to get home field advantage..it sure looks like there are really like 4-5 teams that can win it all this year.

Heat
Pacers
Thunder
Clippers
Spurs

the champ will come from this group

Still a pass first league blame everything under the sun for reasons why Miami missed the playoffs. If Tannehill makes just a few more throws they win 10 games and david and Tom aren't fighting all day long.

The Magic are seriously honoring Dwight Howard? I thought Tim Tebow day was bad but this impossibly may be worse why not honor Shaq while they are at it he bailed on them too. T Mac day? Makes being a Dolphin fan easier to deal with sometimes at least.

BB..the bickering between the Dapper and Tommy-Son is entertaining..

To an extent but now it's bordering on ridiculous. Last season is last season guys you have all spring and summer to dispute politics and healthcare save your energy.

OC...Mr. Tigre is coming down to the 305 for some "golf" tuunament, perfect excuse to come down..there will be plenty of tickets available, most Cubans don't even know what golf is...including me..hehe

March 27-30th Valero Texas Open.

OC Dolphin,

if you were referring ro the recollections of the westhead firing, i am not sure if stan albeck and the other guy who assisted west the year that the blazers knocked the lakers off- another jack mcsomething methonks. the 76-77 lakers who won the western division with west and his able assistants were KAJ and a bunch of bo lamar abd cornell warner types along with the gunnner from ole miss johnny neuman. it was truly amazing that the lakers finished on top of the pacific division that year. it says here that jerry west has been the absolute greatest player/coach/GM that the NBA has ever seen. his eye for talent was unreal and as i remember there were four guys vying for the last spot, and west picked michael cooper over oliver mack, and some fellow from virginia whose play west loved. west also was a big, big fan of villanova's duane mclain who unfortunatelty was a tweener and who the lakers weren't going to keep; the lakers of the 80's i believe were the greatest group of talented players ever put together; however it is difficult to argue against the keltics 11/13 trophies. too bad that coop neber had the opportunirt to pester/hound/ defend against lebron james- i imagine coop would have given him firs on the perimeter and let him dtive tothe hole to be greeted by KAJ.

who wants to argue politics?
we all agree the dolphins are our favorite team; it should be a no brainer what happened with this team.
and baby, it's NOT a pass first league.
defense and a balanced attack win superbowls, PERIOD.
(thanks FZB)
just look at the numbers; you need a brady with a welker and moss if you want to "pass first", and even THAT team ran more than we did last year..

they didn't need to make "a few more throws", baby.
THEY NEEDED A FEW MORE RUNS! that opens everything..

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