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October 31, 2011

Boo! Halloween special: Scary rap video from me to you (with Tony Sparano-led all-star cast), pumpkin gallery & more

1aa1hh 1aa1hh[See results  of latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter poll in blogpost directly below this. The Suck For Luck factor continues, and is growing. Also, join us on Twitter @gregcote].

South Florida Dictionary: "Boo!" is a traditional, ghost-like utterance heard on Halloween. The elongated "Boooooooo!" is fans' natural reaction to the winless Miami Dolphins. 

Trick or Treat-o-Meter: We had 24 kids come to our house for candy last night (I counted), about 10 or 12 doorbell rings. Not bad considering the dicey weather. Actually a bump up from recent years. Halloween lives! 

1aa1meweenHAPPY HALLOWEEN! VIDEO FROM ME TO YOU: I am continually impressed by the generosity of people. I ask a few friends to make a Halloween rap video with me and -- smack dang! -- suddenly we're all in the studio. Pictured left to right are champion and newly retired Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, football coach/analyst Bill Cowher (whose "commitment" to TV will dissolve at the first coaching offer he can't refuse), myself, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano and NBA commissioner David Stern. Click HERE to watch, listen and endure enjoy.

ADVANCED PUMPKIN CARVING: You know the pumpkins mere mortals like you and I carve? With the triangle eyes? We're lame. What real pumpkin artists can do with this magical, ghoulish gourd is nearly limitless, and five examples are below in a vertical gallery. I saved what many of you will find the scariest pumpkin face of all for the bottom...  

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October 30, 2011

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: 19.6%

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DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: GAME 7: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter, and they show 19.6 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 20-17 loss at the New York Giants putting Miami's season record at 0-7.

Results clearly indicate a continuing -- and growing -- Suck For Luck factor as more and more fans equate satisfaction with the prospect of a No. 1 overall draft pick and prized Stanford QB Andrew Luck. The DSM has gradually but steadily risen every week from a Game 2 low of 3.7%. 

1aa1dsmThe DSM, in its fourth season, is a continuous gauge of how fans feel about the team and its 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. I also suggest your vote be based on this season only, and not how it might affect the 2012 draft.

The poll never closes but results are certified official after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Tuesday.

2011 Dolfan Satisfaction Meter

Next poll: Nov. 6 following game at Kansas City.

G7: 19.6% satisfaction (18.1 very, 1.5 somewhat) following 20-17 loss at N.Y. Giants.

G6: 14.5% satisfaction (14.0 very, 0.5 somewhat) following 18-15 loss vs. Denver.

G5: 9.6% satisfaction (9.2 very, 0.4 somewhat) following 24-6 loss at New York Jets.

G4: 5.6% satisfaction (5.4 very, 0.2 somewhat) following 26-16 loss at San Diego.

G3: 3.9% satisfaction (3.3 very, 0.6 somewhat) following 17-16 loss at Cleveland.

G2: 3.7% satisfaction (2.6 very, 1.1 somewhat) following 23-13 loss vs. Houston.

G1: 34.4% satisfaction (3.9 very, 30.5 somewhat) following 38-24 loss vs. New England.

2010 Final: 3.8% overall satisfaction.

2009 Final: 31.2% overall satisfaction.

2008 Final: 96.9% overall satisfaction.

G7: N.Y. Giants 20, Dolphins 17 (Final): Close, but 0-7 nonetheless...

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1aa1mianygG7: DOLPHINS @ N.Y. GIANTS: Final: Game went as I'd thought: Miami plays it close, covers the betting line, but loses. The Suck For Luck wing of the fandom might be high-fiving, but most Dolfans are bemoaning yet another winnable game that Miami let slide. Highlight: A rare 100-yard game (second of career) for Reggie Bush. Lowlight: O-line beaten for five sacks, including two killers on final drive. ..... 4Q: Matt Moore intercepted on 4th and a ton play to seal latest loss. ..... Moore sacked on consecutive plays. ..... Miami wastes 42-yard Steve Slaton kickoff return and great field position, punts. ..... Victor Cruz 25-yard scoring pass from Eli Manning thanks to a matador tackle by Will Allen inside the five. First time all day Miami has trailed at 20-17 with 5:58 to play. ..... That was a lame offensive-pass-interference call against Brandon Marshall. ..... Giants chip in a 29-yard FG to draw within 17-13 with 10 and change to play. ..... 3Q: Dan Carpenter 40-yard FG for 17-10 Dolphin lead earty in third. Reggie Bush finally looking like the guy they thought they were getting. ..... Half: There isn't a Dolfan anywhere on Earth who feels safe with this four-point lead, especially with Giants owning a bit of momentum now. Matt Moore with an efficient first half, throwing and running, but Eli Manning heating up. He's 18-for-26 for 186 yards and if he stays on that near-400-yard pace, I doubt Miami's offense can keep up. 2Q: Eli Manning 7 yards to Mario Manningham in end zone over Jimmy Wilson and Giants within 14-10 eight seconds before halftime. ..... Matt Moore 1-yard keeper for 14-3 lead. Like the call to eschew the FG and go for it. About time play-calling reflected an aggressive, nothing-to-lose mentality. ..... 1Q: NYG short field goal and within 7-3 late in quarter. ..... Steve Slaton 1-yard TD run and Miami up 7-0 after impressive 11-play, 66-yard drive. That's only MIA's eighth TD in seven games. Something unusual  going on here. It's called a lead! ..... Original post: My pick was Giants, 24-16, winning but not covering. Give Miami a big chance but, as usual, not sure whether a Dolphins win is good or bad in the big picture as the Suck For Luck factor comes into play more and more with each passing week.

 

October 29, 2011

Reporting live from Fantasy Fest; plus NFL predix (Stinkgate), World Series, Tebowing & more

[See results of latest Canesfan Satifaction Meter poll in blogpost directly below this one. Also, join us on Twitter @gregcote]

FANTASY FEST: Your faithful blog person (that's me) is in the Southernmost City as we speak. That's Key West, Fla., one of our favorite getaway spots. It is Fantasy Fest weekend. Google it, if you don't know. Fantasy Fest is an occasion that involves drinking, partying, drinking, body paint and drinking. The body-paint portion is of especially keen interest. Suffice to say for now that most of the women walking around flagrantly but artfully topless are not fashion models. I'll be back tomorrow and will have a full report on this debauchery at some point in the near future. My report will include photgraphs, if my wife and my editors allow it.

NFL PREDIX: YOU STINK I STINK WE ALL STINK -- STINKGATE!: You know that Dolphin Reggie Bush said of his team after last week's Broncos meltdown: "We stink." Then teammate Yeremiah Bell reportedly retorted, of Bush: "He stinks." To which Bush responded, "I do stink. We all stink." Stinkgate! The sound you hear is Dolfans not disagreeing with any of the preceeding. (Quick aside: The Gradual Decline of the Dolphins, Reason No. 453: Channing Crowder making much more noise on radio than he ever made on field). Can't argue that the Dolphins stink, but do think Miami puts up a fight up in Jersey, losing to the Giants, 24-16. Click on Week 8 Gems for all my latest NFL predictions. And on Jumping The Gun for my Friday Page column leading with the absurdly early start of Pro Bowl voting.

COMEBACK CARDINALS WIN WORLD SERIES: Not sure if Nolan Ryan's Texas Rangers will live this down. Choke? Or was it just that St. Louis had some magic in it? Thinking the latter. Pretty compelling World Series, MLB's first Game 7 sdince 2002.

1aa1tebowing"TEBOWING":
The word would put itself into the lexicon to mean kneeling to pray, even in situations where no one around you is doing so.  A Tim Tebow-exalting website, Tebowing.com, has arisen.  

Let us pray...

October 28, 2011

Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: 31.5%

[Main game post on UM-Virginia and more is directly below this in the blog. Also, join us on Twitter @gregcote]

CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: GAME 8: Results are certified in thre latest Canesfan 1aa1csmSatisfaction Meter, and they show 31.5 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Thursday night's 28-21 home loss to Virginia, a conference result putting the Hurricanes' season record at 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the ACC.

In its third season, the CSM is a continuing weekly gauge of how Miami Hurricanes football fans are feeling about the team and the program's direction, with a new poll appearing in the blog after every Canes game. 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. This year I also suggest making this about the team and how it performs on the field, not about off-field NCAA matters.

Polls never close, but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting, in this case that was today/Saturday.

2011 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter

Next poll: Nov. 5 following game vs. Duke. 

G8: 31.5% satisfaction (5.0 very, 26.5 somerwhat) following 28-21 loss vs. Virginia.

G7: 94.0% satisfaction (58.6 very, 35.4 somewhat) following 24-7 victory vs. Georgia Tech.

G6: 85.3% satisfaction (24.0 very, 61.3 somewhat) following 30-24 victory at North Carolina.

G5: 50.9% satisfaction (10.0 very, 40.9 somewhat) following 38-35 loss at Virginia Tech.

G4: 45.0% satisfaction (6.3 very, 38.7 somewhat) following 45-14 victory vs. Bethune-Cookman.

G3: 19.9% satisfaction (6.2 very, 13.7 somewhat) following 28-24 loss vs. Kansas State.

G2: 92.8% satisfaction (40.0 very, 52.8 somewhat) following 24-6 victory vs. Ohio State.

G1: 49.2% satisfaction (9.1 very, 40.1 somewhat) following 32-24 loss at Maryland.

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

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

October 27, 2011

G8: Virginia 28, Hurricanes 21: UM loses upset at home; plus odds on 0-16, BiBi Jones & more

[You may still vote in our next-Dolphins-coach poll in blogpost directly below this one. Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

Vote in newest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter poll in separate blogpost directly above this one.

1aa1altieG8: VIRGINIA @ HURRICANES: WIN ONE FOR THE NECKTIE! (OR NOT): Final: No fluke result here. Virginia led the entire game and deserved to win, beating UM's defense for 468 total yards including three TD passes and 205 yards rushing. Jacory Harris played well for UM (21-30, 311 yards, three TDs), ut the run blocking was spotty and so was the defense. That's the fourth season loss by eight points or fewer, and this one realistically ends any hope for an ACC title. ..... 4Q: stopped on 4th down run; why not pass there the way run has been failing all night? ..... Canes within 28-21 after Harris to Allen Hurns for short TD play. ..... Miami D beaten for long TD pass and 2-point conversion pass for 28-14 score. So much for mo'. ..... 3Q: Miami within 20-14 on Tommy Streeter 51-yard TD throw from Harris. ..... Cavs add 24-yard FG for 20-7 lead early in third. O panic yet for The U, but concern for sure. ..... Half: score in final minute allows UM to play a normal second half, not a panicked second half. Need more Lamar Miller, who is 7 carries for 13 yards. Miami must parlay late momentum into strong start to third quarter. ..... 2Q: Tommy Streeter 3-yard TD pass from Harris in final minute has UM within 17-7, the score set up by a clutch catch by Travis Benjamin. ..... Virginia scores on halfback-option TD pass for 17-0 lead on series elongated by dumb roughing-passer penalty against Miami. Nightmare in the making ..... Canes driving inside VA red zone and Jacory Harris loses fumble. Ominous signs. ..... Cavaliers add short FG for 10-0 lead after successful earlier fake kick brought ball closer. ..... 1Q: Jake Wieclaw misses makable FG in an otherwise strong season for him, rendering a long completion to Tommy Streeter for naught. ..... Oy vey. UM defense beaten for 53-yard screen-pass TD and underdog Virginia leads 7-0. ..... Original post: UM coach Al Golden is one of only a handful of coaches who snazz up with a necktie on gamedays (see right), and Hurricanes students/fans have taken to mimicking his sartorial splendor. I like the trend. A lot. It's so good it's catching on beyond South Florida as you can see by 1aa1orangetieobama2 1aa1orangeelvis 1aa1orangenecktiegunnthese other photos that I've doctored badly. Left to right, President Obama, musician Elvis Costello and fashion guru Tim Gunn show Golden some love. Below, the Pope blesses The U with orange neckwear, while Serena Williams does not allow the rigors of competition to stop her. OK let's go from ties to wins. UM must beware 1aa1popetieVirginia in tonight's big ACC prime-timer. Canes face a possible letdown after 1aa1neckserenafinconsecutive nice wins over North Carolina and Georgia Tech, but Virginia shares Miami's 4-3 record and also beat G-Tech so this is an opponent with some bite. UM will make a case to get back into the lower top-25s with a third straight win. Consider The U's three losses: The opener on road to Maryland with a seriously depleted Miami roster; to a Kansas State team currently ranked No. 10; and to a Virginia Tech squad now ranked No. 15. Not sure there is a three-loss team playing better right now. Must be the tie. Pick: Hurricanes, 31-17.

Other Collball Week 9 state FBS games: FIU beat Troy, 23-20 in overtime, Tuesday night. On Saturday, Florida State swamped North Carolina State, 34-0; Georgia beat Florida, 24-20, in World's Largest Cocktail Party in Jacksonville; and Central Florida rappycacked Memphis, 41-0. FAU and South Florida were off.

National top-25 matchups: No. 14 Nebraska routed No. 11 Michigan State, 24-3; and 9-Oklahoma State spanked 8-Kansas State, 58-17.

SEVENTH HEAVEN: St. Louis' miracle 10-9 win last night over Texas means the Cards host a World Series Game 7 tonight -- MLB's first G7 since 2002. Home teams have won the past eight 7's in a row. What a series for baseball. A diversion while the NBA lockout worked itself out. 

UPDATED SUPER BOWL, 0-16 ODDS: From Bodog, Packers at 11-4 and Patriots 17-4 are Super Bowl favorites, following by Saints 8-1, Ravens 11-1, Chargers 12-1 and Steelers 14-1. As for any team going 0-16, yes is +600 and no -1000.

McRIB SANDWICH: And in other news, McDonald's announced it was bringing back the McRib sandwich for a limited time only, and not a single person in America gave a crap.

1aa1robbibbi3 1aa1robbibi2DEAR GREG...: "...Your blog's OK but would be better if occasionally you would show a photo from Twitter of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spending his bye week in the company of porn star (and rumored Dan Uggla ex-flingee) BiBi Jones, much to the chagrin of club owner Robert Kraft. Thank you." [Bonus pic: BiBi, at far right, undressing for work].

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October 24, 2011

Dolphins' next coach should be... (with poll); Fasano rips Suck-For-Luck Dolfans; plus Jim Mandich, 50 worst QBs & more

1aa1tdmascot[Our Wednesday live chat is taking the day off. The live chat is in Nassau meeting other live chats for a day in the casino. We'll be back next Wednesday as usual, 1-2 p.m. Meantime click here to post chat questions any time. Click Strange, Sad Spectacle for my column off Sunday's Dolphins game. And join us on Twitter @gregcote. Pictured, for no reason: Dolphins mascot T.D. walks through toy store. The Dolphins having a mascot named T.D. would be like me having a dog named Pulitzer].

Dolphins sign JP Losman to replace Sage Rosenfels. So everything gonna be alright!

DOLPHINS' NEXT COACH SHOULD BE...COWHER POWER, SAY YOU: Stephen Ross isn't asking for your help but could use it, I think. It is quite clear Tony Sparano is a lame duck. For me Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher are the 1 and 1A candidates, with Jeff Fisher a fallback. Not sure about Tony Dungy but thought I'd throw him in the poll. I'd be hesitant on Urban Meyer only because of the scorch marks left by Nick Saban. Some guys are meant for Saturdays, not Sundays. Ross was mighty chummy with Meyer during Sunday's game. It looked bad from a PR standpoint, as if the owner were showing up his own head coach by appearing to woo another. But appearances aside it was just an owner playing good host to the coach of the Gators championship team his club was (dubiously) honoring that day. Anyway, let's get a pulse read on what coach we'd most like to see turn this thing around. Vote and say why.

Poll analysis: Surprised not that Cowher won but by the strong consensus. Surprised Gruden barely edged Fisher. Surprised by the stunning lack of support for Meyer. Not surprised by the negligible support for Sparano.  

Poll note: I like to track trends in polls I run, and 95 percent are consistent. After hundreds of votes, percentages tend to set and not change much. But lil' ol' blog polls are subject to occasional shenanigans. We have safeguards against voting more than once, but skullduggery can occur. I suspected as much here as support for Tony Sparano spiked wildly from just a few percent. I investigated through means available at Polldaddy.com and found 210 votes for Sparano had come en masse from one IP address in Colorado, in violation of one vote per person. I eliminated this bogus bloc of votes so the current totals are back in keeping with the legitimate consensus of fans voting as individuals.

FASANO BLASTS SUCK-FOR-LUCK DOLFANS: Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, on New York's WFAN radio this week, asked about Dolfans wishing for losses with the No. 1 draft pick and QB Andrew Luck in mind: "It's sick, actually. I can't even fathom those thoughts in those people. They have never played sports and pretty much aren't really our loyal fans. It's a shame." Fasano also criticized the the club for honoring the Florida Gators, calling it "awful," "disheartening" and "a smack in the face." If only Fasano were as loud during games as he was on the radio this week.    

1aa1jimmandichMANDICH HONORED BY ALMA MATER: Former Dolphin and local radio great Jim Mandich is being honored posthumously at the University of Michigan, whose Letterwinners M Club is presenting Mandich its annual Bob Ufer Award given for service to Wolverines athletics. Jim is pictured in his Ann Arbor days. He'll be inducted onto the Dolphins' Honor Roll this season on Dec. 4. 

THE AGE OF HOME RUNS: Courtesy of Bill Chuck at Billy-Ball.com: Four players hit at least their age in home runs this season and the Marlins had two in Mike Stanton (21 and 34HR) and Logan Morrison (23 and 23HR). The others: Reds' Jay Bruce (24 and 32HR) and D-backs' Justin Upton (23 and 31HR).     

ME, PICKS: Bad: Went an embarrassing 6-7 straight-up last week on my Friday NFL predictions page. Good: Went a nifty 8-4-1 against the spread. I care about both records but give me one or the other and I'll take the ATS. Details on this Friday's page. 

ME, FANTASY: Sorry to report Greg's Lobos lost a heartbreaker, 130-126, falling to 3-4. How do you get 32 points from Aaron (The Banker) Rodgers and a combined 56 from Marques Colston and Greg Jennings and still lose!? It came down to Monday night. A touchdown by Maurice Jones-Drew would have pushed me over the top. "Would have." Sad words when in those lamenting order.

BAN TUESDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FIU beat visiting Troy in overtime last night but nothing more on that will be said here in protest of Tuesday college football games.

BASEBALL MULLS BEER BAN: Executive Joe Torre and MLB are considering banning beer from clubhouses in the wake of the barley and hops-infused collapse of the Red Sox. Won't happen. Wouldn't work. My wife has been trying to ban beer from my house for years. No luck.

50 WORST NFL QUARTERBACKS IN HISTORY: A site called Complex.com offers this list based on a minimum eight career starts and we'll cheat-sheet you by saying JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf are 1-2, ex-Dolphin Joey Harrington is 6th, expansion Dolphin Rick Norton is 20th and ex-Cane Steve Walsh is 42nd. Know who else was pretty awful if not all-time awful? Oliver Luck. That's right. Andrew's papi.

COTE'S STATE OF THE STATE: Our latest updated weekly ranking of the seven FBS teams in our state, with previous week's rank in parentheses. Entering collball Week 9:

1aa1fla1. Miami Hurricanes (1) 4-3, 2-2 ACC

2. FSU Seminoles (2) 4-3, 2-2 ACC

3. Florida Gators (3) 4-3, 2-3 SEC 

4. S. Fla. Bulls (4) 4-3, 0-3 Big East

5. C. Fla. Knights (5) 3-4, 1-2 C-USA  

6. FIU Panthers (6) 4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt

7. FAU Owls (7) 0-7, 0-4 Sun Belt

THE REAL T-30: The Real T-30 is our weekly cumulative, consensus Top 30 college football ranking based on a season-long combination of the three major polls: Associated Press, USA Today, ESPN. Points based on 30 for a No. 1 ranking, 29 for No. 2, etc. The combined ranking entering Week 9:

Rank   Team   Points   (Last week)

1   Louisiana State   785   (2)

2   Alabama   774   (3)

3   Oklahoma   769   (1)

4   Boise State   705   (4)

5   Stanford   685   (5)

6   Oklahoma State   657   (7)

7   Wisconsin   646   (6)

8   Oregon   590   (8)

9   Nebraska   520  (9)

10   Arkansas   513   (10)

11   South Carolina   484   (11)

12   Texas A&M   455   (12)

13   Virginia Tech   451   (13)

14   Clemson   362   (16)

15   FLORIDA STATE   340   (14)

16   Michigan State   333   (17)

17   West Virginia   314   (15)

18   Michigan   281   (19t)

19   FLORIDA   262   (18)

20   Texas   249   (19t)

21   Georgia Tech   204   (21)

22   Arizona State   201   (23)

23   Baylor   196   (22)

24   Kansas State   191   (29)

25   Auburn   169   (24)

26   Illinois   161   (25)

27   Texas Christian   152   (26)

28t   Houston   145   (30)

28t   Ohio State   145   (27)

30   SOUTH FLORIDA   144   (28)

41   MIAMI   13   (38)

44t   CENTRAL FLORIDA   7   (41t)

Note: UM, with win Thursday vs. Virginia, will begin collecting votes and moving back up rankings.  

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October 23, 2011

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: 14.5%

[Main Dolphins-Broncos game post is directly below this in blog. Click on Strange, Sad Spectacle for my column off the game Also, join us on Twitter @gregcote].

1aa1dsmDOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: GAME 6: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter, and they show 14.5 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 18-15 home loss to the Denver Broncos putting Miami's season record 0-6.

The results' trend -- gradually increasing totals despite the losses -- clearly show the impact of the Suck For Luck movement as more and more fans are, in effect, satisfied by the team losing and moving closer  to the overall No. 1 draft pick. 

The DSM, in its fourth season, is a continuous gauge of how fans feel about the team and its 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. I also suggest your vote be based on this season only, and not how it might affect the 2012 draft.

The poll never closes but results are certified official after one full day of voting. In this case that will be around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

2011 Dolfan Satisfaction Meter

Next poll: Oct. 30 following game at N.Y. Giants.

G6: 14.5% satisfaction (14.0 very, 0.5 somewhat) following 18-15 loss vs. Denver.

G5: 9.6% satisfaction (9.2 very, 0.4 somewhat) following 24-6 loss at New York Jets.

G4: 5.6% satisfaction (5.4 very, 0.2 somewhat) following 26-16 loss at San Diego.

G3: 3.9% satisfaction (3.3 very, 0.6 somewhat) following 17-16 loss at Cleveland.

G2: 3.7% satisfaction (2.6 very, 1.1 somewhat) following 23-13 loss vs. Houston.

G1: 34.4% satisfaction (3.9 very, 30.5 somewhat) following 38-24 loss vs. New England.

2010 Final: 3.8% overall satisfaction.

2009 Final: 31.2% overall satisfaction.

2008 Final: 96.9% overall satisfaction.

G6: Denver 18, Dolphins 15 (Final, OT): Un[bleep]ing believable! Miami blows it!

[UM fans, find results of latest Canesfan Statisfaction Meter poll in post directly below this in blog. Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

See results in latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter poll in separate blogpost just above this one. 

G6: DENVER AT DOLPHINS: AN UNIMAGINABLY AWFUL DEFEAT: Final: Matt Prater 52-yard FG in OT sends Dolphins to 0-6 with unimaginably awful, blown-lead loss. ..... 4Q: Tebow 2-point conversion run on QB draw ties it 15-15 with 17 seconds to play. ..... Tebow 3-yard reverse screen TD pass to TE Daniel Fells pulls Denver within 15-13 with 17 seconds left. ...... Denver recovers fumbled kickoff on own 44. ..... Tim Tebow 4-yard TD pass to DeMaryius Thomas and Denver within 12-7 with 2:44 left. ..... Carpenter adds 43-yard FG for 15-0 lead, mid-quarter. ..... Anthony Fasano 16-yard TD pass from Matt Moore and Miami leads 12-0 (after failed 2-point conversion pass) in first minute of quarter. ...... 3Q: olphins inside Denver's red zone as 3rd quarter ends. Is a victory actually possible? Might it? Could it be? ..... Cam Wake sacks Tebow. ..... Half: hardly worth further mention, so let's go to halftime celebration honoring 2008 Gators championship team. Very mixed reaction as expected: Cheering and Gator chops by blue-clad Gators fans, booing by Dolphins fans. ..... 2Q: A "Tebow sucks!" chant blooms briefly but sweet. ..... Carpenter 36-yard FG after another red-zone fizzle. ..... Yeremiah Bell recovers fumble by Willis McGahee, for Miami 1st and 10 at Denver 40. ..... Denver's Matt Prater misses another FG try (this from 43 yards) and score remains Miami 3, Broncos' awful placekicker 0. ..... Dan Carpenter 38-yard FG and 3-0 lead after Miami fizzles on 1st and 10 situation from Denver 15. ..... 1Q: Broncos wide right on 49-yard FG try after sack and celebratory Pee Wee Herman dance by Jared Odrick. ..... Puntfest! The game so far has been every bit as bad as any fan of these two teams might have feared. Right now nobody is happy. Not Dolphins fans, not Broncos fans, not Gators fans. Original post: Doubt there has ever been such interest in a game between two teams a combined 1-9, with Miami contributing a calamitous 0-5. Denver 1aa1dolphsdenvand much of the national football literati is most interested in the season debut of Tim Tebow, lord of the scramble and messiah of hope. Much of the stadium will be, too, thanks to the Dolphins insanely making this a celebration of the 2008 Gators national champions -- thereby not only annoying Hurricanes fans who share this stadium, but inviting their own home crowd to cheer for the opposing quarterback. The bizarreness continues with a planned pregame protest by a fledgling "Occupy Miami Dolphins" movement. And inside the stadium, too, where many Dolfans are torn whether to cheer for Miami's first victory or for continued losing and the better chance at an overall No. 1 draft pick and prized QB Andrew Luck. Oh, almost forgot, coach Tony Sparano could be fired if the Dolphins' 1-11 home skid continues. Expect nothing  but weird on a day when there figures to be cheering and booing no matter which team scores or who wins. Strange day, this. Strange days, these.

Your thoughts on today's perversely interesting game are invited here before, during and afterward.

October 22, 2011

Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: 94.0%

[Main game post on UM-Georgia Tech and more is directly below this in the blog. Also, join us on Twitter @gregcote]

CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: GAME 7: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter, and they show 94.0 percent overall satisfaction -- a season high -- in the wake of Saturday's 24-7 home victory over Georgia Tech, a conference result that put the Hurricanes' season record at 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.

The total edges the previous season high DSM reading of 92.8% following the Game 2 win over Ohio State. This week's 58.6% calling themselves "very" satisfied also is a season high. 

In its third season, the CSM is a continuing weekly gauge of how Miami Hurricanes football fans are feeling about the team and the program's direction, with a new poll appearing in the blog after every Canes game. 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. This year I also suggest making this about the team and how it performs on the field, not about off-field NCAA matters.

Polls never close, but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting, in this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Monday.

2011 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter

Next Poll: Oct. 27 following game (this Thursday) vs. Virginia.

G7: 94.0% satisfaction (58.6 very, 35.4 somewhat) following 24-7 victory vs. Georgia Tech.

G6: 85.3% satisfaction (24.0 very, 61.3 somewhat) following 30-24 victory at North Carolina. 

G5: 50.9% satisfaction (10.0 very, 40.9 somewhat) following 38-35 loss at Virginia Tech.

G4: 45.0% satisfaction (6.3 very, 38.7 somewhat) following 45-14 victory vs. Bethune-Cookman.

G3: 19.9% satisfaction (6.2 very, 13.7 somewhat) following 28-24 loss vs. Kansas State.

G2: 92.8% satisfaction (40.0 very, 52.8 somewhat) following 24-6 victory vs. Ohio State.

G1: 49.2% overall satisfaction (9.1 very,  40.1 somewhat) following 32-24 loss at Maryland.

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

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