The Snake

A Formidable Foe

By son of a son of a shula

Kenny Stabler  was an amazing quarterback. The Raiders teams that he played on were always tough and never out of a game. “The Sea of Hands” play forever stands out so vividly to me. He was sooooo close to being sacked, there were 4 on 1 and it looked like a pick for a brief moment while in the air but it was a crushing blow to the reigning 2 time Super Bowl Champs.  Kenny Stabler has died from colon cancer at the age of 69. I’ll always remember playing football as young kids with my brothers and friends and someone was always Kenny Stabler. We tried throwing lefty, we re-enacted the sea of hands play over and over and we always looked for Dave Casper to the post.–raiders-legend–passes-away-at-age-69-225802393.html

Like a lot of you I grew up watching the Dolphins as they became elite in the early seventies and then throughout the seventies it was the Raiders, Steelers, Vikings, Cowboys and Redskins and of course our Fins. Kenny Stabler was a huge part of the success the Raiders had as Super Bowl XI Champions  and a playoff contender seemingly every year during his career. I remember the long hair and the sorta high voice. His voice was surprising at times. He would run around the backfield a lot like Fran Tarkenton did, he’d sometimes get sacked 20 yards back after probably running fifty yards trying to escape. Then he’d smoke you with a beautiful DEEP bomb to Cliff Branch. He was fun to watch.  Or he’d throw a laser to the pile-on that just stuck to Biletnikoff’s forearm with all the stick-um.

Those were the glory days of football as far as I’m concerned. Those images are etched in my mind, the heartbreaking losses, the huge wins and the timeless plays we witnessed (at least on tv). Stabler and those Raiders were a tough out for the Dolphins too. Now here we are bidding adieu to one of those childhood stars. The news story said he passed away peacefully with his family around him and some Lynyrd Skynard playing.

RIP Kenny Stabler

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113 Responses to The Snake

  1. Rockphin says:

    So, what are we going to discuss today?

  2. Mike E. says:

    Excellent tribute Sonny! I too remember those days well. One of my childhood friends was a Raiders fan and Yankees fan, so we were constantly going at it with sports. Then we kind of found different friends, but I found another Raiders fan in HS. We weren’t good friends, but we always went at it about football, and the Dolphins and the Raiders. The year we came up short by the tirbreaker with the Colts at 10-4 for some reason is the clearest.

    RIP Snake

  3. Brian in NY says:

    Nice job BTW Son! Even if it is about a non-Dolphin…

  4. Mike E. says:

    Unbelievable to me that we’re almost to the All Star break and not one Mets player has 40 or more RBI’s. That’s freaking anemic. I’d bet that you could go through the major leagues and not find more than 2 more teams that don’t have 1 player at 40 RBI’s,

    • Brian in NY says:

      I recently read that they have the least amount of run scored in the league since May 2. Not surprising.

    • Mike E. says:

      Yeah, they’ve been discussing this plenty on the FAN in NY. I’ve been listening. You have to figure at least 5 weeks for Matz. I just hope that doesn’t change their desire to trade a pitcher to get a bat. I’d still trade Niese while his value is highest, and put Dillon Gee or even me in the rotation for a couple of starts. lol

      • Brian in NY says:

        The way their front office handles these things leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe your underhanded style would fool someone like Harper? (more likely he would knock the cover off the ball)

  5. Tim Knight says:

    Great tribute, Son. The Snake is part of my football childhood just like you mentioned. Nothing wrong with respecting the enemy because the great competition is what made this game great and why we love it.

    RIP The Sanke

  6. New Age says:

    Those were definitely the great Raiders teams. Sad to see them so fallen over the past decade +. Some good players are there now so would love to see them compete in their division again.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I wouldn’t mind if the Dolphins and Raiders are the two teams in the AFC battling it out over the next few years. Kind of a blast from the past. Change it up from the Pats, Ravens and Broncos. Let’s make it a rule. LOL

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’m not even concerned about #1 or #2. Miller is the more experienced vet, still young and the fastest RB we have. I think Ajayi and Williams give us excellent quality depth. They can all catch out of the backfield. I think they will all play. Who emerges as the main man with the game on the line, we’ll see.

  7. son of a son of a shula says:

    This non Dolphin is one of only a few I’d recognize. He was a part of my childhood years sorry if you didn’t see him play or appreciate those teams.

    (Dog days of summer son didn’t feel like researching the 88th guy on the roster this fell in his lap so deal with it)
    RIP Kenny

  8. son of a son of a shula says:

    Tim, I’m ready for a change in the top teams also. Time for a fins resurgence for sure.
    Suh is here everything is different now.

  9. Mike E. says:


    I can throw overhand too. We’d still need to move the fences back a couple hundred feet.

  10. The Flying Pig says:

    RIP Kenny Stabler

    Good stuff Son

  11. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E, she had good form, the wind up and everything and then kaplunk! LOL

  12. Mike E. says:

    When I was in Mets Fantasy Camp, I pitched a couple of innings in relief, we had a real good lefty starter that pitched college ball, and the Major Leaguer’s said I have a difficult herky-jerky motion to time. I wish I had a radar gun, I wonder if I could break 75-80MPH

  13. Try Pod says:

    RIP Omar Sharif

  14. Mike E. says:

    RIP Omar

  15. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E pitching.

  16. son of a son of a shula says:

    There was an old guy at the register at Steak and Shake and the girl ringing him up had the drive thru headset on at the same time so every time she acknowledged the drive thru he would answer back, it was pretty funny to watch.

  17. Rockphin says:

    Tim, I agree with you to a point, however I was very disappointed in some very bad drops by Miller in crucial moments last season. Hopefully he cleans that part of his game up, but other than that I think he gets a bad rap for “not being able” to run between the tackles. I think he is actually better at it than he get’s credit for.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Agreed but I thought Miller was better last year as a receiver than in previous seasons. Not saying he didn’t have some bad moments because he did but I thought he improved.

  18. Rockphin says:

    two comments about the Ajayi video above. 1. I saw the ball bouncing around on the ground way too much. (Ok, the plays may have been over, but still…) 2. I don’t see the “physicalness” people talk about. Don’t see him breaking a bunch of tackles between the tackles, just dodging them….

    Miller does that too.

    • Tim Knight says:

      He can break tackles but he’s not a pounder. He runs well out of the system we run which is why I think we drafted him. Lots of the same types of plays we run in our running game.

  19. son of a son of a shula says:

    Tim, we’ve always liked Steak and Shake. It’s cheap and good. I really like to get breakfast there.

  20. Mike E. says:

    All you can eat pancakes, eh . . . . I could do some damage. The country skillet sounds great right about now . . .

  21. Mike E. says:

    When I typed in to the store locator for Steak n Shake, it says 2 nearby locations. NYC 38.5 miles, or Paramus NJ 49 miles. Nearby my ass! lol

  22. stangerx says:

    Great piece Son. I didn’t even catch that Stabler had passed. In different ways I think of him as an early prototype of some shifty running QBs we see today. Just like I thought Fouts was for guys like Marino.

  23. Rockphin says:

    I am really excited to see the one two punch of Miller / Ajayi this year (with some Williams / James thrown in there). I fully expect a big jump in offensive productivity this year. Camp starts in 20 days!!!

    • stangerx says:

      Looking for more offense too, but while Ajayi will be interesting think those new wideouts will be the biggest reason unless we are trying to put away games with big leads (and wouldn’t that be nice).

  24. stangerx says:

    According to this Dolphin fans are the worst in the league (and both the Pats and the Jets are in the top 5).

    Guess good news for us is a major factor in this is ticket prices…..they figure hot teams charge more. The author also had this comment:

    “Whether it is the weather or the fact that many of the locals are transplants that didn’t grow up with the team, Florida teams just don’t get the support of teams in other regions.”

  25. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, Jet fans buy a lot of merchandise because they forget they already bought it. LOL

  26. wyoming85 says:

    Miami Dolphins Cheer ‏@MDCheer 3h3 hours ago
    Pic of the Day: We’ve picked our 2015 Captains! Our first Captain is Jodi!

  27. herdfan says:

    The thing about the money spent by fans is misleading IMO. I know I’ve seen this or that item advertised online as available with team logos and when you click on a link, the Dolphins are generally not available. I don’t think they do as much licensing as some other teams do or something like that.

    • stangerx says:

      And the report does a adjust for population size a bit, but in Miami we have all those transplants. Plus the Latino community just isn’t in general as football rabid……people like Al and the Pig being proud exceptions.

  28. herdfan says:

    Tim Knight says:

    July 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm (Edit)

    Stanger, Jet fans buy a lot of merchandise because they forget they already bought it. LOL

    Just think how many jerseys they have to buy with all the QB changes.

  29. Rockphin says:

    We have tried and failed to find a starting quarterback the second most in the league since 1999.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I knew it was going to happen once Marino was done. We were going to end up like other teams.

      • Rockphin says:

        our front office failed again and again, giving away 2nd round picks for other teams backups and not drafting anyone earlier than the 2nd round until we took the chance on Tannehill. The most glaring failure of this team starting with Shula and ending with Ireland.

  30. Rockphin says:

    we have started 18 QB’s In the same time the patriots have started Brady, Castle and one other guy…..

  31. D says:

    Mike E. says:
    July 10, 2015 at 11:17 am
    RIP Omar
    Dont get us all excited like that….what a let down….lol jk

  32. Tim Knight says:

    Rock, no doubt we went about the QB position in a poor way since Marino until Tannehill.

  33. D says:

    Mike E. says:
    July 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm
    All you can eat pancakes, eh . . . . I could do some damage. The country skillet sounds great right about now . . .
    This just in, they have decided to change the name of the “country skillet” to the newer and more politically correct location neutral skillet, as it seems it offended those in urban areas to have something so delicious credited only to country areas.

  34. D says:

    stangerx says:
    July 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm
    According to this Dolphin fans are the worst in the league (and both the Pats and the Jets are in the top 5).

    Guess good news for us is a major factor in this is ticket prices…..they figure hot teams charge more. The author also had this comment:

    “Whether it is the weather or the fact that many of the locals are transplants that didn’t grow up with the team, Florida teams just don’t get the support of teams in other regions.”
    Hmmm i agree with this. Coming here every day shows me even the most devoted “fans” hate our team….. before you cry…. lol, jbb, jk, hahah 🙂 and anothe jk just for good measure.

  35. Tim Knight says:

    D, I highly doubt anyone would want to order something called the Urban Skillet.

    “A hearty breakfast of shredded rats’ ass topped with stale bread, a pigeon wing, hobo piss and smegma cheese and two eggs.”

    No thanks! LOL

  36. Tim Knight says:

    It looks like the Urban Skillet scared everyone away. LOL

  37. Rockphin says:

    at least the team site is doing a good job of publishing stuff during the ‘doldrums’

    I like seeing “Williams 34” on the field!

  38. D says:

    “After consideration of all the record evidence and arguments, I conclude that the Commissioner acted within his authority and properly exercised his discretion in finding that Hardy violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy…I find that the conduct of Hardy clearly violates the letter and spirit of any version of the PCP since its inception, and of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws long before then. The egregious conduct exhibited here is indefensible in the NFL. However, ten games is simply too much, in my view, of an increase over prior cases without notice such as was done last year, when the ‘baseline’ for discipline in domestic violence or sexual assault cases was announced as a six-game suspension. Therefore, the discipline of Mr. Hardy hereby is modified to a suspension of four games; all other terms of the discipline letter remain in place.”
    So, the baseline infraction is set at 6 games, and was set last year, therefore the suspension of 10 game for a second infraction, should be reduced to something below the baseline number? I dont get this. You would think the LOWEST that they could go would be the baseline number of 6 games.

    To me it sounds like Jerry Jones said hey, your hurting us for taking a guy we knew had problems and whom we accepted that risk by signing him, so how bout you do me a big favor and make sure we don’t suffer because our lost gamble. The NFL has almost as much of a hard on for the Cowboys as the Patriots. This also sets up a precedent and argument point for Brady to get his reduced so ya for that as well lol. Ridiculous amounts of certain team favoritism on display these days.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Goodell has lost all respect outside of the owners. All you need to do is watch the draft to know that.

  39. D says:

    Holy fuck…..really!
    Bleacher Report ‏@BleacherReport 43m43 minutes ago

    FSU leading rusher Dalvin Cook under investigation after apparently punching woman outside bar

    • D says:

      Bleacher Report CFB ‏@BR_CFB 5m5 minutes ago

      UPDATE: FSU RB Dalvin Cook suspended indefinitely after apparently punching woman outside bar

    • D says:

      ESPNU retweeted
      SportsCenter ‏@SportsCenter 2h2 hours ago

      Warrant issued for Florida State’s leading rusher Dalvin Cook, who is accused of punching a woman last month.

  40. Rockphin says:

    Man, tooo freakin bad Knowshon went down with injury last year. I just watched the highlights from the first game and he was incredible! We probably would have made the playoffs if he had stayed healthy. He was a wrecking ball, unstoppable.

  41. D says: ‏@nfltrade_rumors 33s33 seconds ago

    NFLPA Reviewing Potential Collusion Between #Broncos & #Cowboys Regarding Deals For Dez & Demaryius

    So Jerry what are you guys going to offer Dez, well let me know what your thinking about with Demaryius and we can cut 20% off and get one of them to sign, then we both win.

  42. D says:

    Damn Tim you destroyed the blog with your Urban Skillet…people so sick to their stomachs they still havent returned.

  43. wyoming85 says:

    Worst Fan Base?
    It could be because of our Win vs Loss record makes some fans be assholes!

    Just sayin! 😉

  44. wyoming85 says:

    Damn no bites?

    Later Haters!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Jahndoh30 says:

    Hardy lost almost a full year of playing time last year. His suspension being reduced to 4 games doesn’t remove that fact. I’m not necessarily defending Hardy here, but the commissioner being a bad guy is ignorant fan spew IMHO especially in light of the fact this ruling was handed down by independent arbitrator Harold Henderson.

    FFS, when will folks stop blaming Goodell for decisions he doesn’t even hand down and rules he never makes?

    I’m just kinda sick of the fall back knee jerk reaction to the commissioner. It’s started when certain fans say things like “impeach Goodell” underlining the ignorance of the structure of the NFL front office. The same ignorance is propagate by the fans who boo him at the draft. As an educated NFL fan it embarrasses me.

    Happy Friday all! Good to read you Herd! Kinda miss your commentary around here!

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I have a much more sophisticated view of the commissioner

      He is an asshole


    • Tim Knight says:

      Jahn, the NFL as a whole handles these domestic violence cases very poorly IMO. Dion Jordan is suspended for an entire year for a substance, Hardy gets 4 games for slamming a women’s head in a toilet bowl. Yay NFL!!!!

  46. wyoming85 says:

    Maïa Dunphy ‏@MaiaDunphy Sep 14
    Good work on the uniform design for the Columbian ladies cycling team. 😉

  47. Mike E. says:

    Hey guys and girls, have a great week! Off to the mountains, both very sad, but excited to see the people who are still here. Got the news this morning that my friend Rob has passed on. I will miss him very much. I kind of miss you people here, I haven’t been on as much lately, work has been really busy lately, just crazy busy actually. I guess that helps me keep my job, so I won’t complain.

    Speak to you soon, and GO DOLPHINS!

  48. wyoming85 says:

    PhinPhanatic ‏@PhinPhanatic 14m14 minutes ago
    Miami Dolphins Top 5 Excuses That Need To End

  49. Tim Knight says:

    Sorry to hear that Mike about your friend Rob. RIP to him and I hope you and your family and friends can have a good time and share great memories of him.

  50. wyoming85 says:

    Matty I ‏@TheMattyI 1h1 hour ago
    Per @PFF Jamar Taylor (in his 3 starts) allowed 17 of 23 targets to be completed for 170 yards. Why many fans confident in him I don’t get.

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