Game 6  (Got to get better)

It feels like the 70’s when the teams would play 6 pre-season games. So far there have been 5 totally vanilla games and the Dolphins have won the two that mattered the most. The “third” pre-season game the one where we hold out the most hope since the previous season that we see a glimmer of what is to be was a win over a Falcon team that showed pretty well in their season opener on Monday Night. The next important win was obviously the season opener. A win that left everyone a tad deflated. The feeling we had was strong in anticipation of the season there is no reason to lose the feeling after only one game against a weak opponent while playing as vanilla as can be allowing the team to sort of ease into the season, maybe we go into December a more well rounded team. A team that is truly ready to contend for playoff positioning.

I remember when I took notice of our friend and fellow blogger Rhino on the boards. He had a different screen name at the time, as I recall, and he came on saying – “Home field advantage is our responsibility”, prior to the start of the 2012 season.  He was telling us as fans that we needed to be there to support the team, that we needed to fill the stadium so our team could feel the support essentially. That stuck with me, I found it clever and fun. As a fan as always I was ready to do my part. The problem was deep down we all knew that all we had was one thing – no chance. We had hope and we had spirit and we even had some decent players but despite all of our wishes we were a long shot at best.  The hype wasn’t there, the prognosticators wrote us off, there was a rookie coach and quarterback and Jeff Ireland.

Here we are three off seasons later, Jeff Ireland is gone, our quarterback has grown into the position and the team has thrown its confidence behind the fourth year head coach.

And we Signed Ndomukong Suh – Ndomukong Freakin’ Suh – Is a Dolphin now.

The stadium has been nicely updated, season tickets are flying out of the box office, there is a buzz from the media, and there is honest hope in fans hearts. You can’t tell me that this year doesn’t have a much different feel as compared to the last (fill in the blank) seasons prior. There is something almost tangible this time, when you defend your team to your friends and fans of other teams you actually have coviction in your rebuttals and had confidence for the first time in a long time when you said, “we’re gonna kick your ass”, you know you did. No more dreaded thoughts of Jeff Ireland confusing your judgement, there is clarity. There is a much different vibe this year and we have started right on script – one game one win.

Game 1 of the regular season and you have to go and play at the circus called the Washington Redskins, followed by  (can you say Dolphins of the 2000’s) Jacksonville Jaguars. The travel is minimal so far the team is relatively healthy, according to Tim Knight we have 20 new players on the team so it just has to gel. I believe the coaches are taking a slow and steady approach so maybe we set our expectations a little high based on the feeling (we finally have) and lost site that this team needs to tighten up. Most of the receivers are new, Jamil Douglas is a rookie starter, Jordan Cameron is new so the offense has a little uniting to do. Suh is new on Defense and the linebacker core has been overturned and we have 2 new starters in the secondary. There wasn’t tremendous scheming, that I saw last week, I thought we looked like we played pretty straight up. We took their punches, stood our ground and punched them right back when we needed to. Remember it was a second half shutout. Plus we did one thing that was on everyone’s list for needs improvement for next season list and that was kill the clock at the end of the game to preserve a win. We did it. Incidentally Ryan Tannehill enjoyed his best opening day QB rating of his career.

Style points, or lack thereof, aside the Dolphins have done everything we asked for leading into the season. Now we have one more pre-season game – Game 6 – to go before the shit gets real. Jacksonville is another home game for the Dolphins, it makes up for the one in London, and there is still no reason to put the pedal to the metal. We sit back holding our cards, watching our division rivals, getting guys a lot of snaps, getting guys healthy and becoming cohesive. While not overlooking Jacksonville you just won’t show some stuff yet and continue with a larger rotation than perhaps we’ll see going forward.

It’s way too early to panic and its way way to early for despair. The team has done what we wanted so far so let’s do what they want from us. Let’s let them know we are behind them, we know last year was last year and that this is a different team. Until there is something to worry or gripe about – we won’t. But don’t get me wrong I am not telling anyone how to be a fan, I’m just saying you should trust that feeling that you know you finally felt for the first time in a long time. Afterall, “home field advantage is OUR responsibility”! Hopefully we see an expanded role for Devante Parker this week as we prepare for the season opener excuse me I mean Home Opener next week.

Got to get better in a little while…

Steve Jordan laying down a bad-ass beat

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484 Responses to Sonshine

  1. finfanrob says:

    It’s hard to go from winning 3 or 4 games to be a playoff team

    well the fins went from 1-15 to a playoff team. and have been hovering around 500 for a while now and havent turned that into a playoff team. so there is that fact.

  2. getterdone says:

    Run the damn ball Joe, RUN the ball.

  3. finfanrob says:

    what the god damn fuck. only espn/abc would put ohio shit vs nobody on two stations and not show the miami vs nebraska game in the tampa market

  4. finfanrob says:

    my day would be made if in the middle of the game ubarn liar drops dead on the field of a heart attack.

  5. Tim Knight says:

    The last game is not fair to bash the rushing attempts. We lost the 1st half TOP by a lot. We ran it 18 times for a respectable 74 yards.

  6. wyoming85 says:

    LSU Football ‏@LSUfball 7m7 minutes ago
    HOLY COW! @_fournette took the first handoff 71 yards to the Auburn 4!

  7. getterdone says:

    Tim, it’s not fair that you keep being fair to Bazooka Joe 😉

    • Tim Knight says:

      Dude, if you’re joking haha, if not please lay off that. It’s not about that. You watched the game. How many times can you rush with what, 4 minutes of possession in the 1st half?

      • getterdone says:

        😀 Take your ritalin and relax…I was playing around. Agreed on the TOP limiting the touches…..
        However, Philbin does need to get with Lazor and start being able to run the ball more from under center.
        This shotgun 1st & 2nd down constantly is wearing on me. I want to see more true WCO, I formations, single back, pro sets, and a lil less spread option.

      • getterdone says:

        The type of play calls on offense has negatively affected the touches & thus TOP many times…IMHO.

  8. getterdone says:

    OD must be mad….FAU took a beating at home by ‘Buffalo’.

  9. finfanrob says:

    tim isnt just fair to bazooka joe, tim is fair to every thing.

  10. Tim Knight says:

    Oh brother!

    GD, I made it clear if you were busting balls or serious. The offense is what it is. I’m not a big fan but we’re a fucking shotgun team. If Lazor changes up I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • getterdone says:

      yesss, Lazor needs to tweak it more towards base runs from pro sets. It’ll really help the OL and the passing game in time that way.
      Even Chip Kelly is running it more, I’ve noticed.

      • Tim Knight says:

        People think Kelly likes scatbacks and gimmicks. That’s not true. He likes hard-nosed rushing the football and then his uptempo passing game. I’m still not sure what Lazor is doing but I’m open-minded to what it is. He mentions Joe Gibbs quite a bit and he was a great adaptable coach.

        We’ll see.

  11. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    September 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    You need truth to be funny. Just saying shit doesn’t accomplish that.

    wasnt trying to be funny. was paying you a compliment. you are probably the most even keeled person on this blog. pretty much fair to every side of things.

  12. getterdone says:

    Northern Illinois up 10-3 at Ohio St.
    Go Huskies!

  13. finfanrob says:


    no worries.

    hope all is looking up with all you got on your mind. i wont even try and understand how you are feeling but i imagine it is tough

  14. ocalahowie says:

    I know about Tim and he even stated he was just having fun. I thought about it while having my coffee to automatically disqualify him but had to go so figured I would just let it slide because that really could happen.
    Now Steve in Carson City with his 3-2 AND 6-1 never even got a second glance

  15. ocalahowie says:

    Evening Update
    Wyo 28-13 MIA
    Toba 41-13 MIA
    Piggy 23-10MIA
    Stang 21-7 MIA
    Cav 24-13 MIA
    Rock 31-13 MIA
    UK 23-17 MIA
    Ken 30-21 MIA
    Old 20-6 MIA
    MikeE 23-20 MIA
    ALinMIA 24-6MIA
    Herd 27-13 MIA
    Bold 21-14 MIA
    Real 20-17 MIA
    GDP 27-9 MIA
    Howie 35-24 MIA
    CCNV 27-16 MIA
    Tim 48-13 MIA
    Son 22-9 MIA
    GO PHINS!!!

  16. Tim Knight says:

    Try, you try to put me in a box and that’s not who I am. You call me a liberal and that’s not accurate either in today’s clarification of the term. You and Wyo seem to have a thing about classifying me. You don’t know me and where I stand on a lot of stuff because you ignore keywords in what I say. But that’s okay because it’s not really that important as FFR always reminds us. It’s just a blog, We’re not human, we’re just words. You might be talking to a weasel or a worm right now. LOL

  17. finfanrob says:

    ‘FFR always reminds us. It’s just a blog, ‘

    lmao, i almost told you that in my ‘no worries’ comment. that i am here just to have fun. this is just a blog, there is no reason to let anyone on here get under ones skin. if they do just ignore them.

  18. Tim Knight says:

    FFR, I’d like to have a private conversation with you but I don’t have your email. Can you pass on your email to me from one of the secret insiders who might have it? LOL

  19. finfanrob says:

    damn and here i thought try was referring to Slutty Lesbian Queens.

  20. finfanrob says:


    you can use it is a junk one, if needed on there i can give you my work ones.

  21. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    September 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    LOL, fuck I’m disqualified? I see, this is a communist blog. LOL

    a communist blog that hates boobie pics

  22. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    September 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Now that’s not fair….why not axe for mine? 😦

    dont worry, he probably just wants to know how to keep a hulk in a basement.

  23. getterdone says:

    Aw shucks, thanks Tim….I’ll send Mike E an email to forward to youse.

  24. Try Pod says:

    The only “box” I have ever put you in would be the one that contains people that want to discuss only positives while seemingly disavowing any information or thoughts that contradict a pro- outlook. That does not make you a bad person, btw. This is my opinion, and I don’t mean it as an absolute, but more as a general observation. Each of us has moments on either side of a discussion, both pro and con.

  25. finfanrob says:

    when did herschel walker transfer to LSU?

    i dont know who that rb for lsu is but he is a beast.

  26. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    September 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    LSU RB’s are usually studs.

    whoever he is, he is just running people over. kind of like herschel use to do

  27. wyoming85 says:

    Tim I’ve never called anyone a liberal!
    (Even though you fit the description at times) 😉

    WINKY SMILEY means I am joking around!

  28. finfanrob says:


    how about they just get rid of the whole damn kiss cam and replace it with BJ cam.

  29. ocalahowie says:

    DAMN IT!

  30. wyoming85 says:

    Here is the video for those who aren’t watching FFR

  31. finfanrob says:

    i think that dr pepper commercial with the vendor dude and the deflated football is so fucking perfect

  32. finfanrob says:

    got to say, these refs in the miami nebraska game are sure making a game of it. i wonder if nebraska is taking them to dinner tonight.

  33. finfanrob says:

    herdfan says:
    September 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    There are people watching FFR?

    oh dont act like you arent too

  34. finfanrob says:

    hmmm how about that, if you play for nebraska you get the same rules as playing on the pats o line

  35. finfanrob says:

    is lazor moonlighting and calling the plays for the canes today.

  36. wyoming85 says:

    herdfan says:
    September 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm
    There are people watching FFR?

    They aught to be!

  37. finfanrob says:

    wow you are up by 20 with 1+ min in the third qtr and you cant run out the qtr. fucking idiot play calling

  38. finfanrob says:

    wow talk about lucky bounces. laying on your back and the ball falls right down to you to make a int

  39. finfanrob says:

    ‘They aught to be!’

    there are. you can too. all you have to do is pay 1.99 a month and join

  40. BoulderPhinfan says:

    I like wakes jacket 🙂

  41. Tim Knight says:

    Wyo, I’ve never hid from being a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. I have no party. The Libertarian Party gets less than 1% of the vote because people are afraid of the lesser of two evils get into office. We’ve had both happen for years and still people complain. Keep voting in the same type of people. America, you get what you voted for.

    That’s where I’m at. I believe you own yourself and your life in a free country. Not so with some other citizens, a lot of them. Somehow some of us should pay their way. Okay, please explain this to me? Nobody ever can without citing a bunch of BS.

    By the way, trickle-down economics works when you don’t pour in too much socialism. It makes it too salty. 😉

  42. finfanrob says:


    yeah but if you pirate it then i have to wear an eye patch when i conquer the booty

  43. bookman11 says:

    UM needs their own stadium….fans spread out all over…. Many empty seats. The most important thing though is that then the Fins can have the Aqua end zones all year 😀

  44. finfanrob says:

    ‘America, you get what you voted for.’

    yeah, and here is pretty much the reality of it. when times were great under that president and when times were just average under the other president and when times were horrible under that president……………..i still worked about 40-45 hours a week to make a living.

  45. finfanrob says:

    i will worry more about my local and state politicians they are the ones who effect me the most

  46. finfanrob says:


    the canes do. and i mean it cant be that expensive to build a 1,700 seat stadium

  47. naplesfan2010 says:

    35-10 Miami

  48. finfanrob says:

    wow, way to go miami, that prevent defense really kicks ass

  49. getterdone says:

    Tim, I hear ya on voting the right people in, but sadly I feel that in our so called ‘free country’, that the outcomes of elections are rigged and have been for a long time.
    I don’t want to get into a long debate on it, but it’s how I feel….guess that’s why we all mostly vote for the lesser of two evils as you say.

    Joseph Stalin once said, “the people who vote don’t decide elections, the people who count the votes do.”

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yep! And it’s why I wish to ignore these idiots on a regular basis and live my life. When they really do something that’s outrageous I’ll get involved. Right now, no thanks. Party on people! Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Aleister Crowley expressed what he thought life on earth was, but we pretend it’s not like that. Blasphemy you say. Another heretic. Gee what a surprise. He’s right though isn’t he?

      Where have the naturalists (Wiccans) and Pagans gone? Oh right, the Christians killed them. STOP! The Catholics did that, another form of Christianity but not as cool. Got it!

  50. finfanrob says:

    maybe when nebraska comes back and wins this game the canes will finally get how bad golden is

  51. bookman11 says:

    I know Nebraska got the 2 point conversion, but why would u do that there? If they don’t get it they are down 17. Makes no sense to me.

  52. finfanrob says:

    wow i think the refs have scored 21 points for nebraska today

  53. finfanrob says:


    why is this even a game. wtf was golden doing not just running the ball to take time off the clock. golden is a horrible coach

  54. finfanrob says:

    that is a catch but there is no doubt these cornhusker refs wont over turn it

  55. finfanrob says:

    it is ashamed how bad the officiating has gotten in football. these fucktards think they are the game and not the players

  56. bookman11 says:

    FFR…..Golden is looking to make this 4 hour game……oh…he is also an idiot

  57. finfanrob says:

    man, i have never ever seen anything like the refs in this miami game. they should not be allowed to ever officiate again. or at least they should fucking die.

  58. finfanrob says:


    golden is an embarrassment and so are these officials. some one should check with their bookee to see what they bet on the game

  59. finfanrob says:

    hey miami, pretty sure if you cover the white dude no one will catch the ball

  60. finfanrob says:

    bookman11 says:
    September 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Come on now….that is a little harsh…. Die?

    ok you are right. i meant die a slow painful death.

  61. bookman11 says:

    Miami D is tired…..they are obviously not used to the heat

  62. bookman11 says:

    Do the announcers get paid OT for this game?

  63. finfanrob says:

    what an embarrassment golden is to football school.

  64. finfanrob says:

    ok come on Nebraska. 90 yards to end the golden era

  65. bookman11 says:

    This is unbelievable…..not just the game….but that the announcers are worse than the refs

  66. finfanrob says:

    bookman11 says:
    September 19, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    This is unbelievable…..not just the game….but that the announcers are worse than the refs

    yes that rod gilmore is a fucking idiot

  67. finfanrob says:

    bye bye al. have fun in the unemployment line

  68. bookman11 says:

    Lol….this is awesome.

  69. finfanrob says:

    wtf is it with the tampa tv markey now it is texas tech and ark but not the gator game

  70. getterdone says:

    2 point attempt is good for the Cornhuskers….lol

  71. finfanrob says:

    bookman11 says:
    September 19, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Lol….this is awesome.

    yep awesome for us who think golden should be fired. or should have been fired two years ago

  72. bookman11 says:

    FFR…Gator game on SEC network of u get it

  73. getterdone says:

    UCF struggling a bit with Furman….smh

  74. finfanrob says:


    yeah but they were showing the ark game at first. they finally switched over

  75. finfanrob says:

    so even the very end of the game the officials have to be known.

    maybe it is just me, but all this football season, both college and pro the officiating has been horrible

  76. finfanrob says:

    Kirk Herbstreit ‏@KirkHerbstreit 19m19 minutes ago

    Hahaha!!! On 2nd thought. You boys may need to fire those planes up!!! #NEBvsMIA

    and he is suppose to be a professional. what a fucking tool.

  77. ocalahowie says:

    Nightly Update
    Wyo 28-13 MIA
    Toba 41-13 MIA
    Piggy 23-10MIA
    Stang 21-7 MIA
    Cav 24-13 MIA
    Rock 31-13 MIA
    UK 23-17 MIA
    Ken 30-21 MIA
    Old 20-6 MIA
    MikeE 23-20 MIA
    ALinMIA 24-6MIA
    Herd 27-13 MIA
    Bold 21-14 MIA
    Real 20-17 MIA
    GDP 27-9 MIA
    Howie 35-24 MIA
    CCNV 27-16 MIA
    Tim 48-13 MIA
    Son 22-9 MIA
    GO PHINS!!!

  78. ocalahowie says:

    So how bad did the Canes lose?

  79. finfanrob says:

    ocalahowie says:
    September 19, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    So how bad did the Canes lose?

    does it matter. when you have a 23 point lead in the 4th qtr and you blow that. doesnt that show enough about your coaching staff

  80. ocalahowie says:

    I think they are trying to make the sport safer, You know these youngsters mothers wouldnt want their babies getting their head rattled…
    Fuckin grow up and lets go back to the 1970’s!!!!

  81. finfanrob says:


    there was like 1:35 left in the third qtr. the canes are up by 23 and have a first down. they end up punting the ball with about 45 seconds left. it was just poor pathetic coaching that let nebraska stay in the game. win or lose they should fire golden tonight.

  82. ocalahowie says:

    No wonder I havent went to a game since 1986

  83. ocalahowie says:

    Testeverde! Micheal Irvin!! HELL YEAH!!!
    Bernie Kosar! THE MAN!!!

  84. finfanrob says:


    actually kaaya looked pretty good. this was just a game of very very poor coaching.

  85. finfanrob says:

    is there really a reason any more brent musburger is still alive. i mean even his mom is sorry she didnt swallow.

  86. finfanrob says:

    some times you just have to wonder what the officials are doing during a game.

  87. finfanrob says:

    hmmm, who would have known. the bama players can spike the ball without a unsportsman like penalty. and silly me thought officiating was consistent and unbiased

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