GAMENIGHT!! Dolphins @ Chargers

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  1. Mike E. says:

    Tim – Tua’s fragile psyche was revealed this season, he spoke about how last season he he looked in the mirror and said to himself “Do I suck?”. He felt because Flo wasn’t in his corner, that he doubted himself, thought maybe he wasn’t an NFL QB. Maybe that feeling is rearing its ugly head again. McDaniel has gone out of his way to build Tua up and it’s worked extremely well. He was the highest rated QB until 2 weeks ago. I’m not confident that we ever see that QB again, especially going into BUF with their defense, and the potential of bad weather. 3 games in a row playing like shit might really break him.

    • How did that affect him when he was 8-0 in games he started and finished this year being at the top of most QB ratings? Both Herbert and Burrow have had their rough games this year. Tua’s not allowed any of that sort of stuff?

      • Mike E. says:

        That’s my point, when everything is good, it’s good. Now, he faced adversity, big game on the road and it didn’t go well. Maybe that put doubt in his mind, had flashbacks of the Titans game from last year. Then he goes to LA and it gets even worse, easily one of the worst games of his career, completing 35% of his passes. I’m just going by what I’m seeing. Is it so impossible? Remember 2015 when Familia was unstoppable for the Mets, then he gave up the game tying HR in the WS? He was crushed by that, it was in his head. It happens

  2. manitobafinfan says:

    Two small observations…. There was one pass last night to Hill down the middle of the field that Hill just did not see it , Tua threw it well but Hill turned his head and it was to the other side, he never even knew it was thrown his way .. Also, Waddle has been dropping a LOT of well placed balls over the last three weeks .. in warmup’s yesterday he looked to have a slight limp as well .. the limp should not affect his hands to catch a ball that hits them .. he needs to look in a mirror as well as most of the team

  3. manitobafinfan says:

    At halftime it felt like we were out of the game at that point yet the scoreboard did not reflect it .. their 1st 2 possessions should have had them up 14-0 . But I think we held them to 3 points .. wasn’t sustainable

  4. I guess we’ll see how the season finishes. We’re all bummed we lost two in a row. We have won 8 games as well.

    • manitobafinfan says:

      We’re still very much in the hunt .. but there are issues that need to be cleaned up .. do that and we can get in ..

  5. Phindog says:

    Everyone reply a thumbs up if you like having Bookman on the board again 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  6. CavalierKong says:

    I don’t think the Niners gave any kind of blueprint to beat our O. Maybe the chargers did, but I saw plays to be made all over the place in the Niners game. Guys were open.

    The chargers defense seemed to actually take away the middle of the field all game (which I dont feel the niners accomplished), they blanketed our receivers and we never adjusted, never moved to a short or horizontal passing game, nor tried to lean on the run game.

    The chargers clogged the middle, no one was getting open, and we just kept going with the same shit. We’ll see if the breakdowns back up that point of view.

    To me the niners game felt like poor execution by the players and the chargers game felt like we got out-schemed and out-coached.

  7. CavalierKong says:

    Sending gesick on a vertical route up the sideline to try and beat a db one on one is not a good adjustment, EVER, lol. He has zero ability to make that play.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think this is a pretty good analysis of what the chargers were doing and how using some one like Gesicki might beat it

      • The Flying Pig says:

      • CavalierKong says:

        Gesicki rarely beats anyone, certainly not on a vertical sideline route (it was one play in the game I was referencing.) He’s not open on the play in that video either.

        Gesicki is very limited in what he can do because he has no ability to move laterally with any kind of quickness. He also isn’t good at contested catches. He has two attributes- going up high and using his body on horizontal plays to shield the defender and make a catch.

        Even his straightline speed is kind of useless because it’s not scary speed and he can’t do anything off of it other than to keep running (meaning he can’t stop on a dime and he can’t make any cuts off his speed to shake a defender).

        I think TE is a glaring weakness in this offense. Gesicki can’t block and can’t get open. Smythe can block, but is not a threat in the passing game, nobody else even gets on the field.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        He doesn’t really need to beat anyone

        He might have to make a tough catch

        Really no one is ever open when Tua releases his passes – that’s what unique about this offense – he’s throwing to a spot

        I think what they are saying in the video is he throwing to the same spot for a big chunk of our offense on really similar plays to either waddle or hill

        So it doesn’t even have to be Gesicki – it’s more like, throw to another spot

        It’s really minor adjustment. Really imo the long TD throw to Hill was a deep sideline throw and not that same spot – so I think they even made that adjustment in game but not enough

        They also should be able to see what the chargers were doing presnap in this case. So I think it can even be fixed before snap and still have the same sort of explosion we’ve had all season

      • CavalierKong says:

        You’re basically saying adjustments can be made to what they did defensively. I agree with that.

        My original point was sending gesicki vertical up the sideline is not a good adjustment because he doesnt have the skillset to get any separation and cant make a contested catch. That was a dumb way to attempt to beat what the chargers were doing and failed accordingly.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I guess we aren’t really disagreeing….lol

      • CavalierKong says:


  8. sb7mvp says:

    I’m not down on this team. My expectations of this team weren’t all that high at the beginning of the season given McDaniel’s inexperience at HCing and calling plays. We keep losing key players to injury, especially on the o-line, but McDaniel is slow to adjust in those situations. He’s been calling the offense the same for the most part like he’s playing Madden without regard to lesser people in the offense. This team isn’t plug and play on O.
    I think we are in a good position to still make the playoffs, but if we don’t then it would have met my expectation for the first year of this regime. Thank God Tyreek fell into our laps.

  9. steveccnv says:

    Hill and Waddle would’ve had big gains on plays, if they had picked up the ball

    Seems they had issues with the roof or background

  10. Rockphin says:

    F that POS

    Giving us the Fuller treatment.

    “Should be ready for regular season”….. 2023? POS

    • The Flying Pig says:

      He had surgery on March 2022 and isn’t ready to play by December 2022?

      It seems really obvious that he is upset about asking to be restructured. Why did he restructure if he didn’t like the new deal

      • steveccnv says:

        It doesn’t work that way

        Restructure just means they changed the contract to lower the cap hit in current year

        In Byron’s case they paid him this years salary in a bonus, which pushed the cap to future years, he didn’t take a pay cut

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I assumed he didn’t take a pay cut

        But it’s hard for me to believe his agent isn’t orchestrating a hold out this way

  11. The Flying Pig says:

    My new favorite World Cup team is Croatia

  12. CavalierKong says:

    Flying out in a couple hours. Great trip, already planning for 2023, lol.

  13. stangerx says:

    “A study from the Commonwealth Fund and Yale School of Public Health has found that Covid vaccines have saved more than 3.2 million American lives.”

  14. stangerx says:

    “Looks like we’ve avoided the worst-case scenarios for sure and we’ll be day-to-day.”
    — McDaniel on Jeff Wilson

  15. steveccnv says:

    Here’s what climate police have in store for us

  16. bailbondmike says:

    COVID shot didn’t save my life. My immune system did tough, 2 times.

  17. Krishna says:

    Wtf? Went from reading about the Dolphins to Covid….lmao

  18. Krishna says:

    Personally, I don’t believe much, if anything, about Covid and pretty much just try to live life as it was intended to be…lol

    Go Dolphins!

  19. Krishna says:

    Argentina in the finals…lol

  20. Krishna says:

    Leach is dead

  21. Brian in NY says:

    I keep trying to think differently, but I don’t see any way Buffalo doesn’t beat us soundly on Saturday

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Don’t worry about it Brian

      Just relax and enjoy the game
      This is certainly a game – if not THE game I circled us in for losing when I first saw the schedule

      If nothing more Bc of the weather advantage
      My whole life I’ve dreaded the game in Buffalo

      But the good news is none of us are psychic
      We’ve all been wrong A LOT in both directions for decades

      I’m excited to see how the team responds
      I don’t know if Saturday will be a miserable experience

      But I don’t know a team that’s serious needs to be able to bounce back
      More than anything else

      As pigs say , Its not whether the squiggly hits the mud – it’s whether your are willing to hold your snout up high

      Whether or not your squiggly continues to hits the mud, you’ll never have to worry about a dry cleaning bill for your pants

    • Mike E. says:

      I feel the same Bri. I’d almost think it was fixed if we do somehow beat them

  22. The Flying Pig says:

    October 4, 1992

    Who wants to tell me the significance of that date?

  23. The Flying Pig says:

    No it’s time specific reference
    There is an event occurring soon, with qualities as what happened on 10/4/92

    • Ken says:

      I do look after I posted above and to my surprise it was the Keith Jackson game when we beat the Bills 37-10. That really disturbed me because that means I have no life because I take a random date and remember a specific game.

      As to what else happened on that day I have no idea

  24. The Flying Pig says:

    If you post something positive about our chances to win this weekend I will drop a hint

  25. mf13ss says:

    Man, I can’t believe how sour some of y’all have gotten about Mike Gesicki. Yes, it’s very clear he isn’t a fit in the very particular Mike McDaniel Offense… but he’s also not chopped liver.

    He’s got the size, physicality, catch radius, leap, and sure hands that one wants in a receiving TE… plus he’s a total mismatch for LBs and DBs. He’s a boundary/redzone receiver by nature due to his unique skill set. No, he’s not blazing like Vernon Davis, but he’s fast enough. No, he’s not a good blocker like Vernon Davis, but he wasn’t drafted for his blocking prowess. Yes, he sucks at YAC… which is exactly why is he ideal for running posts, slants, and outs to the boundary. Additionally, he’s a great ‘toe-tapper’ to keep his feet in bounds.

    The Patsies* will sign him next year and be a nightmare for us to defend over the next decade, write it down.

  26. Brian in NY says:

    Hmmmmm. I’m going to guess the Dolphins beat the Bills. Was that the Louis Oliver game?

  27. The Flying Pig says:

    louis oliver 3 interception game

  28. The Flying Pig says:

    I’m just saying guys

    It’s an important game this weekend
    This game is unique for us

    Not for any the reasons you guys may be thinking

    But the game in Buffalo every year is the only game that presents me with the chance to spam Twitter with that Louis Oliver clip

    If we win this Saturday – look out Twitter

  29. manitobafinfan says:


  30. manitobafinfan says:

    Test 2

  31. manitobafinfan says:

    Thank you Come again

  32. mf13ss says:

    Of TEs slated to hit FA in 2023, Mike Gesicki leads with 4 TDs (tied with Evan Engram with nearly half the targets).

  33. CavalierKong says:


    I always read how Gesicki is this matchup mightmare, but he gets covered and taken out for games at a time by both DBs or LBs- his whole career. He’s capable of beating LBs or DBs on occasion, but matchup nightmare? How can you call a guy that, who in a 5 year career has only two games over 100 yards (130 and 115) and only two other games over 90 yards?

    His top yardage this year is 69 yards (and to be fair, 2 TDs), this while teams are focusing all their energy and resources to stop Waddle and Hill. If he’s this matchup nightmare, with teams focusing on those two, Gesicki should be getting open constantly. I sure didn’t see that in the Chargers game when Hill and Waddle were being clamped down on.

    I don’t get saying he’s a good boundary guy either, he’s never been that. He plays crossing the field and occasionally up the seam. I also would never list physicality as one of his good attibutes, quite the opposite.

    He is a decent red zone threat, I can give him that- the highpoint TD this year, only a few guys in the league could have caught that- but only if he can cleanly catch the ball. He struggles with contested catches, except for when he can use his body to shield the defender, he does that occasionally. (By contested, as I get into below, I mean if the defender has a hand anywhere in play.)

    One thing he does well, is if he can catch the ball cleanly he’ll hold on, even if he takes a big hit immediately after the catch, but if a defender has his hand anywhere near the ball, he doesn’t bring it in enough.

    He’s shown if he gets enough targets, he can crack the top 10 in receving yards for TEs, I just don’t think that says as much about the player as how he is getting those yards does. He’s the kind of guy that if he’s your leading receiver, you probably have a problem. Look at his game logs and you’ll see, usually if he’s catching a lot of balls, the team is losing.

    I think his receiving skill set is limiting because all he is is a longstrider/ high point catch radius guy with terrible lateral ability, so you can only use him effectively a few ways. He’s not a dynamic receiver like the true top receiving TEs in the league are. I think he’s always labeled as being ‘used wrong’ because you don’t tailor your offense to fit his skill set, you try and fit in the few things he can do well into your offense.

    Then when you add in his lack of physicality and blocking ability, IMO he’s the perfect example of the difference between looking at stats to judge a player and looking at what the player actually is and can do for your team on the field. The good ol’ eye test, lol.

    I think he’s the kind of guy that can be a nice secondary or tertiary piece, but as a #1 TE, I’d rather have either a more complete TE even if a smidge less of a receiver, say Smythe with a bit more receiving ability, or if just a receiving TE, one who is more dynamic.

    I certainly don’t want to pay him as one of the top TEs this offseason. He’s nowhere close in value to the top guys in the league IMO. If we can sign him to a more middling TE salary, I’d keep him for that price.

    Anyway, that’s my own breakdown on Gesicki, and just my opinion. Doesn’t mean I’m the rightest, and anyone who thinks differently is the wrongest 🤪

    • CavalierKong says:

      One last thing and I’ll call it a night, lol.

      Gesicki has no catches in the last 3 games, and another 4 games this year with only 1 catch.

      Is it really because McDaniel doesn’t know how to use him? The same guy that Kittle wanted contractually obligated to stay a coach on the Niners while Kittle plays there? lol

      Or is it that Gesicki is a player limited in how he can be used, so he doesn’t create many opportunities in this offense?

      You can make a decent argument on the four 1 catch games that all the targets were going to Hill and Waddle…but no catches in the Niners and Chargers games?

      Of course, I also said sending Gesicki vertical up the sideline in the Chargers game was a stupid attempt, so maybe McDaniel doesn’t know how to use him, lol.

      But I think it’s more that he needed a guy to go there, and Gesicki is who he has at receiving TE, and Gesicki can’t do that…which is a big reason why he’ll be gone next year (IMO).

    • New Age says:

      Really good breakdown Kong

      • CavalierKong says:

        Cheers, New Age. I posted right after getting home last night. I was pretty loopy from travel, so I got up this morning hoping it made some sort of sense and wasn’t just scrambled eggs, LOL.

      • New Age says:

        The numbers tell the story. He’s talented but it’s limited as you say. His lack of speed is a real detriment in this offense.

  34. Mike E. says:

    I’m going to be having a Hannukah party Saturday night, with about 30 people in my house. Watching the game will be difficult, probably in more ways than one. Some of my family are Jets fans, one of them is a Dolphins fan, my nephew who I took to the Dolphins side away from the Jets. I feel guilty, the Dolphins haven’t brought him much joy, he’s 36, and we have been mediocre most of his life. Can we really find a way to beat the Bills? They have a better offense, a much better defense, with or without Von Miller. I just don’t want the game to ruin the party for me, even though I expect us to get our asses kicked in this one.

    • CavalierKong says:

      Sounds like a blast, except for the Dolphins game part, lol.

      Even though we’ve sucked for the better part of 2 decades, you still did good keeping the nephew away from the Jest. Nothing is worse than a Jest fan; I still believe in that. 😂

  35. Mike E. says:

    On Gesicki – I don’t think MM believes Gesicki is the answer. He definitely doesn’t feature him, the ball goes through Hill and Waddle, and even Trent Sherfield has more targets than Gesicki. This offense is built for quick throws to guys who get separation. Gesicki doesn’t get much separation, he’s relatively easy to cover. Fitzmagic did well with Gesicki, throwing a lot of balls up for grabs, back shoulder throws, and trusting Gesicki to go up and get it, and more times than not, he did. Tua doesn’t operate like that.

  36. Mike E. says:

    Broncos signed WR Freddie Swain off of our PS

  37. bailbondmike says:

    NFL exec Troy Vincent says there will be ‘healthy discussion’ on making roughing the passer calls reviewable

  38. steveccnv says:

    FU Vincent, if they were consistent and accurate, it wouldn’t be a current topic of discussion

    Because they’ve been inconsistent and inaccurate the rule needs to be changed today

    “The officials have been very consistent and accurate, but they are human,” Vincent said. “That will be a healthy discussion [in] the offseason with the competition committee. … I’ll be looking forward to this discussion.”

  39. Rhino says:

    The good news? This blog wasn’t burnt down during post-SNF riots. 🙂

  40. stangerx says:

    Guess how politics works these days.

  41. I’m sure this has been mentioned but I just heard it today that the weather in Buffalo Saturday night could be nasty with snow and wind and temps in the 20’s. This is the kind of game where the defense has to bring their ‘A’ game and we must run the football because passing may be difficult.

    • Brian in NY says:

      Yes. There is a big storm coming through staring Friday. The Phins may move their travel plans up to tomorrow instead of Friday.

  42. The Flying Pig says:

    I have some exciting news

    Actually it’s not exciting at all it’s pretty miserable

    I’m in the hospital

    This morning I was admitted to the ER and I will be in the hospital few days at least

    I have a stomach problem
    I have diverticulitis and some times the nodules explode and cause infections

    So they gotta evaluate me a few days to determine if I need surgery or not

  43. Brian in NY says:

    Mike E,

    Didn’t the Ravens sign Swain off our PS?

  44. son of a son of a shula says:

    Piggs, all the best, get back at it soon. 💪🐽💥🚑
    Eat some fiber once in a while 🍌🍐🍇

  45. bailbondmike says:

    Buffalo shows 70% chance of Snow at 1pm, 77% at 4pm, 54% at 7pm, 68% at 10pm.

    Subject to change but, it’s going to be snowing. Wish MM had some wildcat in his bag. lol

  46. Mike E. says:

    Hey Piggy – feel better pal! 💪

  47. Mike E. says:

    Bri – was it the Ravens? Thought I saw Broncos. Either way he’s gone. 😏

  48. Ken says:

    Feel better Piggy. You have to lay off the bacon

  49. mf13ss says:


    Wishing you the very best for a speedy recovery, man. Get well soon!

  50. mf13ss says:

    CavalierKong says:
    December 14, 2022 at 2:25 am

    I always read how Gesicki is this matchup mightmare, but he gets covered and taken out for games at a time by both DBs or LBs- his whole career. He’s capable of beating LBs or DBs on occasion, but matchup nightmare? How can you call a guy that, who in a 5 year career has only two games over 100 yards (130 and 115) and only two other games over 90 yards?…
    As I stated, Gesicki is clearly not a fit for the very specific Mike McDaniel Offense: I believe we concur on as much. Gotta be a blocker first, and he most certainly doesn’t check that first box and we understand as much.

    But just because he isn’t a stud for us does NOT mean he can’t be a stud for another team and it’s Offensive philosophy… but that was my first point, Bro. He won’t be with us next year to be sure.

    My other point was that while we still have him, why not try to take advantage of what he brings? Ya know, cater to the strengths we have, rather than solely relying on our bread-n-butter… which has been shut down the last two games.

    We’ve become too predictable, IMO. I’m just trying to find ways to get out of our slump in the here and now with what we have, nothing more. As I stated, Gesicki is not chopped liver.

    • CavalierKong says:

      It’s looking like we’ll see if he can be more with another team than he has been with us for the last 5 years. I don’t think it’ll happen. I think we’ve seen his ceiling and he’ll be the same player no matter where he goes.

      Either way, we agree he’s not a great fit in our current offense and he can be more in another scheme than he is for us now.

  51. randydolfan1947 says:

    RECENTLY, I, TOO, have been dealing with health issues.
    Almost 7 months ago I destroyed the rotater cuff in my left shoulder by SLIPPING ON A WET SPOT!!! AN ATRIAL FIB EVENT just as surgery was about to begin aborted my reverse shoulder surgery, so it was off to the cardiologist for an elliquise prescription and some other stuff. My cardiologist now says I’m a “GO” for an attempted reverse shoulder surgery in March, which will be a total of 9 months after the accident which made the surgery necessary in the first place!!

    NEEDLESS TO SAY, I’m not happy about being a 1-armed man. I want to get my left arm working properly again, so I can help my wife who is not in the best of health. Ah life is NOT guaranteed to be easy, as I found out during the Vietnam War. But I am one determined son-of-a-bitch, BET ON IT!!

    Last year the company holiday dinner was at Bern’s Steak House in Tampa.
    Tomorrow night, the dinner will be at Trattoria Pasquale’s, voted the best Italian restaurant in Tampa Bay the last two years. Miss Penny (my wife) is all pumped-up for it! I am the Master of Ceremonies, so I’ve GOT to be pumped-up, too! Great food, great vino, and a superb environment are all guaranteed! The predicted rainfall will NOT dampen the spirits of those in attendance!
    The LAST thing I’ll be thinking of will be the Dolphins’ losing streak. I’ve come to live with the facts of life as they pertain to a Steve Ross owned franchise.
    Y’all have a great evening and a better tomorrow (especially YOU,Young Stanger and your beautiful wife). Tomorrow will be a GREAT DAY!!

  52. Brian in NY says:

    Mike E,

    I swear I read the Ravens the other day. Must have been a mistake.

  53. Gesicki is a one-trick pony. He has vertical ability for some chunk yards and high-pointing the ball because of his size and hands. He is not a quick-twitch guy who can catch short passes and make much happen with YAC. He’s a long stride guy. He’s not much of a blocker and doesn’t seem to be a fit in this offense. I think MM wanted to see if he was. I don’t expect him back next year.

  54. For me the key to the game in Buffalo more than anything else is harass Allen in the pocket and don’t let him run wild. He does that all the time. Their offense truly goes through him. He seems to run for big 1st downs 4-5 times per game. They have to deal with the same elements as us. They’re all human. LOL

    Our scheme on defense has to be to rattle Allen. He can win a bad weather game with his legs alone, but his big arm is always there. We can’t let him run wild on a slippery field. You have to slow him down and make them win another way.

  55. boulderfinfan says:

    Sorry to hear that Piggy. Hope everything will be ok!

  56. Krishna says:

    Yikes Piggy….I’m way too familiar with diverticulitis. It’s no laughing matter, for sure, especially if they think any of the diverticuli have ruptured. That would not be good.

    All the best, Piggy. 🐷. Keep that snout up!

  57. Mike E. says:

    Tim – For me the key to the game is not to have Tua play like he did the last 2 games. It doesn’t matter what else we do, we can’t beat the Bills if he plays like that. Don’t want to spoil my article tomorrow, but that’s tops on my list. If he plays well, we have a shot.

  58. Mike E. says:

    All the best OD! Good luck with your shoulder surgery

  59. CavalierKong says:

    The NFL spotter system is a joke. Here’s video, with the refs letting them lineup to play another snap and Parker still out there with Agholar waving for the play to be stopped, smh. But hey, they protected the shit out of Bridgewater for us that one time…

  60. pheloniusphish says:

    Mike/Rock – Started the Firemane series. Can’t believe it’s Feist. It’s like a completely different writer.

    • Rockphin says:

      I said the same thing!! He uses vulgarity in the fire main series that he never used in the other series.

      It took me about a quarter of the book but I really got into it and I am enjoying it. halfway through book 2 now.

  61. CavalierKong says:

    NFL changes it’s mind about the Raiders using a holder with the ball on the edge of a tee (to gain height and increase hangtime).

  62. Phindog says:

    Piggy, Hope you don’t need surgery and you make a quick recovery ❤️‍🩹

  63. Rockphin says:

    Tua and MM saying that playing in cold weather is only a mindset.

    Meanwhile we have lost eight straight games where the temperature was 50° or lower at kickoff.

  64. bailbondmike says:

    Damn, MM states we will probably be without Safety Rowe and backup safety Elijah Campbell who is in concussion protocol. That leaves us with just 3 safeties for the whole game, I think.

  65. bailbondmike says:

    Today’s press conference was rather boring…

  66. stangerx says:

    I put up the Trump superhero tease vid yesterday. Today the news broke about what it is about. You too can buy a video baseball card of Trump for $99.

    Former President Donald Trump on Thursday revealed a new foray into NFT sales, sharing a website that offers a series of what he called “digital trading cards” for $99 each.

    On a website called, the 45th president is selling a series of artworks featuring likenesses of himself depicted as a superhero with laser eyes, an astronaut, a John Wayne-like cowboy and a golfer – along with, of course, a dark-suited Trump surrounded by gold bars.

    In a video accompanying the launch, Trump says they are “just like a baseball card, or other collectibles.” The video starts with Trump greeting viewers as “Hopefully your favorite president of all time, better than Lincoln, better than Washington.”

    The reveal Thursday morning came after Trump teased a “major announcement” on his Truth Social platform Wednesday. The post had fans and critics speculating that he was going to announce a running mate for his third campaign for president or perhaps even drop out as he sags in early polls.

    Instead, it was the latest money-making venture from the businessman.

    • mf13ss says:

      Who cares? He’s currently a private citizen who is free to do as he wishes as an American. I say more power to him.

      • stangerx says:

        I found it interesting. So I care. Assume Donald cares too or otherwise he wouldn’t be doing such a dramatic launching of his new business venture.

      • mf13ss says:

        Fair enough that it’s interesting… I find it interesting as well. Just feels like you’re trying to sling more mud on his name, that’s all.

      • pheloniusphish says:

        Doesn’t need anyone to sling mud on him. Trump has completely overshadowed anything good he has done with his continuing asshattery and buffoonery.

      • stangerx says:

        If it feels that way to you then it does. Was presented in a neutral fashion. Pretty sure Donald would like the news of his new endeavor out there though. Doesn’t his opinion count the most on this?

  67. mf13ss says:

    Old Dolfan,

    I just stumbled across this 60 Minutes interview with Coach Mike Leach (RIP) from 2009, and I had nearly forgotten he was the HC of Texas Tech back then. I realize that you, just like I, was absolutely fascinated by QB GRAHAM HARRELL. He challenged and even beat some of my man COLT BRENNAN’s college records.

    Check it out, man!

  68. mf13ss says:


    I want to come clean with ya regarding Trump. I have NEVER once liked the guy, prior to him running and becoming our President: his ego and (lack of) style always turned me off. I mean, he thinks that he’s a statue unto himself, even to this day.

    As a matter of fact, I thought he was a bloody joke to even run for the presidency. My guys were Ted Cruz and/or Rand Paul, and Trump was like the joker or wildcard in play who never had a shot.

    However, his war with the media (which he and I have shared for nearly 30 years), his policies in general, and his brand of conservatism turned me on once the debates began.

    I’ve always felt we needed an ‘outsider’ to clean up Washington, so Cruz and Paul fit that bill for me. Then Trump was like on STEROIDS as a political outsider.

    I honestly feel that Trump accomplished more in 4 years and for the good — despite both sides of the aisle attacking and impeding him — than any other President has since Washington or Lincoln.

    So forgive me as I stand up for the man as he’s still under attack. Yes, his ego is nearly intolerable! Yes, he has a BIG mouth! Yes, he’s MOST polarizing! But YES, he’s actually delivered unlike any president in our lifetimes… and for the GOOD in every single facet, IMO.

    It’s akin to me not liking Bill Belicheat* (in your words: The Evil Genius) at ALL… but I can’t deny how great — albeit polarizing — a HC he has been for our rivals.

    I very much appreciate ya, Stanger! So please don’t take it personally when I stick up for Trump. It’s one of the reasons I don’t like talking about politics on this blog.

    Cheers, Bro!

    • mf13ss says:

      One more thing… I deeply admire your passion for politics. We’re two peas in a pod when it comes to as much, though we differ in our preferences. Nothing wrong with that whatsoever, but I don’t want that to serve in dividing us.

    • stangerx says:

      Then you like Trump. We each have our way to go. If you want to support him next time around then do, but I logically see it as a losing proposition. Maga (and him) lost in 2018, 2020 and the last mid-terms. Not Republicans…. Trump and Maga. There are just enough people out there that don’t like Trump that victory is unlikely.

      You can stick with Trump but DeSantis comes with similar policies and ways with a much greater chance of winning. Enough people are just tired of Trump.

    • CavalierKong says:

      “We’re about to find out two things about the Dolphins in the coming weeks: Is there another level to McDaniel’s smarts, and can Tagovailoa succeed outside of a perfectly curated system?”

      Three top 10 defenses in the next 4 weeks with the playoffs on the line. We’ll find out a lot about this offense and team in the next month.

  69. son of a son of a shula says:

    Coach, I’m not saying I’m just saying having Bryan Cox in to give a pep talk to this team wouldn’t be the worst thing. Just go take care of business.

  70. Mike, I’m not saying Tua doesn’t have to play well. Just that weather conditions may dictate we need to win in other ways if throwing the ball is difficult for both teams.

  71. Krishna says:

    TK, we have and need to win in different ways, regardless of Tua. He’s only hurt the team, so far, and the team hasn’t been able to pick him up…..the whole fucking team from ball boys to MM need to be better. Facts…lol.

  72. Krishna, I’m not arguing with you. Mike is very down on Tua right now and I’m more focused on this game and how the game plan may need to change because of the opponent and weather conditions. Of course we have to play well.

    • Krishna says:

      We have to play better as a team in all phases from this point on….Tua is piece and he needs to do his part just like everyone else….I think you were saying this and I as agreeing, but it seems to me like you want to argue…lol

      • No I’m not arguing. My point isn’t about everyone playing better, that’s a given. My point about winning in different ways is on offense maybe more short quick passes, commitment to the run game, more jet sweeps and maybe some things we have not seen before. Lots of coaches have some plays they keep for certain opponents and situations. On defense we could really use some turnovers and I think we have to contain Allen because I expect him to do a lot of running in the bad weather. We might have to blitz less and keep and eye on him with our LBs.

  73. Krishna says:

    Have a good night, TK. It shouldn’t be this hard to agree with someone…lmao

  74. manitobafinfan says:

    With the weather they are expecting, we will need to successfully execute, and stick with our running game to have a chance .. Allen is the only runner on their team that concerns me ..

  75. manitobafinfan says:

    Best wishes for speedy successful recoveries to Piggy and OD , and any one else who may be dealing with health issues …

  76. randydolfan1947 says:

    THANKS TO ALL OF YOU (BBM, TIM K, MIKE E., etc.,etc.) for the good wishes. Mrs. OD also sends her kindest regards to you folks), including Manitoba.
    The big company holiday party at Tratorria Pasquale’s in downtown Tampa was a huge success. Best of all, since tomorrow’s a work day, I got home at a reasonable hour. Me and Mrs. OD have to get our beauty rest, you know.
    It just occurred to me on the drive home that the Dolphins have a unique opportunity in Saturday Night’s 3rd NFL game of the day at Buffalo. –Wouldn’t it be GREAT if a team from Miami beat Buffalo in Buffalo during a snowstorm??

    The sportswriters would have a field day with that one, wouldn’t they??
    It’s up to the entire coaching staff to come up WITH A WINNING GAME PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH THIS FEAT!! Like, how about having a surfer in a wet suit surf across the 20 yard line to clear a path on the snowy turf for Sanders as he kicks the winning 3 pointer at the buzzer??

    Maybe we could call it “SON OF SNOWPLOW” or something like that!!!
    Time for me & Mrs. OD to hit the bed!!
    Y’all have a great day tomorrow!! The Old Dolfan is out!!

  77. This could be a turnover decided game. Maybe a blocked punt, things like that.

  78. Rockphin says:

    Howie’s List

    🐬 @ 🐃

    🇬🇧 31 – 13 🐃
    🐷 28 – 20 🐬
    ✋️ 38-9 🐃
    🗿32-10 🐃

  79. Rockphin says:

    I have NO confidence that this team will win any more games this season!

  80. Rhino says:

    Howie’s List

    🐬 @ 🐃

    🇬🇧 31 – 13 🐃
    🐷 28 – 20 🐬
    ✋️ 38-9 🐃
    🗿32-10 🐃
    🦏 23-20 🐬

  81. CavalierKong says:

    Howie’s List

    🐬 @ 🐃

    🇬🇧 31 – 13 🐃
    🐷 28 – 20 🐬
    ✋️ 38-9 🐃
    🗿32-10 🐃
    🦏 23-20 🐬
    🦍 21-20 🐬

  82. herdfan says:

    Howie’s List

    🐬 @ 🐃

    🇬🇧 31 – 13 🐃
    🐷 28 – 20 🐬
    ✋️ 38-9 🐃
    🗿32-10 🐃
    🦏 23-20 🐬
    🦍 21-20 🐬
    🦬 24-23 🐬

  83. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

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