Are You Ready for Some Miami Dolphins’ Football?!?

Is it a coincidence that the Miami Dolphins were selected for HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series in the offseason? That would make sense, because all signs point to a difficult season for the 2012 version of the team, which begins a new era with Sunday’s game against a heavily-favored Houston Texans team from Reliant Stadium. The Dolphins have a new head coach in Joe Philbin and rookie Ryan Tannehill won the starting quarterback job with an impressive preseason. Tannehill gained the edge when recently-released veteran David Garrard suffered a knee injury during training camp, and Miami fans are counting on the youngster to be the franchise’s next great quarterback since Dan Marino.

The Texans will likely have both quarterback Matt Schaub and five-time Pro Bowl wide reciever Andre Johnson on the field at the same time, something frequently lacking in 2011. Rookie Whitney Mercilus and former Cowboy Bradie James anchor the defense, looking to improve a unit that was 4th in points allowed last season. Miami will be starting rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They’ll look to Reggie Bush to take some pressure of Tannehill. Bush rushed for a career-high 1,086 yards in 2011, his first season in Miami. Both teams have something to prove in Week 1. From the looks of it, the Dolphins will have a harder time proving it.

Ryan Tannehill, Picked eighth overall in the NFL draft, may have the toughest test of any of the five rookie quarterbacks starting on the NFL’s opening weekend. He goes against a Texans defense that ranked second in yards allowed and set a club record with 44 sacks in Wade Phillips’ first season as coordinator. “They don’t have as many exotic pressures and zone blitzes as you will see from other teams, but they’re really good at what they do,” Tannehill said. “They believe at what they do and they’re crisp at it.” Tannehill will make his NFL debut at Reliant Stadium, where he led Texas A&M to a bowl victory over Northwestern in his final college game last December.  

Tannehill may be right about the Texans defense, but does he know what division they are in

Nevertheless I am ready for some Dolphins Football and can’t wait to see the season start.

 

 

Dolphins to start up Tannehill era in Houston | Fox News

Dolphins Vs. Texans: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More – SBNation.com

Dolphins set to open Tannehill era against the sack-happy Texans | News-JournalOnline.com

I Heart Radio and I heart IHeartRadio.com too!

I have fallen in love with IHeartRadio…

I realize that it’s Clear Channel, but I do like their programming, and they offer similar features to Pandora in addition to giving me the ability to listen to local radio stations too.

iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital service that lets you find more than 1,000 Live Stations or create commercial-free Custom Stations featuring the artist you select and similar music.

 

FIND: The Best of Live Radio Listen to more than 1,000 Live Stations from coast-to-coast including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and college. Browse by music genre and location, then hit the scan button to move from station to station within a format. Or check out iHeartRadio Originals — our digital-only theme stations.

 

CREATE: Custom Stations with Unprecedented Control Simply pick a song or artist to create your own commercial-free, uninterrupted Custom Station featuring music from that artist and similar ones. Choose from our catalog of over 14 million songs and 400,000 artists. Use iHeartRadio’s exclusive Discovery Tuner to control how much variety you want in your station.

 

http://www.iheart.com/

Why you shouldn’t join Facebook

I couldn’t agree more with this guys assesment that if you don’t already use facebook, you should just stay away…

Clearly I use Facebook, but I don’t like it as it exists today; it’s cluttered, tired, and bloated. It used to be bursting with articles I wanted to read and interesting tidbits from friends lives. Now, I begin to lose faith in humanity when I see what people (whom I had assumed were good, wholesome folks) are really watching on Socialcam. What was a useful destination is now more an unwanted trip to visit a distant relative, who remembers everything about you, and also happens to be a hoarder. So if you’re not on Facebook, why should you stay away? In a nutshell: because you’ve made it this far.

 

 

Another reason I ultimately warned my neighbor to stay away: You’ll never leave. Kicking the Facebook habit isn’t easy – you’ll have become so dependent on it that you won’t have a backup means of contact for many people, losing contact with them forever. The company doesn’t want you to leave, naturally. Trying to deactivate your account (not delete, deactivate – like leaving a xenomorph in stasis rather than blasting it out the airlock) leads you to a page where a selection of your friends you interact with frequently say they’ll “miss you,” as if leaving Facebook will have some catastrophic effect on your relationships in the real world. You are also required to give a reason as to why you’re going. They make you try and feel lame for leaving a kickin’ party early… and it works.

 

 

A one-way street Non-users should just stay away from joining Facebook. The site has become so embedded in the online experience that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to fully tear oneself away from the infinite stream of pictures, posts, and pokes after you step into it. While that may seem enticing to some, it has reached a point where signing up will thrust you into a confusing, overloaded world that you might not be prepared for. Especially given, at this point, everyone you know is already a power user, patiently awaiting for you to click on that invitation email that has been sitting in your inbox for months. If you’ve successfully navigated life for the past five years without help from Zuckerberg, congratulations. Proceed straight to Go and collect $200. If not, get back there. Your FarmVille crops are thirsty.

 

 

Opinion: If you’re not already on Facebook, just stay away | Digital Trends

New HBO Show “Newsroom” has me hooked…

Sorkin, creator of the idealistic White House drama “The West Wing” and the award-winning screenplay writer of Facebook movie “The Social Network,” also told journalists that the next episode of “Newsroom” will deal with the capture and killing by U.S. forces in 2011 of Osama bin Laden.

 

 “Newsroom” has been one of the most talked about new shows on U.S. television since its debut on HBO in June, with critics and fans divided over its utopian portrait of what TV news could be and its portrayal of news reporters.

 

Sorkin’s use of recent news events, including the 2011 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Japanese tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown, and the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords, has offended many journalists because he appears to be critical of reporting and errors made while reporting breaking news.

 

 “I didn’t want to make up fake news. I didn’t feel we would be able to relate to fake news,” Sorkin said. But he added, “I didn’t do it so I could leverage hindsight, so I could make our characters smarter.”

Sorkin stands by Newsroom, denies firing writing staff | Reuters

Basketball Etiquette – How to End a Game with Class, and Other Unwritten Basketball Rules

Pay attention… Cause I’m only gonna say it once.  If the NBA can “respect the game” and the winning team dribbles out the clock in the final seconds, then the same level of respect should definitely apply at lower levels. 

Closing a basketball game with respect is a top ten unwritten rule of sports.. It’s respectful to players, and most importantly to the game…. And It’s hated by the fans when players don’t respect the game.

In North American sports, “running up the score” occurs when a team continues to play in such a way as to score additional points after the outcome of the game is no longer in question and the team is assured of winning. In United States and Canada, it is considered poor sportsmanship to “run up the score” in most circumstances (exceptions are listed below); sporting alternatives include pulling out most of the team’s first string players, or calling plays designed to run out the clock (e.g., in American football, kneeling, running the ball up the middle, punting on first down).

I have seen it time and time again.  Middle School Teams, High School teams (Even in Christian leagues), and Some College Teams.  Teams with insurmountable leads continue to press, run fast breaks and run up the score…  It’s sad. It’s disrespectful to the game.  If they don’t do it in the NBA then why do it in lower level leagues?

So, I have an even harder time understanding when a coach at a YMCA basketball game doesn’t follow the ettiqutte practiced by the top professionals in the game….  In a recent blowout…. his team has a 13 point lead with 35 seconds on the clock, they are still running a full court press and then steal an inbound pass under the opponents hoop?  Really?  What’s the point? 2 more points? Then double teaming and practically fouling a player on the losing team while he is taking a half court with less than a second to play?  Not only does this seem to break the ethics of basketball, but is it congruent with the philosophies of that organization?

The Ethic of Reciprocity — often called the Golden Rule in Christianity — simply states that we are to treat other people as we would wish to be treated ourselves.  Almost all organized religions have such an ethic. It is normally intended to apply to the entire human race. The YMCA states on their national website on the bottom of every page: “The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”   It surely would fall into “putting Christian principles into practice” to coach and develop players to handle themselves appropriately when their teams have an insurmountable lead.

Basketball has 3 well known “unwritten rules” based on the same ethic of reciprocity..

1.  Never pad your stats.  For example, a player shouldn’t shoot threes late in a game where his team is up big just so he can beat the record for the most threes in a game.  A player shouldn’t intentionally miss a shot so he can get the rebound a have a triple-double for the game.  A player shouldn’t pass up wide open shots because he trying to break an assists record.  These are examples of padding your stats intentionally.

2.  Never shoot a last second shot if your team is ahead big.  This is just considered unsportsmanlike.  Usually at the end of a lopsided game, if the winning team has the ball for the last possession, the losing team won’t even bother to guard the offensive players.  This is a sign that the losing team has conceded the game.  At this time, the player with the ball should just dribble the ball and run out the clock.

3.  Never press a team that you are beating soundly.  Even if you are a team that likes to run the full-court press, you should not do it when the game is strongly in your favor.   It is just not proper to do.

 

I’m not saying that in a blowout you should tell your players to “stop” playing.. but here’s some ways to handle a lopsided game…

First Half – No change – play your game and build as big a lead as you want.

Second Half (when you know that the lead is insurmountable).  Yes this requires a subjective judgment call.  But clearly with under a minute to play and a greater than 10 point lead, you can easily make that judgment.  NBA teams might be able to recover a 4 possession deficit in 60 seconds but most High school and lower level teams do not stand a chance. So end the game with some class.

 

Top  List of Good Strategies & Solutions

Substitution Patterns

1. Get the starters out as soon as you realize that the lead is insurmountable.
2. Experiment with players in different spots. Put the big guys outside and vice versa. It will limit their effectiveness and they will enjoy it.

 

Defensive Strategies

Presses

1. Kill the press

2. No full court, no half court, no double teams, no corner traps

 

Man to Man

1. Fall back – no defender plays tight on the ball or their man outside the three-point arc.

2. Quickly adjust your match-ups. Take best defenders off the opponent’s ball handlers.

3. No traps – no pressure.

 

Zone

1.   1-3-1: Forget it. Puts too much pressure on passing lanes.

2.   3- 2: If you must play 3-2 make sure outside defenders do not contest perimeter passes. Keep top man in foul line area; allow the ball to be reversed from side to side.

3.   2-3: The best bet is a flat 2-3 zone. Keep the best defenders on the baseline.

 

Offensive Strategies

Fast Break

1.Drop it. Instruct team to pass it to the point guard every time they get a defensive rebound. Tell point guard to walk it up the court.

 

Half-Court Offense

1.Set the minimum number of passes before a shot is allowed.

2.Call plays that you usually run against a different defense.

 

Offensive Rebounding

1. Tell two best rebounders to get back on defense – don’t crash.

2. If you do get an offensive rebound – bring it out – reset the offense.

 

Some great resources:

Running up the score – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

RealClearSports – Top 10 Unwritten Rules of Sport – Don’t Shoot As Time Expires

Versions of the Golden Rule in 21 world religions

Unwritten Rules Of Basketball

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