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Before writing this article, I had to gather my feelings on what transpired since it is a sad day. The result was a personal reflection.
The program “Wide World Of Sports” once talked about “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” which is what many people in Miami are currently feeling.
I usually write about Soccer especially in the USA and Mexico, but I had to give some time to writing about the Miami Dolphins which is another one of my favorite teams.
My reason for writing is to attempt to get to grips with the sadness in Miami, Florida including my own.
I followed the game in Bleacher Report between the Fins and the New England Patriots.
The ideal thing would have been to write about a victory but the mood in Miami, Florida appears to be one of national mourning. What happened that the Fins were able to win two games and lose the last two of them?
The streets of Miami Florida are filled with many theories such as the strong teams can defeat Miami while the Fins can defeat weaker ones. It appears that while the statistics say one thing, the attitude of a player and a team can be the difference between a victory and a loss.
The New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins by 41 to 14 on Monday Night Football in Sun Life Stadium in Miami Florida. The defeat occurred on October 4, 2010 and it was because of the attitude of the players.
The other reason for the meltdown was that the Dolphins allowed the Patriots to take advantage of them. It was disgraceful seeing blocked field goal attempts, and blocked returns. The Patriots appear to have come back to life while the Dolphins have disgraced themselves by losing in spite of gaining yards.
The Miami Dolphins have announced that they will be hosting a relief fund for Haiti in collaboration with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, the American Red Cross, and Triton Container. The event will take place at Sun Life Stadium on the 23rd of January 2010.
The purpose is to raise money for the people of Haiti who have suffered from the recent earthquake. The current and former athletes as well as the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will be present to collect money, non perishable foods, and medical supplies.
Sun Life Financial has even collaborated with the Miami Dolphins to create a fund which will match every dollar donated with a matching donation of two dollars. The ceiling for such donations will be $300,000
It is great to hear good news from the NFL, the Miami Dolphins, and the world of sports. The lessons to be learned from this article are that not all of the sports personalities are egoists. Many of them have given back to their communities and have helped others in time of need.
The personalities of the NFL have helped in times of disaster with one of the examples being Hurricane Katrina. There have been others who have helped in schools, hospitals, and other areas.
The good deeds of sports personalities deserve to receive as much publicity as the negative deeds. The underwriter hopes one day to see more good publicity of sports personalities helping their community and fewer scandals.
The 2009 NFL Season for the Miami Dolphins is a far cry from the 2007 and 2008 season. It has been marked with five victories and five defeats as well as Ronnie Brown and Chad Pennington being out during most or the rest of the season.
The pundits were afraid that the season would be over with the injury of Pennington and have repeated their predictions after Ronnie Brown’s injury. The game against the Carolina Panthers proved that this was not the case.
The Fins still have life and have been able to cope in their last game with the help of Ricky Williams. It does not mean that they are going to win every game and that they are Super Bowl Material.
The underwriter wrote in previous articles about the meltdown of the southernmost NFL Team in America. He stated reasons such as lack of practice methods that have been tried with success.
The other problem has been the dependence on one player. When Marino was active in the franchise, he was looked [directly or indirectly] as the player who kept the team together.
Pennington, Brown, and Williams have been placed in the same limelight which means increased pressure to success. The dependence on one player should not be the basis for any NFL Football team.
The players of today will be the players of history but a franchise such as the Dolphins must remain independent of such dependence on one person. The team must concentrate on practice as well as attempting to salvage what remains of the current NFL Season.
It should do that by having players attempt different positions and game strategies. The Fins should look forward and not look back with the intention of playing football like it has never been played before without depending on one player.
If this could be done, there is the possibility that the Dolphins may have saved what remains of their 2009 NFL Season before returning to the drawing board in the NFL Draft.
During the month of September 2009, the underwriter wrote about the meltdown of the Miami Dolphins and its reasons. While hoping that he was wrong, the loss to the New Orleans Saints proved that indeed there is a meltdown.
The Miami Dolphins appeared to have started its game against the Saints in its home turf with a big lead at the end of the second quarter. The Fins had everything and was poised to add another win to its already two victories.
The second half of the game was a disaster as Miami made many mistakes with players repeating the same mistakes as the first two games. The defense [in the opinion of the underwriter] was weak and made errors that the Saints were quick to take advantage.
The Fins were disorganized, lacked coordination and organization while the Saints appeared to have come from behind after a lackluster first half. It appeared that the Dolphins made the mistake of resting on their laurels instead of hearing the old adage:”It is not over until it is over”.
What happened to the team that won the Super Bowl and once had a perfect season? It did not learn its lesson and did not train players for different positions. Its reliance on one quarteback such as Pennington did more harm than good when an injury sidelined him for the rest of the 2009 NFL Season.
The best thing that could happen to Miami is the following: attempt to play the best that they can and attempt to win as many games as possible to at least make a decent showing by the end of the season.
When the 2009 NFL Season comes to an end, the Fins can make changes in the defensive ends, quarterbacks, and other positions to strengthen their position. The suggestion that should also be made must be a change in practice tactics.
No team ever won a Super Bowl [or any other sporting event] by pretending to practice before the cameras. The games that are won are won by blood, sweat, and tears. The meaning of blood, sweat, and tears [as well as no pain no gain] is defined as practicing under all forms of weather conditions with maximum discomfort.
The Miami Dolphins will never win any games and much less win the Super Bowl unless that type of practice is initiated. It is total agony since the underwriter wanted to see the Miami Dolphins compete in the Super Bowl 2010 which will take place in its own city.
The Miami Dolphins played against the Indianapolis Colts at home on Sep. 21, 2009. The game, which was featured on Monday Night Football, produced the following results: Ronnie Brown scored two touchdowns for the Fins by rushing for 136 yards on 24 carries.
The other result was Peyton Manning surpassing Johnny Unitas as a team leader in victories for quarterbacks. He also surpassed Vinny Testaverde on the NFL’s all-time yardage list. Manning has 46,232 yards, compared with Testaverde and his 46,223 yards.
The aforementioned historical occasions pale in comparison to the Miami Dolphins squandering all of their advantages to hand the game over to the Colts. What happened was a disgrace that has people wondering “what is going on?”
The people in the streets have said that “the first game doesn’t count” and “this was close, but we will win the next time.” It is these comments and what was witnessed that have this writer asking questions.
He found the answers in an article written by John Friel for Bleacher Report: “No Catch of the Day: Miami Dolphins Could Have Handed the Indianapolis Colts a Loss.”
Chad Pennington is no Dan Marino, since he either does not have the qualities of a leader that is expected of a quarterback or he is afraid to use them.
It is this ambivalence or lack of action that was used to the advantage of the Colts under the stronger leadership of Peyton Manning.
Ted Ginn, Jr., who was the subject of an article written by me on October 2008 (please see “Tedd Ginn, Jr. and Miami Dolphins Cannot Be Written Off“) did a poor job in receiving the balls thrown to him by Pennington. What was Ginn thinking about? He was not concentrating on the game.
The fact that timeouts were used inappropriately, as well as lack of coverage for some of the Dolphin players, contributed to the debacle.
The Fins miscalculated on time, as well. Of course, the way practice is conducted is not conducive to winning games or even the Super Bowl.
The fact that players have been changed does not contribute to a winning team. After all, do not fix a good thing if it works.
The next game is going to be against the San Diego Chargers and it is hoped that the Dolphins can turn around the situation.
The alternative would be the Dolphins becoming the second team in the NFL with no wins during the current season, which would undo all of the accomplishments of the previous season.