Sunday, December 26, 2010

Detroit Lions Center Dominic Raiola Swears at Miami Fans

I'll have some more family-friendly tunnel footage up later, but just HAD to put this up. Leaving the field, Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola decides to tell fans in section 156 to -- well -- you watch the clip.

The funny thing about this incident is that it doesn't seem as if he was provoked. Miami and Detroit aren't much of a rivalry, and -- if anything -- the crowd was turning on Chad Henne and Coach Tony Sparano by the end of the game. It's been several years since I've heard a player cuss out Miami fans leaving a game. Buffalo used to be notorious for that during the 1990s. However, players are more careful these days, knowing that there's always a smartphone or camera on them.

I don't know what Dominic was thinking. He's usually a lot classier than this.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tennessee Titans - 7 QBs in a Day

In a game that featured SIX quarterbacks lining up under center (Henne, Pennington, Thigpen, and Ronnie Brown back in Wildcat mode for Miami vs. Collins and Vince Young for the Titans), even Brandon Marshall threw a long pass that fortunately fell incomplete into quadruple coverage.

This was certainly a fun game to be at, and not just because it was Miami's first home win of the season. Who would believe that Miami can be 5-4 after winning just one game at home?

No, what made this truly fun was the giddy vibe in the stadium as the defense forced turnovers, kept Randy Moss in check (just one catch in garbage time in the final quarter), and the excitement over the whirlwind of quarterbacks.

It doesn't get any easier from here. Miami has to come back on Thursday night against the Bears. Sadly, I won't be there -- so no "Tunnel Today" videos from me, but I'll post some more clips from the Titans game later this week.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins 10/24/10

This one hurt, because it wasn't Pittsburgh or Miami that decided the winner -- but the refs with a notoriously blown call. This clip was during merrier times, when both teams were coming out of the tunnel. It was raining a bit, though it went away before the game actually started.

This could be why the Steelers spent a little extra time under the tunnel, except for Flowzell Adams who trots our into the open rain.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Steelers are the better team. However, Miami had a very good shot at winning this game. If only one of Carpenter's 5 field goals had been a TD. If only the zebras had made the right call with 2:30 left to go in the game, and Roethlisberger's fumble -- clearly recovered by Miami -- was called correctly.

Last year the refs stung Miami in a call that allowed the Saints to score before the half (instead of time expiring as should have been the case). One can always argue that that was the deciding factor in the Saints win, because it gave them momentum, but it's always open for debate.

This one has no debate. It should have been Miami's ball on the 20. Yes, Pittsburgh had 3 timeouts, so Miami would have had to eaten up enough of the clock with a first down. Still, even if Miami would have punted with -- let's say -- a minute and change left, Pittsburgh would still have had to drive down the field to get in field goal range.

You blew this one officials -- and the league has to know it.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins 9/26/10

The home season finally began, with Miami at an inspiring 2-0 after a pair of hard-fought victories on the road.

Yes, the Jets had the better of Miami -- even without Revis -- so I guess it's a good thing I scaled back on the smack talk. Obviously I watched "Hard Knocks" so I was able to razz Cromartie about his kids and Rex Ryan about his snack, but I tried to walk the high road for the most part.

Okay, so maybe I shouldn't have offered to take Braylon Edwards out drinking on South Beach later. I was also warm to Jason Taylor, despite the overwhelming boo-birds in the audience (and the fact that he showboated a bit after sacking Henne).

Oh well, onto next week.

I'm not sitting in my tunnel seats come Monday against the Patriots. I'll be nearby in the club seats, but I'll post anything of relevance then.

Go Fins!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Maurice Jones-Drew Celebrates Pro Bowl TD in Miami

Here's something you don't see every day. In one of the stranger Pro Bowl celebrations, Jacksonville Jaguars' Running Back Maurice-Jones Drew rubs his eyes in crybaby mode, then goes to hug Viktor -- the Minnesota Viking mascot.

Jaxson, the Jacksonville mascot eventually comforts him and walks him back to the AFC sidelines.