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!