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Gameballs, Dolphins vs. Lions
By on December 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Week 16: Lions 34, Dolphins 27

It is certainly difficult to give gameballs out after a loss, but it’s a little tradition around here and so even though the Fins saw their home record fall to 1-7 today, we still want to do our best to give a little tip of the hat to a couple of individual players who had nice afternoons. Keep reading to see who Jim Mandich, Joe Rose, Jimmy Cefalo, Sam Madison, Keith Sims, John Congemi and I think deserved game balls in this final home game of 2010…

MANDICH: Brandon Marshall (10 catches for 102 yards): He was the player of the day on offense for the Fins. Not much else to say.

ROSE: Richie Incognito: I love how this guy stepped in at center and then later in the game back to left guard. He has shown very nice versatility and he had some really nice blocks in the run game.

CEFALO: Paul Soliai (4 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss): He once again played real strong in the middle and helped stop a dangerous rushing attack. He’s someone I certainly hope will be around here for a longtime.

MADISON: Brandon Marshall: From a defensive perspective, we are seeing teams continue to put two or three guys on Marshall and so as soon as he catches the ball, guys are there. I’m impressed that he’s been able to do as much as he’s done.

SIMS: Ricky Williams (14 carries for 71 yards and 2 catches for 21 yards): His long run out of the Wildcat was tied for the longest play from scrimmage today and all season long Ricky has been playing well and probably better than most people realize.

CONGEMI: Brandon Marshall: Another great job by this guy moving the chains. He makes tough catches and takes a ton of hits but has really come on as of late.

AGLER: Mickey Shuler, Jr. (2 catches for 44 yards): The Fins have been playing around all season trying to figure out who their 2nd tight end should be: David Martin, Jeron Mastrud, Dedrick Epps, and Shuler have all had their shots since the pre-season, and finally today Shuler came up with a couple of big catches and had another erased by a penalty. Really liked what I saw out of this guy and would love to see him more involved moving forward.

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Rodney says:

Im not ashamed of my Dolphins. I see very good things about this team. I see lots of talent and I still believe that great things are headed the Dolphins way. A loss is TOUGH, but some people out there played their hearts out for the Dolphins, and they deserve some recognition for it.

richyrich561 says:

I have beeen a Fin Fan since 1970, when I was 7 yrs old and learned what football was. Born in Miami I have the Dolphins logo tattoo’d to my left arm. I attended many of the 72-73 seasons when we had a REAL team, and countless games since.

That being said, they should take that game ball and shove it up Coach Sparano’s ass.
I dont mind losing as much as losing simply due to INEPTITUDE. I’m just a nobody, but with 4 minutes to go in a game, on a very windy field, where running is the most probable option and a ten point lead, we could have kneeeled on the ball 3 times and punted and let the defense win the game. Now I’m nobody, but that is a simple FACT.
With That being said, how do our genieses at base camp justify their million dollar salaries?

One Very Ashamed Dolphin Fan.

mikestarace says:

My reference above to the Red Sox is just so people understand that I have seen all the heartbreak anyone can imagine in following a sports team. So many Red Sox teams were so close to winning it all when I was growing up, yet they could never do it. Only until Theo Epstein changed the process by which the team is built did winning become regular. The same thing is beginning to happen with the Sparano staff. Just a few more upgrades in talent, a change in offensive philosophy, and continued support from the fans and this organization will see great improvement for years to come. GET OFF THE LEDGE!!!

mikestarace says:

I have been a fan for over 35 years. I remember the super bowl teams, and Dan Marino is one of my greatest heroes. I am also a Boston Red Sox fan, having grown up in New England (Maine). I have to say that I am very disappointed in this year’s Dolphin team, but I am far more disappointed in the fans this year. No where else do you see a team, especially the struggling, out of the playoff teams, suffer this kind of lack of support. Did anyone really expect this team to do anything more than make the playoffs, if everything went perfectly? We all need to get off the ledge, and realize that this team is much better off than they were before the Big Tuna and Sparano got here. They continually find talent deep in the draft. The defense is now play off caliber, and just needs to get deeper in the second team talent so when we inevitably lose players to injury, we don’t have the drop of in play as we have seen this year. The offensive line is the problem with this team, not Henne. We need better play calling, run the ball more and more effectively, and continue to build. Everyone is on Henne for his 3 years of inconsistency, but we have to remember that he didn’t play much his first year. For some qbs, it takes longer to “get it”, especially under pressure. Are you telling me he isn’t better than, say, Trent Dilfer, Jay Fiedler, etc.? He is much better, and his surrounding cast, namely the offensive line, needs to get much better too. I for one am looking forward to next year, and I hope I get the chance to see Henne, Sparano, et al. continue to develop into what I believe will be a championship run very soon.

cudlow says:

mike – I agree with your comments about Chad Henne. He will be a very good QB if we ever get a decent head coach and an offensive coordinator who knows what a football is! Parcells was the reason we got totally stupid this year and started the weakest QB in NFL history – Pennington instead of our future – Henne. Henning should have been fired a long time ago. Soprano with him. Cowher said he would coach in Miami – the owner needs to make that happen ASAP. Buffalo last week – the worst run defense in the league and Ronnie and Ricky combine for only 17 carries. How stupid can we be? Frankly, Ronnie, Henne, Jake Long, and many others need to go to the owner and demand that he get an offensive coordinator that knows what football is or else they won’t play next year. We are young and talented and it is a great shame that we do so poorly because of stupid coaches!

shepjm99 says:

Please please stop this tradition. This team is emberassing and gameballs should not be given out. This is ridiculous. We need to stop looking for reasons to celebrate. We lost again at home. Truly pathetic!

richyrich561 says:

I fully agree. When you lose a game that you played well and fought the good fight but lost, then give praise where due. But when you lose SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU CANT FIGURE OUT HOW TO KILL 4 MINUTES WITH A 10 POINT LEAD then you dont talk about giving out game balls, you talk about shoving them up certian coaches asses.