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Life is Meaningless...

... at least for Jets fans.

Pfui. What a terrible way to end the season, losing to the hated Dolphins. With the season on the line, Mark Sanchez played an awful game, and Santonio Holmes failed to show.

Oh, well. It's "wait till next year" for Gang Green. Rex is going to have to make a lot of off-season changes. I still hold out hope that Sanchez can be the franchise qb we need, but the team needs to get back to the "ground and pound" attack of 2010 and (especially) 2009. We may need another RB to pair with Shonn Green, especially if Tomlinson retires as he threatens. Maybe Joe McKnight can fill that role, but I'm not sure. And the D needs help as well. A safety to take the place of Eric SMith, the weak spot in an otherwise outstanding secondary, and a kickass pass rusher / sack artist so Rex won't need to blitz so much.

I suspect we'll have a new offensive coordinator as well, though I am not convinced that Shottenheimer was the problem.

The Dolphins played with a lot of heart, considering they had nothing to play for. Must say, though, the number of empty seats in the stadium was shocking. Almost the entire upper deck appeared empty. That would never happen to a Jets or Giants game, no matter what the team's record was. I know Florida fans have a bad rep for turning out only for winning teams... certainly true for the Jaguars in the NFL, and for baseball's Marlins as well... but I'd thought better of Dolphins fans. And the condition of the field was pretty shocking as well. Torn up to hell and gone. Players were slipping and tripping all afternoon, and there were big divots everywhere you looked.

Let's hope the Giants can salvage some joy for me and the Big Apple tonight. Die, Cowboys, die!

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cres34
Jan. 1st, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Seen the game..
Yeah, not a good way to end the season.

Saw it in-between watching the Saints pummel the Panthers to the ground...not that it mattered in the end, 49ers edged out the Rams, so Saints will face the Lions next week. (As the Falcons are dishing out a beatdown to the hated Falcons.)
hippoiathanatoi
Jan. 1st, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Your sorrow is my joy -- a season with a win over the Jets can't be all bad. But man, what an absolutely brutal start Miami had to the season. 0-7 is just ugly. 6 wins and 3 loses in the back half... I'll take that, I guess.

Floridian sports fans can be very callous and fickle. A lot of it does have to do with having fairly young franchies... but as you say, the Dolphins have been around for a pretty long time, and there's been enough time to really grow a deeper loyalty.

I remember our teacher teaching us the Dolphin's song at school when I was 7 or 8 or so. Admittedly, that was so we could sing it for the visiting dignitaries (foggy memory tells me they were Mark Duper and Lorenzo Hamilton), but still -- never had a pro team's song taught to me at any other school I went to, and being an Army brat I went to quite a few.

All that said, I've had family there tell me they've passed up going to some of the games because they can't afford it right now. South Florida was pretty hard hit by the economic woes. So maybe that's at play for others, too.
smofbabe
Jan. 1st, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
I remember our teacher teaching us the Dolphin's song at school when I was 7 or 8 or so. Admittedly, that was so we could sing it for the visiting dignitaries (foggy memory tells me they were Mark Duper and Lorenzo Hamilton), but still -- never had a pro team's song taught to me at any other school I went to, and being an Army brat I went to quite a few.

And it's a really terrible song, too :->
hippoiathanatoi
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
It is absolutely awful. And strangely well-suited to a bunch of 8-year-olds. The tackiness of it suits Miami so very well.

Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins #1!
smofbabe
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
The only classy thing I remember from that era when I was in school was that they had Flipper in a pool in the stadium near the end zone :->
ruylopezdefns
Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
Did you ever play football? Your pic kinda looks like an ESPN profile shot, as if you're taking off your helmet after a winning play.
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2012 06:48 am (UTC)
Football? Hah?

No. Always a fan, never a player.

I played chess.
ruylopezdefns
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oops, Ser, I was actually referring to the hippoiathanatoi poster. His pic reminds me of a 70s era football player taking off his helmet after winning a game. Or maybe that's something I saw in a movie as I know very little about football.

I did not know that you were a chess player! Of course I should have known after reading Dance with all the cyvasse references. Honestly these were my favorite parts... I could just see the games being played. Speaking of which, are any plans in the works to create a real cyvasse, possibly utilizing a chess variant but turned around for Westeros? That would be cool. I imagine it would get a lot of fans interested in learning about chess.

I live and breath chess myself, as you can tell by my name.

Enjoy your Giants victory, good ser!

Ruy Lopez Defense over and out.
smofbabe
Jan. 1st, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
And without Reggie Bush, too! A half-empty stadium is a bit shocking but hard to blame the fans for being disenchanted with attending a meaningless game at the end of our third losing season in a row, a season that started 0-7, and an apparently clueless management.
grrm
Jan. 1st, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Hey, it was the Jets! Your big rivals!! And Jason Taylor's last game! You'd think they'd turn out for that. I don't find it hard to blame the fans at all. Blame, blame, blame.
smofbabe
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Well, true about Jason Taylor's last game - you'd have thought more people would turn out for that. They probably have just written the season off by this point. (Also, not sure how hot the rivalry is with the Jets any more now that the percentage of people from Miami who are originally from NY has dropped dramatically :-> )
xraytheenforcer
Jan. 2nd, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
I was so conflicted during that game, knowing that one of my friends was going to be happy and the other crushed. In the end, I'm glad the Dolphins won, because having one mediocre team in the playoffs is enough reward/punishment for the NY/NJ area for one year.
danbuter1
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I'm a Giants fan for tonight's game. I never want the Cowboys to make the playoffs ever again.
bookish_adw
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
GO BIG BLUE!... please, give us a win tonight. So I don't have to see my family wearing those silly Cowboys apparel and being all happy :P
gislebertus
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
To be honest, they won't even turn out for winning teams, either. Baseball attendance when the Marlins were winning wasn't exactly sterling. Maybe south Florida is just allergic to baseball -- who knows -- but with that brand new park, and the amount of money the Marlins are throwing around, if they don't pack the seats, it is going to be a disaster.

Sorry about the baseball interlude in the middle of football musings. It's sad to see the Dolphins have low turn out, given the storied history of the franchise.
wee_em_cee
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
I went to USC with Mark, so to see him struggling like this is hard. He's a great guy and has the potential to be a great QB, so I hope this was just an off season for him...
quique12
Jan. 2nd, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Sanchez is way below average for a QB. I don't think he is the answer for a franchise QB. He has had 3 seasons and hasn't improved much. They need a QB that is at least average and another back to complement Shonn Green.
nestdweller
Jan. 2nd, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
Giants are playing the Cowboys tonight? I can hop on board for that barrel of hate! Go Giants!
juular
Jan. 2nd, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
The Jets probably didn't have much of a chance in the playoffs, disappointing as the loss may have been.

You've gotta be impressed with the Packers these days; the best QB in the league takes a day off and his backup throws for 500+ and 6 TDs or whatever it was.
driftinscotty
Jan. 2nd, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Spiteful Happiness
I'm a Dolphin fan, and you're absolutely right, George. While I take a slight, sick pleasure in seeing my team help to show the Jets the door to the off-season, the (lack of a) crowd was pretty shameful. If nothing else, at least come to see the final game of Jason Taylor, arguably the greatest defensive player in the team's history!! The guy's likely going to be a Hall of Famer, and he had to be gutted looking up to see so many empty seats. The Dolphins truly did have a really strong fan base for a long, long time. However, after a decade of mediocre play, the fans are getting more and more turned off. It's a sad thing when the highlight of your team's year is that they simply prevented a rival from making the playoffs. Playoffs that they themselves didn't even get the slightest whiff of.
danbuter1
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
At least life won't be full of pain, since the Giants made the Cowboys look bad. Manning to Cruz for crazy yards!
nycfalcon
Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Jets have personnel issues. I'd start with getting rid of the owner.

I believe that the changes in rules make "ground and pound" football obsolete. You need a passer. If you aren't going to give him a boss O-line then you have to be certain that he's mobile enough and football savvy enough and accurate enough to make up for that. Obviously Sanchez at this stage of his development wasn't. That could be due to poor coaching (no off-season didn't help) and lousy play design and calls. If they can give him decent protection he has the skilled position players to be a winning QB.

The defense was pitiful. Especially since they have the best cornerback in the game. Rex doesn't have the players for the type of defense he has designed.

Can Rex and Tannenbaum figure it out for next season?
lucrezaborgia
Jan. 2nd, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
I lived in Miami most of my life and moved to Green Bay 3 years ago. WOW what a difference in fans!!! It's not just about win or loose for Packers fans. Every home game has been sold out for the past 50 years. Think about that for a second...every home game! Want season tickets? No problem...just wait 30 years!

steveelliottnyc
Jan. 6th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
The only cool thing about that debacle of a game was how respectful and decent the Jets were with Jason Taylor after the game. They could have sulked off the field but so many went and over and congratulated him... it was a classy scene from a team that sadly played without much class.
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