I am sorry but I am unreservedly startled at some of the comments I heard on the sports’ radio talk shows regarding Monday night’s Miami Dolphin’s home opener. My first anticipation was that I would hear the rumbling noise from an angry cadre of fans, categorically fed up with the insulting performance of this team. My second anticipation, was that we would all, joint in disbelief for what I consider one of the worst let-downs ever in the history of the franchise. And last but not least, I thought that maybe, just maybe, some of my fellow-fans out there would have matured some in the offseason.
What I found, instead, was a revelation of sorts. I found that many guys out there, including some professional radio-talk hosts, who get paid for supposedly knowing about the sport, are either outlandishly naïve, or contentiously disingenuous, or both. I don’t know which to believe, but the fact is that there is a horde of mental-midgets out there, who, must have been watching another football game, or must have been smoking some really bad stuff. I don’t think any rational and/or sober individual that watched this game can really, in his heart of hearts, praise anyone in this organization for just about anything. Oh, sorry, yes… barring Chad Henne, of course.
But then again, when was the last time that you saw a QB win a game in the NFL, who had 416 yds. passing and his defense caving to 517 yds., allowed. I can understand a lot of you wanting to deal with “a glass half full” of the 416 yds., instead of a “a glass half empty” of the 517 yds. Me, I am just saturated with watching this franchise not being able to put it all together. Last time I checked, you do not win football games with half of your team not showing up. Monday night’s loss was at best embarrassing, at worst, a major disappointment. Ah! and speaking of disappointments, how long must we wait? When will this franchise put it all together? A year…two, three, five, ten?
I get a real kick out of the “eternal apologists”. Well, look, you know…it is the first week. And..hey Chad had a good game. And, oh yes…New England is a great team! So…NE is a good team. So…I thought it was all about going to the big dance; the Superbowl, or isn’t it? Do you need to beat good teams to go to the Super? Or…are we in a new system that you need only beat the weak teams? Hello! Do you get my point? All I heard on Tuesday morning was the apologists, micro-analyzing the game in ways so outrageously stupid, it made me want to puke. You guys must really have some masochist hormonal disorder, I guess. Tell you what, you can go on making all the excuses in the world for this team. As far as I am concerned, however, you can, if you wish, go on with your “wishful” crusade for as long as you want, I personally don’t think nothing will change in this franchise until our esteemed cheerleading coach is out of here for good. Stop micro-analyzing this team’s strengths and flaws. Stop going into the “cramping” minutiae. Hey, yes, it is true, we all saw it, the team was not ready, even though the last time I checked, the sun goes down at night, including Monday night football. It was, to say the least, a team not ready. Not for Monday night or any night. God save us had this game taken place on one of those blistering sunny days of our beloved city. How will the apologists deal with this one? Blame it on….what?
I am really, really tired of the excuses. And, yes…I am tired of the excuses on Week 1. If you rather wait to Week 16, to really make up your mind, go ahead and do so. I have made up mine on Week 1. That is: Nothing, nothing, nothing has changed. Everything is Déjà-vu.