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Here's what you might have missed while you were out enjoying yourself this weekend:

RICKY IS READY
Here's an interesting and exciting nugget that Barry Jackson throws out to us in the Miami Herald yesterday:

A friend of Ricky Williams said he has never seen the running back more determined and that Williams speaks of wanting to be one of the NFL's three to five best backs. Bill Parcells, who told Williams he believes in him, has pushed the right buttons, and Williams knows he needs money for his family.

This is the kind of information that Dolphin fans have been dying to hear.  When you couple Ricky's determination this offseason with the fact that Ronnie Brown's rehab seems to be ahead of schedule, it's hard not to get excited for the potential of a much improved offense in 2008.

However, the thing to remember, of course, is that a running game is only as strong as the people who are opening the holes for those backs to run through.  And right now, the Dolphins are lacking 40% of their starting offensive line.  Hopefully, however, this is something that gets taken care of once the draft rolls around.  Until then, though, I'll ask you all to join me in having visions of Ricky and Ronnie running for touchdowns in our heads.

I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE QUESTIONING MATT RYAN
Frank Cooney, of NFL Draft Scout, runs of the best online draft sites.  And a lot of that is because Frank has some solid connections and really knows what some teams are thinking.  For instance, last year, he had John Beck as a potential late 1st or early 2nd round pick.  As it turned out, he nailed that one right on the head.

With that said, I present to you two quotes from Frank's site.  The first can be found here, at his mock draft:

Although Miami could select QB Matt Ryan to compete with last year's second round pick, John Beck, many teams do not even have Ryan in their top 20!

The second quote is on the site's page for prospects whose draft stock is falling:

Despite reports to the contrary, Ryan did not help his stock during his March 18 Pro Day.  Characterized by some as a candidate to be the first overall pick, Ryan's lack of prototypical arm strength and marginal athleticism left many of the hundred-plus scouts attending the workout questioning if Ryan has the upside to warrant such a high selection.

Now I know the pro-Ryan fans will say that this is just one person's opinion, but like I said, he has some connections to the scouts of NFL teams.  and I believe him when he says that some teams don't even have Matt Ryan in their top 20.  And if that is indeed the case, how in the world could the Dolphins spend the top overall pick on him?

I've said it before and I'll continue saying it until draft day: The Dolphins will not draft Matt Ryan.

MLB'S OPENING DAY 2008
Ah yes, it's opening day for Major League Baseball.  And as I promised, I got a baseball diary up and running, which can be found right here.

Also, if you are a baseball fan, might I suggest checking out the SB Nation blog of your favorite team?  Ironically, that's actually how I ended up running a site like this.  I learned of SBN just by looking for a great St. Louis Cardinals site.  What I found was Viva El Birdos, the absolute best Cardinals site there is.  And that site is what inspired me to look into running a Miami Dolphins site for SBN.  and the rest is, clearly, history...(sort of...eh, not really).

Anyways, enough of my rambling.  Thoughts about any of this below...