There is nothing I hate more than a cheater. People who cheat possess low character and view winning above all else. I used to have a lot of respect for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick because of the exciting football he put on the field and his ability to get players on his team to take less money than they are worth, because they believe in his plan. I did not like how he treated Bernie Kosar and Drew Bledsoe even though their careers were on the downside. You have to replace aging team icons with a little more class. That should have tipped me off to his character.
And then there is his relationship with his best friend Nick Saban. We know him well as a person of low character. Stories of how he treated his staff and lying to the fans while he courted Alabama. I have no problem with a coach who feels he is a better fit in college football than the NFL, but there is a better way of doing things. He did not even explain himself to the fans, but left owner Wayne Huizenga on the hook to clean up his mess. Low character. Winning is everything.
Call me crazy, but I will take Don Shula's Miami career over what Bill Belichick produces at New England. I would rather win with class over cheating paranoia.
So, with that said, let's send those cheaters packing with a sweep of the 2008 season. The Patriots are improved but so are we. If the Dolphins offensive line can keep the Patriots defense off of Pennington and open up some holes for Ronnie and Ricky then you can be assured that the Dolphins will come out ahead.
I love a good laugh, so, I am going to show you my favorite "spoof" on Spygate. Enjoy!
Hold on to your Yellow Hankies, refs.
One of the reasons for Miami's success this year is the fact that they do not beat themselves. The Dolphins rank tied for 2nd in the NFL in allowing the fewest penalties and you can credit Coach Sparano for the improvement. Watching games coached by Wannstedt, Saban, and Cameron was a frustrating experience because of the multiple penalties we had to endure. So, with the Patriots the least penaltized team in the NFL and the Dolphins the 2nd least, it will be up to the teams themselves to pull out the win.
New England - 31 penalties
Miami - 42 penalties
Seattle - 42 penalties
Pawfectgent (David Grotefend) Speaks Out
Our Tuesday blogger went off on the Patriots this week on our forum with his usual satire, and I thought you'd enjoy reading it.
The Patsies without their ill-gotten video-loot are like Richard Tyson's character (the fearsome bully who pummels everyone) at the end of '3 O'clock High', when he loses his brass knuckles and gets NAILED by the little weak kid he's been harassing. He takes the blow, looks absolutely stunned that he's gotten creamed (his face was EXACTLY the face you saw on every Patsies fan in the stands last time we played), and then falls out.
Belicheat the Scandalous has ruled the AFC East with an iron fist and a corrupt soul for LONG ENOUGH. Let us rise up and thwart his evil schemes, my fellow Phins! Let us cheer our Aqua army as they go out to do battle with the Patsies' undead horde.I never thought I would live to see anyone I despised as a single individual in the NFL more than Al Davis.
I have. William I of Belichick, Count Cheatriot and Duke of Disgrace.
I know nearly everyone reading this will have perused some form of Playoffs blurb, here or elsewhere, and gone over the myriad Playoff possibilities for the Dolphins. I know, and it's probably very natural to do so.
Not so much for me. I took a peek, but from about five minutes after the Raider game was history, I was thinking about NE, and nothing else.
Aside from a few I worked with, the Pats fans I met here last year are 'snowbirds', that obnoxious fowl that migrates south to their winter digs when the putrid weather in their homeland drives them away.
They come down with money and attitude: working stiffs like me depend on the former and thus must tolerate the latter.
Going to my local Duffys to watch several of the games last season, I naturally encountered many of their ilk (more than I ever have in the past, as several bandwagon-riders of course hitched a lift- I bet you saw the same phenomenon). The VAST majority were a mirror image of their team's leader: arrogant, scornful and with a snotty air of superiority. I have had some of the most condescending, patronizing, ridiculous crap hurled at me by Patsies that I ever have.
Of course, we were at our lowest ebb, our worst year ever, and they were at their highest peak, so perhaps that played into it. Just like an arrogant bully to kick the dog when it's helpless.
Our surprising Phins will face the toughest game they have this season on Sunday. They won't be thinking of anything but beating us.