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I thought dolphins were supposed to be intelligent. Posted on 12/29/2002.

Here's the situation.

You're up 24 to 21, with 2 minutes and 46 seconds left on the clock. Due to some bad luck on the kickoff, you're on your 4 yard line. Your star running back has run for over 150 yards and scored two touchdowns.

So. You're deep in your own field, you've got three minutes left, you're winning, and one of the leagues best rushers is on your team.

What do you do?

If you're the Miami Dolphins, you execute three pass plays in a row. As it happens, each of them fails, and you punt from your 4 yard line.


(Actually, I'm guessing "Wha'?" is what many peterme readers are thinking, as in, "He's talking about football? Wha'?" Anyway.)

What on earth was the Dolphins coach thinking? All they have to do is eat up the clock. The best way to do that is with a ground game. They've got a great runner who could no doubt get 4 and 5 yard rushes consistently, and maybe break one open for a longer gain.

And they throw? Three quick plays that return the ball into the opponents hands, who then kick a field goal, send the game into overtime, where they win?

If only for that bout of terrible play-calling, the Dolphins don't deserve a go at the playoffs.

Here's what I'm calling: Raiders and Packers in the Super Bowl. And I think the Raiders win it this year.

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I'll go with the Raiders and the Eagles in the championship, with the Raiders winning. What a tragic day it'll be.

Go Steelers.
Posted by dave @ 12/29/2002 06:16 PM PST [link to this comment]

As a diehard Pats fan (I'm from Foxboro), I have to say I completely agreed with Miami's strategy. :) Too bad New England still missed the playoffs.
Posted by Christine @ 12/29/2002 07:31 PM PST [link to this comment]

Go Jets! (Might as well start rooting for'em now that they somehow made the playoffs.)
Posted by Lou @ 12/30/2002 04:38 AM PST [link to this comment]

You know I've admired you for quite some time but the Raiders??? (and it is strange to "hear" you talk football) : )
Posted by Lisa @ 12/30/2002 08:22 PM PST [link to this comment]

Nobody ever said the Miami Dolphins were smart. You are confusing them with water dwelling mammals that really are smart. Don Shula was smart. When it came to football teams, "He could take his'n and beat your'n, and he could take your'n and beat his'n." -- at least so said Bum Phillips when he was coaching the Houston Oilers.
Posted by BJMe @ 12/30/2002 10:20 PM PST [link to this comment]

Well, since my team choked on a big plate of crawfish tails this year and tanked like a tourist on Bourbon Street for the last Tuesday before Lent, I'm a bit non-involved...but hey--I'll go with my neighbors & look for a Pennsylvania Superbowl: Philly vs. the Steelers.
Posted by Joe @ 01/02/2003 05:41 AM PST [link to this comment]

there's no way we can be had, because we got the Chad.

GO J-E-T-S!!!
Posted by sean @ 01/06/2003 10:01 PM PST [link to this comment]

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