At Last There Is Nothing Left To Say

http://scooterandhum.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.htmlMy Idol Matthew Good, a Canadian artist, musician, human rights activist and realist titled his first book At Last There Is Nothing Left To Say.  After years in a highly prolific and successful band, he decided to go solo.  He felt what had worked for so many years, wasn’t working for him anymore or the changing music industry.  His band was capping his artistic depths.  Released more than 10 years ago, the book was a re-start for Good.  The title hadn’t crossed my mind till the Thursday night Miami Dolphins season collapse against the Chicago Bears.  The title started to speak metaphorically for the Dolphins history.  After off-seasons of high optimism into seasons of complete hopelessness, frustration and anger, I didn’t feel like there was anything left to be said.  It had all been said already and was falling on deaf ears.

Remember in the off-season when Stephen Ross claimed the Dolphins were Super Bowl bound this year?  That was before Bill Parcells cowardly ditched the organization, leaving them high and dry literally, while he collects a generous “severance” for the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 seasons without doing a single, flaccid thing.  Super Bowl bound?  That was before half-a-season worth of appalling, bi-polar play calling from the just-as-awful offensive coordinator Dan Henning, which was put into action spinelessly through head coach Tony Sparano.  Starting quarterback Chad Henne, in what is only his first full year of starting at QB, would become the scapegoat to Henning’s inability to figure out other NFL teams defenses.  At this point, I’m convinced he’s a spy for the enemies.

One last ditch effort to start Chad Pennington over Henne ironically imploded in the face of Sparano, but mostly in Henning’s.  Even the worst of coaches can compete against a mediocre team like the Bears with a third-string back up who actually has comparable numbers to their starting QB.  Tyler Thigpen is certainly not a starter in the NFL and everyone but Henning was aware of that after Miami’s first series against the Bears.  He opted to run the ball only 7 times the entire game, instead having Thigpen pass the ball 29 times seemed to be a much better option.  Henning apparently doesn’t believe in balance.  Jim Rome on his daily TV show, Rome Is Burning on ESPN yesterday, pointed out Henning’s failed play-calling in his opening segment.  It’s about time Henning took some recognized heat out in the open.

What ever happened to guts, man?  It doesn’t exist on this team or anywhere within the organization.   “Walking the plank,” “man overboard” and every other god damn nautical theme for “it’s over” can apply here.  There is no one assuming responsibility, but importantly no one assuming the benefit of the whole over the self.  To keep the metaphor going, no one is ‘”manning the helm” of this Miami sinking ship.

I’m angry and I don’t know many Miami fans that aren’t.  I’m a domestically abused partner who doesn’t know how to walk away from something for memory of the good days.  Half way through the 2010-2011 season, my cup is much more than half-empty and it’s drying up quickly.  At last there is nothing left to say.

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  • Ron Granger

    The sad thing about all this is the next phase looks even worse (probably Carl Peterson & Herm Edwards). I don’t think Bill Cowher would be interested as long as we have this flash-over-substance owner, although I think he would have been a great fit with the 3-4 defense already in place. If the team hadn’t been sold I believe Parcells would have stayed longer and made the corrections (personnel & coaching) needed. I unfortunately am not optimistic about the future under Ross. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

    • Nando Casinelli – brokenheartboy

      I think Cowher might be a better fit than you think, taking into consideration his other prospects in the NFL for next year. However, I don’t think Sparano is going anywhere. God willing, let’s hope Henning is gone.

      • Ron Granger

        I agree, Henning has to go. I think Sparano may be gone as well unless he pulls off a miracle. Why he gutted the interior of the O-line is a mystery. You are your record, and his has been a steady decline since year one. My concern is that having driven away Parcells, Ross is not a football guy and will make things worse. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  • Daddio

    Make that a longsuffering domestically abused partner. I figured I’d be dead before the Fins win another Superbowl. I’m thinking I’ll be gone before the next playoff victory :P

    Rehire Shula, lol.

  • http://phinfanatic TenFinFan

    Good comments. I went to the game Thursday night. Came down from Tennessee. I don’t know what else to say. There were a few positives, but very few. At least when the offense broke down, Thigpen was able to scramble a bit. But the defense could not get off the field. We had no run defense, no pass defense, could not complete a turnover(interception), and we had no offense could not run, we could not catch a pass. I don’t thing we had 100 yards offense till the 3rd quarter. The play calling was pathetic. I understand we could not run the ball. But, we could not pass the ball either. Perhaps the saddest thing was listening to Chicago Bears fans who took over Dolphin Stadium with their chants. Clearly the passion lef the stadium by half time. But by the end of the game I’d doubt if there were even 1000 dolphin fans left. What is left to say. One question though. Why did Brandon Marshall not go through pre-game warm-ups like everyone else? Was he already injured or what is the deal?

  • Laura

    Sad season for the Fins I am afraid. Perhaps they will get lucky and hit a stride these last few weeks but not looking too good. If any Fins fans don’t know this you can get video footage from the team right as a text message. Just text dolphins to 757575 I have been getting updates and it is cool, I am not seeing these videos posted anywhere else, just thought you would like to know.

  • pjam70

    Good article. Your point is well written and clear. I agree with you 100%. I wish somebody could answer a question for me though: why was Bill Parcells departure so abrupt? Did Ross tell him to pack up,or did he really bail on a sinking team that HE put into place? I know Ross bought the team in mid-transition,but all of these people were put into place by Parcells,correct? I have been a Dolphins fan(stuck in Illinois by the way)since I have been old enough to catch a football.I have been there for it all. I miss the Dan Marino days so bad it hurts. I understand there is a high personnel turn over in this business. But why can’t we,for once, get the proper management in place and get headed in the right direction?

    • Nando Casinelli – brokenheartboy

      I wouldn’t say that Parcells departure was ‘suddenly’ abrupt. In the pre-season he started to insinuate that he would be leaving and then moved all his stuff out of his office. That’s when everyone knew he was serious. It’s unknown whether he was jumping a sinking shift or really thought the staff he had in place knew what they were doing. Parcells has refused to talk to any media. He is no dummy. I suspect he knew something wasn’t right and he also knew that he could leave his contract after the 2nd year and get paid for year 3 and 4 by doing absolutely nothing. So then, why would he want to stay? He did place all the current staff on the Dolphins so unless we get some clear answers from the Dolphins organization or Bill himself, then my guess is we will all continue guessing.

  • http://twitter.com/javinbur POWER OF DA TOWER

    “THE INCREDIBLE STINKING, SHRINKING, SINKING, NON-THINKING MIAMI DOLPHINS, DEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY “NO REAL LEADERSHIP AT DA TOP” (steve ross), NO REAL HEART, NO REAL COURAGE, NO REAL BALLS, NO REAL GUTTS, NO REAL TEAM UNITY, NO REAL VISION, NO REAL COACHING, NO REAL RUNNING GAME, NO REAL PASSING GAME, NO REAL GAME PLANNING, “NO REAL TALENT”, NOBODY REALLY REALLY SHOWS UP TO FUC’N PLAY, ” WE CANT WIN AT HOME” BECAUSE WE HAVE “NO FUC’N REAL DESIRE 2 PLAY & WIN”, NOW WE CANT EVEN SCORE A FUCN FIELD GOAL & DEY HAVE NO CLUE AS 2 HOW R WHY”…
    “WE” DA DOLPHINS FANS DESERVE da best n da finest steaks n all da superb side trimmin’s n YOUR house presented 2 us on da football playin’ field BECAUSE WE R PAYING 4 DA BEST…but definitely with-out it bein’ served 2 us on top of a stinkin’ garbage can lid”… (“mr. steve ross & your idiots”)…jeff just sits n da corner of his office all day wit his thump UP his u kno wat,his policy n statement is dat he has a hands off approach, hes not gonna touch nuttin’…”a real coward rite”)…

    “WE WON DA DIVISION ONLY THREE YEARS AGO…..NOW.
    “WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE WEN EACH YEAR N EACH WEEK N EACH GAME IT GETTS WORSE N WORSE”…2 EXTREMELY WORSER WE BELIEVE…(there is such a word as worser…da dolphins staff will prove it…IT’S CALLED MUCH WORSER)…
    “DA HEAD @SS OF DA WHOLE @SS OF DEM @SS HOLES – DAT FORMULA HAS NEVA WORKED…
    DA HIGHEST DEFINITION OF EMBARRASSING, PATHETIC, & DESPICABLE IS (STEVE ROSS OWNER OF DA MIAMI DOLPHINS) N HIS GUTTLESS N CLUELESS WONDER BOYS (JEFF IRELAND & MIKE DEE = “AA++” N EMBARRASSING)-(COACH SPARANO = “AA++” PATHETIC PERFORMANCE)-(STEVE ROSS = “AAA+++” N “YOU R DESPICABLE” 4 keepin all of dem idiots) “WE” BEING DA MANY “LOYAL FANS” OF DA MIAMI DOLPHINS, “WE” WANT DA OWNER N HIS GUTTLESS N CLUELESS WONDER BOYS (WE R WONDERING WAT R DEM IDIOTS DOING OURSELVES) JEFF IRELND, MIKE DEE, N ALL OF HIS SUPA LOUSY AT BEST DOLPHINS GAME PLANNING COACHES 2 PUT THEIR (HD) “HIGHEST DEFINITION” ON EXACTLY WAT WAS DAT GARBAGE DAT WAS PRESENTED 2 DA MIAMI DOLPHINS “SPORTS COMMUNITY” N DA MANY, MANY “REAL LOYAL MIAMI DOLPHINS FANS” BY DAT “EXTREMELY AWFUL N MISERABLE PERFORMANCE AT HOME ONCE AGAIN N AGAIN” (IMPERSONATING A PROFESSIONAL NFL FOOTBALL TEAM — DEY REALLY STINK) — CONVINCED YET — ONCE AGAIN…”NOBODY SHOWED UP 2 FUCN’ PLAY” N (“WE GOTT NUTTIN’ — O”)
    TOTALLY UN-ACCEPTABLE
    “WE ABSOLUTELY DESERVE A MUCH, MUCH BETTA PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT PRESENTED 2 US DEN DAT AWFUL, MISERABLE, STINK’N GARBAGE DAT STUNK DA PLACE UP N ALL OVA DA FOOTBALL PLAY’N FIELD”…
    p.s…”WE” R PAY’N DA BEST PRICES 4 DA BEST TICKETS N 4 DA MOST EXPENSIVE N LUXURIOUS HOTEL SUITES N DA CHOICIEST STEAK DINNER AT DA FINEST OF ESTABLISHMENTS — “N WE R SHELLING OUT REDICULOUSLY HUGE BUCKS EVEN AT SUNLIFE STADIUM”…BUTT (“STEVE ROSS”) N HIS STAFF IS HAVE’N “DA GAME” PRESENTED 2 US “ON TOP OF A GARBAGE CAN LID” AT SUNLIFE STADIUM FIELD OF PLAY BY (DEM “IN-EPT N AWFULLY PATHETIC MIAMI DOLPHINS DATS ON FULL LIFE SUPPORT RITE NOW…MR. STEVE ROSS HERE IS A REAL A CLUE — “DALLAS N MINNESOTA”) — “WHY R WE CLAIMING ALL OF DIS DISCARDED GARBAGE OFF OF DA SCRAP PILE”………[email protected] (just bring me a huge bag of “CHEESE PUFFS”…CUUM ON MAN — and leave dat damn trash can lid on dat awfully, despicable stink’n trash can ok)…