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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Only the weather and time are different here

LONDON -- I'm heeeere!

Flew in this morning and boy are my arms tired.

Here are some random thoughts from across the pond:

I almost fell off my chair reading the item my colleague Barry Jackson had about Jimmy Johnson. In the span of 10 paragraphs Johnson says he won't give Wayne Huizenga any more advice because he told the owner Nick Saban was a good hire and, "screwed up," doing so.

Then he goes on to say the Dolphins should draft a cover corner, keep Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas, and play John Beck immediately if not sooner. Do you see why Huizenga has been wrong so often with this team? He listens to and relies on the wrong people to give him advice.

Why is Huizenga accepting advice from Jimmy Johnson? Because he's on TV?

Jimmy Johnson is the same guy who agreed to return to the Dolphins for the 1999 season after he'd already quit in his heart. He's the guy who tried to alienate Dan Marino that final season and play Damon Huard. He's the guy who, having failed to deliver on the promise to take the Dolphins to the Super Bowl in three years, then convinced Huizenga to hire Dave Wannstedt. I know the guy won at Dallas and The U, but he was a failure and a flake with the Dolphins.

Remember 62-7?

And Huizenga was still listening to him when the Saban hiring became an issue? That alone is reason enough for Huizenga to realize he's listening to the wrong folks.

Speaking of Huizenga, he was the NFL headquarter hotel here today, the Landmark Hotel, to help pump interest in Sunday's game. I think NFL folks were surprised by how blunt and candid Huizenga was about how bad his team is.

I know it's hard to feel bad for a BILLIONAIRE, but I have compassion for the guy because of his attempts to make the Dolphins better. I know he's made mistakes listening to people who no longer know what they're talking about -- one example of which is above -- but you can't complain about his well-placed intentions.

Anyway, I wrote about Huizenga's presser in my column for Friday. It should be online within the next hour or so.

The weather here, by the way, is Northeast gray and rainy. It's in the low 50s. It's a nice change of pace, actually. But given my choice, I'd rather live in that slice of heaven called South Florida.

Cheerio, as they say here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your most recent entry from London was very informative. I feel so much more knowledgeable about the Dolphins than I did thirty seconds ago.

Note sarcasm.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous sjbytes said...

Flippers just fixed their NFL worst run defense. They signed running back Samkon Gado. How bad must Lorenzo Booker be? Don't sign a big fat run stuffer like...oh, ummm, oh yeah, Grady Jackson but they pick up a running back who's been cut by 2 teams.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Maybe Lorenzo didn't gave a passport? LMAO

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zach ain't even making the trip to London. This is going to be ugly.

4:14 PM  
Blogger James A said...

is there a copy of WH presser anywhere?

4:55 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

Hey Mando

When you get back you need to put your foot up the asses of the I.T. people at the Herald its after 5pm and they still haven't posted your column about Wayne H. This is why it always seems you don't have the late breaking news!!!!

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its easy for Jimmy to give advise when he was at the beggining of the garbage we see each Sunday. It was Jimmy who drafted John Avery, the same running back that couldn't stick in the WWF league. It was Jimmy who quit and turned over the reigns to that coach who can't win at the college level. He was excellent at UM, great at Dallas and @#$%@ for my Dolphins. POO POO on his advice. We need players, period!

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been a bit of a nip in the air and grey over cast here in Florida all day too.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was that? Henny Youngman (probably not)?

I believe there was once a World Football League that would be more in tune with what the NFL is thinking. I agree that it will be a bad idea, and doesn't it kind of take the Nation out of NATIONAL Football League?

If they are going to attempt this folly, why not try Canada first? I would include Mexico too, but, no offense, I visited there once, and it was a less than warm welcome, even though it was hot as blazes.

Make us proud Dolphins!!!
(Is that too much to ask?)

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the kind soul who made a reference to sticking a foot up an IT person's a%%, let me educate you. I would wager you that the people holding up that article are Editorial by trade, not Technical. Trust me, IT people are pretty smart. I have serious doubts about you, however.

Why am I not surprised? Mr. j dizzle, the angry fizzle.

Go Dolphins!!!

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And one more thing, it's very possible that Armando, once approved, posts his own articles.

Go Dolphins!!!

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't have said it better myself. Johnson lobbied for Shula's job and basically wrecked the team with his stupid philosophies (cutting off Marino's ability to audible) and poor offensive drafting (Yatil Green, John Avery, Cecil Collins, JJ Johnson, etc.). Huizenga is a fool in my book for convincing a man with no hear to return and after getting pasted 62-7 in Marino's last game, allowing Johnson to hand pick his successor. What a tragedy. The pig face devil lives on (and I hate Notre Dame but that's a great moniker they gave him back in the UM days).

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Kurt In Tampa said...

Actually the part about focusing on cover corners in a draft that has several good ones makes sense (at this point I wouldn't mind if it were our first 2 or 3 picks).

Keeping Zack and Jason makes sense, so does finding out if Beck has potential prior to the draft.

So what am I missing here?

As far as JJ goes - I'll give him good grades for judging draft talent, but his arogance and treatment of Marino is unforgiveable.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous The Weatherman said...

NORTHEAST gray and rainy?

Don't you mean NORTHWEST gray and rainy? (I had the misfortune of living in Seattle for 20 years and know what I'm talking about)

11:38 PM  
Blogger Iron-Man said...

Thanks for sticking it to Jimmy Johnson. Talk about a guy who is completely living on past glory.

Like many others, I thought Jimmy was the answer. It was very sad to see him and his poodle at various news conferences giving excuses and having his pathetic "woe is me" attitude after he had done so much to get Don Shula fired. Jimmy Johnson came here and left like a big bag of hot air.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

"Flew in this morning and boy are my arms tired."

Oh Armando. Why you chose journalism over a stand-up comedy career, I'll never know. :-P

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why such hatred for Jimmy Johnson? He only won a couple of superbowls. He could have done the same with the Dolphins had they not forced him to win with Marino. Listen to Jimmy. He knows what he's talking about. Like there's anyone better out there. You see where we are now with the leaders we have now.

2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we can be an international embarassment instead of just a national one. thanks for volunteering us for this big H.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Hey Armando:

While you're at it, and while the NFL is in the midst of all of the hoopla in trying to develop support for the NFL across the 'pond,' maybe you can do all the NFL fans in the UK a BIG favor: that is, ask why NFL Sunday Ticket isn't available over here.

Unless I'm totally missing the boat, the only coverage we can get in the UK is on Sky Sports. They offer four games (two in the equivalent 1PM EST slot and two in the equivalent 4PM EST slot). Often, the best games aren't shown (because they try to cover each NFL team at least once a season ... so sometimes they end up broadcasting meaningless games between bad teams JUST so that they have covered each team; makes NO sense). The result is thats one is left to chose between games that aren't very inspiring.

Just a hunch, but I bet that allowing UK fans access to ALL the games via Sunday Ticket would allow the fans a much greater choice of games ... and would increase interest in the game (and fan support for the NFL) considerably.

So, how about it?? Do some good investigative journalism while you're over here and let us UK fans know why the NFL hasn't introduced NFL Sunday Ticket to the UK. Also, ask if they are planning to do so and when.


6:59 AM  
Anonymous Ali from London said...

I think Beck should play soon but the call to play him as soon as the Patriots (as some where wanting) would have been feeding the lamb to the wolf's

I do feel he should be played but I also feel that with every draft a team should pick a QB. Maybe not in the first 2 rounds but it shouldnt be a case of Beck comming in then saying "well he's good lets just stick with him" they should always be looking to improve each position. I mean look at the Pats (i know everyone does this but they are the template at the moment) they've got Brady.. arguably one of the best QBs in recent history.. and they've still draft a rookie QB. Your thought Amando

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding: "Anonymous said...
To the kind soul who made a reference to sticking a foot up an IT person's a%%, let me educate you. I would wager you that the people holding up that article are Editorial by trade, not Technical. Trust me, IT people are pretty smart."

Wow! Please educate us some more! You certainly KNOW the problem is editorial and not technical because, well ... because you're a technical guy! And I wouldn't have known whether to take your word for it, but then you told us to "trust" you, so now I know you're right! Thank you for your technical prowess and for educating us!

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's grey across much of the northern hemisphere this time of year... and nobody in Britain says 'Cheerio'. Ever.

Considering the rest of the content, I'm far from convinced you're anywhere near London.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Kurt in Tampa:

You're a fool. JJ drafted 4 decent players during his stint in Miami, none of whom were first round picks (Zach, JT, Madison and Surtain). JT is a borderline HOF'er. The rest were good players. How this makes him a draft guru is beyond me. He gets way too much credit for drafting well in Dallas. The fact is that he had the #1 pick in the draft and Aikman was the consensus #1. Michael Irvin was a holdover from the Landry era and Emmitt was pure luck. JJ actually wanted to draft Tim Worley from Georgia but the Steelers beat him to it. Anybody know what car wash Worley ended up working at. He wasted a #1 pick on Steve Walsh (bust), Russell Maryland is hardly a HOF'er with the #1 pick in the draft and he wasted numerous other picks (anyone remember Hall of Fame first round pick Kevin Williams, the WR/KR from the U?). JJ was a fair evaluator of talent who really couldn't draft offense, only defense. His coaching skills are almost non-existent. If he didn't have the best talent, he couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag. Even when he did have talent he still lost when he should have won (anyone remember the 1984 Canes who lost in the last seconds to BC and UCLA and had the biggest college choke ever when Maryland with Frank Reich came back from 42 points down? How about the 1985 Sugar Bowl blowout to a less talented Tennessee team? What about the 1986 Fiesta Bowl loss to Penn State? Did he ever win a close game at Dallas? If he was such a great coach, how did a half-awake Barry Switzer win the Super Bowl with his team? Point made. He's the pig faced devil.

8:30 PM  

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