3 Things Sportsattitudes Takes From NFL Week Eleven

1. Forgive me, Tony Sparano. Never in my wildest dreams did I think those words would hit this blog…but perhaps I should not have underestimated a guy who took a one-win Miami Dolphins team and made them playoff participants the very next season.  Hell, nobody else has ever done that.  I really have been hard on you in prior posts.  I even suggested you pack before the football season even started.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I fully realize Miami is still only 3-7 now after running off three straight wins following a horrible start.  Yet, your Fins have for the most part played really, really hard throughout and not bought into winning the “Suck For (Andrew) Luck” sweepstakes.  Further…your squad left the Bills leaving Miami Sunday after their 35-8 pasting with a truly empty feeling…only matched by the truly large number of empty seats in lifeless Sun Life Stadium.  There were so many seats unoccupied I thought I was watching a Marlins game.  It can’t be easy going all out in front of so few who came out…but you put the pedal down and played all sixty minutes before all sixty or so people in attendance.  To Tony and the entire management and staff, a job reasonably well done to-date in 2011.

2. Forgive me, Marvin Lewis.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think those words would hit this blog…especially after your Cincinnati Bengals are on a two-game losing streak.  However, your team has shown great grit and determination in back-to-back losses to the Steelers and Ravens…noting you didn’t even have rookie star WR A.J. Green in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon.  Down 17 points with 14 minutes left, you managed to get yourself into position to possess the ball at the Ravens’ 7 near game’s end…only down 31-24.  And…you should have been kicking a field goal for overtime instead of being forced to produce a TD.  The only reason you weren’t in that more advantageous position was because of a replay decision depriving TE Jermaine Gresham of an obvious touchdown because of the knuckle-headed logic the NFL employs where a receiver cannot possess the ball and then touch it to the ground.  (i.e. the “Calvin Johnson” rule)  Along with Green, fellow draftee QB Andy Dalton are the finest top-two draft picks your Bengals could have possibly made entering this season.  I have buried you and your organization forever and a day over prior moves and non-moves (including removing you, of course), not the least of which was Cincy’s call to hold onto disgruntled signal-caller Carson Palmer until the last possible moment.  What you got back in return for him will accelerate this exciting return of professional football to Cincinnati.  The Bengals are the real deal.  To Marvin and the entire management and staff, a job well done to-date in 2011.

3. Forgive me, Jim Harbaugh.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think those words would hit this blog…but your San Francisco 49ers are 9-1 after Sunday’s 23-7 home win over Arizona (or Phoenix…whatever).  God knows how you have fashioned that record with this team.  But…looking at how non-different this squad is from last year to this one the only logical reason I know of must be…you.  I have admittedly been hard on you in prior posts.  You are not the most lovable guy…even though this week in facing your brother’s Ravens the attempt will be made by the media to make you and your family into the modern-day equivalent of the Waltons.  Every network showing NFL games ordered one extra camera for all 49er contests since your mid-season, midfield meeting with Lions’ head man Jim Schwartz for one and only one purpose only…to capture you running across the field after each game to shake (hands with) the opposing HC.  I still think there’s a big-time video meltdown lurking within you that will make CNN…even YouTube pause…should we run this?  Yet, I cannot deny San Francisco’s achievements…especially with what I perceived to be mostly second-tier personnel.  To Jim and the entire management and staff, a job very well done to-date in 2011.


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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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18 Responses to 3 Things Sportsattitudes Takes From NFL Week Eleven

  1. Lowdogg says:

    Good rundown. I remain surprised at the Dolphins’ resurgence, and if they finish strong I’d be willing to let Sparano have another try. They need to win at least 4 of their last 6 for that to happen.


    • Thanks, Joe. The Fish really are playing hard…not much difference between wins and losses in this league most of the time and they could have been sitting at .500. If they finish strong you’d have to take a look at retaining him. 4 of 6 sounds like a requirement to consider that.


  2. tophatal says:

    If Sparano carries on the way that he’s been doing in the ‘phins’ most recent games then Miami mayor Tomas Reglado will hand him the Keys to the city of Miami .

    Palko’s moment has yet to arrive and Eli Manning should count himself lucky that Aaron Rodgers does have a sense of humor ! Manning isn’t anywhere near the caliber of his NFC counterpart but yet he believes himself one of the elite qb’s in the NFL ?

    Eli needs to get a grip on reality because his performance against the Eagles this past weekend can be best described as average at best , if that at all !

    tophatal ………


    • Tophatal, I do wish the Dolphins would get more love in Miami. Can you remember when the Orange Bowl was filled “to the gills” for the Fish and there wasn’t a seat to be had? Eli’s comment about being one of the top, elite QB’s is called into question whenever his team fails to “show up.” I have to wonder what kind of leader he is…not just what kind of thrower. Definitely not one of the top five leaders.


      • tophatal says:


        I use to live within the locale for a number of years before moving up to C Florida . To my mind the downward spiral for the organization began to happen when Jimmy Johnson came in with all of his bravura and rag tag tail of assistant coaches . Suffice to say that a 65-7 beatdown by the Jacksonville Jaguars put an end to Johnson’s career as an NFL coach and the spiraling out of control of the organization. That being said I am still not sold on the front office or the ownership group led by Stephen Ross ! He has s a much more shadier persona than his predecessor Wayne Huizenga .

        If as is being speculated upon and Bobby Valentine becomes the Red Sox’s next manager will it be mandatory for the coaching staff and players to wear a big red clown nose or some other form of disguise whilst in uniform ? Just askin’ that’s all !

        tophatal ………


      • I just read yet another report about how much Valentine wants the Boston Red Sox job. They can’t be serious about him. Really?


  3. I also need to ask for Tony Sparano’s forgiveness…never thought I’d see it happen, but he pulled it off.

    Great post!


  4. chappy81 says:

    Nice post. give it up to the loveable losers turned winners! I think I’m already getting sick of 49ers fans the way I was with Giants fans when they won the WS. It feels like the Raiders are forgotten in the media around here, and they’re actually in first place!


    • Those 49er fans were used to winning for so long they’ve all bought in to this sudden success big time. The team has done a heck of a job this season and I just hope we don’t see a rash of broken ankles if they fail to seal the deal and we have folks jumping off their bandwagon. I can see where the Raiders would be “held at Bay” by the San Francisco storyline.


  5. I’ll give credit to Sparano getting this Dolphin team to stick with him and start picking up some wins this season. But one should also not forget that either him and/or management thought it was a good idea to have Chad Henne as the team’s starting quarterback this season. It could be argued that the only reason Miami is doing this well, is because Henne is on the IR. What a disaster of a quarterback that guy is.



    • SG, agreed. Management didn’t think Sparano was a good fit. Management and Sparano didn’t think Henne was a good fit. Now…somehow…everything fits…for now at least. We still need to see how they finish. Looking forward to the challenge in Dallas on Turkey Day.


  6. tophatal says:


    If Valentine succeeds Francona then expect there to be lot of laughs both on off the field . The Red Sox uniform is about to be redesigned to resemble a clowns’ ensemble in paying homage to Bobby Valentine and his antics with the Mets .

    tophatal ……


  7. toosoxy says:

    are we really complimenting the dolphins? awesome. awesome. i watched most of Thursday’s game. we really had a shot. on behalf of my father, i hope they win again.


  8. tophatal says:


    I’m not saying that Ndamukong Suh is a “dirty player” but when former Broncos and Raiders’ player Bill Romanowski is now a member of Suh’s fan club that has to mean something doesn’t it ?

    Hoorah for Bernie Fine’s wife a fine example of a woman not necessarily scorned but somehow she too shares her husband’s same fondness for underage boys . Nice work if you want it ………..not !

    tophatal …..


  9. tophatal says:

    If at all interested ? Merely click unto the link shown .

    He Who Speaks With Fork Tongue Could He Be Presumed To Be A Liar ?

    tophatal …


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