Maybe you could call it the curse of Dan Marino.
Since the Hall of Famer left in 1999, the Miami Dolphins have had 16 different starting quarterbacks in 12 years.
Ryan Tannehill may be the closest possibility of changing the dark age of QBs since number 13 retired. But that’s all dictated in what happens in year three.
The Miami Dolphins probably got more attention last season from the public than they have in the past decade. It wasn’t for a good thing. Miami was in an ugly place. Scandals, front office turmoil and Incongito bullied then didn’t bully thenactually did bully. These are things that fans hate and the things that drive them away. It’s time for Miami to turn the page and break on through to the other side of the NFL: Good publicly. That starts with Ryan Tannellhill.
In two seasons, the 8th overall pick from Texas A&M, has a QBR of 79.1%, a compilation percentage of 59.4% and has thrown 36 touchdowns coupled with 30 interceptions. Nothing special, in fact it mirrors the stats of past Dolphins QBs gone astray. But there’s still something there that gives the Dolphins fans hope to hold on. Like a perfectly thrown deep ball for TD. It’s a glimmer of hope. Though often, that glimmer of hope is followed by an interception. He’s been cruel.
Whatever he’s got left in his bag of tricks, it’s time to show it.
It’s now or never for Tannelhill. He’s got the receivers. You know that guy Mike Wallace went to a Pro Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coupling him with Brian Hartline and you’ve got a pretty good duo. One star and one above average wideout. That’s much more than other QBs in the league can hope for.
Miami, itself, has the talent. It’s yet to be determined if it’s Tannellhill or something else holding them back. But what we do know is they should have made the playoffs. They were one win away. The Buffalo Bills. The 6-10 stinking Buffalo Bills. Miami couldn’t seal the deal against them with a playoff spot up for grabs. It’s not about whether that is Ryan Tannelhill’s fault or not. He’ll get the blame. That’s what it’s like being a QB in the NFL, Ask Tony Romo if you don’t believe me.
The narrative of Ryan Tannellhill’s career will be either finalized in year three or begin to be written. That may not fair but it’s the truth.
Next week is the beginning of the end.
D-Day for the old silos that have adored the corridor along I-65 for most of my lifetime will happen ‘mid-week’, a spokesman for the University said.
Everybody is joyous. Everybody hates them. Maybe everybody expect me. I’ll miss those silos. I liked those silos.
I get it. I get it. They’re not the prettiest thing in the world. They’re tall. They’re kind of an eyesore that obscures a view of the University of Louisville campus. However, I’ll still miss them.
You see, for me, those silos represent so many memories. I’m not from Louisville. I’m from a small town 45 minutes South of Louisville by the name of Bardstown.
Those silos for me meant excitement, Sports, and escape from the town that in my younger years I detested.
They always served as the official announcement that I was in the ‘big city’, but more importantly I was a world away from Bardstown. When you’re young and new to the world, everything is massive. Each remotely enjoyable experience is the grandest thing in the world. Those silos we’re a part of that. The silos were there to always give me a friendly greeting. Even if it was delivered by an unsightly object.
Prosperity, hope; the things that Louisville represented were synonymous with those ole silos. Unsightly, odd and obscure; they we’re beautiful to me.
My favorite memories, the ones that involved sporting events, those silos we’re with me every step of the way.
My first College Basketball game with my Father. The American boy’s quintessential memory was accompanied by those silos.
They sat watchful in the distance as my father paid too much for tickets to a Conference USA Championship game against UAB. As we walked up-and-down the streets of Phillips lane, looking for scalpers. Eventually finding myself in the fourth row of Freedom Hall after a hefty expense was paid by my Father. Money that he didn’t have, but money he spent to give me an eternal memory.
They we’re there for my first day of College. A kid who had never experienced much outside of the ebb-and-flows of Country life, was being welcomed by the opportunity the city of Louisville granted.
The silos we’re watchful, as well as comforting as my eyes twinkled when I took my first steps on a college campus. Still in awe of life and what being in this heaven-on-earth location would offer. They reminded me of home. The pillars of distillers that we’re at every corner of the open land in Bardstown, they were like them but they were different in every way.
It’s easy to hate the silos. It’s easy to be happy that they’ll soon be gone. But, for me, I can’t be but a bit sad. For each of my greatest life experiences – well, most of them anyway - those silos we’re with me on the trip.
Next week will be a bit like putting an old dog down to a peaceful rest. You know it has to go. It’s better this way. But, it doesn’t make it any easier.
Jeffersonville, Indiana could do it. New Albany, Indiana could do. Two examples of towns 1/6 of the size of the city of Louisville with 1/8 the budget the city of Louisville has.
Two towns that could put on some type of Fourth of July festivities while apparently Louisville couldn’t.
I’m writing this from a strange prospective. Usually my stories involve a scoreboard, not anything political. I don’t know entirely about the inner-workings of the Louisville Metro Government, but I know a joke when I see one - and my friends, this is one.
I get it, only so much funding to go around. But in a 532 million dollar budget, you would think enough money could be given for one celebration of the Fourth of July. Especially when you realize these two things: Firstly, elected officials received an on average 4.9% raise compared to last year. A year when Fourth of July festivities we’re held. Secondly, crime reports processed by Louisville Metro Police went from 11 a year ago to 36 this year (numbers via Louisville Metro Police crime reports). Just over half of those crimes were violent ones.
Coincidence? Don’t think so. Basic science rules tell me how variables work. When you add something and a different outcome occurs - that’s the reason why.
It may be one drop in the pan. It may be one night. But if it stops just one crime from occurring, one life from being destroyed; isn’t it all worth it?
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The Louisville Cardinals are still looking for a marquee win. They missed another opportunity for that last night. Here’s my story.
You’ll hear them all the season.
All conversations surrounding the Louisville Football team - at least on a National scale - will be engulfed with this. Most of these conversations we’ll be speaking on the horrid schedule of Louisville, and how they shouldn’t be in the National Championship game (I tend to think they’ll be in the conversation).
But perhaps, there will be more things to create controversy in regards to Louisville Football. The Heisman Candidacy of one Teddy Bridgewater, for instance.
The recent addition to the ‘Maxwell Award’ watch list, has been nothing short of stupendous while at Louisville. His numbers coming into the 2013 NCAA Football season? Their staggering. In two seasons at Louisville, Teddy Bridgewater has a chance to break many records that required four seasons.
But the past is in the past, it’s got him in this position, but it’s time to focus on the future now.
This column is well overdue.
I’ve sought out the options.
I’ve reviewed the NCAA rule book.
I’ve seemingly gone through the stages of a recovering drug addict. You know? Denial, Questioning- finally acceptance. At a pace of malleolus in the winter, I’ve came to a sad conclusion- Peyton Siva will never wear a Cardinal Uniform again.
You can call me crazy. You’d probably be right. It’s been quite some time that we’ve known this. I didn’t want to believe it. I didn’t want to accept that a guy who has represented the University I cherish, in such a wonderful way, would no longer be seen on the KFC YUM! Center court. It took Peyton holding up his newly threaded Detroit Pistons jersey, for it all to sink in.
Thursday night, par for the course, Siva took a moment that was completely about him, and made it about the one he represents.
“IAJ” He simply stated. IAJ, a creative acronym he’s created meaning ‘It’s All Jesus’. Something he’s lived his life by and shown others. To Peyton, It’s never been about others, it’s always been about the one he lives for.
Peyton may never be a Superstar in the NBA. But, he’s been a visionary to a City. He may never win an NBA Championship for his own. But he’s won one for an endearingly group of thousands. He may never be referred to as a Hall of Famer. But he’s a hero to many.
Then again, Peyton may do all these things. People have doubted him. People have dismissed him. But silently he’s proved them all wrong. Surely there is no reason to doubt that he would stop now, at the very tipping point of his career.
“I never thought I’d say that anyone had the character of Billy Donavon, but that kid’s right there with Billy.” Head Coach Rick Pitino said about Peyton Siva.
Now I’ve never met Billy Donavon, but surely he’s a rarity of a person as well.
You’ve read the stories about Peyton. You’ve seen the greatness on the court. If you haven’t, you should stop reading, and go to the search engine of your choice immediately. Otherwise, you’d be selling yourself short.
You see, Peyton has a unique gift. So unique, that my lacking knowledge vocabulary can’t find the verbs to describe it. They’d probably fall short anyway. Nevertheless, whatever it is- he’s got it. On and off the court, he makes you a believer. A believer that a guy who was told he couldn’t, could. A believer that glory is not reserved for you to celebrate in, but to help others. A believer that nothing- literally nothing- is impossible.
Peyton has made us believers before.
Expect him to make us believers again.
After all, surely you’ve seen it once, why would you expect anything less? It’s Peyton.
Coming off a Sugar Bowl win, expectations are higher than ever for Louisville football. With one of the most favorable schedules in College Football, anything less than undefeated, would appear to be a disappointment for Cardinal faithful. However, like any BCS team, Louisville obviously will face talented teams certainly capable of beating them. I broke down the top three teams most likely to spoil a Louisville Cardinal Undefeated Season.
I was a co-host on the Weekend Sports Buzz on 1450 AM over the weekend. Here you can find both podcasts. Listen as we talk NBA Finals, Kentucky Football, Louisville Football, Kobe vs Lebron, etc.
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The hiring of Mark Stoops at Kentucky has seemingly brought new life to the Wildcats. A program that has consistently been the doormat of the SEC, is now recruiting like a powerhouse of the SEC.
With two of the latest additions to the ‘Stoops Troops’ (can’t believe I said that, never let me do it again) Kentucky has moved into 5th overall in the 247sports.com 2014 Recruiting Class Rankings. It’s completely unbelievable that Kentucky Football has been able to recruit like this, even this early. It’s quite unearthly, that Kentucky could be rated higher than schools like Michigan, Oklahoma, in anything even remotely close to football. But, that’s exactly what has happened. A team that went 3-8 last year is recruiting better than 1 loss teams. Let that sink in. It’s quite a wonderful feat.
Mark Stoops deserves complete credit for what he has done. He’s done something that Joker Phillips, or even Rich Brooks came close to doing.
He should be praised for that.
However, after receiving emails and seeing things claiming ‘Kentucky will beat Louisville’, ‘Kentucky will contend for an SEC Championship soon’, I realize that a certain reality needs to be noted.
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops and company have created a excitement around Kentucky football that has never been seen.
But, it is sure to die enough…at least for a bit.
To say the Kentucky Football team would win any more than 3 games would be a stretch. Therefore the excitement will eventually die down, when the Cats actually take the field. What happens when the excitement dies down? What happens when Alabama comes into to the Commonwealth and notches a 30 point victory? Where is the excitement level at then?
The point is, Kentucky will be competing against- and most likely losing- to team’s that they’ve won recruiting battles against. When 17-18 year old prospects see this, their perception of the program will change. And sadly for Kentucky, the NCAA doesn’t allow NLAs to be signed in June. Thus their verbal commitment will surely be tested and their will be some defections. I believe Kentucky will be just fine with that happening, but it surely means expectations need to be tempered a bit.
To Kentucky (some, not all) fans, I say this: Slow down. Your football program is headed in the right direction. The new coaching staff has given you a reason to be excited and you should be. But, you should allow games to be played, before you boost about them being victories off the field.
It’s no secret that Rick Pitino has got it going once again at Louisville. The Cardinals will come into the 2014 College Basketball season as the defending National Champions, and also with a proven product. The Cardinals will return 3 players who have been on Back-to-Back Final Four teams and played critical minutes in both, in Wanye Blackshear, Chane Behanan, & Russ Smith.
No other team in the Country can say that.
No other team in the Country can say they have the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player returning…and coming off the bench in Luke Hancock.
Not to mention, the Cardinals return over 75% of their scoring of a National Championship.
While the Cardinals lose glue guys in Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva, they replace them nicely. Taking over in the 5 spot for Gorgui Dieng, will most likely be Sophomore Montrezl Harrell. Harrell has shown nothing but promise in his short time at Louisville. Some mock drafts already have him going in the Top 15 of next year’s draft, as he appears to be poised for a monster season. As for Peyton Siva, replacing him will be quite the challenge. Siva was the undisputed leader of the 2013 Cardinals and a proverbial glue-guy. However, the Cardinals will look to replace him with JUCO Player of the Year and Freshman Chris Jones. Jones certainly has the pre-requisites to be a superstar at Louisville. A prolific scorer in High School, and a guy who has won two National Player of the Year awards at the JUCO level.
Many will cite Peyton Siva’s absence as reasoning for having the Cardinals out of the #1 spot. However, for a Country that seems all but resigned to the fact that the Kentucky Wildcats, will win the 2014 National Championship with a group of Freshman; I find it strange that they can trust 1 at Louisville.