Song of the Day August 7th
Song: Working at the Car Wash Blues
Artist: Jim Croce
Album: I Got a Name
The Dolphins signed Jay Cutler on Sunday, ending speculation about what move they would make at the quarterback position in the wake of Ryan Tannehill re-injuring his left knee during practice last week.
Cutler wasn’t the only name under consideration by the team. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports three other names that were bandied about at some point before Cutler became the newest member of the team.
As you’d expect, Colin Kaepernick was one of the names. The other two reported by Salguero were Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton.
Tebow, who now plays minor league baseball in the Mets system, played for Gase when Gase was the quarterbacks coach in Denver during the 2011 season. The Broncos won the AFC West and beat the Steelers in a playoff game that year before trading Tebow to the Jets the next offseason. Current Dolphins exec Mike Tannenbaum was the Jets General Manager at the time, but Tebow’s stay with the team was far less fruitful on the field.
Orton was also on the 2011 Broncos, so familiarity with Gase seems to be the common thread with them and Cutler and Salguero adds that some names were discarded quickly.
Orton was waived in November after losing the starting job to Tebow early in the season. He has not played in the NFL since 2014 while Tebow’s last stint was with the Eagles in the 2015 preseason, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if any consideration of bringing them to Miami fell into the short-lived category.
In 2012 Ellie Goulding came out with the song Anything Could Happen, and since then I for one have been hoping that was truly the case with my man Tim Tebow getting another shot as an NFL quarterback.
It was in January of that same year when Tebow made his last start as a NFL QB against my beloved New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. A game the Patriots would win 45-10 en route to an AFC Championship.
Tebow went 8-5 as a Bronco starter during that magical 2011 campaign before getting traded to the New York Jets once Denver signed Peyton Manning. Tebow holds the distinction of being the only QB in NFL history to lead a team to the playoffs and never start another NFL game (excluding players who retired after the season).
After a wasted 2012 season as a punt protector/occasional running back with the Jets, Tebow was cut and he hasn't made an NFL roster since.
He went to training camp with the Pats in 2013 and Eagles in 2015, but he's yet to play in a regular season NFL game since the 2012 season despite having a winning record as a starter with more touchdowns than interceptions. While his completion percentage was frankly horrible, I do believe Tebow deserves to be in NFL. The dude just found ways to win, which is all that matters. As Herm Edwards said:
I think it's frankly bullshit that Tebow never got a true chance to fail as a starter. Sure he was unconventional, but he got results which at the end of the day is all that matters.
Much like the current Kaepernick situation I think teams didn't believe the overall talent was worth the distraction. It's like the football version of the "hot vs crazy scale" from How I Met Your Mother.
Plus Tebow can't really be a back-up given his style of play. Given Tebow's unique attributes it doesn't make sense to have him as a back-up when you'd need an entirely different system for him. But the point remains that tons of bums with way less accomplished in their careers get chance, after chance, while Tebow did not. **Cough, cough Ryan Fitzpatrick** If Timmy went 3-13 with 40% completions and more INT than TD I'd understand why he's out of football, but he never did. All Tebow did in the NFL was win.
But even as the biggest Tebow fan in the Northeast, (and possibly the entire contiguous United States) I can't lie, I have kinda, sorta given up hope that Tebow one day will again be playing quarterback in the NFL, in what would definitely be the greatest comeback story of all time. I keep holding onto hope that Doug Flutie was out the NFL for 8 years before he was given another chance, so it could happen again. For now it looks like I'll have to keep dreaming.
When it was announced Dolphins starting QB Ryan Tannehill will miss the entire year I didn't even consider Tebow as a possibility. That's how bleak things have been for him on the gridiron, plus he's busy hitting home runs for the (High A affiliate of the) New York Mets.
When the news that Jay Cutler signed with Miami first broke I was actually excited. I've always kind of liked Cutty. Mainly because I'm not a Bears fan, so his mediocrity and attitude never really affected me. Plus I kind of love how he rips butts and just doesn't seem to give a fuck. You like that in a QB when he's not your QB. Cutler is a guy you could totally see yourself being able to crush beers with. As a Patriots fan the idea of getting to play Cutler twice (if he doesn't hurt) this season really got my blood pumping since they'll be essentially sure wins. I'll give Tannehill all the credit in the world, he usually plays well against the Pats. He's beaten the Patriots three times in his career.
While I am still firmly pounding the "Colin Kaepernick should be in the NFL" drum. (its-an-absolute-joke-colin-kaepernick-is-still-unsigned.html) I'm not one of the people saying the Dolphins didn't sign him because of all the kneeling stuff. It definitely could've played a factor, but at least they signed a guy with a decent resume in Jay Cutler. It's not like when the Seahawks signed Austin Davis over Kap, the Giants giving Josh Johnson (who stinks on ice!) a two year deal or the Ravens signing some dude who played in 4 games in college over Colin. Signing Cutler makes a lot of sense given his relationship with Dolphins' Head Coach Adam Gase, which is also why I believe Tebow's name was in the mix. You also have to factor in how Cutler was essentially retired, it makes sense for a one year fill in while Tannehill tries to get healthy and ideally return next season.
I was grabbing a beer with a buddy when I saw the news about how the Dolphins "considered" Tebow, and honestly as a believer of Timothy Richard Tebow it really upset me.
You can't fucking tell me that, bro. Talk about getting my hopes up for nothing. Now the wheels in my brain start turning, and I start thinking, "Weeeellll if they thought about it, maybe other teams have too".
It's like when your mom or dad would say "Let's go get ice cream!" so you get all excited, but then you end up not getting ice cream. It's the false hope more so than going without that hurts. You'd rather just never even have the possibility of ice cream on the table. That's basically how I feel here, like my mom said let's get ice cream then drove right by the place to go to Whole Foods. I can deal with Tebow being finished as a football player, but I can't deal with false hope of a comeback.
Plus sometimes it's just better to not know. That's why I don't check my phone for hours after a blackout, if you never see it, it didn't happen. I cannot reiterate this enough: You don't talk Tebow and NFL unless shit is actually going down. To me this is like the boy who cried wolf also yelled fire in a movie theatre when there isn't one, while falsely being promised ice cream.
I just need to know how seriously the Dolphins were considering Tebow. Did someone in the Dolphins' war-room just say "how about Tebow?" and get laughed out of the room/fired on the spot for mentioning it? Or were there serious discussions in bringing Tim Tebow to the 305? Like did they call the (St Lucie) Mets to talk about a potential Deion Sanders/ Bo Jackson situation? I honestly don't know which situation would hurt me more. Don't get my hopes up if it wasn't legit, because now after giving up and coming to terms with reality, I'm sucked right back into believing Timmy could get another shot. Hopefully when Cutler gets hurt in the 3rd game of the year they'll be able to sign Timmy if he isn't too busy hitting bombs off the Apple in the outfield of Citi Field.
Happy 40th Birthday, Tom!
Stole this picture from ESPN. After what they did to this man I think that's fair.
Oh Tommy Boy. Even though you ghosted my autograph request 13 years ago you are still one of my favorite people of all time.
In case you didn't know today is Tom Brady's birthday. But it's an extra special one as today TB12 turns TB40 (that was sooo fucking lame). 40 years ago today the world became a better place because Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. the greatest quarterback who ever lived became a part of it. After the repeal of the 20th Amendment, Treaty of Versailles and advent of television, August 3rd 1977 in probably the most important day of the 20th century. Elvis Presley died less than two weeks after Brady was born, my guess is because he knew there was a new king in town.
Today is Brady's first day of the 40's and he's still the best in the league.
Fun fact: In 12.5% of Brady's 40 years on this planet he has been a Super Bowl champion. After this year it'll be nearly 15%! All the credit to Himalayan pink salt, avocado ice cream, and not eating tomatoes. I saw this stat about Tommy's 30's that is absolutely mind boggling.
The dude didn't lose a regular season home game (that mattered) (also I was there am-i-bad-luck-for-the-patriots.html) to an AFC opponent for his entire 30's. Essentially an entire decade of dominating the AFC. Sure he lost a few playoff games at home, but statistically that's going to probably happen when you're playing home playoff games every single year.
Here's another ridiculous Tom Brady stat. More wins in his 30's than five hall of famers had in their entire careers.
Okay one more crazy stat/fact? You got it.
What I think is the most remarkable thing about Tom is how at 40 years old he doesn't seem to be slowing down, if anything he's only getting better. Last season he went 14-1 as a starter, and in the one loss he drove the Patriots within a yard of tying the game. Since turning 35 before the 2012 season Brady is 59-17 during the regular season with 156 passing TD to only 37 INT. Oh and he's won another two Super Bowls.
To me the only question remaining is what's next?
Is he going to fall off a cliff like Peyton Manning? Can this guy really play another five years? I hate to think this could be Tom Brady's last season with the Patriots but given his age and Bill Belichick being Bill Belichick you never know.
All I know is that I love Tom Brady and so do these people.
Happy Birthday, Tom from your friend Ryan aka Doz aka Dozie aka Dozo aka Ole Dozo aka Dozah Parks aka your biggest fan here at DozOnLife.com if you could tell our friend, Dave Portnoy to give me a look that'd be greatly appreciated.
Can't wait until when you win another Super Bowl this season.
You know when your parents say "I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed"? Well I'm both.
Now I know shitty weather happens, and there's nothing you can do about that.
I'm not some crazy ass hole mad at the Red Sox because it rained, that would be lunacy. I'm not mad at the Red Sox for calling the game, I am mad for how they did it.
I'm very upset with my favorite baseball team; The Boston Red Sox. But that's nothing new. This organization (despite recent success) seems to fuck up, kind of a lot. Love/hate is a perfect way to describe my relationship with this team.
You'd think an ownership group who ended The Curse, and since has brought two more World Series to Boston would be beloved, but that's not the case at all. I'd say the vast majority of Red Sox fans hate John Henry. Caring more about PR or a soccer team than the Sox doesn't exactly win you a spot in the hearts of Sox Fans. Signing guys who haven't played baseball in 2 years to 70+ million dollar contracts, not firing a manager who can't manage, and trading power hitting studs for broken relief pitchers doesn't exactly warm our hearts either.
But that's not why I'm here.
I'm here to talk about how the Red Sox handle rain delays.
Not all rain delays are created equal. Sometimes it's 15-20 minutes then everybody is good to go. Sometimes you just have to wait for it to pass and then you're in the clear. This was not one of those rain delays.
The Red Sox knew that game was going to be a rainout. I say this because anybody with eyes or the sense of touch could tell it was pouring, and wasn't going to stop anytime soon. I heard people who worked at Fenway talking about how it was going to end up a rainout. Forecasts were upwards of an 80% chance of precipitation with thunder/lightning warnings for the foreseeable future. It was raining cats and dogs with a chance of meatballs. Thunder and lightning like crazy, you couldn't even go take a picture of Fenway because of the lightning warning. With how the forecast was last night there was no way on earth that game was going to begin before 10:30.
Yet the Red Sox still opened the gates, let fans in, immediately delayed the game, and said they'd give an update at 7:30. Then told us nothing for two hours. No updates, nothing. They basically just held people captive for two hours selling $10.25 Blue Moons and $6.25 slices of shitty pizza to the masses.
That is what pisses me off. It's such a scummy move that it makes wish I could just say fuck this team and stop caring. But I'm an idiot, so I can't. Now if it's going to be like a 45 minute delay I'd understand having what went down last night, but when you KNOW it's going to be a rainout and STILL wait two hours to say so just to make money off people waiting, that's wrong. I'm not a huge morality guy, but to me that's immoral. It's basically entrapment. You can't leave this shitty situation, and the only thing available to you is overpriced food shitty food. It's gross and should be illegal. Then again when you are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for shitbums that you've released I guess you gotta do what you can to foot the bill.
But the way I see it, they just held us captive with only their concessions and merchandise to keep us occupied. I believe they knew the game was going to be rained out at about 7:31 but waited nearly two hours to say anything just to make money off people bored and waiting. It's disgusting, and horrible. You're stuck inside Fenway because you don't want to leave, because if suddenly by the grace of God the skies clear up and it's time to play, you're SOL and just wasted even more money. So you're stuck waiting, in a crowded 100+ year old concourse with one seat for every 1,500 people.
Now when I'm at a Red Sox game I'll drop 60 bucks on a six pack of bud lights without thinking twice, but when there's no game fuck that. It was wet and muggy, winners like Boston sports fans don't deserve this kind of treatment, if you want to fuck with the Indians fans in the building, be my guest, but not to the Fenway Faithful. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Song of the Day August 3rd
Song: Strange or Be Forgotten
Never heard of this band before, but I heard this song the other day and really like it. Kind of a Phoenix-y vibe to it. Cool album cover too.
What a fucking game!
Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions.
Sale started pretty shitty, but given how lights out he's been all year if there's one guy who's allowed have an off night, it's Chris Sale.
Going into this start he hadn't given a run in I believe 22.1 innings and am not going to check because I believe in myself. With Chris Sale on the bump you don't necessarily expect to win, but you expect a well pitched game. We did not have the latter, as this was easily his worst start as a Boston Red Sox. Chris Sale went just 5 innings allowing 7 earned runs, including a 3 spot in the first inning.
Sox are down 5-0 through an inning and half. Tie it 5-5 in the bottom half of the 2nd. Then go down 7-5 in the 5th, could've been a lot worse but Blaine Boyer got out a jam that he put himself in. Sox go up 9-7 in the 6th, Addison Reed gives up a HR to the first guy he faces as a Red Sox, and the lead is cut to one it's 9-8. Then in the 9th Kimbrel gives up a lead off HR and spikes a wild pitch to go down 10-9, should've lost in the bottom of the 9th on a Moreland strikeout but he reaches first. Then Christian Vasquez hits a 2 out walk off 3 run ding-dong and the Red Sox win 12-10.
This was easily one of the wildest regular season games I can ever remember in my nearly 15 years as Red Sox fan. To me this could have that July 24th 04 feel where this is the game where the Sox turn it around and start rolling. Went from biggest win of the year, to worst loss, back to biggest win in about 20 minutes. Oh and it also featured maybe the greatest catch ever at Fenway. I feel bad for Hanley, he's been struggling all year and takes the ball for a ride only to fall victim to maybe the best against the wall catch in the 105 year history of Fenway Park.
The Red Sox absolutely needed this game. To comeback from 5-0 to take the lead in the 9th and lose would've been absolutely crushing for this team's psyche considering how mentality soft they've shown to be so far. But all the credit to the world to them tonight, they battled and won a game that looked like they had lost on multiple occasions. Luckily Christian Vasquez (who has been on absolute fire as of late) took matters into his own hands to walk it off for the Sox.
Oh BTW look who's back in first place.
The best thing about the AL East race being so tight right now is that when the Sox are down a half game I can be like "Dude it's only a half game", but when we're in first I'm in full "Fuck you we're in first place" mode.
P.S. This is a HORRIBLE look for Dav-agina Price (that was lame but screw him) given all the shit going on involving him. Probably just worried about that 1 out of 10 hurt elbow.
Dozie On Rosie
I posted the first clip on Facebook in September, but now with how I'm applying to teaching jobs, I am also putting together a last ditch effort to get noticed by barstool before I have to fully dive into teaching. Doesn't hurt to try.
What's the worse that could happen?
They break my hopes and dreams and the last 18 months have been a complete waste?
So I started a youtube channel and uploaded three clips from my time on the show back in day. More videos are coming but here's the first three. Some may call them movie studio quality videos. I have always been destined to be a star. Just may take 2 + decades to accomplish that.
Sadly I wasn't able to blog it when it broke, but Patriots defensive jack of all trades, Rob Ninkovich retired last week. Souped he just posted this on IG to make my late homage to him a little more relevant.
The 11 year NFL vet out of Purdue spent the last 8 seasons with New England, and was a key contributor to the Patriots second (and still going) dynasty. In 8 seasons Nink had 46 sacks and 469 tackles, but his contributions to the team cannot not just be explained in stats. He was a leader on and off the field. Ninkovich was part of a run that included two Super Bowl wins, the 2011 AFC Championship, and six straight trips to the AFC Championship game.
Now Ninko in the bask of retirement is letting us know he had the time of his life, and you know what so did we. After a decade of no Lombardi's Ninko was a key piece of the Patriots defense that shutout the Seahawks in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLIX, en route to at the time the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, capped off by his key 3rd down sack of Russell Wilson.
Nink was never going to be an All-Pro but he was a textbook Patriot who used his versatility to best help the team in anyway that they needed, much like the previous #50 in Foxboro, Mike Vrabel. He was a captain, and fan favorite who will be missed in the locker room and by Patriot fans alike. Hell of a career for Rob Ninkovich.
Timing couldn't have worked out better with finding this clip. I remember this game very well, but didn't realize the anniversary was coming up. I Stumbled upon it last night after the Red Sox game (they actually looked like a team contending for a division title!) I was on Youtube watching highlights from the 2013 postseason run, but ended up on this highlight.
Today is the four year anniversary of (probably) the 2013 Red Sox most memorable (regular season) comeback. Red Sox were down 7-2 in the bottom of the 9th in a game that Felix Hernandez started against them (and dominated) and ended up winning 8-7 after a wild 9th inning.
My late night trip down memory lane was all was inspired by Jonny Gomes being the fill in color man for the NESN broadcast. If you're new to DOL, or me in general and don't know all the little nuances about me than you probably don't know my love for Daniel Nava, or my disdain for Jonny Gomes. Nava is my favorite obscure Red Sox player of all time, he hit a grand slam on the first pitch of his major league career the day after I graduated high school against the Phillies. I remember that being on at my grad party. I just fell in love with his story and in 2013 when he became a major factor for the eventual World Series champs, Navs got an even bigger piece of my heart. Gomes on the other hand is a huge hardo, who to me will always be Devil Ray that stole the shine that he did not deserve. (He would do that again at the Royals 2015 World Series parade)
Despite being the platoon starter against righties, and having a much better season than Gomes in 2013 Nava basically lost his job to Jonny Gomes for the postseason, who despite a few memorable moments, hit only .190 in the postseason. It's not like he tore it up in October. IMO they won in spite of him a lot of the time.
Meanwhile in the regular season Nava hit .303 (8th best in the AL) and had an OBP of .385 (5th best in the AL). I think this is a move that actually hurt the Red Sox a lot despite them ultimately winning the World Series. So obviously most people don't care since it all worked out and time has passed, but I'll never forget how my dude Daniel got the shafted.
If the Tigers had any semblance of a bullpen they would've won that series. People may have forgotten about how Tigers starters brought no hitters deep into games for the first games of that series.
Who broke up the Tigers Game 1 combined no hitter attempt in the bottom of the 9th for the Sox? You guessed it, Daniel Nava.
I think benching one of the most consistent guys who seemed to always get on base was a major reason why the Red Sox offense struggled in that series. Even when he was en route to winning a World Series, John Farrell was mismanaging this team. Long story short, I'm a Nava guy through and through and think it's messed up that Jonny Gomes got all the glory just because he's a personality when he reality he wasn't that good and Nava earned the right to play in the playoffs based off his season.
Which brings me to this comeback.
What an odd game for the 2013 Red Sox. Brock Holt (wearing #26) was in this game, which is weird to see because he was just up for a cup of coffee with the 2013 Sox. He played in under 30 games with them that season, yet he was a part of one of the their more memorable games of the year. Steven Wright oddly enough picked up the victory for the Sox in the game, one of just four appearances he had that season with the Sox. The Mariners messed up a indication to the bullpen in the 9th inning that helped the Red Sox rally to win the game. Oh guess who started the inning off with a leadoff walk, and had the walk off hit to seal the comeback, that's right, Daniel Nava.
Song of the Day August 1st
Song: All Falls Down
Artist: Kanye West
Album: The College Dropout