Tag:Anthony Fasano
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:47 pm

Fasano: Suck for Luck 'sick,' Gator Day 'awful'

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty obvious that the Dolphins, one of two winless teams remaining in the NFL, have some issues (I mean, duh, they were just forced to sign J.P. Losman.) And based on some comments from Miami tight end Anthony Fasano, some of the issues are affecting the mindset of the team.

Fasano, in an interview with WFAN in New York, ripped Dolphins fans who are rooting for the team to lose and nab Andrew Luck, calling them "sick."

"It’s sick actually," Fasano said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I can’t even fathom those thoughts of those people that conjure up that stuff. They have never played sports and pretty much aren’t really our loyal fans. I can’t really put any weight into that and I know the players don’t listen to it. It’s a shame, but people are going to talk and we just have to block that out."

Fasano's right -- real fans don't root for a team to lose just in the hopes of getting a particular player in the draft. The upside of a terrible season might be a good pick, but hoping the team fails to produce week after week isn't being a fan.

Of course, the organization isn't doing much to help out the players either. Look no further than the recent halftime celebration of the Florida Gators BCS title team, a team that featured none other than Tim Tebow at quarterback -- Fasano wasn't thrilled about that either, calling it "awful" and "a smack in the face."

"Yeah it was awful," Fasano said about Gator Day. "Showing up at the stadium and seeing all the Gator stuff and the Tebow stuff. It was disheartening, but as players we kind of put ourselves in that position because the Dolphins are in the business of winning football games and making money. We haven’t been winning football games, but it’s still a smack in the face and it’s unfortunate we couldn’t rain on their parade and get the win."

If you believe in karma, it's hard to fathom that a team utilizing its opponent to make more money and a fanbase rooting for that team to lose could end up getting a franchise quarterback in the draft.

Or, if you don't believe in karma, how about just imagining whether or not a guy like Andrew Luck would want to play in Miami? Luck's already called the "Suck for Luck" campaigns "stupid" so there's no guarantee he'll be happy playing for a fanbase that's rooted for the team to lose or an organization that might not be looking out for the players' best interests.

But if the Dolphins as a whole are as happy as Fasano, it's hard to imagine they'll find a way to compete enough to not end up with a decent shot at landing him anyway.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 8:40 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots at Steelers

It was big news Friday when Tom Brady was listed as probable with a right shoulder on New England’s injury report (everybody in the Northeast let out a HUGE exhale). But he also was spotted limping Friday, and he declined to comment to the media about why. This obviously would be a problem if he’s called upon to move around in the pocket or to scramble.

In other New England injury news, RB Fred Taylor is listed as questionable with his turf toe injury. He was limited in practice all week, but the team also might want to hold off inserting him into a game before he’s completely healthy. He hasn’t played since Week 3.

UPDATE (8:38 p.m.): New England has downgraded three players to "out." That includes OG Stephen Neal, RB Fred Taylor and DE Myron Taylor. None of them will play Sunday.

Steelers DE Brett Keisel has missed three straight games because of a hamstring injury, and he’s doubtful again this week. He was supposed to start last Monday vs. the Bengals, but he re-aggravated the injury in warmups. OG Chris Kemoeatu also is doubtful after spraining his knee in Cincinnati. It sounds like Ramon Foster will take his place in the starting lineup.

LB James Harrison was a late addition to the injury report with back spasms. He’s listed as questionable.

Titans at Dolphins

The big question mark for Tennessee obviously is QB Vince Young. I wrote earlier today that it doesn’t sound like he will play , and that means Kerry Collins would get the starting nod.

WR Kenny Britt is out with a hamstring – potentially for the rest of the regular season – but that’s where Randy Moss is supposed to come in and perform.

For Miami, a couple backups (CB Tyrone Culver and WR Roberto Wallace) are questionable, and although some of the team’s most important players (T Jake Long, LB Karlos Dansby, S Chris Clemons and TE Anthony Fasano) are on the injury list, all of them are probable and should play.

Jets at Browns

One of the stranger stories of the week was Browns LB Marcus Benard who collapsed in the locker room Thursday and was sent to the hospital for tests. He didn’t practice Friday and is questionable to play. But Benard, who leads the team with 4 ½ sacks, wants to be out there, and it’s certainly possible Cleveland could allow him to do so.

Meanwhile, Cleveland QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are both questionable, but at this point, it’s hard to see how coach Eric Mangini could insert either given the way Colt McCoy has played the past three games.

The Jets are pretty healthy. CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot) G Matt Slauson (knee) and T Damien Woody (knee) are on the injury list, but all are listed as probable.

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