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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:41 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 9:22 am
 

Another (gasp!) NFL reality show?

Just when you thought your need for reality TV shows starring NFL players had been satiated, think again. How would you feel about seeing Dolphins RB Ricky Williams take you on a journey inside his life?

Apparently, it could happen, writes the Sun-Sentinel .

This, from the story:

"We're talking with Ricky Williams who we think is just a terrific character," Juma Entertainment founder Robert Horowitz told SportsBusinessDaily.com in an interview posted Wednesday, "and trying to come up with the right idea for him. So we're actively involved there. We have a couple NBA players that we're looking at, in baseball we're looking at. Just very, very careful to find the right story because it takes a lot of time to develop and then take it to market so that you really want to make sure that what you have can sell."

One small request: no dating shows, please. I saw the first episode of Chad Ochocinco’s “The Ultimate Catch,” and that’s all I could handle. Maybe, I don’t know, you could film Williams while he hangs out in a tent in Australia or something.

UPDATE (9:21 AM ET): According to the Miami Herald , Williams says it wouldn't be a realty show. It would be a TRAVEL show.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Future could be cloudy for Phillip Merling

Yesterday was a bad day for Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling. The Palm Beach Post Reports:
P. Merling
The state attorney’s office in Broward County officially filed felony charges against Merling on Friday for aggravated battery on a victim he should have known was pregnant. No court date has been set (it will likely be set within a week), but prosecutor Sarahnell Murphy found enough evidence that Merling, 25, battered his pregnant girlfriend to move forward with the case.

Merling’s attorney already entered a plea of not guilty and requested a trial by jury, the state attorney’s office confirmed.


Merling was a second-round pick in 2008 but has not consistently fulfilled expectations. He was expected to start this season, though his legal issues could throw a wrench into those plans. The Dolphins drafted another end in the first-round, Jared Odrick, plus Merling’s fellow third-year end, Kendall Langford, is a very solid run-defender with starting experience. In other words, Miami can certainly use Merling, but they don’t direly need him.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2010 6:43 pm
 

Jason Ferguson retires

Guess Jason Ferguson won’t be serving his eight-game banned substance suspension after all. The 35-year-old veteran nose tackle has announced his retirement. Ferguson was derailed by injury in recent years. With replacement Randy Starks already aboard, this move will have minimal – if any – impact on the Dolphins in 2010. J. Ferguson (US Presswire)

Ferguson explained his decision on the Dolphins’ website:

“You get what you put into this game. I would like to thank my family, the fans and the organizations that I have been a part of for their continued support throughout my career, it’s been an absolute blessing to play this long,” explained Ferguson. “I have built a lot of relationships, you develop an extended family playing this game; I would like to thank that extended family, the teammates, the coaches, the support staffs that have all played a part of a great ride.”

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 13, 2010 1:39 pm
 

Questions about Hartline's vehicle

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel , a pickup truck registered in the name of Dolphins WR Brian Hartline was found abandoned earlier this month after it had been involved in a car accident.

From the article:

According to authorities, just after 4:30 a.m. on July 3, the pickup truck collided with an abandoned 2002 Cadillac Escalade on Interstate 595 just east of Interstate 95.

"His vehicle ran off road and hit the parked car," said FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky. "We don't know who was driving the vehicle."

According to an FHP report, after the crash, a trooper went to the Hartline home and spoke with a guest who was staying there. The woman at the home told the trooper to contact Hartline's wife, who was in California. When troopers left a message with her, a call was returned by Hartline's attorney. Hartline's attorney told authorities that Brian Hartline was not injured.

 
The Dolphins said they were unaware of the incident.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Kicking out the jams

If you like your football with a side of heavy metal, the Dolphins and the Cowboys have just the thing for you.

When they’re not blocking defenders and trying to protect quarterback Chad Henne or Tony Romo, a few NFL offensive linemen jam in a metal band called Free Reign. The Dolphins official team site has the findings, and it’s a pretty cool story.

Miami guard Cory Procter apparently has a knack for drumming, and he’s teamed up with Cowboys tackle Marc Colombo (lead singer, rhythm guitar) and Dallas guard Leonard Davis (bass), along with one of Davis’ high school friends.

“During the season, it’s non-existent,” Procter told Dolphins web site. “We talk about the band and maybe on a day off, I could get on the drums. The drums are the physical one, especially the kind of music we play because it’s not really quiet music. Our genre’s metal with a lot of heavy riffs, heavy guitars, big drums and a lot of screaming. Columbo does the screaming, but the thing is, he’s good at it and his vocals have come a long way. All of us have, and there used to be a big gap between Justin and the rest of us but now we’re all pretty close.”

So far, the band has released a five-song EP on its Australian record label, and the foursome are making plans to release an eight-song full-length album.

If you’re looking for a listen, click here to breath in the song, “Tragedy.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:53 pm
 

Marino's leftovers

Former Dolphins QB Dan Marino has a word of warning for any NFL player who tries to return to the field before an injury is fully healed. Well, Marino actually has more of a limp.

In a blog post by the Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly , in which the reporter notices Marino walks with a noticeable limp, Marino talks about his final years for Miami where he had to wear a specially-designed boot to help with Achilles tendon issues. The injuries obviously still affect him.

From the post:

Marino said he rushed the surgical procedure, and recovery to get on the field as soon as possible. He vividly remembers the look on the doctor’s face when the cast was taken off and the medical staff discovered “this thing is moving way too easily.”

That’s what brought about the boot.

“When I was playing the bottom part of my foot was banging together because there was nothing to hold it. It started swelling up,” he said. “They had to go in and shave those bones so they wouldn’t bang there.”


Marino, though, also said he feels no pain from his football days. Which is really saying something.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Who will replace Jason Taylor, Joey Porter?

C. Wake attempts to sack New England's T. Brady Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel takes a look today at Miami’s linebacker corps, and asks the question most likely on every Dolphins fans’ mind. How in the heck will the team replace Joey Porter and Jason Taylor at outside linebacker?

It’s hard to argue Miami’s decision to rid itself of Porter – who is still effective, but who turned 33 in March – and Taylor, who’s four years older and noticeably slower. But who will fill those spots?

Kelly has even more questions:

Cameron Wake has pressured quarterbacks in Canada and America, but can this Dolphins linebacker convert from a project to a productive NFL starter this season?

Charlie Anderson has proven to be a patient man, and Quentin Moses is a resilient one — but are either of these converted former college defensive ends starter material as 3-4 linebacker?

In his first two seasons, Erik Walden established himself as a solid special teams contributor, but can he do more on an every-down basis?


Wake – who was a productive player in the CFL – is strong coming off the edge (though merely mediocre everywhere else at the OLB role), and the team will look to him to replace Porter. Moses and Walden, as Kelly points out, aren’t even locks to make the roster. While Koa Misi, a second-round pick, probably will start on the strong side, replacing Taylor, it’s unknown how fast he’ll adjust to the NFL game.

For now, there are more questions than answers for this Dolphins squad.


--Josh Katzowitz

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