Monday Night Football Live-Blog: Dolphins-Steelers Pregame/1st Half

Monday, November 26, 2007

Ricky's back and so am I for yet another MNF live-blog. Hopefully the Dolphins can keep this game as interesting as the Eagles did last night, and that I'm not stuck with another yawner. See you back here around 8pm.

Chris Berman starts my night off with a Dolphins playing in the rain comment that completely confused me. Stu Scott is also noticeably absent from the pregame....Sal Pal is sitting in his seat next to Steve Young and Emmitt Smith.

Speaking of Emmitt, he actually had good insight when talking about Ricky Williams and the relationship with his teammates. I'm surprised.

Jaws tells us that the crappy field might actually help the Dolphins because of their power running game. Completely different than Berman saying that the Dolphins had an advantage because they are water-based creatures.

"Why is he even on the team? I can't trust him as a teammate."- Keyshawn Johnson

The ex-players do not seem to like Ricky one bit. Good for them for voicing their opinions.

"And of course Keyshaun, you were a helluva teammate right?"- Mookie

Good point.

Yes, the game is officially delayed! Wonderful. Lightning again. Big Ben is pretty jittery around the lightning bolts....well that and Caddys.

9pm is our starting time folks. Hope you can stick around for at least a few.

Wow, great insight by Bill Parcells on how he would handle the weather if he was coaching the game. He said if his team won the toss he'd kickoff because they'd want to play on the other team's side of the field.

"If there are any mistakes they'll happen on their end and if we make a mistake, they'll have to go the whole field."- Bill Parcells

Alright here we go folks....just before the game I'd like to throw up this photo of the baddest mother in the league, a person who's currently fighting for his life. As of last word Sean Taylor is responsive and out of surgery. I thought it was odd that they didn't really mention this during Monday Countdown, but they have their sights set on another crappy game. Get well Sean....I hope that we get to see this again someday....


We're getting underway shortly and Seal is our music release of the night. Ugh.

Tafoya takes us through Ricky Williams troubles and his stint in a Psych Ward. Suzy then gives us another report on the field. We get's not good.

Here's the kickoff, Steelers receive and he's taken down....uh, somewhere on the field....there's no numbers and simple addition and subtraction is too tough for the likes of me.

Parker for nothing, and Tony makes a Golf joke. Good start. Big Ben tries a pass and you can see he's not pleased with the conditions. Incomplete. Well lookie here.....a completion to Ward on third and long, and the Steelers are moving!

Wilson gets another pass, and now that I'm thinking about it didn't the Steelers destroy the Ravens in the rain early in the season. I think the actually enjoy this.

The rumor on Stu Scott's absence.....An Appendectomy

If that's the wished to Stu as well.

Joey Porter gets a pick and we here a terrible song from Seal. It's good Joey's finally earning his paycheck. BEEYAH!

Chapman gets zero yards after a penalty, and I'm pretty sure the Dolphins aren't getting a first down.

"I know, you know, you love me."- Joey Porter mouthing some trash to the Steelers.

Miami punts....and that ball is not going anywhere. It hit the turf and just stuck in the mud.

Willie Parker picks up a first and the Steelers are near midfield....I think.

"Joey Porter is a Sports Writers Dream because he never shuts up."- Tony Kornheiser

First down Steelers and they move into Dolphins territory. Uh oh....Ben fumbles! But recovers all the way back near midfield. Good rush by the 'Phins. A screen to Ward loses yards and a shuffle pass to the Deuce of Davenport for nothing leads to a Steelers punt. Fair catch by Ginn at the fifteen.

"Ricky? I've waited 22 months."- Tony Kornheiser

Here he is! 3rd down and 4.....and the handoff to Williams nets him some boos but a first down as well. Amazing. 2nd carry he gets knocked down after a yard. Tony goes into the same speech he had in pregame about #34...

"He went on television and said he liked to smoke pot. Well there are rules against that in this league."- Tony Kornheiser

Umm there's that, and the fact that it's ILLEGAL!!!

Dude that guy in the Jesus outfit with the sign that says "Have Faith in the Steelers" is weirding me out. Can we ban him or something.

Hey, I get the Pats on the live-blog next week! Great!!! I don't look ahead game at a time.

Good analysis by Jaws to tell us that the sloppy field is slowing down Jason Taylor. I'm sure my Grandmother couldn't have figured that one out.

Ben Rothelisberger is pleading to his coach to go for it, and here comes a 4th and 1.....

NOTHING! Miami just dominated the line on that one.

"I just thought it should be known that I'm following this game during a Data Analysis class, think Stats on steroids, and this running diary is actually boring me more than the class. I don't blame you guys though, I know you're trying your best. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna stick my knife in a socket and hope God understands why I did what I did."- Anon

Don't know what to tell you my friend. This game is dreadful. No one's moving the ball and Tony won't shut up about Ricky.

"Dig deep with that knife, my friend"- Statue Left

Ouch....let's play nice.

The Dolphins run with Williams and pick up a good gain, but decide to run a reverse to Ginn for some reason....loss of a few.

Ricky Williams Fumbles!!!! Flag on the field, Ricky was blasted by Farrior and his arm is hurting. The flags are both holding calls on the Dolphins and the Steelers get it at midfield.

And you thought his teammates hated him before.

"Rex Hadnot watched this team this season."- Mookie

Hahahaha....hilarious. Hadnot actually introduced the Dolphins' line as the most improved in the league for those of you in stats class. Riiiight.

"Into the hole comes Parker."- Mike Tirico


"He got his hand on twelve balls, that's one of the best in the national football league."- Ron Jaworski on Safety Will Allen (Via Heath)

Hines Ward picks up a huge gain, but of course it's called back because of a penalty. God this is dreadful. 3rd and 17 screen goes to Davis and picks up about 9....that'll be yet another punt. Ginn with the fair catch again, this time at the nine.

This game is just pointless at this umm....point. Ricky Williams is going to the locker room and all angles that ESPN had are out the window. Please get to halftime quick. Timeout Miami....dammit.

"Has Tony ever admitted to smoking pot?"- John

Don't think so, but who hasn't smoked pot? Oh that's right, according to my Anon one.

Beck had a receiver and a nice throw is of course dropped. Dolphins punt. Holy shit....Rossum's gonna return one for a score!!!! No! Tackled by the punter at the 50. This thing is going to be a scoreless tie.

I'm pretty sure I just heard Mike Tirico call Demarcus Nelson, Jamarcus Russell during a College Basketball promo.

Completion for a first, and Parker picks up another nine. 3rd and short for the Steelers....first down to Hines Ward. Wait, offensive pass interference on Heath Miller negates that. That was sketchy at best. 3rd and 11. Sack. Big Ben waited about 40 minutes to throw that ball. Hey....a punt! Another Ginn fair catch and there's 2 minutes left.

Wow Beck gets a nice pickup and are actually driving. Wait, check that....Miami's not calling a timeout. What the hell? YOU'RE 0-10!!!!! Go for it. Fuck this game....

0-0 at halftime

"Is this game as bad at stat-tracker makes it seem?"- Anon

Worse. See you all in a new thread.


Another soaked field in Pitt on MNF. Rachel Nichols mentioned that they didn't have enough time to rip up the beat up turf, so they just put new turf over it. (insert corny RW joke here).

Either way, just about the only reason to watch is fantasy implications with regular seasons ending.

Matthew said...
Nov 26, 2007, 7:16:00 PM  
Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 7:54:00 PM  

It wasn't supposed to do that.

Hey, why is Sal Paolantonio yelling so much??!

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 7:55:00 PM  

And of course Keyshaun, you were a helluva teammate right?

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 8:11:00 PM  

And the massacre has been delayed. And to think we're (being Seattleites) are scared that we may have some snow!

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 8:16:00 PM  

we I meant.

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 8:20:00 PM  

Oh, how awesome. Heinz field is going to be crappier than usual. Nobody is making any field goals.

Nov 26, 2007, 8:33:00 PM  

O god a weather delay, we all know what that means - More Grade A insight from one Keyshawn Johnson

Cory said...
Nov 26, 2007, 8:38:00 PM  

Yes Ben, turn into Rex for the night.

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:02:00 PM  

"Joey Porter, who by the way, is a sports writer's dream because he never shuts up" - Tony Kornheiser

So are you Tony, so are you.

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:11:00 PM  

Did Joey Porter stop by Sean Taylor's house earlier...he mentioned something about head-hunting just now

Statueleft said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:12:00 PM  

Yay, it's snowing in Seattle.

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:14:00 PM  

Heinz Field looks like Turkey Bowl 2007 at the neighborhood park

Statueleft said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:17:00 PM  

Ricky must've been told you either crap or get off the pot.

Ricky probably doesn't like playing in this joint.

He doesn't smoke wet grass right?

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:19:00 PM  

I just thought it should be known that I'm following this game during a Data Analysis class, think Stats on steroids, and this running diary is actually boring me more than the class. I don't blame you guys though, I know you're trying your best. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna stick my knife in a socket and hope God understands why I did what I did.

Anonymous said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:21:00 PM  

He gained weight during his suspension....munchies, anyone

Statueleft said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:22:00 PM  

Dig deep with that knife, my friend

Statueleft said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:24:00 PM  

Rex Hadnot watched this team this season.

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:31:00 PM  

I guess Ricky forgot to visualize the football as a pot bag as he makes a mad dash to Canada.

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:32:00 PM  

hey jaws, i dont care how fit someone is, if their shoulder gets stepped on by a guy running full speed its probably going to hurt them. go fuck yourself.

also, is it just me or does every statement of his end with the tone of 'es ... pn'

Mike Georger said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:37:00 PM  

Does anyone know that Ricky Williams smokes pot?

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:42:00 PM  

Has Tony ever admitted to smoking pot? If not, what is the over/under on him coming out of the pothead closet tonight?

John said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:43:00 PM  

"A 0-0 tie at halftime" Jaws

What else is there?

Mookie said...
Nov 26, 2007, 9:59:00 PM  

Is this game as bad at stat-tracker makes it seem?

Anonymous said...
Nov 26, 2007, 10:01:00 PM  

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