ESPN this week revealed its 10th annual “Ultimate Standings,” a yearly ranking of all 122 teams in the big four American sports, based on eight criteria including recent success, fan experience and so forth.
The NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder topped the rankings and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs were dead last, with a mixed bag in between for South Florida’s four pro teams.
The Heat at 31st and Panthers at 33rd fared reasonably well, but the Marlins at 67th did not — except, perhaps, compared to the Dolphins at 110th. That left the Dolphins in the lowest 10percent overall and 31st of 32 NFL teams, ahead of only the St. Louis Rams.
The poor Dolphins. They rated poorly in every category except one: Orange Carpets.
A quick example of the Dolphins’ flux might be represented in quarterback David Garrard, who was named the starter, got injured, got healthy, then got cut.
Owner Stephen Ross said he was optimistic Miami would make the playoffs. The percentage of experts who agree resembles Mitt Romeny’s polling among black voters.
Guard Richie Incognito went on Twitter to playfully recruit a comeback from Jason Taylor. I, too, might welcome it , particularly if Taylor could be quickly taught to play wide receiver.
Embittered former Dolphin Channing Crowder, on WQAM, blasted what he called new coach Joe Philbin’s micromanaging, saying, “They’re worried about rat poop when elephant crap is everywhere.”
I personally think that a metaphor likening the Dolphins’ situation to elephant crap is a real insult, although it remains to be seen whom the comparison insults more: the Dolphins, or the elephant.Roger Goodell’s
U.S. men’s soccer team, 33rd in the latest FIFA World Ranking, trained in Miami for its World Cup qualifying matches against Jamaica. I dunno. Tough to generate much gusto for that “We’re No. 33!” chant.
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