You’ve heard of soft openings? This isn’t one. The Dolphins opening their season at home with nemesis New England is like you starting your day by being awakened not by a gentle nudge but by a brass band.
Dolfans needn’t wait long to find out if Miami is finally ready and able to bust the Patriots’ long stranglehold on the AFC East.
The buildup to Sunday’s game has been comical for its secrecy.
While each team signed the other’s former players to try to gain inside info, Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor declined to reveal how uptempo his offense would be after a preseason that didn’t show much of the expected faster pace.
Pats coach Bill Belichick, of course, is king of the information blackout. Quarterback Tom Brady missed a practice Thursday because of his calf, but Belichick would provide no details whatsoever or even acknowledge if Brady had a calf, leading reporters to wonder whether Brady missing practice was not related to a leg injury at all, but rather to a baby cow.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, emulating Belichick, declined to confirm there would be a game played Sunday, or to speculate on its location.
In other news, new Dolphins special adviser Dan Marino has advised the Dolphins to win Sunday.
I actually think Miami will win and have predicted a 24-20 upset.
My family read that and attempted to have me Baker Act-ed.Danica Patrick
(The item immediately above is for the angry reader who bet me I couldn’t mention the WNBA without a snide comment. Pay up, Ma!)Bobby Knight Kevin Sutherland Parting thought: Ron Rothstein Bob McAdoo Joe Philbin
|Player (Year)||Category||Yards (Opponent)|
|Dan Marino (1994)||Passing yards||473 (vs. Patriots)|
|Chad Henne (2011)||Passing yards||416 (vs. Patriots)|
|Bob Griese (1969)||Passing yards||327 (at Bengals)|
|Sammie Smith (1990)||Rushing yards||159 (at Patriots)|
|Abner Haynes (1967)||Rushing yards||151 (vs. Broncos)|
|Mark Higgs (1991)||Rushing yards||146 (at Bills)|
|Irving Fryar (1994)||Receiving yards||211 (vs. Patriots)|
|Mark Duper (1984)||Receiving yards||178 (at Redskins)|
|Paul Warfield (1971)||Receiving yards||146 (at Broncos)|
Note: Most points scored by Miami in a season opener have been 52 (1995 vs. Jets), 49 (2002 vs. Lions) and 45 (1982 at Jets).