Archive for October, 2011

DolfansNYC Podcast, Episode 11: Ralph Vacchiano

Friday, October 28th, 2011

New York Giants beat writer Ralph VacchianoNew York Daily News columnist Ralph Vacchiano joins us to preview Sunday’s Miami Dolphins-Giants game.  The Giants beat writer provides an assessment of Matt Moore, who tied a career-high with three touchdown passes the last time he faced the Big Blue; analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of both teams; and shares his thoughts on the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.  Ralph, who has covered the Giants since 2001, is also a host on Sirius NFL Radio and appears regularly on SNY-TV.

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Jets Week Photos

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

As bad as the Dolphins have been I have been amazed at how Dolfans NYC has continued to show up. On Sunday against a terrible Broncos the bar was packed by halftime. When the game started there were only about a dozen of us and I figured it was going to be empty but by God you guys kept showing up and we had a great time comiserating about the team and discussing the future. When you blow a game like that it’s really nice to be surrounded by people who feel your pain.

It took me a while to get over losing to the Jets and finally put these photos up but I have some great pictures for you.

First off we had our Nat Moore meet and greet event last Sunday. If you weren’t there Nat Moore came by to watch football with us. We had a raffle and raised some money for charity. Third and Long paid for food for everyone and Nat talked with everyone and signed autographs. He was really great and I cannot thank him enough. I know everyone there really apreciated it and I was really impressed with the turn out considering the Dolphins weren’t even playing.

The second batch of photos I have for you is from our amazing tailgate at the Jets game. We didn’t sell as many tickets as we were hoping but we still had more than 50 people all in the same section at the game and we had a lot more than that at the tailgate. We met people from all over the country and sold them a bunch of Dolfans NYC t-shirts (all the money goes to charity) to take home with them and rep in Miami and all over the place. A couple of guys were even in town from Belgium! Very cool. The game of course was a disaster but we held strong and most of us were still left in our seats when the whistle sounded. We had some fun after the game too but I think we will just leave it at that…

I am posting two galleries below. The top one is from the Nat Moore event at Third & Long and the bottom one is from the Monday Night Football tailgate at the Meadowlands. If you want a copy of a photo just double click on it in the slideshow and it will take you to the gallery.  Go Dolphins!

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DolfansNYC Podcast, Episode 10: Nat Moore

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Last Sunday, Miami Dolphins legend Nat Moore paid a visit to Third and Long, the home of DolfansNYC. The bar was packed with aqua-and-orange, and Nat took the time out to sign autographs and pose for pictures with every fan, helping us raise several hundred dollars for charity.

Afterwards, the former Pro Bowl wide receiver, whose name is prominent in the team record books, joined us on the podcast to discuss some of his career highlights and favorite memories; catching passes from Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks Bob Griese and Dan Marino; the goals of the Nat Moore Foundation; and his impressions of DolfansNYC.

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J-E-T-S S-U-C-K

Friday, October 14th, 2011

I hope you guys are getting ready for this weekend! We got a lot going on and we are playing the Jets. Anyone who knows Dolfans NYC knows that we are nearly as anti-Jets as we are pro-Dolphins.  As a club we are 3-0 in group trips to Giants Stadium so we are ready to make it 4-0 and 5-0 in a few weeks…

Just wanted to remind you guys about things and update you on the tailgate situation.  We plan on tailgaiting in the GREEN section. We have a little bit of food and a grill but it’s BYO all the way this year. We will be set up around 5pm and we will be emailing people once we have an exact spot so if you want on that email list hit up Dolfansnyc@gmail.com and we will hit you up as soon as we have a tailgate spot.

I also want to make sure everyone is coming out on Sunday at 1pm to Third & Long. I know the Dolphins aren’t playing but Dolphins great Nat Moore will be there hanging out and signing autographs. Wear your Dolphins colors because MiamiDolphins.com will be there filming a video about the club.  We should have a raffle and giveaways and stuff and we can watch the Giants beat the Bills or one of the other 1pm games.

See you guys there and at Met Life Stadium on Monday! Go Dolphins!

DolfansNYC Podcast, Episode 9: Armando Salguero

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Armando SalgueroMiami Herald columnist Armando Salguero joins us to break down what to expect from the Dolphins following the bye week; analyze the possibility of landing quarterback Andrew Luck; and address the future of the team’s front office.  Armando has covered the Dolphins since 1990 and hosts a daily morning radio show on WMEN 640-Sports.

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Music Credit: Solo D, “DolfansNYC Anthem”

DolfansNYC Presents: Meet & Greet with Nat Moore

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

On Sunday, October 16, Miami Dolphins legend Nat Moore will visit the home of DolfansNYC, Third and Long on 35th Street and Third Avenue, at 1 p.m. EST. One of the greatest Dolphins of all-time, Nat ranks third in catches (510) and receiving yards (7,546) and second in receiving touchdowns (74) in team history, and played on two Miami Super Bowl teams.  Be sure to put on aqua and orange and stop by the bar to meet the Pro Bowl wide receiver, as well as get pictures and autographs.  We will have food and drink specials, and raffle off some amazing prizes.

We need to confirm our numbers with the bar, so please RSVP via Facebook or e-mail us at dolfansnyc@gmail.com to let us know if you can make it.

MiamiDolphins.com is also doing a feature on DolfansNYC, and a camera crew will be at Third and Long during Sunday’s event, as well as Monday’s game against the New York Jets.  If you are not attending the game with us, come out to the bar and show the cameras how we represent the Phins here in New York.

To help spread the word, here is a special message Nat has for DolfansNYC and the Jets.

DolfansNYC Podcast, Episode 8: Michael Lombardi

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Acclaimed football analyst Michael Lombardi joins us to break down why he wasn’t high on the Dolphins prior to the beginning of the season; address the team’s biggest problem areas; and give his thoughts on Dolphins fans in New York.  A former NFL executive, Michael’s exceptional work can be found on the NFL Network, Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” and NFL.com.

Stay tuned for a quick edition “What’s Your Fantasy – Week 5″ at the conclusion of the interview.

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Music Credit: Solo D, “DolfansNYC Anthem”

Chad Henne Out; Matt Moore In (For Now)

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Multiple outlets have confirmed that Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne will miss the rest of the season after opting for surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Henne suffered the injury early in last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers, when he tried to scramble on a broken play and had his shoulder slammed to the ground.  After Henne initially indicated he’d be ready to play after the bye week, he consulted two doctors, both of whom reportedly advised him to undergo the season-ending surgery.

Henne finishes the year with a 4:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio, a career-best 79.0 QB rating, and a career-worst 57.1% completion percentage. Considering he’ll be free agent after the season, it’s possible that he’s played his final game as a Dolphin.

Matt Moore, who threw for 167 yards and a pick in relief of Henne last week, will almost surely start against the New York Jets next week (we do have a few tickets available, if you’re wondering). Since the only other QB on the roster is practice squad rookie Pat Devlin, Miami will sign another veteran back-up in the coming days; according to reports, the team has reached out to David Garrard, Jake Delhomme, and Sage Rosenfels, and worked out Brodie Croyle and Trent Edwards.

While Garrard, a 2009 Pro Bowler who was unexpectedly released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, inspires the most confidence from that list, the Dolphins have thus far balked at giving him a guaranteed contract and a starting job.  Rosenfels spent the first four years of his career with the Dolphins — throwing for 278 total yards, one TD and five picks in two starts — and his career “highlight” is this ridiculous helicopter hurdle.  I’d rather not even think rooting for Delhomme, who’s thrown 10 TDs and 25 INTs in 16 games over the last two years.

Meanwhile, Moore, like Henne, has been frustratingly inconsistent during his four-year career, throwing 16 TDs and 18 interceptions in 13 starts. After throwing eight TDs without a pick over the final four games of 2009 — including 299 passing yards and three TDs in a win over the 11-2 Minnesotta Vikings — Moore sported a 5:10 TD-to-INT ratio and lost his starting job to rookie Jimmy Clausen last season.  Perhaps Moore can still develop into a serviceable starter, but it’s looking more and more like Dolphins may be in the thick of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

Update: The Dolphins did indeed bring back the 33-year-old Rosenfels on a one-year contract, after also working out the likes of Kellen Clemens, Charlie Frye, J.P. Losman, and Jim Sorgi. Hey, at least it wasn’t Delhomme.

Update: DolfansNYC Jets Tickets

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Sanchize SackedAs many of our DolfansNYC members and readers know, we are organizing a trip to see the Miami Dolphins take on the New York Jets at Giants Metlife Stadium on Monday, October 17 (we’ll also be going to the Giants game on October 30, but we’ll get to that later).

The price for Upper Level Endzone seats to see the Dolphins take on the Jets are $100 per ticket, and in coordination with Lunar Sports Group, we have secured over 70 seats together in the same section, strictly for Dolphins fans.  We’ve had an overwhelming amount of interest in tickets, and wanted to make sure that every die-hard Fins fan has a chance to join us.

You can purchase your tickets directly by clicking here, or feel free to send an email with any questions to dolfansnyc@gmail.com.

For more details on our trips to both Dolphins games in New York, please see check out our previous announcement.

Go Dolphins!

Week 3 Photos

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

I am a bit late posting these photos, basically because last week killed me inside and I have spent the last six days pretending that football is not a thing. Unfortunately, it still is a thing and I get to go down to Third & Long tomorrow and hang out with everyone and have an amazing time until the Dolphins embarrass us again.

Then again, I remember thinking we were going to get killed by the Chargers a few years ago and we Wild Catted the hell out of them. I was watching the game at a Dolphins bar in CT called Woody’s and that place was a big part of the inspiration for us starting Dolfans NYC. Unfortunately this year I don’t think we have any secret weapons and with Daniel Thomas and Vontae Davis out we could be in a lot of trouble…

Anyway, despite losing last week. we raised over $300 for charity through our raffle and t-shirt sales. Tomorrow we won’t be doing a raffle at Third & Long but we will have Dolfans NYC t-shirts. So yeah, check out the photos below and let’s all pray to Don Shula that the Dolphins somehow get their shit together tomorrow and win at least one game before the bye week.

Go Dolphins!

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