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November 10, 2008 10:31 PM

Seahawks: Dropped by the Dolphins.

Posted by Rod Mar

How sad must it be for the members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the last team to finish undefeated, that there is a certain segment of the population (including me) who when they think of the Dolphins, don't think first of that great team, but instead recall placekicker Ray Finkle.

If you think of Miami placekickers and think first of Garo Yepremian and Olindo Mare, then you obviously haven't watched "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective" enough times.


Okay, I'm a dork.

Began my Miami adventure with an excellent 36 holes of golf with my bud Frank Flaamf Paco Hughes, who is a great sportswriter and hack golfer for the Tacoma News Tribune. Thanks to his planning we spent the day gashing the teeboxes, searching the rough and three-putting the greens of Grande Oaks Country Club.

You don't know it? Think of it by it's other famous name -- Bushwood Country Club.

Yep, the one and only Bushwood, where Carl Spackler tried to kill all the gophers, Al Czervik bet Judge Smails a hundred bucks he'd slice it into the woods, and where Ty Webb urged Danny Noonan to "Be the ball".

Teeing it up at the course where they filmed the cinematic tour de force known as "Caddyshack" was one of the highlights of the season. Frank made a little video, which he posted on his blog. He's about as good with a video camera as he is with his sand wedge.

The football game, you ask?

Yes, the Seahawks did take on the Dolphins. Seahawks fans were in the house.

(Nikon D3,VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 320mm, ISO 400, 1/2500th sec.,f4.0)

The day started off bad for Seattle when Miami used a flea flicker to score first.

"Flea flicker" is indeed a wimpy name for a football play, and if anyone can tell me the genesis of the name, I'd be just that much smarter. It's obviously an old-school name, because plays now have names like "Phantom", which is the name of the play in last year's Super Bowl where New York's David Tyree caught the pass from Eli Manning on the top of his helmet. "Phantom" sounds much cooler than "Flea-flicker".

Quarterback Chad Pennington started the play by handing the ball off to running back Ronnie Brown, who took one step forward, then lateraled it back to Pennington.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1600th sec.,f4.0)

Pennington, figuring the Seattle secondary had bit on the run play, fired the ball downfield.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1600th sec.,f4.0)

Seattle's much maligned secondary actually covered the play well, with two defenders on top of receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. But Ginn has magic hands, and he pulled it in for the score.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1600th sec.,f4.0)

Pennington and Ginn celebrated.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1600th sec.,f4.0)

Seattle got the ball and tried to establish their running game. Julius Jones showed flashes of the fine form he showed earlier in the season, hopping over Miami's Will Allen for part of his 88 yards rushing.

(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 400mm, ISO 400, 1/1250th sec.,f4.0)

Good pass defense by both teams made for decent pictures.

Miami's Will Allen knocked this pass away from Seattle tight end John Carlson:

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1600th sec.,f4.0)

On the other side of the ball, Seattle's Kelly Jennings deflected a pass away from Miami's Ted Ginn, Jr.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1250th sec.,f4.0)

Late in the fourth quarter, Will Allen victimized Seattle's Bobby Engram on this play:

(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

If the Three Stooges played football, they might have tried this maneuver by Miami defender Patrick Cobbs on Seattle's Justin Forsett on a kickoff return in the second half.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

The light was great, even as the shadows crept across one corner of the field near the end of the game. Miami's Ronnie Brown hurdled Seattle's Marcus Trufant into the shadows.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

Dropped passes became the storyline of the day. Even the magic hands of Miami's Ginn let one go.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

But it was Seattle's drops, yet again, that added to their downfall. Receiver Keary Colbert dropped a couple, including this one, which might have led to his getting cut this week.

(Nikon D3, VR 600mm/f4.0 lens, ISO 400, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

The big drop of the day came when receiver Koren Robinson dropped a touchdown in the end zone after finding a seam in the Miami defense.

(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 280mm, ISO 400, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

Seattle still had chances at the end, but they couldn't convert a two-point conversion that would have tied the game and Miami's defense celebrated.

(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 200mm, ISO 400, 1/640th sec.,f4.0)

On the final drive, Seattle fought to get into field goal position but Seattle's John Carlson couldn't fight off the sly jersey hold by Miami's Yeremiah Bell on fourth down and the ball fell incomplete, ending the Seahawks' chances.

(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 380mm, ISO 400, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

Keary Colbert knelt on the sideline as the clock ran out.

The editors and designers decided to crop the Koren Robinson photo into a vertical, and then gave it a big ride on the cover.

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