Friday, May 29, 2009


NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, and certain rumblings, I've had to move up the deadline to enter to Tuesday afternoon. So all you stragglers, need to step your game up. The new deadline is June 2nd, 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern.

I thought I'd be able to contain myself until training camp, but the truth of the matter is, I had too much fun with the last one and can't wait that long. I will do one closer to training camp/pre-season, but I thought it would be nice to have a little mini-contest during the slow times.


Since this is a 'mini-contest' the prizes aren't as big as the first contest, but they will still be deliverable by e-mail and they will still be NFLshop girt certificates (here's the chance for previous winners to increase their spending limit):

1st place - $30
2nd place - $15
3rd place - $10


All entries MUST be e-mailed to me at no later than TUESDAY afternoon (June 2nd) at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern. Use the phrase "Contest #2" as the subject. You can either just type out your answers, or you can cut and paste, or send me an attached file if you want to use one of the forms that are attached below for your convenience.

Each question has a maximum point value in parentheses. Keep in mind, it does you no good to skip a question, because then you'd get zero points, whereas a guess might actually net you a fraction of the maximum. Based on the experience of the first contest, the winners all managed to get partial points on all the questions, rather than laying goose eggs on some and maxing out on others.


In the event that there is a tie, the first tie-breaker will be the tie-breaker question below (#11). This question does not have any points assigned to it. It is only used to break a tie. In the event that the even parties are STILL tied after using this method, then time of entry will be used, i.e. a contestant who e-mailed me their form on Sunday would beat out the one who e-mailed it theirs on Tuesday.
Good Luck!


1. Let's start with an easy one. Jake Long wears the number 77 for the Dolphins. He also wore this number at Michigan. But in OTAs in 2008, he started with a different number. What was it? (2 points)

2. Let's see if you've been following/reading with a keen eye. Ted Ginn, Jr was drafted in 2007 to bring 'family' values and special teams prowess to the Dolphins. How many special teams touchdowns has Tedd Ginn had called back by officials in his NFL career, and how many special teams TDs has he had stand? We are looking for two numbers here, so make sure you type them in the right order or label them. (4 points)

3. Who will be the next rookie signed by the Dolphins? (6 points)

4. The Dolphins have another OTA open to the media next week. This means another Tony Sparano press conference. Sparano is known for using 3 or 4 phrases several times in his 20 minute sessions. Multiple choice question: Which phrase will Sparano use the most? (4 points) Choose one:
a. "one way or another"
b. "at the end of the day"
c. "starting to feel"
d. "with that being said"

5. The Dolphins tied 2 NFL records in 2008. Name them. (4 points)

6. There are 3 current Miami Dolphins that were Wildcats in College. Name them. (6 points)

7. The dude below is a Miami Dolphin. Name him. (5 points)
8. "We're in the air, We're on the ground, we're always in control, and when you say Miami, you're talking Super Bowl, cause we're the Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins number one!" This fight song came into being before the 1972 season. How many games did the Dolphins win in the first two years of its use? (2 points)

9. Bryan Clay is the reigning Olympic Champion in the Decathlon. Great job, Bryan! But there's a Miami Dolphin who can jump higher than him. In fact, he registered the second highest vertical jump ever recorded at a pro-football test (i.e combine/pro day). Name this player. (3 points)

10. Which member of the Miami Dolphins Staff has not used his real name in over 50 years? (6 points)


11. Tin's Fins is nearing 5 months on the 'net. I like to think of myself as having created almost all of the pre-draft buzz about Connor Barwin in Miami Dolphins'land. I did such a good job that Houston drafted him. The most visits ever recorded in one day was when I posted video of Connor Barwin's pro day workout. I can say with near-complete confidence I was the only Dolphin blogger to do so, and as a result, the article was linked to by a couple of much more well-known blogs. For the tie-breaker, without going over, guess how many hits that one article received on that one day.


  1. The Knight who says Ni!May 31, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Being that no one has replied in this blog and it really isn't a topic, I had this thought. What if Miami had Pennington, White and Ronnie on the field at the same time. Do you think that is too risky to have two QBs on the field simultaneously? My point being that if White is going to utilize his legs running in the Wildcat and spread offense, he's going to have to take some hits so that risk factor goes out the window.
    I'm just trying to think ahead about what might be coming. The situation where you could have three and maybe four players who are passing threats on the field at the same time is curious. Ginn can also throw the ball and has been doing it at OTAs. There has to be some kind of package to do something like that.
    There are times when we've seen QBs run a route and get a catch because no one covered him. Maybe it won't be Pennington or maybe it will be. White might be a better athlete in that regard. Teams did work him out at WR and the report was he catches the ball well but is raw playing the position.
    Just some preseason imagination.  8-)


  3. HAHA, are we starting this already?  Don't make me get out my notebooks and sketches...

  4. Knight,
    You live in a fantasy world, but one with way too many limitations - lol.
    The other day, I was day-dreaming that we picked Vick up for a song and had White and Vick and Brown on the field at the same time. Now that was some fireworks (and no, I don't think it will happen).
    Having said that, the problem with the Wildcat and designing a ton of plays round one very versatile player (who happens to have been modelled on a matchstick) is the injury threat. Vick in there takes that away. I still think we want to be a power running team, but one that has a huge amount of flexibility in it to confound opponents - an offensive version of the Pats D when they fielded(was it) one D lineman? In fact, with the bodies we have on D and the positional flexibility between a lot of guys in the front seven (Roth, JT etc) I think we may see a bit of discombobulation there too and it should be fun to watch games again this year.

    Yes, there are a couple of answers that are predictions.  If they were all stuff you could google, then we'd have a 50-way tie! 
    As for the Sparano press conference question, I am well aware that he says one phrase more than the four I chose.  I tried to choose ones that could be close, rather than just give everyone an easy four points.
    There also was the question of how long we'd have to wait to find out who wins, etc because of the 'predictions'.
    It is my belief that we would know by Wednesday, thus why I had to move the deadline.
    Good luck!

  6. Why do I feel like these last clarifications are a result of my entry?

  7. You're not the only one who had questions.  Although you did seem to be the only one who was too impatient to wait until a signing, lol.