Why Dolphins Football Means Family

Lisa
Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

 

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

How many women can remember those special moments with their mothers growing up? Being able to join your mom shopping, or going to get your hair and nails done. My memories are quite the opposite. Mine consisted of Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, and Mercury Morris. When I was 4 yrs old I could name every starting player for the Miami Dolphins. Sundays were for football. Mom and I would get up, pack the truck, and off to the stadium we would go. We did this every Sunday for over 25 yrs.

Lisa and her Mom

Sadly, bad health caught up with her. She was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I have to say, she never missed a beat even after the surgeries, chemo, and radiation. She always found ways to talk about the Dolphins, how the game went or the new stadium. Regardless of how hard the treatments were, she always wanted to know the score of the Dolphins game.

I always tell people I was born a Dolphins fan. I have learned about and studied this game since I could remember. I’ve been blessed these last couple years to follow my dream and officially report on the team my mom taught me to love.

After 5 years of battling cancer, my mom is now cancer free. We decided it was time. Time for her to see her favorite team and their beautiful new home. With the help of some very special people, Scott Stone, and Jason Jenkins, my mother had a perfect day.

Lisa’s Mom Watching Warmups

No words will ever be enough to say thank you. The Miami Dolphins organization is lucky to have such loyal and caring people who celebrate and care about the fans. Because of these two gentlemen, my mom was given the opportunity to attend pre-game activities on the field. This is something she has always dreamed of doing.

Every game I attend I think about my mom and those Sundays we spent together. Those are the memories I will forever cherish. But on Sunday, I couldn’t even begin to tell you the emotions I was feeling. Seeing her face as we walked onto that field, there are simply no words. She just stood there taking it all in. I always say “there’s always things bigger than the game” but in reality, this game is like family to me, and there is nothing more important than family!

Welcome home, Mom.

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Third and Short Week 13 Fantasy Takes with Wanda and Kate

 

 


By Wanda Wiedman and Kate Arhar

Another rough week for fantasy owners. If you have Eli Manning on your roster, we are sorry but you will have to bench him since that’s what his own coach did. Shameful.  As always, let’s begin with this week’s starts and sits.

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A Thanksgiving toast to the Seattle Seahawks

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

We’ve come to the time of the year when we take time in our lives to be thankful for all we have. Reflect on our lives, our family, our friendships, and our football teams. Yes, I said football teams.

Whether you are a fan of college, professional, or both, enough weeks have gone by that you know what your team is made of. For some fans, that is a happy place to reflect. Others…eh maybe not so much. So on this Thanksgiving morning, I’m going to spend some time reminding myself, and hopefully, you also, what we Seattle Seahawks fans have to be thankful for.

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Seattle falls to Washington at home, 17-14

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Washington Redskins came to Seattle with a slight limp. They were facing the fierce Seahawks defense with a very injured offensive line. The stat line showed this, however, the scoreline did not. Seattle rarely loses in November. Today that wasn’t the case.

The game didn’t start well for Seattle and never got better. In fact, the only points the Seahawks had in the first half came from the defense. They are now at 21 games without scoring on 1st possession. Slow starts have become commonplace for the Seahawks, but they often pick it up come the second half of the season. This game was not an example of that.

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Redskins vs Seahawks injury report

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

 

Looking over the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks injury reports, the first thing you notice is the number of players listed. Starting Wednesday, there were 36 players between the two.  For both teams, that’s a tough way to start the week.

For Seattle, the defense seems to be the most beat up, causing panic in the fan base. The 3 premiere members of the Legion of Boom, corner back Richard Sherman, and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, were all listed. Sherman practiced this week and will play, with Chancellor questionable for Sunday but expected to play. Thomas was ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner is listed with a hamstring injury and is questionable for Sunday. Defensive end Michael Bennett seems to still be fighting his foot injury but will play, and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has an oblique injury, and is considered questionable for the game. Wagner and Richardson will both be game time decisions.

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Seattle Seahawks stick to draft strategy

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By Dayna O’Gorman @DaynaOG

Under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, the Seattle Seahawks draft strategy has always been about finding players that fit their scheme, no matter where they are ranked.

It was for the draft 5 years ago that I wrote my first article for NFLFemale. I don’t remember the exact title but I believe it was something along the lines of “Who the hell is Bruce Irvin?”.

I wrote about how Seahawks fans were quite confused about the first round pick, but trusted Pete and John to do the right thing. I think most fans agree Irvin, now with the Oakland Raiders, worked out well. In fact the 2012 draft, which also included QB Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, is considered one of Seattle’s best drafts ever.

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