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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Fantasy Football Update Week 12

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

The fantasy football league playoffs are looming ever closer. Currently, I stand at 4th place in three leagues and 7th in the other two. I have some work to do. On a high note, at least one of my five teams has been the top point scorer in it’s league most weeks.

As a reminder to new readers, I am going strictly by the projected points each week. If a player has higher stats than the other, in they go to my week’s lineup. The grades after my original draft were all B or higher.

Here are the top point getters for the season, so far, in each position courtesy of fantasypros.com:  At quarterback – Russell Wilson, running back – Todd Gurley, wide receiver – Antonio Brown, tight end – Rob Gronkowski, kicker – Greg Zuerlein, team defense – Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive player – Bobby Wagner.

Alvin Kamara had an outstanding week once again.

Heading in to Week 13 of the NFL, these are the division leaders. Definitely some surprises if you think back to Labor Day weekend and you were doing a division pick ’em for the upcoming 2017 season.

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Now, let’s see who was tops in Our Turf Football fantasy leagues.

Original:

  • Week 12 winner – Bongs Over Brussels Sprouts 186.63
  • 1st place in league – Bongs Over Brussels Sprouts 10-2

Female Free #1:

  • Week 12 winner – Liz’s Primo Team 142.06
  • 1st place in league – Gpodawund 10-2 *

Female Free #2:

  • Week 12 winner – BrownLee 153.58
  • 1st place in league – MinKee 10-2

Female BuyIn:

  • Week 12 winner – prissybee’s Team 155.22
  • 1st place in league – WandaC’s Team 9-3 *

Coed Free:

  • Week 12 winner – DavidL’s Team 155.58
  • 1st place in league – Heels n Football 8-4

Coed BuyIn:

  • Week 12 winner – Zacharyan 157.52
  • 1st place in league – Pink Panthers 9-3 *

* = clinched playoff spot

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If you have some time, check out Week 13 Fantasy Takes.  Lots of great info from Wanda and Kate to help you set that perfect lineup. Good luck to you!

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Fantasy Football Update Week 11

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Not much time left to get your fantasy team in playoff contention. The next couple of weeks are crucial.

With NFL players going down each week, the list of quality fantasy point getters is dwindling. Many have picked up WR Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings who proves to be worthy.

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Fantasy Football Update Week 9

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Moving along with my fantasy football theory of playing the projected stats…

Roster drops/adds are limited to injured players out for the season and bye weeks. Tight ends, team defense and defensive players I only keep one so when a bye week happens they are dropped and those players/teams available with the highest points for the season are added.

I have five fantasy teams, one NFL and four Yahoo. Each of those rosters is quite different. This week I had top points in four of those five leagues (see below), thanks to the New York Jets defense, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and running back Todd Gurley II.  If only I could win more weeks. Anyone else have that problem?

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Fantasy Football Update Week 8

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Anybody like theories? I’m taking a unique journey with my fantasy football teams this season – going with the basic stats. My drafting reports mostly were in the higher than average category. Here’s my strategy:

Each week my starters are the players or defense with the highest projected points from my team. If it’s a bye week, I drop the extra position player on my team with the least points for the season. The top player for that position available is added to my team. Same goes for players who are out for the season due to injury. I have 5 teams – 1 NFL, 4 Yahoo.

I’ll be sharing my findings as we progress through the season. Should be interesting.

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NFL Officiating Reaches New Low With Zach Miller Catch

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

by Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Saints 20 – Bears 12

The Chicago Bears were ready to take on the New Orleans Saints in an attempt to make it three wins in a row.  The Bears defense was doing its best to give the offense a chance to make things happen. Even though the Saints were up by 11, a touchdown here would have made it a 4 – point game.  Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is staring at an all-out blitz coming his way with four seconds left to throw the ball. He sees his favorite target, tight end Zach Miller in the end zone and he chucks the rock 65 yards.

The ball sails through the air, as Bears fans hold their breath in anticipation of the catch they know Miller will make. Miller leaps up to catch it and it is at that moment, the unimaginable happens. While in the air, Miller wraps his hands around the ball, but as soon as his foot touches the ground, his knee snaps.

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Fantasy Football Update Week 7

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Chances are you do not have the same fantasy football team you started out with in the summer. Between injuries, trades and just poor stats your strategy to win a week, and optimally the league, may have become mind boggling.

Week 7 in the NFL showed lower fantasy numbers than previous. But, there is always the chance to get that coveted perfect week. If you did happen to submit that perfect fantasy lineup, you would now be one million dollars richer (courtesy of NFL) and have started the following:

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Touchdown!! NFL TD Celebrations Are Back

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

While a lot of the NFL season has been draped in controversy, there is something that we’re missing.

The celebrations!  The NFL has graciously allowed celebrations back in the game.  As long as they’re not too outlandish.   (Right OBJ??) They have been a pretty welcome sight for fans and players alike!

Shoutout to The Checkdown where most of these came from!

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The Losing Streak Is Over; Titans Beat The Colts

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47  

Tennessee Titans  36-22   Indianapolis Colts

Place Kicker Ryan Succop Andrew Nelles, The Tennessean

October 2011 was the last time that the Titans beat their AFC South division rivals, the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts had beaten the Titans eleven times in a row; quite a shameful statistic.  It was looking like the winning streak was going to continue on Monday Night Football in Nashville, with the first half of the game being a bit of a snooze fest courtesy of the Titans offense.  Sportscaster Jon Gruden had this to say about the Titans action in the first half:

“play selection and execution is just not good enough”.  

The offense was predictable, the defense was not stopping runs,  Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett had plenty of time to throw the ball, and the Titans’ pass rush was almost non-existent.  The only scoring for the Titans were three field goals by placekicker Ryan Succop, who set an NFL record for the most consecutive field goals under 50 yards (#47 was the record setter, and four more goals added to make the record 51 consecutive field goals). Continue reading “The Losing Streak Is Over; Titans Beat The Colts”

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Media Survey Response – September 2017

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By Katie Sveinson // @KatieSveinson

Recently, Our Turf Football created a survey to understand how, when, and where NFL fans get/want their news related to their teams or the league.

With so much going on in the NFL both during the season and offseason, we wanted to know how fast you wanted access to breaking news. Not surprisingly, participants noted that they are interested in getting breaking news as soon as it happened.

 

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