What should be a colorful and patriotic Monday night game celebrating the nation’s veterans active and retired, instead will be a game of 2 franchises who at the current time are an embarrassment to the NFL.
Both Tampa Bay and Miami have had their issues this season, and will look to put them aside at least for 60 minutes and try to have a decent contest.
On one side there is the Buccaneers, who come into the game winless, with a literally infected locker room, and a coach who has “Napolenonic” ways and can’t exactly be trusted and who may be on his way out.
While the owners of the Bucs don’t want to fire Schiano (just yet), with each loss one can only assume that the end is near. Conflicts with players can lead to an unhealthy locker room. Or shall I say an unhealthier locker room, since the Bucs have been dealing with this MRSA problem for a few months now.
Fans in Tampa are not happy with the job Schiano is doing, and neither are some of his players. I don’t believe a win or two will save him in the long run.
On the other side there is the Dolphins. After starting the season 3-0 and looking promising, they have since went 1-4 and have been thrown into the national spotlight by second year player Jonathan Martin who left the team, quite frankly because his team mates on the offensive line were just that…offensive!
The “Mart-Incognito” saga, as it’s called on social media, has brought a new look into the NFL’s rookie hazing practices and the nationwide problem of bullying. Voicemails, text messages, GM’s who encouraged players punch one another and stories of physical confrontations all spun through the media this past week.
Richie Incognito put the icing on the cake when he sat down for a 5 minute interview with Jay Glazer on Fox NFL Countdown. His statements somewhat give us a better look into the situation with Martin and him, although it doesn’t clear up the things totally.
All we do know is that on Monday Night Football there will be a lot of attention focused on the negative publicity these two teams have endured this season. But even among the staph infections and the bullying, two positive things will happen, one during the game and one after.
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp will have his number retired and one team will leave the field with a “w”.
Who do you think needs the win more?
Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.