Dolphins open themselves up to Hard Knocks

Dolphins open themselves up to Hard Knocks

By Tom E. Curran

It's been a bleak offseason for the Miami Dolphins. Spurned and lampooned, the once-proud franchise is fighting for a toehold on the sheer face of Relevancy Mountain.

(What the hell does that mean?)

And what better way to create buzz than reality TV? The Dolphins will take the plunge.

This marks the first time that the series has featured a first-year head coach (Joe Philbin) and we are extremely grateful to both Coach Philbin and the entire organization for agreeing to participate. As always, there will be plenty on the line for veterans, free agents and rookies," HBO president Ken Hershman said in a statement. Said NFL Films president Steve Sabol, On the 40th anniversary of the greatest season in NFL history--Don Shulas perfect 72 Dolphins-- it is perfectly fitting that Hard Knocks is heading to Miami to capture the start of a new era for one of the leagues proudest teams, says NFL Films president Steve Sabol. After Hard Knocks hiatus last summer, I know our team at NFL Films cant wait to get back on the field.Featuring the Dolphins and - more specifically - Philbin (a Springfield native who went to Worcester Academy) means a delicate storyline will be in play. Philbin's son Michael died last January will Philbin was the Packers' offensive coordinator. Philbin has five other children and the family's move from Green Bay to Miami in the wake of such an incredible tragedy is something I've wondered about.
Knowing Sabol and the excellence of the Hard Knocks series, there's little doubt it will be well-presented with insight and respect.

Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward


Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward

A couple of NBA legends - one old school and one more modern-day - were among the luminaries wishing Gordon Hayward well after his gruesome ankle injury in the Celtics' season opener in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Celtics legend Bill Russell tweeted his best wishes to Hayward on Twitter and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant posted a message to him on Instagram.

Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.

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Hayward went down about five minutes into his first regular-season game with the C's and is awaiting surgery for an ankle dislocation and fracture at New England Baptist Hospital.

New Celtics teammate Kyrie Irving and the player Irving was traded for, Isaiah Thomas, also posted Wednesday in the aftermath of the injury. 

WE ALL got you brother, No matter what. @gdhayward 3/23 πŸ”ΊπŸ‘β˜˜οΈ

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