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The Phinal Word: The Miami Dolphins and the Faulk Effect

Article By on 26th October, 2009

... on Sunday.

Ted Ginn's drops. Chad Henne's inexperience. The New Orleans Saints' unstoppable offense. Tony Sparano's record skipping a beat. The hastily prepared jambalaya they had for lunch. The lack of clean towels.

People thought the Miami Dolphins could win this football game for the same reason they win any game: by running the football, controlling the clock, and minimizing mistakes. The belief abound was that the Fins wouldn't succumb to the shootout-style of football New Orleans plays.

And in the first half they even managed to force some turnovers from the Saints. Things couldn't have been going more according to plan. I was already laying out my gloating outfit and queuing up the fight song. And then, while ha...

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