Three Things to consider on this rainy sports Monday:
Thing 1: This business about
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By then, a 0-0 game had turned into a 24-3 Titans runaway.
"That was very surprising," McCourty said. "We kept saying, 'Hey, man, 22 hasn't come back in the game after the fumble.' When a guy's a starter, you usually see him back in there."
McCourty also said as the Bush absence dragged on, the Titans' resolve grew to punish him even more once he returned.
"We knew for us as a defense, if he got back in there we were going to try to continue to frustrate him," McCourty said. "As a player that can hurt, when you're just taken out after one mistake. I don't believe he had a fumble this season."
Actually, that was Bush's third fumble of the year and the second one he's lost in three weeks. He finished Sunday with just 21 yards rushing on four carries.
When I mentioned the Dolphins' apparent fumbling banishment policy to McCarthy, he smiled.
"We weren't aware of that but we appreciate it," McCarthy said. "Ended up working out good. We'll take it."
Thing 2: That huge wind you felt Monday morning was Miami Heat fans worldwide exhaling at once.
Assuming D'Antoni even fixes what ails the Lakers and gets them to the Finals, he won't be in the same galaxy as Phil when it comes to matching X's and O's with Erik Spoelstra, should the Heat return to the Finals for a third straight season.
No way Spo -- or any other coach, for that matter -- wants to see Phil across the way.
Thing 3: Two primary quarterbacks completed fewer than 10 passes in Sunday's action.
Strange game sometimes, huh?
In case you were wondering, the last time the Dolphins lost while allowing fewer than 10 completions in a game was a 13-10 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 28, 2007.
That game was played in London, with Eli Manning going 8-for-22 for 59 yards passing.
Those Dolphins, I don't have to tell you, finished 1-15 and got their coach fired.