Dolphins' Ginn parlays his lone reception of day into first NFL touchdown
LONDON - Dolphins rookie receiver Ted Ginn Jr. had the first touchdown of his career Sunday, although it came a little late to make a difference in the team's eighth consecutive loss this season.
Ted Ginn Jr. caught a 21-yard pass from Cleo Lemon, his only reception of the game, with less than two minutes to play. The first-round draft pick was focused on returning punts and kicks most of the season so far, but the trade of veteran receiver Chris Chambers, combined with the winless team looking toward its future, has given Ted Ginn Jr. more time on offense.
"If I could take it the other way around, me sitting on the bench and having a better record, it'd be great," Ted Ginn Jr. said. "But yes, it is a good thing for me right now, and I'm just going to keep going out and making plays for my team."
Kicker Jay Feely spent much of the week joking about his unusual popularity in England, where the fan base relates better to the guy who kicks the ball than the one who throws it.
Then Feely came out in the first series and promptly disappointed, going wide right on a 48-yard field goal for his first miss of the season. Feely, a former soccer player, had made his previous 12 field goals this season and his last 24.
"Of course I feel bad for letting the team down, and it was against my former team," said Feely, who played for the Giants the previous two seasons. "Or else we tie the game on [Ted Ginn Jr.'s] touchdown."
Feely was one of several players after the game to lament the condition of a soggy Wembley Stadium field, which was ravaged by the end of the game. Players on both sidelines were seen during the game changing out their cleats for longer spikes.
Linebacker Channing Crowder took some grief internationally this week when he said he couldn't locate London on a map. After the game, he was asked by a British reporter if he had any parting words for the British public.
"I'm quite intelligent," Crowder said, laughing. "I got a 1280 on the SATs. I don't know if you take that over here. I'm a pretty smart guy. I was joking. I'm a joker on the team. I guess, internationally they don't know that … I know exactly where London is."
Taylor no terror
After all of the Jason Taylor hype in London this week, the 26-foot animatronic figure of the Dolphins' defensive end turned out to be more menacing than the real thing. Taylor didn't have a tackle against the Giants, and although he recovered a fumble late in the third quarter, he was also responsible for negating Jason Allen's interception with a holding penalty.
Naked came the stranger
Just before the second half began, a British tradition continued: A man streaked onto the field, naked except for what looked like a deflated football covering his genitals. He did a few pushups before the police came.
The streaker drew the loudest ovation of the game, and the loudest jeers when security corralled him and escorted him off. He evidently gained access to the field because he was wearing something that looked like an official's uniform — except that it could be torn off quickly to allow for streaking.
"I thought he was a referee," Dolphins receiver Derek Hagan said. "I wasn't going to go near him. I let the authorities handle it. It was kind of funny."
On their first offensive drive after halftime, the Dolphins committed four penalties in five plays, collecting flags for a little of everything: offensive holding, an illegal formation, a false start and an ineligible downfield pass. They finished the game with seven penalties for 61 yards. … The redone Wembley Stadium had everything for the big occasion Sunday but an actual NFL scoreboard. There were only two small — by American standards — video screens on each end of the field.
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