Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Team Incognito? Team Martin? How About Team Dolphins?

It's been a rough few weeks to be a Miami fan, as you can probably either imagine or already know. The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley just published an article where he reached out to Dolphins season ticket holders. I was one of them. My comments didn't make it into the article, so I figured I would share my responses here.

Have you heard from the Dolphins in the last couple of weeks. If so, what did they say?

I haven't heard anything specific about the Incognito-Martin situation, but the communiques have increased since then. I was sent a survey on 10/30, but didn't fill it out. My rep -- James Dean (I've never met him, but cool name) -- sent me an offer to be part of the flag ceremony at the previous home game and now sent a form to nominate veterans for the San Diego game. They had never done that before:


I think they're trying to kill us with kindness until this episode passes.

Is this the most embarrassed and discouraged you've ever been as a Dolphins fan. If so, why?

I don't know if this is more or less embarrassing than the 1-15 season, Marino's front office reversal, or Ross' Harbaugh recruiting face plant, but I don't think Miami has ever been as universally belittled by the media as it has been this time around. That stings. The irony of the franchise being bullied by the media over this is hickory thick. We have twice as many victories as the two other Florida teams combined. We have an ascending quarterback. However, we're somehow the laughingstock of the league because of something that may very well be happening in every other locker room in the league?

Do you plan on going to games the rest of the season? Why or why not?

The gray clouds have actually fortified my conviction. I was going to try and unload my tickets to the Chargers game, but now I can't imagine missing it. Whether this is a train wreck or a Phoenix is about to rise from the ashes, I don't want to miss this. This is horrible on so many different levels, but if it's the catalyst that builds character I don't want to be the one that turned my back on the team that I've been financially supporting for 26 seasons.

We are just a single game out of the final wild card slot, and there's a very real possibility that somehow this will bond the team into being something north of mediocre for the first time in ages.

Are you planning to renew your STH for 2014?

Yes, I'm renewing, though I may not be the first one to do so the way I did in 2011.