Monday, April 11, 2011

I'm tired of being misled...

Look, I'm a fan. And for those of you who really don't know my story, here it is: I was raised a Dolphin fan. I lived and died with the team like most of you do. I was willing to buy into whatever they were telling me because I was an avid fan. Sometime just after high school (not coincidentally, just after the Dolphins last went to the SuperBowl), I realized that while I loved this team, I was getting too worked up about all of it.

So, I developed a sense of humor and had fun at their expense. And so it began, a now greater than 20-year journey where I have seen them fail. And fail again. It turns out that they just aren't good enough, and its kind of sad.

And along the way, you and I were told stories about the team, various situations, and the like. And many turned out to be lies, half-truths, or even fanciful dreams. And we ate them up, because that's what we do as fans.

But now I'm just tired of it. Let me run down some of my top items:
  • JJ telling us "we got a chance to be something special" as he told Dan Marino what to do, and kept him from winning while trying to play smash mouth football
  • Wayne telling us he had brought in a coach (JJ) with a history of winning. Only his ego and money were the only reasons he came here.
  • Dave telling us it takes a while for a team to come together, and sometimes blaming injuries. Gee, I didn't see that attitude on the Packers this season - they were youthful in many spots, and had a dozen or more players on injured reserve.
  • Dave wanting to play smashmouth football, and relying on Ricky to get it done. To the point, he drove him away
  • Dave telling us we didn't need a QB (ha freakin ha)
  • Wayne telling us that Dave was a man of good values, so that's why he was retained as coach (I agree, Dave is a decent guy but that's why you keep him around??)
  • Nick. How could you tell if he was lying? His lips were moving. He told everyone exactly what they wanted to hear, and then bold-faced lied about going to Alabama.
  • Cam telling us that failure was okay. WTF?
  • Parcells telling no one - but then Wayne telling us that Bill said it - that he was here to restore honor to the franchise. Only to find out he was actively helping the Jets.
  • Dolphins management telling us that they looked into replacing the dirt infield and "it couldn't be done" and then Stevie did it twice last season.
  • Stevie telling us he's excited about the franchise, and wants to build his fan base. So he fills it with parrot heads who don't care about football and B-list celebrities who don't either.
  • Stevie telling us he's a fan of the Dolphins. When it appears in reality, he did grow up here but left LONG before the franchise was founded (meaning he's not quite the fan you might think)
  • This offseason nonsense of trying to hire a coach. And then telling us he's not. And then telling us he had no idea people were this interested, like he's Santa.
  • Stevie telling us the Dolphins are going to be wide open on offense. Then Tony telling us that's not gonna happen.

    Sure, some of the things I note above are trivial and some of them were bigger. And they may not matter in the scheme of things. But they have built up into an annoyance for me.

    I'm at a point now where I will call out the BS, and will make fun of stupid things I hear.

    Because this team (to quote my friend Dave at the Dolphins Make Me Cry) has been almost there since 1972.

    I don't want rebuilding or a "youth movement" or 1-7 at home...nope, I want 12-4, a division championship and a SuperBowl win.

    And I want it now. End of story.
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    Have you thought of becoming a packers Fan?


    This management has been in place 3 years going on their 4th year...

    You and others need to stop wanting and calling for change so easily after a bad season.

    Everybody wants someone fired; everybody wants a New QB...

    And when it happens two years later they want someone fired they want a new QB, they look at the other teams and say why can't Miami be like them? They look at a relative unknown Draft pick that turns out to be a great player In the NFL and they say in hindsight "Why didn't Miami pick that guy?

    I am frustrated with the fans and the Media more than the owners. But both are the blame for the lack of stability in Management.....

    Many wanted Tony & Jeff Fired, they ran Cam Cameron out of town, they ran JJ out of town, and they ran Nick Saban out of town.

    No wonder this team is a mess………..

    Good or bad stick with a management team for at least 6-10 Years and they can probably get what we all was a consistent contender…..


    Great rant, Dave!


    We've tried it both ways. Shula tried to build a championship in free agency. JJ did too. Then, Dave did. Who knows what Nick was doing? Cam? He apparently didn't have a clue. And now these clowns. I was all for them staying around, and if they get results, great. But they went youth, youth, youth, and its looking more and more like Wannstache's team in its philosophy.

    And once Steve fired them*, I was figuring that all bets were off. Frankly, he should have gone ahead and fired Sparano. Instead we're likely to see a lackluster effort and him fired in a year.

    Thanks by the way! :)