Someone fired the first shot. Someone got this whole thing started and I am not sure who is to blame or congratulate.
The internet is abuzz with talk of the Dolphins leaving Miami!
From ESPN to NFL.COM, from every blogger south of the Mason-Dixon Line to soon to be every blogger west of the Mississippi, that is as soon as they wake up, will be writing about the Dolphins leaving Miami for their new digs in LA.
You know, this is how it always starts and can finish with a Mayflower Truck sleaking away in the middle of the night.
First, there is conjecture. Followed by denial. Next possibilities. And finally come the overtures.
We have heard the speculations. Florida didn't pass the bill to help pay for the Stadium improvements. Florida said yes way to no pay. So Ross has to foot the bill.
We have the denial. CEO Dee says no way to Ross move away. But he did leave the door open for a new owner to possibly move the team.
Aha! So here comes the overtures. Count on it.
Someone in LA has already picked up the phone to talk with someone else in LA about the Dolphins possibly being in play.
Their next step is to reach out to Dee. Why Dee? Because he responded with the first possibility by saying a new owner may move the team. So he sounds receptive to the idea by leaving that door open just a little enough for someone in LA to peek into.
And peek they shall. "We are gonna be in Miami next week Mike. How about lunch?"
Dee tells Ross who says "Make it somewhere public so people see you."
Dee meets and eats. The LA guys flatter Dee about the Dolphin Organization and then brag about the size of their market compared to the size of the Miami market.
Now what's a CEO to do. Bigger market, higher percentage of profits, more bonus $$$$!
Dee says "Put it in writing and I will run it up the flag pole."
Ross looks at their proposal and decides to fly out and meet and eat with the men from LA. Somewhere public ofcourse.
"Oh no!" exclaims Edwin Pope, "Say it ain't so, say it ain't so." But it is so.
Now we go from no vote, no money to ante up or we move away. Yep, this is where we are headed.
Ross may love the Miami Dolphins. He may want them to stay in Miami. But eventually he will realize that he is a businessman too. So when that kicks in, Florida, look out because at that moment you will be dealing with a guy with options. Options in writing!
Options he is already considering because someone fired the first shot!
Dolfan since 12/25/1971