Strictly for fun, I setup a football boxes pool. Feel free to grab a box [or 2, or 5] and have a little fun as you watch the big game. There's no money involved, but I will put winners names in lights on this blog.
I typically don’t get overly excited about the location of the super
bowl.I do understand it has a significant
financial impact to the city which is selected. I am not located in any of
those locations and just watch it on TV anyway. Due to the price of tickets, I
would not even consider going to the game unless it was the Dolphins playing in
it.The last year I have followed the
location enough to know that the bid process for the big game has become very
competitive.Massive new high tech
stadiums in places like Dallas and San Francisco have been constructed in part
to attract the big game.
Miami has won many super bowl bids through the years.Mr. Ross raised some controversy when he
tried to get a loan from Miami in an attempt to upgrade Joe Robbie stadium to
stay competitive in getting those bids. From
what I understand this is not all that uncommon, owners typically ask for state
or city funds to build or upgrade stadiums all the time. I did find it
interesting a former owner named Norman Braman became involved to prevent this
from happening. I also found it interesting a politician did not give the
people a chance to even vote on it.I
don’t have a stance on the proposals Mr. Ross was trying to bring forward for a
vote. I am not from Miami and they had no impact on me directly. I just found it interesting people in positions
of power and wealth chose to block it.I
personally think there were some hidden agendas involved and I think it was unlikely
those agendas represented the people of Miami. Of course the NFL took it as Miami was not
able to meet the demands they set forth for a super bowl and just moved on
giving it to another city.This could
very well be the outcome the people involved in blocking the stadium upgrade
were looking for.
Fast forward to today.The NFL
chose MetLife Stadium as the venue for the biggest sporting event of the year.
Let me just write that again, THE NFL SELECTED EAST RUTHERFORD NJ OVER MIAMI
FLORIDA during the heart of winter as the venue for the super bowl. No offense to the people of NJ, but that was
just plain stupid. I just read today
that the ticket price for the event has now fallen 40%, the lowest since 2002!
There are still several days to go and I expect these prices to continue to
fall.Bottom line the powerful elite can
try to block Miami from a venue and the NFL can turn their nose up on Miami.
However, you simply can’t beat the weather and the electricity in the air for a
night game in south Florida this time of year. The NFL can force a city to pay for a costly
indoor complex or even just have the event in the snow. Bottom line venue
sells, and Miami is the best venue for the super bowl.
Coach Philbin is one happy shopper today. No worries about job security. No worries at all.
Nope. He has just gotten another hat to wear too.
Yep. He gets to pick out his groceries.
He will have help ofcourse in the name of Dennis Hickey.
Hickey may be our new "GM". It may even state that that on his cards and door.
But due to the new structure of our hierarchy and job description of our "GM", Hickey is pretty much Philbin's delivery boy.
Oh, both will report directly to Ross as will Dawn Aponte. And both are expected to get along with eachother for the team's sake. And both will work hand in glove when it comes to players on the roster.
Sure if you believe Stephen Ross, Hickey has final say of the 53 man roster, draft picks and free agents.
Sure he does!
Hickey will certainly set up his own player evaluation system and staff. He may keep some of the current scouts and he may clean house over time. Maybe that's the 53 men Ross was talking about.
Realistically, and I agree whole heartedly with this approach, Hickey will find and evaluate players but Philbin will determine who comes and who leaves. Who we draft and who we cut.
Hickey will recommend but Philbin will place his order and Hickey will deliver.
Regardless of who the coach is, they deserve and need the power to determine their own roster and then its up to Hickey to get them and Aponte to sign them.
How hard is that?
And this is a smart move by Ross. If Philbin gets us into the playoffs this year, everyone will be happy. If Philbin doesn't, then he is gone and it will then open the door to those highly regarded and proven coaches who want the power to determine their own roster as well.
So if Cowher or Gruden or whomever gets the itch in another year, we are set up perfectly for their egos.
So Hickey needs to start asking this simple question: Coach Philbin, paper or plastic?
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Another day, another qualified GM candidate turns down the job after being handed it on a silver platter. Not to mention all the individuals who never even bothered to interview. The list keeps growing & growing. I truly had optimism when this process began, not so much anymore. The Dolphins need to take a long look in the mirror. Canidate after candiate are declining to interview or flat out turning down the job that offers more money, more power, & the opportuniuty to put their mark in the NFL. Something is definately wrong with the front office of this organization & I hope it gets fixed ASAP or we should start expecting another 8-8 or 9-7 season just barely missing the playoffs again...