Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dolphins Reporters: Enough with the Poison

    I was preparing to add a comment to the MadPhinsFan's excellent and timely piece about Adam Gase's response to the pessimism of the local press corps.  I found my rant getting lengthy, so I decided to post here instead.

    For years, I have been logging on to read about my Dolphins, full of hope and curiosity, only to have the seeds of doubt repeatedly planted in my mind.  The special victim of these doubts has been Ryan Tannehill, whose statistics in no way reflect the gloom and doom articles that follow his performances each season.  But the culture of negativity is far broader than that directed at Tannehill- it greets every draft pick after an uncertain first year, every free agent after a flat game or two.

    Every coach knows that a culture of pessimism is pure poison for his players.  But I have become a believer that these noxious environments are equally destructive for fan bases.  I feel pessimism creep into the crowd at Dolphins games after the first moment of adversity.  I move away from other fans at the sports bar when I feel their negativity winding up.  I can't look at the threads of texts sent my way, despair creeping in when the team falls to 1-2.  I wonder, how much of this "culture" originates in journalists who make dark predictions and then secretly wait for the first sign that the wheels are falling off?

    We Dolphins fans deserve better.  A new era is starting for our club.  Let's be on board, as positive as the man at the helm, awaiting real change with open hearts and minds.  Props to you, MadPhinsFan, for calling out for better coverage.  Props to Coach for doing the same.

    I know you reporters are reading this, even though you won't leave a comment and will slink away in the night.  I know it the same way you know Tannehill reads your coverage of him.  The only difference here is that if you've read this article carefully and take it to heart, you will become better at your job.  If RT reads your coverage, you have only made his work harder.

   So I say to you reporters:  we are building something great.  Get on board the positivity.  If you can't, follow Philbin to his new post in scenic Indiana.  There will be plenty to hate on there- you will be spoiled for choice.  If you are staying with us, lose the poison.

Jay Lopez
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Well articulated Jay. I agree 100%. Let's begin to foster a positive opinion and call out the journalists with their own private agendas. I for one love the direction and will not bad-mouth the players or coaches when we lose a game or two. The Dolphins deserve better than that. Mr. Ross deserves better than that. Ryan Tannehill and his teammates deserve better than that.

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Omar Kelly is a joke, the only reason he has a job is either someone felt sorry for him, or he pours good coffee. He makes Colin cowherd tolerable.

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Well said, MadPhinsFan. I think a friendship just started. Love what you wrote- let's speak truth and be part of something positive (and long overdue.)

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I've been a Dolphin fan from NJ for almost 50 years and in my time of reading about the Dolphins I have NEVER read a beat writer that has NOTHING good to say about the team he's covering like Omar. Not only do I read other writer s from other teams and never heard someone constantly BASH his team he's covering. I was ecstatic when Gase lit him up!!!!!! For once I would be happy to see a change in Beat Writers there. Anyhow I like what Gase is doing and how he's running his team now. Go DOLPHINS

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Speak the truth boys. The only positive writer I see is Andy Cohen. I don't expect these writers to blow smoke up my ass how great everything is going. An educated fan has enough avenues to get all the information coming out of these camps to formulate there own opinions. I don't need Mikos side action telling me how bad 17 looks after 1 bad throw. I saw Jordon Spieth miss a 3 footer the other day and now he is a horrible putter. All these so called fans also don't research the facts before calling out the players. Come on man.

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John, you are right about Cohen. I remember the old Dolphin Digest. He wrote excellent articles. It was informative without being negative. I was always pumped by the the time the season rolled sround.

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John- I couldn't agree more. Cohen is great. A reporter's job is to be our eyes and ears, not our emotional response. These days it seems reporters want to find the "three footer" gone wrong so they can make a smug judgement. That's not reporting- it's misdirected frustration. Frank - that beat writer observation is super-sound- only this team seems to have more of a "beat-down" writer.

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I hate Omar's reporting too. I wish the Dolphins would not allow him access to the press room or the players.

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