Saturday, July 16, 2016

Introduction

Good Afternoon fellow Miami Dolphins fans!

I suppose I should introduce myself as I am new to this blog!

My name is Tobey Britto. I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, but currently reside in a small town in South Carolina called Gaffney. I have been a fan of my Dolphins since 1983, the same year I was introduced to the NFL. Living in San Diego, California at the time, my brother and some of the neighborhood kids were out, and decided to play a little street football. Something we did often back then. We picked captains, with my brother being one, and another older kid being the other. I was selected by the latter. I was pretty good, and every time I made a catch or scored a touchdown, he would call the play-by-play... "Marino throws for a first down to Super Duper!". Or, " TOUCHDOWN!, Marino to Duper!". Not knowing who they were at the time, I asked him. He told me they played for the Miami Dolphins, and that Dan Marino was the best QB in the league, and Mark Duper was the best WR. He asked me which was my favorite team, and since I didn't have one, I said "Well, I'm from Florida, so I guess the Dolphins are my team!". I have been a diehard Dolphins fan ever since! I have become a fan of most sports, but none so much as the NFL, and MY Miami Dolphins!
It's going to be fun having a medium like this to present observations and opinions on my favorite team, and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

FINS UP!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Interested in writing about the Phins?

Its that time of year again.  Training camp opens soon.  And I put out the call to anyone who's interested in writing for this blog.

It doesn't pay well (or at all), but you can have your name in lights and express a point of view about the team.

If you're interested, drop me a line dave@bitchindave.com

About the stadium renovations

I found last week to be....interesting.

Construction of the canopy and installation of the lights and scoreboards is progressing, but perhaps not at a pace that makes everyone super comfortable. 

When I passed by recently, I noticed that the pylons on the corners were in place, but there didn't appear to be canopy materials nearby.  And in passing, it looked like the scoreboards (or at least the housings for them) were partially installed, but still a work in progress.

So the stadium is not-yet ready for primetime, and there are a number of cranes still around the stadium.

A few weeks ago, the Phins announced that preseason game #3 (on August 25th) had been moved to Orlando to "broaden the fan base" or some such nonsense.

Their next preseason game on Sept 1 is still scheduled at whatever-the-stadium-name-is-but-I-still-call-it-JRS

But the fun part was last week when commentator Hank Goldberg suggested the stadium wouldn't be actually ready until NOVEMBER.

The Phins pounced on that with a press release that said - in PR jargon - that it will be ready to play but construction will still be ongoing.

Now the Dolphins have their first regular season home game on Sept 25, and then follow with a series of games starting October 9th.  So in theory, there is a little wiggle room before that first home date.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes (a tenant in the stadium) said they had made contingency plans for their early schedule, in the event its not ready.  They have two home dates in early Sept (one against FAU) and don't play at home again until October 8....and their contingency plan appears to be to play @FAU.

The danger, though, is that it won't be ready for the preseason game or that first home date for the Dolphins, meaning contingency comes into play...and then hopefully it actually is ready on 10/8 for the Hurricanes. 

What you don't want to have happen is something similar to the Hartford Yard Goats (see this story: http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/hartford-removes-developer-stalled-stadium-project/)

It just struck me, given what things look like in early July, and how quickly the Dolphins protested comments that it wouldn't be ready, that it seems doubtful it will be ready in time for the last preseason game.

We'll see, of course...there just isn't much time left and the weather has been its own challenge. 

And not to put too fine a point on it, but there's an amusing subtext here: owner Stephen Ross' primary business is development & construction.

That's not to say he's bad at it, its just amusing that he had an aggressive plan with a tight timeline and a lot of eyes (not to mention potential for lost revenue) and it may not work out.