Saturday, September 23, 2017

#MetLifeTakeover Going To Be Huge

Each year it grows and grows, like an ivy climbing a facade.

Until it reaches the point were it covers the entire house and you can't even remember what color the house actually was.

That's the goal of Dolfans NYC.

To completely take over MetLife Stadium as if the Roman Empire came back from the dead.

It started in 2013 with a few hundred tickets purchased as a group and now has reached 4 digits and climbing.

Soon enough the #MetLifetakeover will seem like Miami North.

You could hear a few hundred fans chanting in unison on TV.  The Dolphins heard them too.

Imagine over a 1,000 voices as one.

It could reach a deafening peak!!

Of course there will be other die hard Dolfans in attendance spread through out the stadium.

I will be one of them sitting a few sections over in 302.

The ivy has taken hold and spread and soon will choke the life blood out of a Jets home game.

What could be better than that?

If you are attending the game or just want to join in on the pregame festivities (you don't need a game ticket to park in the stadium lot, just pay for parking), the #MetLifeTakeover invites you to join them in Lot L4 starting at 9 AM.

Look for the 25 foot high Dolphin flags and listen for all noise.

Dolfans NYC uses this event to raise monies for the Miami Dolphins Foundation which is the charitable arm of our beloved franchise.

Join them on Facebook and please use #MetLifeTakeover in all your social media this weekend as we make this regional event a national story.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Monday, September 18, 2017

Gase's Decision on Timmons will Shape Season (and Possibly his Tenure)

    The Dolphins win games like the one yesterday due to chemistry.  Make no mistake, that game  was won by the more optimistic, joyful, and confident group of men.  As I sat and watched our players sprint the field after the kick went wide (from my seat it had initially looked good) I felt a wave of genuine emotion, pride, and mutual respect among our players.
     Coach Gase is to be commended for building a winning culture, one that is giving Dolphins fans back our pride.  I had written that the game in LA would be at neutral site, and I may have been slightly wrong: that was quite nearly a home game. Our fans were in voice, optimistic, and present.
      Gase has given us our team back through making great decisions about the culture of our team. His model has been fairly clear:  give everyone a chance to earn their keep, run off dead weight, and emphasize high character guys.  Doing so has built a reliable locker room, one that believes in itself and has the professionalism to do what it takes to win.
    Lawrence Timmons therefore seems to have disrespected our core values as a team.  We will all wait for some explanation, but I don't think there is any doubt that our team's leadership was blind-sided by a player's personal decisions.  And now there will be the necessity of drawing a conclusion about how best to protect the culture and team Gase is building.
    The knee-jerk response is "you broke the rules we value, please pack your bags." But this situation may offer a better alternative.  There are times when any great leader must step above the model he has built.  Everyone knows by now what Gase values in his team; might this be an opportunity to wisely invest some of that cultural capital in a second chance?
    Timmons seems the right man to bet on.  Younger players see themselves at career's end in this linebacker warrior.  He seems to do everything right (see consecutive starts and think about the maintenance and discipline such a streak requires).  Here, in his moment of weakness, will the team pick him up, a younger man might wonder?
    Gase may have to move beyond his coaching philosophy here in order to make a decision that benefits all.  And his doing so may make his team see that they are following a flesh and blood man, who understands the importance of rules, but also understands bonds of brotherhood, perhaps enough to forgive another man who seems to have forgotten- or at least de-prioritized- those bonds on a single afternoon.
     Every player in that locker room has made mistakes; every coach has too.  Perhaps this is a moment to show that we can be there, with open arms, for a brother who let us down, but who is still our brother?

Jay Lopez