Top Five Reasons to be a Miami Dolphins Fan
by Jennifer Jordan
Being a Miami Dolphins fan comes with its fair share of heartache, with the team inconsistent these past few years. But, the same can be said about being a fan of any team (right, teams coached by Marty Schottenheimer?). Some years you win, some years you lose, and some years you relocate so you can root for a different organization.
Nonetheless, being a Dolphins fan is still fun (and let’s face it, TD is kind of cute). The following is the Top Five Reasons to be a Miami Dolphins Fan, even when you can’t believe that you are.
5. The Hope: The Miami Dolphins might not be a team you put all of your money on at the beginning of the year, but they constantly have something other teams lack: potential. This isn’t to say that some teams in the league are guaranteed to be victorious while others are sure to be horrible, but oftentimes this pattern does happen (sorry, Oakland). Miami, however, is never in either category: the Dolphins always have a chance at a successful season and thus, you Dolphins’ fans always have one of the most important things of all: hope.
4. The Bragging: Sure, it was over thirty years ago, but the Miami Dolphins are still the only team in the history of the NFL to have an undefeated season. No one can ever take that away from you….well, not until the record is broken. For the time being, the 1972 Dolphins hold the honor of greatest team to have ever played. Tell others to stick that fact in their blow hole.
3. The Weather: The balmy Florida weather, without a need for bowls of chili or knitted winter hats and scarves, might not exactly scream “autumn sports,” but as someone who once got frostbite on her foot during a six degree Denver Bronco game and eventually lost a toenail, the weather during Miami Dolphins’ football can save you from pain, even if it doesn’t save you from spending money on toenail polish. Watching a game in 80 degree weather is much more fun than watching one in pouring rain, blowing snow, or a combination of both.
2. The Owner: Filled with ambition, Wayne Huizenga was ranked number 153 on Forbes list of richest Americans in 2006. You don’t get ranked on anything Forbes without being a brilliant businessman. But, as good of a businessman as he is, he’s even a better owner: in 2006 he was ranked by Sports Illustrated’s Mike Silver as the 4th best owner; in 2007, he was ranked 8th. The reasons are simple: he’s smart, he’s hard working, and he’s not afraid to spend money. He’s also said to be something a lot of people in sports are not: a gentleman. As long as he holds the reigns of the Miami Dolphins, fans are in good fins.
1. The Town: Miami is all about atmosphere. From culture to music, from food to drinks, this is one place that rivals New York for the title of city that never sleeps…or at least shouldn’t sleep. For these reasons, there are few better places to go after a game than a Miami club. There are few places better to watch a game (if you couldn’t get tickets) than a Miami sports bar. And, there are few things better to eat after the final score than Miami cuisine. The bright lights of Miami are enough to make you feel good, even when the Dolphins don’t.