Tuck: Miami Dolphins Joining HBO Hard Knocks
The Dolphins are owned by Stephen Ross. Ross, according to his wikipedia page is worth about $3.1 billion. Too bad that money can't buy wins. That's the kind of attention Dolphins fans would like to see.
Ross has been good about putting his team in the spotlight for the wrong reasons however.
Celebrity minority owners. Ross has brought in Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and Stacey Ferguson (Fergie).
Bill Parcells flew the coop with less (worse?) impact than Nick Saban.
Tony Sparano was the coach, and then Ross flirted with Jim Harbaugh, and then didn't hire him, and extended Sparano, only to fire him less than a year later. What is worse: How it was handled or the result? That's a good sports topic for your football team.
Miami was a bridesmaid in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, while simultaneouslywatching the Redskins make the trade for RGIII and the Seahawks signing Matt Flynn. Obviously, all this for better or worse. I don't have a crystal ball. Miami did end up drafting the guy Ross wanted, Ryan Tannehill. Makes me comfortable that the owner who has given so much to football, called the shot on that one.
Now, the Dolphins join Hard Knocks. As a Dolphins fan, I like it because I'll get to see an inside look at my favorite team. But as a Dolphins fan, it only adds to the Dolphins trying so hard to impress everyone off the field...instead of on it.
It's almost like the Dolphins are attempting to keep up with the Jets instead of the Giants or Patriots. The Jets look like a team trying to win the front cover of the NY Post and the NY Times. The Giants are the best team in the city just happy to win Super Bowls. The Jets might be the most talked about team in the AFC East. They now add Tim Tebow to the mix so they have the most talked about backup quarterback in the league. Miami seems more focused about people being interested in them, like the Jets over winning the division like the Pats.
Perhaps I am just frustrated with a team that hasn't won a playoff game since 2000. Heck, they've only played in one playoff game since that season. I don't know how to put into words what it was like cheering for a team that was always in contention, but never won, to cheering for one that season feels lost before it begins. I am cheering for an organization that has become a punchline. We aren't the Browns, but amazing to say this, we are the Lions or Bengals either.
If nothing else, I gained an appreciation for the rest of the NFL and the teams in it, and what it takes to win in it. Dan Marino isn't walking through that door, but at least I can check out the 8 foot man with three arms at the circus.