First, let me say that while I'm a noob on this board I'm not a newbie to the 'phins (my family had season tickets during the 80's in the ob and I've lived and died with them since I was 6 (1978)) and this may end up as a rant, but I can't take it anymore.
People have been trying to isolate the reasons why the Dolphins are underachieving this season and some of the conclusions have been: playcalling, Henne, bad luck and bad coaching. I think the reason is deeper seeded and far more simple... the organization has $OLD OUT! I think it started with the move to Joe Robbie, or Pro Player... err landshark or whatever they call that sorry excuse for a stadium these days and has gotten worse every year since.
I played football through high school and getting "up" for a game was a big part of winning, my method was music. I'm sure a LOT of others on this board played football and also used music to get up for a game and as sure as I am about that I'm also as sure that not ONE of them used a freaking JIMMY BUFFET song to do it! Every time I hear that atrocity of a song I want to turn of the tv and disown the organization. Look around the NFL and one thing is clear: tradition is important. From "Let's go, Buffalo", to "GO PACK GO", or "Hail to the Redskins" songs and chants run the gambit, some inspiring and , yes, some cheesy, but to introduce a piece of garbage like "fins to the left" solely because the singer is a minority owner of the team is a joke. I don't think the old Dolphins TD song was great, but it's been around forever and was about football.
The Dolphins organization seems to be more about entertainment and less about winning culture these days. They make every effort to bring in celebrity wherever possible... how about finding some FOOTBALL people to invest in the team? Perhaps Shula could gather up some investors and make an offer on the team? I wish someone would do something because I really miss the days of my youth when you could count on getting a highly respectable effort year in and year out.
I think the Dolphins need to get back to tradition in all senses of the word. Start with getting rid of the embarassment of a TD song, and maybe end up with bulding a stadium where the fans have an "atmosphere", like what we had in the OB. The sidelines are too far from the edge of the stadium thanks to it having to house baseball and every year the diamond costs us games and injuries. I know it won't be an issue anymore, but why didn't they sod the diamond for Sundays and then convert it BACK for baseball... since when is winning not worth a few thousand bucks for yard work?
I know there are plenty of people who remember the atmosphere back in the OB during the mid 80's, but I also think there are just as many who don't which makes it difficult to bring it back. There are a lot of transplants who may just accept this crap product as the norm, but those of us who have been around long enough need to let them know there's something better, something worth being a part of.
I know some will point out that a certain player who wore #13 was a member of the Dolphins back then and, sure, Marino was a big part of the atomosphere, but it wasn't JUST Marino that made those times special.
The Dolphins organization has gotten away from the small things that make a franchise special. They need to realize it's about the fans, pride and winning and NOTHING else. *sigh* Alas, I don't forsee this happening with the current ownership... maybe UM could loan us Sebastain and a fire extinguisher for the Lions game?