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24 Things Miami Dolphins Fans Should Be Grateful For

Jason Hrina

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Nobody heard the news about Kobe Bryant‘s death and believed it. There’s no way it could be true. Moments turned to minutes as most of us stood stoically still, dumbfounded and in denial.

And I think even now, most of us still are. Even with all of the facts clearly laid out we don’t believe the events that took place Sunday morning actually occurred. We clutch for answers; for something to validate what happened. All without taking into account that we are lucky enough to clutch our loved ones at the end of the night.

You don’t have to attend a sermon or read the biblical text of your choice to confirm that gods exist; one of them was walking among us this entire time.

The legendary basketball star transcended not only the four major professional sports leagues, but he transcended sports itself. All you need to say is “Kobe” and people will know who you were talking about; no Bryant needed.

Some people bickered whether or not he was the best basketball player of our generation. Whether Kobe or Michael Jordan were more-clutch. Whether Kobe or Shaquille O’Neal was the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty. Not realizing the luxury we all have; to be so healthy, happy and well-off that our biggest “issue” is whether or not we can convince that random stranger across the United States whether or not Kobe or LeBron James was better this decade.

These past 24 hours have made us realize that those trivial arguments mean nothing compared to the joy and luxury that is life.

Though this won’t lift any hearts or nullify the sympathy we feel, this list can, at the very least, give us something else to think about:

  1. The Miami Dolphins have been with us since 1966, and though we have had plenty of ups-and-downs, they have always been there. They have never changed cities. Never changed names. Changed logos a couple of times, but the aqua and orange has been in a staple in all of our lives for over 50 years. We take it for granted, but the Miami Dolphins – and sports in general – ground us more than we realize. They might piss us off, but they keep us sane, and none of us really realize that we’d be lost without them.
  2. Tom Garfinkel hears what you have to say and he listens to what the fans really want. The Dolphins annually upgrade their in-stadium amenities so fans and families can enjoy a memorable experience. How many of you remember your first time in a ball park, arena or stadium? I bet you’re reminiscing about that day right now. You know who won, what the score was and which snacks you chowed down on. For some people, it’s their first and only time they will be able to see or afford a live, in-stadium experience, and the Miami Dolphins do everything they can to ensure all of it is perfect.
  3. Jason Jenkins has enhanced the genuine love and devotion the Miami Dolphins put into their local communities. We are lucky enough to look at the Miami Dolphins as our favorite football team, but some children look at the Miami Dolphins as a reason to be warm, comfortable and happy at night. Sometimes the world makes you think that no one cares. The Miami Dolphins make it a point to show these communities that someone really does care about them.
  4. Stephen Ross is willing to invest his own money in the football team, the stadium, and the community. We have an owner that not only yearns for a winning product, but an owner that realizes that owning a football team goes beyond the 22 players that are on the field.
  5. Brian Flores is a coach that ONLY wants to win.
  6. Chris Grier is a general manager that is only going to make moves that benefits the future of this franchise, even if it means the public perception will be against him (as it was evident with the Laremy Tunsil and Minkah Fitzpatrick trades). Grier could operate desperately and wildly. Instead, the team is more important than the job or the title.
  7. Reshad Jones wanting to be a life-long Miami Dolphin, despite the fact that the team didn’t experience much success during his tenure.
  8. Watching Cameron Wake unleash the beast after every sack…which is almost as deadly as a mamba snake.
  9. The fact we get to root for one of the best defensive players of all time as he tries to get elected into the Hall of Fame this Saturday. Though he should be a sure-fire Hall of Famer, we are all uncomfortably unsure if Zach Thomas will make it. But whether or not he does, we should all realize how fortunate we were to have watched #54 proudly perform in aqua and orange – as an elite, all-decade player – for 12 years.
  10. For Don Shula, his burgers, and the fact that you can still see him happily living his life at the ripe young age of 90.
  11. For having the only undefeated team in the history of professional sports. For showing us that hard work, dedication, perseverance, and properly calculated risks can reap the greatest rewards.
  12. Dan Marino flipping off the Chicago Bears and their almost-perfect season in 1985. That sometimes, with all of its negativity, life can be beautifully poetic.
  13. Bobby McCain‘s charisma and jovial spirit that we all want to see more of. Some fans might see this as corky, but his free-spirit is refreshing to see and lightens up an otherwise violent game.
  14. The health of everyone on our team, and how fortunate we are that career-threatening injures such as Alex Smith‘s and Ryan Shazier’s have been mostly avoided. We can all speculate over a player’s worth and if they should be retained or cut based off of their health and performance, but none of us strain our bodies the way athletes do, just to have strangers analyze how much all of that hard work should pay off.
  15. How Kendrick Norton is alive to tell his tale, no matter how tragic it is.
  16. How we can bicker about minuscule aspects of our football team on social media without ever stopping to realize how fortunate we are to have a cell phone or a laptop, how we have internet, and how we have enough free time to not only view social media but interact with others on it as well.
  17. Being able to laugh about Adam Gase despite his team outperforming ours in 2019. It shows that we are not simply looking at results and we have the free-thinking ability to deduce our own opinions based on what we see.
  18. That we can vividly argue whether or not the Miami Dolphins should draft Tua Tagovailoa, Jordan Love, Justin Herbert, Jake Fromm, Jalen Hurts or someone else, because it means the most-troublesome thing we have on our minds doesn’t actually/directly affect us and we are able to think about other things in this world.
  19. Getting agitated after you purchase a jersey of a player who leaves the team shortly after. It means we have expendable income and enough clothes on our back that we can afford a replica of someone else’s name.
  20. I have no idea what defensive scheme the Miami Dolphins are going to deploy next season, but thankfully I can think 8 months ahead and don’t have to worry about where I’ll sleep tonight, if I’ll be able to eat, and whether or not I’ll be warm.
  21. For all of the players that put themselves through the physical pain they endure every week, risking life-long complications and discomfort just for our entertainment.
  22. For the crazy, overpriced NFL TV packages that are out there. It might be the worst aspect about Capitalism, but it also means we have the ability to watch our favorite football team without restriction or fear of government retaliation. There are lots of amendments and laws we can argue about, but at least we can argue about them openly.
  23. That we are all able to read this article, because it means we’re healthy and our problems are trivial compared to what others are going through.
  24. The future for the Miami Dolphins looks bright, and how we are all blessed to be able to witness it.

Rest in Peace, Kobe Bryant. Your legacy will live on for all eternity.

And may we also never forget the other victims in this tragedy.

Regardless of who you root for, which side you’re on, or what your ideology is, nothing is worth more than your ability to live your life happily. Make sure you do everything you can this week to take advantage of that.

Growing up a passionate Dolphins fan in Jets territory, Jason learned from an early age that life as a Dolphins fan wasn’t going to be easy. Previously the Sports Editor for his university newspaper, Jason has experience writing columns, creating game recaps and conducting interviews with Hall of Fame athletes (Harry Carson and Yogi Berra are two of his proudest interviews). When he’s not dissecting the latest sports news, you can find him perplexed over the Dolphins offensive line woes or involuntarily introducing music to his neighbors.

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    Robert Martineau

    January 27, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Very well written Jason ! Many of us don’t realize just how fortunate we are , as you so ably pointed out what really is important in life. Everyday we should be thankful to be alive , have the blessings of food , shelter , clothing and the amenities of modern society, and to be loyal fans of the Miami Dolphins !!! South Florida is so blessed for all of the work the sports teams do in the community!! Phins Up !!

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      Thomas

      January 28, 2020 at 11:46 pm

      Kobe was an exceptional basketball player. He was also a celebrity. He was a Father and a husband and a human who also made mistakes like people are prone to do; he was not a god. We did not witness a god walking among us. Celebrate the good things about his life, but for goodness sake keep it real.

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Local Residents Sue Miami Dolphins over F1 Race Track

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This may be the last thing on the mind of Miami Dolphins fans everywhere, but there seems to be a prominent legal battle taking place in South Florida.

A new Formula 1 race track was recently approved (by a 6-6 vote) to be “built” around Hard Rock Stadium, with races beginning in 2021.

While city officials press to approve the new track, local residents are up in arms about the potential race. F1 cars are notoriously loud, and as we mentioned above, these races aren’t contained within an arena or stadium.

City officials believe this will bring in additional revenue for Miami and the surrounding area, as annual races are expected to be held around Hard Rock Stadium for the next 10 years. The local populous is arguing that these races are too loud for local streets, and will cause an enormous amount of disturbance and will be detrimental to the environment. Overall, this will cause a “serious degrade to their quality of life.”

Just so you can have a reference, F1 engines tend to run between 130-145 decibels. If you go to a concert and stand relatively close to an amplifier, you’re only dealing with about 100-110 decibels. The average lawn mower is about 90 decibels. Needless to say, these engines are LOUD.

Unlike NASCAR, Formula 1 (F1) race tracks are essentially “created” using local roadways that are already in place. Though there is obviously a lot of preparation that goes into “creating” the course (to ensure the safety of racers and fans alike), no new venues need to be built.

With that said, the City of Miami Gardens and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross are attempting to host the race solely on Hard Rock Stadium grounds. Given Ross’ ownership in the land surrounding Hard Rock Stadium, it’s possible this race doesn’t officially occur on any public roads.

To give some background, Stephen Ross attempted to buy F1 a couple of years ago, but the sale ended up going to another group. Though he didn’t win the bid, he reached an agreement with the new owners and is now one step closer to making the Miami Grand Prix a reality.

Tom Garfinkel, President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins, issued the following statement on behalf of the approved 6-6 decision:

This recent vote was the biggest hurdle potentially preventing the Miami Grand Prix from happening. Though the legal battles aren’t over, it seems unlikely that the decision to host F1 races will be reversed.

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Miami Dolphins Sign Tight End Michael Roberts

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The Miami Dolphins are beginning to bulk up the depth of their roster as they head into free agency.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have signed tight end Michael Roberts. The exact terms of the contract are currently unknown.

Originally a 4th-round pick by the Detroit Lions, Roberts has served mostly as a backup tight end; accumulating 146 yards on 13 receptions in 23 active games between 2017-2018.

Roberts was placed on injured-reserve towards the end of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, and was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2020 7th-round pick prior to the 2019 season. Due to medical reasons, the trade was voided a couple of days later.

The Green Bay Packers claimed Roberts off of waivers, but he was subsequently released by the Packers two days later for failing a physical. Roberts was not active for any games in 2019.

Signing Roberts doesn’t necessarily mean the Dolphins aren’t going to pursue tight ends in free agency or in the draft. Mike Gesicki is the only “lock” to make the 2020 roster, as Durham Smythe‘s blocking ability might not survive if the Dolphins find themselves in an advantageous situation at the position.

Look at this as a way for Miami to get ahead of evaluations.

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A second Dolphins mock draft from someone who doesn’t watch football

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J.K. Dobbins 2020 NFL Draft
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(Locked On Dolphins) – Last week, Person A dazzled us with their blind mock draft, and now we’re back with the next entry in the series.

Person B is ready to go with their mock.

Keep in mind that all the blind mock draft contributors have little to no knowledge of the NFL.

I had all the contributors standardize their boards and the process so that everyone was on an even playing field.

They all used The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator with seven rounds, the predictive board, and had to choose the players manually.

Without further ado, here’s Person B’s mock draft.

(1) 5. Tua Tagovailoa – QB, Alabama
(1) 18. J.K. Dobbins – RB, Ohio State
(1) 26. Terrell Lewis – Edge, Alabama
(2) 39. Lloyd Cushenberry III – iOL, LSU
(2) 56. Xavier McKinney – S, Alabama
(3) 70. Rashard Lawrence – iDL, LSU
(5) 135. Chase Claypool – WR, Notre Dame
(5) 144. Justin Herron – OT, Wake Forest
(5) 147. Terrell Burgess – S, Utah
(6) 165. Lamar Jackson – CB, Nebraska
(6) 177. Jacob Breeland – TE, Oregon
(7) 223. David Reese II – LB, Florida

As I did with Person A, I reached out to Person B to get their reasoning behind the selections.

Me: “I noticed that you took Tua [Tagovailoa]. What led you to that decision with the fifth pick?”

Person B: “I knew the Dolphins wanted to get a QB, and Tua has been talked about so much that I just went with him.”

Me: “Which of your other selections did you feel particularly good about?”

Person B: “I need you to send me the link to my draft. I forgot who I picked since it took five attempts.”

[resends mock draft to Person B]

“I like my J.K. Dobbins pick. O-H-. And Rashard Lawrence. Because I figure he’s pretty good since LSU was really good this year.”

Me: “Your picks are really good. I’d put yours ahead of Person A. But it’s almost suspiciously good. Did you put your thumb on the scale somewhere along the line?”

Person B: “Well, by my 5th attempt (1 and 2: I didn’t select manual mode, 3: I didn’t pick 7 rounds from the drop-down menu, 4: I completed, but the site froze, and I lost everything), I figured out that I should probably pick from the top of the list first because if you don’t then those players just go like hotcakes.

So, I just matched up the positions the Dolphins needed to fill with the players highest on the list, and if I recognized a name or team, I would select them over someone I had never heard of.”

Me: “OK, well, we’re all out of time. Do you have any parting messages for Dolphins fans?”

Person B: “Well, I think the Dolphins are on the right track, and I hope that all of the true blue fans who have hung in with them for all these years will get to see another Super Bowl in the near future. GO FINS!”

And that wraps things up with Person B.

What are your thoughts on Person B’s mock draft? Leave a comment or tweet your thoughts at me directly on Twitter (@DIGITYnodoubt).

Tune in next time for Person C’s mock…

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