For the Love
(Confessions of a Dolphins Fan-atic)

I know this is a Dolphins
blog. And thank goodness for that because I am a Dolphins fan. But if we are
talking about complete disclosure here on my first blog for, I
should probably disclose that I was a Canes fan first. Thus, my blogger
handle: “Island Canes.” And as early as 1966 barely out of rug-rat status I
discovered football on Saturday afternoons and was hooked. Cut me and I bleed
Orange n Green.

But a funny thing happened that same year of 1966. I discovered my blood was
actually more Orange n Blue-Green, call it Aqua n Orange if you like.  That happened when I saw Joe Auer return the
Dolphins first ever kickoff 95 yards for a Touchdown in front of about 26,000
fans, or let’s call them witness.’

I went to games on and off with my Dad after that and then in 1969 my father
got us some season tickets. We were proud Miami Dolphin season ticket owners
until 1988.

Yes, I was there for the undefeated season, for the Harris to Nathan hook n
lateral San Diego game, I was there in the Orange Bowl on the Monday night broadcast
when they shot John Lennon, was there for Marino vs. The Chicago Bears 1985, yes,
yes and yes.

I was also at Miami Dolphins games before going to Dolphins games was an event.
I went to Dolphins games before beepers, before 8-tracks, remember those… I
was at Dolphin games when the concession staff outnumbered the fans. When guys
like Wahoo McDaniel’s were more famous as wrestlers than as Linebackers. I was
in the stands then, for the love.

We had season tickets in the West End Zone for 19 years.  And for most of those early years I wasn’t
there because the Dolphins were any good. I was there for the love, for the
love of my team.  And right now in
2018…if you cut me… you’d barely get a drip of blood, certainly not Aqua n
Orange. I’ve given it all to this ridiculous excuse of Dolphins upper
management and owner.  Who have all but
destroyed my once proud franchise. Yes Mr. Ross has spent a lot of money. Yes
his heart is in the right place. Yes, he has no clue.

I have doubts about all the key players. Mike Tannenbaum, Chris Grier, and Adam
Gase.  When was the last time a Dolphins
rookie made a real substantial impact during his rookie season? You could argue
Laremy Tunsil, who fell into the Dolphins lap purely by accident. Before that?  Maybe Ju’Wuan James in 2014, played a lot at
RT as a rookie at a position of dire need. He was solid if unspectacular. Ryan
Tannehill in 2012? 12 td’s and 13 Int’s? Don’t think so. He will be 30 this
July and we are still waiting on his first “All-Pro” year.  That’s 48 draft picks from 2012 through 2017.
How many had great rookie seasons? No, better, lets go with just  “excellent?” 
The silence is deafening.

Now let’s turn the spot light on Adam Gase. His performance so far as head man can
only be labeled as on the job training. His coaching tree is not all that
impressive, aside from a brief stint as an offensive assistant to Mike Martz in
Detroit, and I don’t know if I’d call that impressive. He came to the Dolphins
with no experience as a Head coach obviously, but with a lot of buzz about his
upside and potential, having helped Jay Cutler have one of his better years in
Chicago. But helping Jay Cutler have a “nice” year shouldn’t really be a resume
builder yeah? 

Being so young and inexperienced, Gases’ coaching relationships are limited. So, he hires a staff in 2016. He fires almost everyone in 2018. Re-hires a staff of
equally unimpressive names. Because, let’s be real, what impressive assistants
want to work “for” an apparently still wet behind the ears HC? How Gase handled
the Jay Ajayi issue was embarrassing at best. Then you include the Chris
Foerster scandal, and well… I make my point.

So Gase hires guys off of the Super Bowl champion Detroit Lions and Chicago
Bears staffs for 2018…. oh, wait, no, that’s not accurate. But you get the
idea through my sarcastically drenched commentary. 

Then Gase sets off in 2017 to put together the most unimpressive group of Free
Agent signees ever in the history of the team. The most productive free agent
the Dolphins signed was Anthony Fasano. 
Let me re-type that because I myself can hardly believe it. FA after FA
was a bust, or close to it. Again, showing Gase’s lack of experience as a Head

In conclusion… I’m a Dolphin fan for the love of my team. And no amount of
destruction heaped upon it by the incompetents now being paid millions to ruin
the Dolphins, ahh, wait, to run the Dolphins…misspellings are a bitch no,
will ever keep me from cheering and supporting my team.

Full disclosure right? I’m pulling for Adam Gase. I’m hoping he succeeds here
and not somewhere else after we fire him. 
Like say, that guy in the hoodie in New England who wasn’t good enough in
Cleveland. The football Gods wouldn’t be that cruel to Dolphins fans would
they?  I don’t care…I’m in it for the
love. – Island Canes-Fins