By Dr. Bruce Banner
We here at Finsmob Unleashed have been wondering how many of you from all over including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Canada and other parts known and unknown have become Miami Dolphin fans. So we are encouraging all of you to write us your story on how you became a phins fan. Here is Hulk’s.
Every great Superhero have origins story. This is mine. Hulk was first exposed to gamma radiation on January 2, 1972 when 3 bombs went off in the Orange Bowl in Miami. Hulk was not quite 8 years old and the Miami Dolphins were playing in the AFC Championship game against a group of horsemen from the City of Baltimore. Miami just come off thrilling overtime victory versus Kansas City Chiefs in then longest game in league history. Young Hulk think it would be fun to see this team win. However, everyone tell young Hulk that no way could Miami win. The horsemen were defending Super Bowl Champions. They were led by great field general known as Johnny U – please do not confuse with Johnny Football. That would make Hulk angry. So Hulk thought there was no way that Miami could win.
Then early in 1st quarter the first bomb goes off. Bob Griese finds greatest wide receiver in Dolphins’ history, otherwise known as Paul Warfield, for 75 yard touchdown pass and Miami has early lead.
Greatest wide receiver in Dolphins’ history score touchdown vs Colts on January 2, 1972.
Score remain 7-0 in favor of Miami at half. Then in early in 3rd quarter 2nd bomb go off. This time it was Johnny U who threw deep ball in direction of Eddie Hinton but ball get tipped and some guy name Dick do impersonation of heat seeking missile and intercept ball. Then some guy named Dick not just go down but he turn and run with ball and his defensive team mates threw blocks like experienced offensive linemen and some guy named Dick returns interception for 62 yards and touchdown. Miami now have 14-0 lead and young Hulk getting excited that Dolphins will prove everyone wrong.
Some guy named Dick returning interception of Johnny U on January 2, 1972.
But Dolphins no done yet. The 3rd bomb goes off in the 4th quarter. Bob Griese once again finds greatest receiver in Dolphins’ history for 50 yard bomb. This put Miami deep in horsemen territory. Then Miami know what to do. They give ball to Zonk. Hulk like Zonk. Zonk do Hulk impersonation and smash his way 5 yards for game clinching touchdown. After Zonk scores Dick’s defense holds up for rest of game. (Hulk think Dick’s team mates changed name of defense the next season to No Name Defense so Dick no feel bad). Miami beats horsemen 21-0 in upset victory and go to Super Bowl. Young Hulk hooked on this improbable win and starts to feel the power of the gamma radiation.
Larry Csonka running football vs. Colts January 2, 1972
But Hulk’s origins story not done. It was 2 weeks later in Super Bowl VI that Hulk first experience the anger and rage that caused by the gamma radiation. Miami go to play some Cowboys from Dallas and the Cowboys beat Dolphins bad by score of 24-3. With each score by Cowboys and missed scoring opportunity by Dolphins make Hulk get madder and madder. Hulk get angry, Hulk yell, Hulk scream, Hulk stomp, Hulk cry and Hulk smash. Hulk go into state of suspended emotional development because that is how Hulk react to every Dolphin loss ever since to this very day. But the next season the Hulk see the true power of the gamma radiation. Hulk see Miami Dolphins go 17-0 and crush all opponents on way to perfect season and Super Bowl win. Then Hulk see Miami Dolphins win the following Super Bowl and Hulk now knows the gamma radiation of those three bombs is what powered team to win and what make Hulk the Hulk. That is Hulk’s origins story, so what is yours?
Link to box score of Hulk’s origin’s day game: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197201020mia.htm