I started not to write this since I thought most everyone knew my Dolphins story because a lot of you were around as it happened. I like to say I was acquired in 2008 as part of the Chad Pennington deal. But what you might not know is how unlikely it is that I’m a fan of football in the first place.
My high school was so small we didn’t have a football team. Then it was on to Marshall and there wasn’t much of a team there either. It was 10 years out from the crash and even though the team was still struggling everyone went to games to support the team. Football is special at Marshall and always will be. In the 4 years I was there they won a total of 8 games and honestly there wasn’t a lot to cheer about. We cheered for a nearly completed pass or an almost interception. At the end of each season it was the same thought; Maybe next year.
Being a fan of a good team is easy. Being a fan of a horrible team is hard. During that time at Marshall, as improbable as it was that a horrible team could make me a fan of a game, that’s exactly what happened. I didn’t just become a fan. I became a die-hard football fan.
One fun fact. I remember pulling for Miami to win the 1983 Superbowl against the Redskins. It was my senior year at Marshall and the guys upstairs from me had a Superbowl party. Everyone was for the Redskins and not to be one to follow the crowd, I was for the Dolphins. I really didn’t get into NFL games then. I was still just a fan of the Herd.
After I graduated from Marshall I continued to follow the team. Little by little they improved and that horrible team started winning and became the winningest team in the 1990s in any division of college football. The players that helped them become winners moved on to the NFL;
Troy Brown, Chad Pennington, Randy Moss and later Bryon Leftwich to name a few. I watched NFL games to see how they were all doing but I was still a college football fan.
Then Pennington was kicked to the curb by the Jets in favor of that dick pic texting ass Favre and I was pissed off. To put it in relatable terms, Pennington is to Marshall fans what Marino is to the Dolphins. Legend. How dare they? So I began watching Miami games and reading some articles online in the Miami news. I don’t know what it was but there was something about that team in 2008. Maybe part of it was the excitement of the Wildcat game in New England or ending the regular season with a victory over those idiots who had dropped Pennington.
I think part of it was watching a team turn things around, very similar to what I had watched the Herd do and with the same quarterback. It was so improbable they should be winning, yet they did. I was hooked. That season was so much fun to watch and I have to admit the blog was part of that. Even living where I do in an area without a professional team, I was still part of a group of fans. Even if some of those fans called Pennington noodle arm, I ignored it. Even if some of those fans were clamoring to start the rookie with the rocket arm. “Let’s see what we’ve got with Henne!! He can throw the ball through a wall!” I ignored that too. I won’t mention names. But you know who you are. 🙂
Another VIVID memory I have is either during the 2008 season or maybe 2009. I clicked on NFL network and they were showing an old Dolphins/Jets game and it was the start of the second half. A Monday night game. We were KILLING them. So I watched. And when it was over I wanted to know one thing: Why did no one warn me about that? Thanks, guys.
So there you have it. I envy all of you who remember winning seasons, playoffs and superbowls. Maybe next year.
Since this is running on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I thought I’d finish with this.