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Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:59 pm
TebowPosted by Josh Katzowitz

University of Miami fans just cannot catch a break, you know?

First, there was that minor issue that Yahoo Sports reported that had something to do with some minor booster giving a few players a few bucks here and there to help them find companionship and to buy some sandwiches and soda pops. Or something along those lines.

If that wasn’t bad enough, now the Dolphins are planning to honor former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and the 2009 national championship when the Broncos come to town in October (Dolphins center Mike Pouncey -- a member of that Florida title team -- obviously will be in attendance, along with former coach Urban Meyer).

Not surprisingly, this bit of news was insulting to Miami fans from a Dolphins perspective and from a Miami Hurricanes perspective. Still, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee defended himself, saying it was a way to generate ticket sales. And besides, he said, he offered the same kind of celebration to the University of Miami for the 10-year anniversary of the Hurricanes last national championship.

"They politely declined and said that they were going to do something to honor that team at one of their own home games," Dee said, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "We reached out to both schools at about the same time in early to mid July."

But what about the fact you share your building with the Hurricanes -- who, as you might know, aren’t huge fans of the Gators?
"I know they both have very passionate fan bases,” Dee said. “We certainly root for the 'Canes. They are a partner of ours, a tenant of ours.

"As it relates to having to aggressively market the Dolphins and tickets to our games, we have to be agnostic. We can't not reach out to Dolphins fans who are also Gators fans and try to give them an incentive and a reason to come to a Dolphins game."

Yes, but antagonizing the Hurricanes fans who also attend Dolphins contests probably isn’t the smartest way to accomplish that feat.

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:32 pm

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

nmbronco1, Thanks for the link to a good article.  That article says it all.  What a stupid idea by the Dolphins.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:51 pm

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

This is actually an insult to the Denver Broncos football team also.  How often is a 2nd or 3rd string quarterback on one's team "honored" by the opposing team's management.  Even the Denver Post's major Tebowner cheerleader Woody Paige understands this:

If the Miami management is so enamored with Mr. Tebow, why were they trying to trade for Kyle Orton instead of Tebow at the start of training camp?

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:28 pm

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Seriously, the Dolphins losing fans because of this.  Just because your 3 friends get into a tiff about the honoring of yes, I will say it, one of the most electrifying college players ever, doesn't mean the world will follow suit.  Really, learn that the universe doesn't revolve around you and your thoughts.  I don't like Florida, at all, and I mean the whole state, but geez, lay off.  Honestly, just take a nap and in 3 hours, you'll forget what was said to you and end up at that game cheering for Tebow.  In short, who really cares.  The Hurricanes should be contracted and the programs killed off.  Why should the Dolphins associate their brand with cheaters?

Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:58 pm

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Really? Then we don't need to play the season I guess. Don't get why Sanchez is held up so high, maybe because Jets fans havent had any good QB to compare him to except 1960s Joe Namath. Dolphins "bum" QB is only going into his 3rd season as starter. Sanchez has been bailed out by his defense and rushing attack, won't keep happening. Especially without Braylon Edwards making amazing catches out of his errant throws. 

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:09 pm

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Just another reason why the Dolphins are a joke. Tebow is terrible and the Dolphins are as well. Why alienate your fans more than you already are with a bum for a quarterback and finishing third in the afc east... again

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 11:52 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Tebow Blows...the Broncos cant get rid of him soon enough.. Thanks again McDaniels.  You are the gift that keeps on giving.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 11:02 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

     I'd think if any pro team were to honor the Gators, it would be Jacksonville.  After all, the Gators play the Bulldogs there every year.

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:11 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators? are an idiot.  and it seems you have more complex issues in yourself. loser

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:30 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Yeah, Florida was too afraid to play the 'Canes.  I don't think so.  Florida plays in the toughest conference in college football.  With the annual rivalry game with FSU, there is no need to play the 'Canes on an annual basis.  It amazes me how you 'Canes fans can't overcome your inferiority complex despite the multiple championships over the past 20 years.   I will sum it up like this 'Canes fan.  The "U" does not matter to Florida.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:29 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

I don't like this plan.  The city of Miami shouldn't be honoring Tim Tebow.  If the Miami Dolphins recognize any college athletic program it should be one from the Miami Hurricanes, not the Florida Gators.  I guess whatever gimmick will work to put fans in the seats, but they might lose just as many as they gain with this publicity stunt.  

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