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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: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:46 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Know what would be even better? If the Broncos traded Tebow to Miami.

It would help to Dolphins sell tickets and Broncos fans would no longer have to deal with Tebowmania. No longer will Bronco fans have to suffer through the incessant whinning that Tebow "should be the starter cause he was awesome in college" or he should start because "he sells lots of jerseys".

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:28 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Just because the Hurricanes are too cheap to build their own stadium and have to rely on the generosity of the Dolphins does not mean that the "Canes" have exclusive domain of Miami. Besides, aftter the NCAA comes down hard on the University of Miami they might not even have a football team anymore. Go Gators!

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:24 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

Yes, you windbag, I have been to a Hurricanes home game . . . in fact, I've been to 167 of them over the past 30 seasons (including the 1987 game where FU lost 31-4, and the 2003 game where the Crocodiles blew a 33-10 lead, capped off by Brock Berlin doing that Gators Bite thing after the game) . . . I would have been to more UM-UF contests, if the institution "up North" had actually HAD the cajones to continue the series . . . oh, THAT'S right -- Florida decided to play the likes of Montana State (1988, 69-0), New Mexico (1989, 27-21), Akron (1990, 59-0), New Mexico State (1994, 70-21), and Central Michigan (1997, 82-6) instead . . . although I suppose puttin' on a lynching of Podunk State up in Alachua County in September beats watching the insects in "the Swamp" procreating.

The Dolphins organization can honor whomever they wish: it IS their facility, after all . . . but it's pretty sad that they feel the need to glom on to the championships won by the state's college teams, seeing as the Dolphins haven't won a title of their own in almost 40 seasons.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:36 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:17 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

The Miami Hurricanes don't have fans. Ever been to a home game?

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:09 am

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?


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