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Fasano: Suck for Luck 'sick,' Gator Day 'awful'

Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:47 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty obvious that the Dolphins, one of two winless teams remaining in the NFL, have some issues (I mean, duh, they were just forced to sign J.P. Losman.) And based on some comments from Miami tight end Anthony Fasano, some of the issues are affecting the mindset of the team.

Fasano, in an interview with WFAN in New York, ripped Dolphins fans who are rooting for the team to lose and nab Andrew Luck, calling them "sick."

"It’s sick actually," Fasano said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I can’t even fathom those thoughts of those people that conjure up that stuff. They have never played sports and pretty much aren’t really our loyal fans. I can’t really put any weight into that and I know the players don’t listen to it. It’s a shame, but people are going to talk and we just have to block that out."

Fasano's right -- real fans don't root for a team to lose just in the hopes of getting a particular player in the draft. The upside of a terrible season might be a good pick, but hoping the team fails to produce week after week isn't being a fan.

Of course, the organization isn't doing much to help out the players either. Look no further than the recent halftime celebration of the Florida Gators BCS title team, a team that featured none other than Tim Tebow at quarterback -- Fasano wasn't thrilled about that either, calling it "awful" and "a smack in the face."

"Yeah it was awful," Fasano said about Gator Day. "Showing up at the stadium and seeing all the Gator stuff and the Tebow stuff. It was disheartening, but as players we kind of put ourselves in that position because the Dolphins are in the business of winning football games and making money. We haven’t been winning football games, but it’s still a smack in the face and it’s unfortunate we couldn’t rain on their parade and get the win."

If you believe in karma, it's hard to fathom that a team utilizing its opponent to make more money and a fanbase rooting for that team to lose could end up getting a franchise quarterback in the draft.

Or, if you don't believe in karma, how about just imagining whether or not a guy like Andrew Luck would want to play in Miami? Luck's already called the "Suck for Luck" campaigns "stupid" so there's no guarantee he'll be happy playing for a fanbase that's rooted for the team to lose or an organization that might not be looking out for the players' best interests.

But if the Dolphins as a whole are as happy as Fasano, it's hard to imagine they'll find a way to compete enough to not end up with a decent shot at landing him anyway.

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Comments

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Fasano: Suck for Luck 'sick,' Gator Day 'awful'

Fasano is wrong cause hes been here for 4 years he was in dallas before and in a few years hell be some where else or not even in the league and the dolphins fans want to have a winning team one that can atleast compete and its been so long that has been the case. Id rather lose 10 more games since 0-6 is dead in the water this year than to lose this year and 15 more. Miami fans have supported this team for so many years we have had 12 years straight sellouts even thru an 1-15 year its time we get a quality QB and Caoch and GM since marino left. Fasano shouldnt even talk if the players dont like it then win some games and make plays and this all goes away. But the reality is the dolphins stink from top to bottom. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Fasano: Suck for Luck 'sick,' Gator Day 'awful'

You couldn't be more wrong, SkyHawk...   Rooting for your team to lose just to get a certain player is completely stupid.  How many of those 'can't miss' prospect ending up sucking when they get to the NFL.   And let's not forget Andrew Luck isn't even the only QB projected to go in the first round.   This draft could have as many as 5.
You're wrong. Just because some players have busted doesn't mean Andrew Luck will. But whether he does or not, it's unquestionably the right thing for a fan to root for your team to lose because there's the chance that he will be the next great, and you have the choice to either take him or trade to get more assets that can help you, such as the Quebec Nordiques, who finished with the worst record in the NHL in 1990 by a wide margin. Everyone thought Eric Lindros would be the next great superstar, and Quebec drafted him and then traded his rights to Philadelphia. Overnight, the Nords turned themselves from a laughingstock into a juggernaut that became the two-time Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

Rooting for your team to win a meaningless game is what is completely stupid. That doesn't help your team one bit. Losing down the stretch, however, has big benefits.

Anyone with a competitive bone in their body knows that whether you're 15-0 or 0-15, you play to win the game.   You don't lie down.
Human anatomy aside, this isn't true. If you're 15-0, you have the choice to either play to win or rest your starters. If you're 0-15, I can see you playing to win to avoid the shame of a winless season, but if you're 1-14, you don't play to win the game if you're smart. You lie down.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Fasano: Suck for Luck 'sick,' Gator Day 'awful'

If your goals and expectations involve a particular sports franchise doing well, either now or in the future, you are, by definition, a fan of said franchise. It sounds to me like Anthony Fasano is upset that Dolphins fans don't care whether or not Anthony Fasano is part of their next playoff run. I'm not the type to root against my team because I want to draft a franchise player, but I understand the point-of-view leading some to that conclusion.



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Fasano: Suck for Luck 'sick,' Gator Day 'awful'

You couldn't be more wrong, SkyHawk...   Rooting for your team to lose just to get a certain player is completely stupid.  How many of those 'can't miss' prospect ending up sucking when they get to the NFL.   And let's not forget Andrew Luck isn't even the only QB projected to go in the first round.   This draft could have as many as 5.

Anyone with a competitive bone in their body knows that whether you're 15-0 or 0-15, you play to win the game.   You don't lie down. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Fasano: Suck for Luck 'sick,' Gator Day 'awful'

Fasano's right -- real fans don't root for a team to lose just in the hopes of getting a particular player in the draft. The upside of a terrible season might be a good pick, but hoping the team fails to produce week after week isn't being a fan.
You and Fasano are dead wrong, Brinson. Real fans DO root for a team to lose in hopes of getting a particular player in the draft. Hoping the team fails to produce week after week IS being a fan when it's clear the team isn't going to the playoffs. In the American sports system, that's the very definition of being a fan.
They have never played sports and pretty much aren’t really our loyal fans.
Couldn't be more wrong, Fasano. Whether they've played sports or not, those are the most loyal fans you've got. The fans who are hoping you'll win these meaningless games aren't really your loyal fans. Loyal fans know when it's best to root for a loss.



Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Fasano: Suck for Luck 'sick,' Gator Day 'awful'

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Uh, there are THREE winless teams remaining in the NFL. (MIA, IND, STL)

I guess I shouldn't be surprised since today's sportswriter blogger generally does a poor job of fact-checking anything.


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