Dolphins coach Tony Sparano publicly thanked team owner Steve Ross for authorizing the placement of turf over the baseball infield for Sunday night's game against the New York Jets.
Typically, the Dolphins would have to wait until after the Marlins' final home game (Oct. 3) to escape the dirt, but a weeklong road trip that began Thursday opened the door for the upgrade against the Jets.
It's also possible the Dolphins will be able to get the turf down again in time for their Oct. 4 Monday night game against New England, but that would require some cooperation from Mother Nature.
"Mr. Ross ... has done a great job for us that way in giving us the things that we need," Sparano said. "This is really a super opportunity for us."
An in-game downpour turned the infield surface at Sun Life Stadium into a soupy mess for the Aug. 14 preseason opener against Tampa Bay.
"I think after that Tampa game, you just never know what those things can be like," Sparano said, noting Thursday afternoon featured a steady downpour at the team's facility.
89th meeting. Jets lead regular-season series, 46-41-1. The Dolphins beat the Jets 14-0 in the 1982 AFC Championship. Dolphins are riding a three-game winning streak against their biggest rivals. The Jets had won five straight and eight of nine before this recent turnaround.
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