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Dolphins in a home Super Bowl a nightmare?

There is truly a leadership void afoot in this country. I believe that, for whatever reason, many people we have stupidly installed into leadership roles have lost their way.

I'm talking about leaders in business, politics (from all the parties), the car industry, Wall Street and the financial industry and, sadly, everywhere in government.

We don't have people that get it anymore.

And that's where Broward County tourism director Nicki Grossman comes to mind today. This story in The Miami Herald tells how Grossman, a long-time South Florida public servant and Dolphins season-ticket holder (she claims), is rooting against the Dolphins making it to the Super Bowl this year.

Now, suspend the argument about whether the Dolphins are good enough to get to the Super Bowl or not. That's not the point. The point is how anyone can bring themselves to root against their own team for selfish reasons.

And Grossman, by the way, has selfish reason. As head of the tourism folks, Grossman wants to see the Super Bowl fill every hotel room in her county come next January and early February. And, she figures, if the Dolphins are in the game, the hotel rooms won't be filled because local fans can sleep in their own beds at night.

So there would be no great influx of Super Bowl fans.

But this is where Grossman misses the mark. She obviously does not understand that Dolphins fans are everywhere. I have become intimately of this fact because in every stadium the Dolphins play, there are typically  at least 2,000 Dolphins fans rooting for Miami. I am also aware that all my readers are not from South Florida. In fact, a majority are from outside South Florida.

You guys are Dolphins fans in Texas, the Carolinas, New York, Hawaii, everywhere. And I get the feeling many of you would come to South Florida to watch your team be in its first Super Bowl since 1984. Am I right?

Grossman also doesn't get the drift that a Super Bowl game is played by two teams. And the other team not being from South Florida will surely also bring fans.

So her vision, in rooting openly against the Dolphins, is myopic.

Leadership? Not so much.

So this is what I want you to do. Go to the comments section and tell me exactly where you are from in the country. Tell me if you would be inclined to come to a Dolphins Super Bowl celebration or not.

Now, I didn't ask if you'd be coming to the game. I know the tickets are expensive and hard to get. Grossman doesn't care about that anyway, she just needs folks that yearly come for the week of Super Bowl atmosphere and fun, filling the beds in local hotels. Whether those folks are in the stands on Super Bowl Sunday is moot.

Remember: Are you an out-of-town Dolphins fan? And would you trek to South Florida to join in the Dolphins Super Bowl celebration? 

Is Grossman right to believe the Dolphins playing a home Super Bowl would be a nightmare? Or is she lacking vision?


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I Live in HAWAII and would love to see Devone Bess catch 2 touchdown passes in the Super Bowl.

WTF?!? Who are u people?!? I can't believe there are this many Dolfans living outside of Florida placing comments on this blog!

That tourist official is an idiot. Someone give her a diaper and a Dr. Suess book, as her I.Q. is definitely on par with a toddler.

Seuss sorry ;-)

Kansas City, hell yeah I would be there.

I live in Indianapolis, IN. I would absolutely come to Miami for the Super Bowl. Heck, we're coming down Jan. 3rd fir the Steelers game!!!!


"I dont get it. It's cool that you guys are Dolphin fans yet you've never even been to Miami..but I'm just curious as to why wouldn't you guys be fans of you HOME TOWN teams? I'm a dolphin fan because I'm born and raised in Miami, but if i was from anywhere else I would be rooting for my Home Town team, the place where I grew up and proud to be from..I don't get it. But hey its cool lol "

Been a Dolphins fan since I was 7, raised in tampa before they had a team, moved to DC, hated the skins stuck with Miami, moved to KC stuck with Miami. I will always be a miami fan. Get it?

I'm in north FL in St Augustine and would be there in a heartbeat if the Dolphins were in The SB!

Armando, we may not agree with everything pertaining to our team, but your social commentary is accurate. As a Dolfan in Northern California, I go back to when Joe Auer returned the first regular season kickoff for a TD and having Dolphin haters run their smack at me during Super Bowls VII & VIII then eating crow.

If the Dolphins make the run to win the AFC, I'll get my butt down to Miami for the Super Bowl whether I get tickets or not, even if it's just before my tax season.

The point is this. People spend their money in South Florida establishments. That's good for business and that means consumption tax revenues for South Florida, the state of Florida (which has no individual income tax), and the overall economy.

You're dead right about the leadership in this country whether it's our moonbatty Snivelcratic President and Congress, the Whiskey Delta Weeniepublican opposition, our short-sighted federal, state, & local bureaucrats, the amoral leadership in the business world, and the hypocrisy we see in our religious institutions whether it be Christian, Muslim, Atheist, etc.

And finally, I'm a Dolfan not because some famous celebrities own limited interests, not because of stadium improvements (in which there's plenty of room for), not because of halftime shows, or not because our cheerleaders are more talented or finer than some other team's cheerleaders. That's all hoopla. To me it's simply about football. I'm narrow minded like the Tuna, Ireland and his scouts, Sparano along with his assistants & trainers, and of course the players. The game and playing our damnedest like Monday night against the J-E-T-S is what's in my blood.

I have been a Dolfan since Christmas Day 1971 when as a 7 year old kid I watched Garo Yepremian kick the winning FG to beat the Chiefs in what is still the longest game ever played. I grew up in Brockport, NY (outside Rochester) and you would not BELIEVE the number of Dolfans in upstate NY. This is why the Bills hate the Dolphins so much. I remember going to a game in Rich Stadium in 1984-85 timeframe and the stadium was almost split in half with Fins/Bills fans. Dan threw for 3 TD's that game and Bills fell short on a come back. We won 21-17 is my recollection. I now live in Columbus, OH and come down for Bills/Fins every year; would definitely be there for the SB and for a celebration also.

I'm in Albuquerque NM and would be there I make the trip to Miami for 1game a year even when we where 1 and 15

i am in sara de sota (sarasota) so if my boyz make it to the show...i am gonna stay with mando and party with mando, carlito & NJ

so ms priss can pizz off....what a short-sighted busness person?

I'm a diehard Fins fan originaly from Orlando but now in Texas. This lady is an idiot, as I would gladly come to south florida if my beloved Dolphins make it to the Super Bowl!! How did this dumbass get her job is what I want to know??? And she is NOT a Dolphins fan im my opinion!!

Armando, I moved to South Carolina 5 years ago. I am and will always be Dolfan and Hurricanes Fan. I fly down for several Dolphin games a year and most Hurricane games. I will be there in a heartbeat if the fins make it to the super bowl.

The hometown fans r the least important part of the income the superbowl brings in.. It's broadcast in almost every country in the world, is the biggest tv event of the yr, and ppl who have no affiliation to a team flock there anyway.. Tourism lady is just flat out dumb and now a turncoat against her so called beloved dolphins.. Sry armando but I hate her lol

Armando - I have been Fins fan since 78. I have not miss a game whether live, on tv, or taped in 31 yrs.

I moved to CA in 86. I come to Miami for one home game in December and go see the Fins if they play West Coast teams for the past 23 yrs.

If that is not love, I don't know what it is!!!

I am a HUGE Dolphins fan living in DC (originally from Miami). I would absolutely book a ticket to Miami if we made it to the Superbowl but I would stay with family (so i guess in my case you can score one for the Gross Lady).

I agree, though, Mando, that she's not seeing the whole picture. It really irks me that she'll be rooting against the Phins

I live in Central Florida and if the Dolphins make it to Super Bowl I and my Friends will be in Miami for the week. Also, we would be in a hotel.
Lady does not know of what she speaks,

Ive been a dolphins fan for 18 years. I live in Tampa, Florida. I would definetly be staying the whole week. I was here in Tampa this past year for the Super Bowl and it was awesome. I could care less about the Steelers or the Cardinals but the week was a memorable one. I wouldn't miss sb week if the Dolphins were in it for almost any reason. This tourism director can choke on one.

I live in NEW YORK and am a huge DOLPHINS fan! There are Dolphin fans all over who would try and get tickets to the Super Bowl if the Fins make it.

Against the Chargers in San Diego, there had to be more than 5000 Dolfans there. And we were so rowdy we were on the tv broadcast.

Shaggy, it's easy to be a fan for the home team. Being a fan for the team you believe in the sign of a true fan. Read the blog, Phin phans have traveled from all over to see the Dolphins in Miami and away games.

Born and raised in Miami, but live in North Carolina, Charlotte area. Would be a great reason to come home for a winter visit.

Chicago fin fan here. I would definitely make the trip. I'm already coming in for the 1/3/10 game. It's an unbelievably silly notion that the hotels would not fill up. Obviously she is not a real football fan or she would understand this.


wouldn't miss it for anything.

I am a Dolfan from Maryland with season tickets and hope to be able to come to the big game! Be a real fan and vote for your home team!

Wnyphinphan the first part of that was a quote from someone else, I traveled to NY and PHIlly to see miami play when I lived in DC and I go see them whenever they are near KC.

I'm a native Floridian and a lifelong Dolfan. I curently reside in Savannah, GA.

Ms. Grossman's idea that tourism would be in any way hurt by a Dolphin's Home Superbowl is ridiculous. People flock to the spectical of the Superbowl regardless of who is playing in it.

January & February are the busiest tourist time in Florida because of all the people wanting to get away from the cold weather up north.

I can't imagine every hotel room within 100 miles NOT being booked solid during the Superbowl even if the Dolphins are playing. And this would be so regardless of whether out-of-town Dolfans make the trip.

The Superbowl is the Superbowl, after all.

And another thing: Are we completely forgetting the added hoopla that would surround a Home-team Superbowl? This has never happened before. The Dolphins playing in the SB in their home stadium would mark this as an extraordinary event, even by Superbowl standards.

I Live in Phoenix Arizona.. Grew up in Miami during the 70's Superbowl games.. I eat, breath and bleed Aqua & Orange... I would come to Miami to see the Dolphins play in a home super bowl... ONLY if Ms. Grossman has a spare bedroom I can stay in...

Arlington, VA and I'm surrounded by ignorant Redskins fans. I would defintely be goin down to SF for the celebration.

Hey Mando,

I'm from Toronto and have been a diehard Dolphins fan since I was a kid. If they were in the SuperBowl and I could get my hands on a ticket I'd be there in a heartbeat!!

29 Palms Ca checking in!! I'd love to go back to FL. I've been 3 years in a row. This year was the Monday night game against the Colts. What a BLAST, with respect to the excitment outside the stadium. A SB would be great and I'd be there.

I'm a Miami native who saw Joe Auer's run, and I've been to every Dolphins Super Bowl. Oh yea, I'm also exiled in Texas. You bet I'd try to get home for a Dolphins Super Bowl. And the point being missed is that in the coporate world of the NFL, real fans don't attend the game anyway. The tickets are distributed to all 32 teams and to big-wigs tight with the league or whith whom the league would like to be tight, so a home team in the game wouldn't affect "tourist" income at all.




Erie Pennsylvania and a diehard dolphins fan and I would love to go to south fl to be in that atmosphere

I'm from Chicago and I already go once a year to se my beloved dolphins. I'll be there for season finally against pit. But I would definitly be back for SB

We live in LA and would definitely come to see the Dolphins in the super bowl. I just went to the SD game. It's the first time I've watched the dolphins live since I was a little kid growing up in NY and watched them play at Shea. My dad used to have Jets season tickets and someone would always give up their ticket for me when they played the Dolphins.

I am in Dallas TX. (imagine what its like dealing with all these sorry Cowboy fans! LOL) And would definitly come to SoFla for my Phins!!!!!

Live in Winchester Va. Going to the Pats game and the Panthers game this year. So I travel!!!

Born in Lauderdale now live in Atlanta. I would go to Alaska and sit next to Sarah Palin to watch Miami in a super bowl. That said. Every day I see more and more Florida cars on the road in atl. I don't think anyone from Fl lives there now.

You hit it right on the head Armando. Our apathy for who we put into political office has led to a void in leadership and misrepresentation of the public. Keep this in mind folks the next time you vote or don't vote. I'm a Dolphins fan since I was at least 7 and I lived in N.Carolina. I now live in Orlando,FL and would absolutely make my way to Miami if my Fins got in to the big show. Thanks for the article!

Shaggy, sorry didn't see the quote marks. See you at the SB. Go phins!

I haven't lived in Miami since 1975, and have lived in Southern California since 1979. Still, I guarantee that, if the Fish are in the Superbowl, I will be there for 3-4 days with my whole family.

Chester, VA born and raised. I'd be on the first flight to Miami if they made it (and if I could afford it).

I live in Indianapolis & am a season ticket holder. My family occupies a hotel room every home game weekend. We'll definitely be coming to Miami if the fins make the SB. Frankly, I think Miami & the Dolphins should think geographically bigger with regard to marketing the experience. I scraped frost off my car today - South Florida & a Fins game beats anything going on in the Midwest now.

I've lived in NYC for the past 5 years after I moved from Florida. I came down to see them when they made the playoffs last year and I would definitely come down to see them in the Super Bowl.

I aso was born in Miami but parents moved my family to Tatooine in the outer rim. Now all I do is shoot womp rats for fun. Would like to move back if I could get enough fuel.

I live in Swindon,which is in the UK.I have supported the Dolphins since 1985 and i would do anything to see them in a Superbowl in Miami. That would probably be the greatest experience of my life, so yeah,she's really not making alot of sense.

Mexico here.... there are at least 10 million football fans in this country, and the Dolphins are the 3rd most popular team. Make the math.......

I was born & live in San Diego. Dolphan since 1984 (I was in forth grade). I already went to the Phins and Bolts game this year. I would be the first in line to get to Miami for the Super Bowl. Game tickets or not!

I have been a dolphins fan for about 15 years and live in Southern California. I see at least 2 Dolphins games a year whether it be in Miami or at another stadium. I would pay anything to see them in the Super Bowl.

I just moved to Radford, VA., almost a month ago! Got satellite TV just so I can see the fins play! I'm even trying to get tix to the Panthers game to see them play after attending 5 games last year, including the play off game. I would donate a kidney to see them play in the Super Bowl at home. After reading this, however, I think I'll stay with family instead of a south Florida hotel!

I am from Los Angeles. Been a Dolphin Fan since 1983. If my favorite team made it to the Super Bowl...oh, I'd be there in an instant. It would the ultimate home field advantage ever!

brazil is here , at least 56 million fin fan in this country and i am one of them .i moved from india to work in china then i moved again to costa rica to teach people how to speak english the i went back to brazil to teach history and all and all i am a die hard fin fan .i am so happy we r going to be in the super bowl .


To answer your questions:

1. Yes, I am an out-of-town die-hard Fins fan. I live in Northern VA approximately 10 miles outside of Washington, D.C.
2. Yes, I would come celebrate in Miami.
3. Yes, Grossman is definitely lacking vision.

I live in manhattan and would absolutely travel to south Florida to see the dolphins in the super bowl.



>>>> There is truly a leadership void afoot in this country. I believe that, for whatever reason, many people we have stupidly installed into leadership roles have lost their way.

I'm talking about leaders in business, politics (from all the parties), the car industry, Wall Street and the financial industry and, sadly, everywhere in government.

We don't have people that get it anymore.<<<<

Wow, the Truth really does come to the light!

As for football, if the "wildcat continues to emerge as the newfound greatest show on turf."
Local leaders will be pleasantly surprise of the national following its wake will bring.

IMO, the wildcat is making the Dolphins one of the most exciting teams to watch nationally. You can not underestimate its ability top draw huge southeastern fans Dolphin or not.

Remember, the southern U. S. is still greatly saturated with fin fans. More than enough to fill Landshark Stadiumm. With the growing popularity and excitement of the wildcat offense. If it continues to strive and get even better. A Super Bowl game pairing our fins against anyone will be an absolute media ratings boom.

Thanks for allowing me to shed a little light on your topic Armando.

By the way Armando. There was more like 15k Dolphin fans at the San Diego game.

As a die-hard Texas Dolfan who grew up in Miami I would absolutely come back for the game if 'Fins are playing

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