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Q&A insights: The fight song

I sat down with Dolphins CEO Mike Dee last week and discussed everything from how the NFL's uncertain labor situation has affected season ticket sales, to the team's uniform, to the club's uniform and fight song.

The full interview is here so please check it out.

As you know, print space is at a premium. So there are things I would have loved to say about the Q&A in print that simply didn't fit. As it is, I took up nearly three-quarters of a page in today's sports section. But cyberspace is free. Cyberspace has a way to go before it's full.

So today I will share insights on different topics handled within the Q&A that could not be addressed in print. This is the first installment of that:

Dee told me the club is very cognizant of what fans like and dislike. To that end, the club is actually seating focus groups to get opinions about fan likes and dislikes. The opinions, however, sometimes run afoul of what the Dolphins like or dislike.

And the club's fight song is one such example of that disagreement. I've been told in no uncertain terms that club owner Stephen Ross does not like the old fight song.

He tried to replace it altogether when he took over ownership of the team. And when there was a backlash to that, he brought back the old fight song but only coming off the bench as it is no longer played after every score but only once per game -- that at the end of the third quarter.

Dee refutes the idea Ross hates the fight song. He says the owner, ahem, simply likes it more in a different way.

But because the Dolphins conduct those focus groups on everything -- including the fight song -- they know the song is popular. "One man told us, it's a terrible song, but it's our terrible song," Dee told me.

And so Dee suggests there is a compromise coming on the use of the song. I expect that compromise will mean a greater use of that song -- even if the owner isn't a fan.

Come back later, and I'll give you more insight on topics covered within the Q&A with Dolphins CEO Mike Dee.

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Obviously, the old song has a place in my heart, but there is nothing wrong with an upgrade if it really is an upgrade. The T-Pain version was not an upgrade...at all.

I think it woudl be cool if they played Ole! by the Bouncing Souls right before every kickoff. A Phins version anyway. Its the type of song everyone wants to sing along to, so it would be loud. Not like some techno-trance song, that no one wants to sing along to.

I wish I was a lesbian. They are the smartest, most well-adjusted and productive group of people I have EVER seen.

What I would like to know is who are being interviewed for these so called focus groups? Are they actual season ticket holders, or just joe blows from the seat whom they may give a slice of pizza and some drinks.

lol

Estoy viendo "The Price is Right " y durante el "Grocery Game" Me di cuenta de que Drew Carey tenía una erección gigante. Se podía ver claramente el contorno de su pene grande y era muy hermosa!

hal. all straight men are lesbians.lol

I've met Mike Dee and he has a blazing intellect and very sharp wit.

Having heard Armando on the radio, I'm guessing Dee had to "dumb down" his thoughts to some extent. Salguero's not stupid by any stretch, but he's not in the same league intellectually.

I never cared about the fight song enough to really listen to it.....until now.

Not only does it suck, it must be completely embarrassing for the team and all the fans.

Generic, cliche-ish, NOT EVEN sophmoric........

Forget the focus group Mr. Ross, focus on my a s s and kiss it!!!!

I wonder if the Green Bay's, the Patriots', the Pittsburgh's of the league are worried about their stupid fight song. I mean, SERIOUSLY!!! 7-9 two years running, TWO Playoff appearances in a DECADE, NO SuperBowl wins IN MY LIFETIME (which is almost spanning FOUR DECADES), and these idiots are worried about the fight song?!?

Is that how completely insignificant this team is? Note to Miami residents who go to games, your crappy team needs to actually SCORE TDs in order to even HEAR the stupid fight song. When your team wins 1-7 home games, WHO/WHAT are you fighting (besides your own mediocrity)?

Ridiculous. I won't get on you Mando, I guess you have to fill up your radio program, and what else is Mike Dee going to talk about (since he supposedly has nothing to do with the football side). But to a lifelong fan such as myself, I could give a cr*p! I don't go to games (when I do go to games) to sing a stupid fight song. I go to watch my team WIN! All I care about is my team WINNING!!! You can sing the Barry Manilow Greatest Hits for all I care after scores. I'm interested in one thing and one thing ONLY: MY TEAM WINNING A SUPERBOWL IN MY LIFETIME!!

I totally understand (and share) the frustration of this fan base but I have to say the criticism about having focus groups is astoundingly silly.

Some of you act as if this is some odd, pointless exercise that is somehow taking away from focus on the football end of things and that's just woefully ignorant.

Focus groups are commonplace among ANY large business and I doubt you'd find a single pro sports team that hasn't used them on occassion. It's among the best ways to directly connect with your customer base and gauge their opinions on a variety of matters. Quite frankly, a business would be stupid to NOT have them from time to time because of their value.

Yes, the football product is by far the most important factor and stating Miami needs to do better there isn't exactly breaking news. You really think they're not aware of that? But this is simply smart business ASIDE from that...seeing what more the team can do to make the stadium experience better in everything from concessions to parking and music selection.

Nothing wrong with that at all. Not EVERYONE employed by the Miami Dolphins makes football decisions, you know. Some of you are coming across really silly in that regard.

Armando,

Please clarify for me who had the fight song first. If i remember correctly we stole it from the Houston Oilers.

If that is the case change the song..........

I can clarify that for you right now.

The song was first released in 1972 (by Lee Offman) as the Dolphins version you still hear today.

The team never copyrighted it as their own and Offman made another version for the Oilers around 1978 or 79 that Houston adopted as their own for a few years.

Sometime in the 80's or 90's Miami finally bought the rights.

So in answer to your question, it was Miami's song first.

By the way, as goofy as the fight song is the Oilers version was even WORSE. Slower, and with these godawful electronic "horns" if memory serves.

The only reallky good fight songs are the old classics like the ones for the Redskins and Bears.

Close the doors, put out the light
You know they won't be home tonight
The snow falls hard and don't you know
The winds of Thor are blowing cold
They're wearing steel that's bright and true
They carry news that must get through

Quick! Put on Red House by Hendrix. It's the only way to get that God Awful sound out of your soul!!!!

I MAKE HOBO STEW TODAY. YOU PUT EVERY THING IN THE POT ALL THE LEFT OVEWRS AND THEN YOU COOK IT ON THE OVEN FOR 3 HOURS DO NOT BOIL IT. IT IS FROM THE OLD HOBO RECAPES

HEY MAN

HEY

CAN I COME OVER TO YOUR HOUSE

WHATS THE ADDRESS

Some of you act as if this is some odd, pointless exercise that is somehow taking away from focus on the football end of things and that's just woefully ignorant.


Pete,

Your accusations of ignorance are misplaced my good man.

The bloggers here aren't upset by any focus group activity per se. They're upset because Armando actually tried to pass this garbage off as a blog topic.

I mean come on, give the loyal bloggers here a little consideration for Gods sake!

Armando stops by once, MAYBE twice a week and he offers up: Q&A: The Fight Song????

Sorry Pete, this is a hardcore FOOTBALL crowd here. So as I say, your accusations of ignorance are severely misplaced. Armando has his OWN little fan base here and he should have known better.

Odinseye,

Understood, but that's another issue. My criticism was over those who were SPECIFICALLY critical of the Focus Group process, not those who want to engage in football talk and found the article largely pointless.

I don't necessarily disagree with that opinion.

Pete,

My only criticism of the Focus Group process is that I'm not involved!

I have some "opinions" I'd like to give Mr. Dee, Mr. Ross and anybody else in the organization that'll listen!!!!

ODINESYE,


LAST 2 DAYS WHILE I AM DRIVING WHEN STOPPING AT LIGHT TRAFFIC , I HAVE MY THERMO METER INSIDE THE CAR FREEZES SOME TIME ,SHOULD I CHANGE IT OR CHECK THE COOLANT ?

P.S...I KNOW YOU ARE A MECHANIC .

The fight song with it's catchy 50's Mickey mousekateer tune is out dated in today's society and is hardly anything I want to sing after watching my team score. This is the pro's not peewee league.

WHO EVER TALKS ABOUT THE THAT SONG IS A DONKEY IN HEART AND BRIAN .


P.S....... TALK ABOUT THE DRFT,PLAYERS,TRADE ..NOT SONGS ,BOTH SONGS ARE CRAP .

I live in Tampa and here they fire the canon for every score (six time for a TD; three for a FG and ince for an XP). Maybe the Fins should try that; the way the offense plays, they would save a ton on gun powder.

The old fight song is great. Shouldn't be changed it's called tradition people. Also if they are going to make a new song get somebody worth a damn not a silly ass electronic singing wanna be. I mean T-pain really.

That song always sucked!!! Still does!!! I've been a Dolphin fan since the 60's, always thought that song was weak! Still is, they should play Hootie and the Blowfish song on how the Dolphins make us cry...more accurate!!! Forget the song, the draft is almost here!!!!!

Besides, the guy that wrote it sold it to the old Houston Oilers, anyone remember THAT!!!

PLAY THE DAMN FIGHT SONG!!!!! >:(

You guys REALLY consider that abomination a FIGHT song? That's more a bend me over I'm yours song!

Is that a banjo I hear? Keep the stupid song!

You're right socalfinfan, it is a "stupid" song!

Good chance you've never heard of Lee Ofman.

Great chance you've heard Lee Ofman.

And you might do so again Sunday when the Dolphins host New Orleans.

Ofman is the guy who wrote and performed Miami Dolphins No. 1, also known as the Dolphins' fight song, also known in other AFC East cities as that blasted thing they played whenever the Dolphins scored at home.

In 1972, when the Dolphins achieved immortality, Ofman achieved his sliver of fame. Official recognition and royalties were hard to come by because nobody believed he wrote it.

"Everybody assumed nobody could have written it, that it was one of those public-domain things that came down like the Ten Commandments," Ofman said, shaking his head.

Ofman, caught up in the Dolphins' drive to 17-0, scribbled the jingle on the back of a notepad, added a catchy melody that was stuck in his head, gathered some musician buddies and recorded it at Criteria Studios in Miami.

An agent hired to promote it had 10,000 copies pressed.

Then, nothing.

But after the Dolphins won the Super Bowl, they returned to Miami International Airport to thousands of fans. Many were singing Ofman's tune.

"What the hell is this?" Ofman said when he saw the scene on TV. At the time, Ofman was a budding musician in Houma, La., a tiny town for rowdy seamen.

Ofman called a friend in Miami and asked if he'd heard of a song called Miami Dolphins No. 1.

"Lee, if I hear that one more time, I'm going to break my radio," the friend said.

Ofman said it was his song. "Bull," his friend said, a reaction Ofman would hear over and over.

When he called the program director at a Miami top-40 station that repeatedly played the song, the guy hung up. So Ofman flew to Miami ... and still couldn't get anyone to believe him. Desperate for proof, he went to a record store for one of those 10,000 copies and told the clerk it was his song.

"Yeah," the clerk said, "$1.98."

Ofman: "I was ready to go back to Houma and hopefully one of those longshore guys would pick a fight with me, because I was ready to kill somebody."

Ofman can laugh about that, and the times the Houston Oilers played a revamped recording he made for them in an unsuccessful attempt to profit from the tune. Now, he's a 63-year-old attorney in Franklin, Tenn., who said he doesn't go out of his way to tell prospective clients who he is because "it's not really conducive to a criminal lawyer's reputation."

He may not have to. A couple of moves by new Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross thrust Ofman � or at least his recording � back into the spotlight. Ross this past spring announced a business partnership with Jimmy Buffett, whose reworked version of his hit, Fins, is a salute to Dolphins fans and is being played several times on game days at what is now called Land Shark Stadium.

Ross said he respects the tradition and popularity of Ofman's song, which is now played at the end of the third quarter. Ultimately in this fight among fight songs, the fans will decide, Ross said.

"I love his music," Ofman said of Buffett. "If you've got to be displaced by somebody, it might as well be somebody like him."

The feeling isn't mutual. Buffett, in an interview with Rolling Stone, called Ofman's song "just awful."

Ofman absorbed another shot when the club started to play a techno-sounding version of Miami Dolphins No. 1 sung by hip-hop artist T-Pain. It pained the ears of linebacker Channing Crowder.

"That sounds terrible," Crowder said. "The old one, it's classic. It's not the greatest song in the world, but I like the classic one better than that."

In 1995, the Dolphins invited Ofman to a game so his son, Berek, could hear it in a filled stadium. The Ofmans still "get goose bumps" any time they hear a snippet of it before the networks cut to a commercial during games.

No, the Dolphins never made Ofman rich, but he hasn't stopped following them.

"My number one team," he said.

Ha someone mentioned
The dolphins make me cry from hootie and the blow fish.... Classic...

Keep the original fight song, yes it's Terrible, but tradition.

FINS UP! has to go. It's cheesy and unfootball like.

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