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Dolphins, er, Jets "shirtgate" initially troubling, settled

Wasn't supposed to return to work until tomorrow but sometimes the "news" chases me so here goes:

The Dolphins have a team store at Sun Life Stadium that sells Dolphins gear, including mugs, jerseys, T-shirts, key chains and other schtuff. Well, earlier this morning through the diligent work of a California Dolphins fan, I became aware the Dolphins team store was selling a New York Jets T-shirt.

The Dolphins store.

Selling a Jets T-shirt.

At the Dolphins store. Inside Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins' home.

It was galling to say the least. More galling was the fact the puke green shirt has the inscription, "Home of the Jets" on it.

Unbelievable.

I tweeted the fact (follow me on twitter) and broke the story on my radio show (Armando and the Amigo on 640 Sports). And then the poop hit the fan. Within minutes, the story was on ProFootballTalk.com, which called Sun Life "Home of the Jets."

Jets shirt Several callers to my show were so livid they called the Dolphins' store. Interestingly, they were told the team had no such shirts for sale. This after I had called earlier and confirmed they did indeed have these shirts for sale. In fact, I was given the specifics of the sale, in that the shirts were $35 but available at a 50 percent discount.

That made me angry because I wondered if the Dolphins are that myopic as to sell opposing team gear at home. That made me mad because I know that the coverup is often worse than the actual crime. It made me mad because I wondered if the team needs money that badly that selling rival team shirts is in bounds now? It really made me mad because after folks got angry, the people at the store said they were not selling the shirts.

Well, the calls and backlash apparently served a purpose. Mike Dee, the club CEO, e-mailed me to clarify the situation.

"You should know that, at our fan's request, we are about to announce a new policy that we will no longer sell visiting team merchandise at the stadium on gamedays," Dee wrote to me this morning. "This was a product of offseason focus groups that we did and among the topics that we covered was how we work with fans to create a better home field advantage.

"Our fans felt strongly that this policy should be implemented and we are doing it.  As part of this arrangement with the operator of the team store, we gave them a limited window to sell everything that they had in stock on a discounted basis prior to the start of the NFL season.  With the Mets coming to town this weekend to play the Marlins, they are attempting to move all of their old Jets merchandise this week.  We were unaware of this particular shirt which I am told is a number of years old.  We have requested that this particular shirt be removed immediately."

Ultimately, all is well that ends well. But, geez, did we really need fan uproar, caused by my twitter feed and radio show, to help the folks at the team store finally see what is right and what is obviously wrong?

In the future, I sincerely hope the folks over there are smarter than that. Better than that.

 

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REPORT,

McNabb To Miami ?


( PEW )

As the blog quickly deteriorates!

Who can blame us, it's not like he wrote an article about a wet t-shirt contest or anything.

I have a hard fast rule against drinking out of depression, but I can't help it.

I'm blaming today's "Bender" on Armando!

Bottom's Up!!!!

(SIGH!)

PFT is reporting that Ortons salary may be too high for the Broncos to keep him. Does this mean endless chants to bring in Mr. Mediocre Orton? Anyone like the idea of running in place, perpetual mediocrity?

I hope not.

Ms. Panties -- I love the idea of perpetual mediocrity.

More 8-8 finishes, 3rd place in AFC East, 14th pick in the drafts please.

They're the best seasons

Say it with me, VINCE YOUNG.

Outside of the fact that Vince Young is...

...inaccurate

...a divisive locker room presence

...mechanically unsound

...and not particularly intelligent

I think he would be an awesome pickup for the Dolphins.

Hum...

Is it me or do others also read between the lines. His comment to Amrmando is below and the "in between the lines" words are "on game-days". So does THAT mean that they can mistakenly sell the shirts of opposing teams on ALL OTHER DAYS???

"You should know that, at our fan's request, we are about to announce a new policy that we will no longer sell visiting team merchandise at the stadium on gamedays.

Humm... I would expect this from the clueless management team and owner Ross whioch both have no clue how to WIN or run a team.

I hear that the Circus train is comming to Sun Life soon.

Gary,

Please tell us how you really feel ? Don't hold back.lol

NY "G" -- you have just uncovered a massive conspiracy.

Armando -- get back to positoin and resume your stakeout of the Dolphins Gift Shop.

There are many layers to this onion...thank god Armando is on the case.

It ain't my money, but I'd rather go with Henne/Orton as opposed to Henne/Thigpen.

Gary, I wanted to 2nd kris' earlier post. Good job on the recap (feels like I never left). By the way, I especially appreciate it because you're the only one whose posts are longer than mine!!!!

Hmm, Gary Stevens:

I find our postings entertaining. Your recap, however, is "sprinkled" with too much objectiveness.

PS: I enjoyed the rehash...

Odin, I 2nd that emotion (not so sure it wouldn't wind up Orton/Henne though).

However, let me state this now (before ALoco comes on and annoints me CEO/Chairman Gang of Defeat):

I do believe Chad Henne MIGHT turn himself around and become an asset to the team. I wouldn't count on it, bet on it, or predict it, but if it happened I wouldn't choke on my cigar.

Regardless, I think no matter who comes in to compete, they probably won't have enough time to take over the starting role before Preseason. Too much to do in too little time, and since Henne probably knows the new offense better than anyone on the team, it's hard to see how he loses being the starter (if he does, it will show just how bad he really is).

So, as much as I dog the guy, I still think he's gonna start (and hope he plays well above last year's disappointing performance, ESPECIALLY Week 1 against NE).

AP: No player vote Wednesday
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on July 20, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

Keep the champagne on ice.

The NFLPA* will not to hold a vote on a possible settlement to end the lockout Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. This report counters ESPN’s front page story throughout Wednesday, which said a vote would take place.

NFL Network has confirmed that no vote will take place Wednesday.
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Looks like they've hit another SNAFU. Anyone need some ice for their kool aid?

Please don't sell opposing team merchandise in a club store.
Would a Jewish restaurant advertise pork chops in their window?

Contrary to popular belief, Jews eat pork chops, sweet and sour pork, dim sum filled with ground pork, and pickled pigs feet.

NY G, I caught that too and posted that earlier. But for some reason, post didn't 'take'. Also, I said that whenever I bought stuff at the stadium, I went to the pro-shop on club level and don't remember seeing any jets stuff at any other (just passing by)of the shops.

Let's bring in an established vet QB ASAP that will be ready to take over on or before the bye week. This way, by the end of the season, we STILL won't know what we have in Henne, or whether to resign him or not.

Makes sense.

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thanks for the peanuts during the long fast

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looking forward to the real article tomorrow!!!

nice wind-up first artcle back

u always know how to push everyones buttons

ps hennes the man

dabolls the man

irelands the man

i just hope ts is a new man and ready to kick ass

THIS IS MY NEW FORM OF WRITING SO THE FAKE ALOCOES WILL HAVE TROUBLE WRITING ALL THAT .......

I PROMISE TO MAKE MY FIRST WORTHWHILE POST BEFORE THE 2011 SEASON ENDS. STAY TUMED.

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IF I BUY MY MOVIE TICKETS ONLINE THEN IT IS TOO LATE TO WAIT FOR THEM IN THE MAIL.

I NEVER KNEW TO FLUSH THE TOILET AFTER EVERY TIME I WAITED UNTIL IT WAS FULL.

aloco,

please leave this site . And never come back. You sick child.

ADD GREG TO NEW MEMBER OF THE GANG OF TRASH

GULFDOLPHIN (PRESIDENT)
CUBANMENACE
KRIS
ODIN
GREG

Gow up you simple minded moron. Cow crap for brains.

GREG WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER TONIGHT?

Crazy Aloco,

None of your business, thats what. Get lost anywhere but here.

greg z, goin' down to training camp this year?

Oh yea,

ps i backed darren clarke at 100-1 to win british open due to serious boredom only put few notes on but i'm a dreamer who believes, all you need is for guys with talent to find themselves ( and what they need from themsleves) to put it all together, its a long wat from gridiron and not a team sport but anyone can take inspiration from this man, if u dont know his story read it

and believe in the fins

If Henne can play and then we have Marshall and Bess you know with a new RB, fresh legs I think the coach has to figure the line and with a good game plan or else we are just going to come close but lose half the games again.

Damn it Armando! I was hoping to buy a stink'in Jests jersey at major discount so I could WIPE MY ARSE with it, now cause of you they took them off the shelf!

**Breaking News**

SpOrano weighs in on "The Light at the End of the Tunnel"

"Yeah well, this thing, ah, the CBA and all, you see, they'll vote and uh, one way or later than sooner you know...........FOOTBALL, YEAH(fist pump)!"

GREG,


WITH ALL DUE RESPECT,IT'S NOT MY FAULT THAT YOU R RESPONDING TO KRAZY PEOPLE FAKING MY NAME ALL DAY ............

NOW, FINALLY WE CAN ENJOY THE FOOTBALL DEBAT BETWEEN DC,GREG,DYING BREED,KRIS,FIN 4 LIFE,D4LIFE AND ODIN .............

I am not afraid to kill. Just give me a name and an address.

Gary Stevens you crack me up

GARY STEVEN......... YOU R FUNNY MY FRIEND AND YOU DESERVE SASHIMI WILD SALMON WITH CUMIN LEEK DRESSING .

TIGER WOODS FIRED HIS CADDY TODAY .THE GUY MADE 2 MILLION A YEAR CARRYING TIGER'S TOOLS .

Tony Sparano Jr makes 200k a year carrying jock straps.

TONY SPARANO JR ALSO LIVES AT HOME WITH DAD AND SAVES ALL HIS MONEY ....................

Tony Sparano Jr. will be up for a promotion and a raise by the end of the year. VP of equipment management.

So, they're not selling the t-shirt anymore? There goes the back-up plan if the Men's Room runs out of toilet paper!

Dogs bark
Roosters crow
Its early
Too early
The dawn has not yet awakened
But they day will come
The day will go
The night will come
The night will go
All to be continued
Over and over again
Is it a circle?
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After over a month of vacation and this is the best Armando has to offer. Seems Armando inadvertantly hit the send button in regards to this lameass thread.

DyingBreed

You are mistaking Armando for someone with an imagination. He has none. With out a blatant news event like an earthquake to hit, Armando is not going to come up with some intriguing angle to anything that inspires conversation.

Dear Mr. Salguero,

Who the hell do you think you are?

We've been holding down the fort for 50 some odd pages!

You've had a month and a half to come up with something for your supporters and THIS is IT?

A MONTH AND A HALF! C'mon Man. To make matters worse, you admit that this was brought to your attention "EARLIER THIS MORNING", by a "CALIFORNIA DOLPHIN FAN"!!!!

Way to ease yourself back into the mix, wouldn't want you strain yourself!

To be honest, I feel offended. There are those here that have been put into intensive care. Others have developed some kind of catatonic neurosis that the best psychotherapists couldn't cure. I myself kicked the "habit" and then relapsed. Upon my return I was accused of being a Gay Viking But Pirate!

Do you have any clue as to what you put your faithful followers through?

I'm not a real religious man Armando and I'm not comparing you to Jesus Christ, but when, or if that guy returns, I hope, for all of our sakes, he does A LOT better job than you!!!!

Chester Pitts says the lockout won’t end for “two full weeks”

Posted by Mike Florio on July 21, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

We’re gonna need more ice for all of this champagne.

At a time when it has been widely believed that the NFLPA* and the NFL will approve the proposed labor deal and open the doors for free agency and training camps next week, Seahawks guard Chester Pitts told Tony Bruno of FOX Sports Radio that it will take “two full weeks” to get the situation resolved.

Pitts is the Seahawks’ player representative, and he attended Wednesday’s meetings in Washington, D.C. So he’s privy to what’s going on behind closed doors.
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Well now, another bucket of cold water thrown on the CBA events. Peoples, it is now July 21st and nothing is signed. There is still no deal. Will they get things wrapped up in 24 hours? I suggest you ponder that over a cup of cba koolaid.

Personally, I won't mind if they miss a few preseason games and the rich get a little poorer.

Even if Armando would have just shared what he did on his vacation, would have made for better news than this garbage.

Buh Bye,

I have very sad news for you. Even the interest per hr on these billionaire owners billions is more than most of us earn in a year. So great luck with the rich get poorer theory.

Buh Byes talking about Kool aid(snicker, snicker).

Chester Pitts?

Come on Man. That guy can barely read a McDonald's Menu-ROTFLMAO!

In college he majored in raiding the sorority house refrigerator.

Yet he has the "inside scoop". He's privy to all that inside info. Except the only thing he was paying attention too was the free buffet(paid for by the owners)!

OK Buh Bye, and Methamphetamine isn't bad for you either, RIGHT?

Hardy Har HAR!!!!

New Post Up:

It is ridiculous to have other teams stuff in the Dolphins pro shop, especially the Jets. I have never been to the Dolphins pro shop but have been to the Redksins, Colts, Packers, and Bills. All of these teams sell only their stuff. When you walk it, you are surrounded by burgundy & gold, blue & white, green & yellow, and Blue & red. Get it together down in Miami!

thank you for sharing the wonderful point.

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