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Dolphins operating by familiar script but will finale be different?

Dolphins fans are reinvigorated these days. I know this because the emails to me saying as much have tripled. The traffic on this blog has multiplied the past three weeks. I have more people following me on twitter than ever before.

The Dolphins are seeing the fruits of this excitement also in some areas.

As I write in my column in today's Miami Herald the sales of season tickets to new fans is proceeding nicely.

But ...

Yes, folks, there's seemingly always a but. The renewal sales are not doing well. Season ticket holders that spent their money last season are not so far buying in as well this offseason despite the apparent upgrades in free agency and the hope that some of the club's upcoming 11 draft picks will be contributors to turning the Dolphins into winners for the first time since 2008.

I have a theory why this is -- one I've shared with Dolphins CEO Mike Dee and others. I believe Dolphins fans who have seen much heartache and pain the past decade and have gotten their hopes up multiple times only to have them dashed aren't going to operate on sheer faith anymore.

Many want to see results before they invest in tickets again.

And here's the thing:

The Dolphins, who obviously want to make the point that things are different this time, are actually following a very familiar script this offseason in telling you why the results in 2013 will be different. It's uncanny, really.

So, bottom line, will things be different in 2013? I'm not sure. I think so.

I love the Mike Wallace acquisition. I don't know that the linebacker additions will produce as many big plays as the Dolphins hope. I believe the Dolphins will be just fine without Jake Long or Sean Smith because, frankly, neither player actually ever won a game for the Dolphins. I really would like the team to add a proven and experienced pass-rusher while one is still out there.

But I still have questions about the quarterback position. Everyone, including coach Joe Philbin, this offseason is telling me Ryan Tannehill is the real deal. He's going to be very good, they say. There are no warning signs for him failing, they say.

If that's the case, everything will be fine with the 2013 Dolphins.

But I simply am not certain that will be the case. I saw some good but some not-so-good play out of Tannehill in 2013 even as other rookie QBs were playing like Pro Bowl players. So I think the jury is still out and I'm not ready to endorse him as the real thing yet.

And if Tannehill isn't the real deal?

Suffice to say we've seen what will happen play out before.

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Posted by: mike | March 24, 2013 at 09:49 PM

Probably wont(nba), looks like he's relying on the old man's money. LOL...

YG, I think you may be right on Marques.

Posted by: Odins Bloated Liver. | March 24, 2013 at 09:51 PM

Yes, she is very hot. I think that I saw her in the locker room during their post gam celebration.

Yeah, there were reports surfacing of Andy's wife being a "super" model immediately after the Georgetown upset victory. WOW! LOL...

Mike,

I am right about Marques. I googled him before I posed. LOL...

She was on the cover of Maxim as well.

I Shall now root for the Gators against FGCU because any guy with a wife like that doesnt deserve anything else...HEHE

I hate the stinkin Gators

I do too, But I mean come on,Look at this guys wife..
Now I know why Neal Armstrong Became clinically depressed after his moon walk, What else is there left to conqurer?

FGCU had a 2.91 GPA.

James561,Disagree with your 10:06 post, The publicity from this will help a small school like this attract better students.
Its a good thing for this school.

Posted by: Odins Bloated Liver. | March 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I ignored James561's post. He doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. Had it not been for FGCU's basketball program, a couple of these kids may have been forced to take a JUCO 2yr college ride on their way to a division I program.

Usually start-up programs like FGCU get kids no one else wanted.


You: Bon Jovi
Me: XTC
You: Bud Lite
Me: St. Bernardus Abbey Trippel

My taste is vastly better than yours. Slobs.

Posted by: You Are Not Exceptional | March 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM


You sound G.A.Y But thats ok..

If FGCU wins the National title, their small forward Sherwood Brown needs to have a forest named after him.

All he would need then would be a pointy hat and cross bow.

You Are Not Exceptional | March 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

You know beer, but you certainly don't know music. It's obvious from your choices that you have a very narrow view of the musical world highly limited to what the mass mainstream force feeds you. In terms you can understand, your musical knowledge is Schlitz Lite.

Grimes is still injured just say no , we don't need him

Yeungling is the best lager around dudes

Shocktop is pretty outstanding as well especially the raspberry wheat

Illinois up 35-34 over the Canes. I guess life is different when going from hunter to hunter. This is the new reality the Canes must now face.

Lets see if they can handle it.

Meanwhile the Illini are giving our Canes all they want.

The Phins will win the afc east

SamAdams Seasonal, Not abad brew..
Yg did you mean "Now the hunter is the hunted"??


The Phins will win the afc east

Posted by: Marc from nj | March 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM


Weed is legal in Jersey?

Posted by: Odins Bloated Liver. | March 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

YUP! LOL...

I am really worried about the canes. This is too close for comfort.

If the Canes lose tonight. FGCU is making it interesting to keep watching the tournament. I am on the band wangon. They have become my second favorite team. They are a real cinderella.

The FGCU coach will not be there for long. He only makes 155,000 a year. In contrast, the Georgetown coach makes 2 million a year. He has put FGCU on the map!


The Phins will win the afc east

Posted by: Marc from nj | March 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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Weed is legal in Jersey?

Posted by: Odins Bloated Liver. | March 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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Weed? I was thinking LSD. LOL...

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | March 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

My favorites in order are:

1. Canes
2. FGCU
3. Gators

My 2 and 3 are going to meet, then there will only be 2. That's assuming the Canes are going to pull this one out tonight/

However, the state of fla has much to cheer so far this tourney.

That is right YG. The State of Florida is well represented.

Ive seen some at the clubs order Yuengling. Cant see how anyone drinks that stuff. Sounds like how Chinese stew their young.

Great game Illinois/Miami. Illiois' on fire with 3's. Canes would have a 12-14pt lead if not,

YG, It's actually one of the oldest american beer.

Canes look to be in trouble right now.

The Phins will win the afc east

Posted by: Marc from nj | March 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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You are an idiot

I can't believe what is happening in the Miami game. What a great season but it may all end tonight. I was really worried coming into this game. I knew Illinois was good.

Oh well if we don't win, we still have FGCU.

Wow Larkin..needed that!!

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | March 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Shane Larkin with the 3, as you posted. 57=55 Canes!

Need a stop and rebound.

Canes need only make free throws now.

Great game by the U. I am always so pesimistic but it is not over yet. We are all cheering in my house watching this one.

Has Irescum been fired yet?

Its a wrap! Canes wins.............................

RT hasn't even started the OTA's and you people can't even generate a modicum of, if not objective civility, then a straight-foward declaration of a wait a see attitude. It's all OMG! OMG! OMG! with you people. It isn't bad enough that we have S. Fl. sportswriters declaring themselves "Non-Fans" (almost with a sneer in their columns and tweets), but virtually every other blogger here can't wait for JI to screw-up. Stop it already ! Go Dolphins !!

Shyt I can breath now..lol

Its over we are going to the sweet sixteen. 1/5 of the teams are from Florida.

Laranaga is building a great program. Look out NC, Duke, Kentucky we are going to be getting those great recruits after this year.

Let's go Canes!
Let's go Heat!
Rise Dolphins...

As a Floridian, Its just a shame FGCU has to play UF next. But, UF has already won 2 national titles, fairly recently too.

Basketball is now officially on the map in the state of fla! LOL...

If anyone would like to speak with Odin. He should be here sometime during the next hour posting endless cut, paste, and reply drivel.

This should last in the neighborhood of 4:00 AM. Or crack smoking hours for him.

Don't be surprised if in the late rounds if the Dolphins take a flyer on a quarterback like Tyler Wilson or Landry Jones. Ron Wolf use to do it as GM of the Packers taking QB's like Brunell, Aaron Brooks, Matt Hasselbeck and got picks for trading them.


I thought he was just an alcoholic. Crack, too?

Posted by: the more you know.. | March 25, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Yeah...... Oddy goes over to see his crachead hotty at her mother's house. Her mother works graveyard shift, so crackhead oddy has internet access.

He's usually leaves before his crackhead hotty mother comes home around 7:00 AM. He usually stops posting when their crack runs out.

Odin's hotty is a full 59 lbs of tightly wrapped skin and bones. The kids mistake her for a skeleton with wig on Halloween nights.

Its Odin's favorite time of year to use his Halloweenie on her.

Odin's crackhead hottie doesn't give head. But word on the street is she gives great skull and gingivitis too.

I actually like Pat Devlin. Im at the facility, walking up the stands...and there was barely any where to sit. Without me saying anything, this lady offered me a seat.
Lo and behold, the lady was Pat Devlins aunt. We talked, very nice family...

Odins crackhead hottie is so skinny, that when she closes her eyes, they sink 4 inches into her forehead. Or about the length of Odin's fully extended penis.

EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE OUR DIFFERENCES, WE ALL LOVE THE MIAMI DOLPHINS.

ALOCO, OSCAR THE WEINER, YESTERDAY, BOBBY BROWN, CRAIG MACK, MRS. DASHIKI, FIN4TODAY, MARK THE FRENCH CANADIAN. LORD COALITION.

ODIN'S. BABBY DADDTLY WILL START FOR FINS THIS YEAR.

YG @12:15

Stupid, but funny as fukk!

21 and 23 were good too. 27......u shoulda quit while u were ahead!

Posted by: PHILLIE Chirino | March 25, 2013 at 01:04 AM

On Halloween night the kids call Odin's hottie, "Miss Skelo-wig, because the btch is so skinny.

After odin's crackhead hottie was busted for possession and drug parafanalia. Police ran tests and found residue of female ass dna inside of her crackpipe.

Odin calls his girlfriend hottie because of they way she can really heat up a crackpipe.

He says when they have a son, theyre going to name him "Brillo".

Tomorrow you come to stadium. I bring lotion and gerbil. We celebrate Miami football in toilet private men's room. I explode like Mr Sparanos fist through sky.

Today I celebrate success of Miami. After I see in my dreams during the night of touchdowns. Ryan Marino throws ball to the steel curtain pass catcher many times. Now I must clean up mess from front of pants.

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