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Dolphins America's team: For wrong reasons

In the last three days I've gotten calls and texts from former players and current players. I talked to people from coast to coast. I've turned on the TV and seen the Dolphins on every broadcast and cable station available.

The Dolphins are a hit!

They're national!

And it is terrible.

The Dolphins, you see, are a national story now for all the wrong reasons. The team's name? Sullied. Reputation? In the dumpster and on fire. The narrative? When is Joe Philbin being fired, when is Jeff Ireland being fired, when is Dawn Aponte losing her power, when is Stephen Ross selling?

By the way, speaking of Ross. He lives in New York City. You know what he had with his morning coffee if he picked up the New York Daily News today? A-hole

I present the back page of Friday's New York Daily News.

The Washingon Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Times have written stories localizing the current Dolphins scandal. The New York Post and Daily News both sent reporters to South Florida to cover the story. One Post columnist told me Thursday, "My newspaper can't get enough of this story."

And the problem with that for you and the Dolphins? People are laughing now. Not with you. Not with them. At them. At you for supporting them. (At me for covering them, by the way). The Dolphins an object of scorn and mocking.

None of this is graceful. None of it has a positive side.

The Dolphins are getting punked.

But don't get the idea that I think they're victims. They are not. Yes, the media is over the top and the attention is hysterical and overblown. But the Dolphins brought this plague upon themselves. It is of their own birthing.

They had Incognito in a position of team leadership. Leadership in the locker room and administration failed to see any signs of wrongdoing -- or at least that's the contention. Philbin? Offensive line coach Jim Turner? No idea? The personnel department was good with both Incognito and Martin on the team and actually counted heavily on both -- because, after all, Martin was supposed to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill's blindside and Incognito was supposed to protect Martin and help him grow into the job. Really?  And Aponte, who edits Philbin's post-game locker room speeches meticulously but fails to remove that uncomfortable part where he's reading from an index card ... Why did she allow the public service announcement at Sun Life Stadium that educates fans on civility and behavior to star ... Incognito?

Look, the people within the Dolphins organization claiming complete ignorance of the apparent tension in Martin's mind over Incognito and others are either lying, which makes them complicit, or out of touch, which makes them incompetent.

Either way, it is grounds for dismissal. 

The media didn't put Martin and Incognito in that locker room. The media's job is not to monitor the intimate relationships among teammates. Don't shoot the messenger even if the message gets too loud at times.

The Dolphins are a sad national joke now because the Dolphins put themselves there. That story about Incognito abusing a volunteer golf assistant at a team sponsored event? The team said it would handle the situation and the way it was handled was paying her to keep quiet. The National Football Post today reported Incognito called offensive line meetings at a strip club and fined players if they didn't show up. Sure, you can chalk this up to boys being boys, I guess, if you're a morally corrupt individual. But then you allow Incognito to be a member of the leadership council? You put him on the stadium HD screen preaching good behavior?

A coach, aware of Incognito's penchant for drinking and past drug use, overrides the player vote for leadership council. Joe Philbin this week hid behind it, saying it was players, not him who made Incognito a team leader.

(Note to coach: It's not a democracy. You know this. Did you forget in this one instance?) 

Some fans see what's going on. And they've had enough. Fans have been writing to me and telling me they are through with the franchise. Others say they'll never buy a ticket again until major changes in leadership are enacted.

Consider that the Dolphins had 70,660 people at Sun Life Stadium for the season home opener. Then 68,342 for the second home game. Then 60,592 for the third home game. And 52,388 for the fourth home game. Notice the trend?

Fans were abandoning this team in droves before the current scandal. You think any part of the last week is going to convince them to return?

We've seen this kind of situation before. You'll recall the New England Patriots had this little scandal called Spygate. And their reputation suffered. You'll recall the New Orleans Saints had this little scandal called Bountygate. And their reputation suffered.

Both teams got slimed. Both teams forged ahead. Both teams mostly recovered.

But both those teams enjoyed a reservoir of goodwill the Dolphins don't possess. The Patriots had three Super Bowl wins in their pocket. The Saints also recently won a Lombardi trophy. The coaches and owners that presided over those franchises in the time of crisis were the same that presided over the franchise in the best of times. So they got a pass.

The Dolphins get no pass. Stephen Ross has not presided over one winning season during his four-and-one half seasons as owner. Jeff Ireland has not put together one winning team during his four-and-a-half years as GM. Joe Philbin's career record is 11-13.

Fans recognize this. Media recognize this. These facts are not in dispute.

None of this sewage sandwich that is the Incognito-Martin-NFL scandal is good for business or morale or reputation. All of it reeks. And now everyone on the Dolphins smells bad.

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The world would be a great place is everyone was as open minded and non judgemental as I am ...

Except about Martin, he's a puss.

nor does it need to go 8-8 to do that. kc sure did after a 2-14

Mando,
Your best post ever so far. I am still clapping. Count me as one of those fans that had enough. I, as a fan, can put up with the losing, I've been a Dolphins fan since I first touched land here when I was 14 and saw that huge street poster of Dan Marino hanging on Flager St. After a few years I've moved around th country for business and always remained a fan despite not having too much to cheer for quite frankly.

I particularly recalled while living in Boston being the receipient of endless jokes about my lousy team. None of that matter, always hoping on the next season to be reedeeming. BUT this, this is truly embarrassing and althought somehow I still possess a glimmer of hope I am truly an inch to giving up and be done with this "team". I currently have a ticket to see the Phins where I live, great seats that cost me near $1k. That has always been my level of pride and support for this franchise wherever I' ve been. But how can I longet justify my investment? This goes beyond being the national media joke we are right now. This is about self-respect. Why on earth should I spent a dime to support a bunch of utter incompetence both on the field and now, more importantly, morally. I think throughout all these years I've earned the right to quit, yes quit supporting this mess unless there are sweeping changes, I want everybody but a players gone, the entire front office, coaching staff, you name it.

My biggest fear is that the brand itself is broken beyond repair, all of you that keep joking here are just too stupid to see that. But that's ok I guess, keep doing your best Channing Crowder impersonation and I'm sure when Ross sells or more likely RELOCATES to LA (the LA Dolphins is not far fetched by any stretch you morons), only the you will be all at peace.

So then why not cheer your team Dusty when they have something to play for?

exactly, Mark. I wouldn't say all black people think that black people can't be rascist. That's just not true Rdubs. I have heard that lame argument before but every black person doesn't feel that way.

I actually think the team would do a lot better in LA.

Armando: You are a cancer and stupid. If you and the media destroy the Dolphins YOU GOES WITH THEM.

i do mark. when my team passes the eye test i get excited. but doesnt take a genius to know this team isnt going anywhere this year. huge mistakes from ireland led to it. he could of fixed the oline with albert,etc. could of held onto bess to fill in nicely now for gibson. etc etc etc agree on the la thing, guessing mia, rams, jacksonville, 2 of these teams will move to la and london soon

I wasn't saying your argument was lame by the way, I was saying that people using the argument that black people can't be racist because so much racism was perpetuated on the black race.

By the way...have they actually told of the alleged abuse and what happened yet? Have they actually said who else tormented Mr. Martin? I wonder was it Dion Jordan when he actually went to fight him last week. What if that was the incident?

A man that doesn't go to strip clubs? They make those?

Just let this story go away already. Martin has made himself bigger than the team and Incognito has run this once proud franchise through the mud and in the aftermath our team we root for is a national laughing stock. The only one good thing i think that comes out of this giant mess, Ireland is let go and a true football knowledge like Polian is brought in along with Lovie smith to clean up the stench that lingers now. Forget this season boys. This scandal is worse than bounty gate and look how the Saints faired in the gong show. Only way i think the dolphins attempt to repair the damage is to clean house of Ireland, Philbin and Aponte. Were in hell gentlemen. Time to climb out of hell and back into the light. One inch at a time

No way, Miami going to London Dusty. If that happens I'll buy you a first class ticket, to London for their first game. Book-it, Danno.

To many of you...I realize some of you are faking it and just instigators, but many others are always so bummed out about the team...so I ask...


Why bother?

I mean, it seems like you all would have been happier over the last 10+ years not spending time here whining about the team.

Why be a follower of something that brings you no joy?


What's the point?

Whys it taking so long to investigate this? It's over a week old!

We can hope the fins used this week plus the next week before investigations start to get their damn stories straight & not bungle this more.

OK, Dusty, I think Miami is in the same bucket a lot of other teams and some of them will be playing in teh playoffs.

For example, they get the 6th seed, you really think they have no chance going to Indy??

Mr. Arnsbarger. Settle down please. You're going to stroke out.

It was a joke, meant to make someone laugh.

LOL got it.

ok drsami, could easily happen. ross would love that

I RAN A TRAIN ON ARMANDOS SISTER AND C*** IN HER C****

Marc, apparently we have a few here. I got chided for being insensitive in not respecting men's wishes for not going there...

indy will have a bye most likely mark. but yes i think any team in playoffs has a chance. probalem is we arent ever in the playoffs. and this is for sure not a playoff team with that offense

"I particularly recalled while living in Boston being the receipient of endless jokes about my lousy team."


So...did you cry, walk out and then sue them all? Cuz then your story would make more sense...

Well, it's obvious that there are men on here that don't really qualify as men.

Respect for wives? HAHAHAHA

I'm sorry. HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

@Mark in Toronto - the strip clubs in Toronto smell like Vanilla?

Mando - your worst effort ever - talk about a rush to judgement. It is clear Martin has mental issues and just snapped. There is no telling what his objectives are at this point. But you on the other hand are a horse's..... well your smart enough to figure out the rest.

Have an interesting life.

New blog up...not pretty!

worse than bounty gate dolfan29?! Hits being put out on other players and this is worse?! I think its definitely a bigger spectacle but it's not worse. That brings up another point. I think they were on SVP and Rusillo or was it Dan Lebatards show? In any event they asked do you think bounties are still going on? There was a resounding yes. One person said, you just are not writing anything down. C'mon other NFL teams, please stop throwing bricks from your glass houses.

Well, At this point I wonder what's next?. Incognito related to Attila the Hun? Shallow graves found in Ireland's backyard? Ross's fortune really money laundering for Al-Qaeda?

They took it down now...maybe getting the story straight...Things are not looking good for Pouncey.

No Toronto, it's not that you're insensitive. WTF cares about that?

It's that you are shocked that other people see things differently than you. Just because you approve of something doesn't mean everyone else should.

This makes you a snob. You're in the right country, you probably fit in great there. Eh?

Is the NFL going to kick out all its players who have used the N word? Is it going to stop paying pensions to all former players who have used the N word?

Holy is a word for brainwashed losers.

Just WTF does Holy mean?????????

Dusty as of now, Indy s the #3 seed and would play the #6 without a bye ...

Mando - obviously there is nothing positive to come out of this but this is not a college team that will be losing scholarships. This is a professional team - remember, THIS TOO SHALL PASS and TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS. There is a real easy way to make this go away and go away real quick - WIN SOME GAMES and no one will care what anyone says. That is the bottom line - now whether they need to fire everyone and move forward - thats up to Ross - I have to say, since ireland has been here - there has been a few negative issues that have transpired. He seems to be the common thread in all of this.

You apparently take things very literally.

BTW, what dumbas* calls people who use the word holy losers, and ask what it means after that?

You dumbkofff!

The Holy people think it is year 2013. Nope. Gong. It's only 2013 years since someone died. BFD. Their have been tens of thousands of years of civilization before any of these new fangled fantasy religions were created to control and manipulate the sheeple.

hey drsamii. I meant its worse in the attention its getting. Of course the act isnt worse but everyday we hear a new twist or story coming from all parties involved. Just wait till Martin comes out with his side of the story. Im betting that Martin will conclude that Incognito tried to posess him and make him go on a money spending spree. Shame on the dolphins who need to grow a pair and let go of the man responsible for bringing in both incognito and martin to the locker room that is now littered in stench. Time to go jeffy

Why does it not look good? Because Pouncey got accused of doing something to Martin and there is no proof to back it up but Mando, SunSentinel, ESPN and NFL network are going to go apeshite with it bad or because it's actually...you know...true bad?

CA Fins, Vanilla is the fragrance of choice for the girls working strip clubs in Toronto. Smelling like vanilla and having glitter across your face and froehead is a dead giveaway to what you were doing...

I'm sure people weren't aware of the term B.C. (before Christ). But, thanks for refreshing our memories!

Good grief people!

The only thing that is Holy that i can think of is wet puszsy.

I'm going to enlighten everyone on this situation it would be like if Mark In Toronto and I were friends for 2 years and he called me Fatboy or some other nickname. He's been calling me this for 2 years - then one day out of nowhere I say - Mark, stop calling me Fatboy, it bothers me. Mark would say "Wow" - why didn't you tell me sooner? This is what happened (except Martin ran off instead talking to Richie) - I honestly think Richie thought they were friends and was blindsided by this as were the rest of the players.

FK you too Herald...

FK you too Armando...

I would not be shocked if every single player who stuck up for Cogs will now be drawn into the fire.

Yes, that means YOU: Tanehill, Clabo, Hartline, ALL OF THEM!

The Martin camp is out for blood. Pouncey has his own issues seeing as he's viewed as more than a witness in Hernadez's potential gun running.

I'm on the edge of my seat for a new blog post!

Really..JUST FYI? Hartline, Clabo and Tanne ain't getting touched. Matter of fact Tannehill can have Martin charged with assault for how many times he's let him get sacked.

First off, not insulted by the term snob ... I mean, are you a chick in High School?

Anyway, you must work on Martin's legal team because you only like to take parts of what I post and come to judgement instead of taking the entire text into account.

Clabo could be an accessory to the crime, but Tanehill wouldn't Jonathan Martin Clabo. :)

Mark so if you are a guy with glitter on his abdomen/crotch and vanilla on his breath...does that make that him the winner???

and here i thought thet could not sink any lower


Really..JUST FYI? Hartline, Clabo and Tanne ain't getting touched. Matter of fact Tannehill can have Martin charged with assault for how many times he's let him get sacked.

Posted by: drsamii | November 08, 2013 at 04:18 PM

How do you know? None of this has made sense from day 1. Would it really shock you if they go after everyone?

At this point, I wouldn't put it past the Martin camp. After all, they crossed the line of no return. They have to go big or go home.

At 4:09, ur a total douche. You like to attack acting like you're totally innocent in any account and then when someone puts the pressure on you, you fold and resort to name calling straight out.

Ur good for nothing.

Yes it does, jack. yes it does...

drsamii is killing it right now!!! Hahahahah!!!


The only thing that is Holy that i can think of is wet puszsy.

Posted by: Highly | November 08, 2013 at 04:12 PM

Yo mamma must be proud!

i wonder how schlerith trweated rookies

What happened to the new blog? Is mando waiting until ESPN reports it first so he can jump on after?

They can come after him, FYI but are you really going to believe Tannehill did something intimidating to someone? Tannehill? Hartline spends all summer refurbishing old gas stations and turning them into food marts. He's the guy they want to go after? That actually would be good because they would look like tools, but maybe...just maybe ESPN can turn it into "Hartline is trafficking guns under the front of Quickie Marts! Jonathan Martin wouldn't help fund one so he threatened him with bodily harm." How does that one sound


At 4:09, ur a total douche. You like to attack acting like you're totally innocent in any account and then when someone puts the pressure on you, you fold and resort to name calling straight out.

Ur good for nothing.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 08, 2013 at 04:20 PM

Awwww, cheer up snob. Go change your tampon n come back.

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