The New York Giants arrived home today to a hero's welcome. Fresh off winning a Super Bowl championship, the Giants are ready to celebrate their title with fans on Tuesday. A parade is scheduled to honor the team in Lower Manhattan.
Fans everywhere woke up this morning with a feeling of euphoria. I fell into that category. I'm not ashamed to admit, I grew up a die-hard Giants fan, and that passion still runs deep. At the same time, I've lived the majority of my life in South Florida. That final fact made me think, what would it be like if the Miami Dolphins won the Super Bowl?
For long-time Dol-Fans, they still remember the feeling of the team winning back-to-back titles in 1972-73. But, for so many South Floridians, like myself, I can only imagine what the community would be like. The Dolphins haven't won a Super Bowl in my lifetime, and I'm approaching 40 years old.
I moved to South Florida as a kid back in 1985. It was the height of the Dan Marino era, and even though I was a Giants fan, I felt excited to think I could witness a Super Bowl team first hand.
That never came to be while I was a kid, and in 1999, I got my dream job as a sports reporter here at WPLG-TV. I covered Marino in his final season. The Dolphins were still a very good team and a playoff contender. I figured for sure, at some point, I'd cover the team in the Super Bowl.
Fast forward 13 years later. I still cover the team, but Miami isn't any closer to a title. Actually, they've regressed. Marino is a distant memory to most fans, as is the thought of being a Super Bowl contender. Simply put, the Dolphins have become one of the least successful franchises in the NFL.
Think about it, the Detroit Lions were in the playoffs this season, the Arizona Cardinals played in a Super Bowl a few years back and the once lowly New Orleans Saints won a title recently.
The NFL has become a league of parity. Every year a team comes out of nowhere to make a playoff run. The Giants didn't even make the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, but they won the Super Bowl title this year. Yet, the Dolphins have become a consistent non-contender. They have exactly one playoff appearance in the last 10 years.
I could sit here all day and break down the reasons why they've failed, but I think we know the problems. No real quarterback, poor drafts and unstable ownership/front office. That's not the point of this blog. My point is to just dream of what it would be like for Miami to win it all.
In the last 13 years, I've covered a Miami Heat NBA title, a Miami Hurricanes national championship and the Marlins winning the World Series. Still, I know something is missing for South Florida. The Dolphins are the original team. They were the 1st sports franchise in our area, and they stayed that way for a long time.
The sad part is, to many newer generation fans, the Dolphins are no big deal. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James run this town and the new-look Marlins are generating major buzz with their new ballpark.
I still can't help to think, the Dolphins winning a Super Bowl championship would be different. Today, fans all over South Florida would be smiling ear-to-ear. They'd be buying up championship gear and getting ready for a parade. All eyes of the world would be on the Fins and our community. I know my job is to be unbiased, but I can't help but dream what that would be like.
In my job, I deal with die-hard Dolphins fans everyday. I see the passion, and I also see the frustration. It's time for them to finally feel what it's like to cheer for a winner. The memories of the perfect season or Marino's great career can only last so long.
It's about time we see the Dolphins bring home a championship, and all I can say is, I hope that time comes real soon. 38 years is long enough!
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