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Five Ways Dolphins Could Make Miami a Football Town Again

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Does LeBron James' defection to the Cleveland Cavaliers mean the Miami Dolphins could regain the top spot in Miami fans' hearts? That's the question many have been asking this past week as the dust settles from the Miami Heat's loss of the best player in the NBA.

Miami has always been considered a football town, but let's be honest: Three Miami Heat championships in the past eight years has changed that fact. Even with the loss of LeBron, the Heat still enters next season with a team that can compete for a championship, something the Dolphins haven't sniffed in more than 40 years.

So what must the Dolphins do to regain the hearts and minds of Miami? Lots of things, most of them easier said than done.

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1. Miami unapologetically gravitates toward winners, so the Dolphins have to do that winning thing more often.
Call it what you want -- bandwagon, frontrunner, fraud, whatever makes you sleep better at night knowing you're a better fan than the rest of Miami -- but locals' support will always be heaviest on the side of the winning team. Contrary to popular belief, this isn't a thing that's unique to Miami.

Miami fans support events and big games with meaning. Coincidentally, the Miami Dolphins haven't offered either of those products in years, so it's not hard to figure out why the Dolphins have found themselves on the back burner. For the love of God, Miami Dolphins, win more.

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2. Spoiler alert: The Dolphins probably haven't consistently contended in your lifetime, and you're sick of it.
Some Dolphins fans had a great time growing up watching the team put on a show in the '70s; others grew up watching That '70s Show instead of another 16-13 game. You can't expect those two groups of fans to feel the same about the team -- it's just not realistic.

Until 1988, the Miami Dolphins were the only show in town, so it makes sense that older generations see Miami as a football town. Younger people have seen the Marlins win two titles, the Miami Heat win three rings, and the Miami Dolphins constantly embarrass themselves in new and exciting ways, so you can understand the differences of opinion. Give the younger generation some drama, something to talk about. Sure, winning a championship would flip the fandom in this town, but just being in the conversation would be a great start.


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Henry Moses
Henry Moses

miami dolphins is a cut and paste team!!!

Sharif Elokobi Slimting
Sharif Elokobi Slimting

Turn over Marlins Park to Beckham and we can have the round version of football instead of hand-egg.

Kelley Kapowski
Kelley Kapowski

Jonathan Sanchez could this be your year?? Is 35 years long enough for a drought?

Virgil Capote
Virgil Capote

Andy Roberto Nick you guys might like this~!

Gerardo Rishmawy
Gerardo Rishmawy

They can encourage Shalala to fire Golden and DOnofrio and get REAL coaches. Then UM will make Miami a football town again!!!

Pete Gonzalez
Pete Gonzalez

Every city with an NFL franchise is a football town. It's the Fairweather fans that are missing but that does not mean a thing. Next up? Miami is no longer a basketball town...

Kelvin A. Cabrera
Kelvin A. Cabrera

I read this thinking "How can they say 'Winning' 5 times in a row?" Well played Miami New Times.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Last season they probably are a playoff team without that offensive line circus sideshow. Incognito isn't the problem. The nfl is a limited & exclusive job, hazing happens in any job/company, whether it's spoken or not. I've already forgotten that players name, he's not cut out to play in the nfl and who knows what his excuse will be after he fails in SF under Harbaugh ?

Adam Gersten
Adam Gersten

Bring the football back into the "town". Banish baseball.

Danny Amores
Danny Amores

Miami has always been a football town. Post a survey idiots

TK Small
TK Small

#1 new ownership with a clue.

Israel Obando
Israel Obando

When did it stop being? #vayansepalapinga #dolfan for life

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

Get relevant again, roof on the stadium, lower ticket prices ????? Profit!!!

Gene Lang
Gene Lang

Winning changes everything in sports and anything else.

Leslie Furman
Leslie Furman

48 hours from NOW Mario De La Cruz I will be watching the DOLPHINS at training camp!!! WINNING!!

Jimmy Dempsey
Jimmy Dempsey

1. Win 2. Win 3. Win 4. Win 5. Win... there are your 5 ways to make it a football town again

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