Five Ways Dolphins Could Make Miami a Football Town Again
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.
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.
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.