Five Awful Moments From the Miami Dolphins' Past Decade
It's official: Miami Dolphins football is back. Well, the real thing is still a few weeks off, but the Dolphins fumbled away a game-winning drive twice in a matter of 30 seconds in their preseason loss to the Falcons last Friday, so you can tell the real thing is just around the corner.
For everyone in Miami under the age of 35, saying the Dolphins are back is a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, it's football, and football is awesome. On the other hand, Sundays are so painless without the guys in teal and orange. We hate that we love them, but at this point there is nothing you can do -- you're stuck with them for life.
Once upon a time, you used to be able to brag to your friends that the Miami Dolphins were the winningest team in professional sports history, a model for consistency, a perennial contender. Not anymore. Over the past decade, the Dolphins have gone 66-94 and finished with a winning record just twice. No playoff wins in more than a decade has numbed what was once a proud fan base. Now most of them just expect the worst, because it's all they can remember.
In the hopes that reliving these moments might banish whatever demons are haunting the franchise before the new year begins, let's look back at the most painful moments from the past decade of mediocre football.
1. In the face!
Never has a moment summed up what it is like being a Miami Dolphins fan more than this doozy of a play. Here the snapped ball represents 1974 to present-day Miami Dolphins memories, and punter Brandon Fields' unsuspecting face is your life. Fields' reaction after the ball smacks him pretty much sums up a decade of Dolphins fans emotions.
The play really is Dolphins fandom in a nutshell. False hope followed by a crashing realization that everything that could go wrong will, and when it does, it will be in epic fashion.
2. John Beck is the backward man.
When I began compiling fail moments, I wasn't quite sure this one actually happened how I remembered it. I was right it -- it was infinity times worse than I recalled. Just when you thought the 0-12 Dolphins couldn't up the suck-ante any further, quarterback John Beck threw this wet fart of a pass, completely tearing off the suck-o-meter knob altogether.
Even the TV guys couldn't believe what they were seeing. This is the clubhouse leader for rock-bottom moment in Miami Dolphins history. This is worse than Mark Sanchez's butt fumble. The butt fumble is LeBron James, but this play is the Michael Jordan of NFL QB fails.