The 2011-12 NFL season is almost here, and with that brings yet another season full of questions needing to be answered by our Miami Dolphins. Whether we like it or not there are only two more pre-season games to endure before that Monday night game against the rival New England Patriots is upon us.
You see, whether Chad Henne is throwing interceptions or touchdowns, whether our offensive line is paving running lanes the size of Jupiter, or failing to create any space at all, the Miami Dolphins are OUR team. They are the team that we have chosen to root for, and for many of us, the team we have chosen to delve our heart and soul into.
The chances are that if you’re reading this blog on a daily basis, that you also scour the web, like myself, for any morsel of Fins news. Your a die-hard, through and through. You spend your nights after a loss wondering how OUR team is going to turn their season around. You spend all of training camp thinking about the promise OUR team may or may not show this year. Knowing the Dolphins, they’ll tease us a little bit at first, then show their true colors around October.
While other teams are thinking Super Bowl run, I’m just along for the ride that OUR team gives us every year.
Because you see unlike other facets of life, the Miami Dolphins are not going anywhere. There is a pretty good chance that they will always be OUR Miami Dolphins. High school and college come and go. For some, wives come and go. Children grow up and move out of the house. But the beauty of the Dolphins is that they will always be there for us, whether inflicting pain or joy upon us.
While for quite some time after the lockout continued, and the Dolphins failed to make a move for the marquee player I was looking for, I thought whether all of the pain myself and others have suffered throughout the years was all worth it. But the fact of the matter was that during all of those Sundays and (sometimes) Monday’s, I could forget about everything else but the Dolphins. They provided me with a three hour outlet from the rest of the world, and will continue to do that. Looking forward to Sunday’s was how I got through school every day, and Sunday’s were a sacred day for me. It was what I lived for during the fall and winter. There is simply nothing like knowing everything there is to know about your team, and nothing like looking forward to Sunday.
And with that, another season is on the way. The pre-season games provide enough for us to talk up or worry about in our wait for the real games, the regular season.
Training camp provides us just a good enough look at our team to gather a consensus in our mind on how the team will shape up for the approaching season.
But now, halfway through pre-season, all of the hype that the lockout brought with it, all of the waiting can now be over, because on that Monday night, we will all sit down and gather around the big screens to watch OUR Dolphins kickoff their season.
I have a mixed outlook for the season. Personally I think our chances at the play offs ride and die with Chad Henne. We have finally surrounded him with an adequate team, a speed back, a bruiser, solid (hopefully) offensive line, and one of the leagues best defenses and receiving corps. So why not think play offs with that?
If we crumble this season, then we have the draft and free agency to look forward to, and even more time to scour the web looking for Dolphins nuggets.
Whatever happens this season, there is always next year, and there is always something to look forward to, whether it is the coming Sunday, or the ever looming draft and off-season. The Dolphins will always give us something to cheer, or boo about. They will always keep us coming back for more, and while some say they simply cannot take it anymore, they surely don’t mean it, I know this because I said it after the Monday night game against the Colts in 2009. I said it after the primetime debacle against the Pats last season. But I’m still here, ready more than ever for the season to start, and to cheer them on.
So with that, what’s your outlook on the team this year, and with the season approaching fast, are you feeling the same level of anticipation as I am lately?