An interesting article today from NBC Sports calling for Mr. Ross to either sell the team or move to Florida.
Welcome to the Dolphins Truth World of 2011. We’ve been saying that for years. And NOW the mainstream media is catching up? Now? Teams don’t play well when their owner lives thousands of miles away? Really?!
For those who don’t know, Mr. Ross was a Jet fan who still lives and works in New York. Like a babysitter who looks in on the kids now and then, Mr. Ross comes to Florida to watch his Dolphins play a game or two, but essentially he’s either in NY where the Jets are, or he’s in Michigan where his beloved U. Mich Wolverines are. Where’s the love for the Dolphins? Where’s the time for the Dolphins?
No successful sports franchise has a disinterested owner. I truly feel that part of Joe Philbin’s failure was that he didn’t have a boss’s wrath to face after each poor decision. “Ah, my boss is up in New York City watching the Wolverines play. I just have to coast and collect a paycheck.” Think that approach works with Jerry Jones?
I’m not saying that Mr. Ross isn’t a Dolphin fan; I’m sure he is. But it’s far more obvious that he’s an owner rather than a fan. A businessman rather than a Dolphin. I think the players know it too, but who’s to say?
Anyway, it’s no secret that Mr. Ross is a New Yorker at heart and the Dolphins are his toy. It’s just funny that are branches of the media are now just starting to notice.
On Monday night, the Dolphins were eliminated from the playoffs. A year ago, when the Dolphins were also eliminated from the playoffs, that same day Ross gave Joe Philbin a contract extension. Ross rewarded a man who had just ended his team’s season. Still waiting for an explanation of that one.