Nearly every time Stephen Ross gathers the media to make an announcement, you know there will be two possible outcomes:
1. Whatever he says will hurt the Miami Dolphins.
2. Whatever he says, it will have no bearing on the Miami Dolphins.
- “We are relinquishing a home game to go play instead on a neutral field in Europe” HURTS the Dolphins.
- “I am allowing J-Lo to purchase part of the team” HAS NO BEARING on the Miami Dolphins.
- “I am keeping Joe Philbin for a 4th year despite his losing record” HURTS the Dolphins.
- “I’d like the stadium to host a soccer game in the future” HAS NO BEARINGS on the Dolphins.
Dolphins Truth has been pointing out for years that Ross is misguided in where he spends his time and money. He devoted a tremendous amount of resources into changing the team’s logo, for example. But not a single fan ever asked him to. Not a single player told Ross that a new logo will equate to a few more wins per year.
It’s just something he did on his own, and it was an action that had absolutely no relevance toward making his team better.
That is a PERFECT example of how Mr. Ross operates. Sadly, we have all gotten used to it. And even MORE sadly, we all realize that he ain’t gonna change and he ain’t going nowhere.
Is Stephen Ross the owner of the Miami Dolphins? Or is he a self-appointed public relations agent for the State of Florida? Dolfans worldwide continue to voice their displeasure with Ross’s obsession with future Super Bowls, celebrity owners, soccer, logos, etc. When will he ever become obsessed with the Miami Dolphins?
Ross gathered the media at Sun Life last week to show off some stadium renovations. Nothing he discussed will help the Miami Dolphins.
He is adding a shady awning for the fans to make the fans feel better during home games. You know what would make the fans feel better? How about a home game vs. the Jets instead of Ross forcing us to play on a neutral field in England.
How about Joe Philbin not calling a timeout when we are seconds away from beating the Packers? Why doesn’t Ross EVER bring up these things? They are items that would REALLY make us fans feel better, not a stupid awning that no one asked for.
The new stadium configuration will hold approximately 11,000 FEWER fans than before. Perfect, Mr. Ross. Great idea! Instead of making the stadium louder and rowdier and trying to get MORE fans in, let’s REMOVE 11,000 paying fans! Seriously, we can’t make this stuff up. Could you imagine Jerry Jones doing this? Robert Kraft?
Ross is misguided in trying to be Mr. Nice Guy to the Florida community. He is not the Chamber of Commerce of Dade County. He is an owner in the most competitive league in the world, and it’s time he started to act like that. His duty is NOT to help the community. It’s to create a champion NFL team.
For example, Ross devotes a ton of time and resources toward trying to get a Super Bowl in the City of Miami. But Dolfans don’t care. Ross also said,“I think we’ll really serve South Florida with the really great soccer games that I think they’re looking to see.” Again, no one cares about soccer.
When we gather into Sun Life Stadium and we watch Joe Philbin call for a punt on 4th-and-inches, do we say “Boy, I don’t mind Joe Philbin blowing this game as long as I can watch a soccer match here in two years.” Seriously, who thinks that way besides Stephen Ross!?
When Joe Philbin calls a timeout on defense to help the other team win, do us fans say “It’s okay that Philbin blew this game for us…at least we have a Super Bowl coming to the city of Miami in 7 years.” Where on earth are Ross’s priorities?
Or how many fans said “Well, if I had my choice of either beating the Jets here at home or else getting a canopy, I will choose the canopy.” That is how misguided Ross is. He thinks he knows what we want, and he’s wrong.. He thinks he knows what we need, and he’s wrong.
And he thinks the Dolphins will be better because of these great innovations. And he is dead wrong. Again. Again.