AFC East Rivals? Everyone Hates Miami

The NFL has some great rivalries.  Dallas vs. Washington.  Chicago vs. Green Bay.  Denver vs. Kansas City.  In the AFC East it’s the Dolphins vs. the rest of the AFC East.  See the AFC East rivalries can change but the one constant is the Dolphins.  Everyone in the AFC East hates Miami.

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To understand fully the ire of the AFCE you have to look at the other rivalries within the division.  Not much is made of the Bills vs. the Patriots or the Bills vs. the Jets.  Not much is made of the Patriots vs. the Jets.  Not until Eric Mangini walked out on Bill Belichick and took his secrets and left the cameras.  That wasn’t a rivalry between teams.  That was a rivalry between women.

Looking back on the history of the AFCE it’s clear that the Dolphins always draw the ire of the rest of the division.  The Patriots long ago would consider their season successful if they could split the season with the Dolphins.  The Jets still do and the Bills really seem to care only about beating the Dolphins.  Why?  Why is that the other teams don’t bench mark their seasons with wins against anyone else?  Even when the Dolphins played like the old Jets, Bills, and Patriots, the other 3 teams wanted nothing more than to beat “Them” down.

Need proof?  Consider this off-season alone.  The Jets go out and try and trade for a big name receiver to match what the Bills did with signing Terrell Owens.  Yet no one in the media has talked about the Owens/Moss match-up or how the Jets would defend him.  No, instead the media has made reference to the fact that the Dolphins haven’t even tried to match the WR corp in their division and instead are simply going about their business.  It’s not the Jets vs. Owens or the Patriots vs. Owens.  It’s once again, Miami vs. Owens.  Miami vs. Moss.  Miami vs. whoever the Jets throw onto the field.

Maybe it’s the Florida sunshine.  The hot cheerleaders prancing the sidelines in what amounts to a bikini.  Maybe it’s the fact that while the Jets, Bills, and Patriots play on snow covered tundra in the later portion of the season, the Dolphins bask in 80 degree sunshine.  Maybe it’s because when the Phins visit the north and play in those chilly games, they board a plane and head back to the warm tropics leaving their northern rivals to shovel their driveways.  Is it something more?

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The Dolphins, and their fans, get to choose who their rival is each season.  For awhile it was the Jim Kelly led Bills.  The Patriots have had their “snow plowed” turn as well.  If you really want to talk about rivalry though, it starts and ends with the NY Jets.  See, Dolphins fans don’t generally care for Patriot fans, especially the “new” ones who have crawled out of the woodwork or the entire network of ESPN.  Generally the Phins fans don’t give a rats ass about the Buffalo Bills fans and still laugh because they call their cheerleaders the Buffalo Jills.  That’s original.  The Jets however?  Oh, no.  There is no mutual respect.  No chivalry.  Nothing.  It’s o.k. to marry a Patriots fan or a Bills fan.  It’s like you have added some class to their family.  But you don’t marry a Jets fan.

So why the Jets?  You have to go way back to the first year of Don Shula.  Shula of course had just lost the Super Bowl while in Baltimore to the Joe Namath led NY Jets.  It started with that ill-fated Super Bowl attempt by the “Shue”.  His coming to the Dolphins began what is now a hated rivalry.

From choke signs and fake spikes, Monday miracles and epic battles, AJ Duhe and mud soaked Miami, so many more the Dolphins don’t bench mark their season on splitting with the Jets.  The Dolphins could win the Super Bowl and lose one game to the “gange green” and fans will still complain about that one loss.  Doesn’t matter what they do against the other two.

The NFL has some great divisions with some great rivalries.  The NFC East is a long established zone for hate where everyone hates everyone.  The NFC North centers on the love lost between the Bears, Lions, Packers, and Vikings.  Everyone hates everyone else.  In the AFC West, is there anything bigger than Oakland vs. San Diego?  Kansas City vs. Denver?  Denver Vs. Oakland.  Kansas City vs. Oakland.  You get the idea.  But in the AFC East, it’s who is playing Miami.  Not the Bills vs. the Patriots or Jets, it’s who is playing Miami.  The AFC East is the only division where one team truly stands out as the enemy to all others.

In the AFC East…everyone hates Miami.

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  • hawk9810

    J.E.T.S  SUCK SUCK SUCK!!!   J.T’S VERY OWN INTERSTATE I72 AKA MATT LYGHT DRIVE
    AND BUFFALO ISN’T EVEN WORTH MENTIONING T.O WHO?

  • Joshman55

    The Jets are definetly are biggest rival by far. REally  i only hate the Jets becuz of their FAGGOT FANS! without them jets wuldnt be so bad

  • Deof Movestofca

    As annoying as J-E-S-T-S Jests, Jests, Jests fans can be, I think the “I’ve been a fan since, well, they won their first SB” Patsy fans are even worse.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any problem with most of those who can actually remember that the team’s helmets once sported a different logo, but one gets the feeling that some of their newer “fans” think the NFL began when Belicheat got hired.

  • Everett

    Out of all the teams in the afc east,no one get under my skin more than the jets. i think it has to do with all the damn transplanted newyorkers and want to be newyorkers that come out to the games and root for there crappy team. i mean theyve only won like, what one championship so long ago i bet they cant even remember. all the other teams are just whatever, the patsy wont be good for very much longer, and go back to getting there asses handed to them, the bill hahaha ,yeah right im not going to waste my time beating a dead horse about how much they suck, i hope they have fun with TO. AFC CHAMPS AGAIN!!!!!!!

  • footballfantic

    Im sorry to all you dolphins fan out there but  the dolphins arent a great football team and will not be the AFC EAST champions this coming season because you guys had the easiest schedule. Also teams are going to find out ways to beat the wildcat. Chad P. is going to get injured trust me he cant take a hit. Another bad thing Tom Brady is back . The dolphins are going to be 3rd or last in the afc east. The patriots will be 1st and jets will be 2nd even though there qb wont be that great and he will have no one to throw to. Also to all your T.O. fans he going to do horrible trent edwards wont be able to throw to him . He has never had a star receiver.

  • Everett

    Why does everyone think that brady is going to coming back and throw for 6000 yards and break every passing record there is, when he hasnt even faced a really pass rush,lets see how good those knees are when joey and JT are all over his ass. And the jets being 2nd in the afc east ahead of the phins because of a rookie HC and QB,dont make me laugh. Rex doent have ray lewis and ed reed anymore, and the jets D pales in comparison to the raven, so dont get to full of yourself. THE PHINS WILL WIN THE AFC EAST.

  • Alex

    I have to say, I agree with my good friend Ev. The Dolphins will surprise everyone but themselves. There is so much talent and fimiliarity on the feild when they run the unexpecting Wild Cat. Chad wont need to worry about taking a hit since we got Big Vern and Jake Long pancaking the rush, and now that we have Soteli out of the C spot; no more center collapse. One of the teams with the least amont of sacks allowed in ’08 will have less in ’09. Ooo the Shady Bunch got Brady back. The Phins barely had a presentable secondary last year with early injuries and still did well throughout the season. Brady is gonna go PS-24 against the Phins.  Not Public School 24, even though he will get taken to school,  at least 2 Picks and 4 Sacks facing the Phins but first, lets see if he holds up enough along the long season before facing Joey and JT. I dont even want to waste time talking about the Mark San-Jets.. The Phins and the Shady Bunch might be in a tight run for first, until they face the Phins. They’ll be lucky to fight for the wild card week 15 or 16.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Alex:  I think that what I like about this year is that the schedule is tough.  The Phins will only get better from playing teams that are a higher caliber opponent.  The fact that the AFC East is now sitting with some of the top WR’s in the game makes it even more beneficial as the Phins secondary will learn to play that much quicker.  There will be some bumps in this road and starting out against 3 very good QB’s will make them stronger.  These guys hate to lose and it’s unacceptable when they do.

  • Alex

    Fine… I will admit that the schedule is tougher than the last 3 years.. Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers are good football players, Manning more than the others, but there will be so much pressure on them from our strong and weak side rush. Its nice for Joey and JT to start off the season against a second year rook. But either way, the Phins face the Shady Bunch, the Dills and the Pests twice every year.. TO top WR in AFCE?… eh.. most commercial, yes. Edwards will throw more picks than TO gets receptions. Moss is Moss nuff said.. THIS WILL BE TEDDY”S BREAK OUT YEAR AS A WR.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    I was just expanding on what you said Alex…I agree for the most part.  This team should be a lot better than what people are remotely giving them credit for.

  • footballfantic

    I had enough ok the dolphins have the hardest schedule im sorry but they had one good year because of they had the easiest schedule . Chad is going to get injured and the wild cat isnt going to work. Tom brady is going to be fine he going to be back not the same but still good and he going to have randy moss wes welker and joey galloway. All patriots players were injured and they will also have an easier schedule . Patriots will win the division dolphins will fight for third with the bills. PATRIOTS ARE WINNING THE DIVISION

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    LOL…I really could care less about the schedule.  If they Dolphins win the division next year, the folks over at ESPN will still have something to rationalize why the Patriots didn’t…as will the Patriot fans.  You guys crack me up…it’s ashame you will all be gone when the Patriots start losing again.  Unlike Jets and Bills fans who at least follow their teams through the bad times.

  • footballfantic

    Dude your dolphins suck my team isnt going to lose the division so i dont got to worry and the schedule matters you went 1-15 that why your schedule was so easy now it isnt because you play harder teams your retard dolphin fans. Also you guys complain about jet and bills fans i give them credit but jet fans can get annoying once in a while.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    wow, i thought those guys in the n.e. were smarter?

  • Donald

    It may not be a big rivalry anymore but us buffalo fans hate miami and there stupid franchise just like Miami fans don’t like us !.

  • Everett

    Stop talking about how easy the phins schedule was, when  the pats played all the same teams the phins did. if anything the whole afc east had an easy schedule last year, the only difference is the phins beat those teams and the pats,bills, and jesters lost to them. but it ok keep talking, because its going to be great making all the pats, bills, and jester fan eat there words.

  • Deof Movestofca

    Waaaaah!  The Dolphins had an easier schedule!  Waaaaaah!  Tom Brady was hurt!   Waaaaah!  Waaaah!  Waaaah!  At least the Dolphins won the division last year fairly, instead of having to resort to cheating.  Stop with the excuses already.  The Patsies didn’t make the plays when they needed to and the ‘Phins did.

  • Deof Movestofca

    Now a few words about this year….
    I wouldn’t be too quick to write an obituary for the wildcat just yet.  While the offseason may give opponents more time to prepare for it, it also gives the ‘Phins, who added the wildcat package during the season, more time to execute it better as well as better players to do so.  It also should be remembered that Parcells could have walked away during the offseason with cash in hand, but instead chose to remain with the team and stake a considerable amount of his reputation on enhancing running the wildcat.
    As for Brady, the Giants showed he can be made to look human, so I wouldn’t go handing the division to the Patsies just yet.