There are a lot of arguments that can be made when you hear the name Stephen Ross. Some will defend him, others loathe him, and still others don’t really care one way or the other. A not so flashy NFL owner of the Miami Dolphins who seems more intent on hiring celebrities than football guys. And that would be unfair. Ross is a lot of things but make no mistake he loves the Miami Dolphins.
Which is why, yet again, he has ruffled some media feathers by telling his football team to travel early to New York so they can take in the stage production of “Lombardi”.
“Lombardi” is getting rave reviews in New York, but in Miami, the timing (just before this Sunday’s game with the Jets) has people talking. Some are saying that arriving early is unfair to Tony Sparano who is reportedly (unconfirmed) none to happy about the order from the top. Others feel that the play will give the team some added incentive VIA the productions message and uplifting motivational theme. Still others believe that Ross is sticking his finger into the part of the pie where it doesn’t belong.
Catherine Adriance, one of our staff here on Phinphanatic.com has written an article about the celebrity side of the Miami Dolphins so I won’t get into details on my opinions until after you have read hers. This however, to me, is nothing more than media guys trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. Coaches have taken players to movies while on the road, they have gone to plays before in the past as well, so why is this any different? Because the team is not winning the way we feel they should?
Either way, the team is going and with a little inspiration maybe they knock the Jets off another peg…if that happens, you can bet that fans and media alike will be calling for this same practice at home. If it doesn’t, you can expect more cries afoul of Stephen Ross.