Dolphins Players Have No Right To Call Fans Out

Pro sports players have a tendency to over inflate their popularity and their own personal value.  More often then not, a pro athlete will misinterpret popularity as a sign that they know what is best and that they stand in front of the congregation and dictate the rules and therefore have the right to decide who is a fan and who is not.

Well, I got news for pro athletes, your worth is all dependant on your play, your attitude, and your respect for the fans…and very very few athletes know what that means.

So why am I standing on this little pill box you ask?  Well let’s just say I’m getting tired of Miami Dolphins players feeling they have the right to call out fans and say they are not.  Earlier today I was given a link to an interview with Miami Dolphins starting TE Anthony FasanoGood read but when it came to the fans rooting for the “Suck for Luck” strategy, Fasano had this to say:

It’s sick actually.  I can’t even fathom those thoughts of those people that conjure up that stuff.  They have never played sports and pretty much aren’t really our “loyal” fans.

Really?  Only a short two weeks ago it was Karlos Dansby who was calling out fans for their repeated “suck for Luck” antics.  Well I got news for them.  We have been fans longer than they have been in Miami and will be long after they are gone.

I understand the frustration of players and it is a little disheartening to hear boos emanate from the stadium you play in but reality is a completely different bird.  Consider how many fans simply forgot that the NFL took the entire off-season off because the players wanted more money and wanted to practice far less.  How is that working out for ya?  A lot more injuries this year than in years past, and the tackling is a lot worse as well.

The truth is fans have a right to be critical.  Those fans in Detroit that are out there cheering every game for their Lions have been cheering for that same logo the last 20 years with bags on their heads.  Every so often a player comes along that fans cling to.  Fans in Cleveland don’t cheer for the Ravens players and never did…even though they used to be the Browns.  They didn’t seek to have the players returned to Cleveland, they demanded the team name and colors and tradition stay in Cleveland.

In other words, fans root for the team not specifically the players on it.  It’s why they call us “Dolphins” fans and not Miami Dolphins and Anthony Fasano fans. 

In Miami, there is Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Dan Marino, and more.  They have a commonilaty between them.  They respect the fans and understand why they are there and how they are suffering.  These athletes today could care less about the common fan.

Do you think that a player gives any care whatsoever when he becomes a free agent and splits town for the money?  Do you think Jason Taylor cared at all about the fans when he bolted to NY last year?  So what they are saying is it’s o.k. for them to up and leave but we can’t root for them to fail so that we can have a realistic shot at fixing the franchise?

Sorry, but no one will ever make me a non-fan of the Miami Dolphins.  I have the logo tatted on my arm…how many Miami players have that?  I am betting none.  I and other fans pay to see these games and the players should be paying us for the garbage we have to endure.  Fans have a right to cheer for failure when the best product our team can produce is a 15 point lead throwaway with less than 4 minutes in a game.

I’m supposed to cheer for that? 

We are supposed to root for one or two victories?  Where are the playoffs?  To hell with the playoffs, where is the freaking competitive play?

I have news for Fasano and Dansby and any other player that wants to take a shot at Dolphins fans for booing and rooting for Andrew Luck.  We have paid our dues and you have not.  We are lifer’s and you are not.  We want a new coaching change and a new franchise QB that will bring excitement to the field and fill the stadium so we are not sitting there alone.  And when all this actually happens, you will be nowhere to be found.  Some other team perhaps?  Some other city?  Sitting on your couch hoping that ESPN gives you a call so you can jump in the booth and tell us all how little you think we know?  Retired living off the millions of dollars you bilked out of the owners and fans with your piss poor below average play? 

If I worked like half of you play I would have been fired a long time ago.

Get over yourself.  You’re not that good in the first place.  In fact, your average at best.  How do I know?  Because the team is winless six weeks into the season.

I am not on the ”suck for Luck” bandwagon, yet.  I want the Dolphins to win, but I want them to play to win, not simply gain a victory because the other team simply sucked more.  I won’t root for that.  I won’t root for the team to go out there and half-ass effort it to collect a paycheck.  Prove to me that you are playing to win every single down and then ask me to cheer your mediocrity with full enthusiasm.  If you don’t want fans yelling the name Andrew Luck then win a few games and screw them out of that desire.

In other words, play to win and earn their cheers.

I will tell you who are fans and who are not fans Mr. Fasano and Mr. Dansby.  Fans are the ones who want this team to win so badly that they will root against them simply to get the best pro-prospect in a decade, that’s a fan.  They take the ridicule and still watch the games.  The put up with the garbage from other fans and yet on Sunday show up and cheer until they realize that you, the players, don’t really care what happens.

If I was Andrew Luck I would want to play for that fan base.  Why?  Because Miami fans have endured for so long and put up with the worst decisions by coaches and GM’s that they simply don’t arbitrarily turn on it’s players.  They have patience and they stand behind them.  Until such a time that the players give up themselves.  And that is exactly what is happening here.

The fans haven’t turned on this team, the fans have turned on the effort by this team.  For all the blame Tony Sparano gets, the fact is the players are not executing the plays and thus are as responsible for his failure’s as he is.  Maybe more.

So don’t call fans out as not being fans until you invest more than a few seasons as a member of this team.  Until you go and get their logo tatted on your arm and sit in the stands and watch what we watch every Sunday.  Get over yourself.  You make the money and you take the money and then you leave.  90 percent of the time you don’t work hard for what you earn or you never play at the level of your paycheck.

Dolphins fans may not be the most stringent supporters of a failing franchise but they will be back in droves and the truth is they never really leave as it is.  They just simply realize that there are far more important things to do in life than to cheer for a bunch of guys who play like they are more interested in getting the game over with than getting a win.

Start winning, start playing like you want to win, and then start calling out fans.  Fans hoping for an Andrew Luck 2012 is sickening.  The play by these so-called pro-football players is sickening.  No Mr. Fasano, a lot fans have never played football before.   Looking at the number of wins in the Dolphins win column…I would say you all aren’t either.

Topics: Andrew Luck, Anthony Fasano, Jason Taylor, Karlos Dansby, Miami Dolphins, Suck For Luck, Tony Sparano

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  • mmandia

    AWESOME!! I hope and pray even one Miami player reads this. This could be the best bulletin board material ever! I think this could actually coax a win out of them.

    Us other “fake” fans know your pain and love the passion in this writing….hell, I’m ready to strap the helmet on and take the field.

  • DeeSummers

    Excellent, and well put… As for Fasano, he isn’t a TE that’s one position we truly need to fix… Like I had told Dansby.. hey man you were just in a superbowl with the Cardinals.. We have’nt been since 1984 and we are really sick sick sick of sucking so if we are then why not suck the best.. sure did a great job of it against the Broncos with 343 left in the game and a 15-0 lead… the qb draw hello everyone knew it was coming and the Dolphins play to loose like they are commanded to…… leaving one time out on the board and running 3 draw plays monday night with 130 left on the clock … when i saw Sparano motion come on lets go to the locker room … it looked as if he is a puppet to choke on purpose……..

  • mnasr85

    Great Article Brian, couldn’t have said any better. Keep up the good writing… I’ve been a phinpahantic fan for a long time. Keep it up! This article is exactly how I feel as a phin fan.

  • compcomplex

    If he doesn’t like it, then dammit, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Win a frickin’ game instead of complaining about fans that were here long before he came along and will be he long after he’s gone (next season, no doubt.)

  • abbeynormal

    Brian, I agree that the players should STFU and play the game but they are correct in this regard. I do not see how a fan can root for the team to lose. I can’t do it personally. If the team scores I can’t help myself, I cheer the team. When we’re scored upon I curse and am angry, maybe not the healthiest way to live but as a fan it’s automatic and can’t be stopped even if ultimately losing may be the best for the future.

  • AustinLopez72

    I fear this “suck for luck” campaign might backfire on us. What guarantees us getting Luck? What if he (and his NFL pedigree background) doesn’t want to “take his talents to South Beach”? And pull an “Eli Manning”. I wouldn’t be surprised. What if 3 teams go 0-16? Though unlikely it is possible. Who and what determines the #1 pick? All I’m saying is nothing guarantees us Luck and that’s a lot of pressure going on this kid. Don’t get me wrong, I think Luck is the truth, but deeming him the savior of this team is a lot. So I don’t root for us to lose but these past weeks have been difficult to watch. I just want to see some heart out there.

  • DeeSummers

    This is true, what if he was seriously injured as well.. no guarantees however having the 1st pick can assure us @ least 2 more excellent players if not 3 ? in my opinion, we need allot of help… one more OT, A REAL TE.. fasano fumbles way too much….. WR to help Marshall…….. bess is choking.. hartline blows he drops so many passes…. last year and this year.. But Luck is in a pro style offense in college so his transition shall be good.. The one thing that drives me nuts is our play calling.. especially our offensive coordinator.. Y did we get one that avg less points than us last year, he doesn’t seem to aggressive… what’s up with our Defence… it seems when we blitz and put pressure we are awesome….. it looks like we play to show we could win then lose on purpose.. I saw it last year with 2 outta the last 3 games.. lions we had them beat… yet sand bagged so we got a better draft pick and buffalo was the same.. pats just killed us but come on man… I am all for 0-16 Jimmy Johnson did it with Dallas .. lets put ourselves in a good situation for next year.. we aren’t making playoffs so why not work on timing and getting all of our rookies some good pt so they can catch up to the game.. per sparanos idea which is the smartest thing I’ve heard him say..

  • RandyCarlson

    Great article Miller,one of your best (IMHO)

  • DolPhan71

    First of all, if you are going to write an article, how about getting your facts straight….Jason Taylor did not “bolt” from Miami. In 2008 after 11 years of stellar play for the Dolphins, they traded him to the Redskins, then in 2009 he still resigned with the Dolphins. After the 2009 season, the Dolphins management refuse to give him a contract offer of any type, whe he got the offer form the Jets. He chose to accept becuase it was the only offer he had. This is NOT bolting. This is protecting your career after the team you gave 12 years of service to, refused to respect you enough to even offer you a contract. Yet, when given the chance, he STILL came back to the Phins in 2011. If that is not loyalty and love for your team, I don’t know what is. For your to try and use him as an example of player that doesn’t care, shows that you are just spouting off at the mouth withour any semblance of research and logic.

  • DolPhan71

    As for Fasano and Dansby, they have just as much right to defend their team against fan attacks as you or I do. I agree with him that rooting for your team to lose is NOT being a loyal fan and as Dan Marino put it, is ” ridiculous”. How long does a player have to be on the team before you feel they have a “right” to voice their opinions about the horrible fan attitude in Miami? 1 year, 2 year, 5 years, or what? Do you honestly think that the fan attitudes have no affect on the performance of players? The road goes both ways. Players should give their best for their team and fans, but fans should support their team no matter what. Do you honestly think players are going to play their best when fans are in the stands booing, or online before the game calling the team losers who don’t deserve to play? I know I wouldn’t play my best if that was the kind of motivation I was getting from fans.

  • DolPhan71

    I have been a Dolphins fan since I was 4 years old and the attitudes of our fans lately makes me sick to my stomach. Just becuase they are players, does not mean they cannot also be fans, and being angry at the attitudes, just shows they care about the team. Yes the playing and coaching needs to be better, but that doesn;t mean they have no right to voice their opinions. They have as much right to voice their opinion of fans as you have to voice your opinion of them. To me, their outcrys only show they care.

  • 101219dezignz

    I agree that the hubris of the current 0-6 dolphins is hard to tolerate. But I think you are confused about the OWNER’S LOCKOUT. The owners agreed to a collective bargain agreement of which they lauded as a win at the time 10 years later they decided they did not like the deal they agreed to, so they lock the players out. Today, the players who lost in their bargaining with ownership to keep the old agreement, conceded to take less money, and they figured that they should work less for less money go figure!?! Do a simple fact check before you rant.

  • Phinphanatic

    @101219dezignz The players are making more money on this new deal then the one they had before. It’s spread out different. With all do respect I covered the lockout more than almost any other site. I’m not talking out of my rear so if I were you don’t assume you know the facts. Feel free to cite them instead.

  • Phinphanatic

    @DolPhan71 sorry but players need to look internally not at the fans. Not to say fans shouldn’t do their part because they normally dont but they have more vested interest in a team Han a player who won’t be on that team if not getting paid.

    As for JT say what you want, believe what you want but he could have waited until after the draft but instead took the first offer. He wanted to go there.

  • DolPhan71

    After 12 years of outstandng service to the Phins, the Dolphins wanted to wait until after the draft to offer hima contract, in case they got someone they thought was better. The team showed no loyalty to JT as a player. He took the Jets offer, because after the draft, there might not have been an offer from the Jets, the Dolphins or anyone else. How much more loyalty do you want than a layer who gives 12 years of stellar play to the team. Unfortunately, this has become habit with the Phins of late. The team expects loyalty from their players, but doesn’t seem inclined to offer the same loyalty to the players that make up the team. And I still say that the layers still have just as m uch a right to their oinions and feelings as you and i do. Also, you seem awful jaded into thinking that the only reason all the players lay is for the money they get aid. That may be the case of some, but many of the players love the Phins team as much if not more than we as fans do. For you to say otherwise is judgemental and baseless.

  • DolPhan71

    @Phinphanatic

    After 12 years of outstandng service to the Phins, the Dolphins wanted to wait until after the draft to offer hima contract, in case they got someone they thought was better. The team showed no loyalty to JT as a player. He took the Jets offer, because after the draft, there might not have been an offer from the Jets, the Dolphins or anyone else. How much more loyalty do you want than a layer who gives 12 years of stellar play to the team. Unfortunately, this has become habit with the Phins of late. The team expects loyalty from their players, but doesn’t seem inclined to offer the same loyalty to the players that make up the team. And I still say that the layers still have just as m uch a right to their oinions and feelings as you and i do. Also, you seem awful jaded into thinking that the only reason all the players lay is for the money they get aid. That may be the case of some, but many of the players love the Phins team as much if not more than we as fans do. For you to say otherwise is judgemental and baseless.

  • melodyplay

    @DolPhan71…reality check here dude. Have you forgotten that these players earn mega paychecks as professionals? and that we, as fans, don’t? Ultimately, the fans have the right to say WHATEVER they want to because they pay for that right. Fasano and Co. get paid for the right to play a game.

    This is an entertainment sport, so If I don’t like the way I am being entertained, especially after investing money into it, I can and will certainly complain. Don’t tell me you don’t the same after watching a toilet bowl movie, and if you say you don’t, then you are a bigger hypocrite than most.

  • melodyplay

    @AustinLopez72

    1. I think too many people are putting too much stock into the ‘Suck for Luck” campaign, as if the fans have something to do with wins or losses. Ultimately, a good team wins in an empty stadium or a packed stadium..this team knows perfectly good and well how to lose on their own, with or without fan support. In other words, backfiring is not something we as fans will bring on the franchise, it is happening because they are that bad of a team.

    2. If Andrew Luck pulled the “Manning” move, we would at the very least, get the trade of the decade in draft picks. We could use that as well…then we could get Landry Jones or Barkley from USC.

    3. If all three teams that are currently winless, finish that way, Miami would own the # 1 pick from what I understand, due to strength of schedule.

  • Phinphanatic

    @DolPhan71 I will disagree with you 100% on your comment that any player loves this team more than I do or more than a big time fan and I would question that over an above average fan. No way in hell is that true. Truth be told many of those players grew up fans of other teams and still are outside a pro player winning attitude or drive. I far from jaded as my article said I’m not rooting for Miami to lose but I will defend those fans that are especially to Dansby and Fasano.