On Sunday, Miami Dolphins fans got a thrill when the Dolphins knocked off the New York Jets. For about 200 fans the first thrill of Sunday came hours before kick-off. The crew of DolfansNYC put 199 Dolphin rear-ends into two sections of Met Life Stadium and partied it up with a tailgate that invited other Dolphins fans in attendance to join them. Apparently, that invitation was also to team ownership.
While the NYC crew were prepping for the game in the parking lot, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross showed up with CEO Mike Dee and minority owner Fergie. The trio stopped by to thank the folks of DolfansNYC and chat it up with the Dolphins fans in attendance. Ross has been the subject of of fan discontent since taking over the franchise from Wayne Huizenga full time in 2009.
While fans may look at Ross as “joke” the reality is that he does very much care for this team and even more importantly it’s fans. While Ross has been villafied for his celebrity co-owners and some of the personnel moves including the retention of GM Jeff Ireland, Ross has gone out of his way to communicate with the fan base. Whether it is personal phone calls to a picketer, a personal call to a season ticket holder, hosting members of DolfansNYC at his NY office, or stopping by a tailgate party to chat up fans, his desire to turn this team around is without question. Despite what his detractors would say.
How many other owners have stopped by to visit with fans tailgating? The reality is not many.
In addition to Ross, Fergie, and Mike Dee, several Dolphins cheerleaders also showed up as well former Dolphins WR Nat Moore.