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Friday, December 14, 2007

Dolphins for sale, changes on the way

The Miami Herald staff just broke the story that the Dolphins are for sale.

Wayne Huizenga, as frustrated about the team's inability to win even one game as you and me, has talked to various people about pulling out and selling -- for the tidy sum of about $1 Billion.

So what does this mean?

Well, all the talk about whether Cam Cameron should be retained or fired is suddenly moot. A new owner would likely want to hire his new coach.

All the talk about whether the personnel department needs change or revamping, all the talk whether the guys who conducted last year's coaching search should be applauded or flogged is also moot. Again, a new owner means new people in practically every significant post on the team.

Top to bottom.

Some people would no doubt survive an ownership change. Some people deserve to because for all their faults, the Dolphins do have some outstanding people in their ranks. But before the news broke 30 minutes ago -- I was part of the team working on this for five days -- there were a lot more people at the team's training facility feeling a whole lot more secure about their futures than there are now.

Oddly, the people this affects least is the players. Can you believe that?

The guys most responsible for 0-13 aren't really affected by such a mammoth shift within the organization because their footing changes every year regardless of who the owner is. And the owner isn't the guy that makes decisions on their futures anyway.

So the Dolphins are for sale. What a year.

And let me guess: Most of you might be happy that Huizenga would be going. I have to tell you, that's one reason he is likely to sell. Amazing as it is to believe, this man who could buy and sell the state of Idaho, really cares whether he's liked or not in South Florida.

Discuss.

100 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Amazing. We really are the worst franchise in the history of the NFL.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

Good reporting Mando. Good riddance wayne

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this only means we are going to suck even longer and will take double the amount of time to build a good team. LAME!

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Paul K said...

wneosWOW...I'm speachless.

Just when it seemed we hit bottom...there is more depth to how low things can get.

I just hope the transaction moves along quickly.

5:59 PM  
OpenID mannyjlo said...

How this guy got as rich as he is is beyond my comprehension. How can he not find one or a group of men outside of his circle of "yes men " that could run this franchise? Someone with backbone and football knowledge that could direct this team back to being competitive. Just because Marino didn't want the position didn't mean he gives up on the position. FILL IT! Find somebody and let him or them do what Dan was gonna do. But sell, because you're frustrataed? Don't make any business sense... How did this man get so rich???

6:05 PM  
Anonymous NYJEFF said...

If this truly is the case and the Dolphins are for sale, it can only mean good things. Why? Because this owner has done nothing to maintain or improve the Dolphins' great history, in fact, he has tarnished it. By allowing Jimmy Johnson to use the media (which he was a part of) to somehow turn our backs on HOF Coach Don Shula. By allowing that same Coach, JJ, to hire Wanny. By allowing Joe Robbie's name to be changed to protect the guilty. By allowing Dan Marino's final daze to be mired in mediocrity. By allowing himself, WH, to retain the reins and lead this franchise into a deep ravine. I am hoping this story is true because it is time we stop firing coaches and trading players - it is time we have an owner who truly appreciates and loves the game of football.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

Time we stop firing coaches? What do you think the new owner will do with the current coach who hasn't won a game and isn't his hire to begin with? You guessed it.

YOU'RE FIRED.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

WH may have failed miserably at owning the Dolphins and maintaining their winning tradition, but to his credit, not from a business standpoint. He paid around 185 million and will be getting 1 billion. That is one awesome return on investment. Bush failed miserably as the CEO of two oil companies, ran both into the ground, but look where he is now. The moral of the story, pass or fail the rich get richer. Isn't it pretty?

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Paul K said...

Here we go again! Okay are the Dolphins for sale or is Huizenga CONSIDERING selling the team???

Armando states:

“Dolphins for sale, changes on the way”

Jeff Darlington states:

“Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga has told several sources -- both inside and outside of the organization -- he is considering selling the team and the stadium because of his continued frustrations with Miami's current winless state.”

WTF???

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am interested in buying the Dolphins.

Any word on if Wayne will owner-finance?

Matt in NC

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:26 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

THERE IS A GOD! Well, probably not, but THAT is the best news I've heard all year!

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Paul K said...

In fact, I HAVE noticed.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Brigadier Pudding said...

What a year indeed.

Great job by you guys at the Herald for breaking this story.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he sells the team before the draft, it will completely mess up the scouting which is ongoing now. Even if the new owner doesn't fire the scouts, they know the axe is falling and won't do jack.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

BTW guys, whether you want to be in denial or not, Mandy's right more often than not...

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Paul K said...

Armando, I have simple yes or no question...

Are the Miami Dolphins for sale?

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right about what exactly? He is the Miami reporter for the Miami team. Of course he will often have the scoop, but his opinions and deductions are often beyond reality, if not simply childish. Yes, I read the blog because I am an NFL fan. Mando, regardless of whatever 'success' he has had, is an amatuer writer and basically immature. For a mainstream paper, they should really have a better beat writer, but he stimulates the blog, and $ talks.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he also loves to toot his own horn. even though his name is on the herald article as a contributor, he has to tell us again that he was a part of it. kind of like the kid who never got enough atention. I, me, mine.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice

Truth

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wayne has the coin to be an NFL owner, but not the savy. Its not his game. He could only take advice from charlatans, in the end, as so well documented, this team sits with no picks left from several years of drafts, and you reap what you sow. In this case, garbage.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Robert said...

First, I am rather disappointed if it took a "team" 5 days and that story was the best they came up with; one guy says yeah we are interested and the partner denies it. Wow!

Second, you people screaming for glee make me sick. You guys don't know the first thing about what makes a good owner and your failure to recognize Wayne has been quite generous with the money he has thrown at players and coaches attempting to attract the best. Think the new owners will be as generous?

Third, I can't wait to see your response (when Armando finally reports it) that the new owners will be relocating the franchise to Los Angeles where there is a larger fan base and television market and the city and NFL are offering huge incentives to the team. Of course, it should have been expected as they have to recover the purchase price to make the deal profitable to them.

5 years from now, you guys will recall with sadness that the Los Angeles Dolphins used to be the Miami Dolphins but you demanded change and you got more than you wished for; at least the team will have a new uniform and logo. I like the new colors.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Scalzo said...

It is about time. And for you know it all's out there yes the owner does have an affect on a team. Owners with a passion for their teams have successful teams. IE New England, Dallas. I hope Miami gets the right owner ( SHULA ) and can lead this team back to where it belongs. Wayne is a business man that didn't know anything about running a football team.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Tom Brady, Foxboro, MA said...

MR. HUIZINGA: PLEASE DO NOT SELL !

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

Is there any chance that Lekkerkerker will purchase the Fins...if not who will???

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Kraft said...

Don't sell Wayne. We have been enjoying our dominance of the AFC East. Please do not sale to someone that might challenge my teams dominance.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul K said...

THE TEAM IS NOT FOR SALE!!!

Armando is the ONLY source that says the team is for sale.

His own coworker, Jeff Darlington conflicts this report by stating that WH is CONSIDERING the sale of the team and that has yet to be corroborated as well.

Armando, answer my point blank, yes or no question…Are the Dolphins for sale or not?

8:07 PM  
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8:17 PM  
Anonymous Capt Slammie said...

This whole bunch of smunch is a dirty little ploy by HWH, Scameron, and Mule to fire up the troops and get a win. They know this is the best news the players could ever hear, so they planted this little devious seed in Armando's head. Remember how well the Dolphins played after Wanstedt ran away? Yep, so do our three amigos, and they're hoping lightning strikes twice.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

rbDude, you guys get on Mandy for speculation, and you're up here automatically assuming that a new owner would move the franchise! Miami OBVIOUSLY isn't a bad spot for a franchise if it's still on the top half of the league while we're in the trenches! While most successful business men are certainly cold-hearted bastards, Miami and the Dolphins are a franchise that's rich in history and tradition. I doubt they will MOVE, if so, we'll take em up here in Orlando!

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it sad that we drafted a 26 year old QB who is going to take 3 years to maybe develop into an NFL QB when we had a mature 28 year old NFL QB sitting on our bench all along.

Im sure the genius' that let that happen are cringing at the thought of Sage Rosenfels taking the Texans to the playoffs for the first time in their history. Can them all! Change is a comin'

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

orlando is for fruitcakes and dumb republicans. not an option for the nfl. take away disney and you got tulsa. nowheresville really.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Wow, you know you stuff! Guess which one I am? Better yet, why don't you come find out, faggot!

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Move them to Nebraska. Call them the Nebraska Corndolphins. Besides we all ready have a cold weather kicker.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article seems premature... Are they selling, is it a maybe, is it ONLY if the price is top dollar? Seems like from what I have read at the Herald it is equally possible the team won't be sold.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The teams value doesn't just suddenly drop because our season is in the tank. What has Arizona ever won and take a look at their value.

Bottom line is buying a team for a billion as compared to Wayne's 138 million demands increased revenues and a larger market. Miami can't begin to offer what Los Angeles will offer. Look at where a club derives their money and you will see the new owners are looking at a windfall by moving the team and a massive debt by keeping the team here. Imagine how much money they will reap by getting a Superbowl played in LA. Its that simple. Add in the profit from selling the stadium to Miami Dade County(paid by tax increases) so UM still has a home and no one in their right mind would buy this team and not immediately begin to look at relocating.

Miami was steeped in tradition... they will soon be the team that went 0-16. They will want to forget Miami and change their name as soon as possible. Look at how many teams have moved and look at the tradition they had. Listen to how fans in Miami treat their owner. Listen to how they treat their players.

Just say goodbye. You got your wish.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha Marc you just proved me right! Thanks for the confirmation! Wake up dude.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

""Huizenga, who turns 70 on Dec. 29, has received offers for the Dolphins in recent years because of the franchise's widespread popularity and its location in a growing, cosmopolitan market."

They won't move!

And to the funny guy who doesn't even have the balls to post his name....Just keep hidin' behind that screen buddy. Funny how big your balls are right now

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolphins should start by getting a coach like Mike Singletary that will bring intensity and command respect on the sideline.

And let the rebuilding begin by drafting a stud player to anchor the defensive for the next 10 years. LSU DT Glenn Dorsey #1 pick.

No Dolphins dont need a freakin running back and it is not the Dolphins responsibility to draft McFadden so that the Patriots cant have him. Jeez!

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Kevin Carter said...

Dolphins have NFL worst run defense ever. Ravens are gonna run for 400 yards on Sunday. Im so glad to be a Buccaneer right now. Thanks Cam & Mueller.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not the first time Uncle Wayne has allegedly put the team up for sale. That does not mean he has a buyer or that anyone would actually want to buy the team at that price.

But it seems to be a decent price for both the team and the stadium venue.

Ken in San Diego

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wayne H. is the first 1 to jump ship....go figure?

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Ralph J. said...

Who cares. The Fins suck because Miami sucks. Nothing but a city full of a zillion minority groups that all hate each other. They should just chop off South Florida and let it drift into being some little caribean nation.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wayne should not sell based on the emotion of this year. He is well liked by the fans (the real ones, not the transplanted posers) despite any missteps. It would only be better to turn it around with Wayne still at the helm. Now, putting the rest of management on notice--well done, Wayne.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous JohnDB said...

I would love to see a group headed by Shula emerge and return this franchise to glory.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shula is too old, Tuna is too old, they are both retired. Cowher will go to the Panthers, he lives in that state. Please get a clue and stop with all these tired, useless ideas.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous JohnDB said...

Punk, here's a clue, I think I hear you're mom saying it's bed time.

Also, he would sell the team AND the stadium, I don't think Dolphin Stadium will fit in moving vans...

10:31 PM  
Anonymous an upset dolphin's fan said...

What's Solid Waste Manager Company and the Miami Dolphins organization have in common?
Answer: they both stink and are owned by Wayne Huizenga.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Hugh Longfellow said...

How does this man continue to make so much money through failure? That is the real question. The original fortune through garbage. Blockbuster sold, soon to be part of history as part of outdated technology. Wayne's World? A failure before it happened. Carmax? You must be kidding. Panthers? Sold, a perennial failure. Marlins? Fuggedaboutit. Dolphins? Turned a once proud perfect-season franchise into the imperfect-season laughing-stock sissies that they are today. Yet, he stands to make a huge fortune on the sale. The bigger this man fails, the more he money he makes. He much be the richest failure of all time. He even looks like the richest failure of all time. Amazing. Only in America.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous JohnDB said...

Even as an openly gay diehard Miami fan, I must admit I've lost my love for this team and we need a change of ownership to get back that manly togetherness this team is sorely missing.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous dolfanman13 said...

Woop-t-doo! Getting a new owner really doesn't help the Dolphins...it might actually make things worse. You can knock Huizenga but he did all he could for this team. He went out and tried to hire the best coaches available and instilled his trust in them to get the job done. It really isn't his fault that they have failed. I just hope if he does sell the team that the new owner(s) don't turn out to be another Dan Snyder or Jerry Jones. If they are real estate developers then they probably have the knowledge of an average football fan at best. Hopefully whoever owns this team in 2008 can land us a good coach and then keep their hands out of the football side of things.

10:58 PM  
Blogger DocMac said...

TWO things here.
1. No one should be totally surprised about this, if you recall 3yrs before Nick Saban agreed to stay with Miami it was reported Wayne had to promise he wasn't selling the team any time soon, so obviously Mr. H was in discussions. Plus we've heard since Mr. H sold the Marlins that he began to float the Dolphins out there but only to a very select few and top secret.

2. Last look at Mr. H's history he took the Marlins on & the Panthers spent the cash to make the teams a valuable Pro Franchises and then sold the hell out of them. When we saw Mr. H. hire that Head hunter as his President & CEO then announced he was going to redo the entire stadium and surrounding area into a small type city, that's when I knew he was putting alot of cash into this team to sell it down the road.
I only hope he's not asked to do what he was asked to do with the Marlins by the incoming owner. Most don't know this and Mr. H got all the bad press on it when selling the Marlins the incoming owner wanted the payroll next to nothing, and only way to do that in baseball was a firesale, I just hope that doesn't happen here, as it could take a decade to get it straight.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be careful what you wish for. Everyone has been screaming for Wayne to sell the team but does that insure things will get better? Say what you want about the man but he has thrown money around in an effort to win. He is paying Capers 2.5 million because of what he did last year. That's more than some head coaches make. I know Capers hasn't done as well this year but there are mitigating circumstances. NOW, will the new owner be as committed to getting the best coaches in here? Will there be one owner or two as stated in the sun sentinel? What kind of mess will that be to have two rich guys and their egos clashing at every decision? To many questions and it doesn't feel right. We may very well be in for 20 years of hovering around 8-8. I think Wayne is a good guy that has just made some mistakes. Keep the team and hire a consultant to do what Danny was supposed to do. ALSO to the person saying they will move. They would first need LEAGUE approval and why would the owners sell a team that is still selling out tickets at 0-13. You move a team because there is no revenue and that's not the case in Miami, do your homework before making ridiculous statements please.
NYScott

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant "why would the owners MOVE a team that is still selling out at 0-13?"
NYScott

11:38 PM  
Anonymous palonzo said...

I think W.H. is a good owner. Unfortunately he lacks in good football sense and surrounds himself with below par personnel in the areas of upper management. W.H. is also to loyal and nice, and needs to be more cut throat. I think he can be a great owner if he just happens to find the right head cheese to guide and run the entire organization with that person being the ultimate decision maker, Parcells!

As for these guys being mentioned to buy the Dolphins. Sounds to me like they are looking for not a football team, but rather a life preserver for their portfolio. I hope their financial strength is not over valued because of the real estate boom. I'm sure their financial position won't be as strong in a few years when the implosion of the housing markets and over saturated condo market fully materializes.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous jed said...

I think Wayne selling the team would be a big loss for the Dolphins.

Wayne is not to blame for the Dolphins troubles.

He has paid his players generously on the whole. Opened up his wallet to sign the free agents, see Joey Porter for example.

The problem is he got bad advice on his hiring decisions in some cases, such as with Cam and Jimmy J, and in other cases, good hires like Saban (yes, I think Saban was a good coach) disappointed him and us.

Whats needed is not a new owner, but sound, smart football people around Wayne.

Lets hope Wayne gets over this.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jed, Joey Porter is the only example and he was brought in to sell tickets. New England this year, that's going after free agents. Big Difference. Wayne's only motivation is making money. Imagine that, a business man puting profits first. That must be something new.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the new owner actually cares about football enough to be a hands on guy. See ya Wayne.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Raulin said...

Wayne selling The Dolphins, the best Christmas present all of Miami can have.
I wish Wayne well, he can go back to collect garbage and count his money

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Dolphin fan said...

1. I have never seen so many misspelled words as I have seen in these comments. Didn't you people ever go to school and learn to spell?
2. Wayne is thinking about taking the money and run. He figured if the Nicktator did it last year, so can he.
3. I think that Wayne has realized that all the money in the world can't put humpty-dumpty back together again.
4. Armando is a master of the obvious. Write or say something insightful for a change that the average fan watching the game wouldn't know!
5. #4 also applied to the singing sportswriter and the goofball sportwriter pretending to be a broadcaster in the afternoon with the herald partner.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wayne is far too good a business man not to sell, especially since he's getting up in age and doesn't want to go thru what J.R.'s family did when the tax man came...estate taxes are a killer...then add the lack of fan base...the team's poor record and not so great near future...it's a smart move on his part. I don't think Wayne was a bad person...just a bad owner..he trusted too many liars and person's that weren't really interested in the fate of the Dolphins.

2:00 AM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

Hey Paul K, Huizenga has had a handful of meetings with buyers. The buyers are being quoted in the Herald as saying he thinks a deal can get done in a month.

That pretty much tells me the team is for sale.

Why do you continue to talk so much crap without knowing WTF you are talking about?

And how many times do you have to be wrong and Armando has to be right before you realize you are nothing more than ignorant for constantly questioning his accuracy.

It's not like I agree with him all the time, but my goodness, you are insufferable.

And if you were a man you would admit how wrong you always are. So I guess I won't expect that apology.

2:13 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Paul to your simple question, the simple answer is yes.

Can you understand that?

And Trenton, thanks for coming to my defense, but really dude, don't waste your time.

Paul K's posts are so silly, mostly they make me chuckle.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous JB said...

This does nothing to impact the team, unless the new management fires Cam.
other than that, this will not have much affect for next year. We basically know that Booker, ZT, and JT are gone. That is just to clear up more cap space.

We will have a new coach, and GM, more than likely at the very LEAST. We knew that those vets, regardless of who owns the team had little chance of coming back next year. It is rebuilding mode. Plain and simple.

Wayne is old, and is disappointed. He knows that he isn't gonna be able to get the job done. He will do this for the fans.

The first pick will be traded, hopefully. If not Chris Long or Jake Long should be the first pick. It will pan out similarly to Mario Williams, and not the can't miss back like Reggie Bush. Just my thoughts

2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HANK GOLDBERG JUST REPORTED ON ESPNNEWS THAT WAYNE HUIZENGA WILL EITHER SELL THE TEAM OR CLEAN HOUSE! IT'S A WIN WIN FOR US DOLFANS EITHER WAY WAYNE JUST HIRE BILL PARCELLS AS THE GM AND KEEP THE TEAM!

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, let me know what you think of below Armando, Im a Journalist in training lol

Josh Mcdaniels would be the perfect coach for the Dolphins, he is currently the Patriots Offensive Coordinator and he knows how that team operates. From what I understand, the Pats do not let people interview him anymore for fear he will be picked up as a head coach by another team. He must be damned good to be 14-0 even with Bilecheat as a coach; I think he would be perfect for the Phins. If we are going to take a chance on someone I think this is the dude, he will be a great coach someday and may be the best future coach on the horizon. He should have the drive and fire of a young man ready to prove himself if we would hire him. If whoever is running the Phins makes Josh D an offer for 4 Million a year for 3 years the Pats will have to let him go, I Don’t think they can hold an assistant from taking a head coaching job for that kind of money although Billcheat would probably try. This guy knows how to run an offense and must have some motivational skills to be 14-0. Uncle Wayne, Hire Josh McDaniels now with approval from Jorge Perez and fire Scam Cam. He will cost $12 million to fire but it will not cost against the salary cap and it would be money very well spent in comparison to the Joey Porter contract.
One more thing, we absolutely want to have the lowest cap number possible at this time, many people have been sniping about how low our cap number is. We want a low cap so when we (if) we turn the team around we have some extra bucks left to hire some free agents. At this time the lower cap number we have the better; it is not Wayne being cheap this time

HIRE JOSH MCDANIELS NOW WAYNE! CAN SCAM CAM!

3:24 AM  
Anonymous JerryD said...

Best thing to happen to the Phins in a decade!!!! Thank you Lord.

Finally get to fire O-Fer Hire-zingers. Ditch dat beach!!!!

The idiot is whining that the news is public & he may lose part of his Billion Dollars. Hope the price sinks like the Titanic ager what he's done to us.

Finally, hope for the future!!!

Hey, its reported that this has been stewing for a while .... whatup Miami Herald????

3:25 AM  
Anonymous Martin K said...

I'm fine w/ HW selling. It will mean a new head coach & GM. Anonymous - McDaniels from the Pats sounds good. Screw Cowher and Parcells as coaches, but Parcells as GM is okay. I disagree about the cap though. You can sign 3 or 4 quality guys that can help you for years. Sign Asante Samuel or Marcus Trufant; Sign Albert Hainesworth; Sign Bryant Johnson or Bernard Berrian. Nice start, right? Then trade the #1 pick if possible to Dallas for the 2 1st rounders and next years 1st. If you can get Flozell Adams and give Jason Taylor as part of the deal, do it. Flozell is a free agents, but I believe the Cowboys will resign him. I then take Veron Gholston (DE from OSU who will likely come out early) and James Hardy (WR, Indiana) in the 1st round. Then I take Fred Davis (TE, USC) in the 2nd and then Shawn Lee (LB, PSU) w/ the Chargers pick if Lee comes out early. Draft a safety, O-Linemen and a QB later. Take Dorsey if you can't trade the #1 pick.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Hopefull John said...

I've been a dieheart Phins fan for 0ver 35 years, while this season has left me curseing every Sunday I finally believe there is some hope for the future. The way things are now, forget it, there in no hope for improvement. Finally we could possably get a new owner, which in turn bring with it new management and coaching, quality coaching I hope. But let's not forget the players, get rid of at least half of them, let's really start new, may take a few years to get back to where we all want to be, but at least let's see positive steps forward. GO PHINS !

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy cow! $1billion dollars for a minor league team. only sleazy wayne can pull this off.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got one name for ya>>>>>>>>

MARK CUBAN, hes got big time money and love to spend it on his teams.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous OROD said...

Doesn't make business sense. Where did some you guys go to business school? Bought team for 168 million, renovated stadium for 300 million and about to sell team for 1 billion. Hmmm..let me think. He's done this with every business he has ever owned. Waste Management, Blockbuster, and not the Phins...No surprise.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LA market has had two teams in the past. First the Rams and then the Raiders, neither of them could make a go of it. Why would a new owner move there?

Yhe NFL wants a team there because it is the 2nd biggest television market, but the majority people out there don't give a rats butt about NFL football.

If Wayne stays or goes, it doesn't matter, if there aren't football people in the right positions, and that is something that Wayne has failed to do. It is a business, but if it is run by business people, you won't get the right results.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous OROD said...

I live in LA and I don't want the fish to move here...All we need now is all of the gangsta raider fans to start liking the fish...no thanks...BTW...Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel also reporting want Mando is reporting..You guys make me laugh...Hating on Mando for his blog/articles....Try this..stop hating and if you don't like his blog, start your own...guess what, people will start hating on yours as well. Too many haters and idiots on this site.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WAYNE HUIZENGA DON'T SELL THE TEAM JUST HIRE BILL PARCELLS AS THE GM JANUARY 2008!!!!!!!!!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous James A said...

I wish I could buy and sell businesses like Wayne Huizenga.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

I'll bet they get a win or two and WH doesn't sell. He is just frustrated right now.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really, truly a bunch of idiots commenting in this blog.

Why do you even bother doing this Armando given the height of stupidity and idiocy among your readers?

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

11pm Saturday night WH is quoted as saying he is just frustated and not actively looking to sell.

Just another stunt for Mando to get blog hits.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

Wow...it would be so awesome to buy the Dolphins. But then I wouldn't be able to troll this forum and flame all the idiots on here. Owners can't do s*it like that.

But if I owned the Dolphins we would win because I would will it into reality. Oh and hookers and whiskey would be plentiful. I would force my GM to trade for Chad Johnson, Sign Asante Samuel, draft Glenn Dorsey, change the stadium name back to Joe Robbie stadium and I would wear alternate jerseys once in a while. I like the navy blue ones they were selling a while ago and the orange ones too. I might even break out the 1972 jerseys!

"If I had a billion dollars..." I would totally buy this team even if I only had enough money leftover to buy ramen noodles.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

It just sucks I only have 427 million on hand. I am short over 500 million.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Travis said...

Armando,

Congratulations! The crap you pulled with your blog has made national headlines. Curious how ESPN.com, the Sentinel, and the PB Post are all reporting that Huizenga is NOT ACTIVELY LOOKING TO SELL. Yet your rag's Dolphin's front page still says "Huizenga TRYING to Sell Dolphins."

If you guys have the scoop, and he does sell soon, congratulations on your great reporting.

If, however, as many of us suspect, this is just another 'Mondo ploy,' you should be ashamed of yourself.

This is one of the most winnable games of the season, and all you can blog about is how "sources" think Zach Thomas has quit and how any talk about coaching changes should be considered moot at this point because of possible management changes.

You want us to "discuss," Armando? You got it.

My personal opinion is that your blog is a friggin' joke. I come here often because, as a displaced fan in Colorado, there are only a few places to get updates on my struggling Dolphins, and even a wildly inaccurate blog post such as yours will often times give me further information as to the state of my team, even if only by accident.

The beat writers for South Florida sports are weak in general. The shy away from reporting and asking the tough questions in the post-game interview, in favor of building friendships with coaches and taking thinly veiled shots at other papers.

There's nothing wrong with using a blog as a less formal outlet for discussion of sports, but it shouldn't be used to simultaneously break stories and hedge one's bets under.

Find some quotes, discover a fresh angle, or at least do some damned research and start watching game tapes and become educated about the sport, team, and persons you are being payed a salary to cover.

Did you and your cohort actually break the story that the Dolphins are for sale? That's a big story, and congratulations if you guys actually did research that payed off. That said, you shouldn't be content to run with something in such a half-arsed fashion just so you can get the scoop over the Sentinel. Today, however, we realize that A) he's been entertaining offers to sell the team since April (you guys might have been first, but you were still NINE MONTHS LATE) and B) he's not actively trying to sell the team, so your headlines, tones and innuendos are completely off base.

Hopefully this will serve as a lesson to not over speculate on something with such great ramifications in the future, without at least attaching a cautionary warning. Sadly, however, I fear that you are actually going to chalk this up as one more victory for you and your staff, even if your initial claims were wildly inaccurate.

Armando, the bottom line here is that you can do better. If you are actually passionate about journalism, about your career, then why not strive to be the best reporter you can be?

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please dont sale wayne please dont go cameron oh capers get the hell out

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Shiesse said...

Chill out Travis, there were five reporters with their names on the byline, Armando was just one of them. Huzinga is not going to say he is selling the Dolphins until a deal is signed on the bottom line. He has to play coy while he negotiates so he can get the most money possible when he sells the team. The Herald did a great job digging this story up, I think Jorge Perez was probably drunk at some Southbeach bar and told some chick he met "Hey Baby, I am buying the Dolphins". Who knows, Wayne definitely did not come out and say that he had no interest in selling and wants to keep them. He never did seem a passionate football fan when he arrived late and left the games early. When you have 2 choppers at the field you don't have to fight traffic. Anyway, he is 70 now and has to plan his estate for when he dies, that 600 Million profit will pay a lot of taxes for his heirs.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Whats with these numb brains saying the Herald did a great job getting the story? Like who do you think should have the story first, the Iraqi Daily News??? Geez these guys at the Herald live and breath down here full time, of course they should have the story first. Sadly for the H team, it seems like SI and ESPN have the better story all too often. I agree with the rags on Mando, his fan base are teenagers, fat old ladies and some boner in orlando, but Dan's article about quitters today was good and Cote churns out a good article here and there. Mando is pretty much at the high school locker room level in all that I can see. I'm out of town as well, so my only source is the H, SI and ESPN...Armando's game is getting blog hits...and yes, I do feel like a fool for even bothering to respond here.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Yitz said...

Wayne has always been willing to spend whatever money necessary on the Dolphins (if not the Marlins).He always kept his nose out of day to day operations and let the football people make the decisions. Those are two very good things for the stability and long term success for an organization. Of course, he's been pretty terrible at finding good football people to make those decisions.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I think that he was exceptional when it came to giving people he hired full reign to make their own decisions, he also had one major flaw...the people he gave free reign to were bad decisions. Personel has been what has crippled us. We make the worst personal decisions out of any team since the Detroit Lions and Matt Millen.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bill parcells dolphins new gm january 2008 do it wayne! fire cam and randy parcells would hire jason garrett or josh mcdaniels or someone else as the new hc.this team needs grocies now let tuna go shopping wayne!

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

Are the dolphins going to sell a DVD of this seasons highlights? They should call it "Fail Forward Fast" .. hahaha

Be careful what you wish for, it might come true!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

Serously though take a look at some of the players the Dolphins decision makers didnt think could cut it on this team. LOL.

Gus Frerotte (QB)
Sage Rosenfelds (QB)
Sammy Morris (RB/Special Teams)
Heath Evans (FB)
Chris Chambers (WR) 55 Receptions, 781 Yards
Wes Welker (WR) 93 Receptions, 974 Yards, 8 TDs
Randy McMichael (TE)
Adewale Ogunleye (DE) 9 Sacks (13th in NFL), 6 Forced Fumbles (2nd in NFL)
David Bowens (DE)
Kevin Carter (DT) 39 Tackles, 3 Sacks
Sam Madison (CB) 3 INTs (tied with in NFL)
Patrick Surtain (CB)
Sammy Knight (SS) 4 INTs (4th in the NFL)


Every one of these players are better than the fins current starters. If dolphins want to start FIRING people they should start with the folks that let these guys go!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

Keith, you are a fool. You don't want people congratulating the Herald for breaking the sale story, saying they should get the story.

You're like the boss that never gives positive feedback based on the fact the employee is simply doing his job. Your mom obvious didn't breast feed you. You are angry and jaded and sad.

By the way, she did breast feed me and it was great.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous CC said...

Le Batard's "Stability" column comes from an old Cuban saying perhaps older than Cuba itself: “"Mas vale diablo conocido que santo por conocer.” In other words, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

I have been amongst the most critical of Wayne Huizenga. Now that I read this news, I must admit, I am alarmed. What do we know of these potential owners? Do they have plans to seek a profit from Canada? Are they willing to spend the cap necessary to put a champion on the field? Do they consider South Florida their home?

As anxious as the move makes me, as logical as Dan’s article is, one cannot be frightened to venture in new directions. If 0-13 doesn’t promote the idea of change, nothing will. As the man in black use to sing, “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.”

Cash in and run Wayne. The cards have been cruel and we are all pleading for a more fortunate deck.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Anyone who is for Wayne Huizenga selling the Dolphins needs to get a clue. In Don Shula's opinion, not mine, he is the perfect owner because he provides all the support anyone would want and doesn't meddle.

Wayne is paying the bill for the Wannstedt and Spielman years. Bad decisions, for sure, but not something he should quit over.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Paul K said...

Awwwe…Armando and Trenton, you guys are cute. Sort of reminds me of Underdog and sweet Polly.

Okay, well, then I expect Armando’s next uber accurate blog to call out Wayne Huizenga for the liar that he is. Armando insists that the Fins are for sale while the owner himself states that he isn't "actively looking to sell" the team. It appears to me that this story could have been written a number of times since Wayne owned the team.

After thinking about it for another minute or two, I’ll admit I’m wrong. I wasn't looking at it through the correct perspective…had to try to see it through your eyes and NOW I get it. It’s akin to that cherished 1973 Ford Pinto. If someone came and offered you 5K for that $172 classic, you probably sell as well. I am perplexed though as to what the decision would be if offered only 1K to drive it on Wednesdays.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why I love blogs, Part 1: "Third, I can't wait to see your response (when Armando finally reports it) that the new owners will be relocating the franchise to Los Angeles where there is a larger fan base and television market and the city and NFL are offering huge incentives to the team."

Huh? Dude, I've lived in Los Angeles since before the Raiders, Rams and UCLA football all moved out of the city. And if you think that this city offers "huge incentives" to teams to move here, well, you are clueless. We'd have an NFL team or two here right now if the city offered any kind of direct incentives. On the contrary, the L.A. City, L.A. County and State of California governments are united in offering NOTHING in terms of financial incentives. The NFL wants them to, desperately, but they can't sell "corporate welfare" to the constituents.

Why I Love Blogs, Part 2: "As the man in black use to sing, “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.”

When did lightweight Kenny Rogers become "The Man In Black"? Poor Johnny Cash must be rolling in his grave...

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Javier said...

Keep the Team Wayne its going to get much better. Keep Cameron as well. Notariety is the main reason people buy sports teams. You just need to learn how to step on the few whining cockroaches of fans, every NFL team has a few. The real fans are with you brother.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does wayne selling mean a good thing as long as he sells it to somebody who dosent mind shelling out some cash for players

4:25 PM  
Anonymous CC said...

Anonymous,

Cash does a rendition of "the Gambler" and it's worlds above that of Rogers. If you're more of a Kenny fan well... we can't all have impeccable taste.

The song was originally written AND recorded by Don Schlitz and I’m sure he’s probably as livid with you as Rogers is with me. But then again, who really cares right?

Main reason for loving blogs: owning pompous jerks.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words: CURTIS MARTIN!!!! He should be owner!

1:51 PM  

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