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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

For Miami it's about The Code, for us it's about a contest

The Dolphins have a marketing problem and they know it. They haven't made the playoffs since 2002. They were the worst team in the NFL last year. And they didn't exactly go out this offseason and wow anybody -- either with mega-signings during free agency or a sexy first overall draft selection.

So the question is how to get people interested enough to buy tickets and fill seats.

I would suggest win games. I would also suggest the team play nice with the media instead of having one of the worst media policies in the NFL which effectively prevents fans from getting to know players, coaches or anyone else.

But, alas, the Dolphins haven't asked nor care for my opinion. Instead they have come out with a marketing campaign whose slogan is "Respect the Code."

In the coming weeks and months, potential ticket buyers will hear about what The Code means. To hear the Dolphins tell it, it means loyalty and sacrifice and honor and courage and commitment and hard work.

I will now resist the strong temptation to mock this as hooey. You, however, are free to tell me what you think of this coming marketing campaign.

Do you buy it? Do you even understand it? And can you do better?

Tell you what: Best alternative marketing campaign idea will receive from me the privilege of writing a blog entry about the Dolphins in this main space sometime in the next two weeks. Your picture will be included in the space and I will keep your entry up for at least 24 hours.

I will be judge and jury for this contest so here's a hint: I'm partial to comedy. But you are free to try what you will as long as you keep it free of profanity and bad taste. So show your imagination. You could become famous.

151 Comments:

Anonymous Bob Knight said...

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11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, this blog is the biggest joke a person could write. All this on the Jason Taylor comes from the fact that the new dolphins brass ISNT sharing any of its plans with the media. So people like you are forced to FABRICATE RIDICULOUS stories. Not only have you blown this thing completely out of proportion, you've done it without ANY FACTS TO BACK YOUR CLAIMS! Bill Parcells has yet to lie to us, yet you, in all your might, believes that his take on the Jason Taylor thing is the most complete smoke-screen Parcells has ever created. Give me a statement from Bill Parcells OR Ireland that says "we are interested in trading Jason Taylor" before writing about it again. Neither has said anything of the sort, and Jason has said absolutly NOTHING about wanting to be traded. Please, give us facts to read. Not stuff you make up. Thanks

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Bill Parcells said...

That's not funny. Get down and give me twenty!

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Tony LaRussa said...

I know Jason personally and nhe would never - oh no wait that is someone else. Never mind....

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Zach Thomas said...

Ya'll get of Jason's back, ya hear?

11:45 PM  
Blogger Sir Vix said...

I think we are looking at another year in the can or close to it so how about "Respect the commode"

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Theo said...

Even if Parcells is not mad at Jason, it would be kind of cool if he was. Thats just the kind of guy he is. I respect him for thatif nothing else.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Some guy witha degree in Smartology fromEinstein University said...

If yOu Can fIguRe out the secret code let me know... I'm kinda drunk now but I'll give it a try in the morning.

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Cory said...

They could use this before every game

"Come and see us match last year's win total"

or

"We can't get any worse"

11:53 PM  
Anonymous hjp said...

Or:

"We Can't Get Henne Worse"

12:06 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

New Slogan:

"2008 Miami Dolphins - We lose more games before the end of Pre-season than most teams do all year"

(Hey, if politicains can steal slogans ... so can I!)

12:17 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Another Slogan:

"2008 Miami Dolphins - Alienating Fans, Friends & Family ... one denied interview at a time!"

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude - this is pretty sad. You come off as extremely childish with this particular blog entry. Basically what I get from it is that because the Dolphins don’t spoon feed you information; you’re mocking their new advertising campaign. That’s just plain immature; something I’d expect from a 5-year old.

From what I have seen the past few weeks in this blog, you seem to be nothing more than a gossip monger who never gets the real story out first. So my suggestion to you is this - seriously re-evaluate your career.

12:21 AM  
Anonymous justin/ coolwhip5484@yahoo.com said...

my point of view is, i dont think they care bout nothing now but a commitment to winning. like you said they havent won in 6 years they got more stuff on there mind then having there QBs do cell phone commercials and worry bout the fans and what we want. fans will come and go but they know the die hard fans will always be there. with winning comes more fans on the bandwagon. so they just want to win and they know all the advertising and great things come when they start doing that.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

Here is a slogan,

What can be said about the Dolphins that hasn't already been said about Iraq?

or

2008 Dolphins, FREE BEER!

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Curt656@aol.com said...

Respect the mediocrity!(Now, please buy our tickets?)

1:13 AM  
Anonymous southflaboy said...

How about Respect me in the morning -- especially Monday morning after we got stomped on Sunday!

1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, I am truly ashamed you have stooped to ... Oh what the heck:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T tell me what that means to me ... Because we're the Dolphins and we don't know the meaning of respect.

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Joseph said...

Armando,

How about the below as a slogan:

Miami Dolphins 2008, "Working to earn it back"

In commercials it can be fans or winning or respect or whatever else the marketing geniuses can think up. For example, there could be a commercial that shows the old teams when they packed Joe Robbie Stadium with fans going crazy and then show the new team on the practice field and say they are working to earn it back. They can show Marino and other Dolphins getting into the HoF and then show current Dolphins practicing to Earn it. They can show wins of Dolphins past and then people in the film room trying to earn wins. Anyway, that is just what came to my mind.

Cheers

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is smart team football. The reason is simple. Nobody is above the team. During a media scrum everyone crowds around a guy asking him questions until he slips up. Hey Jason, would you like to get some work in Hollywood? The answer
Yeah sure, transforms into he hates football, the team sucks and Parcells doesn't love me. Hey Jason, are you going to retire goes from, Yeah in a couple of years, I am getting older, to an exact date and time.
Hey Jason, would you like to play for a contender? Yeah sure. Guess where that takes us. Hey Jason, Do you like Tom Brady? That transforms into a football love triangle, like they are the best of friends.
No wonder they don't to talk to you guys.
But this blog is fun. So, make up stories and blow everything out of proportion because that is what most of you guys are paid to do. And I will make my dumbass comments about whatever you write, because it is fun to do that.
By the way, congratulations on the blog; I visit everyday. And if we are going to delete anything please delete the politics. Leave that stuff for CNN

Kevin in Halifax

7:00 AM  
Anonymous 3rdGrader said...

Armando, maybe you should learn how to write and respect the code of professionalism. Aren't you cabable of producing one column without serious errors???

"But, alas, the Dolphins haven't asked or care for my opinion. "

Sad, sad.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing how you take your most valuable asset, (a reporter's concrete-bound mentality) and instead of using it to elevate your craft, you actually use it to reveal the small-mindedness that appears rampant in your industry these days.

To mock The Code at a time when our team needs the inspiration and intestinal fortification that such an abstraction can provide, makes you not only seem small and petty, but also undermines the effort to bring that valuable message to people of all ages auspiciously looking for ideas that can get them through the arduous endeavors that life requires of those who desire achievmement.

Words are the largest abstractions you should be dealing with as a reporter. Use them (as you often do effectively) to simply report what is ACTUALLY happening with the Dolphins or to the Dolphins. Abstractions larger than that are outside the conceptual scope of the concrete-bound professional. Simply tell like it is, Armando, that's all we ask.

Joe- Margate, FL.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After 15 years of being a season ticket holder in the lower bowl, I am OUT. Price increases, poor performance, even poorer coaches and leadership through the years, bad draft picks and the ridiculous 1 PM start times just about did it for me.

Keep your code, I am off to club level seats for the UM games and see how the other half lives rather than sweat my butt off watching the frustration that is the Dolphins. I can watch that disaster at home in front of my HDTV.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Everybody Dance Now"

8:44 AM  
Anonymous MartinK said...

"Miami Dolphins: Perfecting the artform of losing since 2002" or
"Miami Dolphins: Making teams feel better about themselves since 2002" or "Miami Dolphins: At least we didn't trade for Chad Johnson" or "2008 Miami Dolphins: Featuring Twinkle Toes Taylor and the friendly 'Fins".... just my first thoughts. Armando, thank you for letting us use our creativity on meaningless issues (which I honestly love to do anyway).

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Kelly Z said...

You are absolutely right that they have a marketing problem, but there really isnt much that can be done this year. A sexy draft and free agency would have been short term gratification and wouldnt work anyway because it would not translate to winning, and as you rightly said, winning games is the key at the end of the day. I had a look at the Dolphins web site and it seems as if they are trying to create a tough, blue collar, underdog image for the team. I like it, but would have preferred that they revamped the entire site with the theme rather than just a little facade that had links pertaining only to selling tickets. That is a bit tacky in my opinion. The only other ammunition which they have and are not using is to embrace the past. Since Shula left, only the Wanny regime has done that effectively. Yes, I know it is not original but it is the only currency they have. I dont accept your arguement about opening up to the media. The Dolphins are not in the business of making the media's job easier. Conversely, the media is not in the business of helping the Dolphins sell tickets. If you had more access to the players you would really see how bad it was and write as such... that would just scare more people off. The winning starts first, then the media will jump on the bandwagon regardless of what the policy is. Provided at least a respectable percentage of this year's draft picks and free agents pan out, then we go for the sexy draft next year and make the playoffs. The bandwagon will be full again. The third year they have a chance to be more special than JJs Dolphins.

As far as alternative marketing programs it is quite simple, we already agree that winning changes everything. So... the slogan will be "Death of a legend, birth of a juggernaut". You shedule a fifth preseason game against the 72 Dolphins and then let the pouting media do your work for you. The Sentinel headline would be "Michael Lehan picks off Garo Yepremian 5 times in rout". The PB Post would go with "Cobbs steamrolls Buonoconti for 226 yards". The Herald with a flair for the obvious would observe "72 Dolphins crash at the hands of the undefeated 08 Dolphins (1-0)". Sourpuss bloggers from the Herald who shall remain nameless will point out that the main reason for John Beck's 132.4 passer rating was because Jake Scott gave Shula the finger once again and stayed in Hawaii.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Paul Mad Scot said...

This years its about redemption leading to resurrection leading to respect.

So my Slogan is For Miami its about Redemption, Resurrection & Respect.

Alternatively

Miami were back, this times its personal.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Fox Mulder said...

Respect the Code...............Party on South Beach...........Wear Tommy Bahama shirts and loafers..........Drink cafe con leche............and dance with the stars!!!!

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly Z you get my vote. Hands down. I burst out laughing in my cubicle at work. That was funny stuff**. Very original and entertaining. I think we have a winner.

9:18 AM  
Blogger WNC Phin Fan said...

Listen up Miami! If you don't buy our tickets, we may be forced to move back to the Orange Bowl, and then we'll....what? They did? Oh. Well, we'll win more games than the Hurricanes at Dolphin Stadium this year! And...what? We won't? Oh...well....um...We're back and better than ever! What? We won't be? Oh...hmm. Shaq will be at every home game, come out and see him! What?! He's where?!? Oh forget it: Dolphins Football: we suck and we know it. But dang it, we're tryin...

9:48 AM  
Blogger Arturo said...

The few, the proud, the Phins. Like in the Marine Corps. But Armando, instead of complaining about the Phins, not giving out info to you and the press corp, why don't you give us information about the lesser picks and college free agents, that we don't know nothing about, that'll be more productive and not whiny!!!!!!!!!!!P.S.: By the way I understand the code as you explained it!!!!!!!!!!

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Maybe combine two of the recurring themes: '08 Dolphins - Dancing towards the '09 draft!

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having 5 coaches in 5 years....Sad
(Wanny,Bates,Saban,Cam,Sparano)

Going 1 and 15 last year...Pathetic

Drafting Players instead of families...... Priceless

PeteB

10:15 AM  
Anonymous SWFLfan said...

How about:

"Playmakers and Stars are over-rated"

"Come see where your favorite players used to play"

"We will be a contender...in 3 years...maybe"

With all the Special team signings:
"We will be Special"

and finally, run the marketing campaign in the cities of the other teams coming this year:
"Your favorite team already sold out? Come to Miami and watch your team win an easy one. We'll save a seat for you."

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Billionaire Wayne said...

Oooh Me please

What is the code?

The intelligence of Dave Wannstedt...

The judgment of Rick Spielman...

The honesty of Nick Saban...

The strong leadership of Cam Cameron...

The vision of Randy Mueller...

and now...

The humility of Bill Parcells...

...NOW GIVE US MORE MONEY!

I request that, should Armando choose this entry, he provide this space to Chris Nelson with the caveat that the tag-photo is of Tom Olivadatti.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Cam Cameron said...

How about, "We're trying to build a winning football organization and team. So, too bad if it is making life a little harder for some reporters. Our fans would much rather see us win games than see more interviews with players and team personnel. Reporters in New York, New England, New York again, and Dallas had to deal with it, so get used to it and stop crying."

Armando, seriously, it's one thing if you're less than thrilled with Parcells' uber-strict rules. I know from personal experience how frustrating that can be. Commiserate with your fellow media members, complain to your friends/family, but then just deal with it. Don't stoop to this level.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being more media friendly to the Miami media is akin to hand feeding a hungry 12 foot gator.

I'd rather have a minimal flow of factual or organization controlled information than to have you continue to minimize the value of players because you feel the fans should know.

Soon enough you'll be covering dog shows, I'm sure they'll freely share the insider information you so desperatly seek.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

I want to put in my two cents here. I used to be a season ticket holder; was at the Orange Bowl when Joe Auer ran back the first kickoff for a TD; I've been at parties with Wahoo McDaniels, Howard Twilley, Manny Fernandez, Jack Harper, John Richardson, Jim Mandich among others; drove in a convoy of friends to the super loss in New Orleans; again drove with friends to Houston where we won! So I was hardcore, yet I see an attitude towards the fan I don't like and wouldn't think of buying in again because of a number of things. There exists in the Dolphins organization an adversarial relationship between the regimen and the sportswriters who are the people that communicate stuff to us. As a result of this the fans suffer and are disrespected. There is a lack of tradition and respect for the fan such as that in Greenbay. We the fans, go through periods of prolonged silences where no news comes out. And forget about Parcells, one has only to see that Jeff Ireland arrives at his press conferences in a defensive posture. His answers are short, his attitude all wrong. "Hey Buddy you are talking to us the fans even though the questions are posed by sportswriters who you think ask dumb questions or seemingly feed into rumors like Jason's". "Smile, give us the insight we are looking for, enjoy your job and build bridges with the people that pay your salary and have loved this organization since before you were even born". "Mandich, communicate this lack of respect and understanding to them in no uncertain terms". "Tell them we are fed up and are looking for a better treatment from them." Thank you!

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Slogan1:
Under Construction!!!

New Campaign 2:
Remember the Tradition... ( Play video of Shula young morphed to old, Czonka running through defenses Morphed into Marino Years)

Remember the Legacy... (play video of the 72 Dolphins 17-0 Perfect Season)

Shape the future... (use current intro for respect the code campaign)

loyalty
sacrifice
honor
courage
commitment
hard work

Respect the Code!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who joins in on making fun of their own team at Armandos request is a fool. Is that what we are being asked to do? Come up with the best slogan to mock our team because the media is mad about being outside of the loop? This is complete crap. NYScott

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando I thought you were sick of the Dolphins being a laughingstock. So why are you throwing gas on the fire? NYScott

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh scott get off your high horse. He didn't order anybody to mock anything. He said have some fun.

He obviously thinks we fans can do better than the dolphins highly paid marketing department -- which by the looks of this campaign is probably a good bet.

--Serume

11:03 AM  
Anonymous stop stop screaming said...

I totally agree with Carlos. Ireland's body language is all wrong. Can't tell about Sparano because he doesn't talk to the media, to me, to us fans, at all!

Yes, feeding the media is like feeding a 12-foot alligator, as somebody mentioned. But you can better handle a well-fed gator than one who is in a bad mood because he's hungry.

I don't think the Dolphins should unveil all their plans. No team does. But geez, they are going about things like they're the effing CIA and I really that makes them any better when it is third-and-10 every Sunday.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2008 Miami Dolphins - Win One For The Other Team

11:12 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

heh.. for once, Im actually glad you have a bunch of morons reading your posts Mando.

Maybe this will give some of us the inside edge for the contest ;) I'm sure you'll get smart bloggers sometime too, not just the SAME OLD SAME OLD nonsense posts I always have to sniff through to get a good comment back.

Here's my idea for a slogan. I'll likely think of more and post them

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

I thought it was funny. lol! Plus it signals the media to NOT interrupt Parcells and co. even if maybe they should. ;)

Mando, you should pick me for your blog. I will do good! :)

11:14 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Hey I'm telling you, Ireland is not up there yet and he's got an attitude. Sparano is a different story. The way I read him is that he is a guy that is down to earth and because he has come up through the ranks respects other people and shows it. I like him and don't get me wrong I think Parcell and Ireland are sorely needed but they need to understand that before they even got here WE were here... and have been here through thick and thin. If they want to fill the seats at Joe Robbie stadium on Sundays, and I'm not talking about sell the tickets and have absentee fans, but fill the seats, they have to bring US on board again!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Code Red, Code Blue, come see our team, it sucks, boo hoo.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, ok, I'm in, but I'm going to give you a legitimate alternative that speaks to the chances the 2008 team will make us proud.

........ Never mind.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason the media is being shunned the way they are is because of the way they (in South Florida) have been taking advantage of the Dolphins for TOO long. I'm not saying Armando is in this category and I never kept track of who was writing all the articles so I don't have specific names. All I know is that for a long time before Parcells came to town I would read a lot of articles, with quotes, that would pit players against players, players against coaches, coaches against the owner, etc. I would read the articles and be amazed that anyone in the Dolphins organization would share these facts or stories with a reporter knowing that it would be printed and would only hurt the team. AND I LIVE IN NY! We have some of the worst reporters up here yet they aren't even close in terms of undermining their own teams. Hell, The Rangers are down three games to none against the Penguins in a best of seven and these guys are reporting that they still have a chance! So I have been posting about the media in FLA for years and I am not surprised that Parcells has locked them out. It worked pretty damn good for NE. Bellecheat is notorious for not giving the media ANYTHING. It is because most of the media is looking for a story but unfortunately what sells in todays society is gloom,doom and drama. And it comes at the expense of the team. There aren't many stories out there about all of the charity work being done by NFL players but if a player gets in trouble its front page news. And LeBetard is the worst piece of garbage in the bunch. He's like a vulture pouncing on the first sight of rotting flesh. He never writes a story when they win (this is obviously going back years)but is quick to ferociously mash his keyboard and regurgitate any hateful demeaning thought that comes to his head when they falter. Sorry Armando you're a good guy, but I for one am glad for the lockout. NYScott

11:30 AM  
Anonymous who really knows? said...

I get calls all the time from people trying to sell me magazine subscriptions, vinyl siding, time-share condos, etc. That doesn't mean I want, need, or am the least bit interested in any of those things. Sometimes, just to be obnoxious, I say 'Hey, if you're giving it away, for FREE, then sign me up'. Eventually, they realize I'm content with my current siding, decide not to waste anymore time on me, and they go away....

Jack:
'Hey Bill, how do you feel about sending JT our way'
Bill:
'Sure, give us a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick and he's all yours'
Jack:
'Oh...Nice talkin to you Bill. Good luck this season' CLICK! bzzzz
Bill:
'Jack-ASS'

11:30 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

The dolphins should incorporate a giveaway similar to free floppy hat day at baseball games.

They should have "free embarrassed to be here brown paper bag" day.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NYScott,

You couldn't be more right!!!

I called out Armando on this earlier in the week and the best he could reply to is that I need to learn the meaning of hypocrite. LMAO

I think it's sad that he will lead people in mocking their own team; what's worse is that people are actually following.

In the same blog, he wants the Dolphin's to be more media friendly! Isn’t it human nature to have disdain for those who mock us???

Definition of hyprcrite...

a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives


Let me see Armando, Are you a hypocrite for stating that you are sick of the Dolphin's being the laughing stock of the NFL while simultaneously contributing to it for your own personal gain?


Respect the code? I’M ALL IN!

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlos, do you think Bellichiek (?) is a decent coach? Have you ever watched one of his press conferences? What do you want Ireland to do, come out with a cane and a top hat and do a little number for us? What do we all need to hear so bad that isn't being said? Can someone answer that for me please? And Serume,I never said he "ordered" us to do anything. He asked us to come up with slogans and said that he prefers comedy. That could only mean(when you are coming up with a slogan for a 1-15 team)that you are going to be mocking them. I get mocked enough for being a fan so I'm not going to turn around and do the same thing to my own team. I understand the comedy value but would much rather have a contest to come up with a slogan to mock the cheating Patriots, you know our rivals. The blog just struck me wrong today. I like Armando and enjoy his blogs and as usual I will continue to read and contribute. But that doesn't mean I will always agree. NYScott

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Dolphins as much as the next fan. But to blame the media seems kind of a wimps way to look at it.

The media didn't go 1-15 last year.
The media didn't hire Cam Moron.
The media didn't force Nick Saban to out and out lie.
The media didn't hire Dave Wannstedt.
The media didn't pick Eddie Moore in the second round.
The media didn't promote Rick Speilman.
The media didn't put a bong in Ricky Williams' mouth.
The media didn't draft Ted Ginn's family.
The media didn't put this idiot Joe Baily on the radio.
The media didn't hire Dan Marino.
The media didn't force Dan Marino to quit 12 days later.
The media pick Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees.
The media didn't sign Trent Green.
The media didn't give up a second-round pick for A.J. Feely.
The media didn't do all those things.

I am no fan of some of the stories that are written. But I can call a spade a spade when my team is run by incompetents as it has been for over a decade.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous flpd said...

I took Armando's invitation as a way to offer a better slogan/marketing campaign than is currently available.

He didn't say mock the Dolphins.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Motto: "Flippin' Hilarious! At least we have hot cheerleaders!"

12:16 PM  
Blogger doug collin said...

The fins made a good marketing start by hiring parcells and seeing him clean house. Jason taylor should be in camp lifting weights and leading his teammates and not doing the momba or cha cha cha. I loved the fact that parcells statred taylor down and ignored him. What wayne should do for the fans is provide more food and drink friendly prices for the people that attend games of a dolpohin team that is 2 or 3 yrs away from the playoffs. also due to increased gas prices get together with broward, dade and palm beach to get more affordable public transportation to the stadium. Have special buses stop in front of the stadium on gameday. Be more fan friendly and back parcells.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooey? Great word.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous FINSFAN said...

Mando,

I like 99 percent of your blogs, but this one " Te La Comite" homie.

This is one of the worst blog's you have ever writen. Are you with the fins or NOT. You wrote the other day, YOU WERE TIRED OF PEOPLE MAKING FUN OF THE FINS, well this blog makes it seem like you want to continue the negativity on the fins.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous "the media" guy. Who blamed the media for the Dolphins being bad? It's the Dolphins fault they're bad. It's the medias fault that they're being locked out. Everyone is accountable for their own actions. Unfortunately JT,Zach and other talented players get lumped in with the losers just as much as talented members of the media get lumped in with the LeBetards of the world. NYScott

12:44 PM  
Anonymous johnny said...

The 2008 Miami Dolphins:"We don't Sqib Kick anymore"!! OR
The 2008 Miami Dolphins: Topless Cheerleaders,2 for 1 Beers,and Oh Yeah! A Football Game.OR
The 08 Dolphins: Get to the Game! Seriously!! We know where the F**k you live!!!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Optimistic Jose said...

I'm pretty sure Armando wrote he was tired of the Fins doing things that allow people to make fun of them.

It's not up to people to stop poking fun. It's up to the team to stop doing things people can make fun of them for.

Respect the Code is like, stupid.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous johnny said...

The 2008 Miami Dolphins: 2 for 1 Admission with your Jets,Bills or Patriots jerseys! OR
The 08 Miami Dolphins: "Our Quaterbacks are'nt even allowed to own Pitbulls" ! OR
The 08 Miami Dolphins: "Most of our recievers don't wanna be traded"!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to share this because I believe it is the thinking behind the new rules. And by the way the Patriots motto last year was "humble pie". Humble pie, the code, whatever. Every team has a stupid motto. NYScott

1:39 PM  
Anonymous johnny said...

The Miami Dolphins:"Slow Dancing to the Playoffs"!
The Miami Dolphins:"We still play better than you drive"!
You Gotta see these Dolphins!Cause the next closest NFL Team is a 4 hour drive!
Come to the games!! Or we swear to God we'll take the Marino statue down!!!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this is it as written by Alex Marvez for Fox Sports.com on Jan28, 2008.
"In a league where loose lips sink ships Bill Belichick has built the NFL'S most water tight vessel"
"New England has all but eliminated the kinds of leaks that damage other franchises. The Patriots frequently enjoy a competitive edge by concealing injury info and personnel changes. They don't tell reporters anything that may rock the boat"
"Those that speak of individual accomplishments or rip opponents face ostracizing by Patriots veterans, let alone team management. Patriots brass even discourages agents from speaking publicly about their clients no matter how benign the comments".
'When players come here they know what's expected of them', Pats center Dan Koppen said. 'The leaders on this team do a great job of communicating that to the younger guys and making sure they understand the focus is on the game, not talking during the week'.
"It all starts with Belichick. Leaks rarely spring from Pats headquarters because the team has a small brain trust headed by Belichick and Pioli. The two are so covert that even the details of their own contracts are shrouded in secrecy."
"Pats linebacker Teddy Bruschi allowed that Belichicks modus operandi is an 'IMPORTANT FACTOR IN NEW ENGLANDS DOMINANCE'. The tone Belichick sets trickles through the locker room".
Embrace the new way Parcells is doing things people because all the whining is not going to change a thing. NYScott

1:57 PM  
Anonymous johnny said...

SOME IDEA'S FOR SPECIAL EVENT DAYS:
"Dave Wanndstadt appriciation day"!
Sponsered by Jimmy Johnson.
"Beat up a Jet's Fan at halftime"
Brought to you by Chico's Bail Bonds.
"Free seats in the west 400 section"
Courtesy of the Miami Burn Center.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Shawn said...

Jason Taylor on 'Tossing salad' and Elmo....


"But I don't care. Do you realize I just got to meet Elmo the other day? Seriously, I was asked to go on Sesame Street and give the "Celebrity Vocabulary Word Of The Day.'' The word was "toss,'' so I talked to the kids about tossing a football, a salad or horseshoes. Then I actually was supposed to "toss'' the muppet cow across the room. My kids loved it.

And, by the way, Elmo's cool. Great guy to work with. Elmo's got the world by a string, and yet he's not a prima donna at all. I mean, we're talking one of the most popular people on the planet. Very down to earth and cool.

I mean, I wouldn't want to dance against him. Who'd vote against Elmo?"


9/11 was an inside job

checkout www.wtc7.net watch the collapse videos

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando: I usually read your blog to learn something new about the Dolphins that i might not know. But let me tell you man, lately you have become a Dolphin hater, why don't you write something about mad cows, global warming, or something different. Now i understand why people is always talking bad about the Herald.
On draft day you couldn't do your job by properly informing your blog readers, because you were busy enjoying yourself too much in NY. But who cares anyways,right? Nobody likes haters around them, that's probably the reason why the dolphins don't want you (the media) around, so don't be hater

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

"Dolphins - causing hangovers since 2002"

or

"Phins ... Come be a part of the Morning After Phindrome"

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OR... THE CRAPPY CARTOON LOGO!

Wayne bring back the original logo!!!

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Fafafoofey said...

At last we agree on what I have suspected for a while - Armando must have gotten his degree out of a box of plantain chips.

BUT... give him credit on this one. He pulled the Howard Stern move by writing a "shock" column to get the blog moving.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous R Hartford said...

Does anybody get the sense that Bill Parcells and his acolyte, Bill Belichick, are mired in Bill's paramilitary fantasy...he's like an unfortunate veteran with PTSD, except he's a football manager...the code? is this the military? a gang? a boy scout troop? pirates of the caribbean?

Rather than the code, I think the slogan should be...

"You want me on that wall! You need me on that wall!"-Jack Nicholson

2:21 PM  
Blogger Fernando said...

New Slogan: "Long & Brown"

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Ian said...

Miami Dolphins - We're not just for breakfoast anymore!

Miami Dolphins - Time to sink or swim!

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Cronan said...

No, the Dolphins haven't done anything sexy or spectacular since Parcells & Co. took control but they have cleaned house and started the rebuilding process. And if you look at the last few years, you'll see that rebuilding in the NFL can be done very quickly.

Yes, the last several seasons have been painful ones for everyone affiliated with the Dolphins. But after watching the organization make mistake after mistake, I firmly believe the team is headed in the right direction.

Like the Dolphins' off-season, my suggestion for a new slogan isn't sexy or spectacular. It is reasonable and accurate - with just a touch of attitude:

2008 Miami Dolphins: The Revival Begins

2:57 PM  
Anonymous luis said...

Slogan: We're a football team not a media guide!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Marquez said...

"phins 10-6 in '09. Lead the AFC in rushing TD's.

Jets (W)
at Cards (W)
at Pats (L)
Bye
Chargers (L)
at Texans (W)
Ravens (W)
Bills (W)
at Broncos (L)
Seahawks (L)
Raiders (W)
Pats (W)
at Rams (W)
at Bills (L)
49ers (W)
at Chiefs (W)
at Jets (L)

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DOLPHINS..."DONT ASK THE PLAYER, MR CHIPMUNK FACE SALGUERO" !
LOL

3:31 PM  
Blogger Howie said...

The 2008 Miami dolphins.....Pardon our mess...We are open during reconstruction

3:39 PM  
Blogger Howie said...

The 2008 Miami Dolphins: Come witness the REBIRTH of Championship Football

3:51 PM  
Blogger DolfanInMpls said...

New Slogan:

2008 Dolphins: We're not talking to you right now.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marketing Plan: (Bigger, Faster, Badder... than YOU!!!)

Screen fades to Dolphin Stadium...

(In a big, booming James Earl Jones like voice [for all the voice overs])

(voiced) Bigger... (Then a shot of Jake Long from below looking huge)

(voiced) Faster... (A shot of Jason Taylor speeding around some defensive end for a sack)

(voiced) Badder... (A shot of a Ronnie brown bowling over someone for a touchdown)

(voiced) ...than YOU (then cut to Dolphin players beating other AFC East teams on plays...

(Finish up with Dolphin players meeting and greeting various Dolphin fans...

(voiced) Miami Dolphins, we are bigger, faster and badder than YOU!

Gary, Sacramento, CA

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Harley said...

The 2008 Miami Dolphins - not just a fish our of water.

4:42 PM  
Blogger MiamiMike said...

I'm sorry, but respect the code is just a CORNY slogan. Cheesy. Trying to be too hard, and feeding off of Tuna's image of being a bad ass. Unfortunately, Miami is filled with laid back types in tommy bahama shirts, the team colors are light and fluffy, and its star player is on TV once a week in tights prancing around. How are we supposed to respect that? How is that Tuff? How is this intimidating? If Miami wants to get more fans, then they not only have to win, they have to change their entire image as well. Change your G@y colors. Get rid of that stupid smiling dolphin. And certainly get rid of your dancing star DE that everyone is too embarrassed to watch on TV.

Florida year in and year out produces some of the best high school and college football players in the NFL, and the Dolphins don't ever try to be a tapestry of its environment.

Change your team colors, get a new mascot, and represent florida football.

Miami Dolphin Football - The Rebirth of a Legacy

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami Mike, you sir, are a homophobe. Why don't you go up to Jason Taylor and tell him he's a wuss because he's a good dancer. Better yet find Csonka and crew and tell them they weren't tough because they had a Dolphin for a mascot. It doesn't matter if our guys wore pink because if a 330 lb linemen is bearing down you won't be noticing what color they are wearing you will be crapping your pants. 10 years ago the Dolphins were the 3rd most popular team worldwide behind the Broncos and Cowboys. They were that popular with those same "gay" colors you are complaining about. Changing colors or mascots isn't going to do a thing, it's all about winning. Now go beat your son, I think he is watching re-runs of Will and Grace.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Moron in Charlotte said...

The 2008 Miami Dolphins: "We're improving our team, but you won't be able to read about it in the Herald because Armando is too busy crying himself to sleep because his access to players and coaches has been restricted to a legitimate amount."

Stop with all of the sissy whining, Mando.

Is your name Armando or Arwomando?

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Dan Simon said...

Miami Dolphins '08: "Respect the Tuna"

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Kelly Z said...

Interesting... within the past 24 hours they took the flash intro off the Dolphins site. You have to click on a inconspicuous link to run it now. I thought Armando was blowing smoke, but maybe they DO read his blog.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Bob Greasy said...

We won't suck as bad this year.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

2008 Miami Dolphins: "We are the worst team in the league, on top of that our uniforms are aqua and our logo is a gay dolphin from the 70s. Hey, but at least our stars are superb dancers!."

6:10 PM  
Blogger William said...

For starters they need to stop playing that old song they play everytime they score. We need move from the past glory and into a new one already.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Slogan for the Dolphins: "Win one for the...ah hell, just win one"

Someone wanted one for the Pats. Here's my suggestion: "Be kind, rewind."

6:58 PM  
Blogger JP said...

2008 Miami Dolphins: Rebuilding From the Trenches since 2008.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous beachside finhead said...

Free giveaways after every game !!! : razor blades... large bottles of sleeping pills ... six-foot sections of rope..

7:34 PM  
Blogger buzz said...

How about "Everything looks stellar when you're coming from the cellar!"

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Moron in Charlotte said...
The 2008 Miami Dolphins: "We're improving our team, but you won't be able to read about it in the Herald because Armando is too busy crying himself to sleep because his access to players and coaches has been restricted to a legitimate amount."

Stop with all of the sissy whining, Mando.

Is your name Armando or Arwomando?"

Holy moly! This is the funniest and best comment that has ever been posted on this blog!!!

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok Mondo you want for us to offer another alternative to the Code. Here it is, "Listen to everything Armando Salguero says and do exactly the opposite." Has to be a sure fire winner. Thank you. Mike W

8:33 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

One day left for this contest and I am seriously disappointed in you guys.

OK stuff, but not great. 3rdgrader, way to take me to taks but you cannot spell capable. It is not cabable.

Anyway, Johnny, dolphaninmpls, Gary in Sac, wncfinfan, curt656 and bob greasy are my favorites so far.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Mike W. don't know if you've looked around, buddy, but we're having fun over here regardless of what a pooper you are. You got zero juice here.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Finsfan in CT said...

Miami Dolphins 2008! This year we won't be "one and done"! (As in 1-15)

Miami Dolphins: The next generation

Miami Dolphins: Going with the "Trifecta"

Miami Dolphins:
NO Mustache!
NO Hat!
JUST FOOTBALL!!!!!

8:43 PM  
Blogger Finsfan in CT said...

Miami Dolphins 2008:

THESE Dolphins are "Tuna-friendly"!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous dancintuna said...

Miami Dolphins- Sorry Out of Order

9:03 PM  
Anonymous dancintuna said...

Miami Dolphins - Its a LONG way to the top if your the Miami Dolphins...

(ac/dc instrumental in the background)

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mighty Phins, we finally flushed the toilet. 30% less sucky in 08

BY the way "code" is the street name for Ricky's favorite weed.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous joseph8 said...

Rest assured....i truly find it hard to believe that the Fish will lose any pre-season games with the 3 quarterbacks that they have.

9:31 PM  
Blogger igor said...

stop whining about the media policy all the time and do your job as a reporter.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for 1. i read this blog when i can and see all you so called fans ripping apart the dolphins.i've been a fin fan for 25 years,sure i get angry when things don't go well.i live in massachusetts,i have many pats fans to deal with,year in year out.ABOUT THE CODE, i respect the code.what they are doing down there,is going to be great for the team, to bring us back to greatness.i don't think it is a marketing scheme,i think it will bring our TEAM together,Bill and his men don't mess around.this team needs this.all you, who don't believe,sit back now and talk smack,soon enough,it will happen,and take jt our captain with you.WE WILL WIN WITHOUT HIM.so he can go become a big movie star...the closest he will get will be the host of the tv guide channel,like that chick on american idol

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Salguero. Don't be disappointed because nobody cares about your contest. You should pay attention to what most of the bloggers have been writting today.
No one is liking what your writting about. You have become a bad Journalist, your are not informing, you are giving opinions that nobody really cares about, look man, a good journalist doesn't whine about not been able to get the news, because a good journalist doesn't wait for the news to come to him, he goes out a finds it, and that's what you should be doing instead of seating down on a computer all the time waiting for something to talk about.
Get a new job man, that's what you should do.

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Flatbush said...

Mr. Anonymous should really learn to write before he tells the professional journalist how to be a professional journalist.

And of course he doesn't care about your opinions Armando but he's on your blog reading your opinions.

My 2 cents: 2008 Miami Dolphins ... Be nice to us or we'll get even by 2010.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2008 miami dolphins...come and see the tuna swim with the dolphins Henne way you want.....Ricky,,,where's my bong?.....

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2008 marketing slogan:
DOLPHIINS FEVER 2008 - CATCH IT !!
(it's not quite as bad as Malaria, but it was LAST year :)

Vegas Fishfan :)

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But, alas, the Dolphins haven't asked nor care for my opinion. Instead they have come out with a marketing campaign whose slogan is "Respect the Code.""

awwww... Would you like a hug? How about a HIGH FIVE instead?

Paul 13

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Mondo If ANYONE would know what Zero's and Poopers are it would certainly be you. Mike W.

2:37 AM  
Blogger Kula said...

2008 Dolphins: YES WE CAN...win two games this year.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous FinFaninGA said...

Mando... someone else compared you to Howard Stern besides me.. did you catch that??

Fafafoofey said: "BUT... give him credit on this one. He pulled the Howard Stern move by writing a "shock" column to get the blog moving."

How 'bout that??

As for the phins... how about this slogan "We've discovered the secret to mediocrity!! All you have to do to learn our secret is come to our games!"

FinFaninGA

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a thoought, you are a reporter, then report.

6:49 AM  
Anonymous fluflu said...

Confucious Say:
New slogan like Armando writing.....

Many read and no understand....

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Armando Salguero said...
One day left for this contest and I am seriously disappointed in you guys.

OK stuff, but not great. 3rdgrader, way to take me to taks but you cannot spell capable. It is not cabable."

How about task? How do you spell that, Armando? Taks?

7:53 AM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

I just really, really lame. Only a biased Dolphins fan could love it - anyone else would just mock it.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Marc said...

How about: "Tuna Safe Dolphin!"

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Dolphins 2008: Quick, hide the dominoes, hide the dominoes.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Tell me what it means to be...

Swimming with the Tuna!

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Dolphins 2008: We will freeze your kicker.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2008 Dolphins respect the WIN

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

20008 Dolphins: Respect the Dancing Dolphins

10:30 AM  
Blogger CD Carter said...

"The Code" is humiliating for Dolfans. After ravaging the Dallas roster for the last three months, the slogan could be, "Cowfins 2008." The team could temporarily change its logo to a Dolphin with a cowboy hat, a piece of straw hanging out of its mouth and a singular boot with a spur on its fin.
Alternative: After this draft, the slogan could be, "We got fat guys."

10:37 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

I guess I'm forever the optimist, because we've got proven winners in town running these team. Each one of these guys, Sparano, Ireland, & Parcells has built something into a winner. I'm not going to rip into this regime without the team ever playing a down. I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and I expect to see some improvement from last year. What's improvement you say? I have to set it personally at winning FIVE more games....a 6-10 season would be improvement...anything better than that is GRAVY.

Unfortunately, in the quest for higher and higher ratings, the media no longer reports the news. They prefer to report controversies. We've become a tabloid society where the media "thinks" all we want to know is the inside dirt. I don't really care about the Jason Taylor situation, because as some poster pointed out, we haven't heard squat from the horse's mouths. All we hear is what supposed "sources" say. Now I love Armando and I love this blog, but we know the game and by coming here and commenting, no matter whether its positive or negative, we're bringing attention to the blog, to Armando, and to the Herald, and in the end, that's exactly what they want.....numbers.

Now, how about getting some REAL news on the team? Who is exactly are our draft picks? Is the sports hernia Merling had fixed something to worry about? It sure worried the Skins, which is why they passed on him. Are we looking to get more WR help? What else needs to be done.

Enough with the controversies

11:00 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

The contest ends at 5 p.m. today. Then I will post a new offering.

By the way, I will be blogging live from minicamp tomorrow [Friday] starting at 10 a.m. so join me then live.

And thanks for the nice emails about the NFL Network and Outside the Lines interviews I did Wed.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Calle Ocho Special said...

How about... "Popinga esta de pinga".

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What in the hell is wrong with the Herald? As everyone is over here making fun of the team motto the Sentinels Omar Kelly has an awesome blog about upcoming position battles. What a bunch of whiney little babies you people are.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about the pot calling the kettle whiney? Waaa, the Miami Herald is making fun ... Waaaa, the Sentinel wrote pretty things ... Waaaa, I'm over here anyway reading the Herald .... waaa, but at least I can complain and add zero to the fun. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa (oops, I just threw up on myself again.)

12:17 PM  
Blogger Kevin Grierson said...

To borrow from an old Dudley Moore movie: Miami Dolphins: "We're working hard to regain your trust."

12:45 PM  
Blogger DolfanInMpls said...

2008 Dolphins: The 2007 Cowboys Practice Squad

1:18 PM  
Blogger DolfanInMpls said...

2008 Dolphins: We can probably beat the 'Canes.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Phil in Dallas said...

Hey Armando,

Long time reader but I rarely comment. I know you're a busy fella so I'll try to keep this concise.

I agree with you that this new marketing campaign is bullcrap. We've all heard the "new regime, new attitude" spiel before, and its not fooling anyone. I think as a fan base, we're more patient then we were before, but we're also extremely cynical. I for one was sold on Cam x2 last year and Daunte the year before. Not anymore, I'm just not buying into the hype this time; I will start believing things are different when I see the results on the field.

That being said, from a marketing perspective, if you look at the Dolphins, you've got to identify the strengths of the team. What are they? In my mind, you've got a team full of young, unproven players and coaches. So instead of focusing on what we have, let's focus on what we don't have, which bluntly, is most of the 2007 team. I think that a campaign should 1) acknowledge that things are bad and 2) talk about how we're getting better. How about "Moving Forward" as the tagline? Moving Forward doesn’t promise us anything except that we will see improvement next year. It tells me that we're no longer living in the past days of undefeated teams or immortal quarterbacks. It tells me that this team is in it for the long haul and they're inviting me and my fellow fans to be a part of it.

I am picturing a billboard that is completely black except for one line reading: 2007: 1-15 with the second reading 2008: Moving Forward. This to me feels honest and genuine and effective. Don't tell us, we're going to the playoffs, because EVERYONE knows that we're not. Rather, tell us that we're getting better, and looking to the future. Tell that the organization is as committed to putting a good product on the field as we are to watching them even when they go 1-15. Tell us that someday, maybe not 2008 but someday we can all look back on last year and laugh. I think the public would respond well to this and start to believe in the regime. I am pretty sure that this proverbial "code" full of buzz words and jargon will probably turn out to be nothing more than a regular Sports Center joke if this team wins 5 or less games next year (which is more than likely the reality).

Anyways, I like "Moving Forward" a lot. It's simple, honest and conveys attitude of Bill and Co. effectively. Thanks Armando.

-Phil in Dallas

1:34 PM  
Blogger WNC Phin Fan said...

(Voice of Announcer...)In 1973, the Miami Dolphins boarded Oceanic Flight 815 bound for the future, but never reached their destination, instead crashing on a remote island, to be Lost...(Voice of "Jack", played by Jason Taylor) We've got to get off this island! We've got to get off! Care to dance? (Voice of "Ben", played by Bill Parcells) If you don't listen to me and do things as I say, you'll all die...or at least be traded to the Bengals...(Voice of "John Locke", played by Ricky Williams) I see things nobody else sees. Got a light? (Voice of "Sayid", played by Armando) I'm not leaving until you tell me what is going on here Ben...Ben? Uh, Ben? A little help here Ben! Hello? Ben...? (Finale of the coming season trailer for "Lost", played by the Miami Dolphins...Voice of announcer) Once they were Lost...and now they've been found! The Return from Exile...next!

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"RESPECT THE CODE" Is a slogan like the Freaking Raiders Code of "Commitment to Excelence"

For me "Respect the Code" it defines what this regime is putting together. We don't have the flashy/high-profile players like T.O. or Ocho Cinco, but the Dolphins will play football the way it should be played. With discipline, hard work, and hit you in the mouth football play. Just like our "No-Name D" in the past, we maybe just a No-name FB team that will come out and play hard against each team.

We won't have a repeat of next season. The last Regime's didn't know anything from a box of rocks. Parcels know to build from the Inside-Out, like real FB coaches know. Our draft wasn't flashy but made sense. My prediction: 8-8 to 9-7 (4-2 or 3-3 in division)next season. Hoping for the playoffs but I think this team will surprise everyone this season.

~ Calif-Dol-Fan

2:23 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

Respect the Code? Well, since part of the organization's problem over the past 6 or 7 years has been not learning from past draft and free agency busts, the motto should be:

REFLECT OR IMPLODE!!!

3:39 PM  
Blogger DwinkinAle said...

"Miami Dolphins Football, hey at least our golf games are getting better."

"Invite us to your next blowout."

"Miami Dolphins Football, now cheaper than gas!"

"It's not whether you win or lose,
but how you place the blame."

"Miami Dolphins Football: At least we're not the Lions."

3:47 PM  
Blogger JinVA said...

I feel your pain NY Scott...and Carlos...and everyone who's frustrated. (Including Armando). We're all tired of the last decade and the way our teams been handled.

But hey...it's gotten so bad...all you can do is try to laugh about it...and realize it's a game...not life or death.

Some of these have been hilarious.

So here's mine:

2008 Miami Dolphins: "Consider yourself sucked"

(Not original...but it IS applicable on MANY levels!)

3:55 PM  
Blogger JinVA said...

How about this...in my best Sparano voice...

"I don't care who's buyin' the groceries...O-Kay? We're gonna play hard...O-kay? We're gonna win more than we lose...O-kay. It's that simple. Nuff said. You just cover the team O-kay? O-kay. Alright...now that we've covered that...I gotta get back to work. O-kay?"

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Curt (curt656@aol.com) said...

(Sung like Rev. Wright)
If you root for the Dol-phins, you'll be cryin like this ya'll...

6:28 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

The contest is officially closed.

The winner is ....(drumroll please) .... dolphaninmpls.

Johnny, you were going good but dolphaninmpls caught you with a late rally.

OK, dolphaninmpls: You have one week to email me a full blog post. You can also send me your picture. I will post that offering (assuming it can be printed in a family environment) sometime in the next two weeks.

New item coming up sooon.

7:46 PM  
Blogger buzz said...

Even though the contest is closed, this slogan is from the heart:
"Blackouts are for sissies."
This is from a person who does not live in Florida and gets so tired of having the Bears/Raiders or Jets/Texans fill the slot the Dolphins should be playing in. Since the Dolphins no longer get primetime slots, and haven't been good enough to warrant $200 for NFL Sunday ticket, I have been reduced to hoping the local affiliates decide at some point to put the Fins on TV. So, all you Floridians, please, for the sake of everyone else in the country, make sure that when that game is finally worthy of television, that it does not get blacked out nationwide and the rest of us have to suffer through another needless Bears game. Remember, the nation is counting on you.

8:11 PM  
Blogger doug collin said...

HERES THE LOWDOWN ON THE 3 DOLPHIN FREE AGENT RECEIVERS AND THE NEWS IS GOOD.
davone bess hawaii 5ft 10 194 4.7 40 but 12 tds slot type receiver
marcell reese wasshington 6ft 231 lbs 4.48 good size and now the sleeper
selwyn lyman purdue 6ft 3 215lbs kicked off the purdue team in november for off the field brawl but had 5 tds i like this guys size, all the times are estimates as he didnt attend combine nor career day but this might be a player
all 3 of these wrs have a chance to make team or practice squad and had the abikity to be drafted. good job in finding them and signing them

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Tim in STL said...

In St. Louis, the Blues hockey team has been crap for several years now. This past year, the slogan was, "Respect the Code." Whoever sold that crap to the St. Louis Blues is now marketing the same crap to the Dolphins. It isn't an original thought.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this was the sitcom Cheers, instead of Norm coming through the front door it would be Bill. When he gets to the bar I would ask, so what'll it be today Bill..Henne or Beck? Bill then says, "either way its gonna be a Long season". Then I finally get the courage to ask him, so Bill you can tell me, I feel like I can handle the truth, who ordered the Code Red? Then he gives me this blank stare..

P.S- In short I could care less about a marketing code and more about wins once the season begins. Can we start talking about football now!

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

respect the code almost sounds like a direct shot at Jason Taylor.

9:02 AM  
Blogger DolGinn said...

This is lamer than Jimmy's:
"We have a chance to be Special! We REALLY have a chance to be special!" . . . The PR people there a dilusional. The "Respect the Code" is a matter of internal policy; NOT public indoctrination. Silly!

3:28 PM  
Anonymous bail bonds orange county said...

The Dolphins have a 100% losing record after four games, and should they lose again this Sunday to the Houston Texans it will be their eighth successive defeat dating back to last season, equalling the longest losing streak in the franchise's history. From top to bottom Miami have been one of the worst-run teams in the league this decade, and there is little sign of an upturn of fortunes in the near future.

Their poor management on draft day is symptomatic of their wider problems. In six of the last 11 drafts the Dolphins didn't have a first-round selection who ever played for the team, and only three players in their current roster were taken from the first round - one of whom is an average left tackle, Vernon Carey, and another is this year's pick, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn was controversially taken ahead of, among others, Brady Quinn, and his contribution to the cause so far reads several unexceptional kick-off and punt returns, and one reception for 15 yards. Compare that to, for example, Dwayne Bowe, the Kansas City Chiefs' choice at No23, who has 18 receptions for 299 yards and three touchdowns, and you begin to understand the Dolphins' fans disillusionment.

Miami's dealings in other rounds of the draft have been equally fruitless, in part because they have regularly frittered away picks in a desperate, and unsuccessful, search for a franchise quarterback, someone to replace the great Dan Marino. The current incumbent is Trent Green, a favourite of coach Cam Cameron. Green has had the sort of ordinary season widely expected of a 37-year-old, with five touchdowns and seven interceptions thrown in the four games. To compound matters, the two quarterbacks ditched by the Dolphins in the off-season have already had a measure of success. An impressive performance from Joey Harrington last weekend gave him his first victory with the beleaguered Atlanta Falcons, while Daunte Culpepper - a complete flop at Dolphin Stadium 12 months ago - had a hand in all five of the Oakland Raiders' touchdowns in their defeat of Miami on Sunday.

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