Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – As the Miami Dolphins continue their descent into the abyss in 2011, the “Suck for Luck” campaign is unifying fans and is angering the players.
Understanding the suck for Luck sweepstakes is easy to see from the fans side, yet easy to understand that it’s quite a different story for the players on the 2011 Miami Dolphins.
Fins tight end Anthony Fasano said that the suck for luck campaign is, “sick actually.”
“I can’t even fathom those thoughts of those people that conjure up that stuff,” Fasano told WFAN. “They have never played sports and pretty much aren’t really our loyal fans.”
Fins linebacker Karlos Dansby was even more succinct saying, “It pisses me off.”
From the fans side though, even the most die-hard fans are sick and tired of the franchise’s constant inability to put together a winning team, or find a franchise-quality quarterback.
For fans, the more than decade it’s been since Dan Marino hung up his spikes has been one of constant excuses for poor play, poor drafting, and poor management of a once storied organization.
That provides the genesis of the suck for luck campaign. The franchise isn’t going anywhere this season and have already started looking ahead to next season, at least when it comes to the coaching staff.
Fans know this and are moving on as well.
So, fans want the franchise-quarterback that every team has to have to win in the NFL and are willing to give up short-term success for a possible long-term gain.
Players, who will be out of Miami in a year or two, may hate the campaign; but fans who live in Miami and live and die by the Fins’ success and failure want hope for a better future.
And if the players want to quell the campaign, all they have to do is win a few games and the Fins are out of the suck for Luck sweepstakes.
Needless to say, a few wins will help the players, but hurt the team’s chances to attain Luck, thus angering fans.
It’s a no-win situation for both sides, and the penultimate failure of an organization that is rapidly losing even its most die-hard fans to years of failures.