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I always knew my Dolphin karma was strong, but tonight was insane !!! (19 pics)

Off season blues ? Well let me tell you a little tale about my latest Dolphin adventure. It really started a few weeks ago. The Wifey and I decided we were going to surprise her kid Brother with a trip to South Beach when he came for a visit from Ohio. Now, I knew the Dolphins were having a charity event but I didn't commit the date to memory and I had no plans on attending as these things are very pricey to get into. Anyways,...our trip to SoBe coincided with The FinsWeekend, a golf outing and a fishing tournament that concluded by what they called the Capt's Party. Well, while checking Facebook I saw some posts from The Phin Addicts about how they were going to attend some of these events. Since I was in the neighborhood I threw out a phone call and as fate would have it our hotel was a whopping .7 mile from the Miami Beach Marina where the party was taking place. I called Friday night and after a little conversation I was told to call back on Saturday, then he would know if he could get me into the party.  I gave Stripe a call and almost instantaneously he said " you're in". As it turns out Stripe is part of a family business that is one corporate sponsors for this event. Who knew ? Not me. Anyways,...I was told to show up at 4PM. 

Enough talk,.....let me do what I do, bust out them pics !

4:01 PM at Miami Beach Marina

Just arriving at Miami Beach Marina

Stripe doing his best Willy Wonka impression and presenting me with the "golden ticket" !

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Love him or hate him,.......here's Chad Henne !

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Not quite the top of the Dolphins food chain, but pretty close ! Dolphins CEO Mike Dee. 

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Nolan Carroll,...

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Enough with the multiple "mancrushes" for a minute. What about some eye candy ?

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Once inside, the food was incredible ! Nick ( one half of the Phinstones), Jeff ( Stripe from the Phin Addicts ), and I were loving life. The open bar didn't hurt either !!!

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At every game I was throw down on the charity wheel in hopes of winning more swag,...why tonight be any different. 

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Yeah,..I won. A single, size 14 cleat. I need that like I need a hole in my head. Lucky for me Stripe has pull. Later on that night I got to swap it out for a more functional piece of Dolphin gear. A high end Dolphin backpack,...SWEET !

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I tried, but TD wouldn't hold my beer in the pic : (  TD is so PC,...

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It's been awhile since I've been to a game, but here are some great guys I met this year. Ralph, Nick, Jeff, and myself,....a small contingency from The Deep Crew. We had a blast ( understatement ) !!!

The Deep End Crew

Lousaka Polite

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Brian Hartline and I confirmed Buckeye Nation is strong,......and filled with good looking studly types (sarcasm). 

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When Jake Long showed up I wanted to ask him something that had been on my mind for a couple of years now. You see I travel the country with work and the year he got drafted I was out in Seattle. Well, one day I was at one of the local malls and I noticed this guy eyeing up a Dolphins hat. So I asked him if he was a fan because I didn't run into many Dol-Fans out in the Pacific Northwest. He replied "no, Jake Long is my nephew".  I thought that was odd, but always wanted to ask him about it. Well, as the story goes,.....Jake has family out there. Here's a pic of us sharing some small talk about it. 

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One about Jake,...he IS huge ! And likes Bud Light. But, I'm a quick thinker. Standing on a chair seemed like the thing to do,....

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When you think of great Dolphin DB's, Sam Madison is right up there. 

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How about another break from the Dolphin "man crushes". I love Hooters ! No, really....I LOVE hooters !!!

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Now toward the end of the night I looked over at Nick and he looked kinda sad. He went to charity wheel and only came away with the FinsWeekend baseball hat. I said to him, " that's pretty cool, but would totally bad ass with some signatures on it', as I pulled out a sharpie out of my pocket. He lit up like a kid on Christmas saying "you're a genius". Talk about an overstatement. I'm just glad I could help,...

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As I was about to leave, I noticed Kendall Langford. He's big too ! And here you can see my backpack made it into the pic as well. 

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What a night, although I missed a few photo ops. Devon Bess and Keith Byars were in the house. And I heard the MC say that Jeff Ireland also made it there, although I didn't see him.  The Dolphins threw one hell of a party and they raised more money than ever before ! $600,000 !!! F'n awesome !!!!!!!!

In closing, I have to give a special thanks to Stripe. Without him I would have never have had this experience and be able to share it with extended Dol-Fan family. Hope you enjoyed it,....

I am Ohiofinfan4life and I swim in The Deep End !

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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