Last week, I wrote my blog named ‘Déjà-vu which elicited 48 comments, of which 47 were basically designed to belittle me for my outlandish criticism of the Dolphins franchise on their home opener. Of all the critical assessments received, the most consistent, by far, was about my daring to be critical on week 1, followed only by a recurring reprehension for being critical, period.
The comments ranged from incidental poking at some of the issues made in the blog, to some more offensive personal attacks, which I took with a grain of salt. In any event, now that Week 2 has come and gone, I let the facts speak for themselves. To all who so feverishly trampled me with the Week 1 deal, my redemption for what I said, comes a mere six days after-the-fact. It didn’t take too long, did it? There was even a guy, who asked what would be my stance, if Miami were to beat Houston? I answered my stance would be the same, and hoped, I was wrong and that indeed Miami would beat Houston. I also said that if my assessment of what is going on with the Dolphins was right, that just wouldn’t happen. Well, guess who was right and who was wrong?
Now, I am going to try and offer a collective answer to all of you out there, who persist in giving a clinic on “fan-hood”. There seems to be a general consensus among all of you, that good fans, stay away from being critical. I keep hearing, good or bad, I should be committed to the team. Well, let me tell you something, as far as I am concerned, there is no rule in “fan-hood” etiquette, requiring anyone to keep shut when you see something is really wrong. Matter of fact, I think it should be precisely the opposite, I think when you see something very wrong, like I do, you are a better fan by speaking-out than shutting down. I believe that this “double-standard” deal can only lead to “more-of-the-same”, which by the way, is exactly what has been going on here in Miami, for the last, I don’t know how many years. Who knows, maybe it is that complex developed over the years which had all Miami fans branded as “bad” and unsupportive of their team. Maybe that’s it. I don’t know.
A lot of people out there got offended by my comment about “micro-analyzing” the game, which I said many were doing. There is really nothing wrong with a good “micro-analysis”, it gives many a sense of intellectual adeptness in sports accuracy and that’s fine, but…for God’s sake, there is also that “macro-analysis” – the one is rather obvious and overwhelmingly accessible to the more mundane of us, to the less adept; to the less knowledgeable. In many problem situations in life, sometimes the complex issues are readily observable; the handwriting is on the wall, without complicating ourselves with unnecessary minutiae. I believe that to be the case with the Dolphins – a new coach would probably do the trick, I think. I’ve had it with this cheerleading coach Sparano.
To end, I stand on what I said on Week 1. I believe that nothing much has changed with this team. Say what you may, I will not stop my criticisms, until I see some real changes take place. When will this be, hell if I know. Meantime, until we get a winning team again, I will continue to complain and moan all I want, whether some of you out there approve of it nor not, I don’t care. By the way, criticizing something wrong in your team, does not make you a “de-facto” bad fan, nor does it necessarily imply that you are quitting on your franchise or jumping the band-wagon. It simply, very simply means you want your franchise to start winning again, and the last time I checked, in a democratic free-society, you are entitled to voice your opinion, provided you don’t infringe on other people’s right. So…pleeeeeease stop the clinics! I consider myself a much better fan than many out there, simply voicing my opinion without the ever-present double-standards. Thank you.