If you are like me, you've spent the better part of the last week grudgingly reading story after story about the Incognito/Martin incident. If I weren't a Dolphins fan or if this were about another team, there's no doubt that I would have moved on from this shortly after reading the initial headline I received on my cell phone.
Sports media outlets such as ESPN (They aren't the only one's.)have had a field day off of posting article after article on this subject. It almost seems like an internal memo went out to all ESPN writers instructing each to write at least one article. Truth be told, this is a jackpot type situation for the media, and I'm never shocked with the sensationalism that comes along with reporting.
As a fan of the Dolphins, I can't help but to be biased regarding this situation. Just as I am biased, we can only expect that others will be biased as well in opposition to the Dolphins. Throw in a racial term, and it creates even more division and bias which ultimately all lead to increased conversation, attention, and opinions.
The culmination of the above mentioned factors as well as the methodical release of information have brought us to the point where we are today: a PR nightmare for the Miami Dolphins and a dream story for the media. At the end of the day though, it's important for us to remember that this will pass as do all stories in the media. Yes, it may linger for a while. Yes, there may be consequences for it, but when it's all said and done, we are still going to field a football team to cheer on every week.
It's definitely no coincidence that this is being pushed the most by ESPN prior to a Monday night game on ESPN that otherwise would have little relevance in the sports world. The buccaneers are the worst team in football, and Miami has been average to this point of the season.
I suspect that after tonight the media attention will die down considerably. It won't disappear completely, as we will still have to wait to hear the final ruling by the investigator involved as well as the team's decisions regarding the involved players.
I am usually an optimist by nature, but when it comes to the Dolphins, I often struggle to keep that positive thinking going. Perhaps it's due to the zero super bowls we have won during my lifetime or the continual circular events that lead to the same result year after year. However, I am confident that this whole situation is going to make our team stronger. I fully expect to see us win tonight by at least ten points. When an entire locker room comes under attack, the only outlet for the team to respond through is on the field. If Ireland loses his job, it will be a result of wins and losses and not this situation. Same goes for Philbin. Yes, Incognito might be the sacrificial lamb in this, but don't be surprised at all if that sacrifice leads to an above-average team finally playing above-average consistently.
Here's to hoping anyways. (Don't let the media keep you down!)