Happy Sunday everyone, and most importantly, Happy Father’s day! Welcome to another Sunday Evening Live Thread.
This is one of our daily live threads. Often, we welcome everyone to discuss any subject that they wish, but today, given the festivities, I’m encouraging everyone to share any and all of their favorite dad-stories revolving around our Miami Dolphins, whether it’s watching games with your own dad or kids or engaging in a lively child-son debate about whether Ryan Tannehill really was a franchise quarterback in Miami. Here’s one of my own stories to kick off the conversation:
It was the first NFL game I had ever attended live. The Oakland Raiders were visiting the Miami Dolphins at what was then Dolphin stadium, and I was just seven years old. The sights, (countless fans wearing costumes, face-paint, and the like) the sounds (grilling burgers, parents throwing around footballs with their kids, parking attendants shouting orders), and the energy in the parking lot before the game were intoxicating. I was just starting the journey that would lead to my life-long Miami Dolphins fandom. My dad walked me up the stadium ramps and to our seats in the stifling South Florida September heat. Though Miami would end up losing the game by a considerable margin, there was no question for me that I had found my thing. Since that game, I’ve watched just about every single Dolphins game with my dad, every single week. Whether I’m back in my childhood home visiting my parents and we’re on the same couch or watching together via FaceTime, we make it a point to share as many football Sundays together as possible, a ritual I hope to one day share with my own kids.
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To keep with the theme of the day, here’s one of my favorite family-related football videos: