The Dolphins are 0-6 on the season, 1-12 at home since December 2009. And plenty of Dolphins fans are trying to put some “fun” in dysfunction by hoping, privately and/or publicly, that the team loses enough more times this year to earn the privilege of drafting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Members of the team don’t like it. Last week, linebacker Karlos Dansby said, “It pisses me off.” On Tuesday, tight end Anthony Fasano took it to a slightly higher level.
“It’s sick actually,” Fasano told WFAN’s Joe & Evan, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I can’t even fathom those thoughts of those people that conjure up that stuff. They have never played sports and pretty much aren’t really our loyal fans. I can’t really put any weight into that and I know the players don’t listen to it. It’s a shame, but people are going to talk and we just have to block that out.”
While such folks may not be “loyal fans” of this year’s team, truly loyal fans of the team are loyal fans of every year’s team, including next year’s team — and the next ten years’ teams. So the truly loyal year-to-year Dolphins fans, who have suffered through more than a decade of sucking not for Luck but just plain sucking should be willing to see the rest of a season that won’t result in a playoff berth fail sufficiently badly to result in the kind of quarterback who could not only stabilize the franchise but also take it to heights that even Dan Marino ultimately couldn’t.
And if the current players, most of whom are Dolphins only in the short term, don’t like it, that’s their problem. But the current players shouldn’t insult fans who are desperate for hope that the current players simply can’t provide.