As nice as it was for the Miami Heat to win the NBA title, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross knows his team winning a championship would create a much different atmosphere.
The small matter of when they might is a different question, though.
Ross admitted it was going to be hard for his team to match the neighbor’s success, at least this year.
When asked if he thought the Dolphins had the talent to push for a playoff spot this year, Ross replied: “I sure hope so.”
Go get ‘em, boys.
That kind of tepid endorsement is at least a realisitc view of where his team stands. And having honest expectations will be a key for the Dolphins, since they lack the kind of talent, specifically on offense, to contend for much of anything but a top-10 draft pick this year.
But Ross seems to understand that, which for a guy who has come off as star-struck in the past is progress.
He seems to have a good rapport with coach Joe Philbin (which was noticeably missing with Tony Sparano), and Philbin invited him to talk to the team as camp opened.
“Well, I told them what I believed,” Ross said. “Why I bought the team. What my vision was for it, and tell them how excited I am. My position as an owner is to support the team and do everything we can to produce a winner. There is a tradition here in Miami. It’s a great place to play. There’s a responsibility both to the team and to the fan base.
“[I] just let them know a little bit about who I am. I thought it was good. Joe really encouraged it. As you know, it hasn’t really been encouraged in the past. It was kind of a new beginning, if you will.”
For a guy who has made some clumsy moves in the past, adopting a slow and steady approach is at least a step in the right direction.