I just got finished watching the press conference with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, General Manager Jeff Ireland, and Head Coach Tony Sparano, where they addressed all of the circumstances surrounding the past week.
I have to say, I have never in my life, outside the press conferences of politicians, seen such a load of malarkey trying to be passed off as the truth. All three of these guys, but especially owner Stephen Ross, were lying through their teeth.
There literally wasn’t a single honest statement or word that passed through this guy’s mouth during that press conference, and anyone with any knowledge of body language would tell you that in an instant. Every single one of these guys exhibited numerous telltale signs of liars.
They tried to paint over the debacle as if there never really was a debacle, and it clearly shows three things.
First, it shows what an absolute horror show this management group is. They simply have no clue whatsoever about how to properly run an NFL franchise, and that begins with owner Stephen Ross. He is completely clueless about how badly his actions have affected the Miami Dolphins.
I really think he believes in his twisted, demented, ignorant mind that nothing he’s done is really all that bad. I really think he believes that it can all be smoothed over by a few lies and scripted statements. I really think he actually believes he can bring a winner to South Florida.
Here’s a clue, Mr. Ross. The closest you’ll ever come to a winner is possibly courtside seats at a Miami Heat game. Or, you may be able to get some tickets to a Hurricane’s game in the future (better purchase them soon, because they’ll be a hot commodity before you know it, and even as rich as you are many won’t want to give them up for any amount of money).
Second, it shows what total sycophants Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano are. The fact they would cover for this lying jerk is telling about their character. Ireland I actually expected it out of in a sense, since I’ve thought of him as a ruthless character all along. Of course, I thought he was a talented ruthless character at one point, and that allowed me to ignore such a character-trait, but it’s how I thought of him nonetheless.
Sparano, on the other hand, I was a little shocked by. You could tell the whole press conference, and especially listening to Ross tell lie after lie about his meeting with Jim Harbaugh, and the reasons for it, was eating him up. Yet, he just sat there and took it. Of course, the two-year extension he’s getting from Ross as an apology for all his shenanigans (at a reported $3 million plus a year) probably had a lot to do with that.
Still, while I don’t think he’s a good coach (in fact I think he’s a horrible coach), I did once think of him as someone who probably had a lot of self-respect. No longer do I believe that. For if he had one shred of dignity, he would have stood up in that press conference, turned to Mr. Ross, and said, “You know what, you jerkwad, I’m not covering for your lies. You can take your job and shove it. Go find another coach.”
For no matter the money, if a man or woman has dignity, they would never knowingly lie just to cover up their employer’s embarrassment; especially if that embarrassment is from that employer treating them like dog feces. No, anyone with dignity in that situation would have told Mr. Ross to go politely have intercourse with himself.
Third, and finally, what we learned from this whole situation and the press conference that ensued, is that the Dolphins as an organization are simply cursed.
They’re cursed with having an owner who mouths all the right platitudes about wanting to win, but who is really more concerned about how much glitz and glamour he can attract to the stadium. They’re cursed with a general manager who is mediocre at best in terms of evaluating talent and running a franchise. And finally, they’re cursed with a head coach who is not only a horrible coach to begin with, but is now the laughingstock of the NFL; and we’re cursed with him for three years thanks to Ross’ attempt at an apology.
So, in conclusion, as I’ve stated in numerous comments on stories that have run about this whole circus this past week on ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, the Miami Herald, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, I will not be watching another Miami Dolphins game until Stephen Ross sells the team.
He does not deserve to own a team in the NFL, and the Miami Dolphins have no shot at winning anything while he does. If there is even a modicum of truth in his statement that he wants the Dolphins to win, he would be looking for a buyer for the team Monday morning. I’m sure there’s no shortage of rich folk who would be interested.
As a lifelong ‘Phins fan who has rooted for them since I was three in 1968, I can truly say it will pain me not to watch the team I’ve loved. However, it is the only thing I believe I can do in protest of this horrible owner. I once thought of Jerry Jones and George Steinbrenner as horrible owners. I’m learning first-hand now what a horrible owner truly is.
My plea to all Miami Dolphins fans? Follow my example and boycott this team till this horrendous owner realizes his folly and decides to sell the team.