Picking the 'Phins: I Cite Parcells, Location for Destination

Marc LundeContributor IMay 26, 2009

DAVIE, FL - JUNE 06:  Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells watches practice on during Miami Dolphins Mini Camp on June 6, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

The truth is, I am not a fan of the Miami Dolphins.

I was raised in Minnesota so the Vikings are near to my heart, but I also liked a lot of players like Curtis Martin, Ty Law, Teddy Bruschi, Ben Coates and coach Bill Parcells—all of whom were members of the New England Patriots.

This started my fanhood with the Pats. I liked them before Adam Vinatieri kicked it up against St. Louis and twice against the Raiders two weeks before.

Vinatieri and Brad Seely, the former Pats' special teams coordinator, went to the same college as my parents, so no bandwagon here.

All this being said, I have always been able to be objective in making decisions. I am not going to say that Parcells is a turncoat for coming back to the AFC East (and no, it isn't a coincidence that Parcells works for the team I am looking at).

I am not going to say that Chad Pennington is a bad quarterback because of the color of his uniform. My columns and articles will be as objective as possible.

Let's take another example: watching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I like tennis, but don't often watch. When these two play, it is a must-see. I'm not rooting for either one, just admiring the power, accuracy, and all-around great game both sides have.

The same goes for any other sport (save motor sports, which I just can't get into). Having two great teams makes it fun.

Sometimes you will watch a high school sporting event where the score is close near the end. Some people watch it and call it "a great game." It could be that it really is a sloppy game.

Too many lucky and not skillful breaks by both teams to put some points on the board doesn't make it a good game—It means poor execution isn't allowing either team to pull away.

So why am I looking heavily at the Dolphins as my team to cover? They have a winning product, and that is always more fun to cover.