Newsflash: Miami Dolphins

Joey CinquegranaContributor IJune 30, 2010

MIAMI - DECEMBER 27:  Head coach Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins watches his team take on the Houston Texans at Land Shark Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Texans defeated the Dolphins 27-20.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Since 2002 the Miami Dolphins have been no different than the Buffalo Bills, if you take away 2008. A run that has included a team that just barely missed a 0-16 season in 2007.

Ever since the Miami Dolphins made a run of five consecutive playoff appearances from 1997-2001, their team has been well, very Buffalo Bills-like.

They have one division title to show for it, in which they wouldn't have gotten had Tom Brady never got injured in week 1 of the 2008 season.

The Dolphins' fans want everyone in the football world to recognize them as true contenders, but other than one false division championship that they didn't deserve, what else have they done to be recognized as true contenders?

2002: They were 9-5 going into the last 2 weeks of the season, basically controlling their own destiny facing the Vikings, and the Patriots.  They lost both those games, and the New York Jets ended up winning the division.

2003: The Miami Dolphins put up a very good record at 10-6, but the Denver Broncos held the advantage over them and the Dolphins missed out for the second straight season.

2004: It seemed like the Dolphins misery had just begun.  They started the season 0-6, and finished it off as a 4-12 team. Their first below .500 record, and last place finish since 1988.

2005: The Dolphins started off the year very poorly at 3-7, and then they gave their fans false hope for the next season by finishing it off winning the last 6 games of the season to finish at 9-7 only to miss the playoffs again.

2006: Another poor start by the Dolphins at 1-6, mixed in by a good middle part of the schedule, where they finished it again in last place with a 6-10 record.

2007: The Dolphins have never had a more miserable season finishing it off at 1-15, and for the second straight season at the bottom of their division.

2009: Like 2002, the Miami Dolphins controlled their own destiny for a wild card spot with a 7-6 record only to lose their last three games and finish third in the division with a 7-9 record.

So if you think about it, take away a horrible injury to Tom Brady, and a very lousy season by Brett Favre, and the Miami Dolphins would be the same joke that they've been for the past 8 years.