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NFL: Miami Dolphins Risk Losing South Florida Dominance to Miami Heat

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 01:  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins leaves the field during the game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on November 1, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Debora RubiContributor IJuly 9, 2010

Despite having the biggest title drought in South Florida, the Miami Dolphins have always been the favorite local team, professionally or on the college level.

They have the longest history (the Heat, Panthers, and Marlins being relatively new franchises) and have one of the greatest feats in sports history—the perfect season.

The Dolphins have been the only team to retain respectable, if not impressive, attendance in all their games.

The few jerseys lining the streets carry the name of Williams, Taylor, and for the nostalgic fans, Marino.

The rest of the teams, aided by mediocre records, have received equally mediocre attendance.

The introduction of LeBron James and Chris Bosh will change the landscape of the local sports scene.

Even the most fickle fan will rush to get a LeBron jersey instead of a Brandon Marshall jersey.

But how long will it last?

A good season will help remind locals why the Dolphins are the most revered team in South Florida, but nothing short of a Superbowl run will be able to overshadow the looming "Dream Team."

The Heat will have to win quickly to keep the attention of the Miami fans.

Either way, it's doubtful James jerseys will ever outshine or outlive the Marino jerseys that still amble through the streets.

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