Yesterday began the same way most of my Sundays have: I woke up sometime in the afternoon and began the process of pretending to do work while I watched football.
I typically peruse the slate of games looking for the most compelling matchup, then periodically check to see by how much the Dolphins are losing. But my eyes caught an unfamiliar sight when the TV came on. The score was 7-3 in favor of the visiting Fins, and they were threatening to build on the lead.
The rest, as they say, is history. The Fins went on to snag a big win over a division rival in stunning fashion, shellacking New England at home, 38-13.
The defense also performed well, making the Patriots look like...well, like the Dolphins.
Look, I understand the facts. As it stands, the Miami Dolphins have a record of 1-2, with the one win matching our entire win total from last season. The team is at the bottom of the AFC East and has two QBs named "Chad" on their roster. None of this bodes well for the remainder of the season.
Nonetheless, this was a big win for a team and a fanbase in dire need of one. ESPN and just about every other sports media outlet won't spend too much time dwelling on this game, but the Fins' faithful are certainly going to savor this win.
I don't know if you've been paying attention, but the sports scene down in Miami hasn't given fans much to cheer about as of late. Not to say we're making a case for a tortured sports city or anything (By the way, how's it going, Philly?), but it has been a bit of a rough patch.
I found proof of this when I made some calls to friends and family members halfway through the fourth quarter with the Dolphins up by 22. The consensus was, "I hope they don't screw this up."
Thankfully, there are wins like this to get folks looking on the bright side again. The Fins showed they can be competent on the field, the Heat return to the hardwood with a rejuvenated Dwyane Wade and a top draft pick in a few weeks, and next year could hold a World Series trip for the Marlins if history is any indicator—two championships six years apart, it could happen again. (Just humor me.)
Things might be starting to look up for the sports fans of Miami. Of course, if we lose after next week's bye, you can just forget this article exists.