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Media-Driven “Suck for Luck” Campaign Continues to Be Pushed: Fan’s Take
As bad as the Miami Dolphins are at 0-6 after having lost 18-15 in overtime to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Sun Life Stadium, I almost want to say they're champions compared to many of those writing about them.
When it comes to the sports media, there are few people I have a great deal of respect for. That's because many of the writers, analysts, broadcasters, etc. are simply buffoons in my view whose musings on the sports they cover quite often resemble the ramblings of some drunken idiot at a corner bar. Far too often I'll read or hear something from one of these many fools that makes me wonder whether they actually have even one iota of real knowledge of the game; whether that game be football, baseball, basketball, hockey, or tiddly-winks.
Furthermore, many quite often make me wonder whether they even like the teams they're covering; as they frequently sound more like fans from some other team than the ones they're writing articles about or talking about on television or radio.
Of course, a great number of them will use the excuse they're simply trying to be objective, and in some cases that may even be so. However, for the most part I've begun to wonder if that supposed objectivity is nothing more than a shield for their underlying hostility toward the teams they claim to support in order to have a job talking about them. After all, it's likely any beat writer or analyst would have a campaign organized to push for their ouster if they admitted they secretly hated the teams they covered.
That's not to say there aren't those who do know a great deal about the sports they discuss; because there are. Some are even brilliant (atop my personal list would be Tom Haberstroh of ESPN who covers the Miami Heat and who has more insight into the NBA game than most of his colleagues combined). However, Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun Sentinel has never been one of them in my mind. His latest article advocating Dolphins fans "hop aboard the "Suck for Luck Truck," highlights just why.
While trying to pretend wishing for an 0-16 season for Miami in order to better their chances at gaining the first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft is some overwhelming wave most Dolphins fans are already riding, he uses lame justifications for having such an attitude; claiming those who don't join the "campaign" are schmucks and that "it happens all the time, hoping to fail to succeed."
As I wrote about in an earlier piece you can read here, the idea most fans are hopping on board the campaign aimed at securing the rights to the Stanford Cardinal's quarterback Andrew Luck is nothing more than mere speculation. Sure, there have been signs held up by some fans at games. Certainly, there are numerous articles about the whole idea in the media. Absolutely the Dolphins players and coaches have been asked a myriad of questions about the issue. Yet, none of that adds up to anything more than a media-driven story that could be nothing but fluff.
There are no scientific polls that have been conducted to show Miami fans overwhelmingly support such a thing (and no, an online poll at the Miami Herald or even ESPN does not constitute a scientific poll for those wondering).
Also, his claim it happens all the time (using one incident involving the Miami Heat's lineup for the season finale against the Toronto Raptors in 2003 as evidence) is ludicrous. I'll grant you there have certainly been times when professional sports franchises have purposely tanked in order to get a better pick in the following year's draft, but to suggest it's common is baseless and ridiculous.
Beyond all that, it's just wrong. As I've written many times before, the mere thought of rooting against your team under any circumstances is simply anathema to the entire idea of being a fan. Sure, you can hope that in the end Miami ends up with a chance to draft Luck. However, openly—or even just in your heart—wishing your team to lose on any given Sunday in order to make that happen is something a real fan just doesn't do.
Which begs the question; what team are you really a fan of, Mr. Hyde?
Hut, hut, hike!
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*Daniel Barber has been a fan of all Miami teams since he was a child or since their inception having been born right above Miami.
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