Posted by Will Brinson
It's pretty obvious that the Dolphins, one of two winless teams remaining in the NFL, have some issues (I mean, duh, they were just forced to sign J.P. Losman.) And based on some comments from Miami tight end Anthony Fasano, some of the issues are affecting the mindset of the team.
Fasano, in an interview with WFAN in New York, ripped Dolphins fans who are rooting for the team to lose and nab Andrew Luck, calling them "sick."
"It’s sick actually," Fasano said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I can’t even fathom those thoughts of those people that conjure up that stuff. They have never played sports and pretty much aren’t really our loyal fans. I can’t really put any weight into that and I know the players don’t listen to it. It’s a shame, but people are going to talk and we just have to block that out."
Fasano's right -- real fans don't root for a team to lose just in the hopes of getting a particular player in the draft. The upside of a terrible season might be a good pick, but hoping the team fails to produce week after week isn't being a fan.
Of course, the organization isn't doing much to help out the players either. Look no further than the recent halftime celebration of the Florida Gators BCS title team, a team that featured none other than Tim Tebow at quarterback -- Fasano wasn't thrilled about that either, calling it "awful" and "a smack in the face."
"Yeah it was awful," Fasano said about Gator Day. "Showing up at the stadium and seeing all the Gator stuff and the Tebow stuff. It was disheartening, but as players we kind of put ourselves in that position because the Dolphins are in the business of winning football games and making money. We haven’t been winning football games, but it’s still a smack in the face and it’s unfortunate we couldn’t rain on their parade and get the win."
If you believe in karma, it's hard to fathom that a team utilizing its opponent to make more money and a fanbase rooting for that team to lose could end up getting a franchise quarterback in the draft.
Or, if you don't believe in karma, how about just imagining whether or not a guy like Andrew Luck would want to play in Miami? Luck's already called the "Suck for Luck" campaigns "stupid" so there's no guarantee he'll be happy playing for a fanbase that's rooted for the team to lose or an organization that might not be looking out for the players' best interests.
But if the Dolphins as a whole are as happy as Fasano, it's hard to imagine they'll find a way to compete enough to not end up with a decent shot at landing him anyway.
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