Miami Dolphins

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These days the Sun Life Stadium looks like one of those Transformers robots that got stuck midway through its metamorphosis into something. Cranes stretch up into the sky, metal rigs like giant Lego sets sit on each corner of the stadium. It's impressive, but will it be done in time for the start of the season, let alone the start of pre-season?

Reporter Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald says it is likely, barring Mother Nature interfering.

Miami Herald

We begin The Florida Roundup with corruption in Opa-locka. The Miami Herald uncovered a months-long investigation by the FBI that includes extortion and bribery in the city involving a commissioner, the city manager and a former cop.

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The 2015-2016 season is winding down. As of this post, we're down to the final four teams battling for the opportunity to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy in early February. And, for the 24th year,  Miami is not playing in the conference championship game.

When was the last time the Miami Dolphins played in the AFC Championship game? What team did they play? What was the final score?

Miami Herald

So the Powerball is now at $524 million and could reach well beyond $700 million by Saturday. That's not enough to buy the Miami Dolphins, but it gets me closer to it than where I am. And yes, if I had $1 billion, I'd buy the Miami Dolphins, because, like all fans, I'm deluded enough to believe I could run that team better.

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Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was fired Monday after the team lost three of its first four games. This was Philbin's fourth season as head coach. Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum announced tight ends coach Dan Campbell as Philbin’s temporary replacement.

CHARLES TRAINOR / Miami Herald

The season started with promise. Come on, admit it. You became a little tipsy, maybe not completely inebriated, with unfettered hope that this was the year the Dolphins were going to make some noise. But, hold up. It's not time to start suffering from a hangover of disappointment. Maybe I'm the one drinking too much of my own punch.

Watching the game against the Jaguars was like oncoming stomach upset. You feel the unnerving grumbling around the second quarter; you know this could become really painful; by the end you're on the ground curled up in a ball. The Jaguars? 

David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald

The regular football season for the Miami Dolphins kicks off in Washington this Sunday. The team's first home game is against the Buffalo Bills Sept. 27, and on that day fans will notice some changes -- especially to the food.

Last week, the team's hospitality provider, Centerplate, announced changes to the menu. Ben Metzger is the concessions and retail manager. He says it was all about creating a local flavor for the fans. 

Miami Herald / Staff Photo

Pop quiz. And don't cheat by looking it up. Do you remember the last Dolphin's playoff game? Who did they play? What was the final score? Who was Miami's quarterback?

It all feels like eons ago. It was Jan. 4, 2009.

Around this time of year there's a swell of anticipation. Football season does that to a lot of us. And for long-time DolFans, like me, there's a hope that this is the year things will be better. That's because this team used to be good.

El Nuevo Herald

COMMENTARY

Every year DolFans get giddy. 

"This is the year we break through, this is the year we finally contend -- or at least get to the playoffs," we think. But this year really does feel unique considering the moves Miami has made during the offseason. There's that and, come on, eventually this team has to turn it around.

It has been hard being a Dolphins fan. But one Harvard blog thinks the pain may be near an end. 

That familiar old preface we so often hear — usually from long-winded people — is: "To make a long story short." I've noticed lately that that expression has become more common, but, to make a long story short, it's been shortened to just "long story short." I'll even bet it's gotten initialed in the text universe to LSS.

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The Miami Dolphins can earn millions in tourism tax dollars each year for luring high-profile sports and entertainment events to Sun Life Stadium, according to a deal approved by the Miami-Dade County Commission Tuesday.

As part of the deal, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has agreed to spend $350 million to upgrade the Miami Gardens stadium.

The commission voted 7-4 in favor of the deal.

The Dolphins would get a share of the 3 percent tax charged for local hotel stays.

Can Beckham Bend It At A Boat Slip?

May 23, 2014
Miami Beckham United

On The Florida Roundup: Former soccer star David Beckham's team presents a new plan for a stadium and park at a boat slip by the American Airlines Arena after their vision for a facility at Miami's Port faced fierce opposition. 

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez got into office by touting his opposition to Marlins Park. But this week he was all over in the news for deals with sports teams, including the Miami Heat and Dolphins. What’s changed?

And a reporter spends eight months delving into the world of South Florida's Seminole and Miccosukee Indians.

SunLife Stadium Renovations: How About Now?

Mar 14, 2014
Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

The Miami Dolphins renovate plans to fix-up SunLife stadium. Stadium and team owner Stephen Ross offers to pay for up to $400 million in renovations - if - he gets a break on property taxes.  Ross says it’s again about bringing the Super Bowl back to town, but that doesn’t comfort the City of Miami Gardens and the school board that are looking at losing $1 million each in lost property revenue.

JOE RIMKUS JR. / Miami Herald

  The Miami Dolphins and general manager Jeff Ireland parted ways on Tuesday afternoon, ending a six-year tenure with the team, including the past four in which he had final say on all personnel decisions.

The Dolphins did not name a replacement. Assistant general manager Brian Gaine and former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli are among possible candidates, though the team did not indicate who would be considered.

Dan Grech

Though voter turnout in this off-year election was low in Miami-Dade county, some changes will be tangible and immediate: like the property tax hike to pay for renovations of the Jackson hospital system. We review other local election results from this week.

While it’s not yet 2014, elections for next year are already gearing up. Charlie Crist declared his candidacy for a return to the governor’s seat. He’ll face off first against former state Senator Nan Rich.  We speak to both Democratic candidates.

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