One final time for auld lang syne:
Now throw the phrase in a field, padlock it, take it 5 miles offshore and drop it into the ocean.
For a lot of the previous 15 years, I’ve modified my Twitter icon round this level within the Miami Dolphins season to one among Invoice Murray from “Groundhog Day,” the film the place he repeats the identical day eternally. As a result of we repeated the identical season eternally.
The Groundhog Day icon turned a milestone ritual, like dropping the New Yr’s Eve ball on Instances Sq., as one Dolphins season performed out just like the earlier season. And the one earlier than that. One November recreation in 2014, because the Dolphins have been dropping to Buffalo and one other season was leaking, a textual content popped up on my telephone.
“Get the Groundhog Day image prepared,” former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito wrote.
He knew what everybody knew. We awoke each January inside view of 8-8. And there’s nothing a brand new coach or subsequent blueprint may do about it. Till this 12 months.
You possibly can marvel how this Dolphins season will end. You possibly can see the rougher schedule forward — three consecutive street video games, two video games in chilly climate — and are allowed to rub the scars of yesteryear’s ache. However this 12 months isn’t these years, and this staff isn’t these groups.
For many of 20 years, they have been the Deadphins.
Now they’re the Biggest Present on Surf.
They’re not simply successful, one thing this franchise has accomplished little of for many of 20 years. They’re entertaining — and I’m not simply speaking about coach Mike McDaniel breaking the humor barrier for soccer coaches like Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier for pilots.
They’ve the top-rated quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa and the chief in yards in Tyreek Hill (Jaylen Waddle ranks fifth). They’ve 9 performs over 40 yards this 12 months — after having eight all final season. And 4 in 2020.
They got here again from 21 factors down and 6 toes underneath at Baltimore. They’ve scored not less than 30 straight factors the previous three video games. Certain, it was towards Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland, three of the defensive dregs of the league.
However you recognize who hasn’t put up 30 straight factors in three consecutive video games?
Each different staff.
Kansas Metropolis and Buffalo are engaged on consecutive video games over 30 factors so have the possibility to stretch it to a few in a row this weekend. So what? The Dolphins (7-3) ought to stretch it to 4 consecutive such video games towards league-worst Houston (1-8-1).
(Fast apart: There isn’t a extra excellent instance of the circle of life than what’s occurred in South Florida with the Dolphins’ ascent to fun-dom this season. The Warmth, a shot from the NBA Finals final 12 months, are struggling. The Panthers, the highest regular-season staff final 12 months, are struggling. It’s like there’s a cap on simply how a lot enjoyable this market is allowed to have.)
A part of this season’s enjoyable, after all, is watching New England develop into the Dolphins. Oh, they’re 6-4. However for years they yawned at making the playoffs, collected Tremendous Bowl rings (and their beat writers wrote best-selling books whereas Dolphins writers wrote in regards to the subsequent coach to be employed).
Now they’re simply one other mediocre staff. Just like the Dolphins as soon as have been. Their followers are refreshing Tankathon.com this season, identical to Dolphins followers have for years, to test their draft order for some injection of hope.
That’s one other custom gone for Dolphins followers — like re-living one other Groundhog Day season is for me.
For all these mediocre years, because the Dolphins saved re-living their 8-8 seasons, I questioned why if they’d a re-live a 12 months it couldn’t have been Dan Marino’s magical 1984 season. That was an electrical 12 months. Why couldn’t we get that 12 months to stay time and again and once more?
Now, look. If it’s not 1984 once more, it’s as shut because it’s been in an extended whereas for the Dolphins. Their offense appears electrical. This season is stuffed with chance. November is popping to December and you may take that previous Groundhog Day icon and drop it within the ocean.
There’s a brand new one up. It’s Invoice Murray, waking as much as a brand new day, saying, “One thing’s totally different.”