Remember when the Miami Dolphins were the laughingstock of the NFL? When opposing teams penciled them in as an automatic win every season and it was excruciatingly embarrassing to admit you were a fan? Yeah, neither do we. Well, maybe a little. But knowing the Fins are entering this season as defending AFC East champions makes those memories much more bittersweet.
Miamis rebirth came thanks in large part to a little formation called the wildcat. The Fins unleashed it onto the unsuspecting NFL in week two, and, with it, proceeded to hand out cockpunches to the opposition like teriyaki chicken samples at the food court. The result: a new era of Miami Dolphins football. The Fins host the Carolina Panthers on Saturday at Land Shark Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd. in Miami Gardens) this Saturday for a preseason matchup, and the Wildcat is sure to make an appearance. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $41. Call 1-800-FINS-TIX or visit miamidolphins.com.
Sat., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2009