...was very disheartening to me. As a fan living in Boston, who hasn't had much disposable income until recently, it was disappointing to attend my first fins home game with about 15,000 Pats fans. This game was actually meaningful- a win could have put us in the race for the playoffs and given us a new burst of motivation. And despite what some here think, the game was winnable. It is incredible to me that in such a large metro area, we couldn't pull together more fans.
The number of Pats fans was not the only problem. Of the Dolphins fans that were there, I didn't see many who were cheering loudly, firing up people around them, or really doing anything to add to the intensity. I saw a bunch of people out for the afternoon for a friendly meet and greet with a bunch of New Englanders.
Look, I'm all for good sportsmanship, but the lack of ferocity in the Miami crowd was painful. I even saw a fins fan (who happened to be with a pats fan) yell at some other kid for hecking some Pats fans. F@#$ THAT!! We're playing teams from New York and New England at least SIX games a year. If we want to compete, we need to compete with the intensity of fans in those places.
I'll always be a Dolphins fan, but I'd almost rather be a minority in an away stadium with a few real fans than feeling like the minority (in noise level at least) in our own stadium.
Sorry for the rant...but seeing smug Pats fans for 3-4 days on my Florida vacation added insult to injury...a story for another time...