The Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) has blown up on the internet and has a great job putting eyes on the terrible neurological disease. Unfortunately at some point people stopped even talking about the disease in their videos or encouraging people to donate money to help find a cure. It’s become shameless self promoting for celebrities and people who want to be celebrities.
Both Michelle and I have been challenged by friends so we wanted to do something for ALS but we didn’t want to just do another video. Dolfans NYC has always been about raising money for good causes so instead of getting soaked in cold water we will be donating $200 to ALS Association and we are asking you guys to take some time to read about ALS and maybe make your own donation.
In the spirit of the Ice Bucket Challenge I quickly made an “Ice Water Challenge” video and am calling out our friends at Phin Phanatic, The DC/NOVA Dolfans and the NorCal Dolfans. We are asking them to try and match our donation and maybe do their own video to help spread awareness. And yes, you guys can dump ice on your head if you really want!
I don’t know about you guys but I am getting way too excited about the NFL season. We here at Dolfans NYC have been working non stop getting a bunch of stuff together and I wanted to update you on some of that progress but I figured we should talk about the actual team for a second.
After watching two preseason games a couple things are pretty clear… The Dolphins still have some pretty big holes. The offensive line is still a disaster and losing Pouncey to injury is not helping. The defense is very weak at linebacker and with Reshad Jones out for the first four games we apparently don’t have anyone that isn’t a lineman that can tackle. But there are some good signs as well, early NFL odds currently have us as only 4 point underdogs against the Patriots and I think that is partly because of how good the pass offense has looked.
Tannehill has played great in the preseason and even Matt More has looked pretty good. Despite the struggles of the offensive line and the running game Tannehill has been getting passes out very quickly with short and middle range passes that give our receivers room to work. 2nd round pick Landry has looked fantastic and Matthews has looked fantastic. It’s amazing how deep our WRs are. I think this offense should look pretty good as long as we can get the ball out of Tannehill’s hands fast. Moreno should help when get gets healthy. He’s a great pass blocker, receiver and runs straight ahead… all things we need right now.
On the Dolfans NYC side, we have so much going on! We of course are working on the #MetlifeTakeover (get your money in now!!) and the #SunLifeTakeover, but we also have a bunch of other things in the works!
We have some new merch this year including tote bags, black t-shirts an some warm weather gear that will be available a little later in the season. We are setting up an online store and it should be up and running by week one.
We just had a meeting with our bar, Slattery’s Midtown Pub, and they are going to doing some cool stuff this year to help make everything run smoother and be an even better experience. They have added several extra HD TVs and will have improved bar service all season. We are going to have DJ Tropic DJ every game so that we will have music during commercials, never have any delays in the fight song and he will have control of the game audio so if we start to get loud the TV’s audio will still be audible. If you guys were at any of our prime time events last year you know how much fun it was when he was DJing.
Thanks to everyone who has signed up for the #MetLifeTakeover! If you haven’t yet make sure you sign up ASAP! But this post isn’t about the takeover, we have another exciting event planned and we have a very unique opportunity to be a part of something HUGE!
This is going to be an amazing event IN MIAMI and we want the Dolfans NYC crew to roll deep! Let’s show these other fan clubs who represents the hardest! To entice you even more we are offering you some cool rewards on top of what the Dolphins are offering!
Here’s what you can get:
- Discounted tickets together, in the same section as other fan clubs
- Complimentary busses to and from the stadium if we bring more than 50 people
- A post-game photo on the field with all the other fan clubs
- Tour of Sun Life Stadium on Monday, November 3rd
- Opportunity to meet hundreds of other Dolfans all over the country
- Autographed items auctioned off for ticket buyers
- Cheerleaders and TD the mascot to stop by select tailgates pre-game
IN ADDITION TO ALL THE GREAT STUFF THE DOLPHINS ARE OFFERING, HERE IS AN EXCLUSIVE OFFER THAT WE ARE MAKING TO DOLFANSNYC MEMBERS!!!
-Everyone who buys a ticket through our group will get a free DolfansNYC tote bag with some fun prizes, as well as a coupon for $5 off DolfansNYC merchandise.
- All fans who buy tickets through our link will be entered into a drawing to win various prizes, including: a $100 AmEx gift card, a cleat autographed by Mark “Super” Duper and a DolfansNYC goodie bag!
-First 10 people who buy a ticket will get a free DolfansNYC hat or shirt!
Plus discounted hotel partners from the Dolphins:
Renaissance Plantation: $125 per night (800-316-7708) (We recommend everyone book the Renaissance so that we’re all together).
Shula’s Miami Lakes: $129 per night (305-821-1150) – includes breakfast for two
The Clevelander: $239 per night (877-532-4006) – includes welcome drink at check-in AND four drink tickets per room
The Essex Standard: $209 per night (877-532-4006)
So let’s do this! Sign up with DolfansNYC and let’s party in Miami.
Hundreds of people have already signed up for the #MetLifeTakeover but I have a feeling the word hasn’t been passed around to all the far corners of the Dolphins web universe! With preseason still weeks away the non obsessed Phins fans are not thinking about the season much less December 1st! That being said payment info has started to go out (alphabetically) and once that goes out these tickets are going to go very fast so sign up now! This sign up is to reserve your tickets. Once the payment info goes out you will have a few weeks to pay but we will need your money soon! So only sign up if you are 100% going to go to the takeover!
We don’t give out the section because we don’t want Jets fans to be able to get tickets near us. We have reserved 600 seats already but we want to be able to buy up more if we have to. We also want people to buy tickets with us because it helps us raise money for charity and shows the Dolphins that we are a serious force as a fan club.
I already signed up in the comments or on Facebook. Do I have to sign up?
Yes! A ton of people have told us they are signed up in the comments of our last post or on Facebook or Twitter. You NEED to sign up using the above link or you won’t have tickets or be emailed payment info!
You can pay in person at Slattery’s during week one of the season or via Pay Pal. Either way your tickets will be emailed to you.
Wait, what is this again?
I hope you are kidding. This is the infamous #MetlifeTakeover! When the Dolphins take on the Jets on December 1st we will be taking over full sections of MetLife Stadium in Jersey. It will be one of the best experiences of you Dolphins fandom! But don’t take my word for it… watch this!
This year the Dolphins play the Jets on Monday Night Football and once again Dolfans NYC is organizing a takeover and we are getting ready for prime time! The 2014 #MetLifeTakeover doesn’t happen until December 1st but we are already setting plans in motion and here is how you reserve your seat! We have on hold over 600 seats for the game and we would love to break the 751 tickets we bought last year!
Since this year’s game falls on a Monday we are NOT going to be organizing a specific tailgate party. It would require us leaving for the stadium well before most people get off work. We will be helping people who want to get there early organize themselves but we can’t do a catered event like last year. That being said we are going to be throwing a party that Sunday night at our bar Slattery’s Midtown Pub and there will be some food and drinks available again at Slattery’s before the busses leave.
Additionally this year we got ticket prices even lower! We are able to sell tickets for $60 instead of $65 and if you want to ride the bus with us from Slattery’s tickets are $90 instead of $100! Even with the tickets that low we are going to be able to make enough money to make a big donation to the Miami Dolphins Foundation and provide a few extra surprises for the game.
Now, here is the important part… if you want to go to the game with us you need to sign up to reserve a ticket. Please sign up ONLY if you are 100% sure you are going. This sign up page is so that we can get an idea of how many tickets to buy, how many busses to charter, etc. Once the tickets go on sale we will be emailing you for payment. We only accept payment via PayPal or via cash brought to Slattery’s on game day in September.
Hopefully the 2014 #MetLifeTakeover will be every bit as amazing as last year! So sign up now!!
It’s that time of year again! The NFL Draft! Dolfans NYC makes a yearly trip to the draft that has grown every year. It’s a really fun event that is a fantastic way to talk football again. It has become one of the highlights of the Dolfans NYC calendar!
The NFL Draft takes place at Radio City Music Hall which is pretty much walkable from our bar Slattery’s Midtown Pub and we love to make a lot of noise and talk smack to all the other fans of other teams. Especially the Jets! We need to come out in force again!
Tickets to the draft are totally free but you do have to wait in line but the cool thing is waiting in line is one of the most fun parts of the draft. You just hang out with football fans all day and smack talk and have a good time. I honestly think I love it more than the actual draft!
Important to note. This year Michelle has a new baby and is going to be in Miami during the draft. I am going to be in a wedding this week/weekend and don’t have any time to spend as much time answering questions and responding to emails. So follow instructions carefully and you will get to watch the draft with us.
THE DAY BEOFRE THE DRAFT – Wednesday May 7th: On Wednesday we will be waiting in line to get wrist bands to get tickets the draft. The NFL starts giving out wrist bands at 7pm. We will be meeting at the fountain on Avenue Of Americas between 49th and 50th street at 5pm! We will be heading to get in line RIGHT AT 5pm! DO NOT BE LATE!
If you see everyone already in line DON’T PANIC. They give out tons of wrist bands on Wednesday night so as long as we get in line we will get into the draft. Even if the line seems impossibly long, don’t stress, you will get a wrist band. Also, if you can’t make it by five, just get in line and get a wristband. As long as we are together on Thursday we will get to sit together.
Wear your Dolphins gear both nights! We need to represent! And make sure you go to the bathroom and or bring food. You can’t leave the line once you get in it!
Round 1 – Thursday May 8th : This is the important part. Once you have a wristband they assign tickets by group in a random order. This means that as long as we are together in line we will get to sit together. Last year we had to do two different groups but we traded seats out and figured it out. But the important thing is that we are together. You are guaranteed a seat with a wrist band so once again DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE LINE!
We will be meeting at the same fountain on Ave of the Americas (6th Ave) between 49th and 50th again at 5pm. DO NOT BE LATE! This is important! We need to all be together when we get in line so that we can sit together! If you show up late try and find us in line but you probably won’t be able to join us.
Day 2 & 3: If you want to go to any of the other rounds of the draft it’s pretty easy. We aren’t doing a big get together but after the draft on Thursday you can get in line to get a ticket for Day 2. Day 3 is even easier. They are pretty much begging people to go so you just walk up on Saturday and you will probably even get a great seat.
Now check out this video from our draft trip last year and Go Dolphins!!
Ps. #MetLifeTakeover 2014 info coming soon! We can’t do much until tickets go on sale, but trust us, we are on top of it!
So things have not gone so well since I last updated. We lost back to back games including one to our hated rivals the Jets and one where I drove 8 hours to Buffalo to watch us get killed in freezing rain… at least I had great seats. We also had this great video from the #MetlifeTakeover but it wasn’t edited and ready to go until after the season was already over. Since then there has been a disastrous GM search and a Super Bowl in our city that I can’t even pretend to get excited about.
That being said, 2013 was a truly great year for Dolfans NYC. We found a new and improved home at Slattery’s Midtown Pub, raised thousands of dollars for various charities, threw the biggest away fan takeover in MetLife Stadium history and grew Dolfans NYC into a serious force in Dolphins fandom. The Dolphins new CEO even invited Michelle and I to watch a game in his box at SunLife. On top of that we really have created a family and even in horrible losses it’s been amazing to be around so many awesome Dolphins fans. There’s no place I would rather be than Slattery’s on Sunday and it makes the wins so much better and the losses sting a lot less.
This year we donated $3000 to the Miami Dolphins Foundation, sponsored two riders in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, donated several hundred dollars to a breast cancer charity in October and made Christmas a lot better for two Dolphins fans who were injured in the Metro North train crash on the way to the #MetlifeTakeover. We also have raised a significant amount of money that’s sitting in the bank for next year. This money will be used to make more t-shirts, buy more prizes for our fund raising raffles and to make future charitable donations. This fundraising we do is truly the best thing about this for us. It means so much to be able to do something positive and have all this fun at the same time.
Michelle and I (and our many volunteers!) spend so much time on Dolfans NYC and people constantly thank us for all our work… but the truth is, we don’t need to be thanked. All this work is selfish. We do this because we want to have the best experience possible when watching Dolphins games and being able to watch every Sunday with 200+ passionate Dolphins fans or go to the Jets game with 760 of you guys is worth all the time and energy. So in reality I want to thank you guys for coming out and supporting what we do at Dolfans NYC!
Anyway, the Super Bowl is in NYC and I haven’t even checked out any of the events going on. So many Miami people are in town and I haven’t even gone down to Super Bowl Row. I feel like we should be doing more but Michelle is about to have a human child pop out of her and I am busy with work BUT, I just wanted to let everyone know that Slattery’s is going to be doing a big event for the Super Bowl.
Slattery’s is doing a $75 top shelf open bar with free appetizers upstairs but it’s only $50 if you are wearing Dolphins colors! You can also watch the big game downstairs without having to pay for the open bar. Just pay as you go. I would love to watch the game with a bunch of Dolphins fans so let us know over on our Facebook page if you want to attend. Thanks!
Lastly, I wanted to finally get up our #Metlifetakeover video. This thing is so cool and I posted it on Facebook and Twitter but I never posted it on our actual page. I hope you guys get a chance to watch it because I really love this video. Thanks to Alex Bente and his crew for filming and editing this! Also thanks again to Sailor Jerry and PBR for sponsoring our tailgate.
If you guys didn’t hear about it, two of our members, Marissa & Bryan were injured in the Metro North train crash on the way to our #MetLifeTakeover Bryan was knocked out but he was fine, but Marisa was pretty badly injured. She broke her spine and has to get an artery repaired by a specialist. I wanted to help them raise money but they didn’t want it, so instead we got them some gifts.
Marisa had her Marino jersey cut off at the hospital so of course we had to get her a new one. We got her a vintage one, as well as a signed one! I wanted to get Bryan something as well since he missed the game and is dealing with all this stuff too so we got him a signed Don Shula helmet since he was a big fan. We also had a ton of people at Slattery’s sign a get well card for Marisa.
All the money we spent on this stuff came from money raised at the #MetLifeTakeover so if you threw in a few dollars or bought at t-shirt or a hat you helped make this tragedy a little better for them. We donate a ton of money to charity every year and I can’t think of anything better than helping out some fellow NY Dolphins fans.
Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures with you. The first one is the last photo they Tweeted before the crash. That’s them on the way to Slattery’s to catch a bus with us to the game. Moments later their train crashed. The second is them in the hospital when Marisa finally left the intensive care unit. The last two are them with their gifts from DolfansNYC!
If you guys want to send some love to Marisa and Bryan you can reach em on Twitter! Marisa is @gemmati4 and Bryan is @miamifinfan. Try not to hold Bryan being a Rangers fan against him. His head got hit pretty hard in the crash.
By the middle of the third quarter of Sunday’s game, MetLife Stadium was half-empty, as thousands of dejected Jets fans filed for the exits. By the the time the fourth quarter started and the Dolphins held a comfortable 20-3 lead, Sections 322 and 323 — along with several hundred aqua-and-orange-clad fans scattered around the stadium — were the only ones left clapping in the stands. 760 DolfansNYC members, plus a few more who migrated to join us, cheered for every first down, sang the fight song after every touchdown (even one that was ultimately called back) and made sure to let the Jets know #MetLifeTakeover was in full effect.
Prior to and especially following the game — along with the support of thousands of fans across the country – dozens of past and present Dolphins stars, front office personnel and media members offered humbling shoutouts to DolfansNYC. Check out notable Tweets and images from CEO Tom Garfinkel, team legend O.J. McDuffie and current players including Brian Hartline, Jared Odrick and Mike Pouncey — all of whom heard their fans loud and clear.
Yesterday was one of the best days of my life and I have a feeling that another 750 or so people feel the exact same way after the amazing day we had yesterday at the Meadowlands. We rolled very deep taking four busses of fans from Slattery’s Midtown Pub to MetLife Stadium where a ton more Dolphins fans joined us. As a group we bought 760 tickets but there were a lot more at the game and I feel like most of them came to our tailgate!
The tailgate was catered for the first 300 people who signed up but a bunch of people brought their own food and set up around us. We also had beer and rum provided by PBR and Sailor Jerry and I can’t thank them enough for sponsoring our tailgate free of charge. The tailgate featured some Dolfan guests when team CEO Tom Garfinkle and Nat Moore showed up and posed for pictures with fans. While it wasn’t quite the Fergie appearance from last year Sun-Sentinel reporter Omar Kelly showed up and he was voted one of South Florida’s sexiest TV newsmen. (I actually had to google “Omar Kelly sexiest” to find that link. I hope the NSA isn’t judging me.) We also had a pretty awesome performance from Miami Dolfan Music’s own Solo D who recorded a #MetLifeTakeover song for the occasion. The Dolphins sent us a MASSIVE flag that we broke out at the tailgate. I had to climb on top of an RV to get pictures! I was also told Brent Grimes’ hilarious wife Miko showed up to the tailgate late but I missed her.
I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off so I barely had time to talk to anyone for more than a minute, but it was really amazing to meet all the Dolphins fans who came from all over the northeast for the game. The York PA Dolphins Fan Club and the Northern VA/DC club made group trips up and I hope it becomes a tradition. I love meeting fan clubs from all over and Michelle and I really want to do what we can to help grow these clubs around the country. Dolfans NYC has been successful partly because there are more than 10 million people living within an hour of us but I also think some of our marketing efforts have worked pretty well and I hope we can help other clubs do similar events at other Dolphins away games.
The game itself was of course amazing and our sections were ROCKING! We gave out 750 rally towels at the tailgate and they were in full force throughout the game. Marv Albert mentioned how loud we were on the TV broadcast after Brian Hartline scored a TD and pointed to our section with the ball. You could hear our LET’S GO DOLPHINS and DEFENSE chants in the background on the telecast but our Seven Nation Army chants were really audible in the fourth quarter. The Jets made a huge mistake by playing the song before a Dolphins third down and we kept coming back to it after that. It was pretty hilarious to use that against them.
Aside from the camaraderie and the huge win it was awesome to feel like what you were doing made a difference on the field. I think we all felt like we were making a difference in the game and giving our team energy and I don’t think we were alone in that. A ton of Dolphins Tweeted thank you messages to the crowd including several of them mentioning Dolfans NYC by name. We should have a list of all those Tweets on the blog tomorrow or whenever Alex gets a chance to do the post.
So check out all the photos I shot at the tailgate below and both MiamiDolphins.com and our crack team of video reporters were on hand so there should be some pretty cool videos coming soon! I also will be posting these pictures to our Facebook group so tag yourselves in them! Phins up!