I don’t need to start with the game last week or the way the Dolphins have been playing. Obviously it’s not making any Dolphins fan happy, but Dolfans NYC was founded with the goal of enjoying our Sunday’s and doing something positive at the same time. Win or lose we have more fun every week being with our Dolfan brothers and sisters at Slattery’s and this week we are doing something to help one of them out.
When I first moved to NYC almost exactly 8 years ago I googled “Dolphins Bars NYC” and a bar called Proof came up. When I got there there was only one other Dolphins fan. His name was John and we watched games together every week. At some point my Dolfans NYC partner Michelle came into the bar and we had our first chance meeting which led several years later to the founding of Dolfans NYC. When word go out about our club John heard about it and I saw him again for the first time in a couple years and he instantly became one of the most essential members of Dolfans NYC. He is there every week and has done a lot of great stuff for us and now he needs some help.
John’s dog Hank has been really sick and has been in and out of the vet. John approached us about raffling some of his memorabilia off to help pay for some of his dogs treatments and we of course agreed. So on Sunday John is going to be bringing in some of his memorabilia and we are going to be upping the game with some of our own stuff including an autographed game used Brian Hartline glove.
Despite the loss to the Bills last week that smashed all hope of a successful season right out of my brain, they keep playing football games. Losing the game was bad but losing Moreno for an extended period of time was worse and the way the oline played was icing on the cake of the terrible day. After beating the Pats with our o-line playing great and Moreno destroying things I had dreams that this team was better than average. Well the Bills put an end to that.
Now of course it’s only one game and this team is certainly capable of winning a bunch more this season, but it took me until Thursday to move past Sunday and if we beat the Chiefs on Sunday everything will be wonderful again. That’s just how sports work.
So, this post is pretty much just a post for posts sake. It’s a reminder that the game is at 4:25pm on Sunday and we will be rocking Slattery’s Midtown Pub as always. It’s a reminder to get your money in for the #MetLifeTakeover. It’s a reminder that you should buy stuff from our web store and it’s a reminder that this club has done a great job raising money for charity and our next big fundraiser is a week from Sunday when the Phins play the Raiders in London. Save your money because it’s gonna be a great event.
Oh, and if you are in Miami this weekend remember to wear aqua for the “Aqua Out” and make some damn noise!
Power rankings don’t matter. What ESPN thinks of the Dolphins doesn’t matter. How much space Peter King gives to Phins coverage doesn’t matter. None of this media stuff matters… but it sure is fun. It’s only Wednesday and I have probably spent four or five hours just reading about the Dolphins and it’s been great. I thought this team was mediocre and at the end of the year maybe they will be but this win gives such hope for a really fun season and beating the Bills is a BIG step towards that.
Last year I was at BOTH Bills games. I was down in Miami sitting in the CEO’s skybox sitting next to Luther Campbell as the Dolphins played just poorly enough to lose the game to a back up QB. It was devastating. A couple months later the Dolphins just need to beat the Bills to get in to two the playoffs so I drive about 10 hours in a freezing rain storm to Buffalo in December. The entire miserable game is spent in a downpour of freezing rain and the Dolphins get destroyed and I spend another 7 hours driving straight back to NYC.
So this is a big moment. Yes it’s only the second game but winning this game against the Bills (and their starting QB) would show how far we have come from last year and it would put us in sole possession of the #1 spot in the AFC East by virtue of us playing two division games even if the Jets beat Green Bay (which I don’t see happening). Winning these division games is going to be so big this year with New England looking beatable an a win at Buffalo will do huge things for our media attention.
When the year started I was hoping for a 2-2 record before the bye. I figured if we did that we would have a week off and we could get Pouncey, Jones and Jordan back. Well right now I am looking at the Dolphins schedule and if we beat Buffalo I see no reason why we shouldn’t be undefeated heading into the bye week. The Raiders look like absolute trash and the Chiefs are decimated with injuries. Obviously I am way ahead of myself but that’s the whole point… when you win a game like we won on Sunday you get to enjoy stuff like this. You get to enjoy reading the article and you get to enjoy looking ahead. We all know the Dolphins love to disappoint us, just look at last year, but for the moment let’s take the time to enjoy the victory and if we beat Buffalo it’s going to get a lot better.
Now, the important stuff! With our cut of the bar last week we ended up raising $1500. That’s going to go a long way towards our charitable donations AND a pretty cool surprise leading up to the #MetLifeTakeover. Putting in an order tomorrow for some merch that I think you guys are going to really like and that we are going to be able to sell very cheaply.
In the mean time, you can get Dolfans NYC merch from our new e-shop and when you visit Slattery’s Midtown Pub. This Sunday Michelle is out of town (although there’s a chance she might be back) so I am not sure if we are going to be selling anything this week but normally we will. I might just sell one color shirt or something to make it easy on myself.
The other thing I need to mention is that we have over 1000 people signed up for the #MetLifeTakeover and over 500 who have paid. We only have about 800 seats reserved so get your money in ASAP. We should be able to buy another section but we can’t promise anything so make sure you send in your money now! If you haven’t signed up it’s not too late… just make sure you pay for your tickets as soon as you get the email telling you how. So sign up now!
And lastly, if anyone is going to Buffalo there is a Bills Vs Dolphins tailgate that was a ton of fun last year. You hang out with a bunch of Phins fans in the middle of a giant Bills tailgate. As much as I hate the Bills, their fans are pretty amazing and they appreciate die hard fans. Now, you get a few beers in them and they start throwing batteries at you, but before the game it was pretty civil and a lot of fun. Check out the Facebook invite for details.
Now, with all of that out of the way, please take the time to enjoy victory week starting with this video… Love to see those morons Bayless and Smith lose their minds.
Yesterday was amazing. Not only did the Dolphins TROUNCE the Patriots but we had an amazing first day at Slattery’s Midtown Pub. About 400 Dolphins fans showed up to our first meet up of 2014 and it was a blast. We had some technical issues to start the day with DJ Tropic’s DJ set up not quite working as planned and the upstairs TV’s looking like the Dolphins were wearing the Detroit Lions jerseys in the first half but DJ Tropic managed to kill it despite his limitations and the TV’s got fixed before the second half. Things are only going to get better from here!
We have a lot more planned this year and hopefully the Dolphins will keep winning so that you guys will keep coming back in crazy numbers like yesterday. It was so much fun and we raised over $1000 for charity through the massive raffle and t-shirt sales and that doesn’t include our cut of the bar tab. We aren’t going to have a raffle every week but between our weekly events and the #MetLifeTakeover our plan is to donate over $10,000 to charity this year.
Now about the game! Can you believe the Dolphins beat the Patriots by double digits despite giving the ball up three times, settling for four field goals, playing without three starting linebackers, Mike Pouncy, Reshad Jones and Dion Jordan, and getting mediocre QB play? Obviously we are going to have more injuries this year and we already lost Ellerbe for the season, but this team is just going to keep getting better. Even Tannehill haters know he can pretty constantly play better than yesterday. With this suddenly powerful run first offense Tannehill can be a game manager and still succeed. The Patriots look worse than ever, the Jets looked pretty bad despite the win and I still don’t think the Bills can be competitive with EJ Manuel. This season could be a lot of fun if yesterday wasn’t a fluke.
Time for some photos! I took a bunch of photos before and after the game. I was way too panicked to do anything during the game despite an appearance from Michelle’s son Charlie! Also, despite being a professional photographer I took EXTREMELY mediocre photos. Oh well, such is life. You guys will probably dig them anyway.
The first game of the year is tomorrow and I know everyone could not be more excited. I will probably get about two hours of sleep tonight. It’s like Christmas morning for adults! Slattery’s is going to be rocking tomorrow so make sure you get there early! The bar will be open at 11! It’s going to be amazing and in celebration of opening day we are launching the Dolfans NYC E-Shop!
As long as there has been a Dolfans NYC logo people have wanted t-shirts with that logo on it so of course we made t-shirts. Of course when that happened people who didn’t live in NYC wanted the shirts. For years we have said that the shirts were only available at Dolfans NYC events because we wanted people to have a reason to come to our watch parties. That was partly true, but the real reason is that I hate going to the post office and didn’t want to deal with any of the shipping. Michelle has a full time job and a baby and I run my own business. We just simply don’t have time to ship stuff.
Fortunately we found a solution! A friend of mine for nearly 20 years runs a small record label and record distribution company called Handstand Records and I pitched him the idea of selling some Dolfans NYC stuff for us. He is sending out shipments every day already and was open to the idea of selling our gear. Not only that but he built the web store for us!
So now you can get Dolfans NYC T-shirts anywhere in the world! (Looking at you Belgium!) Plus we have some new stuff this year like tote bags! Ooh! When it gets a little colder we plan on making some sweat shirts and reprinting the very popular Dolfans NYC beanies, plus we have some surprises in store! So keep checking back!
And remember all the money we make (after Handstand’s cut) goes back to the Dolfans NYC war chest which is used to buy more merchandise, throw bigger and better events and most importantly donate money to charity! We have donated nearly $10,000 to the Miami Dolphins Foundation alone! So spend some money, get some cool stuff and do some good!
Hey Dolphins fans! The season starts in two days. I can’t even believe it! This is probably the best team of the Philbin era so I am hoping we have a great year. At the very least I know Dolfans NYC are going to have a lot of fun at Slattery’s Midtown Pub and Sunday will be no exception.
On the football side, I am a bit nervous about going up against the Patriots week one, but last time we played them we beat them so I am hoping week 1 will be no different. We got the heat on our side and our defensive line should put a hurting on Tom Brady… but they are still the Patriots and until we prove otherwise they are still the favorites to win this game.
But this week at Slattery’s is going to be a party no matter what! Make sure you get there early! The bar opens at 11am and it is sure to be packed! The bar has more TVs this year, updated menu and specials on food and drinks. Plus we will be giving out discount cards f0r 10% off any time you come back to the bar not during a Dolphins game!
We are going to have DJ Tropic DJing EVERY game this year. If you made it out to one of our prime time games last year you know how much fun it’s going to be with him DJing. And don’t worry, he only DJ’s during the commercials and half time. We will still have the sound on the game.
Make sure to bring your wallets! We are having our biggest raffle ever this Sunday! The prizes are a surprise but there will be three prizes drawn every quarter and a 13th prize will be drawn at the end of the game and we can give that one away… it’s a signed Dan Marino ball! Plus everyone who wins will be given a Dolphins autographed commemorative ticket in addition to their prize! We have some pretty serious prizes picked out!
We also have all new merch this year! We ended up buying a bunch of shirts from a t-shirt company that went out of business so we have some very nice shirts, including some blue ones. We also have black shirts for the first time ever and we have tote bags! Oooh! In addition we have more merch planned for later in the season when it gets cold so be on the look out for that every Sunday at Slattery’s.
And remember, all the money we raise gets split between charitable causes and more great Dolfans NYC merch and events! We have raised more than $20,000 for charity in the last few years!
I will be taking photos for the website this week and we have some other surprises in store for you guys both this week and for later in the season. It should be pretty epic this year and the Dolphins are working with us more than ever to insure that Dolfans NYC will be better and better. Can’t wait to see you guys on Sunday! Phins up!
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!