Indianapolis Colts @ Miami Dolphins, tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN WSFL locally
There have been a lot of superficial changes since the last time the Dolphins played a regular-season game in their home stadium. For one, it's now named for a Jimmy Buffett-endorsed Corona rip-off beer and undergone a few minor aesthetic changes. There's also a roster of celebrity nano-owners, along with a couple of new theme songs. But none of that is going to help the team win games -- unless Serena Williams has given the Fins a crash course in trash-talking -- and the non-superficial changes during the off-season haven't been anywhere near as exciting.
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Elsewhere, the AFC East seems to be buzzing. The Bills held their own against the Pats (with Brady back onboard) in week one and then went on to dominate the Bucs yesterday. Meanwhile, the Jets upset New England. This means either the Jets and the Bills have seriously improved since last season, or the Patriots haven't quite recovered, or, more accurately, a mix of both. The only remaining question is where the Fins fit into all of this. They are the defending divisional champs after all. Tonight's game won't give a definitive answer for that, but if they play like they did against the Falcons, the outlook doesn't look good.
The fact that most football fortunetellers and oddsmakers have the Colts as the favorite makes us wish the star power on the team matched the star power in the owner's box.