We came here today to bury GM Jeff Ireland's time with the Dolphins, not to praise him. Well, actually we came here to relentlessly mock him on Twitter. After years of the #Fireland hashtag breaking out on the social networking site just about anytime the Dolphins did anything wrong (which was often), the fan base's wildest dreams have come true. Ireland and the team have mutually agreed to part ways.
Of course #MutuallyAgreeToPartWaysland doesn't make such a great hashtag, but Twitter had a fun time responding to the news.
First there were just explosions of utter glee:
— Damien Woods (@damienwoods) January 8, 2014
This rain has to be tears of happiness falling from heaven. #FIRELAND
— Just An Angry Fan (@canemutiny5X) January 8, 2014
I don't want this day to end... I've been dreaming about it for over 2 years.
— Jarrod (@dolfan565) January 8, 2014
IM SO HAPPY I WANNA DO KARATE FOR SOME REASON #FIRELAND
— Rizzmiggizz (@RizzWrites) January 7, 2014
— Carol Watterston (@vegascarol31) January 8, 2014
— Dale Robinson (@DaleRobinson68) January 8, 2014
My prayers have been answered so im now taking bets for the @MiamiDolphins to win the Super Bowl next season since GM Jeff Ireland Gone
— ♔ ♚ (@shizzytheking) January 8, 2014
Thank you football Gods for releasing my @MiamiDolphins from the evil clutches of Jeff Ireland. He will never be missed
— Sutt (@JuliusHambone) January 8, 2014
Then some wondered if the #Fireland banners that fans had chartered to fly over games had anything to do with it:
I'll let you guys in on a secret. The last straw was when Mr. Ross saw you guys flying a banner over Sunlife. You guys did this! #Fireland
— Fired Jeff Ireland (@Jeff_Ireland) January 7, 2014
Nobody survives 2 banners! #Fireland
— Adam Kuperstein (@AKuperstein) January 7, 2014
Then, of course, there was reference to Ireland's famous interview with Dez Bryant:
The Dolphins got rid of Jeff Ireland?? How will they know now if their players' mothers were prostitutes?
— DJ Gallo (@DJGalloEtc) January 8, 2014
Jeff Ireland fired. If I was interviewing him for a new job, I'd ask him if his mother is a prostitute like he asked Dez Bryant. #Dolphins
— Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) January 7, 2014
One guy pointed out the upside to employment with the team to possible GM candidates:
— SoFlowSports (@SoFlowSports) January 8, 2014
Of course, Omar Kelly had to ruin the party mood:
Its amazing that Dolphins fans wanted Jeff Ireland to be fired SO BAD, but now are scared of the "what's next." Calm down. Be patient.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) January 8, 2014
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But mostly, people were just happy:
— Lee Vickers (@LeeVicks) January 8, 2014