Last month, Riptide received a vague but alarming email invitation with this headline: "JIMMY BUFFETT, MIAMI DOLPHINS AND DOLPHIN STADIUM TO HOST MAJOR CORPORATE ANNOUNCEMENT."
Riptide quickly RSVPed and was treated to one of the most disturbing displays in sports history: Jimmy Buffett playing to a crowd of Parrotheads and getting the stadium named after his Corona-lite LandShark Lager in return.
So what to make of the invite we just received a few minutes ago?
Here's the headline: "GLORIA ESTEFAN, EMILIO ESTEFAN AND THE MIAMI DOLPHINS TO HOST MAJOR CORPORATE ANNOUNCEMENT."
Wha? Is the team going to be renamed the Miami Sound Machine Dolphins in exchange for a hot new music video? Are the Estefans going to force Buffett out of the local football biz in a hostile musical takeover? Will Joey Porter do that conga?
The "major announcement" is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Corona-ripoff Stadium. Dolphins prez Stephen Ross will be there along with both the Estefans.
Dolphins spokesman Elliott Stares would only tell Riptide that "everything will be revealed on Thursday."
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We'll be there, Elliott.
Update: The Herald reported this morning that the Estefans have purchased a minority stake in the Dolphins.
No word yet on what kind of Estefan-themed renaming this could mean for the franchise -- or whether Stephen Ross is actually getting cash out of this deal instead of just a dubious new theme song.