Miami Dolphins fans, there is officially a very faint light at the end of the tunnel: In roughly 72 hours, Dolphins training camp jumps off in Davie. If this offseason felt longer than most, it's because there was no Miami Heat playoff run and the Marlins are terrible. So even the reports later this week of a 65-yard catch by a guy you've never heard of are sure to be music to your ears.
This Miami Dolphins preseason comes with a little more hope and intrigue than any in recent memory — just ask the coach. Everyone in the Dolphins organization is gushing about the changes the team has made both on and off the field, and the positive vibes are a welcome change from the usual doom-and-gloom philosophy that comes with being a Dolphins fan born after 1980.
The fact is, this season the Dolphins have a chance to numb a lot of the pain their fan base has endured over the past decade-plus. No playoff wins since 2001, no playoff berths since 2008, and lots of mediocrity in between has really taken its toll on fans. Once upon a time, Fins fans could boast of rooting for one of the most consistent teams in sports, but lately the Dolphins have been only consistently disappointing. That all could change beginning next week.
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Beginning Thursday, fans can trot their happy asses to Nova Southeastern University Dolphins facilities, where practices are free and open to the public. Although admission is free, you still need a ticket. You can request free tickets at ticketmaster.com using promo code "CAMP15."
Below is the full Miami Dolphins training camp schedule. Plan your sick days at work accordingly: