This season, the Miami Dolphins will sport a variety of exciting new looks. From stadium renovations to the players on the field, the 2015 Fins have a very new-car smell about them. The signing of Ndamukong Suh and the long-term commitment to Ryan Tannehill have set the tone, and fans are more excited than they've been at any point in recent memory.
There are so many reasons to look forward to this Dolphins season, but there may be a few that have flown under the radar.
The Dolphins' wide receivers look like a hipster rock band. Not only are the Dolphins wideouts so much better this season, but they are also infinitely cooler than last year's bunch of lame-o's. Parker, Stills, Landry, and Jennings could start a boy band tomorrow and nobody would think it was weird. Jennings might be older than the rest of them, but doesn't every band have an older brother type? These wide receivers alone will add excitement to the games and, in turn, make the team much more fun to watch. The added flair that comes with this new group of guys will be very un-Dolphins-like. That's a good thing.
This is a real person who plays for the Miami Dolphins.
The above person exists, and he is a member of the Miami Dolphins — what a time to be alive! Boise State rookie running back Jay Ajayi looks like Ricky Williams and a Transformer had the happiest baby ever. Throw in the fact that Ajayi has a British accent, and it's basically all of our birthdays; we are so lucky to get to play with this person. Jay seems to have buckets of personality — and, oh, by the way, he scored 32 touchdowns last year at Boise State. Ajayi is basically the poster boy for how much the Dolphins locker room has changed since the Richie Incognito days. There are many more fun-loving guys in there now.
Yeah, this guy on your favorite team might not suck.
The Dolphins actually have a villain this season; that's weird. As a Dolphins fan, you are used to watching your team get pushed around and bullied, sometimes by themselves, but not this year! No, we say! This year, we have Ndamukong Suh on our side, and he turns quarterbacks into shish kebabs, then laughs at the yellow flag that's supposed to stop him from hurting the other team's best player. For once, the Dolphins have the ass kicker on their side. We've had awesome guys like Cameron Wake, but he's so nice. This year, we have a villain. It's nice to play the bad guy once in a while.
Dolphins fans will wear the black hat if need be this season. Hey, everyone else hated LeBron James when he was here, and we handled that well.
The Dolphins have quietly put together the best social media team in the NFL. This is something that has been brewing over the past couple of years, but it's becoming very apparent that the Dolphins have the best social media content in the NFL. Between posting high-resolution photos, using video montages, joining new outlets like Snapchat — it all just shows how far they have come from the days of barely announcing a signing of a player. This might not seem like a big deal now, but if the Dolphins are good this season, it will be a pleasure to have so many quality ways to experience their success. Think phantom cam during the LeBron era with the Heat.
The Dolphins are ahead of the league in fan experience online, and it seems to get better everyday.
Goodbye, boring Sun Life Stadium Yes, you're aware the stadium is changing, but not enough is being made of the fact that Sun Life Stadium will look amazing this season, and game day will be completely different. Though the renovations won't be completed before the season begins, you can tell by the photographs just how much has changed. Have you driven past the stadium lately? It's striking how different it looks, and I feel like people aren't processing it yet because it doesn't seem real. Now that the NBA hoopla has subsided, people will realize going to a Miami Dolphins game just got 500 percent cooler — and the renovations are only half finished.
Dolphins games have changed forever, even if they suck. When fans first walk in that stadium this season, the magnitude of it all will hit them.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.