Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fireland Campaign Picks Up Steam

The notorious campaign to fire Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, aptly named "Fireland 2012," is picking up steam in the South Florida sports community. After recent claims that Ireland called a Dolphins fan an "asshole" during Sunday's game versus the Oakland Raiders, other fans have taken to the web to voice their disapproval of Miami's General Manager.

Don't Hate Miami, a Miami-based sports website, recently amped up efforts to oust Ireland with their Fireland 2012 Campaign. According to the website, the goal of the campaign is to "put a stop to Ireland's reign of terror and reclaim the Dolphins of Miami." They take it a step further by stating that "Ireland is the worst NFL Draft Day executive in sports." This coming on the heels of another public outcry by the local puppet personality, Pepe Billete, to replace Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross with Miami Heat Owner Micky Arison.

Ireland released the following statement regarding the incident:

"It did happen at halftime. I was going back to my booth after seeing my wife and I did talk to several fans that were very nice. But as I'm walking back this person introduced himself to me and made a comment to me. 
It caught me off guard. I just turned and walked away, but I did say something I regret. I thought I was saying it to myself under my breath, but I must have said it loud enough that he could hear it. At the time I felt I handled the situation privately, but I probably spoke a little too loud. I regret that I said anything."

The Miami Dolphins may find themselves in a four-way tie for 1st place in AFC East after two games of the 2012 NFL season, but that isn't keeping some fans from pouring out their passion against upper management.

If the Dolphins don't win a Super Bowl this season, it would mark 39 seasons since Miami last won a title. With fans' patience at an all-time low and expectations still high, the Fins find themselves in rough waters. Will Ross side with the fans (as he's done recently) and fire Ireland or stay the course and ride the storm? Stay tuned.

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