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At 74, Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Has No Plans To Step Away Anytime Soon
Published July 28, 2014
TURN THE PAGE: Ross said of expectations for this season, "I don’t think I start any season without planning to make the playoffs. I think if you don’t have those expectations you shouldn’t be in the game." He added, "We’re very excited about the things we’re doing, both from the business standpoint in a lot of things and enhancing the environment for the players, and creating a type of environment that we can really outperform other teams. ... I think (President and CEO) Tom Garfinkel has done a great job as our CEO. ... He’s really been out there in the community." Ross said of the effect of LeBron James leaving the Heat for the Cavaliers, "I think (if) we start winning, we’ll have a lot more support. There will be a lot more enthusiasm because I think, as we all know, football is the number one sport in this country and in this area." He added of changes to the organization's culture, "We’re looking to find every little competitive advantage we can. We’ve hired and set up an analytics department. We’re coordinating an effort involving nutrition with psychology, physiology. In every aspect of it, we’re looking to be state of the art in the NFL" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 7/25). Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey said, "This is a new group of players. Last year was last year. ... There’s been great communication, great respect of our team. ... That’s the group of men that we have here" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 7/25). In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde wrote under the header, "Have Dolphins At Top Learned To Lead At All?" Hyde: "The Dolphins have a lot of people who legitimately want to win. But do they know how to win? Do they understand what it takes to build a championship organization?" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 7/26).
THE HAPPY CAMPERS? In West Palm Beach, Hal Habib writes the buzz at Dolphins training camp "isn't quite the same" as it was last year, "at least not yet." Dolphins camp last year opened to an "overflow crowd of 2,700." Through three practices this year, there has not been "a turnout approaching that." The workouts "began with the stands about one-third full Friday, when attendance was not announced." Saturday’s attendance "was a respectable 1,560." Sunday, the stands "were about one-fourth full as the players took the field -- but the mitigating factor is admission for the day was by invitation only to season-ticket holders" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 7/28).