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Fire Ireland sign flies in Miami again

Fire Ireland sign

It’s become an annual tradition unlike any other.

Each year for the past three years, angry Miami Dolphins fans have protested GM Jeff Ireland holding his current position. Two years ago, the folks at finsnation.com hired an airplane to fly a “Fire Jeff Ireland” banner over Sun Life Stadium. Last offseason, fans gathered outside the team’s facility to protest Ireland having the GM job. This year, they did another flyover.

“Mr. Ross: We told you so 2 years ago #FireIreland” was the message on the banner this time.

What cemented this line of thinking? Oh nothing, maybe just that Ireland supposedly suggested Jonathan Martin punch Richie Incognito if he had bullying concerns. And maybe that he’s been the architect of this embarrassing Dolphins team.

Yeah, I’d say it’s about time they fired him. Only this time, based on how Stephen Ross handled his last press conference, it sounds like Ireland will finally be fired.

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Miami Dolphins fans support Richie Incognito with signs

Free Incognito sign

Some Miami Dolphins fans may feel embarrassed about what’s going on with their team, but others are standing by Richie Incognito. Some attended the Monday night game between the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium and had signs with messages supporting Incognito.

The Miami Herald captured this photo of fans showing their support of Incognito:

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Superfan fight! Dolphins fan ‘Big Papa Pump’ goes off on ‘Fireman Ed’

Former New York Jets superfan Ed Anzalone, aka “Fireman Ed,” is not the only notorious supporter of his favorite NFL team. The Miami Dolphins have a noteworthy nut job as well, and he goes by the name “Big Papa Pump.”

Big Papa Pump, who has been a Dolphins season ticket holder for 17 years, went off on Ed for quitting on the Jets during an appearance on Sports Talk: The Ticket on Tuesday morning.

“If you’re stepping down because of what you see, getting your butt whupped week-in and week-out and you haven’t been to the Super Bowl since Super Bowl III, that is a wuss,”  he told Hochman and Zaslow according to ESPNNewYork.com. “You don’t back out of your team like that. That’s something you don’t do. You don’t step down from being a superfan. You don’t do that. Fireman Ed, you’re a disgrace, man.

“This team is looking up to him and this is what he’s telling them? You quit? You just give up? If you’re winning and you quit, it’s another thing. But you’re losing and you quit, that’s even worse.”

As you may have heard, Fireman Ed said he stepped down because of the increase in confrontations that he has had to deal with during this disappointing Jets season. Not only does BPP believe Ed is a disgrace for jumping ship, he also doesn’t believe he would ever be welcomed back after the way he left.

“You can’t come back,” he said. “You have to come back as somebody else. Maybe he can be Nurse Ed. He can’t come back as Fireman Ed, there’s no way. You can’t welcome him back. How can you trust him?”

Are these guys living in their own world or what? I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking superfan charity boxing match at either SunLife Stadium or The Meadowlands.

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Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland says he regrets calling fan an a-hole

Jeff Ireland has to be used to not being the most popular man in Miami by now. Dolphins fans have long been tired of the teams their general manager has assembled and the draft choices he has made, and many of them want him gone. Still, Ireland is a human and humans get frustrated. Not being able to control his frustration resulted in Ireland issuing an apology on Tuesday.

According to the Miami Herald, Ireland was walking through the concourse at Sun Life Stadium during halftime of the Dolphins’ game against the Raiders on Sunday when he stopped to chat with a few fans. One fan, who later called 790 The Ticket in Miami and revealed his identity as “Sean,” reportedly complained to Ireland about the way he has managed the team and told him he needs to fire himself. Ireland responded by calling Sean an “a**hole.”

“I don’t begrude the guy for not appreciating what I had to say,” Sean told The Ticket. “I can’t tell you I wouldn’t respond any differently if someone said I should fire myself. By the same token, I’m not the general manager of a professional football team. I feel like I expressed an opinion he probably needed to hear.”

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Fan has massive Dolphins logo tattoo on the back of his head (Picture)

In terms of head tattoos, this is about as hardcore as they come. When a guy gets a tattoo of a Dolphins logo that is big enough to overshadow his Eeyore ink, you know he must take his favorite team seriously. That’s exactly what we see here from Miami fan Emmett Dove, who shared a photo of his insane tattoo with the Twitter world on Tuesday.

As The Huddle pointed out, the issue that could potentially arise with this Dolphins tribute is that the team is rumored to be exploring logo change options for next season. My guess is someone who is as hardcore a fan as Dove would welcome the change. Like this Al Davis tattoo, Dove’s ink would become instant vintage. And hey, it’s better than having an awful tattoo that is the result of a lost bet.

Dolphins fans protest outside team facility, call for Jeff Ireland to be fired (Pictures)

As expected, a number of Dolphins fans gathered to protest on Tuesday outside the team’s training facility in Davie, Fla. The brown paper bags were out and — unsurprisingly — general manager Jeff Ireland was the target of most of the criticism from the various signs and chants. As Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post shared with us on Twitter, some of the signs included “Toot to give Ireland the boot” and “Stop the circus, Ireland must go.” Some fans even took the opportunity to let the team know they have no interest in settling for Tim Tebow, as evidenced by a sign that simply read “No Tebow.” At the moment, it doesn’t appear anyone arranged for a “Fire Jeff Ireland” banner flyover. Here are a couple more pictures that Volin passed along:

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Dolphins fans reportedly organizing a ‘Fire Jeff Ireland’ protest against GM, owner

The 2012 offseason has not been kind to Dolphins fans. When Peyton Manning was released over a week ago, it was widely believed that Miami was the most likely destination for the four-time MVP. As the days passed and Manning visited the likes of the Broncos, Titans, and 49ers, it became evident that the Dolphins had fallen behind. They then turned their attention to Matt Flynn, who ended up signing with the Seahawks. Over the weekend, Miami was reportedly negotiating with an irritated Alex Smith, but now that the Niners have missed out on Manning Smith will likely return to San Francisco. On Monday, the Fins signed David Garrard to a one-year deal. Yeah.

According to Helmet2Helmet, WQAM in Miami reported on Monday night that Dolphins fans are planning to form a protest at the team’s spring training facility at around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The station plans to broadcast the protest live, which will call for GM Jeff Ireland to be fired and owner Stephen Ross to sell the team.

Various Twitter users have also changed their avatar to the “Fire Jeff Ireland” graphic that you see above. As you may remember, Dolphins fans also hired an airplane to fly a “Fire Jeff Ireland” banner over their stadium back in December, so their frustration is nothing new. Cue the brown paper bags. It’s going to be a long season in Miami.