Welcome back to the official Dolphins Bar for 2017! The off season was a roller coaster ride for our Dolphins fan club but as the preseason is closing we have a lot of excitement to look forward to. Once again we have a QB change due to Tannehill's knee and hopefully this will the the year we look back on with fondness and the Smoking Jay Year!
One area of stability for the NoVA Dolfans - the official Dolphins Fan Club of northern Virginia is we will still be at the same bar-sort of. O'Sullivans Irish Pub has been sold and will be renamed Sully's Pour House. We have been welcomed back and the new owners are BIG football fans. They are installing a few more big TVs and adding sound to the tables so you can listen to which ever game you want. How many TVs playing the Fins will be determined by turnout. We will have the big screen and a number of TV's through out but if only half the bar is Fins fans they may put other games on to appease other customers. That means it up to us to TAKE OVER THE BAR!!!!
They are adding a bunch of taps for a total of 16 beers on tap with an emphasis on local craft beers. They will have the staples as well. (as well as bucket specials) Many of you will be excited to hear they even improved upon their already great wings and I've heard they are fantastic from some fans of Hot Wings.
There's a lot to look forward to this year. We have our opener against Tampa and we will see what all these new additions can do! We have a pretty crazy schedule this year with a lot of prime time games as well as the "Breakfast" game of London. Sullys will be open for that with a breakfast spread for us! Buffalo and the Jets look to be in total disarray so all we need to do is sweep the Pats for a perfect divisional record. Even if we only win one of those that puts us with the potential for a great conference record. I see another playoff run this year.
With all that said, I look forward to seeing you all soon. Lets show the new owners of the bar what kind of fans the Dolphins have here in NoVA!
Sorry I haven't updated this in awhile fellow DolFans but we are back on track. The Preseason is behind us and the roster has been cut down to 53. The schedule this year is tough- NFC West and AFC north are our primary opponents besides our own tough division. I think it will take at least 10 games to win the division at a minimum. A tall order but if all the pieces fall into place it's doable. A Brady-less Pats in week 2 is what I am looking forward to the most out of the first 4 games or so. Pick up a win there and we could sweep them!
Week One is against Seattle- a tough road game but Seattle tends to start slow and they have no idea how to game plan for the new Dolphins offense so it's not a dire as some might think. Since it's a 4pm game we thought we would kick off the season with a party before the game. Details will follow in a few days but plan on getting to The Mellow Mushroom in Herndon early.
This year we are also playing the Ravens here in Baltimore. Our sister groups in Central PA; York Dolfans and Lancaster Dolfans, are organizing a tailgate and takeover. We will keep everyone posted about what's happening. If there's enough interest we might consider renting a bus for the trip up.
So get ready, the season is upon us and I look forward to cheering on our Fins with all of you on Sundays
We are half way through the preseason games and a big thank you to The Mellow Mushroom in Herndon for doing a work around so we can get the games LIVE. If the preseason turnout is any indication, NoVa Dolfans is going to have a great year. The past two years we would have 2-4 people show up to watch the preseason games but this year 12-15 have made it out for the first two. Most of them new faces! It's been nice getting to know new Dol-fans before the regular season because as most of you know I am a bit preoccupied during games to sit still and converse.
My take on the performance of our Miami Dolphins so far is that this new offense fits our players well. Since the new O-line has a bit to go, this quick read passing lets Tannehill get rid of the ball before pressure mounts. I am hoping we can get better on the run. On the defensive side I am a little stumped at the tackling. Our front 5 are awesome and Grimes is playing like it's the playoffs. Special teams is really shining as well. My official predictions for the year:
8-8 maybe 9-6 for the year.
I think Tannehill will have a 4500 yard season and only be sacked 24 times (still too many but that beats 58)
Hartline will be our leading receiver with 950 yards, followed by the new kid Landry with 800. Gibson is also going to have a 700 plus yard season. Wallace is going to be a non factor, maybe 500-600 yards. No clue for our running game yet. (and I think Sturgis will be out of a job)
Well, if you haven't made it out to the Mushroom yet, please come join us for preseason Games 3 and 4. Save room for dinner because their Pizza and Spiked Sausage Grinder are awesome.