|6||2002-07||Jay Fiedler (28)|
|4||1966-69||Bob Griese (32)|
|4||1986-89||Dan Marino (60)|
|4||2009-12||*Chad Henne (31)|
* — Miami still has an infinitesimal chance to make this season’s playoffs, but the very strong likelihood is a fourth consecutive year left home. Note: Primary QB refers to most regular-season starts during that span.
Sunday marks the Dolphins’ final home game of this NFL season, and the club is calling it Fan Appreciation Day. Anybody else but me see a shade of irony in that?
The Dolphins appreciating their fans is something like me thanking the Pulitzer Prize selection committee for all of their unending support.
Bulletin: The Dolphins have lousy fan support, the residue and result of last winning a playoff game on Dec. 30, 2000. It seems even longer ago. The Miami Herald recently ran a feature story on a 101-year-old Dolphins fan, Willie Pearl Porter, and I swear I expected to a read a quote with her lamenting how she wasn’t quite old enough to recall the team’s most recent playoff win.
I’m not knocking the fans who show up. They deserve medals. I mean fan support in general. Miami this season has the league’s lowest percentage of available tickets sold. The average paid attendance of 58,094 is the worst since the club began keeping track in 1997 — with no-shows whittling the actual attendance to notably lower than that.
Again Sunday vs. Buffalo a one-third-empty stadium might be expected as the moribund Bills mark a 12th consecutive year out of the postseason and Miami a 10th playoff-less year in the past 11.
Wait. In fairness I should say Miami is not 100 percent eliminated from playoffs. You know how there was a possibility the world actually would end Friday just as the Mayan calendar predicted?
Those are the Dolphins’ playoffs odds.
• Merry Christmas, celebrants! You know how this time of year is known for Nativity scenes? Dolfans facing another year out of the playoffs will be joining angry Marlins fans and hockey-less Panthers fans to create a Negativity scene.
• Ex-Dolphin great Manny Fernandez took a shot at general manager Jeff Ireland’s drafting, saying, “Even a blind hawk finds an acorn once in a while.” Yes, the bromide usually mentions a blind squirrel. What happened was, a hawk swooped into Manny’s metaphor and ate the squirrel.
• The Jets benched Mark Sanchez, the Tim Tebow experiment is unraveling and Rex Ryan seems at wit’s end. Admit it, Dolfans. The next best thing to Miami making the playoffs is the Jets imploding.
• Dislikable Marlins president David Samson’s weekly spot on 790 The Ticket with Dan Le Batard dodging questions and discussing movies has been ordered stopped by owner Jeffrey Loria. I don’t say this often, Jeffrey, so don’t get used to it: Thank you!
• ESPN ranked MLB teams’ offseasons and had Toronto No. 1 with an estimated improvement of plus-15 wins. Marlins at minus-10 ranked No. 30, but only because the numbers didn’t go any higher.
• Mike James was named the Hurricanes’ 2012 season MVP in football. If you pretend real hard and convince yourself that neither Stephen Morris nor Duke Johnson were on the team, it was a good choice.