It's no secret that the national media has a bias against all things Miami. It doesn't matter if it's the Dolphins, the Heat, or the Marlins. Media members have called for action to be taken against the Dolphins for their apparent tanking efforts. Meanwhile, those same media members are saying teams like the Bengals would be wise to cut their losses and attempt to put themselves in a position for the number one overall pick.
In other words, tank 2019.
That double standard is something Miami sports fans have had to accept. However, when the greatness of Miami's legends is disregarded as nothing more than average, then it's time for heads to roll.
Ask almost any defender from the 80s and 90s who the toughest quarterback to defend against was, and they will probably tell you it was Dan Marino. He lacks a ring, but was no doubt the greatest passer to ever play in the NFL. Marino set records that wouldn't be broken until the NFL took action to accommodate quarterback play. In just Marino's second season, 1984, he threw for over 5,000 yards and 48 touchdowns. He then threw 44 touchdowns in 1986. Those numbers were unheard of back then. No QB would get to 40 touchdown passes for another 13 years (Kurt Warner, 1999). No QB would get to 5,000 yards for another 25 years (Drew Brees, 2008).
In many ways, Dan Marino is responsible for the type of play we see in the NFL today.
So how in the world can anyone make a top 100 list of things/players who changed the NFL as we know it, and only put Marino in 41st place?
Now, some would say that this is just an arbitrary list in order to put together a clip show. Perhaps, but then don't make it a top 100 list. When someone makes a list like this, the placings matter. Anyone who watched Dan Marino play knows how ahead of his time he was. He had amazing velocity on throws. His release speed was unmatched. If he were in his prime today, Marino would likely break all the records again, and no one would be able to catch him this time.
But what makes this truly egregious is not where he's placed. It's who - or what - is ahead of him.
So they expect viewers to believe that a group of cheerleaders and fake grass (really, fake grass?) had more of an impact on the game of football than the man who turned the NFL into a passing league? The astroturf is the worst offender here, especially since a lot of teams are looking to transition back to normal grass. So, is the impact really still felt (literally) today?
Changing the game means forever, it means that it reshaped the NFL as we know it. Dan Marino did that. Dallas cheerleaders? All due respect to them, not really. Astroturf? Players don't even like it and teams are going back to grass. How do they rank above the greatest passer in NFL history?
Either this is a result of a young intern who doesn't know who Dan Marino is and thinks Patrick Mahomes is already the greatest QB of all time, or it's a slap in the face to the legacy of the Miami Dolphins and their most legendary player. Either way, something needs to be done about this. If not now, then in future lists when discussing greatest anything. Dan Marino was the Patrick Mahomes of his era. The level of excitement fans had watching him across the nation prompted the NFL to change the rules to let future QBs have a chance of pulling the same feats.
41st overall, that's the most blasphemous thing that can ever be said about the legend that is Dan Marino.
Well, except for the idea that he wasn't good enough of a QB because he never won a championship. But that's a discussion for another time.
Luis Sung has covered the Miami Dolphins for numerous outlets such as Dolphins Wire for six years. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung