Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It would be way too easy to come up with plenty of jokes after reading that headline, especially because the Miami Dolphins seem to struggle to get a loud and crowded stadium on a consistent basis throughout the NFL season. However, in London, players and coaches are expecting a loud and crowded stadium in an atmosphere that you can’t always get in America.
“They say it’s a great atmosphere, the guys that have coached in that game,” Joe Philbin said. “It should be a great atmosphere for football. I think our guys are excited about it. They should be. I remind the players sometimes, everybody used to think it was a big deal in high school when you got on a bus and went to the neighboring town to play the rival. Now you get to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in one of the great cities in the world and play football. It should be special.”
Rishard Matthews is one of the many players on the team who has never played or been to London so he’s pretty excited about it but realizes that it’s also time to play football and win a football game.
“No, I’ve never been over there. It’s my first time so I’m pretty excited, but you know it’s a business trip - just getting a W and coming back happy. That’s really the main thing I’m looking forward to. I’ve mainly just heard that it was kind of a crowded stadium. It will be a lot of people there cheering everybody on, and it will be pretty cold so looking forward to it.”
In the past, the fans have cheered the loudest for field goals and punts as they are used to the other kind of football across the pond. It should be no different on Sunday and should be an experience that the players and coaches will never forget.