The Miami Dolphins came into existence in 1966 as a member of the American Football League (AFL). Like many expansion teams, they would struggle in their early years before not only becoming competitive but winning a pair of Super Bowl titles in the early 1970’s. The ‘Dolphins’ nickname was the winning entry in a contest that had plenty of entrants but no real consensus. Nearly 20,000 entries were received by the team with over 1,000 different nickname suggestions. ‘Dolphins’ received the most votes but with the wide variety of names it was suggested by just over 600 fans.
After the Dolphins had finished with losing records in their first four seasons, the team hired Don Shula as head coach. The team would improve their fortunes almost immediately under Shula reaching the playoffs in his first season at the helm. The 1970 Dolphins would finish 10-4 representing the first winning record for the franchise. The improvement continued with a Super Bowl berth the following year, though the Dolphins would lose the game to the Dallas Cowboys. In 1972, the Dolphins became the first NFL team to finish the season undefeated win the league championship going 14-0 in the regular season and 17-0 overall. They did this despite an injury to starting quarterback Bob Griese in Week 5. Veteran Earl Morrall took over as quarterback the rest of the way. Miami would repeat as Super Bowl champions in 1973.
That would be the team’s final Super Bowl victory to date though they did make the big game twice in the 1980’s with the legendary Dan Marino at quarterback. Miami has remained competitive since the Super Bowl years, but they haven’t played on a championship level. They’ve reached the playoffs 18 times since 1973 and have played in the AFC Championship game ten times winning only twice. Marino retired in 1999, and the team has since struggled to find consistent production at the quarterback position. Since the year 2000, 18 different starting quarterbacks have taken the field for the Dolphins.
During the 1970’s, the Dolphins were one of the most popular teams in the league. No matter where in the country you traveled you were almost certain to see someone wearing Miami’s iconic orange and aqua colors. The nationwide popularity has abated somewhat since Dan Marino’s retirement due to mediocre play and few identifiable superstars. In the most recent team merchandise sales data released by the NFL, Miami was not in the top ten. The team still gets decent support in South Florida despite two other NFL teams in the state and rapidly changing demographics.
The individual NFL teams are all subject to the same league-mandated broadcast rules that are good for the TV audience but not so good for anyone looking for a Miami Dolphins live stream. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to watch Dolphins game live on television and particularly if you live in the South Florida region. Despite this strong TV presence online streaming options are limited though fans can watch Dolphins video highlights on the NFL’s website. Outside of the Miami area, Dolphins’ fans can keep up with their team with the NFL’s premium cable/satellite TV package, the ‘NFL Sunday Ticket’. This package gives fans access to every NFL regular season game via television and online streaming. The subscription is expensive, however, and the NFL’s digital platform has received poor reviews due to some significant performance issues.
Faced with this less than desirable streaming situation the best option is to watch Miami Dolphins online free. There is an abundance of live sports stream available online representing virtually every league and team in the world. A number of websites provide a comprehensive directory of the games available organized by league including Wiziwig.tv, Stream2Watch, FrontRowSports and sports lemon tv. Searching on Google is a good idea and could yield newer directory sites that have recently come online. With the worldwide popularity of the NFL, you’ll have no problem finding live NFL broadcasts or even a Dolphins live radio stream.
Not only will you find coverage of every game via online streaming you’ll have a variety of options to maximize your viewing pleasure. You’ll be able to select from a number of different stream speeds which will enable you to find one that works best with your Internet connection and computer setup. There are also choices of how to watch the game–you can stream to your computer, your smartphone/tablet or even your TV set with a device such as the Roku player or Google Chromecast. You are in complete control, and it won’t cost you a thing!