So I was thinking about something that occurred to me while playing in the Survivor thread this year (Shameless plug - Get to the survivor thread and vote Wake!), and that is how a fan community like this could provide a new way to demonstrate support for the Dolphins team and players. This being the digital age (and the age of the birth of social media) interaction between communities is getting easier and easier, and even interaction with 'celebrities'. Only recently a US Marine was able to contact Ronda Rousey and ask her to the Marine Ball and she not only received the message but accepted the invitation - and that's only the latest instance of 'regular folk' getting in touch with famous sports men and women. Now if a lone Marine (hoo rah!) can reach out and get a date with Ronda Rousey surely it's possible for us to reach out too. People talk a lot about fan-bases, and fan-bases talk a lot about teams and players and staff, but how can fan-bases grow to be better fan-bases, how can they do more than just talk? What if instead of trying to get something, what if fan-bases tried to give something back to their teams - to support their teams - in new ways? So what am I talking about? Well, Brandon Fields was a long tenured and successful Dolphin. He might not have played in a highlight-reel position but he was a big part of the organisation. Even though he didn't retire with the Phins, what if fans could show their support for him, and say thank you? Might be nice. Among friends and family we'd call that normal, common-courtesy even. In the past the distance was great, but these days maybe fans are closer to their teams than ever before, and maybe that common-courtesy should become part of being a fan-base? Then again, what if a player does retire with the team. Let's take Cam Wake as an example. He's a Dolphin 100%. So far he's never made the playoffs. Hopefully it'll be this year. Either way though, he looks set to retire a Dolphin. If and and when he retires, wouldn't it be awesome to be able to say 'thank you' and 'we respect you" to the aqua and orange blooded players who retire with the team (playoffs or no playoffs)? There are even injured players fighting to get back onto the field. Some encouragement and support there would never go amiss. These are all one-off situations but what about regular ones? We're all watching these guys year in and year out. We love to see them fight it out on the field and enjoy their great performances. It would be awesome to show that appreciation, maybe to a fan-voted player of the year? We expect loads from the team, the players. They have to speak well, be respectful, show appreciate for the fans, etc. etc. Fair enough. How about us, though? Are we happy to spectate and commentate and review and critique, or has new technology and a 'smaller world' made a new kind of support possible? Is there more that we can now do that we've never done before? And if so, are we willing to do it? Speaking as a fan from Europe, it's not likely I'll get to see many live games. There may be some who'll never get to see a single one. Something like this would be an opportunity to show some real, tangible support for one's team, and players. This maybe started out as a thought or a day-dream, but the fact is, the possibilities are real. The Phins.com is a real community of real fans across the USA and even the world. We are the Dolphins fans. This community has everything necessary to do this sort of thing. To come up with awards, trophies, messages, whatever, and become more than a digital 12th man. The fact is that we are the Dolphins fans. Some of them, anyway. Dare we take that and run with it, show some initiative and let the team know that we are here, we're real, and we're behind them all the way? I've no-idea who the higher-ups are behind The Phins.com and whether they'd want to do something official with the community. If not, then fans/members could form their own, unofficial, group. Maybe someone else knows. All I know is that this is, for real, a possibility. The question is, should we make it a reality?