MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. It's no surprise the Miami Dolphins chose to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their undefeated team at what looked to be the most unattractive home game on the schedule.
Still, that hardly provided much good news to ticket scalpers. Miami's 24-3 win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that didn't even exist when the Dolphins went 17-0 in 1972, drew a meager 53,667 fans. That's the second-smallest crowd the team has had at Sun Life Stadium in the past 20 years.
But at least Miami (6-8) gave the loyal attendees something to cheer about in a season in which the Dolphins are assured of not having a winning record for the sixth time in seven years. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 22 of 28 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns in the most efficient game of his NFL career.
"There are no illusions here," Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti, a member of the 1972 Dolphins, said about the current version. "There...