MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 4: New owner Stephen Ross watches warmups as the Miami Dolphins host the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL Wildcard Playoff Game at Dolphins Stadium on January 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Perhaps he was just high on life while having the football field at his alma mater named for him.
Whatever the reason, the Dolphins owner lost his damn mind and ratcheted up the awesome yesterday by boldly predicting his 7-9 team will make it to Super Bowl XLV.
"I think in February, we will be playing in the Super Bowl," he announced to the crowd, nearly instantly sending up headlines on NFL.com, ESPN, and a million blogs in between, because no one swagger-jacks Rex Ryan in his own division without becoming the Internet's General Sherman.
"[Coach Tony Sparano] thinks that too, and so does every player on the team. You just have to go out and do it," Ross added, before going juuuust a bit further:
"I'm sure, and I'm hoping -- as everybody else is -- that [Chad Henne] goes down as the greatest quarterback in Miami Dolphin history. And you know what that will mean."
Woah. What in the world got into Stephen Ross? Did he wake up on Rex Ryan's side of the bed? Does Rex Ryan's side of the bed swallow people whole? If Rex Ryan sleeps on a Sleep Number bed, is his side set to "nachos?" Where were we?
Never mind the controversy over making the prediction in the first place -- sure, owners don't do it often, but the crafty man was probably just piquing the interest of ticket-buyers, and at least he wasn't announcing Enrique Iglesias or Alannis Morrissette now control 3% of our football team. (For Miami, these things are all relative.)
The crux of the matter is this: exactly how crazy is Ross' call?
Answer: somewhere between Sean Young and Charlie Sheen on the Lindsay Lohan Wheel of Insanity. In other words, we're not about to predict the Dolphins make the Super Bowl, but Ross may not be that far off if everyone stays off drugs.
(Looking at you, Jason Ferguson!)