The Miami Dolphins were not wanting for critics during the 2011 season, when they went 6-10 and fired head coach Tony Sparano. Even the team's own fans got into the act.
But perhaps no criticism stings more than that of a Palm Beach County judge, who ridiculed a local man who tried to bribe a law enforcement officer with two tickets to the Dolphins' season finale against the New York Jets.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Eric Scott Topalian of suburban Boca Raton was arrested Saturday and charged with possessing controlled drugs without a prescription, bribery of a public servant, threatening a public servant and resisting arrest without violence.
Palm Beach County Judge Timothy P. McCarthy was miffed that Topalian thought he could get out of his arrest using Dolphins tickets.
"Have you been watching the Dolphins?" McCarthy asked Saturday. "No one's going to go to that game." The official announced attendance for Sunday's game was 65,811, nearly 10,000 short of capacity. A sizable portion of the fans at Sun Life Stadium Sunday were Jets fans hoping their team could sneak into the AFC playoffs.
According to the Post, Topalian started to say something in defense of the bribe, but before he could incriminate himself any further the judge reminded him that doing so would not be a good idea.
"Miami-Jets tickets aren't worth a damn," McCarthy concluded, reducing Topalian's bail to $6,000 to reflect that statement.