I don't think I've ever shared some of my Marino moments on this site so I figured it would be a good time. I grew up in Davie, Florida with one of the area's biggest sports collectors as a neighbor, and he'd often take me and the neighborhood kids for autographs whenever a player was in town or whatever. Our most common stop was to visit Dan Marino out in Weston Country Club every Thursday for his live radio interviews- I probably talked with him 100 times during his prime. On an average Thursday, he'd do the radio show for a few hours and then hit the bar to socialize and relax. We were too young to hit the bar so we'd wait in the parking lot for him to come out. Sometimes he'd be in a good mood and chat with us for 15-20 minutes- I've actually caught passes from Dan Marino while just hanging out and goofing around. Most of the time though, he'd either cuss us out or just sign a few things and leave immediately; which I now understand as an adult looking back. Okay, story #1. This was in the late 80's and the Fins were destroying opponents. If my memory is right, we were like 7-1 at the time. So Dan comes out to the parking lot and he was in a really good mood, he laughed and said that he'd be all over his kids if they were hanging out in a parking lot that late on a school night. And we briefly chatted about practice that week and the upcoming game- he told us that it should be a blowout since the team was playing so well. But then I ruined everything with one stupid question- I asked him if we were going to win the Super Bowl that year. He instantly got pissed off and everyone there fell silent...I didn't know this was a personal superstition of his. Dan started yelling at me that you don't talk about the playoffs or the Super Bowl until you're in the Super Bowl, then he stormed off to his white Suburban and left. He called me just about every name in the book on his way to his car though. I wasn't invited back to get Marino autographs for a few months after that one. I have a lot of fun stories to share though- meeting Jordan at Baja Beach Club, going to Shula's son's wedding, etc. I'll try to share the Fins stories throughout the pre-season.