1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Tony Sparano dead at 56

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Destroyer, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Destroyer

    Destroyer There for every play.

    2,992
    1,069
    113
    Oct 25, 2010
    Maryland
    KeyFin, cbrad and Fin-O like this.
  2. Vertical Limit

    Vertical Limit Senior Member

    11,024
    4,044
    113
    Nov 25, 2007
    Wow, rest in peace coach. Didnt work out well here but he was a classy man with good values.
     
    Tin Indian and Puka-head like this.
  3. Fin-O

    Fin-O Initiated Club Member

    10,598
    10,276
    113
    Sep 28, 2015
    Wow.

    Prayers to his family. Way too young.
     
    Tin Indian likes this.
  4. jw3102

    jw3102 season ticket holder

    7,760
    3,486
    113
    Sep 4, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
    May he Rest In Peace.
     
  5. Dol-Fan Dupree

    Dol-Fan Dupree Tank? Who is Tank? I am Guy Incognito. Club Member

    36,180
    26,915
    113
    Dec 11, 2007
    That is too bad. RIP
     
  6. gilv13

    gilv13 Well-Known Member

    2,540
    1,327
    113
    Aug 23, 2009
    RIP, I never thought he was a bad head coach, he just made the mistake of surrounding himself with bad coordinators.

    Crazy to think he is the last coach not named Bill Belichick to win the AFC East.
     
  7. phinswolverinesrockets

    phinswolverinesrockets If he dies, he dies

    3,807
    1,279
    113
    Oct 31, 2013
    Houston
    RIP

    [​IMG]
     
  8. resnor

    resnor Derp Sherpa

    14,277
    8,206
    113
    Nov 25, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Wow. Sad, unexpected news. We never know when it's our time. Prayers for his family.
     
  9. Dol-Fan Dupree

    Dol-Fan Dupree Tank? Who is Tank? I am Guy Incognito. Club Member

    36,180
    26,915
    113
    Dec 11, 2007
    He didn't get to hire his coordinators
     
    resnor likes this.
  10. RGF

    RGF THE FINSTER Club Member

    5,340
    2,360
    113
    Nov 24, 2007
    NY
    Too sad. RIP coach. He had much passion regardless of his head coaching ability.
     
  11. KeyFin

    KeyFin Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    7,516
    9,768
    113
    Nov 1, 2009
    From what I read, he went to the hospital on Thursday complaining of chest pains, they checked him out and eventually released him. Then he got up this morning and was getting ready for church, everything seemed fine, and then he was found unresponsive a few minutes later. My guess is that he had a massive heart attack and went almost instantly...which is definitely the way to go.

    I'll pray for his family; he seemed like a great guy and I know the players fought for him to stay. Very sad news.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2018
    resnor and Surfs Up 99 like this.
  12. jdallen1222

    jdallen1222 He can smell your fear

    2,515
    1,238
    113
    May 31, 2013
    Plantation, Fl
    R.I.P.
     
  13. Puka-head

    Puka-head My2nd Fav team:___vs Jets Club Member

    7,070
    3,368
    113
    Nov 25, 2007
    Slightly left of center
    His heart may have stopped pumping but now he's fist pumping Eternity. Thanks for the memories coach.
     
    mooseguts and KeyFin like this.
  14. TheHighExhaulted

    TheHighExhaulted Well-Known Member

    2,662
    2,158
    113
    Jan 15, 2008
    New York
    Wildcat game was my favorite Dolphins game ever.
     
    Tin Indian, Puka-head, Tone_E and 5 others like this.
  15. KeyFin

    KeyFin Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    7,516
    9,768
    113
    Nov 1, 2009
    AMEN to that....it was an awesome game and the Pats had no idea what the heck was going on. Despite our record under him, he created an NFL trend and that's pretty darn cool.
     
    Tin Indian and resnor like this.
  16. mooseguts

    mooseguts Well-Known Member

    344
    347
    63
    Jan 12, 2018
    The most accomplished coach we've had in the last 15 years. Gave us vengeance on the 1-15 season by winning the east, winning @ Jets @ Bills and @ Pats beat down. The first time we won all our road games against division foe's since 1984. RIP Tony.
     
  17. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

    4,550
    1,460
    113
    Jun 25, 2008
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Thanks for a great 2008 season in your first year here, Coach, R.I.P.
     
  18. Pauly

    Pauly Season Ticket Holder

    3,334
    3,323
    113
    Nov 29, 2007
    A good man who tried his best. I am shocked and saddnrd to hear the news.
     
    Tin Indian and resnor like this.
  19. smahtaz

    smahtaz Pimpin Ain't Easy Club Member

    Thank you coach. My condolences to his family.

     
    Killer Bees likes this.
  20. Redwine4all

    Redwine4all Well-Known Member

    1,216
    686
    113
    Feb 4, 2016
    RIP.
     
  21. Vinny Fins

    Vinny Fins Feisty Brooklyn dolfan ️‍

    3,335
    2,286
    113
    Oct 26, 2009
    Bklyn
    RIP coach, the enduring memory of you will be how much you cared and how much pride you talk in being head coach of this team. You were always personable to the fans and always cared about your players. You made this organization, this game, and this planet better for having a person of your character.

    You gave me my first GREAT memory of being a Dolphins fan that felt like my generations own and for that I will always remember you.

    May your family find the strength and love they need, may your soul be at peace, and may you first pump for all eternity.
     
  22. adamprez2003

    adamprez2003 Senior Member

    37,392
    14,745
    113
    Nov 27, 2007
    new york ciity
    Very sad news. Seemed like a great coach to play for. Got screwed by Ireland and his inability to bring enough talent to compete
     
    Tin Indian likes this.
  23. danmarino

    danmarino Justice for Jacob Blake Club Member

    10,528
    11,592
    113
    Sep 4, 2014
    I saw this yesterday and couldn't believe it. He seemed liked a great guy and you could tell he loved football. May he RIP...
     
  24. Tin Indian

    Tin Indian Rockin' The Bottom End Club Member

    7,422
    3,409
    113
    Feb 10, 2010
    Palm Bay Florida
    Makes you wonder how in this day and age they could miss something like that? Such a shame.
     
    KeyFin likes this.
  25. Tin Indian

    Tin Indian Rockin' The Bottom End Club Member

    7,422
    3,409
    113
    Feb 10, 2010
    Palm Bay Florida
    "Buckle Dem chinstraps Primadonnas"
     
    adamprez2003 and jdallen1222 like this.
  26. The_Dark_Knight

    The_Dark_Knight Defender of the Truth

    9,580
    8,071
    113
    Nov 24, 2007
    Rockledge, FL
    Never liked him as a head coach as I thought he was in way over his head but with that being said, the players did love him. He was a players' coach.

    56 is just too damned young to die, in this day and age of modern medicine...TOO damned young! Guys, we all have that "macho" streak in us. We only go to the doctor when we are absolutely sick or injured. This is crap. You know your own bodies. You KNOW when something isn't right...may not be REALLY bothering you, but you know something, somewhere deep down is wrong. Hope I'm wrong, but I have a feeling that's what happened with Sparano. He ignored something until it was too late.

    Rest in peace
     
  27. KeyFin

    KeyFin Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    7,516
    9,768
    113
    Nov 1, 2009
    He went to the hospital complaining of chest pains four days before he died. So he knew something wasn't right.

    When I had my heart attack almost 2 years ago, I woke up with minor pain dead center in the middle of my chest- I thought it was heartburn. So I got up and walked around the house for 15-20 minutes. I guess my pacing woke up my wife though so she got up, checked my blood pressure and said we should probably go to the ER. I refused though because I wasn't really hurting....it as just dull, minor pain.

    About 45 minutes later, I sat back down in bed and then something hit- it was intense, searing pain for about 40 seconds. It literally doubled me over and I involuntarily started crying- it felt like I was being stabbed just above my collar bone. But just like that, the pain disappeared and I was perfectly fine again. It was the weirdest thing I've ever been through and I still figured it was heartburn.

    My wife kept nagging though so I drove myself to the hospital (with her) and they did an EKG. Everything was normal, but there's a chemical your body produces only when you've had a heart attack recently. The test showed I had it in my system so they admitted me, and they found two arteries with 80-90% blockages. They said it literally could have killed me at any given moment and it was a small miracle I didn't die that morning.

    Anyway, all my vitals were normal before and after the heart attack, plus all my blood work looked above average for a guy my age. My good and bad cholesterol were low. There were no real "warning signs" besides the 30-45 seconds of serious pain so it's hard to know....but they say every heart attack is different. One person may have almost no pain where someone else says it's the worst thing they ever felt in their life.

    I said all of that to say this- if something feels off, regardless of your fitness or pain levels, get to your doctor and run some tests. I nearly died from what I thought was heartburn...my remedy was to "walk it off" and that clearly didn't work. I am very fortunate to be here and it's only because my wife nagged the heck out of me for two hours. So don't be that guy like I was.

    By the way, I was 43 at the time. Don't assume you're safe because you're still young either.
     
  28. patcobb

    patcobb Active Member

    310
    120
    43
    Jul 28, 2011
    RIP. I always thought he handled him self with class. G-D bless him.
     
  29. danmarino

    danmarino Justice for Jacob Blake Club Member

    10,528
    11,592
    113
    Sep 4, 2014
    Troponin

    My guess is that Sporano had a minor heart attack and Thursday and when he went to the hospital his EKG was normal. I assume that they drew a troponin, but his heart attack was so small it came back negative. He then went home and either a large piece of plaque broke free and completely clogged one of his coronaries, or it was almost closed and a small piece clogged it the rest of the way. Over the years working in cath labs I've seen this happen numerous times.
     
    KeyFin likes this.
  30. xphinfanx

    xphinfanx Stay strong my friends.

    10,818
    2,209
    113
    Nov 1, 2009
    R.I.P. I think he gave it all he could while here. Hard to make koolaid when all you can use is water.
     
  31. Mcduffie81

    Mcduffie81 Wildcat Club Member

    4,874
    3,492
    113
    Mar 23, 2008
    Lake Worth, Fl.
    Terrible tragedy for such a good man.
     
    Silverphin likes this.

Share This Page