OXNARD, Calif. — The Dolphins know that Sunday, there will be fans watching their game against the Los Angeles Chargers on whatever device that still has power.
Some will be listening on radio for the first time in ages.
And the unluckiest won’t be able to pay the slightest attention to the entertainment that is professional football because of Hurricane Irma.
And even though the players’ first concern has to be putting together a game plan for their season-opener, in the back of their minds is what’s happening back home.
“Oh, for sure,” defensive back Michael Thomas said. “If we can offer any type of relief, just to get somebody’s mind off what they just went through — what the whole state is going through by playing in the game, we would try to offer that.”
Thomas, in fact, is planning more than just a boost in spirits with a good performance on the field. He’s from Houston and helped organize a drive to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. He said he has begun planning a benefit drive for his second home, South Florida.
Safety Nate Allen is from Fort Myers, so it’s easy to imagine his tension as forecasters’ cone kept shifting closer and closer to his hometown. In the end, even though the hurricane swept through the southwest portion of the state, his property suffered virtually no damage.
“We had some…
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