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DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: GAME 1: Results are certified on the season's first Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 34.4 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Miami's 38-24 season-opening home loss to the New England Patriots on Monday night. While few called themselves "very" satisfied, 30.5% described themselves as "somewhat" satisfied. That is a fairly lenient number following a loss, owing mostly, I think, to the positive impression left by Chad Henne and the new offense.
The DSM, now in its fourth season, is a continuous gauge of how fans feel about the team and its direction. Right after each game, I invite you to share your overall degree of satisfaction. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest fans consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, the season as a whole, the direction the club is heading and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations.
The poll never closes but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was at 9 a.m. today/Wednesday.
Thanks for participating!
2011 Dolfan Satisfaction Meter
G1: 34.4% satisfaction (3.9 very, 30.5 somewhat) following 38-24 loss vs. New England.
Next poll: Sept. 18 following game vs. Houston.
2010 Final: 3.8% overall satisfaction.
2009 Final: 31.2% overall satisfaction.
2008 Final: 96.9% overall satisfaction.