The Miami Dolphins were given up for dead at 1-4, and rightly so, given the club’s recent track record. It was last rites for all the wrongs just five short weeks ago as beleaguered fans resigned themselves and dug in for yet another desolate winter.

Now the same franchise that has been spinning wheels and disappointing South Florida for most of this century — a literal truth considering the team’s last playoff victory came in the 2000 season — suddenly is one of the hottest teams in the NFL and the most exciting thing in town.


Sunday’s fourth consecutive victory, the team’s longest winning streak since 2008, is stunning, impressive and also exquisitely well-timed as we look around.

The post-Wade and Bosh Heat have staggered to a 2-6 start with four losses in a row and have shrunk to become NBA also-rans.

The Panthers, for all of their big offseason and Stanley Cup talk, are idling just below .500 and off playoff pace one-fifth into the NHL season.

The football Hurricanes, thanks to that four-game October swoon, likely are headed for a second-tier bowl game. (One projection guessed the Belk Bowl. Note to self: Look up whatever the heck a “Belk” is).

UM men’s basketball is rebuilding and was projected ninth in the 15-team ACC.

The Marlins, of course, recently lost their ace pitcher in a tragic, fatal boating accident.

So, improbable as it is, it’s the Dolphins to the rescue!

If you would allow me, I would even expand the scope beyond sports and note that no region in our state more than South Florida was left heartsick by last week’s presidential election, considering Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 577,775 votes, or 32.8 percent, in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Chances are, then, the Dolphins’ surge might be

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