|03-19-2007, 09:09 AM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Dolfan Denny & Crazy Ray Pass Away Over The Weekend
Two teams superfans move on to the next big game.
Miami superfan Denny Sym dead at 72
DAVIE, Fla. -- Denny Sym, aka "Dolfan Denny," who cheered on the Miami Dolphins for 34 years as a one-man sideline show, has died. He was 72.
Sym died Friday, his wife Ingrid said. He had been battling kidney disease and cancer for several years.
Dennis E. Sym
Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones
Sym led Miami crowds in cheers and chants in his glittering orange and aqua hat since the Dolphins' first game in 1966, starting in the stands.
In 1976, then team owner Joe Robbie asked Denny to move down to the field as the team's official motivator, paying him $50 a game.
Sym was the second well-known fan to die recently. Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones, the boisterous Dallas Cowboys fan who energized crowds for decades with his cowboy getup and sideline cheerleading, died Saturday. He was 76.
Sym retired in 2000, saying his age and constant heckling by belligerent fans helped him decide to leave.
"He never lost his love for football," Ingrid Sym said.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
|03-19-2007, 06:18 PM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Topeka, KS
I never followed the career of Dolfan Denny, but I was mildly amused watching Ray ham it up with the Cowboys. RIP to both of them...
|03-19-2007, 11:45 PM||#4|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Long Island, NY
Crazy Ray was famous for taking the pennant of the team that Dallas was facing that day, and wiping his forehead and armpit sweat with it. He was another guy that was seen alot on TV in the 70's, as the "crowd shot" took on extra significance during this broadcast production boom era. Crazy Ray entertained.
To be honest I remember Flipper more than I remember this Dolphins guy. Never heard of him.
Barrelman probably knew them both.