Miami may be undergoing its most serious soul-searching since the Cuban missile crisis, or since the Dolphins lost to Dallas in their first Super Bowl encounter.
The Dolphins Dolls have quit en masse rather than try to compete with the image of the Dallas Cowgirls as projected individually by the television networks.
The Dolls came to the conclusion that the new breed of pro football fan wants less zone coverage by cheerleaders and more cleavage. They wear scarfs and long-sleeved blouses that cover navel.
Bill Allen, director of the teen-age Dolls says, "I am not condemning the Cowgirls. They are directed by a fine choreography. I know some of the girls. If you looked hard at the Dallas-Denver Super Bowl telecast you might have seen a line of beautiful, sophisticated, mature ladies, professional girls.
"That's fine. I have no arguments with that. They are lovely and charming. They have talent but it's not being demonstrated. The network cameras zoom in on one body. They focus in on a girl with 38-36-38 dimensions. I would not get into a war of belly buttons, busts and becksides.
"It's no longer a wholesome thing and we have a wholesome group. We didn't want to get into a flesh war. TV likes to get into sideline foreplay.
"We don't feel comfortable with the new fan coming into pro football. They are going to sell beer here (in Miami) next year. With the temperature sometimes hitting 100 degrees, a fan may have one too many and come staggering out of the stands. It's called big business."
Allen says he operates a private, non-profit recreation organization chartered by the state, and that the Dolls were not paid by the Dolphins.The organization teaches dancing and baton-twirling and goes into the ghetto with its program.
"Their performances at dolphins games were a reward for community service," he says. "They are not angry, agitated, irritated or envious of other groups. They are at peace now. They were spattered by fans for obstructing their view.
"The Dolphins gave our organization $500 a season for the first three years. Then it ended.
"We have spent $180,000 over 12 years for transportation, uniforms, equipment and rentals for a place to practice. We paid our way to Super Bowl games at New Orleans, Los Angeles and Houston. We got contributions from a parents' booster club and charged the girls 50 cents a week for instruction.
"We had a bunch of nice kids try-trying to do something for the community, But they are not for pro football's current image. It is no place for teenagers. We tried to bow out quietly, but the story broke on radio. The Dolphins later got their side into a newspaper, so I am telling our side."
Bob Kearney, publicity director for the Dolphins, says the Dolls quit because of the verbal abuse from fans, whose view was obstructed by the girls.
"We'll find a choreographer and have a group that is more dance-oriented," Kearney says. "I am being cast as the villain, except by the mothers and fathers of the Dolls.