Tony Sparano is slowly becoming Tony Soprano

Fri, Jan 7
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Tony SparanoGreg M. Cooper/US PresswireTony Sparano has more in common than you think with HBO's crime boss.

Seems that Dolphins coach Tony Sparano dodged another bullet this week when his employers pulled the plug on their pursuit of current "it" coach Jim Harbaugh.

Dodging bullets and playing politics to survive another season ... interesting. That sounds like another Tony that we know. This one isn't real, though. It's DiMeo crime family boss Tony Soprano. Still, just how deep is the Sparano-Soprano connection? See for yourself:

Tony Soprano: Put into power by aging, ineffective boss Uncle Junior.
Tony Sparano: Put into power by aging, ineffective boss Bill Parcells.

Tony Soprano: Chief lieutenant Christopher Moltisanti embarrasses Tony by insulting fellow soldier Paulie Walnuts.
Tony Sparano: Chief lieutenant Jeff Ireland embarrasses Tony by insulting potential draftee Dez Bryant.

Tony Soprano: Current resume indicates he deals in waste management.
Tony Sparano: Current record indicates he deals in waste management.

Tony Soprano: His Uncle Junior breaks the family code by conspiring with Tony's mother to kill him.
Tony Sparano: His colleague Jim Harbaugh breaks the coaching code by taking a meeting for a job that's not available.

Tony Soprano: Everyone thought he might have been whacked as the season ended in 2007.
Tony Sparano: Everyone thought he might have been whacked after ending the season 1-7 at home.

Tony Soprano: Had some epic run-ins with New York boss Johnny Sack, who is secretly made fun of because of his wife.
Tony Sparano: Had some epic wins against New York coach Rex Ryan, who is secretly made fun of because of his wife.

Tony Soprano: In constant fear that the federal government is going to get him.
Tony Sparano: In constant fear that Gloria Estefan's rhythm is going to get him.

Tony Soprano: In his last moments, even a quiet dinner is filled with suspicion and anxiety that he might get whacked.
Tony Sparano: In his latest moments, even a quiet offseason is filled with suspicion and anxiety that he might get whacked.