Remembering Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula

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The Fat Guy is saddened to hear of the passing of Don Shula at the age of 90. Don Shula was a National Football League coach for 33 years, of which he spent 26 with the Miami Dolphins. Shula was the winningest coach in NFL history with 328 in the regular season while also winning 19 in the post season. Shula retired from the NFL in 1995 having coached football in Miami from 1970-1995. He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Miami Dolphins of 1972 coached by Don Shula remain the only team in NFL history to have an undefeated season, going 17-0. I say, how about the fact Don Shula only suffered two losing seasons in his 33 seasons as a head coach! What a remarkable feat that really is! The Miami Dolphins went to five Super Bowls under coach Shula, winning two and losing three of them.

I will never forget the December 2, 1985 game between the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. The Bears were undefeated and only Miami stood in the way of a possible Bears undefeated season. Miami quarterback Dan Mario tossed three touchdown passes resulting in a Dolphins win 38-24. I remember that game like it was only 35 years ago! Oh, it was 35 years ago — man, time goes by fast. I want to say Don Shula was a class act and did things the right way. When I think of the Miami Dolphins it’s two things: Don Shula and Dan Marino. RIP Coach Shula.

NFL hopeful, Little League sadness

The NFL 2020 schedule will be released sometime this week. The NFL will not play in London and Mexico City in 2020, which comes as no surprise. The NFL hopes to play the 2020 season in full and on time — let’s hope that happens. We all need football to be played this fall. Whether the games be played in front of fans in the stadiums remains to be seen. I hope fans can attend and enjoy NFL football in 2020. I will say not all Lions games are enjoyable, however, as most Lions fans know. I personally can’t wait to see the schedule and we will break it down next week.

I am sad the Little League World Series has been cancelled. It is the first time it’s been cancelled in the 75-year history of the event. I always enjoyed watching the youngsters from around the world playing ball. I really feel bad for these young boys who are deprived of the thrill of playing in this tremendous tournament.

Dancing with Mike

How many of you are watching “The Last Dance,” the Michael Jordan documentary? The documentary is a 10-episode series and I have watched the first six installments. Of course, growing up loving the Detroit Pistons, I hated the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. The Pistons and Bulls rivalry was fierce and competitive. The Bad Boys were the team the Bulls had to beat to advance in the NBA Playoffs. The Bulls finally cracked through and defeated the Pistons. I want to say it was sad and I could never really root for Mike and the Bulls, period. I did, however, always appreciate Mr. Jordan’s talent and greatness on the basketball court. I find the documentary fascinating and my appreciation for Jordan has skyrocketed, to be honest. He is an alpha alpha male with rare DNA! He hates to lose at anything and I appreciate that! When I look back at all his accomplishments and marketing it’s really remarkable. The fact is Converse was the No. 1 shoe on the market and he took Nike to No. 1 in a short period of time. Heck, Jordan didn’t want to even go with Nike — his parents talked him into it. The Air Jordan tennis shoes were born and the rest is history. I want to say Jordan’s history on and off the court is unmatched in my opinion. I suggest if you have not watched “The Last Dance” do so — it is worth the watch! If you have been watching “The Last Dance,” I would love to hear your thoughts. Send me an email at thefatguy@mihomepaper.com.