Here's the Juice on Don Shula

Here's the Juice on Shula ...

6/26/1973 U.P.I photo New York: Don Shuler of Miami Dolphins adjusts flower on Buffalo Bills O.J. Simpson as Larry Brown at left of Washington Red Skins and N.Y. Giants Wellington Mara at right looks on during Pro Football writers of America dinner. Shula received tribute as Super Man of the year Simpson and Brown received AFC and NFc player of the year.

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Mark Henderson, 24, a convict on work release from the Massachusetts Correctional Insitution at Norfolk, Mass, clears snow Dec. 12, 1982 at Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro,Mass. Referee Bob Frederic looks on during a third quarter break in action between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

(AP Photo)

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That’s when Shula showed how long the memory of a coach can be. He spat out four words – “The Snow Plow Game.”

“You know, I petitioned the commissioner to change the score of that game. It was a totally unfair act,” he said, talking with his hands which sported a big honking Super Bowl ring.

The Snow Plow Game is infamous. It was on Dec. 12, 1982, in the middle of a blizzard that was dropping plenty of snow on the field. The Dolphins and Patriots were in a scoreless tie in the third quarter in a mess of a game. As the Patriots drew near enough to attempt a field goal, coach Ron Meyer signaled for a sideline snow plow to cross the field to clear a path for kicker John Smith. The kick was good.

“When I saw Ron Meyer signal that convict to the field I should have thrown myself in front of that plow,” he said.

The plow driver was a worker in a prison release program. By clearing the snow, he all but guaranteed the three points. Without him, no one knows for sure, but you couldn’t even see the ball in the snow, never mind get it down for a kick.

So even though the Patriots finished that strike-shortened season 5-4 and the Dolphins and Shula won their third championship, Super Bowl XVII, the coach doesn’t forget.

“This should be Grill 348 not 347,” Shula said with a laugh. -- 3.7.07, The Providence Journal

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