The Perfect Team: 1972 Miami Dolphins

                                 …and Three Players With Integrity

Hoist him high!
Hoist him high!
              Winners of 14 regular season and 3 post season games, which included the Superbowl

At last, recognition for  of the 1972 Miami Dolphins football team came on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 a long overdue but much deserved honor. It took a phenomenal accomplishment and that was to go undefeated for an entire season; the 1972 Dolphins were the only NFL team to do so, 40 years ago.

The White House never has celebrated a champion like this. Think of it, the ’72 Dolphins are all over 60. There are six inducted Hall of Famers. They aren’t just retired players. They’re retired politicians, doctors, businessmen, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company and the winningest coach of all time.

Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush The Elder, Clinton, and Bush The Younger.  Why didn’t they call? Was the phone busy?

However, three of those players did not attend and I give them much credit for their integrity. Cited, as their main reason for not attending was

their disagreement with Barack Hussein Obama’s views.

Jerseys of the Dolphin's two great running backs.
Jerseys of the Dolphin’s two great running backs – Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris

“We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington,” Hall of Fame center Jim Langer said. “I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that [angers] people, so be it.”

“I’ll just say my views are diametrically opposed to the President’s,” Manny Fernandez, Tackle · Defensive end · Defensive tackle · Defensive lineman said. “Let’s leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes.”

And former offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg added: “I want to be careful, because Mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don’t say anything,” he told the newspaper. “I don’t have anything good to say about someone. … I just don’t believe in this administration at all. So I don’t belong. Anyone on the left or the right has to respect one man’s opinion.

Earlier this year, another football center who played for the Baltimore Ravens, Matt Birk, did not attend the White House ceremonies for his Super Bowl team because he is against same-sex marriage. There was no desire to meet Obama.

Many people are against the policies Obama and his regime have installed, but you don’t hear of them; the opposing views.   Ones who brush against the large fabric of government may fear being scrutinized more closely by the NSA or audited and torn by the, not to be trusted, IRS.

Presenting the President with a signed Jersey
Presenting the President with a signed Jersey


Steve Richie

Hi folks, Two lives in one lifetime. The first me, lived to age thirty-four. That Steve was overly confident and oozing with pride. Then, on a record heat-setting day (107º) here in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a one car near-fatal wreck left me in a two-month long coma. I emerged much as I was before minus certain physical capabilities, but my mind seemed mostly in tact. The crash and its effects did not change me (I emerged a happy individual) but the deeds perpetrated against me in the ensuing months from my wife of sixteen years scared and humbled me as I was dragged down with nothing left by my wife who now had guardianship over all of our accounts. And neither would she allow me to see our kids. She took everything out of, "Our" names and changed them to her name only; then would not allow me to our home and divorced me. I was angry, but no more. I spent half of 1988 and more than half of 1989 in hospitals, nursing homes and a three month stint at a head-injury rehab center where I was being taught how to re-enter society as this different person, that I didn't know. I was not able to return to my previous line of work, a self-employed decorator, you know, painting and paperhanging. It was a physical job which required much dexterity, finesse, and a good grasp of numbers. I returned to the beginning, school, but on a community college level. One of the instructor's liked my writing and I began focusing my attention on that. I attended classes at, "The Loft," A Place for Writers in Minneapolis. While there, a classmate of mine was having her friend from New York, a CBS executive, to her home for the holidays and asked me if she could do a critique on a couple chapters of a book I was writing, "A Day I'll Never Remember" and I obliged. When she returned to class the following Monday she told me that the exec wanted a ten-page synopsis of the book for a possible movie; I was excited. After obliging for that also, I never saw or heard from her or the guy from CBS. Next thing I knew I was watching a movie called, "Regarding Henry" starring Harrison Ford and the scenes of therapy were exactly like what I went through and had written about. Regarding Henry - could've been my story except that, "Henry" got his head injury from a gunshot and his wife stayed with him throughout the ordeal. Coincidence I'm sure, though, the therapy scenes entailed what I described in the book so I always wondered..... My hope, my dream is to bolster our income for my daughter and for myself. I am and have been raising this beautiful, talented little girl who was diagnosed with autism at age two, since 2006 singlehandedly. I divorced her mother the same year following complaints that I spent too much time with our daughter. However, Stephanie began school with no need for special education. She has been reading since age four and understanding what she'd read. Stephanie maintains straight "A's" on her report card, has published two books (through school) and has been selected as an, "Honors" student for seventh grade English. My ex moved to New York to be closer to her sister and has been remarried now for a number of years. Well, that's only a snippet of my sixty-one years and I would like to thank you for reading, thank you.


  • 14
    Micky Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 4:07 pm e

    Steve, I learned a while back that sarcasm doesnt get conveyed very well in blog formats or too many venues of print.
    Which might explain why I resort to more direct methods when its obvious your opponent is not being serious, or just doesnt get it.

    Maybe the rest of them will fall into line when they realize Liberals are screwing up football with their social justice, anti discrimination crap/fairness, affirmatively PC bullshit.
    Thats right, they’ve done away with the traditional “coin toss” and “kick off” at the annual Pro Bowl.
    I think the ball will dropped like a hockey puck.
    No conservative would ever think of such a thing.


  • 12
    Steve Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 3:20 pm e

    Yesterday Patrick, I was in a sarcastic mood the day long. Answering sarcasm with sarcasm. I guess. Sometimes things get a little muddled along the way. Thanks everybody for your comments.


  • 11
    Micky Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 3:07 pm e

    The real question is;
    Do the rest of these guys actually approve of the moron in chiefs policies ?

    Gawd I hope not.


  • 10
    Steve Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 2:19 pm e

    Problems for any disagreeing person I’m afraid, but maybe it will be okay because of the publicity. It’s a shame that in America we even have to think of possible repercussions for our thoughts.


  • 9
    Patrick McCain Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 10:05 am e

    That’s a good point, Andy. The key difference between Obama and Putin is that Putin actually disappears his enemies.


  • 7
    Patrick McCain Says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 11:57 pm e

    Tired American was being sarcastic.
    I meant the player’s kids. Nice to see dad stand up to something, speaking truth to power. 🙂


  • Steve Says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 7:54 pm e

    Patrick McCain…Whose kids, Obama’s for honoring the entire team? Oh you meant the player’s kids for getting Presidential honor, (I was being sarcastic also) yes 1972 was quite a year for them, but also for me because I graduated high school.


  • 4
    Steve Says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 7:34 pm e

    Tired American, why do you say they are obviously racist? Don’t you know Obummer (uhh, Obama) loves it when you equate happenings to race…I think it gives him a cause because (don’t you know)he is without opinion currently. He draws a line and if you cross it he merely moves it back a little further.


  • Tired American Says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 5:28 pm e

    Obviously they are racist and Obama’s dismal performance as a president has nothing to do with their absence?


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