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Dolphins on Greatest Games tonight on ESPN2

You are now in time travel mode: Long hair, wild printed shirts, bell bottoms and white belts are in. No, we're not talking 2005. It is late 1974.

Nobody has cell phones. The Internet hasn't been invented yet. Don Shula's Dolphins are coming off two consecutive Super Bowl championships and they are back in their rightful place again.

The playoffs.

On December 21, the Dolphins are in Oakland for what they hope is the first step back to their fourth consecutive Super Bowl and third title in a row. Al Davis, not yet a member of the undead who occasionally rises out of his coffin to fire coaches, spends time before the game talking with John Madden who is not yet a broadcaster or a video game icon.

On that fateful afternoon 34 years ago the Dolphins and Raiders play one of the most memorable playoff games of all time -- the Sea of Hands game. It is called that because that is what it looked like at the end when Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler launched a pass that traveled past a sea of Dolphins hands and into the awaiting arms of Clarence Davis.

After three lead changes in the final five minutes, the Raiders win 28-26 and Miami's hopes of winning a third straight Super Bowl are dashed. Within months the Dolphins break up, with Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Paul Warfield defecting to the World Football League.

That classic playoff game has been the subject of many tall tales, but none have been spun by NFL Films because they lost their footage from that game. The films were believed lost in a move years ago. The NBC tape of the game was believed destroyed in a fire. (Wish MSNBC would be destroyed in a fire.)

Anyway, the folks at Films recently found the lost tapes and the footage will be aired for the first time in 34 years tonight on ESPN2 as the latest installment of the Greatest Games series.

The 90-minute show will air at 12:30 a.m. Friday on the east coast (which is late tonight) or 9:30 p.m. pacific time (which is still Thursday). It will re-air again later and I'll alert you about that if you miss or do not DVR tonight.

It is billed by NFL Films as the most comprehensive show of the game ever done because it includes current interviews with some of the game's participants. I know it is something of a bummer because it was a Dolphins loss, but for the true Miami fan wanting to have a full body of knowledge about his team, including its history, this show is a must see.

A quick quiz:

How was Miami's opening TD scored that day? You might be surprised.

Who scored Miami's final TD, the one some said came, "too soon?"

Who was tackling Stabler as he threw and who was draped around Davis as he scored?

Don't cheat if you don't know. Just watch.

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You take me back, my brother. Although the 70s are still kinda hazy to me.

Rookie Nat Moore returned the kickoff all the way.

Final TD by Bennie Malone.

I remember watching the game as a kid. I was screaming when VD Herder grabbed Satbler but couldn't pull him down!

BC

I believe the Dolphins returned the opening kickoff all the way, correct? Or was that the last TD by Miami.

Why is it that all the greatest games of all time are all Dolphin Losses....Miami/SD, Miami/Oakland, Monday night miracle??? that sucks!

At least we have the Marino vs 85 Bears victory!

PS- Buoniconti was draped all over C Davis, but I don't think he was alone. I can see Manny Fernandez diving on top of him after the TD. Man - that was the absolute worst!

Excellent news, Armando. Thanks.

And, as a loyal reader, may I ask for equal time with regards to your MSNBC crack?

Opening TD kick off return by Nat Moore, last Dolphin TD, Benny Malone run of around 20 yards.

peek, not peak.

Amen to your MSNBC comment, Armando

Armando;

Here's a tip: When you do future interviews for this site, be prepared. Not knowing scores of games, especially the Pats game, makes look silly and uninformed.

To this day, I still don't know how LB Mike Kolen (aka Captain Crunch) didn't knock that pass away from Clarence Davis. Still burns me to think of it!

answer To Questions:

1. Nat Moore.

2. Bennie Malone.

3. Manny Fannadez. (Sorry About The Spelling).

Give me a break on the MSNBC wisecrack Armanso and stick to sports.

All you brainwashed Neocons have had your Fox News making a joke of journalism for years and MSNBC come along and takes the other side and you guys can't take it.

At least Matthews, Olberman, and Maddow are funny and entertaining unlike Bill O, Hannity, Dick Morris and the rest of the white male clowns on Fiixed news.

Let's stick to football here!

Don't forget about the "Longest Game" that Christmas eve against KC. Though they lost the SB to Dallas,that started their roll. It also made me a Dolfan. Plus an Ed Podalack(sp?) fan.

All you brainwashed Neocons have had your Fox News making a joke of journalism for years and MSNBC come along and takes the other side and you guys can't take it.
At least Matthews, Olberman, and Maddow are funny and entertaining unlike Bill O, Hannity, Dick Morris and the rest of the white male clowns on Fiixed news.
Let's stick to football here!

Dude, do you even know what a Neocon is? If you want to stick to football...do not go on a rant about Fox News and show your true Socialist loving ways!

God I can rememebr that stupid Jets Monday night comeback...it hurt me deeply!

You lefties are soooooo sensitive. I make a crack about a TV network and you immediately come to some politician's and party's defense. So weak.

Those demanding Armando stick to football only don't determine what he can write and cannot write. I don't even determine that.

i hope you know that MSNBC is in trouble because of poor ratings...

To those who aren't happy with MSNBC being the anti-Fox for two hours a day, I have only this to say: November 4th. Read it and weep. You've had your day, your done, and I dont need a fork to see that. You've taken everything and made sure its FUBU, and now the grownups are coming back home to fix it for you. Again.

Does anybody know who was one of the originally drafted Dolphins to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl?

BDCANES

Vern Den Herder was bringing "The Snake" down as he threw his prayer. It doesn't seem as big of a prayer that Favre tossed up in week 1. Nice of the Bret Favre channel (NFL Network) to replay that lame runaway game against Arizona, yet the Phins/Patriots game just didn't have what it took to make the replay. Favre is their Budddha.

Armando,

Just like you and the rest of your inept party, it'll all be over soon. 2009 brings a new era free of ineptitude, stupidity and lack of focus.

Now go suck on your mommy's teet and your daddy's hairy D so they can brainwash you over and over again how you're supposed to be Republican EVEN WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE YOUR BEST INTEREST IN MIND, YOU DUMB ROBOT.

Take a look at your paycheck some time and, you know, think about it.

WOW!!!...Now go suck on your mommy's teet and your daddy's hairy D so they can brainwash you over and over again how you're supposed to be Republican EVEN WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE YOUR BEST INTEREST IN MIND, YOU DUMB ROBOT.

Dat RoRo kid...you sure are an intelligent one. Has anyone else noticed the economy took a serious dive after the house went Dem? Though I do agree, the Socialist one will be in office come 2009. And we will al get what we deserve for allowing him any sort of chance to be in this position. More Government...that is the major problem with the current admin...so in order to fix it...we jsut do what? Add more Government...hmmmm...makes sense...RoRo Ro your boat...thank you very much, I DO NOT WANT THE GOVERNMENT FIXING MY PROBLEMS...and MSNBC IS HORRIBLE...thats why no one with half a brain watches!

Oh yeah... Go Dolphins...

You've taken everything and made sure its FUBU, and now the grownups are coming back home to fix it for you. Again.


Did you perhaps mean FUBAR? FUBU is a urban clothing line isnt? LL Cool Js or something like that...So weve taken averything and made it FUBU huh? Fix it again? What do you mean? You never fixed anything in the first place...The problem is both sides...VOTE LIBERTARIAN and let real people solve their own problems...not the nanny government FUBU boy here wants.

AND GO DOLPHINS...I wanna see the Dolphis Patriots game when Marino came back from Achilles injury and got into he shoot out with Bledsoe.

The 2 greatest games that I ever saw as a Dolfan were the longest game in history on Christmas Day 1971 against the Chiefs and the 1974 Sea of Hands game against the Raiders.

Both were played in the other team's crib.

The longest game defined the Dolphins rise to power. They kept getting up after getting knocked down by a fine team. It was a combination of youthful players on the Dolphins overcoming the age and experienced players on the Chiefs; along with a few fortunate events like Stenreud missing two critical winning FG's. The roll right trap left play run by Csonka set up Garo Yepremian's winning FG.

The Sea of Hands game signified the end of this Super Bowl run. The loss what heartbreaking, but I knew that the team would never be the same after Csonka, Kiick, and Warfield left for the defunct World Football League. The game itself was great because it had all the drama that made it great. I won't go into all the play by play that I remembered because I want every Dolfan to appreciate what they see. I may have been heartbroken over the loss, but the team went down fighting.

I'm hoping that this team will be built and developed by Tuna, Ireland, and Sparano into a championship level team that competes with this kind of excellence.

Some of you are drunk on the Nancy Pelosi, Harry "We've already lost the War" Reid and Barney "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are fine" Frank Kool Aid.

You have no idea what you are talking about.

Now back to football where I have no idea what I'm talking about ...

Well said Armando...Well said!

I agree: You definitely know nothing about football.

FFILL,

I would urge you to consider that DE-REGULATION of the markets is the reason for this current situation. These subprime mortgages were well in effect from the years 2002 - 2007, so it hardly has anything to do with a Democratic Congress. Those wheels were already spinning, you nitwit.

In addition, government is ALWAYS going to be big. There's nothing you can do about that at this point - especially considering the way government has increased in the last 8 years under an administration and congress that is ideologically opposed to exactly that. So get over this 'no big government' BS already. That's a joke.

FUBU = For Us, By Us. It's not just a hip hop clothing line. You dolt.

And GO DOLPHINS!

As a 12 year old, I remember I cried like a baby after that game. My old school Cuban father beat me because he couldn't believe I was crying over a stupid football game. If Csonka, Kiick and Warfield wouldn't have left us for the WFL, we would have won our 3rd straight Super Bowl no doubt.

Armando i thought you were a smart guy give me a break if you want to follow the right wing over the cliff go ahead one week we are doing great next week we are in a crisis they don,t know what they are doin stick to football

FUBU = For Us, By Us. It's not just a hip hop clothing line. You dolt.

First: I was commenting on the misuese of the ackronym FUBAR not FUBU...

Second: Is it not a hip hop clothing line targeted to Blacks only? Hence the for us by us? And how is that NOT racist? So I cant go by FUBU stuff as a white guy cuz its not for US?

And of course you would bring the de regulation thing up...Since this happened, its time to give up what the country was founded on and start depending on the government to save our lives...

You can go on depending on your government to bail you out...me personally, Ill take care of myslef and my family without relying on the tax payers to bail me out. If I make a mistake, Ill correct it. I dont need Nobama helping me out for the "common good" of the country. I swear if you like socialism so much...you should give Russia, or Cuba a try...It has worked FABULOUSLY for them.

I checked my Cable listings and the Espn2 Listings and there is Nascar Now and World Series of Poker..Where did you get the information about this Broadcast?

The broadcast was 12:30 Friday morning right when Mando said it would on. I watched it. It was awesome, except for the fact it reminded me what a crap QB Bob Griese was.

Thanks for jogging the memories, I was 8 years old, watching that game with my cousin on a small black and white tv. Now at age 43, I still can't believe Stabler got that pass off (I could swear his knee hit the ground before the ball left his hand) and that it was caught by a reciever that the announcer, at the time, said had not caught a pass all season. A painful but fond memory. As for the politico's, all of you lighten up, this a football blog. Everyone has their opinion and we all think we're right, I won't say what side of the aisle my beliefs fall on but I will say that I am not so deluded as to think that my "side" is so much better than the other "side". All the career politicians have one interest, lining their own pockets, they don't care about you and me, they care about preserving their own way of life and maintaining control of the masses. When you vote this November it will be as it has been for quite some time, a choice of a lesser of two evils. Honestly, when is the last time you felt as good about a Presidential candidate as you did about the "wildcat offense"? All that being said, I still believe we are the greatest country in the world to live in and that we are a truly great nation with the purest of intentions to spread freedom & democracy.
GO FISH!!!!

"It was awesome, except for the fact it reminded me what a crap QB Bob Griese was."

You obviously don't have any idea what makes a great qb. Do you think because he couldn't throw the ball like marino that he wasn't a great qb? He moved the offence and he was a winner. Griese went to 3 super bowls and won 2.

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