Time To Vote: Worst Fins Moment

Starting today, we will hold a voting bracket to determine the worst moment in Miami Dolphins history.  The first match-up is between former loathed HC Nick Saban and the 1982 New England Patriot game forever remembered as the “Snow Plow” game.


NICK SABAN was supposed to be the savior of the Miami Dolphins franchise.  After a whirlwind courtship by owner Wayne Huizenga, Saban joined Miami following the 2004 season.  Immediately, his presence and attitude was felt.  Miami was undergoing changes.  After his first season finished at 9-7, Saban floundered in year 2.  While media reports circulated that Saban was leaving Miami after the season, Saban denied all claims with the now infamous words, “I am not going to be the coach at Alabama”.  After the final game of the NFL season, Nick Saban boarded a plane for Alabama and resigned as the Miami Dolphins head coach.  His two year stint in Miami would do nothing for the future of the franchise.

The SNOW PLOW GAME fell on a December 12th, 1982 Sunday.  Winds and snow had kept the game between the Dolphins and Patriots scoreless.  With a little over 4 minutes remaining in a game that was seeing the weather further deteriorate, Patriots HC Ron Meyer called a stadium snow plow employee on to the field to clear an area for the NE field goal attempt.  Despite an angered and protesting Don Shula, officials allowed the plowman to do his work and NE would make the field goal.  Time would run out with the Patriots victorious 3-0.  While fans and players of the Miami Dolphins seethed under their anger, the plowman turned out to be a state prisoner on a work detail.

The following year, the NFL banned all snow plows during games.  The NE Patriots on the other hand have made the Snow Plow game an interactive feature in their Hall at Patriot Place starting this year, 2008.


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  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Discuss your vote here and why you feel one is more important than the other. 

  • Fins4ever#1

    I honestly believe that Saban leaving was a good thing and did not believe he was going to take the team anywhere. However, the way he left was a hardship on the organization and forced us to begin “all over again.”

    IMO, while the snow plow loss was terrible, losing a coach the way we did and having to furiously search for a replacement is worse than losing a single non superbowl game.  SABAN SUCKS!  

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    I agree.  The face of the franchise was affected by Saban leaving the way he did…for good or bad.  The fact is that it further drove the franchise into the ground leaving an unfinished work for someone else to take over…and we all know how that worked out.

  • George (MaineDolfan)

    I voted for Saban leaving as well.  Again, no big loss as far as the person himself but the fact that it turned the Dolphins into one of “those” teams.  Our team had always been a model of stability.  We thought Saban was going to bring that “stability” back to the frachise but all he was was #3 in a 5 coaches in 4 years run  (Wanny, Bates, Saban, Cameron, Sparano).  Let’s hope that Sparano puts an end to that run.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    couldn’t agree more G.  Its amazing how many coaches we went through….gone through in the last  5 years.

  • MisterX

    I vote for the snow plow incident.  Not sure if you guys actually remember that game but when I’m talking about Dolphins lore with my grandchildren or with other grandpa’s or whatever…I won’t be talking about Roll Tide…I’ll be talking about great players, great coaches, great victories and great defeats in Dolphins history.  This was a great game…it changed the rules…and with our long time rival the Pats? That’s history!  Terrible loss!  Nick Saban, not so much, just another in the long line of suitors for the Phins.  Hopefully Sparano can wipe away the memories of losing coaches Nick, and Cam.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    X: That is a great point and the real reason that I thought doing something on this topic was better than a best of bracket.  There is more opinion in this for each of the events. 

  • MisterX

    This is a great idea Brian.  Cool way to pass the time.  A stroll down “bad memory” lane in anticipation of a new era of Dolphin Greatness…maybe.  :)

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    yeah, time to put the demons behind us and move on.

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  • Luke

    I just could’t vote for anything nicktator satan unless is was for “who is the most worthless piece of garbage to ever crawl on the South Florida grass?”  Then I would certainly vote for satan nick.  That dude is lower than the belly on a snake.  He makes RW’s look like Don Shula.