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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