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Saturday, 19 January 2013

ESPN: Video: 1996 Piece on Earl Weaver Before HOF Induction: Tribute To The The Earl of Baltimore

Former Baltimore Orioles great manager the winningest manager in Orioles history and I believe the best manager. In Major League Baseball in the 1970s and one of the best managers of all time, died today at the age of 82. But his memory and legacy will live forever as long as there's Baltimore Orioles baseball. Because he taught the Orioles how to win not just for one season but how to win season after season. He built the foundation with the players he had on how to win each game and win each season. And his philosophy was so fundamentally sound because it was all about fundamentals. You win baseball games by beating your opponents not by beating yourself. You pitch and execute your pitches well, you play good defense and you get timely hitting. You don't win games by consistently leaving runners in scoring position or by giving your opponents. Extra outs or by hanging hittable pitches in the strike zone and because of this there might of been. A more fundamentally sound baseball manager in MLB history because The Earl's message was all about. Fundamentals and his players knew that if they didn't execute, they didn't play.

The Orioles didn't win so much and so often in the 1970s and 80s because they had so much more talent. Then their opponents but because they were so much more fundamentally sound then their opponents. When other teams were relying on great talent to win games and relying on a handful of players to win. The Orioles were relying on their whole team because of their great depth and because they had so many players who knew how to play the game the right way. And avoided making big mistakes. Which is something the Orioles got way from in the last decade and are finally. Getting back to now.

NFL Films: NFL 1971: AFC Semifinal Playoff: Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City Chiefs: The Longest NFL Game Ever Played

I'm not sure that one team won this game but that the Kansas City Chiefs finally ran out of gas first. This game was historic and important for several reasons. The last playoff game for the Chiefs until 1986 and their last shot at winning another Super Bowl. Which they did just two seasons before and the last playoff game at Kansas City Municipal Stadium. Before the Chiefs moved into Arrowhead Stadium which is perhaps the loudest outdoor stadium in the NFL right now. After this game the Chiefs went into a decline where they became pretty mediocre and at times very bad. Before the mid and late 1980s when the Chiefs became contenders and winners again. This game is also important for the Miami Dolphins because they won their first playoff game in franchise. History in 1971 and put them in the AFC Final where they won their first AFC Championship and played. In their first Super Bowl after the 1971 season where they lost to the Dallas Cowboys but 1971 is where. The Miami Dolphins go on course to being a great team and playing in three straight Super Bowl and winning two of them back to back.

So this 1971 AFC Divisional Playoff is historic and important but for many reasons. Yes its the longest game in NFL history but also because of the two teams that were involved. Two teams where one was on the rise the Miami Dolphins and the other team in decline playing what turned out. To be the Kansas City Chiefs last shot at being a contender and their last shot at playing for. Another Super Bowl Championship, with the Miami Dolphins just starting to learn how good they could be.