Days of the Dolphins: Life on the Miami beat

by Gary Shelton on September 3, 2015 · 1 comment

in general, Miami, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Thursday, 6 a.m.

The chair was black and beaten, a survivor of the wars.

It stood in a corner of Don Shula's old office at Nova University, weathered by time and worn by abuse. It was lined and faded, as if it had been stitched together from old leather helmets. There was nothing stately about it, nothing elegant. It was just another piece of furniture that should have been put on waivers years ago if anyone had taken the time or the trouble. Put it this way: When Jackie Gleason first went to Miami, this was the chair he sat on.

Duriel's Chair.

You think Shula was just undefeated in 1972? In that chair, he was undefeated for life. You would sit in that chair, and his fury would be pointed at you, raw and relentless, and you would just sort of shrink into it. It was named Duriel's Chair for Duriel Harris, the old

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Cecil DeBald September 3, 2015 at 7:19 am

Great, Gary, almost makes me wish I was a Fins’ fan back then! A young friend of mine is a life-long Fins’ fan, but of course he got sucked in as a kid in Miami when they won the 72-73 back-to-back Super Bowls, and since then…well, at least my Bucs have 2002! Thanks for a great piece of writing.

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