Being raised in Ohio I have become very fond of warm Winters, and every year we spend a fair amount of time over on Ft Lauderdale Beach before diving head first into our work assignments. One of my first things I did was to hit up Shula Burger.
That place does not disappoint !
A few days later, a Thursday night game on Halloween. This was an extra special night as a friend from Toledo was taking in his 1st game in Florida. Hence, I wanted to make sure he was taken care of and left with memories to last a lifetime.
Members of The Bengals Bomb Squad in the house !
Now with everything that there is to see and do Brad & I got split up for a bit as I had to rock out and he was seeing all the sights. I'll admit it ( and proudly I might add ), I was weaned on KISS. Yup,....I wanna Rock 'n Roll all night, and party every day !!!!!!
Now I was telling Brad that we needed to keep an eye out for all the former players that where around as Johnny Offerdahl was going into our Ring of Honor that night. I mentioned that Jim "Crash" Jensen always tailgated right by us. When I dropped that on him his jaw hit the floor,...."really !! he is one of my all time favorites and that would totally make my trip to meet him" he said. This was too easy to make happen, so we hung out chatting for a bit. Since "Crash" was dressed as Batman so he suggested we do a POW,...WHAM type of photo.
Now Brad is a huge Penn State fan,....HUGE ! So I told him watch out for OJ McDuffie as he sits in the section he had tickets too. Sadly when he went by Brad's phone had lost its charge, but he was able to get a short conversation with him. This too was a thrill of a lifetime for him and he thanked me repeatedly for the hot tip. I basically had to tell him enough already,....no thanks required. But I was pissed at him for not sticking closer to me as I crossed paths with these former Dolphins.
Why my Wife decided to have herself painted as a cat on a night we played The Bengals I'll never know,....Oh well.
The DCC IV
I didn't sleep well at all the night before ( I never do ), but I was pumped up on Starbucks Doubleshot, adrenaline, & a bit metal in the morning !!!
On a side note,...if I heard it once, I heard it a hundred times. "Where is Mini Marino ?". Well his lazy ass got benched/retired as I thought he was "played out", and I opted for Bobblehead Don Shula. I had the bright idea to duct tape his bobblehead down as to create a mini Hans device. The tape didn't hold and his head bobbled right off his body at mile 10. While getting my bike together who walks right by,....Johnny O ! Then Dick Anderson !
Somewhere around mile 65 or so they offered a mini massage,....and obviously the therapist wanted a bit closer to the "action",.... I didn't care and it felt great ! After 103.5 miles I signed Brad Keitzman's name. He was good & decent man, and I miss him dearly.
I rode hard and while there was group of 4 or 5 the blew off the last few remaining stops as to arrive 1st into the stadium, I was with the 2nd group that blew off the last stop to arrive next. It was mainly made up of 30 riders from a local bike shop. I positioned myself right towards the front, grabbing the wheel of the rider in front of me as blazed the last 10 miles at speeds of 24/26 MPH. That's hauling ass on a bike ! Once there I was some more old friends. Mike Dee Zac Thomas
Thank you to The Phinsider's that answered the call,....
As of late I've been taking a shine to twitter and it was there I found out the Coach Shula was having dinner at his original steakhouse in Miami lakes on our last night in town. So I quickly made the call and secured my reservation. How ironic that Mad Dog is looking over my shoulder while waiting in line to meet Coach Shula. No words,.... Jimmy Cefalo, Dick Anderson, David Shula, & a living legend,....Don Shula On our way out we bumped into #69 Keith Sims. After standing there a moment waiting for our truck he said, "don't I know you two ?". And with you missing a beat he recalled both times he met my Wife & I, that was pretty cool. Thereafter we chatted for 5 minutes or so,...really nice guy.