Which is his most memorable game? Van Gundy, Bratten, Shula explain – The Mercury News

Which game do you remember the most?

This is a simple question with amazing answers.

Melvin Bratton, former University of Miami running back: “It was the ‘Hell Flutie’ game for me in 1984. It was my coming-out party. I did four touchdowns and thought I’d be the man of the week and all the girls would love me. But then Doug Flutie stole my moment. When When I scored my fourth touchdown, the cameras ran up to me and I said, ‘No, wait.’ Doug had another Hail Mary pass that year. I said to the cameras, ‘Hold on tight.’ I saw that pass and my heart just broke. My upcoming party became a funeral.”

Stan van Gundy, former Heat and NBA coach: ‘My all-time favorite game as a coach was in 1985 when I was head coach at Castleton State College in Vermont. We were in Kansas City playing the NAIA District Championship game on our way to the national tournament. We were playing on the other team’s home court in Maine. We were down 22-6. 13 down on half. We were not playing well. But we took it back, got a stop at the end and then won over the buzzer beater to win the NAIA District 5 Championship. That’s still my favorite sport and my favorite group of people I’ve ever coached. This was my second year as head coach. I was 25 years old. Still my biggest moment. ,

Lamar Thomas, former UM and Dolphins receiver: “We played Denver on Monday night. It was the first game my grandmother, who grew up with me, ever seen me play a game of football. My aunt and uncle took her there. [infant] The son was also there. I wasn’t even going to start, but Orondi [Gadsden] missed a meeting. I’m starting I wanted a new contract too, and Jimmy [Johnson] Shouted at me in front of others that basically I didn’t understand. Well, I scored three touchdowns in that game. My family was in the last zone, they scored, so I gave them the balls. He was also interviewed by Leslie Visser. that was amazing. And the next day I got a contract extension. Those are the games you remember. ,

Brandon Knight, pro and former Pine Crest High School basketball player: “In high school, we were in Miami playing LaSalle in regionals, trying to go to the States. We were down to like eight points with three minutes to go into the fourth quarter. No Shot Clock in High School So the game’s over. They can catch the ball. We get a timeout and, as my teammates tell the story, everyone’s down and I said, “What’s everyone up to? We have to practice tomorrow. Let’s get locked inside. They’re like, ‘What?’ I was in tears, we won the game and there we were, practicing the next day.”

Tony Wise, former Dolphins offensive line coach: “We’re playing in the Cowboys. They were No. 1 in the league under defense [Mike] Zimmer. They were banging continuously. we studied them that week and [Dolphins offensive coordinator] “If you have standard personnel on the field all the time, you’re going to be under a lot of pressure,” says Norve Turner. But if you put two tight ends on the ground, the pressure drops to zero. They never attack him. So we put on the field an extra tight end, Donald Lee. He is playing flanker. But Lee and Randy McMichael were our two tight ends and they never blitzed. I think we can have a total of 480 yards. We won easily (40-21). That’s the example I use to see what the study can do. ,

Dave Shula, Dartmouth Receivers coach and former Dolphins offensive coordinator: “Monday night game against the Bears in 1985. The Orange Bowl was just electric. Even in the pregame, 70 minutes before kickoff, there was great excitement for Uwe von Schmann as he was practicing a field goal. If he passed, So the crowd was growing wildly. That night, that whole night, was like I’ve never seen before. Just thinking about it gives me chills – Look, I have goose bumps. See them on my arm? That It was a special night.”

Matt Applebaum, Dolphins and former Boston College offensive line coach: “We went to Clemson two years in a row and both years had a real chance of beating those guys. We had the ball roughly 10 years on the line, winning games and a bad picture is how we played the game. Lost. The thing that’s clear with me is that the kid who threw the ball is probably the biggest kid in the world. He was dealing with a very tough personal battle throughout the season. His mom was dying of cancer. He was – and I know the pressure he puts on himself doesn’t fail. He was the kind of guy the captain of the team. What happened to him for that moment was brutal.”

Norv Turner, former NFL coordinator and Washington coach: “I haven’t really had a game, but I have a stadium that I come back to all the time thinking about it. Candlestick Park. When I was in my first year with the Rams, we won the division there. The 49ers did a year We won the Super Bowl first, so it was an incredible win. Then in 1992 with Dallas we went there and had a win against San Francisco that changed all our lives. We went to our first Super Bowl and won it. In ’99, I was coaching Washington and we went there and won the division with that game. I was very comfortable going to the candlestick. I loved the place. I had career-changing experiences in that stadium.”

Steve Walsh, former Miami and NFL quarterback: “If people place me on a more memorable game as a pro, I’d say it was when I was with the Bears and going to Minnesota in the playoffs to beat the Vikings 35-18. I just hit a ball. Watching. For me, personally, that was a great game. I was back in my hometown. Family, parents, friends – everyone was into the game. I forget that the next week the 49ers played us Gave butt-whipping. Winning the playoffs at home and on the road – that was special. That’s the game I go back to.”


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