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Don Shula, Presidential Elections And 4 “M’s”

April 25, 2017

On a rainy day thoughts turned to the 1964 NFL Title game and subsequently to the game’s losing coach Don Shula.

Shula coached in games for the World title in 4 different election year seasons, losing thrice (’64, ’68 and ’84) winning in ’72.

In all four of those elections the losing national ticket had a man whose name started with “M.”

1964 was William “M”iller, coincidentally from Buffalo, New York a city which lost in all four World title tilts to date.

1968 also as a Vice Presidential candidate on the losing side was Edmund “M”uskie.

In ’72 and ’84, the losing “M’s” were at the top of the ticket, the truly kind and personable, when I met him, George “M”cGovern and twelve years later Walter “M”ondale.

Only me, my “friends.”


Another William “Bill” Miller, pictured above, in a game for the football title his team lost, caught two touchdown passes.

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