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Fin City

Oct. 04, 2004
Oct. 04, 2004

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Oct. 4, 2004

SCORECARD
CATCHING UP WITH
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
  • By H.G. BISSINGER

    A new movie based on his controversial 1990 best seller about high school football in West Texas took the author on a long-dreaded journey to revisit his main characters

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Fin City

Hurricanes, injuries and Ricky's retirement--it's hardly the Perfect Season, but the sun's gonna shine again

OCT. 3 >> NEW YORK JETS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS >> 4:15 P.M. EST

This is an article from the Oct. 4, 2004 issue Original Layout

[1] SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE Coach Shula opened this wood-paneled joint in '89, the first in a nationwide chain. Says Zagat, "Drop back 10 and punt" the "overpriced offerings." [2] DAN MARINO'S FINE FOOD & SPIRITS A less expensive alternative. Says Zagat, "No touchdown." [3] ORANGE BOWL The Dolphins' home from 1966 to '86 and where college football champs are often crowned. In the '60s, a dolphin named Flipper frolicked and retrieved kicks from his tank behind the east end zone. In the cinematic masterpiece Ace Ventura: Pet Detective evildoers kidnapped the mascot (Snowflake) but were brought to justice by Jim Carrey. [4] GRANDE OAKS GOLF CLUB In 1999 Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga bought the club that served as Caddyshack's Bushwood. You might spot a Jordan-Pippen twosome. [5] ANTHONY'S RUNWAY 84 Italian food, an airplane motif. This is where the Dolphins' brass wine and dine free agents. [6] GET CYCED FITNESS Tackle Larry Chester shed 58 pounds here in the off-season. If that guy on the lat machine looks like Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. the Rock, that's 'cause it is. [7] DON SHULA EXPRESSWAY Dedicated Aug. 3, 1983, eight months after a Super Bowl loss to Washington. [8] OUR LADY OF THE LAKES Catholic church attended in the early '70s by Shula and George Wilson, Shula's fired predecessor. The two rarely talked at services. [9] MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PARKING LOT Returning from a '71 playoff win in K.C., Shula and son David discovered their car had a dead battery. They hitched a ride 12 miles home to Miami Lakes, then invited the folks who had given them a lift in for a drink. [10] UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Are you ready for some political football? PBS's Jim Lehrer moderates the Bush-Kerry debate here, on Sept. 30. [11] FIGHT CLUB Where IBF lightweight champ Glen Johnson, who knocked out Roy Jones Jr. last Saturday, trains. Johnson hangs with Dolphins Sage Rosenfels and Jay Fiedler. [12] PRO PLAYER LOCKER ROOM Where, in front of his players in '99, Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson celebrated a win over the Bills by repeatedly punching a box of Flutie Flakes. Flutie was insulted, calling Johnson's histrionics a slight to his autistic son, Doug Jr., then seven. (Proceeds from the sale of the cereal went to fight autism.) Two days later Johnson wrote Flutie an apology.

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PRO PLAYER STADIUM

• FIRST REGULAR-SEASON DOLPHINS GAME: Oct. 11, 1987; 42-0 win over Chiefs

• FIRST MARLINS GAME: April 5, 1993; 6-3 win over Dodgers

• FOOTBALL CAPACITY: 75,540

• BASEBALL CAPACITY: 36,331

• RANKING ON PETA'S TOP 10 VEG-FRIENDLY BALLPARKS: 8th; second to Oakland among NFL stadiums

• POPULAR CONCESSION ITEM: Cuban pork sandwich ($6.50)

1,034 miles, N
Csonka Sports Complex, Lisbon, Ohio
Three softball fields, a couple of volleyball pits and a full-service bar (bands too!) on the Csonk's 400-acre retirement property.

1,102 miles, N
Grand River, Ohio
Birthplace of Donald Francis Shula (Jan. 4, 1930), the fisherman's son who coached the Dolphins for 26 seasons, taking them to 16 playoffs, including five Super Bowls.

1,129 miles, N
Deerfield, Mich.
Birthplace of Muzyad Yahkoob (Jan. 6, 1914), the son of Lebanese immigrants. He took the name Danny Thomas, starred in Make Room for Daddy and was an original co-owner of the Dolphins.

2,348 miles, WNW
Los Angeles
Shooting locale of many scenes in Brian DePalma's Miami-centric 1983 cult hit Scarface.

Visitors' View

What the Jets like to do in Miami

"I might get some conch fritters cooked up for me by my mom. She'll make them and wrap them up, and someone else will bring them to the hotel."

--Santana Moss, receiver, whose mother lives in Miami

"We load up and go to Betty's Soul Food. They've got great food--oxtail, fried gizzards, fish, greens. I've kind of made it famous."

--Josh Evans, defensive tackle

"I try to take in the great weather. I'll walk around, go to the beach, just take advantage of it all."

--David Barrett, cornerback

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