OK, these guys asked for it.
Jim Langer, Manny Fernandez and Bob Kuechenberg must want me to go into my “the 1972 Miami Dolphins weren’t all that good” rant. Well, if they want it, they got it.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only team that has gone through an entire National Football League season undefeated. They won the Super Bowl that year, defeating Washington’s team by a score of 14-7.
Over the years members of that Dolphins team have complained – OK, it’s been more like whined incessantly – that they haven’t received proper respect or recognition for what they achieved.
President Obama sought to rectify that. He recently had members of that 1972 Miami Dolphins squad visit the White House, the better to bestow the props on the team that they claim they deserve.
But were Langer, Fernandez and Kuechenberg there? Nope. They don’t like the Obama administration, so they didn’t attend.
“We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington. I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that (angers) people, so be it,” said Langer.
Fernandez had this to say: “(My views are) dramatically opposed to the president’s. Enough said. Let’s leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes.”
Added Kuechenberg: “I don’t want to do that. I just don’t believe in this administration at all. So I don’t belong. Anyone on the left or right has to respect one man’s opinion.”
This is not about left or right, or politics at all. In the world of athletics, there are supposed to be occasions where politics are put aside and the emphasis is on achievement.
Obama saluted the 1972 Dolphins not based on how many of them agree with him politically; his focus was on what the team achieved.
Langer, Fernandez and Kuechenberg are three men who can’t put their politics aside, not even for an instant. Do they seriously believe that guys like fullback Larry Csonka, quarterback Bob Griese and Don Shula – head coach of the 1972 Dolphins – agree with Obama on every political issue?