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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


From the Editor: The HRI Faithful who engage in sports see Marc Lawrence’s Coffee Club Report in the HRI NEWS section daily. Today we’re breaking it out in honor of a great coach who passed on Monday morning. I had the honor of meeting him one day. Walking away after my brief visit with him at Gulfstream Park, I thought what a good and honorable man. The coach’s competitive fires were now directed at the past performances as he and Dan Marino tried to cash tickets and out-handicap one another. The following is from another good and honorable man in a profession where those qualities often fly in the face of reality…

By Marc Lawrence — Muhammed Ali often referred to himself as ‘The Greatest’. A master self-promoter, Ali would certainly have made our nation’s President proud. By comparison Don Shula, the legendary NFL Hall of Fame coach who passed away on Monday, was a humble man who chose to shower his players with adoration. Yet it’s hard to argue that the coach with more wins, and the only undefeated season in league history, should not be in the conversation for NFL Greatest Coach of All Time. Many forget he was the head coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1963-1969 where he was 73-26-4, including an infamous Super Bowl loss to Joe Namath and the New York Jets in 1969. He joined Miami in 1970 where he served as a head coach through 1995, going 274-147-2. He not only put Miami on the NFL map, he charted their course to fame and glory. Shula is the NFL’s all-time head coach leader for most games coached (526), most wins (347), and most consecutive seasons (33). From a handicapping perspective, Shula was the classic “good dog, bad favorite”, often rising to the occasion in an underdog role, yet playing down the level of opposition when favored to win. In that sense, golfers would have called him a sandbagger. I call him genius. That’s confirmed by his 55-31 ATS record when taking points or in ‘pick’ games, and 77-95-3 ATS when laying them (from 1980-1995). As a fellow native Clevelander, he made everyone in northeast Ohio proud for the way he led by example, both on and off the field. Don Shula – Hall of Fame coach? Yes. Don Shula – Best former NFL coach? Definitely.

Trending Today The Book Of Mormon

From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: Kalani Sitake’s fifth season at the helm of the BYU football program will be unlike any of his previous four. It includes six matchups against Power-5 opponents plus Boise State, San Diego State and in-state rival Utah State; and a home tilt with top American Athletic Conference foe Houston. It’s a brutal schedule to navigate. One third of BYU football games in 2020 will be on weeknights. FYI: The Cougars are 0-5 ATS at home in weekday games under Kalani Sitake.

Grinding Out The Profits: Be Like Mike

When Mike Tyson climbed back into the ring for a short training clip, trainer Rafeal Coedeiro didn’t know what to expect from the iconic 53-year old heavyweight. “He hasn’t hit mitts for almost 10 years,” Cordeiro told ESPN. “So I didn’t expect to see what I saw. I saw a guy with the same speed, same power as guys 21, 22 years old.” He said he has been working with Tyson for ”three weeks in a row … but when he puts his mind to it, his body inside the ring – he changes. It’s not a joke,” he insisted, adding there is more footage that will be released that shows ”more power, more speed, everything.” Iron Mike says he’s proud to be the Mike Tyson he is today. Stay tuned.

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