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6) YOU’RE A KICKER, NOT A QUARTERBACK! Attempting

6) YOU’RE A KICKER, NOT A QUARTERBACK!
Attempting a field goal in the fourth quarter to ice the game in Super Bowl VII, Miami Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian’s kick was blocked, and the ball wound up in his hands. He tried to throw the ball downfield, but it slipped out of his hands and was returned for a touchdown by Redskins’ Mike Bass. Luckily for Yepremian, the Dolphins won 14-7 and completed their undefeated season.
(Credit: AP)

Hey, gang: 30 years ago today (Wednesday) my first-ever byline appeared in Newsday, about East Islip routing my alma mater, Northport, 25-3, in a football playoff game.

I'm too embarrassed to tell you what my lede was, since it was a cliche-ridden mess about immovable objects and irresistable forces. Or something like that.

The first person I quoted was famous EI coach Sal Ciampi.

Northport's only points came on a field goal by Garo Yepremian's nephew, Sarko.

Subsequently, I left Newsday to work in Alaska for a couple of years, but I returned in the summer of 1985 and have been here ever since.

Thanks for reading. Carry on.

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