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Old 08-01-2006, 09:17 AM   #1
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July 31, 2006-When the White House called with an invitation to dine with President Bush, Dan Marino took it. But the coach of his former team said no.

Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban said Monday that his obligations at training camp took priority over a chance to meet the president.

"It was really a tough decision," Saban said. "I feel like my first responsibility is our team. That in no way disrespects the importance of the opportunity I would have loved to have had to spend dinner with the President."

The invitation was for dinner with Bush on Sunday night at Joe's Stone Crabs, a landmark Miami Beach restaurant. Marino, a former Dolphins quarterback and an NFL Hall of Famer, did attend, Bush said in a speech Monday.

Several Dolphins players said they weren't surprised that Saban put his team ahead of the president.

"We all know Nick is serious about what we're doing here and is committed to it," defensive end Jason Taylor said.

Hey Nick!!! How far is Dolphins training camp from that restaurant in Miami Beach??

Whether you like President Bush or not it's still considered an honor to be invited to dine with him and something that shouldn't have been turned down regardless of whether your in training camp or not.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:56 AM   #2
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Why does he have to go to dinner with the President? It's not he was invited to the White House, he was invited to Joe's Stone Crabs. He's very committed to his job. I would think people would respect that.
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Old 08-01-2006, 12:52 PM   #3
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Default Re: Saban snubs President Bush's Invitation

There are some things that are actually more important than football and this is where Saban totally missed the boat.

It's not like he was invited to dinner by his Congressman, Senator or the Mayor of Miami but he was invited by the leader of his country and the free world.

What would have Nick missed at camp by going to dinner??
Unless he likes to watch his players take showers after the last practice of the day and personally do the bedchecks himself .......what he did was in bad taste.
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I wouldn't want to go to dinner with W. either. Nick Saban your alright in my book.
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There are some things that are actually more important than football and this is where Saban totally missed the boat.

It's not like he was invited to dinner by his Congressman, Senator or the Mayor of Miami but he was invited by the leader of his country and the free world.

What would have Nick missed at camp by going to dinner??
Unless he likes to watch his players take showers after the last practice of the day and personally do the bedchecks himself .......what he did was in bad taste.
I agree with you Ambridge...regardless if you agree with the politics or not the right thing would have been to go, IMO. I realize I may be somewhat biased because I actually like Bush (gasp!)...though I don't ALWAYS agree with him ....but I think I would say the same thing even if had been Clinton.
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Default Re: Saban snubs President Bush's Invitation

I think this sends out a great message to his team - especially when it comes to lecturing them about making sacrafices for the good of the team.

Thats even if he actually like the President in the first place.

Maybe he has no respect for him and thought it would be hypocritical to go lunch with him.

Personally I would have thought the the leader of the free world had more pressing commitments at this time than going to dinner with a sports coach.

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I think this sends out a great message to his team - especially when it comes to lecturing them about making sacrafices for the good of the team.

Thats even if he actually like the President in the first place.

Maybe he has no respect for him and thought it would be hypocritical to go lunch with him.

Personally I would have thought the the leader of the free world had more pressing commitments at this time than going to dinner with a sports coach.

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There are some things that are actually more important than football and this is where Saban totally missed the boat.

It's not like he was invited to dinner by his Congressman, Senator or the Mayor of Miami but he was invited by the leader of his country and the free world.

What would have Nick missed at camp by going to dinner??
Unless he likes to watch his players take showers after the last practice of the day and personally do the bedchecks himself .......what he did was in bad taste.

I agree completely.
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Default Re: Saban snubs President Bush's Invitation

This isn't a state dinner at the White House. It's dinner at Joe's Stone Crabs. Would it have been cool to hang out with the President? Sure it would have. But this is Nick Saban saying we're in training camp and it's time to focus on football. Training camp is short period of the season, but it requires quite a bit of focus. Going to hang out at the crab shack with the President right at the start sets a bad example for his team. And as much as I like Bush, I think it shows a little bit of arrogance to think that a pro football coach is going to drop everything to go to dinner with him. There are 11 other months when you can invite Saban to dinner and he's going to say yes.

Don't knock Saban, he's taking his role as a coach and leader seriously. I am sure the President is going to respect that and understand.
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Well let's see here. Saban had two differen't options.

1) He could not go, and stay with his team and help his young players develop, and maybe help them win a Superbowl.

2) He could go, probably be bored to death and constantly thinking about his team anyway. And if he hates the president, be angry the whole time.

Good choice, Saban.
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