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Super Bowl VII

Super Bowl VII was an American football game between the American Football Conference champion Miami Dolphins and the National Football Conference champion Washington Redskins to decide the National Football League champion for the 1972 season. The Dolphins defeated the Redskins by the score of 14–7, became the first and still the only team in NFL history to complete a perfect undefeated season, they remain the only Super Bowl champion to win despite having been shut out in the second half of the game. The game was played on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, the second time the Super Bowl was played in that city. At kickoff, the temperature was 84 °F; this was the Dolphins' second Super Bowl appearance. The Dolphins posted an undefeated 14–0 regular season record before defeating the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs; the Redskins were making their first Super Bowl appearance after posting an 11–3 regular-season record and playoff victories over the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

Despite being undefeated, the Dolphins were one-point underdogs based on the weakness of their regular-season schedule. Super Bowl VII was dominated by the Dolphins, is the second-lowest-scoring Super Bowl to date with a total of only 21 points, second only to the 13–3 score of Super Bowl LIII; the only real drama occurred during the final minutes of the game, in what was known as "Garo's Gaffe". Miami attempted to cap their 17–0 perfect season with a 17–0 shutout by means of a 42-yard field goal by Garo Yepremian, but instead the game and the season was jeopardized when his kick was blocked. Instead of falling on the loose ball, the Dolphins kicker picked it up, attempted a forward pass, but batted it in the air, Redskins cornerback Mike Bass caught it and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown; this remains the longest period in a Super Bowl for one team to be shut out, as Washington was held scoreless until 2:07 remained in the fourth quarter. Because of the turnover and score, what was a Miami-dominated game became close, the Dolphins had to stop Washington's final drive for the tying touchdown as time expired.

Dolphins safety Jake Scott was named Most Valuable Player. He recorded two interceptions for 63 return yards, including a 55-yard return from the end zone during the fourth quarter. Scott became the second defensive player in Super Bowl history to earn a Super Bowl MVP award; the NFL awarded Super Bowl VII to Los Angeles on March 21, 1972. The Dolphins went undefeated despite losing their starting quarterback. In the fifth game of the regular season, starter Bob Griese suffered a fractured right leg and dislocated ankle. In his place, 38-year-old Earl Morrall, a 17-year veteran, led Miami to victory in their nine remaining regular-season games, was the 1972 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Morrall had played for Dolphins head coach Don Shula when they were both with the Baltimore Colts, where Morrall backed up quarterback Johnny Unitas and started in Super Bowl III, but Miami had the same core group of young players who had helped the team advance to the previous year's Super Bowl VI. The Dolphins still had a powerful running attack, spearheaded by running backs Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Eugene "Mercury" Morris.

Csonka led the team with six touchdowns. Kiick contributed 521 yards and five touchdowns, caught 21 passes for 147 yards and another touchdown. Morris, a breakaway runner, rushed for 1,000 yards, caught 15 passes for 168 yards, added another 334 yards returning kickoffs, scored a league-leading 12 rushing touchdowns. Overall, Miami set a record with 2,960 total rushing yards during the regular season, became the first team to have two players rush for 1,000 yards in one season. Miami led. Receiver Paul Warfield once again provided the run-based Dolphins with an effective deep-threat option, catching 29 passes for 606 yards, an average of 20.9 yards per catch. Miami's offensive line, led by future Hall of Famers Jim Langer and Larry Little, was a key factor in the Dolphins' offensive production. Miami's "No-Name Defense", led by future Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti, allowed the fewest points in the league during the regular season, ranked second in the NFL with 26 interceptions. Safety Jake Scott recorded five interceptions, while Lloyd Mumphord had four picks and safety Dick Anderson had three interceptions and led the NFL with five fumble recoveries.

Because of injuries to defensive linemen, defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger created what he called the "53" defense, in which the versatile Bob Matheson would be used as either a defensive end in the standard 4–3 defense or as a fourth linebacker in a 3–4 defense, with Manny Fernandez at nose tackle. As a linebacker, Matheson would either drop back into coverage. Said Nick Buoniconti, "Teams would be confused." Li

Roche Bros.

Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Inc. is a chain of supermarkets based in Massachusetts. The company's stores are located in the Boston Metro Area. Roche Bros. operates the supermarket chain Sudbury Farms. A third banner, Brothers Marketplace the next-generation concept of the brothers Ed and Rick Roche, has two locations both opened in 2014; the first one was opened in Massachusetts and a second in Medfield, Massachusetts. Pat and Bud Roche opened their first store in Roslindale, Massachusetts in 1952 as a meat and produce shop; the store expanded to include groceries in 1957. The brothers passed down the company to their sons Jay, Ed, Rick Roche. On April 29, 2015, a Roche Bros. store opened in Boston's Downtown Crossing in the space occupied by the original Filene's Basement. As of May 2019, the chain had two Sudbury Farms locations. Roche Bros has 20 locations. Acton, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Millis, Needham, Quincy, Wellesley, West Roxbury, Westwood Needham, Sudbury Cambridge, Medfield, Weston

The Bed of Nails (Yes Minister)

"The Bed of Nails" is the nineteenth episode of the BBC comedy series Yes Minister, first broadcast 9 December 1982, in which Jim Hacker unwisely accepts the role of'Transport Supremo' with a view to developing an'Integrated Transport' policy for the UK. It soon becomes apparent that opposition from various transport interests, the unions and significant from within the Department for Transport will make implementation impossible and the policy is promptly ditched following a number of calculated'leaks'; the episode has been credited with introducing the phrase'Integrated Transport', now used within UK transport policy circles and for describing with some accuracy the dynamics operating within the Department for Transport. The Prime Minister's special advisor, Sir Mark Spencer, meets with the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Arnold Robinson, in 10 Downing Street; the Prime Minister wants an Integrated Transport Policy, the implementation of which would be a political minefield. It would be popular with the public but an overall vote loser for.

The role had been declined by the Secretary of State for Transport and in addition, the civil service did not want it to succeed. They therefore propose to create "lots of activity but no actual achievement" and conclude that Jim Hacker is the person to achieve this for them. Recognising that Hacker's Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby would advise against him accepting the role they bring Hacker in and flatter him with a new title'Transport Supremo', describing the post as'an honour' and highlighting all the positive aspects, they outline the PMs aspirations for rationalisation of the road and railway networks to avoid duplication, for a new link should be created between Heathrow airport and the Great Western main line, better coordination between the railways and bus services with a single ticket that can be used on both mainline rail and the London Underground and for combined bus and railway timetables to be published with bus time available within railway stations. They decline to mention any of the problems and pressure him to agree which he does.

Hacker goes back to his office to tell Sir Bernard the good news. Sir Humphrey outlines the many disadvantages of this new role which, it turns out, has been circulating Whitehall for months, he explains that if a policy favours one sector it will infuriate all of the others. If it favours the road service the Rail Board and unions'will scream'. Sir Humphrey proposes to illustrate this by arranging a meeting for the Minister with three under-secretaries, from the roads division, the rail division and air transport division. At the meeting it is soon clear that there is little scope for agreement until Hacker tells them that he wants to reduce the overall transport budget when there is an implied agreement by the three under-secretaries that this would be met by devastating strike action across all three transport sectors. Hacker subsequently asks Bernard why these three civil servants appeared to be fighting their own corners instead of supporting the government; the Principal Private Secretary explains that this is how the civil service works: each department is controlled by those that it is supposed to be controlling.

By way of example, he explains that comprehensive education was adopted in the United Kingdom as a result of lobbying by the National Union of Teachers who were the most powerful sectional interest and had a long term close relation with the Department of Education. He explains that this arrangement worked across all government departments. Hacker now concludes that the task is impossible and asks Sir Humphrey for advice on how to get out of the commitment. Humphrey suggests that a few "local repercussions" of the policy impacting the Prime Minister's own constituency, including local job losses and a local park being developed as a bus station would help. Humphrey suggests that if a journalist—such as the one he's about to have lunch with—got hold of the document it would have nasty results, that if they had circulated copies to every department it would be difficult to track down the source of any leak that might occur. Sir Humphrey has lunch with Peter Maxwell, a journalist from The Times over which he outlines the negative implications of the policy on the constituency and he'accidentally' leaves a copy of Hacker's memo for the journalist to retrieve.

A few days Hacker has been called back to Number 10, where Sir Mark Spencer informs him of the PM's displeasure after this confidential information had appeared in The Times because of a leak. Furthermore, another report has appeared in the PM's local paper, scotching rumours of any unfortunate side-effects to the policy. However, Sir Mark is adamant that the PM's office "does not leak." Hacker is asked to rethink his proposals. Sir Humphrey has prepared a Plan B, wildly expensive and will upset HM Treasury; the plan proposes a new'British Transport Authority' with a staff of 80,000 and a budget of £1,000,000,000 per year. They consider leaking this as well. Bernard is worried that there would be a leak inquiry however he is reassured that such inquiries are only ever'set up' and conclude with anything substantive given that in most cases, most leaks do come from 10 Downing Street; as Sir Humphrey remarks, the ship of state is the only one. Hacker and Sir Humphrey are brought in to discuss the matter with Sir Mark and Sir Arnold.

Each side is confident that they can discover the source of the other's leak, which leads to a stalemate. They agree to