FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stadium Publishing Releases 10th Anniversary e-book of “This Could be the Year: My 30 Years as a Miami Dolphins Fan” by Rich Libero
St. Petersburg, FL, January 8, 2016
Stadium Publishing LLC proudly announces the release of a Tenth Anniversary e-book edition of “This Could be the Year: My 30 Years as a Miami Dolphins Fan” by Rich Libero.
A hardcover version of the book, released in 2006, chronicles Libero’s hilarious personal experience as a Miami Dolphins fan as viewed through the 2002 schedule. This new e-book edition features updated Prologues and Epilogues following up on how Libero’s life as a Dolphins fan transformed after publishing the book.
People often ask the author: How did a native New Yorker become a super-engaged fan of a football team in Miami? And he responds: “It happened in the backseat of my neighbor’s Volvo.”
Just six years old, Libero learned about the Dolphins-Redskins Super Bowl game while waiting for a ride to Sunday School. He tuned in to watch the Dolphins complete the 1972 “Perfect Season” in Super Bowl VII and fell irrevocably in love.
“Thirty years later, as I waited for a screenwriting workshop to begin, my thoughts turned to football and I considered the Dolphins’ 2002 schedule,” Libero said. “The opponents provided an amazing collection of stories involving some triumph and a ton of pain. And suddenly it hit me: This would be my 30th season following this team…what a perfect time to share all my frustration!”
Indeed, the 2002 schedule offered Libero an opportunity to personally share his experience and historical perspective on moments such as the 1974 “Sea of Hands” game that ended the Dolphins’ dynasty in Oakland. He recalls the 1985 Dolphins defending the “Perfect Season” against the undefeated Chicago Bears. He also shares what it was like to grow up in New York, surrounded by “knuckledragger” Jets fans and his rivalry with best friend/football archenemy Mr. Zoo.
In this snippet, Libero describes how he avenged three winless high school years by torturing Mr. Zoo after the famed “Mud Bowl” playoff victory over the Jets:
“I selected the best Duhe picture available and ran off 20 copies on the library copier (Cost: $2, Experience: Priceless).
For two weeks Mr. Zoo arrived at his locker and opened it to find a picture of AJ Duhe staring at him. When he returned home, an envelope with the same photo waited for him in his mailbox.
After about a week he begged me to stop. “I can’t take this anymore, alright? You won, okay? Just stop.”
I completed the vanquishing of my No. 1 Jets enemy with one final photo delivery and stopped.
No victory has ever been sweeter, especially over the Jets.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rich Libero grew up a crazed sports fans in New York’s northern suburbs. He pursued a career in sports media because: “I love sports and such a job didn’t seem like work to me. I didn’t want some office or desk job that would leave me miserable.” Libero achieved his goal by writing for two suburban New York dailies – The Bergen Record and what’s now known as The Journal-News in White Plains, NY. He also wrote for USA Today and several magazines including Hockey Digest.
During his time in the newspaper business Libero covered every pro team in the New York area with a special focus on the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. Throughout his 28-year media career, Libero covered major events including: the Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, major horse races, MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS and NHL as well as college sports and auto racing.
In 1991, Libero seized an opportunity to work on fantasy sports at the Prodigy Online Service. The consulting job not only provided much-needed income to bolster his low-paying journalism career, but also offered him an early introduction to the digital media world. He later served as Editorial Director of Fox Sports.com, VP of Editorial and Production of NHL.com, VP Digital Content of Comcast SportsNet and VP Content and Publishing at the Women’s Tennis Association.
Libero, 50, lives in Florida with his wife and children. He graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Communications in 1983. While at Fordham he was a member of the school’s hockey team, served as sports editor of The Paper, read news reports on radio station WFUV and interned with prolific hockey writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler.
Libero analyzes the Miami Dolphins on his blog: http://www.thiscouldbetheyear.com
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