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1974 Kickoff / Luckytool Resignation

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August 8, 1974

 

Good evening.

This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office, where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this League. Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believe affected the league interest.

 

In all the decisions I have made in my public life, I have always tried to do what was best for the League. Throughout the long and difficult period of Turbogate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me.

 

In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Community to justify continuing that effort. As long as there was such a base, I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the constitutional process through to its conclusion, that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately difficult process and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future.

 

But with the disappearance of that base, I now believe that the constitutional purpose has been served, and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged.

 

I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interest of the League must always come before any personal considerations.

 

From the discussions I have had with Tecmobowl.org and other leaders, I have concluded that because of the Turbogate matter I might not have the support of the Community that I would consider necessary to back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties of this office in the way the interests of the League would require.

 

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as Commish, I must put the interest of HSRL first. HSRL needs a full-time Commish and a full-time Community, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad.

 

To continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the Commish and the Community in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without cheating at home.

 

Therefore, I shall resign as Commish effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President War Machine will be sworn in as Commish at that hour in this office.

 

As I recall the high hopes for HSRL with which we began this fifth term, I feel a great sadness that I will not be here in this office working on your behalf to achieve those hopes in the coming seasons. But in turning over direction of the League to Vice President War, I know, as I told the League when I nominated him for that office 3 seasons ago, that the leadership of HSRL will be in good hands.

 

In passing this office to the Vice President, I also do so with the profound sense of the weight of responsibility that will fall on his shoulders tomorrow and, therefore, of the understanding, the patience, the cooperation he will need from all Tecmoers.

 

As he assumes that responsibility, he will deserve the help and the support of all of us. As we look to the future, the first essential is to begin healing the wounds of this League, to put the bitterness and divisions of the recent past behind us, and to rediscover those shared ideals that lie at the heart of our strength and unity as a great and as a free people.

 

By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of that process of healing which is so desperately needed in Tecmo.

I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision. I would say only that if some of my Judgments were wrong, and some were wrong, they were made in what I believed at the time to be the best interest of the League.

 

To those who have stood with me during these past difficult months, to my family, my friends, to many others who joined in supporting my cause because they believed it was right, I will be eternally grateful for your support.

 

And to those who have not felt able to give me your support, let me say I leave with no bitterness toward those who have opposed me, because all of us, in the final analysis, have been concerned with the good of the League, however our judgments might differ.

So, let us all now join together in affirming that common commitment and in helping our new President succeed for the benefit of all Tecmo.

 

I shall leave this office with regret at not completing my term, but with gratitude for the privilege of serving as your President for the past 4 seasons. These years have been a momentous time in the history of our League and the world. They have been a time of achievement in which we can all be proud, achievements that represent the shared efforts of the Administration, the Community, and the people.

 

But the challenges ahead are equally great, and they, too, will require the support and the efforts of the Community and the people working in cooperation with the new Administration.

 

We have ended Tecmo's longest war, but in the work of securing a lasting peace in the world, the goals ahead are even more far-reaching and more difficult. We must complete a structure of peace so that it will be said of this generation, our generation of Tecmoers, by the people of all leages, not only that we ended one war but that we prevented future wars.

 

We have unlocked the doors that for a quarter of a century stood between the Tecmo Community and the NFL players of an era gone by. We must now ensure that the NFL's people who live in the 1970s will be and remain not our enemies but our friends.

 

To have served in this office is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with each and every Tecmoer. In leaving it, I do so with this prayer: May God's grace be with you in all the days ahead.

 

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Enjoy the 1974 season everyone!

 

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