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Let's close the book on the boys of '72Posted Monday, November 5, 2007, at 11:59 PM
I, like many people around this state, am deeply disappointed in the outcome of the matchup between the Patriots and Colts. I hate the Pats. For anyone who doesn't recall, check this out: www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernaga....
In spite of that, I made a decision on Sunday about five hours before the kickoff of the over-hyped Pats-Colts game. I was watching ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, and they opened with Don Shula, Larry Csonka, Bob Griese and Mercury Morris defining what "perfection" means.
I decided then and there that I would be pulling for the winner of Super Bowl 41 1/2, no matter who it was.
I'm living with the consequences now.
But really, I am sick of this. Every year, it's the same thing. These has-beens from the 1972 Dolphins come out of the woodwork reminding us of an overrated accomplishment they were a part of 35 years ago.
We don't care, boys. You're old and gray. Your relevance ended over three decades ago.
But every year, it's the same crap. After the last unbeaten team falls, a bunch of these guys get together and drink champagne in honor of the men they once were. They don't want anyone to break their record because they can't stand the idea of being number two.
Did anyone see how Hank Aaron handled it when Barry Bonds broke his home run record? That's class.
But these pompous jerks have to toast themselves and their "wonderful" accomplishment every year.
Never mind that the ‘72 Dolphins' regular season opponents had a combined record of 51-80. Never mind that only two of them had winning records. They've been rated to have had the weakest strength-of-schedule of any Super Bowl competitor ever.
But these guys are great, and if you don't believe it, just ask them.
You want real greatness? Give me the any of the Steelers or Cowboys teams of the late ‘70s. Give me the '60s Packers or the ‘80s 49ers or the ‘90s Cowboys. I'll also take the '85 Bears or any of the recent Colts or Patriots teams.
Just forget about the '72 Dolphins. All the others mentioned above would have throttled them.
So here's the scenario that at least some small part of me would like to see: not only do the 2007 Patriots go 19-0, blowing the '72 Dolphins' 17-0 away by two wins, but the 2007 Dolphins can also continue on their current pace to go 0-16. That would equal the worst record in league history.
That way, the Dolphins faithful don't have to let go of the perfection they cling to so dearly.
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Jared Jernagan is a 2003 graduate of Wabash College and has been in journalism since 2005.
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