Miami Keeps History in its Grasp
by Jennifer Jordan
It took the entire season, but the 1972 Miami Dolphins are finally able to breathe a sigh of relief. In a game of colossal proportions, it turns out that a patriot is no match for a giant. Look at that, size does matter after all.
From the Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos, the 1972 Dolphins have had teams breathing down their necks before; records, as we all know, are made to be broken and there have been a slug of teams that have come close, close, but no cigar.
It wasn’t, however, until this season that the Miami Dolphin’s record came down to the final game, and, really, the final seconds.
Now, we don’t want to take anything away from the New England Patriots, going 18-1 is nothing to feel bad about: in addition to joining the Miami Dolphins as the only team to go into the Super Bowl Undefeated, they are the only team with a perfect regular season. They also broke about every NFL offensive record known to man.
Still, we, like the rest of the world, got a little sick of New England: call it treason, but we were happy to see the Patriots go down.
For the past few months, all we have heard is that the 2007 New England Patriots were the best team ever. They were better than the 1985 Chicago Bears, they were better than the 1972 Miami Dolphins. We heard and read so much about them that it was beginning to look like Tom Brady was most likely to win the Presidential Primary, without even running. There was so much extraneous coverage of New England that we found ourselves changing the channel the second the words Brady, Belichick, or Moss were mentioned. We even toyed with the idea of giving up Kraft cheese. Cheesiest or not, we had had enough.
Then, New England began to run up the score, Spygate was thrown in, and the New York Giants, against all odds, appeared in the championship game. We slowly started to turn our attention to the G-Men. America , after all, loves an underdog.
As far as Super Bowls go, this one was among the better. The 1980’s and 1990’s – except for a few games – were virtually written off as dominant championships: one team scored every time they looked at the ball, the other team never even seemed to show up. This year’s Super Bowl was fixing to be just like that: as 12 point favorites, no one gave the Giants much of a chance. No one, that is, but Plaxico Burress. In his best Broadway Joe impression, he guaranteed victory. Had the Giants lost, he would have been written off as yet another player putting the cart before the horse. Since they won, however, Burress finds himself with a new found respect…..and perhaps an offer or two from the Psychic Friends Network.
It was a game that – for all intense purposes – could have gone either way. The Patriots made some plays, the Giants made some plays. But, in the end, the Giants had one thing the Patriots appeared to have left in the locker room: heart.
Now, as the 1972 Miami Dolphins gather to toast the fact they remain as the only undefeated team in NFL history, they probably can’t help but pour a little bubbly for Eli Manning and his crew. Until next year, the record is yours. Bottoms up, boys!