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(Outside The Redzone)   Kids today don't know what Pearl Harbor is or who the first president was, but they all know what the 1972 Miami Dolphins did   (outsidetheredzone.com ) divider line
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2012-08-08 07:23:40 AM  
They didn't see the Ben Affleck documentary?
 
2012-08-08 07:25:22 AM  
You know who else had dolphins in 1972?

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George C. Scott, that's who.
 
2012-08-08 07:36:34 AM  

Mugato: They didn't see the Ben Affleck documentary?


That's the one with the talking duck, right? I *LOVE* those commercials.
 
2012-08-08 07:58:56 AM  
Stupid kids. Everyone knows that the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, which is why we dropped the atomic bomb on them.
 
2012-08-08 08:16:32 AM  

Mugato: They didn't see the Ben Affleck documentary?


Wait.... you mean that actually happened? I thought the whole Pearl Harbor attack was made up by Hollywood. Just like the Titanic
 
2012-08-08 08:19:04 AM  

Rex_Banner: Mugato: They didn't see the Ben Affleck documentary?

Wait.... you mean that actually happened? I thought the whole Pearl Harbor attack was made up by Hollywood. Just like the Titanic


Yeah, and that movie about saving Ryan's privates? Such a schmaltzy Hollywood ending. Nothing like that would ever happen in real life.
 
2012-08-08 09:22:48 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Rex_Banner: Mugato: They didn't see the Ben Affleck documentary?

Wait.... you mean that actually happened? I thought the whole Pearl Harbor attack was made up by Hollywood. Just like the Titanic

Yeah, and that movie about saving Ryan's privates? Such a schmaltzy Hollywood ending. Nothing like that would ever happen in real life.


That wasn't schmaltz. That's what's called "the money shot", and no, it generally doesn't happen in real life.
 
2012-08-08 09:26:32 AM  
I'm gonna call BS on this one. No one knows anything about some baseball team from 40 years ago.
 
2012-08-08 09:35:49 AM  
but they all know what the 1972 Miami Dolphins did

Get lucky against the third weakest schedule in post-merger history?
 
2012-08-08 09:39:11 AM  
*sigh* Knowing what those things are is only good for trivia questions it is not like knowing that the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor or that Bendict Arnold was the first president of the Confederate States of America is important to anybody, but douche bag elitist.

Now knowing who and what the 1972 Miami Dolphins are and did, well that is important as it can win you beers in a bar bets.
 
2012-08-08 09:49:28 AM  
Laces out, Dan!
 
2012-08-08 09:53:37 AM  

dittybopper: You know who else had dolphins in 1972?

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George C. Scott, that's who.


Holy shiat, that tag line, along with George C. Scotts deadly serious demeanor is full of win.
 
2012-08-08 09:56:10 AM  
Can we get a movie where Japanese Zeros bomb the bar where the 72 dolphins are toasting a formerly undefeated NFL team's loss? It can be a documentary.
 
2012-08-08 09:57:15 AM  

UNC_Samurai: but they all know what the 1972 Miami Dolphins did

Get lucky against the third weakest schedule in post-merger history?


Well, that, sure, but more to the point: Offense may sell tickets, but defense wins championships.

Also, doesn't anyone else realize how unlikely it is we'll ever see another undefeated season? If you're 13-0 in week 14 and have locked up your first round bye, why bother winning those last couple games? Even when the possibility exists of a perfect season, the coaches don't seem to be particularly willing to grind their players down for a chance at it.
 
2012-08-08 09:59:11 AM  

grinding_journalist: Also, doesn't anyone else realize how unlikely it is we'll ever see another undefeated season?


It's so unlikely a team did it five years ago, for more games. Just that pesky Super Bowl loss - but that has nothing to do with the undefeated regular season.
 
2012-08-08 10:13:36 AM  

grinding_journalist: UNC_Samurai: but they all know what the 1972 Miami Dolphins did

Get lucky against the third weakest schedule in post-merger history?

Well, that, sure, but more to the point: Offense may sell tickets, but defense wins championships.

Also, doesn't anyone else realize how unlikely it is we'll ever see another undefeated season? If you're 13-0 in week 14 and have locked up your first round bye, why bother winning those last couple games? Even when the possibility exists of a perfect season, the coaches don't seem to be particularly willing to grind their players down for a chance at it.


Ironically, it seems more than likely that the narrow loss by the Giants in this game sparked a historic run to the Superbowl (where they edged out a slim victory against the only team that's come close).
 
2012-08-08 10:22:12 AM  

nelsonal: Ironically, it seems more than likely that the narrow loss by the Giants in this game sparked a historic run to the Superbowl (where they edged out a slim victory against the only team that's come close).


As long as you need to tell yourself a narrative. The Giants have been pretty good about being a mediocre team every year then doing well when they get in the playoffs.
 
2012-08-08 10:35:42 AM  

IAmRight: nelsonal: Ironically, it seems more than likely that the narrow loss by the Giants in this game sparked a historic run to the Superbowl (where they edged out a slim victory against the only team that's come close).

As long as you need to tell yourself a narrative. The Giants have been pretty good about being a mediocre team every year then doing well when they get in the playoffs.


Since 2007 sure, but prior to that, they had a pair of one and done playoff runs under Coughlin & Manning. There was a good amount of talk that neither was getting the job done, especially after an 0-2 start (and through the season an alarming inability to maintain leads).
 
2012-08-08 10:42:51 AM  
The only reason they even knew about the 72 Dolphins was from the Patriots season when everyone was hyping it up. Then that thing with the Giants happend what a dagger.
 
2012-08-08 10:49:26 AM  
Wasn't a Pearl Harbor made with Midori, Pinapple Juice and Vodak?

/80's cocktails FTW
 
2012-08-08 11:06:58 AM  

IAmRight: It's so unlikely a team did it five years ago, for more games. Just that pesky Super Bowl loss - but that has nothing to do with the undefeated regular season.


I realize it wasn't clear from my comment, but I was referring to the Pats' most recent. I'm a Rams fan, so I try to avoid mentioning them whenever possible. In addition, when NFL pundits/press/fans talk about an "undefeated season" they generally are referring to the whole thing, not just the regular season. How relevant are your 16 wins if you wash out of the playoffs in the 2nd round?

Furthermore, my "unlikely" comment was couched in the "rest 'em" attitude most HCs adopt near the end of a successful season, making it even less likely that the 14-0 team will bother winning games 15 and 16. Even when the Colts had a legit shot and the fans were going apeshiat, it didn't matter to Caldwell.
 
2012-08-08 11:15:50 AM  

grinding_journalist: it didn't matter to Caldwell.


Well, Caldwell has been dead for 10 years, judging by his demeanor, so of course that didn't affect him.

Ultimately, it's unlikely that we'll see one in any particular year, but enough teams have gone through with one loss that it wouldn't surprise me - and again, who's to say that those Dolphins would've made it to 19-0? The Patriots DID make it to 17-0 (18-0 in fact!), which was all the Dolphins did.

Saying the Dolphins' accomplishment of 17 consecutive wins in a season is a greater accomplishment than the Patriots' 18 consecutive wins in a season is like saying winning a gold in the 100-yard dash in 10 seconds is more significant than winning a silver in the 100-meter dash in 9.8 seconds.

There are some that would say that the gold is all that matters, but most people would acknowledge that the faster time in the longer race is more impressive.

It will take a far more impressive team than the '72 Dolphins to go undefeated in the NFL (barring a dramatic shortening of the season), but it's hardly impossible - teams have performed better than they have since and have come very close.
 
2012-08-08 11:38:08 AM  

IAmRight: ell, Caldwell has been dead for 10 years


Jim Caldwell was dead while he coached the Colts?

IAmRight: It will take a far more impressive team than the '72 Dolphins to go undefeated in the NFL (barring a dramatic shortening of the season), but it's hardly impossible - teams have performed better than they have since and have come very close.


Oh, sure. I was just trying to point out that there are other factors at play than S.O.S. or relative quality of the team. I'd bet damn near 100% of the players in the NFL would rather go 97 and win a Superbowl than do what the Pats did.
 
2012-08-08 11:47:40 AM  

grinding_journalist: Jim Caldwell was dead while he coached the Colts?


You didn't notice? They had him on a little RC scooter with a broomhandle to hold him upright on the sidelines, but one look at the man's face said that there weren't any lights on upstairs.
 
2012-08-08 11:50:54 AM  

grinding_journalist: Jim Caldwell was dead while he coached the Colts?


C'mon, you haven't heard those jokes?

grinding_journalist: I'd bet damn near 100% of the players in the NFL would rather go 97 and win a Superbowl than do what the Pats did.


Probably. That doesn't mean it's a greater accomplishment, if you actually think about it.
 
2012-08-08 01:10:08 PM  
Everybody knows the '72 Dolphins died defending the Alamo.

/sheesh!
 
2012-08-08 02:23:12 PM  
Wasn't that the name of the team led by Burt Reynolds that beat a bunch of prison guards.
 
2012-08-08 03:53:17 PM  

IAmRight: Saying the Dolphins' accomplishment of 17 consecutive wins in a season is a greater accomplishment than the Patriots' 18 consecutive wins in a season is like saying winning a gold in the 100-yard dash in 10 seconds is more significant than winning a silver in the 100-meter dash in 9.8 seconds.


Problem there is if 10 seconds was the record... the silver in 9.8 would not have set a world record, as the gold in that race would have.

Winning the championship matters here.
 
2012-08-09 08:47:31 PM  
72 Dolphins was a great team and when you have players like Larry Little and Larry Csonka you don't need special help from the cameraman to win. Luck is when you win all your games but crap out in the superbowl. Great is when you go to superbowls and win by more than a field goal.
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