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1972 Dolphins are not rooting against Atlanta Falcons

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04:17 AM ET 11.06 | When an NFL team begins to make it deep into the season without registering a loss, two things happen. First, everyone and their grandma jumps on the bandwagon, but also begin to pick the game that will end the streak. The second thing that happens is the 1972 Dolphins suddenly become relevant once again, as images of grouchy old men popping bottles with super models is unwillingly imprinted in our minds. That's because whenever a team is running with an undefeated streak, we've been trained to look the way of the 1972 Miami Dolphins and their surviving members to try and throw all they can in the path of that undefeated team to keep their claim to fame alive. But head coach Don Shula says all the hype about the members of the '72 Dolphins team being bitter old men rooting against anything and anybody that threatens their glory is all made up.

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Don Shula, AP Photo/David J. Phillip Don Shula, AP Photo/David J. Phillip
November 6, 2012  01:15 PM ET

Go Jim Kiick!!

November 6, 2012  01:19 PM ET

Why should they ?

They are the Falcons.

November 6, 2012  01:22 PM ET

Can they still get their fat behinds off the couchs to root:-)

November 6, 2012  01:29 PM ET

someone needs to take the tv out of that hospice

November 6, 2012  01:42 PM ET

I am still rooting against the 72 dolphins.

November 6, 2012  01:43 PM ET

don't think Dolphins have anything to worry about....

November 6, 2012  02:04 PM ET

Uh, Coach Shula.....have you talked to your boy Mercury Morris in the last 40 years? Cause he is one bitter dude when it comes to this time of year...

November 6, 2012  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I am still rooting against the 72 dolphins.

Ding ding ding ding ding. They were smug then, they're insufferable now - and pathetic.

November 6, 2012  03:15 PM ET

1972 Dolphins= Narcissistic egotists.....NEXT!

November 6, 2012  04:12 PM ET

Coach Shula appears to be a little out of touch with reality.

November 6, 2012  05:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Ding ding ding ding ding. They were smug then, they're insufferable now - and pathetic.

+1

November 6, 2012  05:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I am still rooting against the 72 dolphins.

+1

November 6, 2012  05:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

don't think Dolphins have anything to worry about....

Unfortunately, I have to agree. The Falcons are good...but they aren't monsters like the 07 Patriots or the Packers from a couple years back

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November 6, 2012  05:53 PM ET

Mike Smith also strikes me as though he'd pully a Tony Dungy..once they secure homefield throughout, he'd probably sit his starters and say "our goal is winning a superbowl, not to go undefeated." Can't say I would really blame him given how the Falcons have always done well in the reg season and then choked during his tenure there

November 6, 2012  06:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The one thing I regret about the Patriots losing the Super Bowl that year is that we still have to see and hear these fossils.If I see Mercury Morris one more time, I'm gonna vomit chunks.

I understand; but if the Pat's had won, we would be hearing from them every year. At least these guys are getting old enough that they may mellow out a bit. Or lose track of the conversation, anyway.

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November 6, 2012  07:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

They have the Lions, Giants and two games against the Saints left. If they can run the table I will be impressed.

I would think the sweep against the Saints the toughest part. Division game are hard ones, the Saints know the Falcons and how to beat them.

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