I'm sick of the '72 Dolphins celebrating; go Colts!
Posted: Wednesday November 16, 2005 11:56AM; Updated: Wednesday November 16, 2005 1:02PM
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Unfortunately, I am a New York Jets fan. In my lifetime, fewer franchises have been a bigger embarrassment, but I keep rooting. This season, however, I've found myself cheering for another team -- the Indianapolis Colts.
The reason, and there's only one, is pretty simple: I'm sick and tired of seeing those old guys from the 1972 Dolphins team pop open champagne and throw a party every season when the last unbeaten NFL squad falls.
I'm all for any player from any era being proud of his records and accomplishments, and I understand athletes have enormous pride. But to go out of your way to show your joy when a team -- that is playing 30-plus years after yours did -- loses is embarrassing. It's not like these Dolphins are rooting against bitter rivals. They're just rooting for any team that can help them keep a record. It's pathetic.
These former Miami players come off as jealous, selfish, bitter and childish. When Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris' single-season home run record in 1998 (however tainted that may be now), one of the lasting images was Maris' family cheering on McGwire in the stands. But these Miami old-timers are the complete opposite.
Think about this: if a wide receiver scores a touchdown and does a dance or pulls some other stunt, the media goes nuts, rips the guy and responds as if the act of poor sportsmanship is going to bring down society. Yet, players from the '72 Dolphins are allowed to act as if they won the lottery when the last undefeated team goes down and you never hear a word about it.
Well, I'm sick of seeing the celebrations and hearing about a team that went 14-0 in the regular season, when teams today play two more games. The Colts have Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Jacksonville, San Diego, Seattle and Arizona left. It won't be easy and chances are Indy will slip up. But I'll be pulling for them every week. Hey, it sure beats rooting for the Jets.