Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Goddammit, Don Shula

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: the Miami Dolphins ruin everything. No sooner has the Bills' Nov. 18th showdown with the 9-0 New England Patriots been promoted to nationally televised Sunday Night Football than Don effing Shula (pictured left) had to open his big, wrinkly mouth and poke the by-no-means-slumbering giant with a stick, noting that even if the '07 Pats go undefeated, it still wouldn't be on par with the undefeated '72 Dolphins, because the '72 Dolphins didn't get caught cheating. Never mind that it's a classless and transparently whiny thing to say on the record. More importantly: like the Pats -- the least-classy sports franchise since the late-'80s Detroit Pistons -- needed one more excuse to run up the score like the Florida Gators playing Northwest Louisiana Tech. It's kind of fitting that Shula would want to provoke New England before a game against the Bills. He could never beat those early-'90s Bills teams when it counted, and he and Dan Marino have been noticeably bitter about Buffalo ever since. The Bills were at best a long shot in that game anyway, but now that there's no chance to catch the Pats napping, the game has become a matter of the moral victory found in merely covering the point spread.

One other thing I've said before: the only -- ONLY -- good thing about the Pats going undefeated and winning the Super Bowl would be to shut the smug, whiny pieholes of the '72 Dolphins.

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