Monday, December 12, 2005

The Perfect Season

Now that the Colts have clinched home-field in the playoffs with 3 games left, I hope they don't let up. I understand that the goal is to win a ring, but the two are not mutually exclusive. If Dungy rests some of his stars over the next few games, what is he really accomplishing? History shows that teams that rest their players in the last game or two of the regular season don't do any better or worse than teams that had to fight to the last game. So all you're really talking about is the chance for a season-ending injury. And who are we talking about really? How many of these players will get rested? Do you think any of the defense will get to take games off, or the offensive line? No, it's really Manning, James and Harrison. Manning is the key and he's been one of the sturdiest players in the league over the last 8 years.

But forget all that anyway, because what's important is this - the Colts have the best shot at the undefeated season since the 85 Bears. What the naysayers don't seem to understand is that the undefeated season isn't just "a line in a record book" as you hear so many say, it's a step above the Super Bowl championship. It's like the perfect game to the no-hitter, the no-hitter is great but the perfect game gets you lasting fame. Does anyone honestly think that we'd be talking about the 72 Dolphins today if they hadn't gone 17-0? Full-page spreads, photo-shoots, champagne bottles popping? Do we talk about the 73 Dolphins, who also won a Super Bowl, or the 71 Cowboys? The players from those teams have their rings, but their championships are just two more among all the rest. Even casual fans know about the 72 Dolphins, for one reason - their perfect season.

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6 comments:

Mike Meitín said...

We have a Super Bowl champion every 12 months. We have a team with a perfect season only once in 30 years (and in order to have a truly perfect season you will get a Super Bowl championship by default). Plus, the players want it, and if you take that opportunity away from them what does that do for morale? I don't see any reason that you should not give it your best shot.

Toast said...

A-fucking-men, dude. This is a special opportunity they have.

John Howard said...

I say they need to try to win. Resting people guarantees nothing. if resting people meant for sure that they would have a better shot in the playoffs, I could understand it, but it doesn't.

Rob the Dirty Liberal said...

Damn fucking straight John. Besides, people pay alot of money to go see these games. They deserve better than watching the second team Colts playing against some other team. Not to mention the fact that Manning and Harrison are starters on my fantasy team, and I'm screwed if they get benched.

John Howard said...

Although my hope is that the Colts will go 18-0 only to have their shot at history spoiled by the Cowboys in Detroit. But since it's a long shot that the Cowboys get there at this point, and an even longer shot that they could beat the Colts, I'm pulling for them to go 19-0, if only to shut up the '72 Dolphins who are the worst record holders this side of Calvin Murphy.

The Disgruntled Chemist said...

I hope they let up in whatever week it is that I play Rob the dirty liberal in fantasy football.

But yeah, for purely football-fan related reasons, it would be pretty cool to see them go undefeated. And my annoyance at all things Manning would really be satistfied by John's Super Bowl loss scenario.