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PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 01: Former Miami Dolphin Eugene "Mercury" Morris speaks during a press conference anouncing Reebok's new television campaign -dubbed "Perfectville"- featuring members of the only undeated team in NFL history- the 1972 Miami Dolphins on February 1, 2008 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images for Reebok)
The undefeated Colts lost to the Jets yesterday, and while it might have gone unnoticed on a day in which Dolphins fans were off rubbing salt into wounds JUST TO FEEL SOMETHING THAT ISN'T CRUSHING LOSS AND ENDLESS DESPAIR FOR ONCE, hey, we're still the franchise with the only undefeated team in NFL history!
So we've got that going for us, which is largely meaningless unless you enjoy Don Shula pointing out how great his accomplishment was at the same time he compliments the also-rans from his seat at the right hand of God.
And who doesn't?
"While the Jets win today ended Indianapolis' streak and showed onced again how difficult it is to go undefeated, I want to congratulate the Colts on a great run. Peyton Manning proved once against this season why he is one of the best quarterback in the history of the NFL and it was certainly no surprise to see him lead the Colts to an NFL record 23 straight victories.
I have the utmost respect for Peyton and his teammates, Bill Polian, and the entire Colts organization, who have once again put together an outstanding season."
Actually, what the Jets win showed was that it's difficult to go undefeated when you rest Peyton Manning in the second half. But surely those words will help the Colts cope with coming within a few games of immortality and losing to one of the saddest teams in the league and its ridiculous clown coach.
Meanwhile, Perfectville wasn't the only thing preserved yesterday: the (7-8) '09 Dolphins actually still have a chance at the playoffs, something that makes us eye the playoffs structure with a suspicion normally reserved for Indian food.
It's not a large chance, but it's a chance nonetheless:
If Miami beats Pittsburgh next week, Cincinnati beats the Jets, Oakland beats Baltimore, New England beats Houston, and Cleveland beats Jacksonville, the Dolphins are in.
Whether or not they deserve it? Well, that's a whole 'nother question. Um...hey, there's Mercury Morris! [skedaddles]