And now—finally, after 35 years—we have a new bunch of heroes to remember forever.
Clearly, the best story of 2007 is the New England Patriots' weekly display of what best really means.
At last, we get to bear witness to that ultimate accomplishment, the holy grail of sports:
The Undefeated Season.
No longer are the '72 Dolphins the lone poster boys of excellence. No longer do we have to behold those gruff and grunt haven faces of Nick Buoniconti, Larry Csonka, and Don Shula.
By season's end, these Patriots will have done those Fins one better—by going undefeated in a 16-game season.
A handful of teams have come close to gridiron greatness over the years. The last team was the '85 Bears—a collection of offensive superstars united with a cast of characters on a dominating defense.
Everyone remembers the Super Bowl Shuffle...but the Monsters of the Midway came up just short of perfection.
The 2007 Patriots won't be denied. And they've done it all in style.
New England has dominated the rest of the league all season long. Tom Brady has reached folk hero status—he's the Paul Bunyan of the new millennium. Bill Belichick has out-schemed some of the league’s best minds, and many wonder if it should be his name engraved on the trophy awarded to the future World Champions.
The team from Foxboro has been the hot topic of discussion on TV and radio sports shows throughout the year, and the focus of countless articles written in sports periodicals around the country.
Can anyone argue that 2007 won't be remembered as the year of the New England Patriots?