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1972 Miami Dolphins Drink to Jim Caldwell's Intentional Miscue

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IDecember 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 27:  A Indianapolis Colts is pictured during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Peyton Manning and many of the starters were pulled from the game in the second half and the Colts went on to lose their first game of the season 29-15.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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For at least one more year, the 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only National Football League team to go through an entire season undefeated.

And they did it thanks to Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell doing an unexpected about face.

The Colts proceeded to lay down their arms against the New York Jets yesterday and got smothered 29-15.

"I knew we were starting a rookie that had no business trying to maintain the streak," said Caldwell. "But let me tell you something. I was bribed by Bob [Griese] not to keep the streak going so that I could be spared a defeat by our opponent in the Super Bowl if we win the AFC title.

"He gave me his own island in the Bahamas not to go for it. Who wouldn't want his own island in the sun?"

Some extreme natives of the island that is Indianapolis are asking for Caldwell to be booted out of his role for the "about face from hell," as Dino Goodman of Meridian Hills put it.

"How in the name of all things Colts do you let a patsie named Curtis Painter try to do Peyton [Manning]'s job? Worst decision I've ever seen from him this year. He plays one more game, I got my brown bag ready."

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Others were more even-keeled.

"I think it's better we lose now than to go unbeaten all the way and lose in the Super Bowl like those cads from New England," said Rose Magee of Rocky Ripple. "It's a learning lesson for Curtis; at least we didn't get blown out."

Tutee Argo, 72, a lifelong resident of Homecroft agreed. "We already got the top seed in the AFC. And we get home field advantage for at least one more game, maybe two with No. 18. We might as well go into the playoffs fresh than take a stab at something we don't need to accomplish.

"I'd rather see us get that Lombardi Trophy than go unbeaten. Don't you think?"

Still, at least one more Colts fan went into doomsday mode. "The San Diego Super Chargers are gonna put us in major trouble if we play like St. Louis [the Rams have an inverted record], which is what I just witnessed at Lucas Oil Stadium," said Keith Reed of Clermont.

The surviving coaches and players of the 1972 Miami Dolphins team are scheduled to pop their champagne bottles simultaneously in a special ceremony before the start of Monday night's game between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings at 8:00 P.M. ET.

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