Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Undefeated teams watch - TMQ's epitaph

All NFL teams have at least one loss. Time for TMQ's annual tribute to the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
Let me now pause for a moment to reprint from my AutoText an item I reprint from my AutoText every year, changing only details of the first line. Usually this item runs in October or November -- for it to last until late December is rare, though after the 2007 season, when the New England Patriots entered the Super Bowl 18-0, the item did not run until February, latest it can possibly run. Now I am punching my AutoText button and using the item. As, I am confident, I will every year for as long as Tuesday Morning Quarterback exists. My heirs will be using this item! The item reads:
At 7:14 p.m. ET on Sunday, as the Colts left the field in Indianapolis "mumbling '#@%*!' under their breaths, corks popped. In one of the sweetest traditions in sports lore, on opening day of every NFL season, each surviving member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the sole perfect team in modern pro football history, sets aside a bottle of champagne to cool. And it's genuine champagne from the French province of Champagne, not the boysenberry-infused sparkling-gewurztraminer wine-like substance that passes for bubbly these days. At the moment the stadium clock hits all-naughts for the vanquishing of the season's last undefeated team, the 1972 Dolphins pull the corks, secure in the knowledge that they will reign as the sole perfect team for at least one more year. Gentlemen of 1972, enjoy your annual draught. TMQ feels confident you will continue to sip champagne each season until you are called to meet the football gods, and greeted by song and feasting."

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