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Saturday Top 5: Super Bowl Era Teams

Honorable Mention:

1988 San Francisco 49ers

1976 Oakland Raiders

And now the Top 5…

#5 1992 Dallas Cowboys – Jimmy Johnson assembled one of the greatest teams, talent wise, in NFL history. Aikman, E. Smith, “Moose” Johnson, Haley, Lett, Jay Novacek, Irvin and Harper formed a team that mowed just about everyone over. They totally destroyed the Bills in the Super Bowl in historic fashion, even with Leon Lett’s blunder running toward the endzone.

#4 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steel Curtain’s second Super Bowl Championship came in 75, with such greats as Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw, and Lynn Swann. They lost two games all year, one of which was an inconsequential game at the end of the season and all but two games were won by two or more touchdowns. This was truly a great team. This team also did what rarely happens in pro sports, that is to repeat as champions. Another piece of interesting trivia was that the 75 Steelers started the great tradition of “The Terrible Towel”. It’s just a yellow dish towel, but it is twirled in menacing fashion.

#3 1984 San Fracisco 49ers – This incredibly talented team became the first in NFL history to send the entire defensive backfield to the pro bowl. They also were led by Joe Montana, who is considered by many as the greatest QB in NFL history. Oh yea, they destroyed Dan Marino’s Dolphins in the Super Bowl.

#2. 1985 Chicago Bears – Notorious not only for what many consider the most dominating defense in league history, but also for the “Super Bowl Shuffle”. It was the cheesiest rap, but it started a revolution in sports and entertainment where athletes did so much more than just play ball. Also, William “The Fridge” Perry provided plenty of good times for fans of trick plays when he would become the NFL’s largest running back on the goal line. This team lost one game all year, a late season loss to the Miami Dolphins (protecting the only undefeated season in NFL history). Gault, Singletary, Payton, Hampton, Perry, Dent, Wilson and Gentry were just of the few greats that really made this team the beast that it was.

#1. 1972 Miami Dolphins – The only perfect team in NFL history was the 1972 Dolphins.  While there were only 14 regular season games, the 72 Fins remain the only team to win all regular season and post season games. Shula, the greatest NFL coach, grabbed his first Super Bowl win with Griese, Csonka, Kick, Fernandez, Yepremian, Warfield, Morris, Buonticonti, Morrall and Fernandez who were some of the most notable names on this the greatest NFL team of all time.

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Monday Armchair QB

The Dolphins continue to win as do the Patriots. What does that mean? With the Ravens at 10-5, Dolphins at 10-5, and Patriots at 10-5, there will definitely be a team with at least 10, maybe even 11 wins that does not make the playoffs. Unfortunately, due to NFL tie breaking rules, Baltimore owns the tie breaker over Miami and NE, and if I understand correctly, Miami owns the tie-breaker over NE if we both win. I believe the Jets have the tie breaker over both Miami and NE if the Jets and Patriots win. Bottom line is that if Miami loses, they do not make the playoffs, and if they win, they’re in. Meanwhile, out west a team with 8 or 9 wins will make the playoffs by virtue of winning that joke of a division. This stinks.

Miami’s division (AFC East) in my opinion has been the superior division in the AFC all year. If we had a couple of cupcakes we could have padded our record and clinched a spot already. Either way, this has been a great year for the Dolphins and they deserve much kudos for turning it around from 1 win to double digit wins and a shot at the AFC east.

In the LPC fantasy football league, the championship game is on the line tonight! Matt Forte and Mason Crosby need to make up a 24 point deficit for Ritz against Mark’s Dead Skins. That’s not an impossible task by any means. As for me, I am waiting for a tie-breaker to determine my game in the 3rd place consolation round against the ghost Fuserheads. Jesse should have easily won the league if he would have just managed his QB this year. I am taking my third crack at him as I have lost the two previous games. One of the games was a one point decision and this one comes down to tie-breakers in the highest scoring game of the week, 107-107.

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Monday Armchair QB

Well, it was another great week of triumph for the Miami Dolphins.  The unprobable season is two weeks from completion.  After a one win season, Miami has become the third team in NFL history to win at least 9 games following a season with only one win.  This win came with the formula for a loss.  Miami’s goal was to run the ball well, control the time of possession, not turn the ball over, and play good defense.  Only one of those four components came together.  Miami did not turn over the ball.  As a matter of fact, Miami has only had 10 turnovers all year.  The stat line yesterday from yardage to time of possession pointed to a dominating win by San Fran.  Thankfully, Miami decided to lock down the defense in the red zone leaving San Fran with no TD’s and 3 fieldgoals.  For the third straight game, Miami did not allow a TD.  Miami did have a chance to increase the lead to 8 points with a little more than 2 minutes but the 49 yard fieldgoal bounced off the crossbar.  San Fran proceeded to drive the ball down the field as they had all game, but a Joey Porter sack on 4th down with San Fran in the red zone threatening to take the lead and win the game with a TD sealed the deal for Miami.

The Jets squeaked out a lucky win against Buffaloe.  Miami could have really used that extra game in the standings.  With less than 2 minutes to play and a 3 point lead, the Bills freaked out and attempted to pass the ball.  The result was a fumble and TD for the Jets, game over, Jets win 31-27.  As of today, there is a 3-way tie for first place in the division.  Miami finishes with KC (no easy game since it will be cold @ KC) and then the Jets.  Miami must win that game to win the division, regardless of what the Jets do since the Jets have already beaten Miami and will own the tie breaker.

Tebow was not able to repeat as the Heisman winner, but was part of a three man race in one of the most competitive Heisman selections I’ve seen.  Sam Bradford of Oklahoma won the trophy with some absolutely sick statistics.  Colt McCoy of the Texas Longhorns was second and Tebow third.  The margin of points was about 150 from first to third with less than 100 seperating 1st and 2nd.  The drop off from 3rd to 4th was huge; Graham Harrell of Texas Tech only received 213 points, about 1360 points fewer than Tebow in 3rd.

In Fantasy Football, this was a rough week for me.  My season is now over.  Joseph Adai was ruled out for the game sometime just before it started.  I had picked up Dominick Rhodes who had a great game in anticipation of Adai’s absence, so he scored a ton of points for me on my bench.  If you combine that with Boldin and Owens absolutely disappearing yesterday, and the fact that Ritz picked up Bush’s replacement and squeezed 25 points out of him, the result is an absolutely embarrassing playoff defeat to a rook.  Tomorrow you will get the full results of all the game including the season’s first tie.  The finals will be Ritz vs Mark’s Dead Skins.  Pastor Trav will not finish in last, so that’s a positive.

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Monday Armchair QB

We had a mixed bag this weekend in South Florida for football.  The idea of the Canes winning an ACC title came to a smashing halt, while the Dolphins playoff chances advanced.

The Canes were whipped by the Wolfpack of NC State.  The game looked more than competitive early in the second quarter when Baby James scored a TD to put Miami up 14-7, and still looked good in the 3rd quarter when James did it again to put Miami up 21-20.  It was over when Miami fell behind 38-21 late in the 4th.  We added a meaningless TD with less than a minute to play.  That leaves VT with the division championship by virtue of their head-to-head win vs Ga Tech.  Tech would have probably been the coastal champ had we won due to their strong win over UGA and superior overall rank and record.  You are welcome, VT.

In the NFL, the Dolphins did what they needed to do even though it wasn’t very pretty.  Pennington was effective, Ronnie and Ricky did their thing, but it was the defense that deserves the accolades.  The Dolphin D held the potent St. Louis attack in check in scoring position.  With numerous scoring opportunities, the Rams could only muster 4 fieldgoals, no TDs, and Miami won the turnover battle 3-1.  It was also interesting that Miami just could not generate the same pressure on the QB that they normally do.  That meant zero sacks yesterday.  Miami was the only AFC East team to win yesterday.  We gained a full game on everyone in the division.  Miami’s record stands at 7-5 with a game remaining against the Jets.  We are 1 game back of the division lead, and one game back of the wildcard.  It is not exactly likely that we will make the playoffs, but it is not out of the question.

Two teams will clinch playoff spots this week in our LPC FFL.  I will beat Paul unless Owen Daniels gets negative 4, and the Dead Skins will clinch by beating Ritz like a rented mule.  The big news is that Bachrach is going to beat Jesse’s Fuserheads.  That leaves Jesse and Ritz vulnerable.  If Bachrach wins next week, and either of those two lose, they will miss the playoffs due to points.  Bachrach has the league’s highest point total.

In the second chance, I gained points on first place.  I am only 4 total points back even though I had a bad week.  That is what happens when only 2 teams win at home.  It makes for bad results in pickem.

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Monday Armchair QB

What a wretched week/weekend for South Florida sports, especially football.

The Hurricanes were downgraded to a mere Tropical Depression by the Yellow Jackets running attack. Prior to the game, a GT fan said that Miami was going to be runn all over Thursday because of two coaching mistakes Shannon was making. #1. He instructed the players to swarm to the ball. Against this offense, it’s important to play assignment football, and the swarm mentality will leave players out of position, in overpersuit, and susceptible to misdirection. #2. Shannon instructed the players to tackle high in order to create turnovers. This mistake would cause players to be run over by the large RB HB/FB, QB, and WR’s who are operating this triple option. Miami needed to get lower than the O-Line and ball carriers to keep from getting run over, through, or having tackles broken. Both of these predictions came true and Miami gave up the most yards on the ground since 1944, the second most in school history. You just cannot give up 450 yards total, much less on the ground and expect anything less than a complete embarrassment. Strangely enough, the Canes are still in contention for an ACC championship depending on the outcome of VT’s upcoming match up, GT’s next game, and their own game against NC St.

As for the Dolphins, it was a fun game until late 3rd/early 4th Quarter. The Wildcat was tamed overall, but Pennington had a fine game scoring 3 passing TD’s. NE is now in second place in the division at 7-4, Miami falls back to 6-5 and has a tough road to a possible playoff birth.

In pickem, I was the only picker to pick the greatest pick of the week. I called NY Jets to beat the Titans, thank you very much.

In fantasy football, there will be another shake up. Unless Mason Crosby scores 30 points for me tonight (hahahaha), I am going to lose due to my own trade. It’s ok, I would still have traded Turner, but this week his 36 points beat me. I hit a buzz saw named the Turkey Buzzards who just a few weeks ago were winless. Now the Buzzards are going to have 3 wins in a row and have the week’s high score. I also made a mistake starting Denver on D and benching Thomas Jones who also had a big week.

Stand by until tomorrow for the Fantasy Football Report.

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Monday Armchair QB

It’s another good week to be a south Florida football fan.

The Dolphins love flirting with disaster. Yesterday, with a 9 point 4th quarter lead with 8 minutes to go, the game looked like it out be out of reach for Oakland. Then the special teams crew once again showed their ineptitude. They punted from the 37 yardline and Oakland returned it for a team record 94 yards and a TD. After a stalled drive, Oakland scored a fieldgoal and took the lead. Then Miami decided that they would finish the game. A few plays later Miami passed up a 52 yard fieldgoal attempt with 2 minutes left and successfully converted 4th down with a slant to Ginn. The fieldgoal with about 30 seconds left gave Miami the lead for good.

The Hurricanes won an impressive matchup against Virginia Tech on Thursday night.  They also flirted with a loss even though they controlled the game in nearly every aspect of the game.  Due to UNC’s loss against Maryland, Miami controls their own destiny with regards to the conference.  If they can win another Thursday night contest this week against Georgia Tech, and finish the season schedule with a win against NC State, the Canes will play in the ACC title game.  The GT game will be a rough one.

In tomorrows fantasy football report, you will read about a big shake up in the league standings.  I get revenge, a ghost beats Ritz, The Turkey Buzzards get two in a row, and Pastor Trav takes another step backwards in his hunt for the playoffs.

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Fresh Thoughts

  • What can be said about living in South Florida this time of the year?  The weather is absolutely beautiful, the sun is bright, the air is fresh, and the temperature is perfect.  I love it.
  • With all the talk we have had over the past few years about man made global warming and increased hurricane activity, we have now had two years of extremely low hurricane activity in the northern hemisphere, the lowest in 30 years.  We have also had record low temps for this time of the year all over the globe, and even in our back yard.
  • My washer kicked the bucket.  Brandsmart USA has to send someone out to fix it.  I hardly ever buy the extended warantee on my appliances and electronics, but that was one item I decided it would be a good idea to purchase it for.  It’s covered.
  • There are some great opportunities that may be coming open for me soon.  It would have an effect on my schedule, which should mean that I can be at church every weekend.  I pray that it works out.
  • Tonight I have to be at work and I don’t get back until the weeeeeeeee hours of the morning.
  • Maximus is a funny little guy.  We still have not decided when we are going to have him clipped, but he is a big fluffy ball of soft hair.  He doesn’t really run, but he sort of hops around like a rabbit.  Every now and then, he gets a big burst of energy and just takes off through the house weaving through all the furniture in and out of all the rooms downstairs.
  • I went to Lou’s this past weekend and picked up a new Glock, and I think I am going to get a Mossberg 500 next week.  That should be enough for a while.
  • The Hurricanes are playing some decent football now, and so are the Dolphins.  There is some real talk of the Dolphins making a run at the playoffs which would have seemed impossible last year.  At 4-4, they are favored to win again this week.  So far they have been beating the best teams on the schedule and losing to the worst.  The Canes are looking at the possibility of a decent bowl game, maybe a run at the conference championship.  It did not even look possible after losing two conference games.  But the ACC does not have a dominant team, and they don’t exactly have a doormat either.  Any team could beat another any week, it seems.  That leaves for a competitive race.
  • The Citizen Cane fantasy football squad has a tough game this week.  As of now, I am projected to win by one point.  We shall see.
  • My property taxes in Homestead have gone up considerably.  The state passes a doubling of the homestead exemption, and Homestead passed a tax increase because they know we are paying less.  That’s just lousy.
  • I really enjoyed service down in the Keys on Sunday.  I’m sorry I won’t get to be at the launch, but I will be there in a week from Sunday.  It’s not exactly the theater, but it is a blast.  It was cool hanging out after church and looking at the football scores.  See you in a week and a half!

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The Monday Armchair QB

Another great weekend of football has gone by the wayside.  College and NFL games really turned out some big upsets, and some great finishes.  Due to my whirlwind schedule on Saturday and Sunday, I didn’t get to watch a single game, with the exception of the second half of last night’s Patriots/Colts game.
The U pulled out an incredible drive to finish regulation in a tie against UVA.  After penalties and a negative play, the final drive was 99 yards led by Jacory Harris and capped by a 30ish yard prayer of a TD pass and chewed up over 7 minutes of the clock to tie the game.  UM then missed a game winning fieldgoal with 4 second left.  In OT, UM quickly scored a TD with another pass from Harris.  UVA, in their possession, ran the ball and looked like they would be plowing in quickly.  After 11 yards, the Virginia RB fumbled the ball and the game away.  UM wins 24-17 in a great win for Miami.

The Dolphins pulled out yet another unexpected win against a favored team on the road.  This time, the victim was the Denver Broncos.  The defense, particularly Will Allen, turned up huge in this game.  The Ronnie Brown show continued to be a driving force as well.  At 4-4, and with a weak AFC, it is not crazy to think about the possibility of a playoff run.  The Houston game could have and should have had a different result.  We would be talking about a 5-3 team right now.  As of now, it is a vastly different season than last.

Here is a great game, Texas vs Texas Tech matchup.  Did anyone actually expect the Red Raiders to beat the Longhorns?  I know any team with an offense as good as TT’s can do something special, even against some of the best teams in the nation.  But the way TT played defense was the biggest surprise.  There were several series straight for the Longhorns that had negative yards.  They were at the most crucial points of the game, in the second and third quarter.  But then the WR from Texas (Williams) made some great plays to put Texas right back in the game late and then even take a lead.  Then with a few seconds left, the Red Raiders showed their steel.  TD, game over, Texas Tech pulls the big upset.  This year is not over at all in the Big 12, considering TT has to get past very good OK State and Oklahoma teams in 2 of their last 3 games.  That south division looks to be very strong!

UF beat Georgia like a rented mule.  They were short one point of the greatest margin of victory in the series history.  That’s impressive considering how long this series has been running.  Tebow accounted for 5 TD’s, 3 on the ground and 2 through the air to become the all time TD rushing leader in UF history surpassing Emmitt Smith who was actually a running back.  Tebow is by far the best player in football this year, much less the best QB.  I do not like the Gators, but I am a fan of this guy!

On to fantasy football.  Let me touch really quickly on a few things.  I will likely hand Ritz his second loss of the year (I beat him in game one and he has not lost since) yet he will remain in first.  Jesse‘s Fuser Heads will lose as well, and he will remain in 2nd place.  Pastor Trav is looking at his 4th win in a row, as he makes a serious push for the playoffs.  I am going to hold on to first place in the Vegas style LPC league, and I  will capture the best week of all the members in the second chance league, but I will not even come close to the  lead.  I have a lot of work to do in the second chance league.  But things are really heating up!  More tomorrow on the fantasy football report.

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Monday Armchair QB

It was a good weekend for South Florida football fans, both college and pro. The Miami Hurricanes broke through and finished a game with the most effective and boring play in the book, the QB kneel. We beat a very tough Wake Forrest on the strength of defense, solid place kicking, field position, clock control, and the running game. We did not exactly pile up tons of rushing yards, and neither Harris nor Marve had fantastic overall games behind the center, but Marve did what it took to win including a big run to set up a TD.

The Fins did it again. That is, they beat a really good team. This is the sign of a maturing and developing bonafide future contender. That is, teams that are coming together but are not mature tend to lose games they should not lose and they win games they should not win. This 25-16 win over Buffalo is huge. Miami fought through the adversity and self-injury of turnovers and key penalties to grind out an honest win. The NE game could be written off as a fluke due to a new QB for the Pats and game changing turnovers, but in this win, Miami faced their toughest opponent head-to-head and won. Also, Buffalo seemed to be playing at the peak of their ability which makes it that much sweeter.

In the LPC fantasy football, this was not a good day for yours truly. You can read more about it tomorrow. While I did better than I did last week, I still failed to get the win over Pastor Trav‘s Big Doggs (who are now the hottest team in the league and making a serious push toward the playoffs).. That should mean I am stuck in 4th place for another week or two.

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Monday Armchair QB

It was a second week of disappointment for the Dolphins.  Last year, the fins managed one solitary win in 16 tries, and that win came against the Ravens.  The result of the season was a pink slip for Cam Cameron.  Baltimore gambled and hired Cameron as their own coach.  Cameron showed his appreciation to the Dolphins by strolling in town and taming the “wildcat”.  Ronnie Brown’s 4 consecutive game touchdown streak was haulted as Cam and the Ravens won 27-13.

In St. Louis, Steven Jackson finally had his big break out game of the season as the Rams destroyed the Cowboys.  Jackson accounted for 160 yards and 3 TD’s.  My fantasy stud receiver TO came up with a spectacular 30 yards.

How bout them Tampa Bay Devil Rays?  In game 7, they disposed of the Red Sox and are now headed to the Super Bowl of Major League Baseball, known as the World Series.  I predict record low viewership between the Rays and the Phillies.

There is a strong possibility that yours truly, a guru of fantasy football will lose to a team missing three players in his line up.  How embarrassing.

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