Originally Posted by Comet
Actually, most people forget this, but the Dolphins made three Super Bowl appearances in a row in the midst of that undefeated season, winning two. In the '71 season, they made it to the big game but lost (forget by whom). The following year was the magical undefeated season, in which they beat the Redskins. In the '73 season, the Fins made it yet again, where they killed my Vikings.
I would hardly call winning two out of three Super Bowls in a row a fluke. That is a damn fine run.
Not calling the Dolphins run a fluke - just their undefeated season. They were the best club in the NFL that year - didn't need any help from the refs but they got it. Of course, bad officiated calls costing teams games are the norm sometimes, the most flagrant one I ever saw was the famous Oakland win over the Charger's on the "Holy Roller Play."
Don Shula was head of the NFL's competition committee which rates the referees performances and decides who gets the prime playoff games for 25-years. For 25 straight years, the Miami Dolphins were the least penalized team in the NFL. Coincidence?
The Fins were undoubtedly the best club in the NFL in that 1972 "magical" season, but the refs handed em three wins, the ugliest one, against Buffalo in the old Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, when the Bills rallied from 0-24 down at halftime, and the loss of their QB, and came out with a rookie QB in the second half and scored 23 points.
Buffalo lost on an O.J. Simpson fumble while going for a first down inside the Dolphins 25-yard line in the last minute. Fins D stacked O.J. up on third and inches, but the refs didn't blow the whistle to stop the play, even after he stopped trying to go forward. Fins D than piled on, pushing him back, where he fumbled when his back hit the ground. One of the cases which caused the NFL to change rules to ground can't cause a fumble. Buffalo had an excellent FG kicker, easily wins the game had the refs blown the play dead on forward progress. It was Miami's biggest scare that year, winning 24-23, after mauling Buffalo up there earlier in the season.
Here are you Super Bowl stats Comet.
1972 Dallas 23 Miami 3.
1973 Miami 14 Washington 7 (should have been a shutout)
1974 Miami 24 Minnesota 7
1983 Washington 27 Miami 17
1985 San Francisco 38 Miami 16
Dolfans holding onto bragging rights on that 1973 undefeated season, IMHO, is like saying Achilles had a good year against Hector in the Trojan War - it is ancient history. Fins front office is the worst in the NFL and has been for decades.