According to Don Shula, the '72 Dolphins celebrating when the last unbeaten team loses is a urban legend, but I'll bet there are Dolphin fans who are popping corks. My Packers had a great run, the best in the history of the team (since 1921), but in the end you have to tip your cap to perfection.
But in the next breath he did say some guys would call each other and have toast over the phone. I would.
The '72 Dolphins were perfect timing for me, I reached full sports awareness probably the year before when I cried when Dallas kicked their asses in the Super Bowl. We were just talking last night about our "Red Ryder" gift as we watched Christmas story and I had 2. The first was an HO gauge train set I got when I was 6, and the second was a Miami Dolphin helmet. Not just any helmet mind you .. this was "Made for Competitive Play". And very few of you will probably know what that label meant on the back of the helmet. Richie might. They used to see these really cheapo helmets with this grey foam interior, this helmet was much better quality and although I question whether it really was for competitive play it certainly was a step in that direction.
And a cool Miami Dolphin story with this helmet. I beat the [expletive] out this helmet. I ran into friends, bushes,trees, basemenet walls ... you name it. At the time I didn't realize that having a helmet like that would soon become a badge of honor in HS, but I thought the helmets were supposed to look pretty and perfect. So I wrote the Miami Dolphins, explained my situation, and asked for a replacement sticker. Six weeks later, I receive a package in the mail that was 4 inches thick. Stickers, decals, a signed photo of Mercury Morris, a yearbook, a team photo, these little helmets that you got in the bubble gum machine and on and on. I got it in July I remember because training camps were opening up and oh my god talk about Christmas in July.
Can you imagine a team doing that today? It cost me a stamp.