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Don Shula, the coach of the only perfect season in NFL history, believes the Patriots have a legitimate shot at running the table and joining his '72 Dolphins in going undefeated in the regular season and playoffs. But if they can pull it off, Shula insists the NFL needs to place an asterisk next to the Patriots in the record books because Bill Belichick got caught cheating in the Spygate scandal. Shula is naturally protective of the Dolphins' accomplishment and certainly wants that '72 team to stand alone. Long ago, he said, he learned that "rooting doesn't make anything happen. The Patriots look so good. I think they got a real shot at doing it." The Dolphins were 14-0 in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs, including the Super Bowl. If the Patriots don't lose, they will finish 19-0. Shula admires the Patriots' team, but then, without being asked, he said Spygate negatively impacts the way they should be perceived this season. "The Spygate thing has diminished what they've accomplished. You would hate to have that attached to your accomplishments. They've got it," Shula told the Daily News yesterday. "Belichick was fined $500,000, the team was fined $250,00 and they lost a first-round draft choice. That tells you the seriousness or significance of what they found. "I guess you got the same thing as putting an asterisk by Barry Bonds' home run record. I guess it will be noted that the Patriots were fined and a No.1 draft choice was taken away during that year of accomplishment. The sad thing is Tom Brady looks so good, it doesn't look like he needs any help." -- NY Daily News

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Hey - if anybody has a right to an opinion on this subject, it's Don Shula. I completely understand where he is coming from and would be ticked off if I felt that a record *I* held for 35 years was about to be broken by cheaters.


With that said, I am not a fan of the asterisk for any sport for any reason. I just think it's silly and that any requisite notation can go on the plaque right next to the major accomplishment. That's how you tell a story...

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I don't know why all of you are falling into the same trap ESPN fell into. Look what paper put this out. The New York Daily News. Shula was asked the question: What do you think is going to happen if the Patriots go 16-0? He gave the answer that he thinks SpyGate will overshadow it. He didn't say SpyGate should overshadow it, he said that he guesses that it will.


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I guess it will be noted that the Patriots were fined and a No. 1 draft choice was taken away during that year of accomplishment.

Oh, what the words asterisk, Barry and Bonds will do to a writer.


Wake the f*** up.

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