Originally published in the September 1983 edition of Esquire. Reprinted here with the author's permission.
Goddammit. Football season hasn't even started yet, and the '72 Dolphins have already found a way to weasel their way into the news cycle. The NFL's most insufferable group of old dudes will be visiting the White House next Tuesday so that their undefeated season can be honored.
If you weren't able to stay up and make the whole "Monday Night Football" game last night, we're sorry for you: That was as terrific an NFL game we've seen all season. You can tell from the comments on our late-night post: As Larry King might say, "if that game didn't excite you, check your pulse, because you're…
We knew there was something missing from the NFL season: An asterisk controversy. Of course. Well let's get right to it. Don Shula — who coached the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only unbeaten season in NFL history — says that the Patriots should get an asterisk if they finish 19-0 this season.