We knew there was something missing from the NFL season: An asterisk controversy. Of course. Well let's get right to it. Don Shula โ€” who coached the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only unbeaten season in NFL history โ€” says that the Patriots should get an asterisk if they finish 19-0 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. "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."

Two things here: Shula, of course, is still bitter about the snow plow game. And if it came to it, he could still kick Belichick's ass.

Meanwhile, there are some who say that it's the '72 Dolphins who deserve the asterisk.

19-0 Pats Would Need An Asterisk, Shula Says [MSNBC]
Getting Tough With The '72 Dolphins [Out Of Left Field]