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All signs point to Pats joining ’72 Fish

Devon O'Neil's " My $0.02

Hed: All signs point to Pats joining ’72 Fish

If I’m Larry Csonka or Don Shula or Bob Griese ” or anyone else remaining from the 1972 Dolphins ” I’m officially worried.

They knew, of course, that one team would emerge from Sunday’s megatilt between unbeaten New England and unbeaten Indianapolis, but if I were them, I’d have been hoping for that team to be the Colts, not the Patriots.

By beating Indy 24-20 in Indy’s house, New England (9-0) is now in terrific shape to join the 1972 Fish as the only club to complete an NFL season undefeated.

We could get into the Pats’ remaining schedule, but it doesn’t matter. They’ll be an overwhelming favorite in every game.

We could get into the possibility of them letting up at an inopportune time, but that doesn’t matter either. New England has too many veterans, too many proven winners on its roster to get complacent and take a lesser team lightly. As for coaching, let’s just say Bill Belichick and Co. have something to prove, too, ever since Spygate allowed rivals to question their ability to win games fairly.

The only real threat to the Pats’ season right now, other than Tom Brady’s head exploding, is injury. And even if that were to happen, even if New England were to lose three or four key members all at once, the Patriots are such a deep team that you have to believe they’d find a way to win in spite of it.

What we’re watching, football fans, is as close to a perfect team as you’re going to find.

All of that said, Peyton Manning and the defending champs are far from done. You could make a strong case that Indy played a better overall game than New England on Sunday, even though the final score indicated otherwise. …

Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson rushed for 296 yards Sunday against San Diego, breaking the NFL record by a yard and increasing his lead in the league rushing standings (he has 1,036 yards in eight games).

When I see Peterson run, all I can think is how he looks like a wrongly convicted murderer playing in a prison-league game ” against the lawyers who put him behind bars.

And to think he’s only a rookie. …

It’s not often this column forays into the pop culture world, but if you want to mention Lance Armstrong these days you almost have to. According to a number of reputable media outlets, Armstrong, 36, was seen making out with one of the 21-year-old Olsen twins (remember them, from “Full House”?) at a New York City bar recently.

Which begs two questions: 1. Does any pro athlete get around more than Lance?

And 2. Should we be patting him on the back for scoring with a hot young babe, or scolding him for making a fool of himself? …

Not sure if you saw, but Kansas remained undefeated Saturday by way of dismembering Nebraska 76-39. Yup, it was a football game, and yup, aside from the number of points KU put up ” the most the Huskers have ever yielded, including touchdowns on 10 straight KU possessions ” it wasn’t all that surprising.

You see, since Bill Callahan took over as Nebraska’s head football coach, the Big Red is 26-21. That’s pretty good if you’re Buffalo, not so much if you’re Nebraska.

I checked in with the inventive folks at firebillcallahan.blogspot.com Monday morning. There’s a “Fun with Stats” section at the top of the page. This morning’s happened to be: “Bill Callahan has defeated only one team that has gone on to win a bowl game: the 2006 Troy Trojans.” (I also enjoy: “Bill Callahan’s teams are 0-5 when the temperature at kickoff is 50 or below.”)

Things have gotten so bad in Husker Country that they took away the famed Blackshirts from the team’s defense. It might be the best move Callahan’s staff has made since he became coach. …

In parting, maybe it’s just me, but it seems awfully odd that Lakers owner Jerry Buss, 74, was suspended by NBA commissioner David Stern two games for a drunk driving conviction. Since when can owners get suspended? Are principals going to start putting parents in detention, too?

” Breckenridge resident Devon O’Neil’s $0.02 column runs on Tuesdays. He can be reached at devononeil@hotmail.com.


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