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If you are one of the many who criticize the 1972 Dolphins for wanting so badly to remain the only perfect team in NFL history, then you are among the most fraudulent, insincere hypocrites in all of sports.

Sure, the '72 Dolphins are more demonstrative about it than some of us would be, but at their core, they only are expressing the same human emotions you would, I would and we all would under similar circumstances.

"I'm pulling for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, and I'm not going to apologize for it," said Don Shula, the coach of '72 Dolphins.

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel

If the Giants are going to pull off their upset of the Patriots this time, on a much grander stage, they have to find a way to beat Tom Brady, and Randy Moss, and Wes Welker and Kevin Faulk and Laurence Maroney and the rest. They have to beat Belichick, too. He is as much a headliner in this game now as any coach has ever been, all the way back to Vince Lombardi.

Another Super Bowl for Bill Belichick. He helped the Giants win two as Bill Parcells' defensive coordinator. Now he has won three more as head coach of the Patriots. Five rings working on six. Even with what looks like no personality, he has become as dominant a personality with these Patriots as Lombardi was with the old Packers.

Lombardi won five NFL titles in Green Bay, including the first two Super Bowls. Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls, Joe Gibbs won three, so did Bill Walsh. Belichick is playing in that league now, and isn't going anywhere. At 55, he is still young enough and so is Brady. The two of them might just be in the middle of something that will eventually separate them from everybody.

Belichick's Patriots aren't just trying to win their fourth Super Bowl, they are trying to go 19-0 as well. If it plays out like that, Belichick can walk away from this game being called the best coach in the history of the Super Bowl.Or maybe just the best coach, period.

Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

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