There is an irony in life and if you listen to the old proverbs, everything comes back around. Such is the case today. In what has to be one of the best articles I have read in awhile, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel has brilliantly pieced together the scarred memories of a day gone by…or in this case, 2 weekends in 2002 that ultimately would change a franchise. You can read that article here.
It’s that very irony that I find the most intriguing. Perhaps today and next weeks serves as an opportunity to make that full circle. To play it again and change the outcome. The Miami Dolphins have not been to the playoffs since the 20001 campaign and a loss today in Kansas City will almost certainly add another season of no post-season to Miami’s history.
With the Baltimore Ravens winning last nights game, any and all hope of a wild-card game flew back to Baltimore. The Dolphins without some serious help would all but be dead in the water. Even a week17 match-up with the Jets would little if no meaning to Miami other than they would have the opportunity to possibly decide who wins the AFC East…NY or NE.
For New England, a win by the Phins and a win by the Jets knocks them out of the division race entirely and they would have to have the Ravens lose next week to Jacksonville to get the WC. New England fans will be watching today’s games closely.
It all matters and it is all relative. As Hyde pointed out way back in 2002 when the Phins only needed to win out to win the division…a division they were supposed to win…things happen that you do in fact control. The names are all mostly the same. Only the colors of the jerseys have changed. Favre, Pennington, and Moss.