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don shula likes the patriots' chances of going undefeated, but the bill belichick-inspired spying scandal has clouded shula's thinking when comparing new england with his unbeaten 1972 dolphins team.

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to his chagrin, don shula believes the patriots and barry bonds have something in common.

"the spygate thing has diminished what they've accomplished," shula said in an interview with the new york daily news. "you would hate to have that attached to your accomplishments. they've got it."

belichick was fined $500,000 and the patriots were fined $250,000 and lost a first-round draft pick for videotaping the jets' opposing sideline during the teams' season-opening game.

"that tells you the seriousness or significance of what they found," shula said, according to the daily news. "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."

the way the patriots have been playing, shula and the '72 dolphins might find themselves answering more questions than in past years about whether their record will stand. new england improved to 9-0 on sunday by beating the previously unbeaten colts (7-1) in indianapolis.

there have been serious runs made at the dolphins' record before. the 1985 bears started 12-0, then lost on a monday night to a dolphins team coached by shula. the 1991 redskins started 11-0 and the 1998 broncos and 2005 colts opened 13-0 before losing. although members of the '72 dolphins have become known for sipping champagne after the last unbeaten team falls by the wayside each season, shula says stories of that annual celebration "have been blown out of proportion."

"you guys put forth the myth that we are pathetic losers down here clicking champagne glasses and clinging desperately to a record set 35 years ago," former dolphins tight end jim mandich told the daily news. "somehow we've been portrayed as being evil. we don't ever blow our own horn. it's a great record, but the record doesn't get beaten.

"the patriots have assembled a powerhouse of a team. they are a classy bunch of guys and play ball the right way. if they want to join the unbeaten club, come on aboard."

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shula's memory must really be slipping because i seem to remember a certain dolphins team losing a first round draft pick for tampering (aka cheating). what ever did the dolphins lose a first round draft choice for?? oh, and by the way, since they lost a first round draft choice, that "tells you the seriousness or significance of" the violation. that's right, the dolphins lost the draft choice for tampering with the colts... to bring shula in as coach!!

i think shula's entire career with the dolphins deserves an asterisk given the seriousness of this cheating. dry.gif

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shula is an nfl legend, don't get me wrong. he seems to be a little p.o'd that his teams claim to fame may be in jeopardy. the spygate thing means nothing, it is very overblown imho.

agreed!

shula is talking out of his ######, spygate doesn't diminish ###### when the pats are steamrolling everybody (except the colts) with laughable scores. besides, from what all the analysts, ex-players and ex-coaches said, everybody does it, they just got caught.

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shula's memory must really be slipping because i seem to remember a certain dolphins team losing a first round draft pick for tampering (aka cheating). what ever did the dolphins lose a first round draft choice for?? oh, and by the way, since they lost a first round draft choice, that "tells you the seriousness or significance of" the violation. that's right, the dolphins lost the draft choice for tampering with the colts... to bring shula in as coach!!

i think shula's entire career with the dolphins deserves an asterisk given the seriousness of this cheating

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im starting to think that sum people are just jealous that the pats are so good. i mean they were a very solid team last year and were smart enough to acquire 3 very good recievers and one of the best lbs in free agency, they were smart to not be content and get much better.

no no, their qb took a paycut in order to get some guy(s).....that is just wow!

i like the fact the pats are the best team...and i hope they are the best team in nfl history!

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shula is an nfl legend, don't get me wrong. he seems to be a little p.o'd that his teams claim to fame may be in jeopardy. the spygate thing means nothing, it is very overblown imho.

yea, i agree. sounds like he's all but given the pats the undefeated season but wants to try and tarnish the 16-0 accomplishment (as compared to miami and their 14-0) by bringing up spygate. as others have said it's the most overblown sports story this year really.

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