Way back in 1983, the Mighty Dolphins, just off a SuperBowl appearance, had a new rookie QB and sights were set high.They made it to the playoffs that season, and went up against a young, upstart team that had only been in the league for 7 years at that point. I remember hearing then-Dolphin commentator Hank Goldberg talking about how there was *no way* that a team with Dan Doornink as its running back could beat the Fins, only a decade removed from greatness.
And the Seahawks won 27-20, in a game that defied logic. I was making jokes at the time about how I was going to be a Seahawks fan....I didn't, but I have kept one eye on the team that is as far away in the continental US from Miami as you can get.
And then they won the Superbowl after last season, and as luck would have it, I visited Seattle over the summer....and it got me to thinking about how fortunes have turned.
If we look at both teams success since that game, we can see this:
Miami's record 1984-2013: 258-221, with 12 playoff appearances, and one Superbowl appearance (a loss, waaay back in 1984)
Seattle's record: 245-234, with 12 playoff appearances, and two superbowls (one win)
Statistically, Miami was slightly better (by about a half win a season), but really, they are the same team!
Something about that struck me as really strange, and perhaps surreal. Now as you might expect, between 1984-1999, Miami had more success and more playoff appearances; while Seattle has done better since 1999.
How is it that a team that couldn't possibly beat the mighty Fins not only beat them, but has had more long-term success? The NFL is a strange place....