Monday, February 5, 2007

THE SUPER COLTS

A few days after the Colts finally defeated their arch rivals, the Patriots, to win the AFC Championship it finally hit me that the Colts were going to the Super Bowl. I was walking around the mall and after looking at all the blue T-shits for sale it finally soaked in. I even went so far as to whisper it to myself. Now I am not a casual fan by any stretch of the imagination as I have supported the Colts since my teen years. But I have grown accustomed to the disappointment of always falling short (as evidenced by my post noted below by Torpor). The idea of a team that I had supported so passionately having a chance to win it all just seemed too far fetched to believe.

Yesterday after kick off I felt the same way. But quickly with a few plays in the beginning of the game the reality sat in that not only were the Colts in the biggest game on the planet but we were in for a dog fight. After kickoff my stomach turned after Devin Hester took it to the house on the first play of the game. I grew more sick after Peyton threw an interception in the first quarter. But if anything these Colts have shown during the playoffs is they won't get rattled and they won't lose sight of their game plan.

Instead they got tough on defense and made Bad Rex look bad even for him.

Instead they got their running game going and torched Chicago's run defense for 191 yards.

Instead Peyton stood up and made plays that only a veteran who has been tested and who has learned from his past failures can make.

The game was far from pretty. You don't get the sense that this is one of those games that will be played on NFL films for years to come. But for the faithful we could care less. The Indianapolis Colts have won and have brought the city its first major professional championship since the great ABA Pacer teams of the 70's.

Some other amazing things came from this game. One you saw a very good man, Tony Dungy, have redemption both professionally and personally. Coach Dungy as you may recall was fired by Tampa Bay because of his inability to get to the big game. And you might also recall that personal tragedy befell him last year. Seeing him hosted by his players with his hands in the air gave a nice moment to a nice man whose respectful style of coaching is often over looked by the media who focus on his counterparts and their over the top personalities.

Two, you saw two great football players finally get their ring. Would Peyton never be considered a great quarterback if he failed to win the big one? Sadly in some people's eyes failure to bring home a championship would exclude him from conversations about the greatest at his position. Make no mistake, when Peyton is done he will own every record the NFL has for quarterbacks. With this monkey finally off his back and his realization that he doesn't have to do it all himself Peyton may put him in position to earn another ring as well.

You also can't overlook Marvin Harrison winning a ring. He has done so much as a player and like his coach, his understated personality is lacking in today's NFL.

It amazes me the way the city has embraced this team. For the past month the city residents have shown their pride as evidenced by the all the Colts gear you see people wearing and the thousands of people who braved near zero temperatures for the Colts pep rally on the Circle this past week. I went last night to get my Super Bowl champions T-Shirt and the store was almost a near riot. Fans in this city have been waiting for this moment for a long time.

Before I wrote this, I read an article about how the crowd at the Super Bowl was much more pro Bears. The writer also noted that the crowd wearing Bears jerseys had many of the players from the Bears past and mentioned that the Colts fans did not. This team with Manning, Harrison, Wayne, Clark, Freeney will be our players and will be the ones that we will remember as the beginning of our great football history. The Colts victory last night solidified the Colts fan base in this city for generations to come.

Enjoy the moment. If you will excuse me, I have a parade to attend.

Congratulations Colts!

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3 Comments:

Blogger torporindy said...

Nice. Reading this makes me wish that I had waited longer at the dome.

February 05, 2007  
Blogger Timmy said...

I watched it all from my couch, under a blanket.....it is way too cold in Indiana this week.

February 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what I was thinking? Prolly not.
What if they turned Detroit into an futuristic utopia city... Stay will me here. Since pretty much every major employer in the city is tucking tailing and running I think they should scrap the whole Motor City idea. (pun intended)Like BioDome, A science expierence with all eco friendly avenues. See if it can be completely turned around.

February 06, 2007  

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