Monday, January 14, 2008

2007-2008 Indianapolis Colts 13-4

For me it is the worst day of the year--the day after the Colts season has ended. The elation of winning the Super Bowl will conclude in a few weeks when another team wins and knocks the Colts from the title of defending Super Bowl champion.

The game yesterday was a mess. The Colts, sans one interception by Kelvin Hayden, couldn't stop the Chargers. They couldn't even stop the Chargers when LT went out. They couldn't stop the Charges when Phillip Rivers was in there looking like the quarterback for the ages. They couldn't even stop Billy Volek when Rivers got knocked out. Billy Volek? Really?

The offense looked good and moved the ball well. But there were still several mistakes. Why play Harrison if he isn't ready? Part of football is not just the conditioning but being able to get hit. When Harrison got popped the ball came loose. Make no mistake that is partly attributable to his being out of sync with getting smacked around on the field. My thought is we may have just witnessed the conclusion of one of the great careers of the Colts and Harrison wanted to go down swinging (like he always does). I hope I am wrong and he plays several more years. A lot of balls were dropped out there. Plus Peyton tried to force that ball to Kenton Keith in the red zone. Throw that away and take the three points. If they would have taken that they could have taken a field goal in their last trip to the red zone for the victory.

So in the future I propose the Colts deny any bye week. It just isn't good for them. Tennessee. Pittsburgh. San Diego. Keep them hungry. Make them play Ben Davis or something during the off week. Time off is not good for the Colts.

It stings losing. The Colts winning the Super Bowl has only increased the expectations of a fan. But as a fan you have to be proud of this group. No team that I am aware of has come back from so many injuries during the season and still performed as well as have this group of Colts. They lost three starters off defense, including their best player, and still lead the league on D. The disappointment will fester for awhile but I can't help being proud of this year's Colts for overcoming adversity.

Now I am relegated to what every good football fan is: rooting against the Patriots.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Snerdly said...

The elation of winning the Super Bowl will conclude in a few weeks when another team wins and knocks the Colts from the title of defending Super Bowl champion.


Actually, they are no longer "defending Super Bowl champion".

The only thing they're defending now, is their gold handicap.

January 14, 2008  
Blogger torporindy said...

Tough loss. The game started so well, but San Diego seemed to be in control after the Harrison fumble. I don't like Phillip Rivers. He played well yesterday, but he is a little too cocky for as little as he has achieved.

January 14, 2008  

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