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Let's go Colts!!!

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Published: January 21, 2007 at 10:34 PM

I saw my first Colts game in October 1980, I think, as the Colts beat the New England Patriots, in Baltimore. My Boy Scout troop from Indianapolis was on a "Mystery History" trip to the Washington, D.C. area and capped off the long weekend with an NFL game.

No one had any idea that three and a half years later, I'd be parked on an Interstate overpass, between first and second periods at my high school, watching a convoy of Mayflower trucks bring those Colts from Baltimore to Indy. My parents applied for season tickets, but so did about 200,000 other Central Indiana families. Fortunately, some friends did get tickets and I saw two games in the (then) Hoosier Dome that fall.

From the Mike Pagel era, through the Halloween Eric Dickerson trade, Jim Harbaugh's almost Hail Mary to the Steelers game last year (where the final minute never happened... because I just couldn't deal with it if it did), I've remained a Colt fan ever since.

Patience, finally, delivers its reward. Tonight, the Colts beat the Patriots again, this time in Indianapolis, and this time to win the AFC Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl, in two weeks in Miami.

Chicago, you're going down! ;-)

This is an open thread. Talk football, or whatever else is on your mind this Sunday evening.

Readers' Opinions

From Franki Brock on January 22, 2007 at 5:19 AM
So very happy the colts won!! Bears prepare to lose!! GO COLTS!!!
From Anthony Murphy on January 22, 2007 at 7:15 AM
Well I have to respond!


DAAAAAAAAAAAAA BEARS!

Go Urlacher! Go Rex!


The Colts are the ones that should be worried :)


It's really weird that both teams are in very close proximity to each other!

And it might just be you two, but why do you want the Colts to win so badly?

From David Kirby on January 22, 2007 at 7:25 AM
The close proximity of the two teams might mean lower ratings. Anyway, go Colts.
From Robert Niles on January 22, 2007 at 9:54 AM
Nah, Chicago's a big-market team with a large following, so they'll hold up their end. And the Colts might be the most popular team in the league, with Peyton Manning and the big offense. Ratings will be fine.
From Robert OGrosky on January 22, 2007 at 12:27 PM
Go Bears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From Derek Potter on January 22, 2007 at 1:17 PM
I'm rooting for the Colts, so I can hear the collective silence of these blowhole sports reporters at ESPN among other networks....who say that Peyton Manning won't be a great quarterback until he wins a Super Bowl. Da Bears won the title game, but I think that it was the Saints who actually beat themselves. If the Colts run defense is as good as it's been during the playoffs, than the Bears are doomed because I just don't think Rex can outgun the Colts.
From Franki Brock on January 22, 2007 at 2:20 PM
I like the Jets but um yeah! so yeah Colts are definatly gonna win!
From Russell Meyer on January 22, 2007 at 3:18 PM
As a life-log resident of the DC/Baltimore area, I cannot be happy to see the Irsay's reach the Super Bowl, epecially since they had to be the Ravens as well. I do, however, greatly admire Peyton Manning and hope that he could do the one thing Dan Marino couldn't.
From Robert Niles on January 22, 2007 at 3:33 PM
Well, FWIW, Jim Irsay ain't Bob, that's for sure.

And my wife, a Cleveland native, would like to remind folks in the Baltimore area that they gave up all moral high ground over the Colts when they swiped the Browns from Cleveland.

Plus, the Ravens got their Super Bowl trophy already.... ;-) And if you really want to talk about sports owners cutting the heart out of a city, Google "Nelson Skalbania" and "Indianapolis Racers" sometime. Or, if that doesn't depress you, try "Curse of Tom Owens".

And I haven't even gotten into what Tony George did to the Indy 500.

Point is, Indy sports fans have suffered plenty.

From Anthony Murphy on January 22, 2007 at 5:20 PM
Oh and we have that offensive SNL skit DAAAAA BEARS! Chicago is the city full of curses. The Bears? How about the Honeybear curse? We used to have cheerleaders and they were disbanded because of budget cuts. We haven't won a Super Bowl (or get even close) since!


But why does everybody hate the Bears? What did we do to anybody? We deserve it as much as any other team. We haven't won the Super Bowl since 1986 (I was two months old!)

From Robert Niles on January 22, 2007 at 6:55 PM
And Indianapolis hasn't won a Super Bowl in... well, ever. And the Pacers haven't won an NBA title since... well, ever. And Indy doesn't have a baseball team.

Chicago? White Sox: two years ago. Bulls: six titles in eight years in the 1990s. Bears: Super Bowl in 1986. (You do, however, have my sympathies over the Blackhawks.)

I'd say that Chicago's had its share of titles. It's Indy's turn.

From Derek Potter on January 22, 2007 at 8:47 PM
The Colts haven't won a Super Bowl since 1971 to be exact Robert...but they were the Baltimore Colts back in the day, so Indy is due.

You can't overlook the Bears though. They did have the best record in the NFC...how they did it I have no idea, but they did accomplish that. One thing is for sure...Rex better show up, because the Colts won't beat themselves like New Orleans did.

From Anthony Murphy on January 22, 2007 at 10:07 PM
You cut to the core Robert!


I play hockey :)


But anyway, in my opinion, the Bears are one of the few teams that brings the entire city together. People tend to be Sox or Cubs fans and nobody cares about the Blackhawks (which is sad).

Well, it should be a good game anyway. I am just suprised that most people want Indy to win over Chicago. I thought it would be more half and half

From Robert Niles on January 22, 2007 at 10:57 PM
If it weren't for Skalbania selling Gretzky to the Oilers, then folding Indy's team instead of taking the offer to join the NHL, what Wirtz has done to the Blackhawks would rank as the worst ownership in hockey history. Chicago used to be a *great* hockey town. But Wirtz kept 'em off TV and refused to join even the late 20th century in player negotiations. So a generation grew up not caring about the team. And now, from what I here, the Blackhawks don't even draw well anymore. Sad. I hope other owners, in other sports, too, take a lesson. Ya gotta get kids and families seeing your games. In person, ideally, but at least on TV.

My daughter loves hockey. But I can't afford to take her to more than a game or two a year. And there's no local hockey on free TV in LA. So the NHL's losing the chance to develop a lifelong fan. Just stupid marketing.

From Brian Emery on January 23, 2007 at 9:24 AM
I have to say, Indy already played the real Super Bowl the other night. The AFC is much stronger and Chicago may be in trouble. They can slow down Indy but not stop them. Plus Chicago can not score 35 with that QB. Now if Chicago had someone like Manning or Brady at the helm, this would be a great game.

Indy finally won a big game, good for them, but Pats have 3 rings and they are not done yet. We will look at the draft to fix a few holes and Indy will be losing to us (Pats) as usual in the big game.
Remember this is the first Big game Manning has won ever. He may end up with one ring in a few weeks but he will still be two rings short of Mr. Tom Brady.

Brady has at least one more ring to go before he is finished!

From TH Creative on January 23, 2007 at 6:30 PM
I'm Sorry, Mr. Niles but my Bears are going to walk away with the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Brian Emery writes: "Plus Chicago can not score 35 with that QB."

I Respond: Excuse me? They scored 39 points against the Saints last weekend. In fact, the Rex Grossman led Bears offense scored on four of its first five possesions. There were a total of 16 points scored in those four possesions -- which was more than the total 14 points that the Saints scored in the entire game.

"That QB?" It was THAT quarterback who has amassed a 2006-2007 win/loss record of 15-3. It was THAT quarterback who hit wide receiver Bernard Berrian with a 33 yard pass that locked up last weeks game. And it was THAT quarterback who handed the Saints a 25 point SMACKDOWN in the NFC Championship.

Meanwhile that Manning guy managed to win only three of his last seven regular season games. Not too impressive.

But go ahead. Jump on the bandwagon that predicts the Bear's demise. I'm sure such pronouncements will be as effective as the Saints' Reggie Bush was when he decided to taunt Brian Urlacher after scoring the Saints' second NFC touchdown. The last one they will score this season.

From Robert Niles on January 23, 2007 at 10:23 PM
Um... look at my earlier post relating Chicago's pro sports history with Indianapolis'. Let's just say that I am totally emotionally prepared to watch Indy blow it again. The track record ain't on Indy's side....

But, like some pathetic woodland creature trying to lope across a busy highway, I remain always hopeful that, one day, an Indy team will make it alive to the promised land on the other side.

From Chris Walton on January 25, 2007 at 12:55 PM
Go Colts, Go Dungy!!!

I'm a Bucs fan and here in Tampa most of us feel Dungy kinda got screwed when he got fired and Gruden took Dungy's team to the Super Bowl the very next year...don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Jon Gruden too, but I think Dungy is a true class act and he deseves to get a ring. Either way, regardless of who wins, a former Tampa Bay coaching staff will be champion (Lovie or Tony)...kinda says something about the caliber of coaches we produce here in Tampa.

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