Monday, November 20, 2006

Okay, Now We Concentrate on Games

Actually, I believe the Colts and Peyton Manning in particular have done an excellent job of playing each game one at a time. That’s how we got to 9 and 0, and that’s why being temporarily at 9 and 1 is nothing to fret about. The hype sometimes makes you feel like anything short of perfection is a failure, but by the time they’ve played enough of their sport to make it to the big leagues, the best athletes know not to buy into that.

I happened to hear some of the Colts’ game against Dallas on radio, and it was a Dallas-area broadcast, so pro-Cowboys, of course. One of the commentators started to complain about some play that didn’t go as their young QB Tony Romo had planned, then stopped and rephrased the griping, when he noticed his guy had completed 9 of 12 or something without any turnovers. He said something like, “Oh, okay, that’s 75%, and no mistakes. I guess we always want 100%, but that’s too much to ask for.” Still, it would be nice if this would be the only loss of the season. Is that too much to ask for?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

No Need to Drop the Ball in Dallas

Our Indianapolis Colts go galloping off to Dallas on Sunday, but although they are again attempting to preserve a perfect winning season, that doesn't seem to be the burden it was last year. The Colts seem to have been managing to focus on one game at a time, as well they might, because in 2006, not many of our games would be considered a romp. Coming from behind to beat the Buffalo Bills by one point? But that's not all bad--at least the wake-up call came with a win.

The Dallas Cowboys have been unpredictable all year, and they currently stand at an unimpressive 5 and 4. We need to forget about that, and forget about our being 9 and 0, and remember that Tony Romo wants to win his first start at home to impress those rabid fans in Big D.

Friday, November 03, 2006

A Tie for the Indianapolis Colts

That’s right. Our Colts have tied the Green Bay Packers of yore (or more specifically, of 1929-31) as the only team to start consecutive seasons with an undefeated streak of 7-0. Another interesting record that could be tied this weekend is the NFL’s high point for two teams remaining undefeated at 8-0. That has only happened three times before, and the only time within most NFL fans’ lifetimes was 1990; the teams were the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. In 2006, of course, it’s the Colts and the Chicago Bears who are looking to hang on to their streaks.

Impressive as this is, nobody’s talking about it around Indianapolis. We’re all, “Where can I get tickets for the Colts-Patriots game?” I mean, everybody wants to settle the Manning vs. Brady thing, and establish the fact that Peyton Manning is the best!