Archive | January, 2012

Four teams, two coasts, one trophy.

16 Jan

There are four teams left seeking a ticket to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

The San Francisco 49ers are coached by “Captain Comeback” and Colts ring of honor member Jim Harbaugh.

The New York Giants quarterback is Eli Manning, brother of Colts quarterback Peyton.

The Baltimore Ravens are coached by John Harbaugh, brother of ex Colts quarterback Jim.

The New England Patriots are the arch rival of the Colts.

All four of these teams want to come to Lucas Oil Stadium but which two?

Would I rather see brother vs. brother in a stadium where the name of Harbaugh is loved or would I rather see the Giants and Peytons brother Eli beat the Patriots in the stadium where the name of Manning is spoken with reverence……

Next week will tell, two NFC teams from cities on opposite coasts with smothering defenses and high power offenses will battle it out on the west coast.  Two AFC teams from cities 400 miles apart one with a deadly defense and the other with a super charged offense will have a donnybrook on the east coast.

It’s the playoffs, the most wonderful time of year.

20/20 Hindsight

9 Jan

The 7 P’s of success: “Proper Prior Planning Prevents P*ss Poor Performance.” I learned this early so if a blue collar lunchbox carrying nobody can do this, anyone can, right?  Easier said than done for a football team because how do you plan for every eventuality, how do you make contingencies for losing one of the top players in the NFL?  Evidently a little luck was needed.

When a team has the opportunity to acquire a top tier quarterback there are many reasons why, luck is one of them.  Experience with player personnel is also important because Ryan Leaf was considered by most “experts” to be as good a prospect as Peyton Manning.  The Colts were lucky they had just hired Bill Polian because he made the right choice.

Then they have to surround this bright young field general with a team to enhance his abilities and allow him to lead them all to wins, playoffs, and even the Super Bowl.  So when all the slots are filled with the best players available that really doesn’t leave a lot of cash laying around to pay for backups to ride the bench and hold a clipboard.

So they look to find another Matt Cassel, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, or Matt Flynn–maybe they should just look for a quarterback named “Matt” but instead they find Jim Sorgi–good tools, bad luck and Curtis Painter–great on paper, lousy on the field which brings me back to the “7 P’s.”

Bill Polian took the hit for the 2-14 season, so using hindsight somebody has to be responsible for the mistake, there has to be a reason, he simply didn’t plan properly.  Don’t feel bad for him though, he’ll land on his feet, maybe even in nearby Chicago where he would be working with another Tony Dungy acolyte, Lovie Smith.

20/20 hindsight is always easy to use when looking for fault because the answers are already clear, there is no guessing and you can’t be wrong.  The only problem is that it doesn’t make it any better, it just makes people feel worse.  In the future lets keep our eyes on the prize, keep looking ahead, keep planning for what needs it the most, this year was a test that some of us failed,  Lets not use hindsight anymore, lets look forward to next year and the bright future the Colts will have with whatever they do with the first draft pick.

Bleedin’ blue from Northwest Indiana.

 

Go Blue!

An Interesting Phenomenon

6 Jan

I have been an Indianapolis Colts fan since coming back to Indiana in 1994 after many years in the US Navy and several years in Texas.  I’ve loved NFL football since the first Super Bowl but something is different this year, something I don’t remember happening before.
People are talking about a 2-14 football team and no one is laughing.

Yes, the Super Bowl is the first thing you hear but right after that everyone talking football is asking: is Peyton going to come back, will he play or coach, who the Colts fired, who they need to fire, who they gonna hire, who they need to hire, who they’re going to draft, who will seek free agency, and how all this is going to affect their team next year.
I live in northwest Indiana, typically “Bear” country and a hard sell to all these die hard Chicago fans but are they talking about the Bears? Sure, they’re wondering if Bill Polian is coming there now that they have a vacancy that needs filling but after that….

I was sitting in the break room at work last night when I hear Bear fans, Steeler fans, Cowboy fans, even Patriots fans and they all are talking about the Colts! I imagine living 3 hours from Indianapolis has something to do with it but these guys are die hard other team supporters I’ve been arguing with for years so this is great!

Even when down, the Colts make the news and worry the rest of the league about next year when they get back on top– they will and everyone knows it.

And they’re nervous……

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