Saturday, December 8, 2007

Notes from the Night Before

1.) Marvin Harrison is out again this week. Shocker. I was certain the Colts' doctors would think freezing rain would be the perfect conditions to re-introduce Marvin.

2.) The Colts have a chance to clinch a playoff spot tomorrow. Tony Dungy is on the cusp of a very impressive accomplishment. This season has served to silence any remaining doubt that Dungy belongs in the Hall of Fame.

3.) This is hard for me to say, but I think you need to hear it: I am rooting for the Patriots tomorrow. The NFL regular season schedule has a way of making the games bigger and more important each week. This week is the biggest challenge yet for the Colts as far as I'm concerned. If the Steelers beat the Patriots and the Colts fall to the Ravens then Indy will have to scramble to regain the two seed. It would be extremely difficult. If the reverse occurs then the Colts will have a nice cushion with three winnable games remaining. Let's go Pats!

4.) Who am I kidding? Beat the hell out of them Steelers!

Deshawn Zombie Comments: Maybe it deserves its own post, but I think I'll just piggy back on this one. That was as impressive a performance from an IU team as any I've seen in many years. Maybe it's just because Kentucky is really bad right now, but that Hoosier squad is deep, talented and big. This could be a seriously fun year. Winning a game like that without Gordon in the lineup has to do wonders for their confidence.


Bob M. said...

Go Pats! Yes, the road to a 2nd seed is nice for the health, but Pitt still has the Jags to deal with (in which case we'd SURELY be rooting for Jax). Besides, if NE goes 17-0 and we face them in the AFCCG, more glory to the Colts if they win. And the sycophantic, myopic media will all then do 180s and start saying how the Colts would have won back in October if they had been healthy, blah blah. More or less true, but nobody's spouting anything now but Patriot Kool-Aid love. I'd love to see my general disdain for the media justified one more time as they claim to have "known all along" that Indy was just as good if not better than the Pats.
Also, as we saw with the Colts two years ago, the streak is incredibly wearying--I'd say a 16-0streak is the physical, emotional, and mental equivalent of 18 games. Two more games worth of fatigue, bumps, bruises, nicks, losing sleep, adrenaline up and downs.... they'll be toast by the end. Plus beating the Steelers is nice.
I don't feel dirty at all saying this: Lets go Pats! For three reasons.

Anonymous said...

I think it's almost better for the Patriots to lose this week. Everyone says "Well, once you lose, you don't have to worry about it anymore and can just play football." but the fact is that in a copycat league, as soon as one person beats you, everyone else is going to know what to do. It destroys that myth of invulnerability. In the age of 24-7-365 sports news coverage, where anyone with an internet connection can publish an opinion and have other people comment on it, I honestly don't think you're going to see a team go undefeated again. The media glare is just too hot. Stay in it for too long, and you get burned. To go 16-0, you have to get phenomenally lucky with injuries and scheduling. In the Pats case, they lost Roosevelt Colvin, who at 30 years old is the youngest starting linebacker the Patriots have. Of course, they play in a dismal AFC East, but the Colts played in a joke of an AFC South in 2005. We say that the Pats are basically going to lose this week or against the Giants. Honestly, I can see the Jets and Dolphins getting amped up for games against the Pats. They're not playing for anything. Jason Taylor is probably playing for a big payday somewhere else. The weather is only going to get worse, the games are only going to get longer, and the injuries are going to start to pile up. Like Simmons said, you've gotta hate the way this season is going for them. They looked positively gassed against Philly and Baltimore. The Colts still have a game up on Pitt, with four comparatively easy teams on the schedule. The Ravens are our last big challenge of the year.

colts girl said...

Luckily, I'm getting ready to get in the shower because I'd have to take one after this anyhow:

Go F-Pats!