Spent the day with the wife yesterday. Ate Greek food at a restaurant called Opa (mediocre), read much of 1776 (terrific), saw two movesâ€”Nine (dreadful) and Did You Hear About the Morgans? (A shameful piece of manure that rotted at least 800 of my remaining brain cells). Hence, didn’t have much time to watch football.
What I did see, however, annoyed the hell out of me. Passed a TV during the third quarter of the Jets-Colts game, with Indianapolis trailing behind a quarterback named … Curtis Painter. Curtis Painter!? In other words, as everyone knows by now, the Colts decided to ignore a legitimate pursuit of football immortality in the name of merely winning a Super Bowl and guarding health. This is not surprising, considering the generally conservative thinking that exists in the NFL. But it is foolish. You have a chanceâ€”a seemingly good chanceâ€”to go 16-0; to become the first team to ever go 16-0 and win a championship. It’d put you on the map forever; land you an exhibit in the Hall of Fame; have people chasing your ghost long after you’re gone. It’s immortality.
But, no. The Colts’ lone goal is winning a Super Bowl. Which happens every year. Which is forgotten as quickly as it happens. Hell, walk into any Marshall’s right about now, and you’ll find 2009 NEW YORK YANKEES WORLD SERIES CHAMPION T-shirts on sale for $7.99. And who won in 2008? In 2007? In 2006? Uh … not sure. Have to think about it.
Now the Colts will walk a similarly worn path. Yet another team winning another Super Bowl.