This has gotten ridiculous.
Colts fans (for whom we previously counted down reasons why they suck) have officially lost all respectability with their reactions to Sunday’s 29-15 loss to the Jets.
While Sunday’s game caused some people to pop the cork on their champagne bottles in celebration (see: Shula, Don; Morris, Mercury; et al.), the Colts loss was still just their first of season.
And now it has incited riot-like, idiotic reactions felt from South Bend to Evansville. Not to mention endlessly annoying national media coverage as they continued fielding emails from angry Colt fans on ESPN radio this morning.
It started with boos at the 5:36 mark in the third quarter (home team up 15-10) and turned into booing the team off of the field after the game.
Then we saw utter disappointment from players and coaches during the post game talk with the media. This is when every Colts fan began repeating over and over again: “Did you see how pissed Peyton looked after the game!!!”
No sh*t Sherlock, they just LOST.
(Of course, with how bad the Colts fared with out him, they probably locked in Peyton Manning to receive unanimous votes for MVP now.)
A loss is a loss no matter if it is your first of the season or 30th of your career. What fans (short for “fanatics”, as Colin Cowherd always says) overlook is that head coach Jim Caldwell was extremely disappointed in the loss as well. But the decision to pull the starters was made before the heat of the moment (and boos) arrived.
And the goal for the Colts, as they have stated numerous times, is to win a Super Bowl, not to go 16-0. You cannot be so shortsighted that you fail to see that.
Unless you’re a Colts fan.
But obviously the majority of Colts fans don’t see it that way, so let’s delve deeper into this because they will not.
Living in Indianapolis I find a deep-seeded envy towards the New England Patriots in Dolts fans. (By the way, they will be referred to as “Dolts fans” the rest of the article because their tiny brains really have no grasp on reality.)
Anyway, in large because of the early domination this decade that the Patriots had on Peyton and company, Dolts fans hate everything about the organization and their style. They claim they want nothing to do with it. “Dungy is a class act,” “Polian wouldn’t do that,” “Peyton is a great guy,” etc, etc.
Examples: Dolt fans envy Tom Brady because people with football knowledge actually had the gall to put Brady on a pedestal above Manning because Brady went to four Super Bowls while running over the Colts in the process.
This is the only city in America that still accuses Bill Belichick of cheating after every victory. They hate the unkempt style of Belichick and his arrogance. The fourth and two call when they played each other earlier this season was just icing on the cake.
You could call downtown Indianapolis “Little Manhattan” after the Giants upset New England in the Super Bowl. Now every Giants touchdown comes with a “Hot damn! Way to go Eli!” from all the Dolts faithful.
They hate Randy Moss because “he’s a thug” not because he’s the best big play receiver in football on a different team, yet failing to remember the actual (at the very least, the accused) thuggery of their own receiving legend Marvin Harrison.
The point is that it’s a style thing, a mentality. And, yes, it’s turned into envy over the course of this decade.
In the back of every Colts fan’s head was the 16-0 banner hanging in Gillette Stadium and how great it would be to do the same. And the difference between morals and ethics. (Sorry, I am a huge fan of the movie Election.)
But without perspective Colt fanatics don’t realize that the banner just reminds Patriots supporters of their miserable Super Bowl loss.
It is amazing Bill Polian had to explain this to irate callers on his radio talk show Monday evening. Bill Polian, the man who has been the architect of two AFC dynasties (Buffalo in the ’90s, Indy in the ’00s) had to explain to Dolt fans how he (successfully) runs their organization, which is what he probably thought was the reason they were fans of the Colts organization to begin with.
Polian’s quote from his radio show on examiner.com :
“What this really boils down to is whether or not you believe that 16-0 has meaning. We don’t think, and haven’t thought about it and have made it clear from Thanksgiving on when the issue was first raised – by other people, not us – that 16-0 was not something that was important to our season.”
Polian is obviously referencing his fan base’s envy toward the Patriots’ perfect regular season, which unfortunately for him just happened a few short seasons ago. And obviously Polian is taking the less myopic view and looking at the big picture: that, in the end, it’s Super Bowl or bust.
During the game last Sunday, the players predictably had a look on their faces that 16-0 was important to their season. And why shouldn’t they? These guys would never have made it to the NFL without an unyielding competitive fire that naturally would lead to them getting pissed off when removed from any game, let alone on in which they were gunning for 15-0.
Of course, on the flip side, maybe they had looks of disgust simply because they lost a lead and got booed out of the stadium by their “faithful.”
Dolt fans just need to hope that this doesn’t linger with the players and effect them in the playoffs. Surely they can have some perspective and confidence in Peyton and company to be mentally strong enough to move on and complete the goal in Miami this February.
If not, they may see New England end their season (again) in the second round.
Remember Colt fans, jealousy is a crutch and envy is a waste of time.
There is nothing wrong with Colts fans and Colts players being upset that they did not go full bore at a 16-0 regular season. Fans and players alike are competitive, and that’s what makes sports awesome.
However, once the decision was made – a decision that was determined to be in the best interests of the Colts’ Super Bowl chances according to the same highly astute people who led their organization to more wins in the ’00s than any other franchise has ever won in any decade – Colts fans should have followed the lead of Colts players and moved on.
Did you hear Peyton Manning bitching about it in the postgame press conference? No. So what makes Colts fans think they have any place to bitch or second guess Bill Polian and Jim Caldwell?
The Indianapolis Colts were once a veritable scourge on the Circle City. The team sucked, no one came to games, and people were embarrassed to say they rooted for Indianapolis. (Anyone remember the Ron Meyer and Ken Venturi eras?)
Yet, during their final home game of the season, they were booed off the field.
Whether it be restlessness, ignorance, a sense of entitlement, or simply a fan base collectively being spoiled to the point of being one big whiny brat, Colts fans have shown us what they are really all about over the past 48-72 hours: envy and petulance.
And all because the decision makers of the Colts did what they thought was best to put the team in the best position to bring another Super Bowl title home to the city.
Too bad, if it happens, that it will be to a city and a fan base that doesn’t deserve another one.
* – Colts fans leaving photo credit: Media.JournalInteractive.com
* – Patriots 16-0 banner photo credit: Chris Forsberg, Boston.com via Boston.com
* – Bill Polian photo credit: StampedeBlue.com
* – Angry Colts fan photo credit: Matt Kryger / The Indianapolis Star via IndyStar.com