At the End of the Day – The Colts were Wrong and the Fans Were Screwed

Two years ago, the New England Patriots were two and a half minutes away from the NFL’s first ever 19-0 season. This year, the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts were both three games away. Now, the hopes of a team going undefeated has faded yet again, this time with an even worse taste in the mouth of fans.

Colts fans have been irate for the past two days since the team basically decided that the long term health of their team was more important than a record. GM Bill Polian and coach Jim Caldwell decided to sit QB Peyton Manning and a number of other starters, and much to the anger of the Colt fans, the team fell for the first time in 2009.

The Colts have sat players in the past, but at the same time, it’s never come at a point where the team was undefeated with just two games left in the season. It has always come after the team had lost at least one game. Now fans are demanding a refund for having to watch preseason players play in a late-December game.

That’s the risk you take when you buy a ticket.

There’s always a chance that the best players may not play, but yes, fans today do have a reason to be upset with the Colts and their GM and coach deciding to take away history before it was decided like it should have been. History doesn’t come every day, and players like Manning and others can be hurt any day, any play.

The Colts fans deserved better, and it was a shame to see what could have been history taken out of their hands. Sure it will all be forgotten if the Colts raise the Lombardi Trophy on the first Sunday of February. But if they don’t, then isn’t it about time that teams realize that sitting players isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

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5 Responses to “At the End of the Day – The Colts were Wrong and the Fans Were Screwed”

  1. Ed says:

    Just curious – if you know so much about coaching an NFL team, why do you write this column?
    The man who owns the Colts knows a lot more than you give him credit. The man who is the GM has more football knowledge in his little finger than most of us ever will.

  2. Chris says:

    What a sham colts. I guess there is more than one way to throw a game, and that is just what they did. They should have told the league that they would be sitting the starters. Why did not they tell the fans 3 weeks ago? This was all pre-planned. The fans should not buy any tickets next season and show the Colts it is the fans that pay them. This was just a legal way to THROW A GAME.

    Hay Colt’s fans, your team screwed you.

  3. jerry says:

    ed is a idiot no a colts fan

  4. RobertM320 says:

    I’m not so sure it will all be forgotten come February. Suppose in 2014, when Manning retires, the Colts have won 4 Super Bowls. Don’t you think people will STILL remember that they PASSED on a chance at perfection in 2009? Its one thing to rest players when there’s nothing to gain. A chance to become the only 19-0 team in history is NOT nothing.

  5. jackieba2 says:

    What a sham. I mean really! As though no one would notice? Get real. Maybe it was a wise late season move for whatever financial reason, but it really sucks to be forced to sit through that shit.