Monday, January 29, 2007

Super Bowl XLI

Super Bowl XLI. Colts vs. Bears. That match-up causes certain problems for a Colts fan living in Chicago. Especially one who's fiancée is a Bears fan.

As excited as I was that the Colts beat the Patriots in dramatic fashion to earn a berth in the Super Bowl, I quickly realized that the Colts and Bears in the Super Bowl is the worst possible scenario for me. After the Colts' game, I received an email from a Bears fan in Chicago telling me that we needed to watch the game together at a bar he was going to rent out. I initially thought this would be a good idea, but changed my mind after thinking about it for about... oh, two seconds.

Now matter how I tried to figure it, watching the game in Chicago would be an impossibility. If I went to a bar, the place would be packed with Bears fans and I wouldn't be able to cheer for the Colts when they were doing well. Or I would be the guy that gets taunted when the Bears are doing well. No thanks. I want to be able to cheer for my team - just like everyone in Chicago. Plus, if the Colts win, who do I celebrate with?

I called my brother in Indianapolis and started making plans to watch the game with him in Indy. I'm bailing out of Chicago and going to join the rest of the Colts fans in Indianapolis. All the Bears fans in Chicago tell me I'm running scared. I tell them that I'm just going to hang out with the winners.

Signs

This weekend my fiancée and I went to Indiana to visit my parents. It was the first time we had seen them since we got engaged. It was a good weekend, even though it was short. While we were there, we encountered two signs that were notable - and purely Indiana. The first sign appeared outside a church and it read:

"Pray for the Colts... and our soldiers."

The second sign appeared along State Highway 18 and read:

"Countryside land. Rent to owen. 765-555-1212"

I love Indiana.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Super Bowl XLI

The Colts are in the Super Bowl. I repeat: The Colts are going to the Super Bowl!
I can barely contain my excitement. Last night was THE most exciting Championship Game I had ever seen. An improbable 18-point comeback against our conference rivals. Manning looked terrible in the first half and I thought all was lost when he threw the pick to put the Colts down 21-3. I had slipped into a minor depression and couldn't help but thing, "Here we go again. Close enough to the peak to slip our fingers over the edge, only to have them stomped on." Then slowly, the hope returned. A field goal before the half and a touchdown to start the second half. Soon enough it was 21-21 after a gutsy call to go for two and the momentum had swung. I had recovered from my depression and was in full jumping-around-the-condo-in-crazed-excitement mode. Of course, the Pats didn't give up and took the lead again, only to give it up with a minute remaining when Joseph Addai plunged in for the go-ahead (and winning) touchdown. Brady and the Pats had one last shot, but a Marlin Jackson pick ended their hopes.
I nearly lost my shit. Hell, I completely lost my shit.
Now the Colts are in Super Bowl XLI and will be facing the Chicago Bears. More on this later...

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Synergy

Guess where I am right now?

That's right, on the shitter. I am taking a dump this very instant. A deuce. Dropping the kids off at the pool. Just a few short years ago something like this wouldn't have been possible. Due to the happy confluence of wireless Internet and laptops we can now blog, email and IM from anywhere on the planet - even the toilet.

That's a synergy you can't deny.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Overrated

Well, it's now painfully obvious that Ohio State was overrated the entire season.  The only reason Ohio State was ranked so high was because they are Ohio State - I mean THEE Ohio State University.  After last night, it's clear they don't belong in a BCS bowl game as they cannot hang with BCS caliber schools.  Troy Smith has been exposed.  He obviously doesn't deserve any of the awards that he has earned this season.  So much for Jim Tressel's "genius" label.  His mystique is fading.
 
Maybe next year the entire nation will learn it's lesson and simply crown the SEC champion as the national champs.  It would save us a lot of time and debate about playoffs.