This time of year is a really happy one for me. I’m a huge Indianapolis Colts fan. HUGE! The problem is I live in Chicago Bear territory and the games are usually scheduled to run at the same time. I know, different conferences. But when the Bears air on Fox, the local CBS affiliate won’t run another game against this telecast. So unless I get lucky and one of the teams has a west coast game or they are playing in Primetime, I’m forced to leave the house to watch my beloved Colts. And I really don’t like watching with others around unless they are fellow Colts fans. I get too nervous. Two years ago when the Colts played the Bears in the Super Bowl, even though I’d been invited to several parties, I watched at home alone. My Mom, sister and BIL went to the game in the pouring rain but I couldn’t stand to be around others for fear they’d lose. Fortunately that wasn’t the case.
This past weekend was a good weekend. The Bears played in Prime so I could watch the Colts at home. It was a very close game with lots of turnovers and a pretty low score. For the most part, each time there was a turnover, QB Manning would be starting at his own 20 yard line, with 80 yards to travel for a score. And each time, he would patiently and persistently march down the field towards the goal line. Even when a play failed, he’d get right back under Center and try another play. And when he ran out of downs and the other team took over, he waited until it was his chance to get back in the game, tweaking things with his coaches and then try again to make progress to the goal. It wasn’t the case with this game, but I’ve seen him take the team, down 2 or 3 touchdowns on to win the game. I’ve often wondered how a team and a person, can stay focused, committed, positive and professional against overwhelming odds and obstacles, sometimes overcoming them, sometimes not. And then do it again the next week. That drive to achieve comes from within and helps them to take that 80-100 yard march one yard at a time.
Oh and this weekend will be another good one. The Colts are on Monday Night…are you ready for some football?