Quote of the day, in regards to Adam Vinatieri’s missed field goal in last night’s Indianapolis loss to the San Diego Chargers:
“Even as a Colt, Adam Vinatieri is still helping the Patriots secure homefield advantage in the playoffs.”
And don’t ask me where that came from… I read it somewhere at 6 o’clock this morning before my coffee was brewed. All I can say is, I wish I thought of that first.
I’m not going to sit here like a smug jerk that gloats after a Patriots’ rival experiences a tough loss (unless it’s the Jets). Sure, I enjoyed last night’s game but to be completely honest, I don’t like either team. Actually, I’m going to go out on a limb here… there’s a big difference between my dislike of the Colts and my dislike of the Chargers. Let me explain…
This is sort of like New England heresy, but as a team I don’t hate the Colts. In fact, I kind of like the Colts (besides Bill “Turd” Polian). As a football fan, I’ve enjoyed watching the explosive Colts offense in recent years. I’ve always liked Tony Dungy, even back in his Tampa Bay days. Dare I say, I even rooted for them in the Super Bowl – a little bit. 😉 If anything, what I do hate about the Colts isn’t even really their fault, it’s the media’s portrayal of the Colts and it’s been that way for years. I hated being subjected to, “there’s no way the Patriots beat the Colts,” talk during our Super Bowl years. It pissed me off that Tom Brady never got any respect (until now of course). It’s the Gregg Easterbrooks of the world making up this “Good vs. Evil” crap that I hate.
On the other hand, the Chargers as a team – I don’t like. I didn’t think L.T. was ever going to shut up about last year’s playoffs. Philip Rivers may see Ellis Hobbs as the “sorriest corner in the league,” but if he really wants to look at sorry, he should probably start looking in the mirror after the kind of play he’s been exhibiting in recent weeks. What’s even more moronic is what the team did to Marty Schottenheimer, firing him after a 14-2, top-seed season, and not only firing him but waiting until after most of the top coaching prospects had already signed with new teams!
I will even go as far as saying the Week 2 victory over the Chargers gave me more joy than last week’ victory over the Colts.
So, aside from the obvious bolstering of the Patriots home field advantage possibility throughout the playoffs, I really didn’t care much about who won or lost last night.
I think the Colts and their fans are getting a harsh taste of what it’s been like to be a Patriots fan these last few years. Brady won’t admit he had inferior talent but he brought his team to the AFC Championship last year with a cast-off from Houston, an overachieving 35-year-old, and an at-best third or fourth receiver from San Diego. And Brady almost pulled it off. How many times did a crucial player for the Patriots fall only to have some “who dat” fill his shoes? In the days when Dan Koppen had to fill in for Damien Woody and Asante Samuel had to fill in for Ty Law, they were “who dats”.
My dad and I would always say, “you’re only as good as your depth.” Here’s another favorite football cliche, “Win with what you got.” And my absolute favorite line in regards to the Colts apologists, the Patriots won a Super Bowl with their backup quarterback. 😀