Jeff Lynne, Prophet and Balladier.
His lyrics to Livin’ Thing remind us that “It’s a terrible thing to lose”. But as I think about last night’s game between the UNDEFEATED Colts and the Jets, it’s another line from the song that comes to mind: “I’m takin a dive”. As I listened to and read reactions from other fans throughout the day, it occurred to me that in the world of boxing, if the champ goes X number of rounds and is winning the match on points and suddenly starts to lose to an underdog, there would be a call for an investigation as to whether the fight was fixed. No doubt, a New York City boxer being involved would certainly bring to mind a scenario in which certain unnamed parties paid undisclosed sums to other unnamed parties to ensure the outcome of the match.
Such an accusation in the case of the Colts would be preposterous! Bill Polian is beyond such petty incentives and motivations.
Of course, moving a NYC team into the playoffs means BIG money for back-east stakeholders…
Anyway, more to the point of contention: Painter should NEVER have been in the game last night! The last time he played was in preseason and even then, he was lackluster. Just because he was a star (of sorts) at Purdue doesn’t mean he can drive down I-65 to Indy and be anything meaningful on the Colts roster. I’m actually more inclined to refer to the players as the Colts and the management as the Dolts!
You don’t let a team go this far undefeated and then pull the rug out from under them. It was clear from the players on the sidelines (and comments since the game from them) that they wanted the win. A perfect season is not something you do every year and to so casually pull that away from the team was unconscionable.
If Polian and Caldwell had this plan up their sleeves to start with, it would have been better for them to tell the fans to stay home—that this was a throw-away game. I wouldn’t even have watched it on TV! For that matter, it would have better for the Dolts to give the Jets a Bye. Better for the environment at least. Imagine the airline and vehicle emissions that went into yesterday’s game! On top of that, the water and electrical waste of running Lucas Oil Stadium! A total waste of a game day and Polian should be ashamed of himself.
Maybe the NFL Commissioner should launch an investigation—into the sanity of the owner!