Re: Colts vs Ravens what I want to see tonight
posted at 1/16/2010 1:21 PM EST
I don't see the inconsistency:
"Are the Ravens going to whine about fantom calls, or are the Colts going to receive the benefit of fantom calls? Got to pick a side sometime."
Yes, I expect the Colts to get a beneficial PI call - just hoping it doesn't decide the game. And yes, I expect the Ravens to whine about phantom calls one way or the other, whether or not there are any. Unless the Ravens win they will have a beef about the officiating. So, no inconsistency there.
Now on to the next:
"This kind of reminds me of last week, when you all saying on one hand that the Jets got into the playoffs because the Colts "laid down" (which insinuates the Colts would have won if they had played their starters),
*** No one knows for sure, but most folks seem comfortable with the idea that the Colts will generally beat the Jets if both teams are at full strength. And you don't have to be a Pats homer to know that Manning is more than a little better than Sanchez.
"and on the other hand you claimed that the Colts got scared and pulled their starters to avoid another choke label thrown at them if they could not go undefeated (which insinuates they would have lost to the Jets if they had not pulled their starters)."
*** I never claimed that. But that's the problem with a post where you generalized about every person who posts here. I never generalize about another team's fans because I would never lump an entire fan base together. Every fan base has cool people, trolls, smart trolls like Underdogg, and outright aholes. To claim one fan base is perfect and another is flawed is just dumb.
As for my view, I would have had nothing but respect for the Colts if they had had the guts to try to go undefeated, as it's not an easy burden to carry. I was disappointed that they didn't go for it (as it seems most of their own players were), and even more disappointed when I heard Polian say that the regular season consecutive wins streak - one that was interrupted by an unsuccessful Super Bowl run - was more important (sorry, but that's wacky), and even more disappointed when they played their starters in the last game against the Bills to collect meaningless personal stat milestones. Having said that, while I was disappointed, I never accused the Colts of being scared of the Jets, nor would I have called the Colts chokers for going for the perfect season. I don't think the Colts were scared of the Jets. They wanted to rest their guys. I do think Colts management was daunted by the perfect season for some reason, not sure why, but the players weren't. I do personally believe the Colts now have a harder time winning the Super Bowl as they have placed more pressure on themselves now to justify their season, but we'll see.
Not sure who I'm rooting for Ravens/Colts, I hate both of them but respect both of them too. Guess I'll see what the game holds. Just hoping it doesn't feel like a game where one team got too much officiating help in crucial situations.