Hello everyone! Week 17 brought one of the most memorable wins that this team has had in recent years. I know that Chuck came back to work on December 24th (an early Christmas present of the season for us Colts fans for sure) but from a fan standpoint watching this game, THIS was Chuck's return. The emotions in Lucas Oil Stadium when Chuck took the field were absolutely incredible.
As CBS prepared to cover our beloved Colts for their regular season finale, they aired a piece with Greg Gumbel interviewing Chuck. It was a piece that moved me to tears. It gives me goosebumps every single time that Chuck begins to speak. You could tell that Gumbel was feeling the emotions as well based on his voice. I had absolutely no doubt in my mind that our Colts would dominate the entire game today. Every single factor was a contributor to that win.
As a Colts fan, I find more merit (especially within the past 3-4 years) that the more pressing rivalry games have been the Colts Texans matchups. Yes, the Colts-Patriots battles have that sort of presence as well, but Houston is a much more relevant rivalry to our ballclub. As a division rival, I find myself heated and distant toward the Houston Texans much of the time. The trash writer from Houston that we all follow through forum posts does not help my animosity toward the Houston Texans. However, I got goosebumps today when Arian Foster ran to the #CHUCKSTRONG sign, patted it gently, and took a bow. That was top-notch respect that I feel deserves much more attention than it has gotten thus far. Seeing things like that make me love this sport and this league even more.
A couple of weeks back, Bob Lamey was discussing the magic of this season on "Colts Friday Night". He said that with all of the stories that surround this squad, that somebody NEEDS to write a book on it. I absolutely hope and pray that it happens. I absolutely adore this team and everything about it, and therefore would love the book. However as a fan of this great game in general, I would absolutely read the book even if I was a fan of any other team in the league. There are so many wonderful factors at play. For Christmas, I received "Tales from the Indianapolis Colts Sideline" by the Indianapolis Star's own Mike Chappell as well as Phil Richards. This is a wonderful read so far, and will review the book fully after finishing it. However, based on what I have read so far as well as being a fan of Chappell's coverage of our team, part of me hopes that he takes the reins on a book project based on this magical season.
The ride isn't over yet, ColtsNation! On to our old home, Baltimore! The storylines continue; a team removed from a 2-14 season with new faces abounding, a recovering Coach, and a core of rookies leading the charge. Returning to the original city that this club called "home". Chuck returning to his old club; you know emotions will be running high on both sides. I cannot wait to see Ray Lewis interact with Coach Pagano. Ravens Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell playing his old team. Storylines like this are what make this sport, team and season so magical, and I am absolutely THRILLED to have been a witness to it all. I'm sure that you have noticed that I can get testy on the forums after a loss or depending on the issue being discussed, but know that it is simply my passion for this team.
If you've stuck with me this far, thank you for reading. Everybody on here is like an extension of my family; through thick and thin, we remain #COLTSTRONG! God Bless!