Whenever teams (cough*cough*Jacksonville*cough*cough) would label the Colts as a "soft" or a "finesse" team, it used to bother me. I mean, for all of Jacksonville's supposed toughness and grit, they've still lost 8 of 12 against the Colts since 2002, and they've never won the AFC South while Indy has won it four straight years. Oh yeah, and Indy won the Super Bowl.
Not bad for a finesse team.
Nowadays, when I read something like this:
If anything, when the Jaguars players make private (or sometimes public statements disrespecting the Colts, like Reggie "Screw the Colts!" Hayward did in 2005), it just makes them look cute. It's cute when a team questions your toughness, and then misses the playoffs again. It's cute when guys like Mike Peterson, Reggie Hayward, Paul Spicer, and those two elephant DTs say the Colts are soft, and then get their butts handed to them by the Colts' o-line on Jacksonville's home field. These supposedly "tough" Jags players were pushed around all night by Saturday, Lilja, and especially LT Tony Ugoh. Paul Spicer was getting destroyed by Ugoh on Every. Single. Play. On K2's TD run, Ugoh lit up Spicer, knocking him back into the endzone. Again, this is a rookie going up against a, supposedly, elite DE. In the fourth quarter, when the Colts were icing the game, Jacksonville's defense couldn't stop the Colts rushing attack. Stroud and Henderson were visibly exhausted, and the only reason Paul Spicer got two sacks was because Tony Ugoh left the game with a burner. Up until then, a LT rookie was kicking Paul Spicer's ass.
So, when I hear funny little comments from those cute little kitty cats in Jacksonville, I don't get mad anymore. The Colts own the Jags. Always have. I know the margin of victory for the Colts over the Jags the last few years has been 1.8 points. Folks, a win by 1.8 or a win by 22 is still a win. When my team beats Jacksonville's team 10 of 13 times, it means my team OWNS Jacksonville's team. It could help the disposition of the spotted-kitties if they showed their betters a little respect.
So, do what I do now and chuckle when Mike Peterson runs his mouth, or when Reggie Hayward talks a good game but backs it up with a 3 tackle, no sack performance. It's fun. It's humorous. It's typical Jacksonville: Whining that they get no respect, but in turn giving none to anyone else, especially teams that own them.