I can remember as a six year old not being able to watch as Jim Harbaugh threw a desperation Hail Mary to try and beat the Steelers in the AFC Championship, and the excitement that I felt when they called it a touchdown and the subsequent feeling of just absolute despair when they said they were wrong and that the Colts weren't going to the Super Bowl. To this day, "Captain Comeback" is probably my favorite player of all-time, even if his last comeback fell just short.
Since that time, there have been some good teams and there have been some bad teams but no team has really been able to capture the spirit of that team, until this year. Unlike the teams of the last few years which had champion talent, this team possessed a champion perseverance. Consider what people said this season:
-"There's no way a team that's 32nd in rush defense will win a Super Bowl"
-"Considering their history, there's no way the Colts will be able to go into Baltimore and win in an environment like that"
-"The Colts will never beat the Patriots in the playoffs"
-"Peyton Manning will never beat a Gator"
-"Peyton Manning will never win the Big One"
-"Tony Dungy will never win a Super Bowl"
This year the Colts overcame their demons, and the teams that stood in their way and now they stand alone as the World Champions.
I was at a Christmas dinner where we were told to bring our favorite ornament, and explain why it was our favorite. I brought my Colts ornament and told everyone there that I liked it because the ornament was a lot like the Colts, up near the top in December, but gone by January.
This year I kept the tree up.
It looks kind of tacky having a Christmas tree up in February, but I think the results speak for themselves. If you think I'm joking I'm not, in fact, before the first playoff game I went the extra yard and put the Colts ornament at the tip-top of the tree. Of course, in order to do this I had to take down the star, next thing you know the Colts start their playoff run and the Cowboys lose to the Seahawks. So how does this tie-in? Jim Harbaugh is the new coach at Stanford, and Stanford's mascot is a tree. As excited as I am about the Colts winning the Super Bowl, I have to admit I'm slightly freaked out, but in a good way.