Some of you might have heard yesterday that Sports Illustrated opened a free, virtual archive of all of their articles and photos, known as The Vault. Since the name of this weekly thing I do is called Know Your Colts History, I figure the least that I can do is try and see what cool things I can find on there and in doing so add a smidgen of credibility to the title.
For me personally, the best part of history is finding things that in hindsight look really, really stupid. Take for example this quote:Give me the linebacker-sized Leaf, who at 6'5", 238 pounds is more rugged, less susceptible to injury than the 6'5", 222-pound Manning. Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read that right. Not only is it stupid because we all know that Manning has only missed one play due to injury while Ryan Leaf had to deal with a bruised ego for most of his short career, but it's stupid because it's just plain stupid. If 16 extra pounds actually made anyone more rugged and less susceptible to injury, then Shaq would healthiest, most rugged man in the world. Then again, Ryan Leaf probably knew how to open a can of soup, which had to give him some edge in the ruggedness department.
It's not all quotes that look stupid in hindsight though, there's also some very astute predictions in there. Just look at this Faces in the Crowd segment from waaaaaay back and see if you recognize the one that ended up making it big:
Did you see him? If you didn't, let me zoom it in for you:
I don't know whether to be more shocked that Tony Dungy was in Sports Illustrated when he was 14, or that I've found a picture of him with a full head of hair.